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5 Martial Arts Secrets Everyone should Know

Secrets of the Martial Arts, Kernersville N.C.

From Bruce Lee to the UFC, the martial arts offer incredible promise to someone seeking training for self-defense, fitness, confidence or maybe even personal balance. Training in martial arts truly is one of the best hobbies/activities someone can pursue, but there are a few things about this type of training that everyone should know when considering/seeking a program for their family.

Allen Branch, American Martial Arts at Fitness One


Martial Arts are infused with legend and folklore, and to many can provide in the search for super human abilities. Stories of monks levitating above ground, ninjas catching bullets in their teeth and visions of movies where martial artists seem to fly through the air create a make believe concept. There truly are some remarkable things one can accomplish, learn and become as a result of training, but only if they are in the right system for them. Our martial arts program in Kernersville NC is designed to teach the best of these arts.



Today, I am going to give you 5 secrets of the martial arts that you probably didn’t know. This will help you as you work to make a decision about what type of program is best for you.


Martial Arts Secret Number One

Not all styles are created equal

Todd White, Youth Martial Arts Instructor in Kernersville NC

Did you know that most cultures in the world have a martial arts style? For Instance a Karate style can originate from Japan, Kung-fu from China. In Thailand the primary style is Muay Thai, in Indonesia it is Pentjak Silat and focuses on weapons. . In France, the martial sport of Savate (French foot fighting) is practiced, and in Korea Taekwondo. Most people do not realize that Taekwondo for example is also a martial sport, not an art. The emphasis is on competition is most schools, not real world self-defense. The list goes on, and each style has it’s strengths and weaknesses. As a practitioner of multiple styles, we have grown to learn for certain that they are not created equal, which is what led us to create American Martial Arts Systems. AMAS combines the best of all of these styles into a cohesive program. For example, there is no better roundhouse kick that the one practiced in Thailand, so we use that. In Western boxing, the student has  effect punching skills so we use that with striking. Krav Maga is superior for weapons disarms and real world self-defense. To sum it up, a combination of styles offers the most complete program for any student.

Martial Arts Secret Number Two

The history of  martial arts belt ranking

Alex Rice, Senior female Black Belt, Kickboxing and Krav Maga Kernersville NC

The  use of belt color to denote the rank was first used in Japan by Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo who first devised the colored belt system using an obi (sash), and awarded the first black belts to denote rank in the 1880s. Initially the wide obi was used and only white and black sash were used. It was not until the early 1900s, after the introduction of the judogi that an expanded colored belt system of awarding rank was created.  Other martial arts later adopted this custom or a variation of it (e.g., using colored sashes) to denote rank. This includes martial arts that traditionally did not have a formalized rank structure. This kind of ranking is less common in arts that do not claim a far eastern origin, and are many times used by instructors to differentiate student abilities during teaching.

The rank of black belt, used to really mean something, and it is designed to symbolize ones proficiency in a particular martial art. Now, in many schools, 10 year olds and younger sport black belts before they are close to understanding what that really means. Regular belt promotions where parents can pay up to $100 per belt provide instant gratification to students and parents that may not be necessarily earned.

In our system of martial arts in Kernersville, NC, youths are awarded a rank after meeting a strict criteria which includes a combination of verbal skills, striking, self-defense and wrestling. the techniques are derived from krav maga, ju-jitsu, kickboxing, taekwondo and many other styles.

Adults are awarded levels should they choose to be, and others just train for the knowledge, fitness and confidence. Our students do not wear traditional uniforms, and our children wear our school t shirt and martial arts pants for comfort and realism.

Martial Arts ranking can be an awesome thing, providing growing students with confidence. WE just want to be sure at our school that the confidence they gain is backed up with the knowledge and skill.

Martial Arts Secret Number Three

Jon Phipps, Martial Arts instructor in Kernersville NC

Most of the techniques are very unlikely to work in a realistic situation

Imagine a situation arises while walking through a mall. Someone may begin with a verbal assault, which if not handled correctly (99% of martial arts schools do not teach verbal skills) can escalate to a physical attack. Suddenly, you have a rush of adrenaline, and you prepare to fight or flee, but in many times it becomes fight or freeze. Under the duress of a realistic situation, your fine motor skills deteriorate, and your reactions are gross skills and not technical. You only react with the primal things. This is the opposite of how most martial arts schools train!


Our martial arts system at Fitness One in Kernersville N.C.  is the combination of art and reality, effective without flash and and a path that leads to a stronger, more confident you. We train to read and react to potential bad situations, and our martial arts systems teach you how to handle the unpredictable world that is self defense.


Train smart, and train safe!

Allen Branch


Allen is a 7th Degree Black Belt and holds Black Belts in 5 styles of martial arts. He is a 2nd generation student of Bruce Lee under the legendary champion Joe Lewis. Allen operate American Martial Arts Systems at Fitness One in Kernersville NC.