karate movie‘I train when I am sick, I train when I am tired. I train when I don’t feel like it.” – Jackie Chan

This week in every class we will be working on learning how to do fun realistic movie fight scenes. Many of the AmeriKick sensei’s have worked on martial arts films and attended stunt school. Sharon Tosten and Mark Russo worked as stunt people for Jay Leno’s episode in Philadelphia. Dennis Tosten, Mark Gallagher, Mark Russo, and Chris Millares have appeared in films and Sharon has done stunts for rock videos with groups such as Metallica.

You will be learning to perform stunts and fight scenes the same as the professionals do.

1. Watch A Jackie Chan Movie: The master of action is Jackie Chan. When you see him fight try to look at the “bad guys.” How they flip and fall is some of what you will be learning this week. A good stunt person always make a star like Jackie Chan look great.

2. Bring In A Friend: This is a great week to bring a friend into class with you. You both will learn fun drills that you can practice together.

Sunday Sept 23rd
AMERIKICK TOURNAMENTS AKL TOURNAMENTS Everyone earns a medal for performing

3 Chances to win
There are three great tournament events your child may enter.
KATA- White belts will perform Little DRAGON.
WEAPONS- Beginners can perform Little Dragon with the weapon of their choice.
SPARRING- Get points for every focused Kick or Punch that scores on your opponent.

mixed martial arts fakes

This week we will be teaching you the mixed martial art of faking. In mixed martial arts faking is used as a method to get closer to your opponent, to distract him from your true intention by throwing a fake strike (just the initial movement) as you step closer, then attacking with a true strike.

How to set up fakes :
When you are sparring in mixed martial arts, faking works best after you have scored on your opponent with a solid kick or punch. They will then be wary of that particular move. Then you can fake that kick or punch and score with another move.

Types of fakes :
Punch fakes – Punch fakes are often called “shoulder fakes” because you use your shoulder movement to distract your opponent.

Kick fakes – Kick fakes are often called “hip fakes” because you tilt your hip up to confuse your opponent. Kick fakes are also done by chambering your leg in various positions.

Speed fakes – Speed faking is alternating between fast and slow speeds to confuse your opponent.

You can never fool yourself – By Dennis Tosten
Faking is an advanced skill in mixed martial arts and is used by most top tournament competitors. Unfortunately many people have mastered faking in their personal lives. They fake their accomplishments, claim to do things they have not and tell themselves they are doing their best when they know deep inside that they could do better. This behavior always leads to unhappiness and discontent. Our quote in the school this week is “You can never fool yourself.” This quote is about improving yourself.

Improving yourself is up to you. When you fake an accomplishment the only one you truly hurt is yourself. What if you are at school and one of the class mates cheats on a test? And maybe this time they don’t get caught. Who are the cheating the most? Themselves, because they never learn the material. They don’t get smarter and they don’t develop the work ethic they need to succeed.

That’s why in every class we ask you to push yourself to do your best, so that when you go home you can feel good about the effort you put forth and you will know when you wrap that new mixed martial arts belt around your waist that you deserve it. Deep inside you will know you did everything to earn it. Nothing will make you happier then deservedly achieving a worthwhile goal.

ALL AMERIKICK students will be performing LITTLE DRAGON LITTLE TIGER at Halftime on the field. Order your tickets now from your sensei. $15.00

This week in every Martial Arts class we will be helping you to learn defense moves if you are on the ground. Did you know that 80% of fights end up on the ground? Of course as a trained martial artist your goal is to remain standing at all times and put your attacker on the ground.

A Little History : The following techniques are martial arts ground defensive techniques, not grappling. Grappling is a sport and is not effective in multiple attacker situations.

Ground defense move are designed to quickly incapacitate an attacker and get to your feet. These moves were developed thousands of years ago, for the emperors in the Hainan Province whom were often attacked in their sleep.

Fact: 60% of the world still sit and sleep on the floor. Martial arts ground defense is important because you spend half of your life sitting or lying down.

Did you know? Many of the techniques that you learn in regular martial arts class can be easily adapted for the ground. You’ll be learning how this week!

martial arts ground techniques1. Get Up : At home, practice “popping up quickly” from your bed, your favorite chair and on the floor. See how fast you can get into your fighting stance.

2. What If Drill : As you go through your day, play the “what if” game. Think what you would do if you were attacked while gardening. Or lying in your bed. What if your were at your computer desk and someone grabbed you from behind? You could use your chair as a weapon. Plan how you would escape.

3. Watch Your Head! : As you practice drills in class, one of your main goals is to never let your head hit the ground. Keep your chin tucked and never allow your head to snap backwards.

First Free trial class this Wednesday 7:30 pm Amerikick Karate Warrington.
Everyone is welcome. Classes will also be held at the Amerikick Instructor College Aug. 23-25

karate flexibiltyThis week in every martial arts training class we will be helping you to become a faster and higher kicker by helping you to improve your flexibility.

Flexibility is increased through stretching. We stretch to avoid injuries and for better performance. The more you stretch the faster you will become because a loose muscle moves faster than a tight muscle.

Here are a few things you can do to become more flexible in your martial arts training :

1. Routine : The only way to improve your flexibility is to stretch everyday. Do a light stretch, touch your toes, straddle and side splits as far as your feel comfortable. Do this as soon as you get up in the morning. This will make stretching easier the rest of the day. Then stretch a little more right before lunch. Do a full stretch right before karate class, then a quick stretch before bed. Keep up this routine and you will be kicking over your head in no time.

2. TV Drill : If you are watching TV, sit in a straddle for the entire show. Every few minutes try to push your legs out a little further. This type of static stretching is a painless way to improve your flexibility.

3. Heat It Up !!! : Turn off the air, or go outside, The best way to get in shape and get muscles loose it to do martial arts training in the heat. Cold tightens muscles and slows your progress. Just be sure to drink enough water.

Saturday August 25th, 2012 10:00 a.m. at Amerikick Marlton

Are you an Amerikick student age 12 or older?

Then you are eligible to attend the Amerikick College. Learn how to take your skills to a whole new level. Call 1-856-797-0300 to reserve your spot. An amazing chance for you to own your own AMERIKICK.

Don’t forget we have a new location in Chalfont Karate.

karatenasticsThis week in every class we will be helping you develop the gymnastics skills needed for extreme martial arts. Practicing proper fundamentals in gymnastics will allow you to proficiently perform extreme tricks and kicks.

1. Arm Strength: Many of the tricks rely on your ability to spring off your hands. The best way to prepare for this is to practice standing on your hands for as long as you can. Jackie Chan used to hold his hands stand on a chair for 3 Hours! As did everyone in the Chinese Opera school. If you can’t do a full hands stand yet. Practice against the wall, by walking your feet up the wall and stay there as long as you can.

2. Bridge: The next skill you can use to develop arm strength is the Bridge. Lay on your back, roll your arms back until your fingers point back at your shoulders. Then arch your back up as you walk your feet in. Hold this as long as you can.

AMERIKICK SUMMER FUN: Sign up for an Amerikick Camp and jump up a belt level

Amerikick University: Learn to teach, run a school and become a leader at Amerikick University Sat. Aug. 24th at Amerikick Marlton call 1-856-797-0300 for details.


BLACK BELT SHOW: JUMPING, KICKING, BOARD BREAKING, Excitement! Sunday June 10th Collingswood NJ theater 2:30. Just 5 minutes from Ben Franklin Bridge. Call for tickets 1-856-797-0300

karate tournament 1. Be sure to bow when you enter and leave the ring

2. Always maintain eye contact with the judges

3. Be confident and speak forcefully

4. Never turn your back on the judges

5. Follow all instructions given


Tournament Week:

This week in every class we will be working as teams to help you improve your martial arts skills and get you in tip top shape for competition. All these drills will help both you and your team!

1. Repetition: Practice any Kata you plan on entering 10 times in a row each day. When you perform, you don’t want to be thinking about the next move. You want to focus on doing each move as perfectly as possible. It takes a while to get to this point in any Kata, but the more times per day you do your from the faster the form will become a part of you.

2. Spar: What’s the main goal of sparring? Many students answer; “To hit the other player.” Actually the true goal is: “To never get hit.” When preparing this week, set aside a space (the rings at the tournament are about 18×18) and work on staying in your stance with your hands up and shuffling across, vertically, horizontally, and circling around the ring both clockwise and counter clockwise. Also work on shuffling abruptly out of the corner. If your foot work is fast, smooth, and unpredictable it makes it very difficult for your opponent to score on you. This will give you better control of the match and help you set up to score effectively, and most of all – “Not get hit!”

Be a part of this weeks Tournament June 3rd – See your Sensei!

Buy your tickets now for the Show of the year. If you want to give your child that extra dose of motivation, then this is it!

Once they see the show, they will be more ready then ever to work for their own Black Belt!

Sunday June 10 2:30
Collingswood theater – Just 5 minutes from The Ben Franklin bridge.

karate“Champions keep playing until they get it right”

Martial arts weapons are a part of the learning process on the road to black belt. There are ups, downs, twists and turns that students must go through in the process of achieving this great goal.

The Weapons are used as an extension of your body all the same training in power, speed stances and form apply when using weapons.

This week in every class we will be working on weapons and helping you to get in tip top shape for the weapons tournament competition and demonstrations. Bring your weapons to class this week. The weapon is an extension of your body, so all the same rules apply when you work with a weapon.

1. Repetition: Practice any Kata or weapons move at least ten times in a row each day. When you perform, you don’t want to be thinking about the next move. You want to focus on doing EACH move as perfectly as possible. It takes a while to get to this point in any Weapons Kata, but the more times per day you do your Form the faster the Form will become a part of you.

2. Did you know that most weapons started off as farming tools? Unarmed peasants learned to use the tools to defend themselves.

KAMAS – these were farming sickles
NUNCHUKAUS – were developed from a horse’s bit
SAIS – were used to dig trenches in the ground
TONFA – is also the police nightstick. It was the handle of a millstone used for grinding up grain
BO STAFF – was developed from a stick held across the shoulder with baskets hanging on each end

Bring a buddy power pass: Pass offers students and 2 or more buddies a free 30 minute private karate lessons. Every buddy must fill out an information sheet. After the private lesson is completed, buddies will receive a very special offer from Amerikick.

AKL TOURNAMENTS are June 3rd. See your Sensei to be a part of the action.

BLACK BELT EXTRAVAGANZA is June 10th 2:30 and is the most exciting 2 hour martial arts show of the year!!! Call 1-856-797-0300 for tickets $5, $10 and $15. All top ten winners will perform Amerikick 1 on stage. See your Sensei for your free ticket.

Dodging and Slipping is moving out of the way of an attack and not being hit. It is also moving to the best angle so you can easily counter attack.

HEAD SLIPS- There are 6 basic head slips
1. Straight Down
2.To the Right Side
3.To the Left Side
4.Forward to a Left angle
5. Forward to a Right angle
6.Straight Back

When you perform as a slip, your goal is to move at the last moment so your opponent can’t follow you, and slip as close as possible so that you can counter attack. When you slip your head be sure to maintain eye contact at all times.

BODY SLIPS- 3 Main Body slips
1. Twist Left
2. Twist Right
3. Pull Back (Pull the Hips back and suck in the stomach)

MIRROR SLIPPING DRILL- Face the mirror in a sparring stance and pretend different punches and kicks are coming at your head and body. Practice staying in your stance, slipping, and quickly returning right back to position.

“The best way of blocking is not being there.” This is a martial arts quote, moving out of the way is even safer than blocking. It is also a Life quote.

“Bad results come from bad situations. Don’t put yourself in bad situations.” These quotes are about keeping yourself out of trouble. Staying away from people who encourage bad behavior,and not participating in anything that you know is wrong.  “Sometimes a small wrong thing, can lead to a very big wrong thing.”

karate blockingThis week in every class we will be teaching you the many different types of blocks found in the martial arts.

Here is a list see how many you know:

Windmill Block – Practice doing both sides in a row. Focus on quickly, moving your head.
Brushing – Like a windmill block but the back of the hand brushes across the strike.
Cobra and Reverse Cobra
Fish Hook
Palm Blocks
Top Knuckle
Elbow Blocks
Circular Blocks – (Wax on, Wax off, closed or open hand)
X Block – Upward and Downward
Double Blades
Sinawali open hand
Hand Checks
Universal Block

Leg Checks
Knee and leg blocks
Iron wall jam

1. HARD BLOCKS: A hard block is when you take the punch or kick and forcefully STOP or REDIRECT IT. All of the basic blocks: Inward, Outward, Upward, and Downward are hard blocks. They rely on form and power, and are designed not just to block, but to injure the attackers arm or leg.

2. SOFT BLOCKS: A soft block takes the punch or kick and guides it through its natural motion. They are often combined with an avoidance move. Windmill Guard is a soft block.

3. POWER: To develop bone crushing power on your hard blocks, concentrate on a strong fast and focused wrist turn at the very end of your block. This turns the block into a devastating strike. Practice it on focus pads.

karate jumpingThis week in every class we will be helping you learn to jump higher and improve all of your martial arts aerial moves. The best way to gain height on your jumps is to work on leg strengthening skills.

1. STEP: With both feet together jump all the way up a set of stairs. Do it everyday as many times as you can.

2. TB DRILL – SQUAT: If you have ever visited China, you’ll see why their martial artists have such incredible leaps and jumps. They don’t sit on chairs nearly as much as Americans; they squat, when they are reading, eating, or waiting for the bus. See if you can watch an entire show while in a squat.

3. INCH BY INCH: Ninjas used to improve their jumps by digging a hole into the ground just deep enough that they could jump out. Everyday they would dig an inch deeper, and try to jump out. After many months they could jump over a grown man’s head. You can do a simpler version, just put a piece of tape up high on a wall outside of your house and try to jump up and reach it with your hand. Raise it a little higher everyday.