Muay Thai is known as the “Art of Eight Limbs” and combines striking with fists, elbows, knees and shins with clinching. It originated in Thailand as part of the Siamese army training in at least the 16th century. Much more recently, it has become widespread in the western world after Thai practitioners started dominating in Kickboxing and MMA. Another high-intensity class, and an extremely practical self-defense skill set. At Sherman's Martial Arts, we are affiliated with the Surakit gym in Thailand under Master Sawirin Jay Pinkaew.


Judo (the Way of Gentleness) is a Japanese martial art the focuses on throwing an opponent to the ground and subduing them. "Judo" shares the character "Jiu" with Jiu Jitsu - mean "Gentleness" or "Giving Way". "Do" however means the "Principle" or "Way" while "Jutsu" means the "Art" or "Practice". Judo was established by Jigoro Kano in 1882 in Japan. He took the many techniques of "Jujitsu" which, at the time, was a wide range of hand-to-hand combat methods used in the military, and whittled down the techniques to the ones that used his guiding principle of "Minimum Energy, Maximum Efficiency". This enabled it to be taught to the broader public, and focused on ways to use technique, balance and momentum instead of brute strength. Another foundational skill in Judo are "Ukemi" or break-falls - learning how to fall without hurting oneself - an excellent life skill whether you do martial arts or not. Judo has been an Olympic sport since 1964. We do not have a current dedicated Judo class, but the techniques are included in several of the other programs. Further instruction is available upon request.

Women's Self Defense/Jiu-Jitsu

Sherman's Martial Arts offers both weekly Women's classes and Women's Self Defense Seminars. The weekly class provides a safe, friendly and low-stress introduction to Jiu Jitsu and a variety of striking techniques from Muay Thai. This class is open to all women ages 13 and up - and don't worry - you do NOT have to arrive in tip-top shape, or expect a competitive environment. These classes are for learning self-defense, personal accomplishment, and boosting your confidence! Women's Self Defense Seminars follow the SMAART Self Defense Training techniques or "Sherman's Martial Arts Agression Response Training". Call for more details!

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Muay Thai

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a self defense martial art and a combat sport based on grappling and submission holds instead of striking. The goal is to use the opponent's momentum and against them and subdue them on the ground and achieving “checkmate” instead of causing direct injury. This also enables a smaller, weaker practitioner to defeat a strong, larger one. It has become an important aspect of many military and police combatives training programs. It was initially founded in Brazil in 1925 Gracie family based on traditional Japanese Judo taught to them by Mitsuyo Maeda. Over time it has adopted elements from wrestling and other combat sports, and has become an essential part for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) . This is a full-contact, active class and great for kids that need to run off some energy! 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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The Tae Kwon Do/Karate style taught at Sherman's Martial Arts is called "Sun Do Kwan". It is a blend of Korean and Japanese martial arts, and is a mix of everything Headmaster and Founder James Sherman has learned as a student, competitor, and teacher. Master Sherman has studied American Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Judo, and Hapkido. Our goal at Sherman's Martial Arts is to help each student develop strong physical and mental attributes so that he or she can develop a unique style during the advance towards Black Belt and beyond.

Sung Do Kwan