Mrs. Guccione, Mr. & Sensei Guccione
We believe that anyone can learn to defend him/herself and learning is self-paced. We do not have a militaristic
teaching style. The instructors allow each student to progress at the individual’s natural pace. Students are
encouraged to progress but never intimidated into any activity.
Taneesha & Katherine 6th Kyu students
A class lasts between 60 and 90 minutes and follows this format:
Mrs. Guccione & Mrs. Langdon
BASICS: A typical class begins with blocking, punching and kicking without an opponent, starting slowly for warm up
and becoming more intense and aerobically challenging. Instruction on how to improve the techniques and increase
speed, power and agility occurs throughout this phase. The rest of the class time is typically devoted to one or two
KATA: a ritual series of combinations of empty handed blocks, kicks and blows which mimic an imaginary fight against
multiple opponents. Intermediate and advance ranks also practice kata with ancient oriental weapons such as the
sai, bo, and sword. Aerobic demand is light to intense.
Mr. Gladding performing a Kata
SPARRING: highly controlled and regulated punching and kicking against an opponent. Students wear safety gear. No
striking or kicking below the belt, to the back, to the throat or eyes. Light contact above the belt to the body is
No face contact is permitted. Moderate to intense
Mr. Gladding Sparring Mr. Langdon & Mr. Huxel
SELF-DEFENSE: practicing blocks and counter moves against a wide variety of attacks. Students are taught to defend
against attacks starting with simple one and two hand grabs and progressing as the student gains skill to defense
against punches, kicks, chokes, and locks. In addition to practicing self-defense in the training area, we sometimes
practice defending ourselves in stairwells, confined spaces, seated at tables, in vehicles and even airplanes. Advanced
ranks also practice defense against edged weapons, clubs and guns and against attacks from multiple opponents.
Sensei Guccione disarming a knife attacker
A class typically ends with STOMACH EXERCISES and/or ZEN MEDITATION.