At Alliance AZO students can train in two main areas of martial arts with striking and grappling programs offered. We offer training in Muay Thai (striking), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (grappling) and Judo (grappling) as well as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) which combines grappling and striking.
A striking art relies on keeping an opponent at a range that allows the use of strikes to subdue them. Striking develops skills such as hand eye coordination as well as improves balance and movement.
Muay Thai is the traditional sport / martial art of Thailand and translates to the art of 8 limbs. Students of Muay Thai learn striking techniques that use their hands, feet, elbows, and knees.
The main focus of a grappling martial art is to deal with an opponent who is engaging a person with physical contact such as grabbing, pushing, and pulling. Grappling also addresses situations where people are on the ground. A grappler will use a submission hold such as a choke or joint lock to subdue and control their opponent / attacker.
Judo is a martial art that was developed in Japan by an educator, Dr. Jigoro Kano, as a way to bring physical education into schools through martial arts. Students of Judo learn how to leverage an opponent’s movement to apply throws / takedowns. Students also learn various hold downs and submission holds to subdue their opponent. Judo is also practiced as an olympic sport.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was created in the early 1900s by founders Carlos and Helio Gracie as a result of adapting techniques of Judo that they learned. Students of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu learn grappling and self defense techniques from a standing position as well as when they are on the ground.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
Mixed Martial Arts is a combination of arts that use both main styles of fighting (striking and grappling). Students of MMA are encouraged to practice both striking and grappling along with their MMA training.