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 The teen and adult martial arts program at Cunningham’s Ugottawanna Martial Arts has been specially designed in a progressive fashion to provide our students with the most innovative and effective instruction from white belt to Black Belt... and beyond! Students enjoy learning at their own pace in a structured but friendly and relatively informal environment. Our unique program empowers our students, rids them of any “victim” mentality and instills in them our renowned Ugottawanna Warrior Attitude by providing them with researched and scientifically proven behavioral tactics as well as mental, psychological and physical tools that are applicable in any potentially confrontational situation.

AFFKbJ is a martial arts/personal-protection “System”, as opposed to a “Style”. A “Style” is traditionally handed down from teacher to student and mandated by tradition and dogma that specific material be taught and applied the same way over and over. Most often, traditional teachers will say that it is essential that the requirements never be performed (or tested) in a realistic situation/scenario due to their supposed “lethality”... The AFFKbJ “System” is different; it is intended to be alive. The AFFKbJ system intentionally and continually evolves to address inevitable change, and our students get to test it for themselves every night. We very successfully utilize a “mat laboratory” environment to enhance our student’s survivability in an unlimited array of personal-protection/self-defense situations. Our students are able to gain a real sense of self confidence by putting their knowledge and skills to the test in controlled and safe but realistic situations and have some success. At upper ranks comfort zones are often pushed but we ensure that students are always having fun and comfortable. Students with previous martial arts/karate experience often marvel at how ineffective some of their "favorite" techniques really are when performed on an attacker going even half speed... Situations don’t always unfold the way they do in static requirements/wazas. The AFFKbJ system ensures that our students will be ready! The time to be surprised is not on the street! Our instructors were pioneers of truly “reality based” martial arts before most anybody else and continue to be at the forefront of the next generation of reality based martial arts instruction.

The AFFKbJ system utilizes concepts and techniques from proven, battle tested arts such as Kenpo, Boxing, Jujitsu/JiuJitsu, Muay Thai, Jeet Kun Do, Arnis and other less commonly known self defense oriented styles as well as our own original concepts and approaches to establish the foundation of our system. Our exciting and dynamic curriculum addresses some of the more common attacks and as students advance so do the scenarios. From pushes, grabs and punches to gun, knife and/or multiple attacker situations. (And, unlike schools where you may only ever defend against a wooden gun, at our advanced Black Belt levels you get real firearms training on how to defend yourself against and with a shotgun, rifle or handgun) While our primary objective is to equip you with the tools to protect yourself and your loved ones, a very important byproduct of this process is that we also promote and greatly improve overall health, fitness, peace of mind and a positive outlook on life.

At more advanced levels teen and adult students earn the right/privilege to learn the entirety of Cunningham’s close quarter conceptual tool, “RIPSTRAKE”, which has become one of the most talked about innovations in personal-protection in the underground personal protection community over the last decade. A potentially lethal supplement to our AFFKbJ System, RIPSTRAKE has been referred to by some as the "Fountain of TRUTH" in the world of modern personal protection. (Check out our RIPSTRAKE page for more details!)

At Cunningham's Ugottawanna Martial Arts, we have many years of collective experience analyzing and assessing the many available Martial Arts styles and the means and methods of teaching them. Our Adult program (and our children's programs) are very different than most. We take great pride in that difference!

So,... Adults of all ages, sizes and genders... if you would like to learn practical and effective personal protection/self defense skills in a safe, fun & positive environment... all while getting into the best shape of your life...


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