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 kicksThis week we are working on side kicks. There are 4 basic side kicks you will be learning. A side kick is one of the most important basics in karate. A person with an excellent side kick can dominate the competition in both kata and sparring. As a matter of fact, one of Grand Master Dennis Tosten’s instructors Joe Lewis ( voted by all the major martial arts magazines as the greatest karate fighter of all time) used just 2 techniques 90% of the time – The back knuckle and the side kick.

A strong side kick can stop the biggest opponent in their tracks and a perfect side kick puts you in the winners circle at any kata event. Here are some things that you can do to improve your side kicks!

1. Stretch : The best stretch for a great side kick is a side split. Once you are in the split position try to touch your head to your front knee and then to your back knee. Hold these positions by grabbing the bottom of your foot.

2. Chamber : Great side kicks start and finish with a great chamber. On every kick focus on pulling your knee in a s tightly as possible. At home practice holding your leg in a high chamber position for as long as you can.

3. Extension : At home put one hand on the wall, and practice holding your side kick out fully extended for as long as you can. The goal is to have it point up to the ceiling.

karate kickA black belt it a white belt that never quit.


Get ready for AmeriKick Black Belt Extravaganza.

AKL Tournament Results are at AmeriKick.com

Learn to be an AmeriKick instructor contact Chris Millares at 86638KARATE for details.

AMERIKICK COLLEGE: Don’t miss your chance to learn from ALL the top instructors at AmeriKick. Sat. Aug. 25th! Call now 1-856-797-0300

AMERIKICK DAY AT LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD: ALL AMERIKICK students will be performing LITTLE DRAGON LITTLE TIGER at Halftime on the field. Order your tickets now from your sensei. $15.00

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.

throwing karateThis wees karate lessons will be teaching throws and sweeps. You will learn how to quickly interrupt your opponents balance and take them down to the ground. Be sure to practice your falls!

SWEEPS : Sweeps are when you use your arms or legs to take out an opponents feet. Most sweeps are kicks angled to the legs. Just like there are hook kicks, wheel kicks, and roundhouse kicks. There are hook sweeps, wheel sweeps, and roundhouse sweeps.

THROWS : Most throws work on a simple theory; put your opponent’s weight on one leg and rotate them on their axis. Watch this weeks karate lessons and see how this works as you learn new throws.

STAY ON YOUR FEET : Except for a few advanced throws, your goal is to throw your opponent down and stay up on your feet! Rolling to the ground is mainly used in sport versions of martial arts. It would be extremely dangerous to go to the ground in any multiple attacker situation.

The Amerikick World Team continues its Winning Streak! Try your free karate lessons today!

Amerikick karate has been invited by the Temple University football team to perform at the halftime show on Saturday, September 8th 2012 at 12 p.m. Temple will be playing Maryland at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Amerikick karate kids will have a 3 minute demo at Halftime. All the kids will go on the field at halftime and create a demo that will be put on youtube for every one to watch. There will be several strong black belts as leaders and a more advanced demo by one of the teams in the center.

Join in the fun with a pre game group photo taken on the field. Amerikick will also be featured on the scoreboard of Lincoln Financial Field during the game.

Sharon and Dennis Tosten the owners of Amerikick said, “We are having all the demo teams perform. The rest of the students will finish the show with AMERIKICK Little dragon Little tiger.”

Don’t forget to try your free karate class today. Just fill out the form at the top right of this page and come to a class. Can’t wait to see you there!!

karate belts colorsSTRIPING AND TESTING for Karate belts, colors, and level training.

“Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination.”

Thomas Edison tried to make a light bulb over a thousand times, and it didn’t work. Someone asked him “How do you feel failing to accomplish your goal after all that work?” Edison said “I haven’t failed I have just found out 1000 ways NOT to make a light bulb. Of course he kept trying and eventually did discover the way to make a light bulb! How many people with out his Extraordinary Determination would have given up in a few dozen tries or a few hundred tries?”


How to make a good kata great

1. Eye contact
2. Strong Kias
3. Tight hand on hip
4. Stances
5. Chamber Kicks
6. Head and Back straight
7. Fist Tight
8. Proper foot position
9. Focused Power
10. Strong start, Strong Finish

KATA LINE- Have students line up down the floor facing a partner. Have them perform their kata as strong as they can. Then have the last person in one line, run to the end and everyone moves down one. They do they same thing with everyone facing a new partner.

QUAD KATA – Set up the entire class in groups of 4. Have all the groups 4 students set up in a squares, facing each other. Have them perform their kata as strong as they can. Keep rotating a new person into each group.

BLIND FOLD KATA- Buy bandanas and use as blind folds. Have groups of students perform their kata blindfolded.

LINE KATA DRILL-Line up the students in a basic line. If you are doing Amerikick Olympics, put them in RED, WHITE AND BLUE teams.

ANGLE KATA- Have students start Kata facing a corner.

Charade Techniques-Instead of calling out the technique, so who can react first when you Charade the name. Such as make a circle with you arm and touch your elbow for CIRCLING ELBOWS.

ADULT TECHNIQUE LINE – Line up adults with one facing the rest of the line. They perform the same technique on everyone in the line. Then go to the end and next person does the same.

Generate more enthusiasm with POINTS. Use the POINT Cards the same as we do in tournaments, each time the class performs a tech, kata or basic. Have 3 Senseis hold a up a score for the class.

COUNTER REVERSE PUNCH- Have Partner 1 lead off with any attack. Partner two must block or avoid the attack and score with a counter reverse punch. Have partner 1 do 10 attacks then switch places.

karate classes fallingThis week in every class we will be helping you to learn how to land on the ground properly if you fall, are thrown, or forced to the ground. Learning how to land correctly can save you from broken bones a concussion or worse.

1. Slap: When practicing falls your arms can take most of the impact, by slapping the ground as you land. Be sure not to hit your elbows on the ground.

2. Exhale: Be sure to exhale forcefully as you hit the ground. This will stop you from having the “wind” knocked out of you – Shocking your lungs and making it difficult to breath for about a minute. To prevent this be sure to exhale.

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 you chin tucked and never allow your head to snap backwards.

Everyone should try a class this week
By Dennis Tosten

Learning how to land if you slip or fall is as important as wearing a seat belt knowing and hoping you won’t need it, but you should definitely have it on in case you do. Thousands of people are injured every year by simple slips and falls in the bathroom, on slippery pavements, or during everyday simple activities. If you try a class this week, you can learn a skill that is very likely to come in handy during your lifetime. So come in, take one class, it’s free and you will add another life skill to your bag of tricks! One hour of class is much better than 6 weeks in a cast.

June is Father’s Month start your karate classes now!

Want to own your own AMERIKICK School?

We have an amazing opportunity in New Jersey right now. Just 15 minutes across the Walt Whitman bridge. A competitor is retiring and the landlord wants us to take over the space. This is a very large all ready to go school at very low rent. Call Sharon Tosten at 215-343-2378 to find out more.