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Martial Arts Teaching Anniversary

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 5, 2011 by Carter Hargrave

I was going through some old rank certificates and suprised myself. This week I have been teaching martial arts for 21 years. I didnt think it was that long ago. Time flies when you are throwing punches, and lasts forever when you are getting hit.


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Posted in martial arts with tags , , on August 17, 2011 by Carter Hargrave

Hargrave Martial Arts Real Self Defense

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 5, 2011 by Carter Hargrave

Well many of you know the reason why Hargrave Martial Arts came in to being. Carter Hargrave the Chief Instructor wanted a school that taught only real martial arts. A school that had self defense for real people built to its core principles of reality and simplicity.
What good is a martial art if it doesn’t follow you well into old age. What good is a martial art that you cant use unless you spend time stretching out your legs before you can kick or punch without tearing muscles and injuring joints from kicking high and losts of spinning maneuvers.
A good art is one that you can use right then. Bad guy in your face, SMACK TIME. That is the way the martial arts were first designed to be utilized. It wasnt until the mid 1950’s that things changed all over in favor of flash and light contact point sparring.
First sparring has absolutely nothing in common or to do with a fight. They are not related. A fight looks nothing like sparring. The only thing sparring is good for is getting in shape, and it forces you to think on your feet while someone is trying to hit at you. So the stress that may or may not bring on will allow you to get some mental conditioning. But a figtht it is not.
You dont have to be in great shape to do real self defense, and somewhere someone must have said to somebody that martial arts were for kids and kids programs. Sorry I dont know where that one came from as most of my students are adults. The parents coming here have to ask what they want their kids to learn. Real nasty stuff for when the pervert tries to snatch them, or fun and games at the day care karate center.
I dont do the day care thing. I teach moves that will stay with kids until adulthood where they can still recall things to save themselves or someone they care about.
Like I said real karate for real people.
Carter Hargrave