"Train like a Black Belt, think like a Black Belt, become a Black Belt"
The Excel Adult Martial Arts offers adult programs for various levels of skill for men and women of all ages. We treat all our students with respect in an atmosphere that inspires excellence.
Excel Martial Arts emphasizes self-discipline and the value of achieving goals through hard work and focus. Our style American-Te® is a fun way to learn something new, relieve stress, and provide a workout that is mentally stimulating.
Excel Martial Arts focuses on the realistic aspects of the martial arts rather than simply as a sport. American-Te®, is a style that leads students through the basics all the way to effective street self defense and more. We emphasize the positive attributes of all our students as they learn effective, practical movements that work for their bodies and their needs.
Our basic blocking and striking techniques emphasize power and precision. The difference between a beginner and advanced student, is the degree of perfection of these techniques with proper stance and a functional understanding of use.
Our forms begin with basic Japanese hard-style Shotokan forms, then the circular fluid movements of Kenpo (soft/hard), and later the soft, controlled movements of Tai Chi (soft). we encourage our students to develop and understanding of kata application (bunkai), and to keep an open mind about meaning within the kata.
Combinations- Beginners learn basic block/strike combinations incorporating various techniques, targeting, and control. As students advance their combinations will combine with other aspects of self defense. Releases- Students learn basic releases against the most common grabs. Our emphasis is on escaping without injury to the opponent, but with the skills that allow students to later add locks, takedowns, and strikes.
Locks– Using Japanese Juijitsu, Okinawan Tuite, and Chinese Chin-na, American-Te has developed a simple method for learning effective join locking techniques. Advance students will learn to flow between locks and to incorporate locks into other training. Takedowns- Our students learn how to control their opponent to the ground with methods from Judo, Aikido, and Filipino arts. Advanced students will learn countering techniques and the be able to work takedowns into other training. Analytical Combat- developed by Tom Sotis, and expanded by Shihan Cody Robyn, analytical combat teaches efficient blocking and striking, and allows the students bridge the gap between self defense and sparring, a gap which is lacking in most styles of training.
Students develop control, timing and distancing, while working their skills in the more competitive environment. Students wear protective gear for safety, but are encouraged to work more aggressively to simulate real-life situations, for more accurate results.