How We Teach Makes Us Different
At Praxis, we care as much about how we teach as what we teach. You might find a number of key features that potentially make us distinct.
To start, we offer only small classes so that all of our students receive direct instruction. This is critical in martial arts because to become an effective practitioner, you really need to get the "feel" of a technique as the instructor performs it. Historically, this is why many martial arts were passed on to just a few disciples from the instructor. It was not possible to teach students in large groups because what was true then remains true now: What is most effective in martial arts often cannot be seen.
In addition to our small classes, we offer a unique and progressive curriculum that comfortably moves you through increasing levels of realism so that you always feel empowered. Our ranking is not based on learning more techniques, per se, but on the ability to apply those techniques across realistic self-defense situations. However, it is our belief that confronting students with too much too soon only raises fears and diminishes confidence. We focus on comfortable progressions that develop us psychologically and martially.
All of this occurs in a respectful environment. While our classes observe some of the formalities of Asian traditions, we generally remain relatively informal. We become most powerful through relaxation, so we keep things light but focused in order to maintain the best technique. As we often say, "It's only mortal combat -- nothing to get stressed out about."