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About Pragmatic Martial Arts

Our Philosophy

Nothing is pre-arranged or staged

When we train, nothing is pre-arranged or staged and, unlike a lot of martial arts demos and courses, the attacker never tells the defender how he will attack, he never attacks slow, never attacks just once and stops. There is absolutely no playing along. The attacker attacks anyway he likes, as fast as he likes and as many times as he likes until he can’t. Basically, we try to keep it as realistic as possible.

Directness is the nature of compassion

The methods are direct and quick. The idea is to end the encounter within seconds. Therefore, it is not for those wishing to show off or have a long hard fight. Directness is the nature of compassion in a crisis, end suffering as quickly as possible, never prolonging violence


Through progression of intensity, and the keyword here is progression, students are given a chance to develop the ability to stay calm and relaxed under pressure. This is done by training the mind and body to relax, sink, extend, feel and breathe when under attack.


We do not use fear, anger or tension as the source of power. We use orientation, awareness, and relaxation. Tension clouds awareness, sensitivity,  speed,  accuracy, the timing of power,  fine motor functioning etc. This stuff gets rid of the hard-wired habit of reacting with fear, anger, and tension when faced with challenges in life, which often robs the joy out of daily life. How can we be highly efficient, confident yet relaxed when dealing with things? This is the question that proper training answers and develops based on functional ability, not talk. Martial arts should never be the sensationalizing of violence. In order to function at your best, you gotta learn to slow your mind down,  relax, extend,  feel, be completely in the moment. This allows your top speed, accuracy, coordination, power, reflexes to come out. That’s the irony, you first develop relaxation and deep calm in order to be more efficient. However, by the time you are that calm, you no longer have a need or desire to “fight”. The bottom line of martial arts is a path to let go of your fears and anger. It is a process to get to know oneself. This is supposed to be something that makes your life better.

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