Empower Kickboxing
Martial Arts You Can Master Faster!

Our Empower Kickboxing program combines the best and most effective skills from martial arts, kickboxing, nunchaku, and self-defense.

SELF-DISCIPLINE, CONFIDENCE, AND REAL-WORLD SKILLS

We’ll help you reach your goals and have fun while you’re at it!

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FREE!

Our no-obligation Intro course include private lessons with an AMA instructor. 

1. One Free Trial Class or

2. 3 Classes and a school shirt for $29.

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“Master Deaver is definitely focused on the training and teaching of the arts. Excellent demeanor and a teaching heart. Thank you so much for helping us progress to the next step!!”

Chris Amy Labby

NO THE EASY TO LEARN MARTIAL ARTS
CURRICULUM THAT STUDENTS LOVE!

Martial arts is best when it’s not complicated or weighed down by outdated skills and techniques.

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BLENDED MARTIAL ARTS

NO SINGLE STYLE OF MARTIAL ARTS IS THE BEST.

Our Empower Kickboxing program combines the best skills and strikes from all martial arts into one easy to learn and apply curriculum. 

This allows us to focus on the application and execution of the skills in many difference scenarios. 

KICKBOXING

COMBINING THE POWERFUL MARTIAL ARTS KICKS WITH WESTERN BOXING.

Kickboxing is in may ways the opposite of traditional karate. Kickboxing teaches a strong defense and firing punches in bunches whereas traditional karate relies on the mythical single “deadly blow” approach to training.

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OUR RUBBER NUNCHAKU WEAPONS TEACH COORDINATION AND DEXTERITY.

Safely learning how to use one weapon helps you to turn almost anything into a weapon of self-defense.

Working with weapons builds functional strength. Working with a weapon develops sharper focus and extends your sense of space as you take into account the movements of your weapon.

REALITY-BASED SELF-DEFENSE

THEORY-BASED SELF-DEFENSE VS REALITY-BASED SELF-DEFENSE.

The primary types of self-defense programs are:

Theory-based
This includes martial arts systems that practice rehearsed self-defense scenarios. For instance, an attacker stands still with an arm extended while the defender strikes, spins, and strikes again all while the attacker patiently waits.

Reality-Based
This includes law enforcement training. While a soldier or black belt may never engage in close quarters combat, law enforcement officers deals with violent offenders daily.

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OUR PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTORS ARE MATA CERTIFIED

MATA Certification was authored by 18 different veteran black belts who are also experts in their fields such as psychology, pedagogy, movement science, and communication.

We know that walking into a martial arts school can be intimidating. That’s why Empower Kickboxing™ is staffed with professional instructors trained in modern teaching methods and certified by the Martial Arts Teachers’ Association.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FROM PARENTS

My child is shy and introverted. How will that affect his participation in class?

If there is any common success story from our martial arts program it’s students and parents telling us how we helped their child to “come out of his/her shell.”

We have specfic drills and exercises that are highly effective for helping students take small steps towards a more confident presence.

My child has a very short attention span. Can you work with that?

Little Dragons is our martial arts class for young children. We understand that keeping attention can be a real challenge with this age group.

That’s why our program is fast moving and engaging for the children.

Our instructors are also experts at helping children to re-focus in class until it becomes natural to the child.

My child is not very active and never liked sports before.

It’s all in the presentation, especially with children. One of the strongest benefits of our martial arts for children program is instilling and motivating a desire to have a healthier diet and body.

This may be one of the best long-term benefits of training at our school.

My child has a "my way or no way!" attitude. Can this help?

One of the somewhat magical effects of our martial arts classes for kids is mix of psychology and physiology.

We often think of the mental disciplines of martial arts but the physical disciplines are just as important and emphasized just as much.

Recognizing and resisting urges to act out are central to the discipline of making sure a student is not abusing the training.

That includes developing the self-control not to act out.

My child is constantly fighting with his sister. Are we putting her at risk?

The responsible use of martial arts for good rather than harm is central to everything we teach.

Parents of our martial arts students are consistently impressed with how our training helps to mature the children in different ways and temper control is one of them.

Much of that has to do with a heighten self-awareness to recognize when things are “heating up” and how to de-excalate.”

My child has a history of quitting new activities.

When you enroll your child into our school to help with self-discipline, it’s crucial that you work with the instructors to set clear expectations.

This starts with your child clearly understanding that the first discipline is to come to class twice a week and practice two non-class days.

To help you with that the child psychologists in the Martial Arts Teachers’ Association’s Certification program suggest you be aware of what activity the child is engaged right before getting ready for class.

If they are playing their favorite game, they may be more resistant to shifting attention than if they were cleaning their room or doing yard work. :0)

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