I have a traditional approach to martial arts. I teach the arts the way I was taught, and take the same approach that was intended when the arts were developed and needed out of necessity in day to day life. I don't believe in "secrets" in training. I believe in a core understanding that there arts are as valid in today's societs as they ever have been. I believe in being a student first and learning something new every day. The curriculum that I have in place gives students a ground up foundation in fundamentals that will carry them through their training. It is not about mimicking the movements and memorizing the techniques. If you learn the fundamentals properly, you will be able to unlock things within the arts that most people never get to experience.
I enjoy the growth of my students and myself. I learn as much from them as they do from me. Seeing students transformation from day one is what makes it worth it for me. Having the chance to pass down material that can date back hundreds of years is special to me as well.
I hit it off with Adam the first time we talked on the phone. I had a kung fu school at the time and after a two hour convo I had invited and he agreed to come teach. About a week later he came in and began engaging with my students in a relaxed relatable manner that made everyone feel comfortable right away. I can count on one finger how many times this has happened where I immediately trusted and invited a guest instructor. As he began to teach it was easy to see both his skill and genuine passion for the arts. He carries a wide array of knowledge from a wide variety of traditional martial arts. I fell in love with his practical "real to life" self defense applications, weapons training and conditioning and even incorporated the material into my own training. He teaches hands on, step by step- fine tuning your technique and answering questions openly as he goes. You will get value from every single lesson and leave feeling confident, strong, and wanting more! Training with an instructor of his caliber is priceless. Don't waste your time! Train with Adam if you want authentic martial arts and immediate results. -Nate
Getting to know what goals my students have is the first step. Once those are laid out we start at the begining and drill fundamentals until they are comfortable, not just with the technique, but with their understanding of the principles associated with those fundamentals.
I began my training at a very young age and have continued on throughout my life. I have been privileged to have the instruction that I do. Thanks to them I am able to frequent Southeast Asia to train with Grandmasters of Arnis in the Philippines and Silat in Indonesia. Those Grandmasters continue to visit the United States to train us here, as well.
I began teaching as an assistant under my instructors when I was in high school, helping with the kids classes and teaching them the fundamentals necessary to develop a good foundation within their training. Over the years I was afforded the opportunities to assist with seminars and events. As my understanding of the arts increased I began teaching private lessons and that is how I got to where I am now. Teaching is more than a passion for me. It is not only a way to pass on a legacy to my children and students, but a way to show respect for my teachers that have invested the time to shape me into who I am.
I work with a plethora of students. Children of all ages, adults, senior citizens, as well as law enforcement to name a few.
My advice would be to do your independent research on what you are looking for. Frequent books, blogs, videos online, any other source of information you can come across before speaking to an instructor. Ask questions, as many as possible. Beware of contractual obligations and "certifications" or "rank" that can be obtained over the course of a weekend. Training in martial arts, is about the journey and you will be far better off with an instructor that teaches you not just to defend yourself but the "how" behind it.
I would ask about lineage and where their arts come from. Also, how long they have been training. Not teaching, but training. Ask about their teaching philosophy and how it correlates with their teaching methods. Ask their opinion about other arts that you are familiar with and see their response. Ask how their art can be applied from all manner of situations, such as close quarters, the ground, with weapons, in varying climates, etc.