All Posts by Joel Williams

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Husband. Father. University Professor. GMAU Certified Krav Maga Instructor.

Jan 24

Shotokan Karate vs. Taekwondo … Which Should I Do?

By Joel Williams | Common Questions , Shotokan Karate , Taekwondo

A common question submitted to GMAU is: Should I do Shotokan or Taekwondo? On the surface, what sounds like a simple question is actually difficult to answer. The best answer is highly individualized, and ultimately, can only be determined by the potential student themselves. Our hope is that this article will shed some light on the similarities and differences and give the reader some insights into how to go about making this decision.

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Jan 21

Muay Thai Solo Training Hacks

By Joel Williams | Muay Thai

One challenge every martial artist faces is how to get in a good workout when they don’t have a partner available to train with them. In this article, you will learn how to tap into what motivates you and the best pieces of training equipment to have handy to burn some calories, get a good sweat, and sharpen your skills!

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Dec 29

Giving Back to the Community – A School Owner/Instructor’s Impact

By Joel Williams | Food for Thought , Instructors , Krav Maga

Dustin Koppel and his wife, Bethany Koppel, own and operate a full-time “brick and mortar” martial arts school (National Martial Arts) in Oak Ridge, TN. Dustin is also a Krav Maga instructor for Global Martial Arts University. They are doing amazing work in their local community while also running a successful business. Are you an owner or instructor at a martial arts school? Would you like to learn more about the essential elements for “doing good” while also promoting your business? If so, then read on!

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Dec 03

Improve Your Footwork NOW (Tips from TKD, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, and Bojutsu)

By Joel Williams | Home Study Students

When beginning any martial art, most of us want to get right to the “good stuff” … you know: Punching … Kicking … Fighting! And that is where we often focus, initially. However, we shouldn’t overlook the foundation of any martial art: Footwork. Lack sound footwork and you’ll literally be stuck and predictable. Want some great tips on footwork essentials? Then keep reading and get sage advice from our GMAU instructors!

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Oct 23

The 3 Most Common Street Attacks & How to Defend Them

By Joel Williams | Krav Maga

You train hard and you practice a lot. But are you actually “ready” for a real life physical confrontation? Maybe so, maybe not… There is really only one way to know for sure, right? Just find yourself in a situation where you have to actually use your knowledge and skills. None of us truly want that – but at the end of the day, if you are serious about using your martial arts skills for self-defense, it’s all about being prepared. One way to train specifically to defend ourselves is to organize your training to ensure you are as prepared as possible to defend yourself against the most probable (or common) attacks. That is exactly what the GMAU Krav Maga program does – it teaches you how to defend yourself against the most common attacks. Want to know more? Then keep reading!

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Sep 28

Modern Applictions of Old-School Hojo Undō Training: The Secret to More Power, Endurance and Conditioning

By Joel Williams | Home Study Students

Hojo undō (補助運動) is a Japanese word that means “supplementary exercises” utilizing various types of traditional equipment that can be traced back to ancient Chinese martial arts. Hojo undō training is used to develop muscular strength, endurance, power, speed, and strong posture required for martial arts. This training is also used to develop mental toughness and resilience. The purpose of this blog post is to provide the reader with an overview of Hojo undō and stimulate a desire to explore these traditional methods to augment one’s mental and physical fitness.  

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Sep 01

How to Fund and Start a Martial Arts School

By Joel Williams | Instructors

Starting a martial arts school can be a daunting task. It seems easy enough, just rent a space, get some mats, and do what you love – right? Well, for many, getting into the numbers, funding, business plan, pricing, marketing, lease, build-out, can get a little tricky.

To help de-mystify the very first stage or launching a school – funding your school – I interviewed five successful school owners. This group of individuals come from very different backgrounds, from teaching karate to krav maga, to working in law enforcement to designing jewelry. They all used different tactics to fund and launch their school. Here are their stories.

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