Yi's Martial Arts Fitness Academy

Yi's Martial Arts Fitness Academy

2 employees
63 years in business

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We are the Riverbend Area's Premier Martial Arts Education and Training Facility. We have trained extensively with instructors in various martial arts and disciplines.  We teach real-world Street Self Defense Techniques.  We have trained students who competed at the local, national and international levels.  My background is in WTF/ITF Taekwondo, Tang Soo Do, and Karate based styles.  I have teaching degrees in Arnis and Tacosa Serrada Eskrima. I have taken many seminars and/or workshops on JKD, BJJ, Jiujitsu, Muay Thai, Aikijujitsu, etc...  I have been teaching, training and private coaching students for over 35 yrs.

I trained under 3 Grandmasters and 1 Great Grandmaster who was also the the President of the Hong Kong TKD Association when I was about 21 years old.

I trained a student who was just a Green Belt to fight in his 1st MMA match at the St. Charles Family Arena in just 3 weeks to win by a Rear naked Choke.

I am a 7th Dan Black Belt  in TKD through the AAU.

Gold Medalist in the 2009 AAU Nationals in Forms

Silver Medalist in the 2009 AAU Nationals in Sparring

Level I instructor in Tacosa Serrada Eskrima

Level I Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts Alliance.

Martial Arts Hall Of Fame Inductee 2010

i enjoy helping others reach their true potential through martial arts and fitness training.  I love seeing a student gaining increased confidence, flexibility, and focus.  

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Wood River, IL 62095
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We will first start with a 1 page questionnaire to find out what your goals are in martial arts then we will do a one on one new client orientation.  We will have you do some basic martial arts movements to see where we need to strengthen or polish your technique. We will also do some basic stretches as well as hold positions to see how well your "core" is in shape as well as some balance exercises.  Then we will proceed with some basic drills to work your gross motor skills, dexterity, agility, and reaction time.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

7th Dan Tae Kwon Do, studied martial arts fitness for over 30 years.  Trained with Eric the Trainer, fitness trainer to the stars like Def Leppard, etc...  Trained with Ernie Kirk of Krav Maga Universal, Trained with Dan Inosanto doing various workshops, seminars, etc..  Trained with FMA Guro's like Jimmy Tacosa-student of Angel Cabales, Leo T. Gaje, Ted Lucay-Lucay, Larry Hartsell, etc. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Free Trial Lesson and questionairre to see if you are a good fit for me and I'm a good fit for you.  After the initial consultation we can go over the investment required to reach your goals and the timeframe to expect to achieve them.  

How did you get started teaching?

Started teaching TKD classes for my father at age 10, teaching the family sparring classes on Saturdays and Demo Team on Sundays then continued training in various disciplines as I got older and higher in rank.  

What types of students have you worked with?

Ages 5-up, Athletes and Non-Athletes, Housewives, Stay at Home Parents, Teens who have been bullied.  Girls and women who have been assualted, beaten, etc... I prefer though to work with Adult and Teens in Pvt Lesson settings otherwise kids younger than 12 can join my regular martial arts classes. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Teaching a Women's Self Defense seminar on anti-abduction, carjacking, and home invasion prevention.  

The women loved it we talked about the 3 types of bad guys, and how to identify them, the 3 things the bad guys control and how you can minimize these to be better prepared, the mindset you need to have to effectively defend yourself, why you should never go to a secondary location no matter what.

As well as weapon retention vs a handgun or knife.  

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I would first ask them how long have they trained, then who they have trained with, and if they are still training.  If they say no very long, or not many people, or can't even name people you can verify on the internet, I would stay away especially if its a ranked system and you are looking to get ranked or certified in. If you aren't interested in getting ranked I would still ask to see their teaching credentials, rank certifications.  As far as the last question if they answer NO, I would look elsewhere as we get more and more new information on training, equipment usage, nutrition, etc...  You might be training using bad habits then.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Why?  The number one reason is Why, Do you want to start training?  Is it to increase flexibility, stamina, endurance, be able to defend yourself, etc... Next question should be asked is how much of a committment can I or will I make to my training?  If its once a week, please choose someone else as not to waste my time and yours.  I am only looking for people committed to at least 2-3 times a week to train.  As habits are formed or broken in 30 days, the more continuous the training the more easily new healthier habits can be formed.