Grandmaster Antonio De Sousa has been in martial arts since 1960 and holds 9th Dan
in tkd/Okinawa/hapkido/kung-fu and holds 10th in krav maga he has incorporated all these styles
into one great style that he calls Okitaekundo Martial Arts-and he prides himself in teaching
Impact Self Defense to young and old, with rigorous workouts of the body combined with a philosophy
of strength and peacefulness of the mind and spirit. Martial Arts is a “Way of Life”
for grandmaster Antonio. he has dedicated his life to Martial Arts from 1960 till now
and is still going strong.
Okitaekundo training focuses on the traditional aspects of martial arts
such as respect, honor, discipline, peace, and also bringing the mind, body,
and spirit into harmony. Okitaekundo style of mixed arts is not so much focused on
competition and sport fighting like we see in modern day. But is more focused in keeping the
integrity of the original martial arts and preserving the values and lessons of traditional Martial Arts and Self Defense.
We are very passionate and honest about our krav maga. We don’t teach you how to only survive. We teach you how to fight.
We believe that a thinking fighter is a better fighter, but we also believe that thinking should not replace fighting. Nothing will come instead of hard physical work. We train the muscular memory first, then cognition – not the other way around.
We believe you learn by doing. We believe the only way to become a better fighter is to fight. We will teach you, we will show you how, we will, if necessary, correct you. But we will not make you listen to us lecturing.
Our idea of training is extremely simple: no nonsense. We believe that only blood, sweat and tears will get you there.
* One of the most priceless gifts of martial arts practice is to get to know yourself internally and externally.
* Our main goal is to use the body to reach and learn to master the mind. Once you have mastered your mind you will have no desire to ever fight.
* “The years teach us much the days never knew”G.M. A. DE SOUSA
* In real martial arts, even when faced with the situation, you can stay calm and centered and make the best choices in that moment.
* Martial arts training helps us learn to deal with adversity. That is what sets it apart from doing things like yoga.
* Through the practice we become aware of what we think and why. What shapes our values and beliefs, then we can step back and look at it with more of a pure mind.
* Consistent effort over time is needed to achieve greatness in anything.Give
* Bow with gratitude and sincerity.
* Bowing to others is not about a sign of submission but about recognizing
“the spark” in another fellow human being.
* Practicing etiquette teaches us to be mindful – from making
sure we are lining up straight to bowing correctly and at the appropriate times
(even when tired). It is all designed to teach us to pay attention – to keep that
* Once ritual becomes habit it is useless.
The point is to practice it mindfully.
* Seniors set the example for juniors. Juniors will watch what seniors do and follow suit.
The senior student has a responsibility to set a good example.
* After class, visualize what was done – mentally perform the physical movements. This will help you to remember and also help you develop your ability to visualize.
* If you use your body to learn movement, particularly complex movement, your mind will develop. If you use only the mind, the body does not develop. That is why we call martial arts bodymind training.
* Practice makes habit. How you practice will become habit. Practice sloppy – that becomes a body habit. Practice with focus and precision – then that becomes your habit.
* Strength is a skill – both physical strength and mental strength. It takes practice.
* How do you absorb learning a lot of new things in class? Always fully engage your mind and body. Meditation will help you learn focus. Repetition will help body memory. Knowing the purpose or intent of the movement improves your ability to focus, understand, and remember. Be willing to repeat beyond boredom.
* Learn to control your internal environment, not by holding it in and creating tension, but by learning to control and slow the breath for example and see what that does for you. Can you bring yourself down from a feeling of high alert or tension? Recognize your thoughts.
* The point of the practice is the practice. The rest will take care of itself. Just practice!
* If you think you can, you are right; if you think you can’t you are also right.
* Martial Arts teaches us to challenge our previously held beliefs about ourselves and our world.
* Don’t compare yourself with others. Don’t worry about who is better than you or who you think you are better than. Just work on yourself – that is what the practice is for.
* Let the practice be a way for you to break through your limitations and your comfort zone. You create the opportunity to try new things.