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The Martial Arts were originally aimed toward life preservation and self-defense, but today people of all ages come to us from all walks of life, each with their own reasons for wanting to train at the Winning Edge. Some want to learn self-defense, others want to compete in tournaments, some ask to become physically fit and others just want to have fun.
In light of the escalating violence towards children and the increase in child abductions, WINNING EDGE has developed a program designed to teach children safety awareness, danger avoidance and the physical skills necessary to protect themselves and afford them an opportunity of escape. Winning Edge Child Awareness and Rapid Escape provides the necessary skills children need to physically, mentally and most importantly, emotionally defend themselves from child predators. It is our sincere hope that through our program we can deter these crimes against children and pray that their personal safety never becomes an issue. All Instructors of the W.E. C.A.R.E. program are certified and have undergone specialized training in the area of child safety. They are dedicated to teaching our children how to be personally strong involving their own safety and have been chosen for their demonstrated desire to protect our youth.
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The Winning Edge is the headquarters of the United States Black Belt Association (U.S.B.B.A.). This group of dedicated and talented Martial Artists proclaims the following mission statement: “To resolutely encourage and empower all whom we teach, to reach their fullest life’s potential in mind, body, and above all, Spirit. With God, all things are possible.” Click here for more information on the U.S.B.B.A.
Fight Like a Girl
We teach you how to Fight Like a Girl… Fight Like a Girl is a product of Brad Parker’s Women’s Self-Defense Institute. His Rape Escape program includes specializes training designed specifically for women. Several Winning Edge Black Belts are certified to deliver the Rape Escape/Fight Like a Girl program of instruction.
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Patricky Freire who recently stopped Josh Thomson at Bellator 172, as he went on to earn his seventh knockout victory under the promotion’s banner on Feb. 18 in San Jose, Calif has given the credits to his karate coach.
Speaking to MMA fighting after he returned to Brazil, Freire stated that the fight was a good one, one which he came out of the cage unscathed, with little or no injuries. He also revealed that his prediction came true as the fight ended in the second round as he had predicted.
The closing period of the fight has however been said to be a bit controversial as the duo had clashed heads some seconds before the finish. Freire however does not factor this in as a major reason for the knockout.
He noted that he didn’t feel the clash of heads and thought Thomson had gone down due to the punch he stuck in.
Freire also disclosed the injury which forced him to pull out of a lightweight bout in Dec. 3 with Derek Campos, revealing that he was diagnosed with labyrinthitis. According to him, whenever he sparred, he felt dizzy and that got him scared. Read more »
The Lions Hearts Academy in Hazara Town in the outskirts of Quetta has a decent collection of girl fighters regularly meeting to hone their skills in Wushu martial arts.
The Hazara teenage girls clad in black, green and white clothes work hard to improve their skills.
The walls of the building, in a well-guarded part in the outskirts of Quetta, reverberate with karate grunts of the score of girls training in Wushu. The girls are all passionate about learning the arts, which started in ancient China with the aim to develop self-defence, hunting and military training.
“I love Karate and want to put my country on the map through sports. It was my dream to fight for the country in a foreign land,” 22-year old Jamila Mirza a student at the academy disclosed.
The girl fought in Iran earlier this year, winning a Peace and Friendship Karate Championship after fighting off competitors from India, Iran, Afghanistan and others. Read more »
The Madison area YMCA had its karate program participants participate in Black Belt first degree competitions and many earned awards successfully.
The participants were Eric Camarata, Brian Vivas, Amanda Lyon and Giulia Arpino among others. As a result a formal ceremony was held. It was in the Madison area where four of the long term students in the adult category were awarded the first grade black belt awards. Some did in different degrees of the Black Belt as well. All four have been active and part of the karate program of the YMCA.
The karate program of the YMCA is presided over by Christopher J. Goedecke who is eighth degree black belt holder. He is also a renowned author and has been running the program at the YMCA for about 35 years. He has made the karate program in the Madison Area one of the longest running for the state as a whole. The Martial Arts program has helped many to be trained in the martial arts discipline, both young as well as old. Several have been exposed to the wonders of this ancient art from 1979, the time when it was established. Read more »
The team of Karate NL 2016 will be traveling to Saskatoon on May 26th to take part in the National Federation Championships of the traditional kind.
You will find several dedicated members in this team who are now part of Newfoundland and Labrador provincial team. The team would be having junior as well as senior athletes competing in respective events. These include black belt category as well. Those who would be part of the Canadian team would be traveling to take part in the World Championships that would be held in Poland.
The team has several youngsters who are eligible to take part in the World Championships. These include fourteen and seventeen year olds who are black belts and brown belt categories. There are green belt contestants who would also be representing the organization in Poland. Children are chosen as per qualification criteria. For adults, they need to win local and regional competitions in order to qualify. There are several like Michael Pinsent who has been pursuing karate for more than ten years. He has been taking part in the national level competitions for a while now. Michael feels that the competitions are important to test his skills as well as to meet friends that he has from different parts of the country who come to compete at the national level competitions. Read more »