Let Tulsa's Elite Karate School help you find the right martial art and self defense fit.
First, we are Tulsa's only school that does not bow down to pictures, idols, or foreign flags. No tournament foolishness, no contracts, no embarrassment, no bootcamp style time filler (we get you healthy, not try to kill you with a workout from hell), no drill sergeant ego trips.
Do you want your martial arts background to come from some guy at a strip mall, or do you want your training to matter. Here YOUR martial art background will trace directly back to Bruce Lee. How many students can say that? Here at Tulsa Hargrave Martial Arts we have the experience and the knowledge that few schools anywhere can offer.
We offer Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do classes and Combat Kempo Karate. All real self defense with lineage going back to Bruce Lee's school in California.
Do you want to be taught at a school that doesn't even have a single master instructor or do you want to be taught by Tulsa's only Grandmaster 10th Degree Black Belt.
Life is full of compromises and those who settle for less. Why be that person who settles.
We are a small non commercial school that does not accept everyone who asks. We are a Tulsa's only private school that you must apply to be taught here, via email.
Ask yourself what you need from your karate school and style. Everyone needs a specific thing in their personal martial art. Is it to get in shape, to train oneself, or provide discipline for the undisciplined? Or do you or a loved one need to defend against the bad guys of the world?
Not all schools or styles are good for every individuals need, and if you don't know the difference, you are wasting your money, your time and your life. Here we will show you the difference between the arts and what each are used to accomplish. Then you can make an educated choice.
We at Hargrave Martial Arts Tulsa Karate are good at what we do. We don't try to be all things to all people. This simple guide will help and save everyone time and effort. We want you to be at the right school.
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1. Kempo (fist law) Karate: Japanese and Chinese in origin. James Mitose (my-TOE-she) is considered to be the founder of modern Kempo. It is good for: self defense and as a martial art. It is not for sport or tournaments. Kempo Karate is a good art for all ages, and can be practiced into old age. Minimum flexibility is required. There are different Kempo / Kenpo systems today. Some are more Chinese and others more Japanese in origin. Most techniques not allowed in tournaments. Good for self defense.
2. Jeet Kune Do (way of intercepting fist): Founded in the 1962 by Bruce Lee. Chinese in origin. JKD is good for self-defense, and as a martial art. It is not good for sport or tournaments. It is a good art for most ages, but is best for smaller persons. Works well into old age. Minimum flexibility is required.
3. Karate (empty hand): Japanese in origin. Some versions are good for sport and tournaments. Other karate forms are just for defense. If tournaments are allowed, generally the art is sport in nature. Flexibility is a must for most systems.
4. Ju Jitsu (gentle art), Japanese Dr. Jigoro Kano is also considered the father of modern Jujitsu- Good for- self defense, one on one. Not good for tournaments or sport but can be adapted without the joint and bone breaks. Good art for all ages and works well into old age. Minimum flexibility. Often mistaken for MMA, a separate art.
5. Judo: Japanese in origin. Founded 1882 by Jigoro Kano at age 22. Judo is good for sport and tournaments but not general self defense. All ages can perform it, but throws tend to get painful as you age. Medium flexibility is therefore required.
6. Kung Fu (skilled man): Chinese in origin at aprox. 527 A.D. Kung Fu is good for, depending on style, self defense and tournaments. Some styles work well into old age. Some of the very low stances are, well, painful at times. Flexibility is a must.
7. Kobu Jutsu (weapons art): Origins lie in Okinawa, Japan with farmers who needed to defend their crops. Kobu Jutsu taught at Hargrave Martial Arts as a component of Kempo Karate.
8. Aikido (way of mind / harmony): Japanese in origin, founded in 1942 by Morihei Ueshiba. Aikido is good for self defense to a point. Generally there is no striking. It is not for tournaments. However, it works very well into old age. Only minimum flexibility is required. Fair for self defense.
9. Muai Thai Kick Boxing: Origins are in Thailand. Muai Thai is good for self defense and ring work. It is best for the young. The average boxers time span in competition is 4 years before the crippling effects of the style make them unable to train. This is not an art for the elderly. Flexibility and stellar physical condition are a must.
10. Tae Kwon Do (way of punching and kicking): Founded in 1955 by General Choi Hong. It is Hi-Korean in origin. It is good for sport, tournaments and sport art, but not for self defense. Tae Kwon Do is for the young, as older practitioners tend to suffer from knee and joint problems. Flexibility is a must. Good for tournaments. Not good for self defense. (Sorry but a first degree Tae Kwon Do Blackbelt will not be able to defend themselves in a serious fight)
11. Cardio Karate (Tae Bo): American in origin. Cardio Karate is good for aerobics and fitness. It is not good for self defense. All ages can participate but flexibility is a must. Good for cardio. Not good for self defense.
12. Tai Chi: Chinese in origin. It is the moving forms / meditations. Tai Chi is good for overall fitness, but limited in the cardio area. Younger persons tend to find it boring. It can be adapted for self defense if the instructor shows you how, or knows how. Good for health and well being.
13. MMA- Mixed Martial Arts - Appeared around the inception of UFC. Often mistaken for Ju Jitsu, a separate art. MMA is not a system, in that it uses no guidelines or form. Has no ranking progression. Good for wrestling around with a sweaty guy in a cage for competition or one on one self defense. Not good for multiple opponents as you will be on the ground.