Rising Phoenix Martial Arts Academy offers the widest variety of martial arts in Evansville.

Remember: Your first class is always free!

Jun Fan Gung Fu and the philosophy
and concepts of Jeet Kune Do

Bruce Lee exploded onto the martial arts scene in the 1960’s, and immediately changed the way many of us perceived and thought about the martial arts.  Mr. Lee and his close friend and assistant Dan Inosanto researched and tested methods from as many arts as they could, blending those concepts and techniques which they felt were best and adding concepts of their own.

The result of this process, often called Jeet Kune Do, is more correctly referred to as Jun Fan Gung Fu.  Jeet Kune Do is Bruce Lee’s philosophy of martial arts and of life; Jun Fan Gung Fu is the method he used to express that philosophy.  Jun Fan can make up much of the foundation of your art.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a grappling based martial art founded in 1925 by Helio Gracie in Brazil.  Gracie and his brothers took the techniques of traditional Japanese Jiu-jitsu and applied their genius to modifying and improving them.

The vast majority of fights end up on the ground within seconds, and most of the techniques of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu are designed for fighting on the ground. If effective self-defense skills are a high priority for you, you owe it to yourself to get some Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training.

Muay Thai (Thai Boxing)

logo_mtThe national sport of Thailand, Thai Boxing, also known as Muay Thai is a devastatingly effective ring sport. Known as “Kings of the ring,” Thai Boxers may strike any part of the body with kicks, knees, punches, or elbows. They are renowned for their devastating power and nearly invulnerable physical and mental toughness.

Much of this toughness comes from some of the most intense conditioning drills in all of martial arts. Muay Thai training will dramatically enhance your fighting skills.

Filipino Martial Arts

logo_silat_0The Filipino Martial Arts course is a comprehensive weapons training program, and combined with the Majapahit Martial Arts is perhaps the most complete martial art currently available.

The training drills of FMA are works of genius; developing coordination, reflexes, knowledge of angles of attack, and many other important attributes in an incredibly short amount of time. Training includes many categories of hand-held weapons and extensive empty hand training, including some of the most efficient trapping and grappling range techniques used anywhere.

Combat Submission Wrestling/Vale Tudo

logo_cswThis is an advanced level class.  Before you can attend it you must first qualify to do so by attending 75 classes of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and 75 classes of Muay Thai, all at the Academy.

This is a class that offers martial sport concepts as taught by Sensei Erik Paulson. Sensei Paulson is the former World Light Heavyweight Shoot Wrestling Champion, and has developed a curriculum that he calls “Combat Submission Wrestling.” It combines kickboxing skills from Muay Thai, Savate, and Jun Fan Gung Fu with the throws and ground grappling techniques of Judo, Jiu-jitsu, western Wrestling, Russian Sambo, and Filipino Dumog. In addition, Sensei Paulson has developed a number of innovative techniques to meet the evolving challenges of modern martial combat.

This mix makes for a fantastic work-out as well as excellent preparation for a self-defense encounter or no-holds-barred competition.

Majapahit Martial Arts

logo_msThe Majapahit Empire dominated the culture of Southeast Asia in the 14th century, and Guru Dan Inosanto has organized a curriculum that combines elements of several arts from that region. This curriculum includes Indonesian Pencak Silat, Malaysian Bersilat, Filipino Panantukan Boxing, Filipino Langka Silat, and the arts of Thailand.

A student of Majapahit Martial Arts will train in techniques of striking (both standing and from the ground), sweeping/throwing, grappling, trapping, and weaponry. This is an effective and fascinating system of martial arts training.

Western Fencing

Fencing is the modern descendant of the European dueling arts. It is an excellent way to develop your footwork, reflexes, and mental focus.

Fencing teaches the foil, epee, and saber. Each of these is a different weapon, and constitutes a separate Olympic fencing event. Fencing is fun, and great exercise!