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Martial Arts


    Muay Thai is native to Thailand, and is also its national sport. The word Muay means “combat” which has been derived from the Sanskrit word “Mavya” and Thai means “free people”.  The Thai government made efforts in the year 2000 to spread this sport all over the world and succeeded in doing so.

    Muay Thai is often confused with kickboxing, but it’s not the same since the rules in both differ. Muay Thai originated for self-defense, but soon evolved as a combat sport.

    It is also a fantastic full body, fat burning workout as it is based on “The Art of Eight Limbs”. What this means is that this combat sport not only involves using hands and feet to fight, but also elbows and knees; using eight “points of contact” rather than two “point of contact” (fists) or four (fists and legs). This sport takes advantage of a person’s entire body including height, weight, and strength.

    Since MuayThai is an art of striking, strikes can be thrown from different ranges-long, mid or close.  It consists of two techniques ‘maemai’ or major techniques and ‘lukmai’ or minor techniques. The clinch is an element of Muay Thai, which is used to throw the opponent to the ground.

    Some of the many benefits of Muay Thai are increased cardiovascular conditioning, increased leg strength, increased core strength, increased hip mobility, stress relieving, fat burning and muscle building.

  • Jiu Jitsu

    JiuJitsu is another form of self-defense that was adapted from Judo. It is an art that came into being through experiment, practice and adaptation which mainly focuses on grappling and ground fighting. It is based on the concept that a small and weak person can take down a stronger and bigger opponent, by using proper techniques. Some of these techniques include taking the fight to the ground and use joint locks and choke holds.

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was separated from Japanese Ju-Jitsu by a great difference, Jiu Jitsu is not just a martial art but a form of physical fitness and character building sport that teaches self-defense, discipline, and respect. You will also find that it builds confidence but destroys negative ego. It is a way of life.

    JiuJitsu is also a great workout for those looking to burn fat and gain muscle as it focuses of four key areas: aerobics, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance. It enhances the mental and physical endurance of a person. At first it may look a little difficult, but the trainers at the Columbus Martial Arts Academy train a person step by step and provide clear, simple instruction.

    • Kids Jiu Jitsu& Self Defense

    Self-defense is not only important for adults but also for kids. The Columbus Martial Arts Academy aims at helping the youth of the community by instilling in them self-confidence and self-esteem. If self control and responsibility is taught to them at a young age they will be able to understand their environment better and not let fear take over them.


    The origin of the word “silat” is uncertain but most evidences link it to the word “sekilat” which means as fast as lightening, another link it to the word “Si Elat” where Elat means to confuse or deceive.

    Silat is a form of martial arts that has been practiced throughout the Malay Archipelago. Civilizations have used it for centuries for fighting and for survival.

    Silat can be described as an all-encompassing art since it is infused with Karate, Thai boxing, Kung Fu, and Jiu Jitsu. The reason why a person should learn Silat is because it develops a person internally and externally. Externally it teaches a person moves that he can use for self-defense, and fight any harm that may come his way. Internally this art teaches one discipline, citizenship, morals and values.

    The Columbus Martial Arts Academy focuses on teaching different styles of Silat which mainly consist of using punches, throws, joint manipulations and fighting methods. Students are taken through a number of steps:

    First step: learn the basics such as langkah, which means steps. In this stage you learn the techniques of where to step and how to step when you are attempting self-defense.

    Second step: learn self-preservation, how to sense that you are about to be attacked and plan your attack before you get attacked.

    Third step: learn how to use a weapon like a walking stick along with your body to fight off your opponent.


    Fitness is a vast term, but it generally refers to being able to carry out your daily tasks without fatigue by including physical exercise and a healthy food intake a part of your day to day routine. A number of people come to The Columbus Academy of Martial Arts struggling with their muscular and cardiovascular endurance; our trainers guide them and work with them on a one on one basis. We aim at working on the following components of fitness:

    Cardiovascular Endurance- this is the ability of a person’s heart, lungs and blood vessels to deliver oxygen to the body. Cardiovascular endurance can be improved through aerobic activity. Muscular Endurance- this refers to a muscles ability to sustain repeated contractions. Flexibility- this refers to making your body move quickly without experiencing any hindrance. Flexibility is of utmost importance when performing any form or martial arts. Balance- balance is the ability to stand without falling, this is done by having you weight spread equally. Speed- is the time you take to react, when defending oneself if there isn’t a timely reaction you opponent can defeat you within seconds.Body Composition-body composition is amount of fat versus muscles and tissues in your body. The less the fat and more the muscle the better you can train.

  • Self Defence

    Todays society present many dangers to the people who walk within it. For many of us the conditions of these dangers tend to be almost predetermined to favor adversity. To women specifically, the odds greatly unbalanced. We are led to believe throughout our lives that women are weaker and inferior. We led by a preconceived notion that because a women is of smaller size or not as athletic that submission has the greatest chance of survival. One thing we appreciate at Columbus Martial Arts Academy is that once you submit, you never stop. This doesn’t happen as an appreciated choice but almost a habit that kills the soul.

    In our Women’s Self-Defense Classes our students will learn a higher vitality and self-respect. Our students learn to appreciate their independence. Through training, students will learn the finer principles of leverage, momentum, technique and timing that are proven to subdue an attacker with a size or strength advantage.

    By empowering women we train these techniques that demand a character that walks with greater confidence so as not to present ourselves as weaker, for the weak-minded prey on the weak willed.

    Our classes are for women only and will be free of any men with exception to the teacher. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is known to be one the most complete forms of exercise. As you progress though our classes and become proficient in these techniques you find that your body will become stronger, capable, and more effective.

    We train to ensure that we do not become victims. We look forward to meeting and training with you.