These days it is a fact of life that crime is on the increase and one should not confuse the issue of the way things should be with the way things are. While we do not wish to go through life in a constant state of paranoia, there are some simple, common sense precautions that can be observed. These precautions concern adults and children alike.
Self defence and martial arts are sometimes confusing to the uninitiated. The public can often misconstrue what they perceive to be good fighting based on what they see in movies as to what will be street effective. The first rule of self-defense is usually preventative or street-wise, that is, being aware of ones surroundings, people, environment, possible escape routes, likely trouble spots, and so on. This awareness is not only reserved for the street but also wherever one may be.
At Progressive Martial Arts Academy students are initially instructed in basic self defense skills that may be used immediately. These include environmental, survival, verbal and physical skills, as well as basic psychology and fight strategies. These involve single and unarmed attacks, multiple attacks, weapon assaults, and ground defense.
The History of Progressive Martial Arts
Progressive Martial Arts originated in 1989 and was based in a double-garage under a large private high-set house in Manly where only 3 mixed classes a week were held. As the club grew and the number of private students increased it became apparent that larger premises were required.
In 1995 a local commercial premise at the Wynnum waterfront became available and was then chosen, and with the help of students and family it was transformed into a very comfortable training environment. In December 1995 the new gym was officially opened by Guru Dan Inosanto and Eric Paulson.
The club continued to grow. Due to ever-increasing numbers of students the club was finally forced to say goodbye to its former training grounds and seek a location that could accommodate a much larger training space. In 2009 the club closed the doors to the Wynnum waterfront premise and opened the doors to a new Wakerley gym. With a much larger training floor, more punch and kick bag racking, a mini equipment shop, and a separate space dedicated to an on-site Personal Trainer, this new gym has continued to be a superb upgrade.
With ever-more students attending Progressive Martial Arts and Progressive Strength (formerly Progressive Health & Fitness) the Wakerley gym was farewelled and a new, even larger again, gym was opened. Despite the rain the PMAAI and PS members all came together to relocate the equipment, and classes began the very next day. Fortunately for all the new location was only one street away, and now PMAAI is officially in Tingalpa.
Now, and Into The Future
Cookie, the clubs founder, being an instructor in the JKD, Jun Fan, and Kali under Guru Dan Inosanto has built the club into what it is today. Today the Academy has over 300 students, operates 22 classes a week plus private tuition, and teaches many specialty groups such as the blind, the disabled, the invalid, rape victims, Police, Navy, and children.
The Academy operates 7 days a week with Sunday catering to Special Forces groups dealing with their specialized training requirements.
Cookie and Q still regularly train with Guro Dan Inosanto, maintaining their core skills and developing further techniques. All students benefit greatly from this always current curriculum, knowledge, and technique base. Students also have the opportunity to train directly under the guidance of Guro Dan Inosanto when he holds seminars at the Progressive Martial Arts Academy.
Progressive Martial Arts is the only place outside of the United States that hosts instructors conferences by Guro Dan Inosanto. Not only that, but each year other esteemed international instructors visit our club and hold intense seminar sessions for all who are interested, of which there is always a high level of interest from students throughout Australia.
The Academy is renowned for its openness and friendliness and welcomes anyone who wishes to experience a form of Martial Arts.