La Jolla Academy of Martial Art/La Jolla Soo Bahk Do, in La Jolla, California, offers instruction in Tang Soo Do/Soo Bahk Do Karate and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. We are also a Gracie Combatives Level 1 Training Center, as certified by the Gracie Academy: Our Gracie Certified Instructors train at the Gracie Academy on a regular basis.
Tang Soo Do a.k.a. Soo Bahk Do is Korean Karate that is known for the use of the whole body to create force. This course will teach 3 forms that contain the basics of the art. The Fighting/sparring component will be taken from Mantis Boxing. Time will be equally spent with individual practice and partner exercises. Values such as technique, philosophy, history, and tradition will be emphasized.
In the late 1920s, Grand Master Helio Gracie started developing Gracie or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after he realized that he was too frail to utilize the traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu techniques. Over the past 80 years, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has proven to be the most reliable system for a smaller person to defeat a larger, more athletic opponent. The techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu are based on precise timing and effective use of leverage so that virtually anyone can do them, man or woman, regardless of their age or athletic ability.