4 Winds Martial Arts

4 Winds Martial Arts Apex  North Carolina



4 Winds Martial Arts, Tai Chi, Qi Gong

Martial Arts for Adults and Teens (13 years and older)

Without question, the classes offered at 4 Winds Martial Arts are one of the most effective, rewarding and unique Martial Arts training programs you will find throughout the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Our Head Instructor, Sifu Bob Melander is a 6th Degree Black Belt who has over 25 years of experience in practicing and teaching the martial arts.

The programs offered at 4 Winds Martial Arts are a safe yet challenging and comprehensive training curriculum that fully integrates both the health and self defense aspects of martial arts. In addition to our Group Classes, we offer Private Lessons, as well as Self Defense Seminars.

Why train in Martial Arts? The reasons are many, but the development of "Self" is our main focus:

  • Self Confidence
  • Self Defense
  • Self Image
  • Self Health
  • Self Control
  • Self Acceptance
  • Self Assurance
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Respect
  • Self Restraint
  • Self Worth

Self Defense

The self-defense system taught at 4 Winds Martial Arts is a mixed martial art, meaning the best elements of Kung Fu, Kenpo Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Krav Maga and Escrima/Kali are seamlessly blended together to form a perfect combination of the External and the Internal Arts (also referred to as Hard Style and Soft Style Arts).

The self defense system addresses virtually every conceivable self defense scenario, including defenses against punches, kicks, grabs, and multiple attackers. In addition, defenses against gun, knife and club threats and attacks are part of our all inclusive system. It is based upon two essential principles: first, will the techniques work in the "streets" and second, can it be easily executed regardless of the size or gender of the defender.

Our curriculum includes learning how to properly punch, strike (open hand techniques) and kick with power and accuracy. Students also learn how apply joint locks (Small Circle Jujitsu), and the use of sweeps and throws (Judo) to take an opponent to the ground. In addition, we train in kickboxing, close-quarter combat (Chi Sao and "soft" sparring), ground fighting and the use of weapons knives and clubs to defend ourselves (Escrima/Kali). If a student is interested in tournament fighting, "Point" Sparring is also included in our curriculum.

Tai Chi/Qi Gong

Sifu Bob is also a certified Tai Chi instructor and teaches Qi Gong (Chi Gung) and Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan (Taiji). Because of Tai Chi and Qi Gong’s gentle, low impact movements, it can be practiced by everyone, regardless of age.

Also known as the "Grand Ultimate Discipline", Tai Chi’s many benefits include:

  • Meditative Aspects - a "moving meditation"
  • Relaxation
  • Managing Stress
  • Better Posture and Balance
  • Learning to "live in the moment."
  • Generating Qi for energy and health
  • Better Sleep
  • Conditioning the microfibers of muscles for better overall strength
  • Reduce Blood Pressure
  • Eliminate Joint Pain

Our Tai Chi and Qi Gong curriculum includes:

  • Yang Short Form (Chen Man-ch’ing’s 37 Form)
  • Yang Long Form (108 Form)
  • Weapons Training - Straight Sword, Broadsword, Bo Staff, Walking Cane
  • Qi Gong Forms and Exercise Sets for Health (Heart, Liver, Lungs etc.)
  • Push Hands

Our Free Introductory Special

Our Free Introductory Special is comprised of two free 1-on-1 classes, and 1 free Group Class (see the Class Schedule for class times). If you would like to try the Free Introductory Special, please email us, call or text @ 623 910-1675. Note: the 1-on-1 classes are scheduled based upon days and times that are mutually convenient.

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