Our systems (Toe2Toe Combatives) is a blend of both Kickboxing and JiuJitsu. The focus is on street self-defense. The application is universal (meaning it works well as a self-defense system and a competition system). Students will be expected to train hard, grow in knowledge and physical mastery, and perform under real-world situations. This will include testing attack and defense maneuvers with fellow students in a safe manner with gradually increasing force. Safety is the highest priority, but our program will include contact. You can expect to see students spar (punch and kick each other to practice real self-defense). You can expect to see students grapple (grab, throw, submit/tap out each other to practice real self-defense). This is how our instructors learned, and that is how they will teach.
The head instructor for Conway is Curtiss Robinson, a thirty-year Martial Arts veteran as well as a twenty-four-year Army combat veteran. Your instructor is well trained and ready to lead, teach, and mentor the technical and strategic aspects of Toe2Toe Combatives. He has a variety of notable achievements in full-contact Martial Arts culminating with training the US Army National Combatives Team. His goal is to bring out the best in every student. Physical, mental, and social development will take place under his instruction, but he is also a lot of fun to learn from.
Family Friendly Program is designed for parents and their teens/kids to train together. It is an opportunity to build the family unit as well as learn self-defense. This program accepts kids ages 5–7 with adult supervision and ages 8–16 without adult supervision. This is still a very serious program with real-world application, but it will be enjoyable for the whole family.
Adults Only Program is designed for mature teens and adults only. This is a combat class geared toward learning our system of Martial Arts that has been proven on the street. Time will not be wasted on pointless memorization of moves that look good but require interpretation as in traditional classes. Time will be spent learning how to apply power and speed to proper technique resulting in mastery of self. There are no age or gender limitations but come willing to work hard. If you have the heart, we will train you.
Kickboxing and JiuJitsu represent the two major aspects of modern Martial Arts. Kickboxing is a “standing art” that originated in Thailand (Muy Thai). It is composed of powerful punches, kicks, elbows, knees, and defensive techniques common to Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and other Asian arts but unique in instruction and application. It is very effective one on one as a self-defense art and has been very popular in full-contact events like MMA.
JiuJitsu is a “ground art” that originated in Japan (contrary to popular belief about Brazilian JiuJitsu being its own art) but has become more popular through the efforts of the Gracie family and many other Brazilian instructors who have proven successful in UFC/MMA events. It is focused on patience and control rather than speed and power. Techniques include throws, takedowns, arm locks, leg locks, and chokes, but the secret of this art is positioning! It has much in common with Wrestling, Judo, and Sambo sports, but JiuJitsu is a combat application.
Our disclaimer follows: We do not guarantee promotions in rank. There is no guarantee that every student will make a black belt. Promotions are based on merit alone! The best technicians learn quickly, but it is those with the heart (burning desire) who become warriors. We can only guarantee the opportunity. Everything else is up to the student.
Our promise follows: Students will receive the most effective training possible without high risk of injury. Students will have every opportunity to face their fears, overcome their doubts, and grow into disciplined and focused technicians. Any student who puts for the effort will find their lives changed by the experience. We change lives through Martial Arts!
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We always want to know what to expect from people and organizations, and the best place to start is values. The founder, Hachidan-Soke Matt Avant, is a humble and compassionate man, full of kindness and love for all. The second in command, Rokudan-Renshi Curtiss Robinson, is a determined and confident retired Army Veteran focused on integrity and honor in his approach. The following values have been adopted from both of these gentlemen: