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Marty Martin Karate Explained

Welcome to Marty Martin Karate, I personally look forward to your joining the program. The information below will help you understand how my training program is setup and what to expect. After you read this section click on the link for Marty Martin Karate Fight Skills and read that also, then when you’re ready to get started go to the membership page and select the level of training that is right for you.

Marty Martin Karate has a program for teens and adults and another for children. The children’s program has fewer self defense techniques per block. You will find three general levels of training: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Black Belts have their own level of training which is better described in the following information.

Beginning students learn the fundamentals of boxing, basic stances, blocks, punches and kicks of karate plus the grab release skills of Kenpo self defense and an introduction to wrist control of Jiu Jitsu. Collectively this is a fast simple effective way to teach new students how to protect themselves right away and compliments the material students learn as they progress through the Marty Martin Karate curriculum.

The beginner intermediate levels of training establish the necessary skills needed for the most probable encounters a student may be faced with. The material learned from the yellow belt through green belt level is referred to as the “Skill Set”. Continuing from the basic boxing skills students’ further progress through intermediate kickboxing combinations developing reflexive and spontaneous response abilities. Students continue with basic wrist control application and progress through the basic locks and twists series of Jiu Jitsu. Training is advanced with the practical application of Kenpo self defense techniques which instruct basic responses to grab-release moves such as wrist, shoulder and collar grabs, headlock, arm locks, chokes, bear hugs etc. Students further learn defensive tactics against punching-striking attacks, knife attacks and two attackers. Collectively this “Skill Set” establishes the base techniques, which are the foundation for the advanced level of training.

At the advanced or brown belt level students learn variations of the techniques learned in the “skill set”. These variations answer the “what if” questions of technique application. Understanding the differences in how the attack scenarios can vary drives the “triggers” which signal the student to select which technique variation works best as the dynamics of the fight scenario change. Continued understanding of how the techniques variations can be applied is stressed in the advanced student’s application and skills development for their respective self-defense, kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu skills.

At the Black Belt level students not only learn more triggers black belts learn how to “blend” the parts of different self defense techniques with other techniques to meet more advanced application. Coach Martin has written an entire book devoted to this subject of Kenpo Self Defense Technique Parts. Understanding the concepts of blending technique parts is truly the next level of training for every black belt it is the single determining factor which allows the black belt to become totally spontaneous in all situations. Black belts learn to teach as this re-enforces their knowledge of the “skill set” and advanced technique variations, which further refines their overall martial arts ability. Black belts will find a higher level of conditioning and mental toughness as well as more devastating moves to finish techniques. With this higher level of technique execution comes a higher sense of responsibility and for you as a black belt I reward that with more knowledge.

The development of the self-defense techniques within Marty Martin Karate curriculum is based on Coach Martin’s knowledge of Kenpo Karate. Kenpo is a relative young martial art. Kenpo was the system developed by Ed Parker after he left his teacher Professor William Chow. Ed Parker is synonymous with “American Kenpo”. The popularity of Ed Parker and Kenpo came about as a result Ed Parker being in numerous editions of Black Belt Magazine. One of Ed Parkers students Al Tracy and his brother Jim were the first martial artist in the United States to franchise the art of Kenpo Karate and this is synonymous with the name “Tracy’s Karate”. Al and Jim Tracy structured their brand of Kenpo with name changes to the self defense techniques and katas of American Kenpo. Their brand of Kenpo became recognized internationally as “Tracy’s International Studios of Self Defense”.

Marty Martin was promoted to his 3rd 4th and 5th degree Black Belts by Ed Parker through the International Kenpo Karate Association (IKKA). Al Tracy promoted Coach Martin to his 6th 7th and 8th degree Black Belt. Marty Martin became certified to teach Karate in 1969. Over the years Coach Martin has made fundamental changes as to the structure and method of teaching karate driven by changes in society and advancements in physical sciences. Today, westernized boxing, American kickboxing, and Jiu Jitsu technique influence Coach Martin’s brand of Karate.

Coach Martin’s karate material is grouped into specific sets of like type and related information. Student progression is developed by completing a complete “block” of material. Each respective block of material can be thought of as completing a belt level. The more belt levels the more blocks completed and vice versa.

Each “block” of training material represents proficiency relative to the tactics of that block. As an example the knife defense block that teaches principles such as the five angles of attack, how to fight with the knife and how to defend knife attacks.

Overall there are three levels of experience within Marty Martin Karate: beginners (white, yellow and orange belt), intermediate (purple, blue, green) and advanced (brown belts). Students wearing the “Red Belt” belt signify a student who has completed learning the beginner and intermediate material and is preparing to test for advancement to the advanced (brown belt) level of training. The Red/Black Belt represents a student who has learned the advanced material and is preparing to test for the Black Belt.

Beginners start by learning Building Block Set One, which includes the basic stances, blocks, punches, kicks and steps of karate. An introduction to boxing and jiu jitsu plus the grab-arts skill set of self defense techniques which instruct defense against: an assailant attempting various grabs such as wrist, shoulder, chokes, arm locks, arm bars, head locks etc. For those beginner students who chose they also receive an introduction to Coach Martin’s “Fight Skills” which includes learning the first premise of fighting, understanding the Platform Theory, the stages of an attack as well as use of the baton, knife, and ground skills.

Intermediates learn Building Block Set Two and Three which includes the next level of basics of karate, combined boxing skills and defenses and wrist lock and arm-lock jiu jitsu material plus the skill set Kenpo self defense techniques teaching defense against fundamental striking attacks (punches), knife attacks and two attackers. Students continue to train in the Fight Skills with the expectation the student will demonstrate a marked improvement in their fight skills abilities.

Advanced students learn Building Block Sets Four and Five, develop solid kickboxing and jiu jitsu application plus Kenpo self defense techniques which now answer the “what if” questions from the techniques learned at the “Skill Set “ level. as stated earlier this material is referred to as the “Self Defense Technique Variations.” At this level fight skills fundamentals have been learned and advanced students should be practicing their skills, refining their abilities and embracing new fundamentals, which make technique application even more efficient and effective.

After completing the material for advancement through the brown belt ranks the student will have learned all the material needed to advance to the black belt, here the red/black belt signifies and provides a review level of all material. When the student can complete all the required material with no mistakes then the Black Belt test is administered.

Black Belts become teachers, leaders and representatives of Marty Martin Karate and they join an elite group of individuals who have gone before them. It is a great honor to join this Black Belt fraternity.

 Train hard, stay focused, improve your mind, push yourself and you will achieve.

Coach Marty Martin
8th Degree Black Belt
Owner Marty Martin Karate, Karate Training Centers
Professor Kenpo Set Karate and Kenpo Jiu Jitsu

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