Classes

Little Dragons (4-6 yrs. old)

Children Karate

  • The goal of each Little Dragon student is to achieve love and respect for oneself and for each other while learning the basics of karate.
  • This class builds the foundation of self-control, cooperation, physical fitness, confidence, and effective communication, while having fun in a group environment.

Juniors (7-13 yrs. old)

Teen Karate

  • The goal of each Junior student is to identify what makes them who they are, and to develop their own character building on the foundation of the Little Dragon’s program.
  • Juniors will learn basic self-defense, anti-bullying resolution skills, setting and achieving goals, kata, and the value of helping and serving others.

Adults (14 yrs. old & up)

Adult KarateAdults continue to develop skills learned in both the Little Dragons and Juniors programs, as life is a journey of constant learning. The adult program includes curriculum from the following mixed martial arts classes:

  • Ryukyu Kempo (Okinawan pressure point techniques)
  • Small Circle Jujitsu (joint locks and throws)
  • Modern Arnis (Filipino Stick Fighting)
  • Wei Kuen Do (Chinese Boxing)
  • Kicks of Tang Soo Do (Korean karate)

The goal of each adult is to apply the practice of kata and self-defense in practical conflict situations. Benefits of this program of Mixed Martial Arts Classes are mental & physical fitness, work/life balance, and stress management skills, and self-confidence, all built in a fun and loving community.

Styles

Introduction

The primary style taught at MAC Karate is the Okinawan art of Ryukyu Kempo. Additional techniques and theories are included from Small-Circle Jujitsu, Modern Arnis, Wei Kuen Do, and Tang Soo Do.

Ryukyu Kempo

Ryukyu Kempo

Ryukyu Kempo is a Classical form of karate; a style of self-defense that was reserved for only select students and existed prior to the modifications many systems underwent in the middle of the 1900s. Ryukyu Kempo is a combination of Kyusho-Jitsu (the art of striking pressure points) and Tuite-Jitsu (the use of pressure points in grappling). In Ryukyu Kempo, pressure points are utilized to cause pain, immobilize an opponent, or render an opponent unconscious.

In many traditional styles, the true self-defense techniques hidden in kata have been preserved. They are just not openly taught. By the very nature of kata, students can be practicing the same moves side-by-side, but only a select few may be told the true self-defense applications. Thanks to the efforts of George Dillman and Taika Oyata, there has been a resurgence of Classical Martial Arts. Today, there is no reason for modern karateka to be satisfied with practicing kata for balance, coordination, meditation, or exercise alone. While these are still valuable benefits to kata practice, the true value of kata lies in the self-defense techniques contained therein.

Sensei Tocher holds a Master level Black Belt of 5th Degree in Ryukyu Kempo and trains directly under Grand Master Charles Terry, MD, 8th Degree. Both Dr. Terry and Master Tocher train directly under the head of the Ryukyu Kempo system, Grand Master George Dillman, 10th Degree Black Belt. They attend training camps run by Grand Master Dillman held at the former Muhammad Ali training camp in Deer Lake, PA. Dr. Terry also hosts special training seminars where Grand Master Dillman will visit MKA Karate in Drexel Hill, PA.

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Sensei Tocher’s Home School:
MKA Karate:
www.mkakarate.com

 

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Ryukyu Kempo World Wide Organization:
Dillman Karate International:
www.dillman.com

Small-Circle Jujitsu

Small-Circle Jujitsu

This is a grappling system including throws, locks, choking, and striking techniques. It is characterized by in-fighting and close work. This is a circular, hard/soft, and external style. The system is based on 10 principles beginning with balance. From here, everything else is built up from. The techniques and 10 principles of Small-Circle Jujitsu are incorporated into the MAC Karate classes.

Dr. Terry holds the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt in Small-Circle Jujitsu under Professor Leon Jay. Sensei Tocher earned his 1st Degree Black Belt in Small-Circle under Professor Leon Jay and continues to train directly with Dr. Terry and has an opportunity to train with Professor Jay a few times a few.

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Small Circle Jujitsu World Wide Organization
www.smallcirclejujitsu.com

Modern Arnis

Modern Arnis

Modern Arnis is a Philippine martial art that was created by Remy Amador Presas. It is an art that teaches how to disarm an attacker with a weapon using your empty hands. The principle may also be applied to disarming an armed attacker with a weapon. Training begins with learning the twelve angles of attack using a stick. For each of these angles of attack, there are specific defenses and disarming techniques. Several drills require the use of two sticks (examples: single, double, and reverse sinawali). These drills are often initially taught patty-cake style with open hands. The drills are used to develop upper body strength, coordination, speed, timing, and endurance. After learning sinawali, applications of these motions can be used many different ways in self-defense situations.

The goal in Modern Arnis training is to develop the flow. This is a state of transitioning effortlessly from one motion to the next comfortably blend with an opponent by redirecting attacks and countering in a fluid motion. Other aspects of Modern Arnis training include stick sparring and the practice of forms or anyos. There is a complete system of open-hand anyos as well as stick forms. Stick sparring starts with pre-arranged drills gradually progresses to free sparring. Modern Arnis also incorporates grappling techniques, locks, and throws. The principles and techniques of Modern Arnis are incorporated into the MAC Karate classes.

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Modern Arnis World Wide Organization:
International Modern Arnis Federation:
www.professorpresas.com

Wei Kuen Do

Wei Kuen Do

This is a system of Chinese boxing / Kung Fu taught by Grandmaster Leo Fong. Its emphasis is on the spiritual aspects of self-defense and the practice of martial arts. Masters Peter Hobart and Charles Terry have been designated as two of Grandmaster Fong’s representatives in Wei Kuen Do and both hold rank of 5th Degree Black Belt in Wei Kuen Do. Sensei Tocher trains directly with Master Hobart and Master Terry and incorporates the principles and techniques into MAC Karate classes.

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Wei Kuen Do World Wide Organization
www.leotfong.com

Tang Soo Do

Tang Soo Do

This Korean art focuses on kicking techniques. Practicing the higher and flashier kicks of Tang Soo Do helps students to develop even more power in the lower and straight-forward kicks of Ryukyu Kempo. The flexibility required for Tang Soo Do is invaluable for improving speed, strength, and agility for all leg techniques. Grand Master Terry earned his Black Belt in Tang Soo Do (just before his 10th birthday) under Young H. Kwon, Fred Scott and Jae C. Shin. This provided a solid foundation that underlies what MKA Karate does. It is carried over through Sensei Tocher and is incorporated in the MAC Karate classes.