Tri-State Free Style Martial Arts is a freestyle martial art combining the traditional past with modern day defenses. It succeeds in blending the philosophy of soft and hard strikes, blocks and movements. Hard style has straight and angular movements, where soft style has circular, deflecting movements. Although we keep tradition, we are flexible enough to change with the needs of today's defenses and the student's body type, where before, traditionally, you had to do things a certain way and that way only, even if it didn’t fit you. Our style has taken out the religious aspects of the training. For instance, we do not bow to any shrines, weapons, or ancestors.
The founders of this style took the best techniques of the available martial arts (Chinese, Japanese, Okinawan, and Korean) and combined them into one style. Each Black Belt, through constant practice and study, has studied at least 2-4 styles and has earned proficiency in them. Using this method, one could learn 12 different applications or techniques to counter the same method of attack. This allows the student to get a broad knowledge of different styles. It enables them to be able to pick a defensive technique that suits their body type and their personality. Regardless of ones height, build, left/right handedness, or any other physical limitations, one will find techniques that will best fit them and learn 11 more different ways to fall back on. There is an equal opportunity for all ages, heights, and sizes for both men and women.
- Japanese Karate = Jujitsu, Judo, Aikido, Shotokan, and Ninjutsu.
- Korean Tae Kwon Do = Moo Duk Kwan, Tang Soo Do, Hwarang Do, and Hapkido.
- Okinawan Karate = Isshinryu, Goju Ryu, Shorin Ryu, Shitoryu, and Wado Ryu.
- Chinese Kung Fu = Crane, Tiger, Snake, Eagle, Praying Mantis, Monkey, Dragon, Wing Chun, Kenpo, and Tai Chi.
For an in depth look at how our style has developed over the years, read our history.
Willingness & Self-Discipline
We will teach to those that show an interest and willingness to learn and follow self-discipline. Our focus is on being street combat ready, not on competition. Because the learning environment is friendly and supportive, members feel like they are part of an extended family. This makes practice sparring more fun and less stressful. In addition, we emphasize first seeking peaceful resolutions to conflicts and using skills for self-defense only. Students are forbidden to use these dangerous techniques in any unethical way.