Stand-Up

Stand-up fighting involves kicking, punching, and close-quarter combatives.

A common saying is “Most fights go to the ground.” True, but most fights start standing up.

UMA’s stand-up curriculum employs kickboxing, Muay Thai, Western boxing, street self-defense and defensive tactics. Instruction will help students develop proper form and, although the training sessions will have some physically demanding components, the instruction will always provide the opportunity to work up to an acceptable level of participation. Students are encouraged to strive to improve the quality of their movement while safely and gradually increasing the number of repetitions they can complete.

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This class offers many different interactive drills, flow drills, and sparring. It provides opportunities for you and your partner to train cooperatively or competitively. You spar at the level agreed upon by you and your partner, with the appropriate equipment.

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Each session begins with a 10 to 15 minute warm-up.

Stretching, joint mobility, core strengthening, and anaerobic conditioning. Know that any time you increase your fitness level you are improving your ability to defend yourself. You can never be beaten if you can’t be caught, and if you are unconditioned you can be caught.

Unlike style-specific martial arts, the stand-up training at UMA makes a clear correlation between street techniques and boxing & kickboxing techniques. You do not learn one system for historical purposes and then another for modern day self-defense. For us, the negotiating posture is designed to be nearly identical to a boxer’s stance. A finger jab is shown to be similar to a jab punch, a palm heel strike becomes a cross punch, a palm slap to the eardrum has the same body mechanics as a hook punch to the jawbone. Therefore, how you train from day-to-day is how you will be prepared to fight in the event you need to protect yourself.

UMA teaches a variety of practice drills and patterns.

This class often uses focus mitts, Thai pads, and heavy bags. Focus mitts are optimal for working timing and distance. They enable us to test offensive and defensive techniques, and techniques in combination. Stationary and hanging bags allow for full force striking on a piece of equipment representing the body.

Just like constructing a house, we build from the ground up. Students are first taught footwork and basic strikes. Then a wider variety of linear and circular punches & kicks, followed by knees & elbows.

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We make time for sparring rounds.

Beginners do not spar until their fundamentals are sound. Mouthguards are mandatory, and can be purchased from the instructor for $1.

Note: although this class focuses on fighting on our feet, it does contain takedowns, grappling, and submissions.

Testimonial

My fiancé Jeremy and myself have been attending class at Unbridled Martial Arts for nearly 3 months now. The main reason we chose Unbridled was because of the reasonable rates. We figured for $30 each per month we had nothing to lose. I was very nervous about going because I have not had any previous experience with martial arts or fitness in general. However it only took a couple of classes for me to feel completely comfortable and confident in my ability to learn under Rob’s instruction. Jeremy really enjoys training with Rob because of the diversity of the training. Jeremy does have some background in martial arts and wrestling and Rob is always open minded about what other people have to offer to his class. I enjoy training with Rob because he is attentive and if he sees me doing something incorrectly he shows me how to do it right without discouraging me or making me feel silly. I also like that rather than sticking with one traditional style, Rob just teaches what works. It’s about effective self-defense instead of belt bragging. I would highly recommend this class to anyone. In fact we have and some of our friends have already joined. I personally feel terrific after each class regardless of how my day began.

~ Mindy Smither & Jeremy Simmons

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