Applied Principles Martial Arts

Styles Taught: Isshinryu Karate, Isshin-Jujitsu, and
Neko-Ryu Goshin Jitsu

Our classes focus on techniques that are swift, consisting of simple movements which are effective in multiple situations.  These techniques can be applied whether standing or on the ground (grappling), and whether the attacker armed or unarmed.  The underlying principles surrounding our teachings are:

  • Techniques are simple to execute and effective
  • Applicable in multiple situations with success
  • Easy to execute based on technique, rather than strength or speed

Our motto and belief is that a good martial art is not made by exceptional people, but that a good martial art makes individuals exceptional.

Foundation of Our Teachings

Isshinryu Karate, founded by Tatsuo Shimabukufocuses on short, quick strikes applied to various surfaces of the body to breakdown the attacker. There are 15 basic hand techniques, and 9 kicking techniques. The strikes are thrown from natural stances to promote balance and limit wasted movement.  This style also utilizes predetermined defense, attack, and counter-attack exercise called katas. There are 8 empty hand and 8 weapon katas.

Isshin Jujitsu, founded by our Grandmaster Chris Spruiell, focuses on techniques grounded in Muay Thai Boxing, American Kickboxing, JuJitsu, Isshinryu Karate, and Mixed Martial Arts. This system allows a person to easily flow from position to position whether stand-up fighting or ground fighting. This allows for techniques which give an advantage in conflict regardless of where and how it occurs.

Neko-Ryu Goshin Jitsu was founded by Ernie Cates 10th Dan and Sensei Nakabiyashi. This system of grappling emphasizes the development of techniques to overcome inherent advantages that an opponent may have in size and strength.

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