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Inner Strength Martial Arts

Inner Strength Martial Arts (ISMA) is a complete style - a style that is based on a foundation of Korean and Chinese martial arts movement. The core curriculum for ISMA is street application self defense against single to multiple attackers. Utilizing the principles of the Shui Huo Kung Fu, ISMA's style offers a unique blend of training encompassing a basic linear hard style martial art combined with an intricate, but natural, circular bursting soft style martial art allowing the student to develop their skills and knowledge for a lifetime.

ISMA offers training for all levels and all ages from school age children to Adults. All ISMA students build confidence, coordination skills, self-esteem, individual and teamwork abilities, and physical conditioning while learning vital self defense and martial arts techniques in a structured and disciplined, yet fun and enjoyable atmosphere. ISMA students are taught not to mimic, but to understand the principles behind each technique and their purpose so they can adapt and reflex movement when necessary. Through our age appropriate curriculum, students develop accordingly to their abilities and needs.

As the ISMA student grows with the school so does his training...

ISMA Youth students train on traditional as well as street applicable techniques (one-on-one), fitness and endurance conditioning, practical application, beginning weaponry, sparring, and self defense while emphasizing safety, Inner Strength, and mental conditioning. Through these martial arts and coordination skills, youth students increase their self-esteem, confidence, and physical conditioning. As a student progresses through rank they are given increased responsibilities that will develop their abilities to both be a team member and a leader.

Teen/Adult classes at ISMA expand on the youth curriculum with mass attack, elimination techniques, enhanced fitness and physical conditioning, advanced weaponry, speed, endurance, sparring, and adult oriented street applicable self defense while still emphasizing Inner Strength, internal breathing, and mental conditioning. Rapid multiple striking from our Shui Huo Kung Fu foundation sets the style apart from other martial arts. With this approach, students are taught skills to defend themselves against multiple attackers as opposed to focusing on one opponent only. Classes are for all rank levels and adult continuing students are more than willing to extend a friendly helping hand to beginners.

Core Curriculum

The core self defense of ISMA curriculum consists of 300+ self defense techniques which…

  • Have been taught to the Federal Air Marshals, Texas Army National Guard, Federal special ops consulting firms, police officers, fire department personnel, security guards, and Texas State certified Personal Protection Officers (bodyguards)and have been used in real world situations.
  • Are taught by cause and effect principles to create unlimited defensive moves for any situation.
  • Are taught with the mindset for survival against multiple attackers (gang).
  • Contain between 2 simultaneous moves to 10+ continuously flowing moves.
  • Offer more than one response for the same attack to accommodate each student's individual natural reflex motion.
  • Are taught with training drills to increase: speed, timing, power, balance, movement, reflexes, and conditioning.
  • Address attacks from close range, medium range, long range, and ground defense.
  • Include drills for balance, ground defense, falls, throws, and counters to throws.

  • Are taught with independent motion removing all lead point (telegraphing) movement for optimum speed to target.
  • Include over 75 Kick / Knee strikes and 57 Hand / Elbow strikes.
  • Include pressure point controls, joint manipulation and locking, and principles of body mechanics, in addition to over 50 Kick / Knee strikes and 50 plus Hand / Elbow strikes.

ISMA's Youth Curriculum

Inner Strength Martial Arts' Youth Curriculum uses the same principles as the adult curriculum while eliminating techniques that a child could reflex to and cause permanent damage to another child and techniques the youth student cannot understand the complete cause/effect of executing at a young age. The youth program is taught in a fun environment, but should no way minimize the skills these young students learn. ISMA youth students who continue throughout their childhood will be well prepared for college and real life situations and will be able to make wise decisions in their lives.


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