At the Frontenac Academy in Montreal, you can learn one or more martial arts and self defense disciplines. Whether you truly want to learn to defend yourself, or are looking for an engaging means of general fitness, studying martial arts is a great way to build strength, endurance, and confidence.
There is a wide variety of disciplines to choose from, including:
- Muay Thai
- Krav Maga
While boxing is one of the world’s oldest and most beloved pastimes, the sport as we know it today did not begin to develop until rules were set down in the mid-18th century, in Europe. Of course, today, boxing is an Olympic sport and a great workout to boot.
A modern sport that evolved from martial arts, kickboxing originated in Japan during the 1960s. Incorporating techniques from various combat sports based on kicking and punching, you might recognize it for its combination of karate, muay thai, and traditional Western boxing strikes. It is regarded, today, as a form of self-defense as well as a means of general fitness, as well as a contact sport.
Known as “The Art of Eight Limbs,” Muay Thai can be traced as far back as the mid-16th century, in Thailand. The Academia Frontenac muay thai Montreal philosophy of this martial art is to use the hands, feet, elbows and knees (the 8 “limbs”) in ways that mimic traditional melee weapons of war: the sword/dagger, mace/hammer, axe, and staff.
Hailing from 1920s Japan, Jiu Jitsu loosely means “gentle technique” and from watching the sport it is easy to see why. Less violent and direct than other martial arts, jiu jitsu is more a means of manipulating an attacker’s force to avoid combat than to defend and counterattack like other martial arts. Early forms of this technique began to emerge during feudal Japan as samurai needed a method for defeating armed and armored opponents, even when not armed themselves.
Also a modern technique from Japan, Aikido translates to “the way of unifying [with] life energy” or, more eloquently, “the way of harmonious spirit.” The goal of Aikido—which first emerged during the 1920s, in Japan—is similar to Jiu Jitsu in that it uses the force and energy of an attacker against them with throws and joint locking/submission techniques that can immobilize an attacker.
Less a martial art than a form of self defense, Krav Maga was specifically designed as a threat neutralization tactic for soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces. Developed in the 1930s, the system emphasizes simultaneous defense and attacks to maximize force and power and, of course, threat immobilization.