Price Mixed Martial Arts Academy trains students in self-defense, physical conditioning, self-discipline and character development through the sport of mixed martial arts.
We teach a fusion of kihido karate and taekwondo, and students may take classes in either, or both, disciplines.
Kihido karate is a martial arts style that was developed by Oklahoma native Eddie Wilcoxen, a three-time national karate champion and the founder of a network of karate schools, of which our academy is a part.
Eddie D. Wilcoxen, Founder of Kihido
Wilcoxen trained with legendary fighter Joe Lewis, who was was twice voted the greatest fighter in karate history, and attained the titles of United States Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion, World Heavyweight Karate Champion, and United States National Black Belt Kata Champion. Wilcoxen also trained with Jeff Smith, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, and Billy Blanks.
Wilcoxen named his fighting style “Kihido,” which means “shining spirit way.” Kihido borrows heavily from various martial arts styles, including shotokan karate, taekwondo, Brazilian jiu jitsu, muay thai kickboxing, and traditional boxing. One could accurately say that Kihido karate was “mixed martial arts” long before mixed martial arts became cool.
We also teach Taekwondo, a Korean martial art that emphasizes fast, powerful kicks and includes blocks, kicks, punches, open-handed strikes, sweeps, throws, and joint locks. Taekwondo was developed during the Japanese occupation of Korea (1910-1945), when those who practiced the traditional Korean martial art of Taekkyon were exposed to Japanese karate and also the martial arts of China and Manchuria. By the early 1950′s, at the height of the Korean war, there were many Korean martial arts schools, or kwans. In 1955, the South Korean president, Syngman Rhee ordered that all the schools be unified under a single system, which became known as Taekwondo, which was designated the national sport of South Korea.
At Price Mixed Martial Arts Academy, our comprehensive, award-winning written curriculum is designed to teach skills for success in life, as well as in the martial arts environment, with a strong emphasis on discipline, respect and traditional American values. While some people believe that discipline is an externally imposed constraint, our philosophy is that true personal discipline comes from within. That is why our motto is “We Build Character”.Tony Price Owner/Instructor