Georgian Martial Arts Academy

Proudly Owned and Operated by the Barrie Athletic Club

Professional martial arts for the whole family!
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What you can expect

Professional Instructors

Family-Friendly Facility

Karate For All Ages

ABOUT GMAA

Georgian Martial Arts Academy was founded in 1997. Throughout the years, GMAA has continued to provide solid martial arts instruction to children and adults of all ages. We offer lessons in traditional martial arts, self-defense training, sparring, traditional weapons training, as well as fitness and exercise.

Lil' Dragon Student Creed (ages 4-7)

“I will do things that are good for me, and stay away from things that can hurt me! I will do my chores without having to be reminded! I will use my karate skills and knowledge to help others!”

Junior Karate Student Creed (ages 8-12)

“I intend to develop myself in a positive manner, and to avoid anything that would reduce my mental growth or my physical health. I intend to develop self-discipline in order to bring out the best in myself and others. I intend to use what I learn in class constructively and defensively, to help myself and others, and never to be abusive or offensive.”

Adult Dojo Kun Creed
(ages 13 & up)

“Be mindful of your courtesy with humbleness. Train yourself considering physical strength. Study and contrive seriously. Be calm in mind and swift in action. Take care of yourself. Live a plain and simple life. Do not be too proud of yourself. Continue training with patience, and steadiness.”

MARTIAL ARTS

When people think of martial arts, they may visualize dazzling high kicks and dropping into the splits like Jean Claude Van Damm. Not everyone will be physically able to perform these feats seen in the movies. Our purpose is to make sure that you work at a level that is comfortable, yet challenging to yourself. Our workouts consist of a good mixture of cardiovascular endurance, strength training and flexibility exercises that are designed to benefit the whole body. Our instructors continue to research the best training methods known to the fitness world. A healthy lifestyle promotes overall well being. With a healthy body, you have a healthy mind. When your body and mind are in tune, everything from waking up in the morning to thinking clearly at school or work, helps make this fast paced society we live in easier, and more enjoyable.

AWARENESS AND SELF DEFENSE

The key to self defense is not kicking and punching. As a matter of fact, martial arts training discourages physical action in any confrontation unless it is an absolute last resort. Learning to be aware of your surroundings and avoiding dangerous situations is the focus of awareness. Simple things that people probably already know are used as constant reminders so that awareness becomes a natural way of thinking. With awareness training, bad situations can be avoided.

CONCENTRATION AND FOCUS

Concentration is something that can be improved with training. Many doctors are now recommending people with A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Disorder) and A.D.H.D. (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) train in martial arts because of the concentration skills that are developed. The focus and concentration necessary to learn and perfecting the kata, (series of prearranged movements), are transferred into your everyday life.

RESPECT, DISCIPLINE, HUMILITY

Most educated people associate martial arts with discipline. This is because of the format in which the classes are taught. In most martial arts, there is a ranking system which lets people know where they stand. Martial arts does not have to be militaristic to the point it was originally intended (after all it is a martial art developed to defend one’s life) but these values are instilled. Generally a person who enters a martial art class will see that people will bow to each other, call the instructor Sensei (teacher) and conform to the rules and guidelines set forth by the school. This makes a person feel rather awkward themselves if they don’t conform to their surroundings. Most difficult people can be taught humility simply by being in an environment where it is prominent.

SELF CONFIDENCE

You have to feel good about yourself and you have to trust in your abilities to be confident. Martial arts teaches you how to handle pressure by applying a little bit at a time. Every individual has a certain limit, and once you find it you tend to feel comfortable. Once you are comfortable you can start to expand or push those limits and feel good about trying something you never imagined you could do before. Studying martial arts is an endless learning experience that provides constant challenges, which keeps you alert and lets your confidence grow.

BALANCE

Balance is a physical and mental attribute that is developed as a result of martial arts training. Balance in the physical sense is acquired by performing drills that make you aware of what your body is doing while in motion. Balance as a mental characteristic is developed as you use martial arts to challenge and stimulate your mind. At first, most people will not find martial arts training to be as natural as walking, so you will have to rationalize your movements as you learn them. With the presence of a good physical and mental balance you will enhance and develop your skills.

CONTROL

Control is a result of focus, concentration, and confidence. Through the efforts of repetitive martial arts training people learn their limitations. The more aggressive person may want to push those limitations, which is not a bad thing. Emotions such as anger and fear may never leave a person completely but with practice, like anything else, you can learn to control them.

GOAL ORIENTATION

Control is a result of focus, concentration, and confidence. Through the efforts of repetitive martial arts training people learn their limitations. The more aggressive person may want to push those limitations, which is not a bad thing. Emotions such as anger and fear may never leave a person completely but with practice, like anything else, you can learn to control them.

ROLE MODELS

Like a school teacher, we as martial arts instructors have a responsibility to our students to instill positive values. Children benefit by the mental stimulation of learning the choreographed moves of the kata and the discipline of conforming to the rules of the school. An adult doesn’t have to feel self conscious about getting the physical benefits of the exercise provided.  Martial arts instills the confidence to walk away from confrontation, not to contest it head on. To teach these values at an early age will benefit a child for the rest of their life. In an adult perspective, it can shed a bit of light through the stresses of our daily routines.

STUDYING MARTIAL ARTS IS FUN!

Not only do you benefit from learning the techniques and routines that martial arts provides, you do it with other people that share a common interest. Any extracurricular activity you involve yourself with should be a release from the stress or anxiety that is built up in your daily routines. People involved in karate oftentimes establish friendships that last a lifetime.