The AMAI uses the Ki Nung (functional) style of Taekwondo. Our fully integrated approach was developed by Master Kevin Mathis. What do we mean by fully integrated? The forms, self-defense, board breaks, and training drills are all related.
- The self-defense moves come directly from the students’ form
- The board breaks come directly from the students’ form
- Our instructors build their classroom training–whether it be floor work or target drills–directly from moves within the students’ form.
This process results in a student that has a better understanding of the “why” of the moves, not just the “how.” This leads to a more competent, well-rounded martial arts student.
The AMAI Taekwondo curriculum is based on sound training and teaching principles
Principle #1: People will do what they practice: As many of you are aware, repetition is the mother of skill. This is especially true in the martial arts! How many times someone repeats a motion will determine not only their level of proficiency, but will solidify their muscle memory so that they will be able to use these skills in a time of a major adrenaline surge (i.e. – a true self-defense situation).
The AMAI curriculum has been developed in such a way that the students will repeat their material constantly. Fortunately, this is not through repetition only! The curriculum has been designed in such a way as to allow your students to progress from:
- learning the basic movements, to
- implementing those same movements with a partner in a self-defense or sparring situation, and
- repeating those movements in the air in a form with proper knowledge of the move’s usefulness and effectiveness!
Principle #2 – You learn martial arts material more effectively when you know what it is for. By learning the self-defense and sparring applications of the form, they student has no problem memorizing the moves they learn because they have a complete understanding of their use.
What does the AMAI curriculum mean for the student? SUCCESS and CONFIDENCE! The AMAI curriculum is based on practical, functional use of skills– since ALL partner drills are incorporated DIRECTLY into the students’ forms.
Principle #3 - Disguised Repetition: As we discussed earlier, repetition is the mother of skill. With the AMAI curriculum, your students get to practice the same material over and over (repetition), however they will do this on bags, on each other, and in the air. There is NO down time in students learning! With less memory and more disguised repetition built into the training curriculum, AMAI members will have a number of benefits.
- More training time during the testing cycles (no more of that last-minute hoping you can get someone to memorize X, Y, and Z to be able to test)
- More efficient martial artists. Flat out, if you have more time to train, while spending less time on memory – - – you will become better, faster.
- The time it takes you to learn how to defend yourself is truly reduced. The entire AMAI curriculum is reality based and highly effective.