KIDS MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
TAKEDOWN MMA will be offering Junior Mixed Martial Arts Classes for children! Children from 5-12 can enrol in our Junior Classes on a Tuesday and Thursday at 5.00 – 6.00PM
Boys and Girls Welcome! We will give your children a renewed confidence in themselves and the ability to stop a bully before the fighting and bullying begins. Classes consist of grappling, wrestling, basic submissions and MuayThai/Kickboxing.
Great for confidence, self control and fitness.
Classes are given by True Krav Maga Cape Town and the skills and mental preparation gained here will be life changing.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column]
We offer private training sessions with our instructors during the day so if you want a one on one training experience,
We focus on: fitness, kickboxing/muay thai, boxing, bjj, mma, self-defence or even urban gymnastics (parkour).
Don’t hestitate to set up your appointment. We also cater for small groups of up to 6
BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU
What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu uses joint locks and chokes to immobilise your attacker or opponent. It was created by Helio Gracie and was adapted from Japanese Ju Jitsu taught to his father. Helio was a frail man and realized that he couldn’t use strength against a larger opponent. So he discarded moves that didn’t work for him on the tough streets of Rio and focused on efficient moves that used leverage effectively.
He wanted to prove his style in the fighting arena so took on all corners in No Holds Barred fights. He would fight and beat boxing champions, Japanese Ju Jitsu masters, wrestlers and judo players. In 1932 Helio took on a US national wrestling champion who weighed 95 kilos. The fight lasted 2 hours and was only stopped because in Brazil at the time no event was allowed to continue past 2am. At the end of the fight Helio went home and the wrestler went to the hospital. Next Helio challenged Joe Lewis – the heavyweight boxing champion of the world. Joe Lewis declined.
Brazilian was pretty much a secret until Rorion Gracie (Helio’s oldest son) moved to the US. After issuing challenges offering $1000 to anyone that could beat him or his brothers (and keeping his money), Rorion invented the Ultimate Fighting Championships or UFC to prove his families art. The family member chosen to prove Brazilian Jiu Jitsu against others wasn’t the family champion Rickson, but the lighter and weaker looking Royce Gracie. There was no referee, no gloves, no time limit and only one rule – no eye gouging. Royce went on to regularly beat fighters twice his weight and brought Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to the public eye.
His brother Rickson went on to fight in the largest fighting championship in the world – Pride – held in Japan. To this day, Rickson is still undefeated. Meanwhile, back in Brazil, Carlos Gracie Jr. was running a very successful Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy called Gracie Barra (Barra being a suburb of Rio). Since its inception Carlos Gracie Jr has trained more Jiu Jitsu world champions than any other academy in the world.
It’s very tempting to start sparring straight away, but this actually slows down progress in the long run because sparring with a limited reportoire of techniques leads to over use of strength, development of bad habits and a greater likelihood of injury. Students without any prior groundwork experience should wait until they have a reportiore of technique before sparring, so they will learn further technique during this period.
There’s no need to bow or call anyone master. Please ensure your nails are short, you leave your ego at the door, focus on learning techniques and shake my hand. That’s it!
A gi is necessary for the jiu jitsu classes. Feel free to attend the classes to get a feel for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but look at getting a gi when you can as some of the techniques utilise the gi. They are avaliable from a number of sources – please talk to reception, they vary in quality and price. A judo gi is fine for the jiu jitsu classes but karate gi’s are generally too thin so will have to be replaced before long. Until you have then, tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt are ideal (with no belt hoops or studs). Jewellery should also be removed before class.
The adult belts are white, blue, purple, brown and black – 4 stripes are also used on each belt as an indication of experience. Every student has a card that tracks the classes that have been completed – stripes are then given out at class. Once a student is a 4 stripe white belt they can start to prepare for the blue belt grading.
MUAY THAI AND K-1 / KICKBOXING
Muay Thai is recognized globally as the most effective striking art today. Thailand’s national sport, Muay Thai, is based on simplicity and effectiveness. Honed over 2000 years, it is a graceful blend of punches, elbows, knees, and kicks. The core of Muay Thai is its effectiveness in real situations, be it in the ring or on the street. It relies on simple moves and efficient movement to generate maximum power.
K-1 combines stand up techniques from Muay Thai, Karate, Taekwondo, Savate, San Shou, Kickboxing, western-style Boxing, and other martial arts.It’s rules are similar to those of kickboxing but they have been simplified to promote exciting matches that may end in a knockout win. K-1’s techniques and unique rules have led some supporters to declare it a sport distinct from Kickboxing while others maintain that it is just a style of kickboxing.
The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.
Boxing is one of the oldest combat sports.
Boxing is a combat sport where the main tools are punches. The essence of boxing is the use of hips to generate power, the use of footwork to elude and to attack, and the use of head movement to avoid punches.
You will experience a great cardio and strength workout. You will learn to avoid being punched and how to take a punch, and how to deliver incredible power punches and combinations.
With the approval of an Takedown MMA instructor (and only if you want to), you will be eligible to fight in a real amateur or professional Boxing bout.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
MMA is a combination of the best fighting systems. In 1993, the Ultimate Fighting Championship forever changed martial arts by creating a tournament to pit the world’s best martial artists against each other.
The tournament was designed to answer the age-old question, “Which martial art is the most effective in a real life, no-rules situation?”. After 15 years of MMA events around the globe by the UFC and other organizations, MMA mania has now taken over the sports world. More importantly, it is now widely accepted that a combination of Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, and Wrestling is a strong foundation for fighting in a no-holds-barred situation. A complete fighter is someone who can fight in the 4 primary ranges of combat: kicking, punching, clinching / kneeing / takedowns, and ground fighting.