Martial Arts/Defense Classes

The goal of Granger Fitness and Defense is to educate and enlighten students through the process of traditional non-combative and combative methods. As well as non-traditional teaching through the mixing of several martial arts. Students will be taught in a non-competitive environment, which will allow for a greater sense of belonging and accomplishment.

Private Classes: Train one on one with Sifu John in classes tailored to your martial arts interest and needs. Beginners, intermediates and advanced students welcomed. Classes are generally one hour long and can be as often as you need or as few as once a week.

Group Classes SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19: Train with friends and family in groups of 2-6 people. A more structured environment, group classes are taught in a non-combative way. There is no sparing to ensure students’ safety and to prevent “flinch reflexes” and promote proper muscle memory. Cost dependent on number of students and frequency of classes.

Most classes will be taught in a “Close Quarters Combat” style, incorporating many systems and styles of martial arts and western boxing. This will include both empty hand and weapons training, students learn to assess their surroundings, utilize traditional and improvisational weapons in life threatening situations. This part of the curriculum is a mixture of martial arts theories and concepts to build muscle memory and ballistic movement.

Systems featured and highlighted in training:

Jeet Kune Do: “Be like water.” The system made famous by Bruce Lee, this is a hybrid system that focuses on minimal movement for maximum results. It is a combination of Wing Chun, Western Boxing and fencing. Learn to intercept your attacker while he is attacking.

Lameco Escrima: Created by the late Punong Guru Edgar Sulite, Lameco is a combination of the three basic ranges of combat: largo, medio, and corto (long, medium, and close). It is a compilation of 5 major eskrima systems and 6 minor eskrima systems, with a heavy influence from Grand Master Jose Caballero De Campo’s Uno-Dos-Tres original system and Grand Master Antonio Ilustrisimo’s Kalis Ilustrisimo system. It features training in the use of single and double stick, single and double sword, sword and dagger, staff, and empty hand techniques.

Kung Fu: Northern Shaolin/Tai Chi Praying Mantis, 9 Psalms Praying Mantis and Yee Chuan Tao Concepts

  • Northern Shaolin Kung Fu is one of the most prominent traditional northern styles of Chinese martial arts. The northern styles of Kung Fu generally emphasize long range techniques, quick advances and retreats, wide stances, kicking and leaping techniques, whirling circular blocks, quickness, agility, and aggressive attacks. The system teaches empty-hand techniques and weaponry through predetermined combinations, known as forms, routines, or movement of sets.
  • 9 Psalms Praying Mantis: Its expressions take you on a journey of circles, figure-eights, spirals, straight lines, ellipses, and more. They include all the traditional elements of a martial art: kicks, punches, throws and locks.
  • Yee Chuan Tao Concepts: an internal/external system which uses chi (sometimes spelled qi or chee) as its primary source of power. Originated by Taoist monks, the system predates the Shaolin Temple by 3,000 years. In the tradition of Taoism, it is spontaneous and alive. There are no set forms, or katas, to memorize and it contains only defensive moves. As a rose has thorns, it is in this sense nonviolent, and leaves room for love, peace and harmony to come first.

Seminars: Sifu John is available for group seminars. Some curriculum offered include rape and abduction prevention and close quarters combat. Contact for further information.

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