Martial Arts

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Martial Arts Styles
Aikido Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Capoeira
Chi Gung Filipino Martial Arts Haidong Gumdo
Judo Karate Kickboxing
Kung Fu Mixed Martial Arts Muaythai
Tae Kwon Do Tang Soo Do T'ai Chi Ch'uan
Wing Chun
Detailed Information


Capoeira is a Brazilian art form and self-defense with strong aerobic and dance elements. Capoeira was developed by African slaves in Brazil. Participants form a roda (circle) and take turns playing instruments, singing, and sparring in pairs in the center of the circle.

Chi Gung

Chi Gung is an alternative medicine therapy and martial art (see: [wikipedia]Chi Gung and Chi Gung/Definition). It is practiced in the Rochester area by:

filipino martial arts

Filipino Martial Arts or FMA typically refers to the martial arts of Arnis, Escrima, and Kali, which are interchangeable terms for systems of fighting with and against sticks, knives, swords, axes, improvised weapons, empty hands, and more. In a reversal of most martial arts systems, students learn to use weapons first, progressing to smaller weapons and then empty hands. Students are expected to be able to use weapons in either hand, or both hands.

Haidong Gumdo

Haidong Gumdo (Sword Way of the Eastern Sea) is a Traditional Korean Martial Art. It is a neo-classical revival of Korean sword practices found within the Muyedobotongji (ca. 1790). Students of this Art practice with a wooden sword called a "mok-gum"; cultivating self-discipline, fitness, and peace of mind through patterns of movement, meditation, and sword exercises.


Judo is a modern Japanese martial art founded by Kano Jigoro in Japan in the late nineteenth century. The style is well known for its competitive element(shiai), where the object is to either throw one's opponent to the ground with speed and control, pin an opponent or force an opponent to surrender by either joint locking the elbow or applying a choke. Judo also includes striking and weapons defenses, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata). These are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori).

Tae Kwon Do

Originally a post-WWII Korean martial art), Tae Kwon Do (also written "Taekwondo") claims to be the most popular martial art in America. It is also a competitive International Olympic sport.

The name Tae Kwon Do means "The Way of the Hand and Foot."

There many opportunities in Rochester to study this martial art.

Do-Jangs (Schools)

Clubs and Organizations

SUNY Brockport's Tae Kwon Do Club

University of Rochester's Tae Kwon Do Club

Tang Soo Do

Tang Soo Do is a Traditional Korean Martial Art. Translated, its name means "The Way of the T'ang Dynasty Hand". The Art of Tang Soo Do emphasizes personal development through the practice of forms, hand and kick techniques, meditation, and sparring.

T'ai Chi Ch'uan

T'ai Chi Ch'uan is an alternative medicine, therapy and martial art (see: [wikipedia]Tai chi chuan) practiced in the Rochester area by:

Wing Chun

This is a list of the organizations dedicated to Wing Chun.