Welcome to EASTSIDE COMBATIVES & MARTIAL ARTS.
We are located on the East Side of Lake Washington, serving Kirkland, Bothell, Bellevue, Redmond, Duvall and the surrounding area.
To protect oneself and others is a noble undertaking.
To rely on self is a sign of an educated and thinking person.
At Eastside we pride ourselves in providing superior martial arts training for everyone. How do we do that? We tap into our more than 40 years of studying martial arts, combat systems and fighting arts from around the world.
We offer programs for people ages 6 to 99.
ADULT MARTIAL ARTS - ages 14 to 99
There are many reasons adults choose to study martial arts. They include fitness, weight loose, learning to protect oneself and a fascination with martial arts movies and Icons like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and many others.
At Eastside we have 3 different areas of focus Adults can choose from to fulfill their martial arts desires.
REAL Martial Arts
REAL is an acronym for Realistic, Effective, Active and Live. The primary focus in this program is teaching people how to protect themselves and their loved ones in the modern world. This can be from de-escalating a single threat up to surviving a mass casualty incident like an active shooter.
It is much more than a physical program of learning fighting skills. Students develop the mental attitudes and emotional control to survive and thrive in violent encounters and face real world threats with courage and strength.
Learning objectives include:
- To develop your situational awareness and ability to assess danger
- How to Assess a situation to maintain control and physical advantage
- Communication and conflict resolution skills to Manage Conflict and Crisis
- Control of your FEAR and how to use it to your advantage
- Combative skills to defend yourself and your loved ones
- Spontaneous, effective responses to a violent attack
- Exercises to strengthen your body and mind to ensure you are the one that prevails
- How to train to get in top physical and mental condition while challenging yourself to go beyond your limitations
How will you benefit?
- You will have skills that allow you to maintain control in conflict and crisis situations
- You will be confident, prepared and more capable to deal with conflict & violence
- Your mind will be clearer, alert and able to assess danger and respond appropriately
- Your body will be more resilient, supple, agile, strong, fast and free to move
In order to become proficient in defending oneself and others it takes time, dedication and practice.
This is what do we expect from you and what you will need to succeed.
- Dedication and a desire to learn
- Discipline and focus to achieve your goals
- Commitment to practice what you learn in class
- Willingness to let go of old beliefs
- An open mind
- Recognition that success comes from hard work
For those who want a more classical and traditional approach we also offer the following martial arts classes for adults.
IRON & SILK KUNG FU
IRON is an external approach to martial arts training. This means we start from the outside and move inward, strengthening the physical body through comprehensive exercise routines and body conditioning. It is similar to Karate, Kung Fu, Jiu Jitsu and other marital arts commonly practiced today. Students learn forms, sparring and self defense skills to protect themselves. They also learn in a more traditional way by incorporating body conditioning, fitness, nutrition and mental hardening drills. The styles and systems used in IRON are primarily based in Wing Chun and Hung Gar. Other aspects are pulled from Shaolin Kung Fu and other martial arts. IRON is a complete and comprehensive system including striking, grappling, chin na and ground fighting.
SILK is an internal martial art. Students start from the inside and move outward in their training progression. Tai Chi Chuan and Ba Gua Chang are the primary arts used in this internal martial arts system. The focus is on strengthening the internal organs, fascia, mental focus, intention and developing inner energy to create power.
Tai Chi can literally be translated as Grand Ultimate. By taping into and directing the universal life force called Chi a person can develop their body and mind far beyond that acquired through only external training methods and exercise. The benefits of internal martial arts practice have been tooted for years as some of the best health and fitness practices for people of all ages. There is a reason it is practiced by millions of people around the world.
Ba Gua Chang is considered one of the most comprehensive fighting systems in the world. It is very different from most martial arts in that it works on the principles and concepts of moving and fighting using the circle and curves, not straight lines. A qualified practitioner can easily defend against common linear attacks and use internal power developed to defend themselves from a violent attack.
KIDS MARTIAL ARTS - ages 6 to 13 - classes coming Fall 2021
Our Kids Martial Arts program teaches all of the qualities often associated with martial arts - dedication, determination, discipline, honesty, integrity, perseverance and focus. Young people have a keen sense of wonder and curiosity. They need direction and a place to focus their energy. Martial Arts has proven to be an excellent activity to build character and mold youth into determined, focused, individuals who become successful, contributing members of our society.
At Eastside we build these qualities into our students one kick, one punch, one class at a time.
Students taught by Mr. Hicks, our Lead Instructor, have gone on to become Stanford Physicians and Harvard Lawyers. With the proper direction and support every child has the ability to succeed and martial arts helps them create the inner drive and qualities of character to do so.
The Kids program is a combination of striking and grappling arts similar to Karate and Jiu Jitsu. A ranking and belt system are used for this program.
People with all levels of experience and training are welcome.
There is something for everyone.
We offer private lessons, group classes, specialty workshops and seminars. Take a few minutes to check out the rest of our website to see what classes and programs will work for you.