Peter Morton Academy Judo Jujitsu Karate
Peter Morton Academy Judo Jujitsu Karate
Out of every martial art club I have trained at (about 11) this one I have enjoyed the most and put the most effort in. I started about 2 and a half years ago, currently hold a blue belt, going for brown in about 2 months times. On to the review:
The club is a mixture of Judo Jujitsu Karate. I believe boxing should be in the name, yet people may get confused (Black belt in boxing??). First question several peopel think of, is do you learn everything from all 3 arts. I believe so, the only thing missing would be all the kata Karate holds. I know for a fact you learn all the judo techniques required for a black belt in Judo. Even so, it takes a minimum of about 6 years to gain a black belt, sometimes more. There is ALOT to learn.
Its not a traditional style club, its style is quite unique. 95% of techniques have to be done with a partner, otherwise you cant really grade, yet you make friends in the club or you partner with a black belt. The techniques are usually from a punch, so your partner punches you, you block it and do a technique (throw them over you for example). Some are ridiculously lame, like shaking someones hand and throwing them to the ground. The idea is to learn variety and prepare yourself for a wide range of attacks. They are fun to learn.
When you reach blue belt, the intensity goes up extremely. Boxing is practiced alot from green belt onwards, and basically have to prove that you are able to get knocked around by a more senior belt, in other words they punch the crap out of you. Everyone says the black belt course is painful, I believe them. We use safety gear, otherwise there woudl be too many injuries.
Most gear we use is worn alot, yet we have a huge variety of gloves and kick pads, I believe most branches do too. Even so, most people bring their own stuff, like gloves and head gear, not many people in our club dont own a pair of boxing gloves.
Gym Size: 7
It doesnt need to be any bigger really. Even when our class is packed everyone has enough room to do what they need to. Average class is about 15 people, a large class would be about 30. People come and go too often for size to be an issue.
Instructor/Student Ratio: 7.5
It was hard to choose between 7 and 8. Most brown belts I know, know almost as much as a black belt. Brown/Blue belts tend to help teach the class techniques with black belts watching. This is mainly to improve confidence and it works. First time i stood in front of a class, to take them through punches, I was nervous as hell. Usually there are black belts walking around while a brown belt leads others through techniques, I've had times when 3 black belts are teaching me one technique.
I love it. I know everyone there really well and I enjoy making friends with new comers and showing them how much they can improve in just a few lessons. Reason why I didnt say 10, sometimes we get about 8 new white belts, I feel they might feel a little left out at times, although its rare I see someone who is sad or angry, so rare I've seen this once at a seminar with 300 people.
Striking Instruction: 7?
We learn all the strikes at white belt, you are expected to improve as you grade. If you ask a white belt they would probably say 4, if you ask a brown belt they would probably say 9. Everything adds up overtime, I don't know many black belts that couldnt knock me to the ground with a kick. The techniques are self defence tested, the strikes are held back to a limit to not injure the partner, yet they are expected to look strong and make contact (Might sound lame, would you punch your partner in the face or break his collar bones).
Grappling Instruction: 8
Theres alot of grappling, most people learn the techniques by grappling. I've been through countless drills and have improved ALOT. I can beat people twice my size and I can be beaten by people twice my size. The fact that I can make a person alot bigger than me tapout is a huge confidence booster. Although this is more personal, I feel the club does well on grappling, sometimes I feel we do too much.
I've heard we learn defence against knives in the black belt course, yet thats it. We dont learn how to use weapons, we are told to avoid someone with one.
Hopefulyl my review has turned some heads. The club doesnt really advertise and relies on word of mouth. Hoping some people in Australia read this and attend a session, enjoy!