What is MMA?
Kaizen Mixed Martial Arts was officially started in Brisbane 2008 and has been running for seven years and still going strong. Kaizen MMA has now opened a new Melbourne club based at 14/306 Albert Street Brunswick, just near the Brunswick Train Station.
Kaizen was started as a way to bring the founders style of Martial Arts while giving those interested in learning it a place to train. It aimed to emphasize sparring and live applications of the techniques over kata and ‘open air’ kicks and punches. Due to the founder’s belief that no one style holds all the answers, Kaizen MMA also incorporates groundwork and reality based self-defence into its curriculum in an effort to give each student a realistic idea of the stresses of combat while giving them a platform to grow as martial artists in a safe and supportive environment.
As a club, we strive to allow all members to have a say in their own development and emphasize spiritual growth amongst a group of people with the same passion and interest.
We also aim to develop a mix of traditional virtues beliefs taught in a way that does not compromise the reality of the environment and reality of today’s society.
A large part of our training is the conditioning of the body and mind through exercise and technique work and a high level of sparring in the most realistic but controlled environment possible.
In July 2012, a significant milestone was achieved at Kaizen MMA with the graduation of its first three black belt students; congratulations to Riley Moloney, James O’Connor, and Minh Nguyen. Since then we have had three others attain their Black Belts: Owen Cox, Gary and Susan Hunter. We have very few Black Belts in comparison to others styles, a testament to the commitment and high standards we ask of all that train at Kaizen.
It is important as a martial artist to have a moral code on which to model our behaviour.
As a club, it is our responsibility to set an example and live the example we set. At Kaizen MMA we try to encourage people to be better people, not just better martial artists. To be able to fight is not hard; to be able to not have to fight is a far loftier goal to aim for.
The seven virtues of the Bushido are: honour, respect, benevolence, courage, fairness, honesty and dedication. These are the principles we try to engender in our students.
The word Kaizen means the constant striving for perfection. There is never an end to this journey, simply more road. But each training session we try to define then forget, discover then lose all that we know. It is through not thinking that we find the true expression of the Martial Artist.
We build trust based on mutual respect for one another. Martial Arts are, by its very nature, a physical art than can be very dangerous if done incorrectly. It is through good technique and respect for your opponent that we stay safe and grow. As our confidence builds in martial arts, so to should it build in life. The discipline and effort is a microcosm of the elements needed to be a constructive member of society.
Kaizen MMA is not a money making venture. Money can be the death of the spirit of a club and, though we do need to pay for our time at the club, we do not live and die by the dollar. Too many times people are stopped from training as they can’t afford it. This is not our way.
We are also selective in who we take as students as ego can tear a club apart and make people afraid to train. Martial Arts are a journey to lose our ego’s and thus become a better person.
Martial arts are like any journey; if you keep going, you will get better. Some at different paces, but you cannot go backwards. While Kaizen MMA is forward thinking in its approach to the martial arts, we also see the strength in some of the old ways. Thus, conditioning is done in the traditional way, respect is shown to the dojo and its members and our interactions with others are based on humility and benevolence..