Whether as a base for mixed martial arts or as a stand alone sport, boxing is indispensable from a fitness and combatives perspective.
It doesn't matter if you're a weekend warrior or a professional fighter, boxing is one of the few cross-pollinating sports or martial arts that can improve multiple attributes.
Need fast feet for soccer? Boxing can help with that. Need to get used to a more physical style of play in your football or hockey league? Boxing can help with that. Need to burn off frustration from a day in the office dealing with morons? Boxing can definitely help with that.
We offer two variations of the classic boxing paradigm: (1) Old School Boxing (OSB), which is our basic model and designed to emulate the best qualities of amateur and professional athlete training regimens; and (2) Juvie Boxing (JVB), our new school approach that emulates a boxing-for-MMA style and works better for fighters who have to consider an opponent shooting in for a single during a punching exchange.
For the beginner, we recommend Old School Boxing; in fact, we recommend OSB for just about everyone. It's that important and that good. Juvie Boxing is more appropriate for mixed martial artists; unless you already have game, most of the nuances will be lost on you.
A lot happens when you add kicks to the mix, not the least of which is the need to be in peak physical condition. Throwing all of your limbs at someone who is doing the same to you takes a bigger than average gas tank if you expect to be competitive for more than a few seconds. But that's not all.
There's two types of conditioning required to be an effective kickboxer. Obviously, one needs cardiovascular endurance for the variety of techniques that can and will be used during training or a bout; but often overlooked is the body-conditioning needed to deal with the constant contact occurring all over the body.
It's not just punching you have to worry about now. Shins, elbows, knees...kickboxing can be brutal for the unprepared or the uninformed.
Our kickboxing is designed to be an open-ended approach to the sport, recognizing variations on the theme that exist and how each technique is unique to its source. This allows for the individual to build fundamentals unique to his or her personal tastes, while still respecting kickboxing tenets and creating a true representation of the sport and the athlete.
Just like boxing, we divide our kickboxing training into Old School (OSKb) and Juvie (JVKb). OSKb is the best approach for anyone new to the sport or simply looking for a great workout; JKVb makes more sense for the mixed martial artist.
Whichever one you choose, we're sorry for what your shins are going to go through for the first few sessions.
Catch Wrestling and Submission Grappling
Nearly every fight starts on the feet, it's true; but the ground is where it will end up in a large percentage of confrontations, whether it's a mixed martial arts match or self defense situation. You're not always going to have your gi when it goes there (or even a shirt), so make sure to take your skills with you. Many variations of wrestling exist, each with its inherent strategy and go-to moves, some of which are for control and others for finishes.
With our background in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling, our submission grappling program focuses on the work capacity and fitness of the elite wrestler first; to these essential attributes, we blend in the numerous holds, chokes, locks, compressions, and positions necessary to be an effective - and threatening - grappler.
Our training works equally well for those interested in mixed martial arts, no-gi grappling, or self defense.
Make the most of your off-season by using a tailored sport combatives program designed to compliment the attributes you need to be effective in your chosen medium. Whichever method you choose, sometimes another sport is exactly the motivation you need to train harder when your season is over and the couch is calling.
Obviously, direct skill training isn't what we are talking about here; for that, you should seek out a coach specific to your sport. But athletic qualities such as timing, resilience, and durability can be augmented with the insertion of the right type of cross training into your regimen.
Through careful sport analysis, we can tailor our boxing, kickboxing or grappling workouts to enhance your performance on the ice, field or court of your choice; but if more strength is what you need, we can build a program around that instead.
When you return to play, your opponents will notice the difference in your abilities even more than you will.
Of all the athletic qualities one must address, strength is the most misunderstood. At Untapped, we believe in the adage that a strong person is more difficult to kill than a weak one; though tongue-in-cheek, it still speaks to a very observable truth. Athletes have requirements intrinsic to their respective sports that must be identified before embarking on any type of strength program.
We identify what type of strength an athlete possesses and which type would benefit him or her most, then correct that deficit or enhance what exists through intelligent recommendations.
But strength training is not just for professional athletes. Everyone can use more of it.
Strength is almost always underrated, often underdeveloped, but universally respected and appreciated. Whether that means being able to carry your own groceries to your car well into your senior years or having a vice-like grip on an opponent or assailant during a physical altercation, strength is the calling card of the serious sports competitor and fitness enthusiast alike.
Tired of being crushed to the mat or getting help opening the pickle jar? Talk to us.
The C stands for Conditioning and SAQ refers to the athletic qualities of Speed, Agility and Quickness; all essential attributes for athletic success. As the saying goes, fatigue makes cowards of us all. Take your confidence to peak levels of performance by giving yourself a solid foundation for any and every athletic contest.
To do that, you need an intelligent analysis of your performance needs and an equally intelligent response consistent with your desired outcomes.
We create workouts that will reward you with enhanced athletic attributes and confidence in your capacity to exceed previous expectations. And if that isn't good enough, we have an answer.
6x6x6 is our sport training program; six weeks, six days per week, and six workouts for each day, culminating in the achievement of one goal: elite level fitness. We run this program on a limited basis through the year, so space and opportunity are at a premium. Watch this space for online booking, or send us an email request to be notified when registrations are being accepted.
This is an intense program that requires commitment and accountability. It is as mentally taxing as it is physically, but the juice is most definitely worth the squeeze. You will not just be a better athlete when you come out the other side; you will be a better everything.
Self-Defense and the Hard Target Program
Our courses are taught by certified instructors with experience in law enforcement, security, professional and amateur combatives, and more. We pride ourselves on marrying skills content to the legalities of those skills.
Ryan Lawless is the originator and creator of the Hard Target EPS program with the Edmonton Police Service. Here, an expanded curriculum is offered that addresses topics like striking and weapon defense that could not be taught in the original sessions. This course will build confidence and give back a sense of proportion to anyone who has been a victim of crime or fears becoming one.
Our self defense classes take a holistic approach to understanding the concept of personal safety, building skills and understanding to ensure the risk of victimization is mitigated. This is not a fitness class and it will not make you a better fighter; it's about understanding violence and its place in the world we live in.
We run this program on a limited basis through the year, so space and registration opportunities are at a premium. Watch this space for online booking, or send us an email request to be notified when registrations are being accepted.
Do you know the limits of your legal right to protect yourself? Your property? What should you do if you witness a crime? These questions and many others are addressed in our workshop specifically designed to empower citizens faced with an increasingly violent and criminally-minded society.
Judges, lawyers and the criminal justice system are complicit in creating victims in the citizenry; lenient penalties against offenders and ridiculous charges being pursued against those defending themselves, loved ones, or property have created a miasma of indecision.
Fearful of legal repercussions, people allow themselves to be victimized or fail to act when witnessing a crime in progress. We address these issues and more in our Understanding the Law sessions, educating participants and strengthening their grasp of rights and case law.
You are the architect of your society and can change it for the positive with your actions; understanding the law is a tool to help you make informed and moral decisions to that end.
Edmonton's Food Bank, Santas Anonymous, Make a Wish Foundation, Children's Wish Foundation...all beneficiaries of the Hard Target personal safety program that we support in conjunction with the Edmonton Police Service.
You can get more information about dates for upcoming eventshere.