For Adults…The ZenQuest Martial Arts Center provides a variety of martial arts for adults in an environment of mutual support and respect. We provide classes for Okinawan Karate, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing, Wrestling and even Kettlebells. Each class offers an interesting exercise program with great fitness and health benefits for the student. Although each may have a different emphasis they all improve flexibility, strength, coordination, cardio-vascular capacity, confidence, self-discipline, relaxation, awareness, and stress reduction! Each program can also provide valuable self-defense skills. Since every student will have their own interest and goals, they may choose to focus on only one art. . .or be diverse in their martial arts experience. ZenQuest is affiliated with some of the best martial arts organizations in the world, including:
- The Okinawa Karatedo Association
- The Demian Maia Jiu-jitsu Association
- Sityodtong Muay Thai and MMA of Boston
For Children…ZenQuest also provides classes in Okinawan Karate, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and Muay Thai Kickboxing for children. Each style provides an exciting exercise program with tremendous fitness benefits including improved flexibility, strength, coordination, and cardio capacity. Students gain an appreciation for overall fitness which can lay the groundwork for a long and healthy life! Experienced instructors, using proven methods, also help young students learn important life skills like focus, discipline, respect, responsibility, confidence, perseverance, honor, leadership, and maintaining a positive attitude. Classes provide a balance of traditional learning and more contemporary activities to keep training interesting and fun! Each program provides effective self-defense skills. Since every student has their own interest and goals, they may choose to focus on only one art…or be more diverse. All classes are designed to provide age-appropriate learning in a structured environment of mutual support and respect. Classes are “scaled” so that the most mature kids focus more on martial arts skills, while the youngest students are provided with more activities and games. Student are placed in age divisions based on age, size, maturity, and sibling participation.
Uechi-Ryu Karate is a dynamic “striking” art from Okinawa, Japan. Strategies of Uechi-Ryu include evasive movement, blocking, grasping, striking with the hands, feet, knees and elbows, sweeping, and throwing. Classes cover a range of material including stretching, conditioning, combinations, target drills and partner training. Although Uechi-Ryu (a.k.a. Shohei-Ryu) provides valuable skills for self-defense, the personal development aspects are far more rewarding. In addition to physical fitness, consistent training enhances concentration, self-control, and the ability to focus! ZenQuest is an affiliate of the Okinawa Karate Association, and all rankings are certified by the that respected institution. The center also hosts seminars and sponsors visits with world authorities of Uechi-Ryu.
See our Karate page for additional information
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a highly effective “grappling” style from Brazil. Derived from the ancient Japanese art, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu consists of escapes, throws, sweeps, positioning, restraints and submissions. Emphasizing the use of technique and strategy in overcoming an opponent, Jiu-jitsu is considered one of the most effective self-defense systems in the world. This style is standard training for Mixed Martial Arts competitors, law enforcement agencies, and military organizations around the world. Classes include fundamental movements, strength and flexibility work, partner training, and techniques and strategies. See our Jiu-jitsu page for more information
Muay Thai is an exciting kickboxing style from Thailand. Known as the “Art of Eight Limbs,” this style makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, as well as clinching strategies, throws and sweeps. Classes include stretching, conditioning, target training, combinations, and partner drills. Muay Thai has been practiced for centuries, but recently has become one of the most prevalent striking styles in the world due to its effectiveness in Mixed Martial Arts competition. ZenQuest has an affiliation with Sityodtong of Boston, considered one of the best Muay Thai schools in the world. Kru Mark DellaGrotti of Sityodtong has coached many successful Muay Thai and MMA fighters. Kru Mark and his instructors periodically provide instruction and seminars for ZenQuest.
See our Muay-Thai page for more information.
Boxing is the classic western fighting style. It can be traced back through history in war, sport and self-defense. Boxing or “Pugilism” has roots in medieval Europe, Roman and Greek culture and even the ancient middle east. Today, boxing is a fascinating sport and is respected throughout the Martial Arts world. Boxing emphasizes using the hands to deliver punching combinations and evasive movement using the body and footwork. For most enthusiasts, Boxing serves as an amazing fitness program. Classes include footwork drills, abdominal work, cardio and strength training, and striking drills.
Mixed Martial Arts
Mixed Martial Arts consists of a blend of the best techniques and strategies from martial arts from around the world including Karate, Boxing, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Jiu-jitsu, and others. Classes include strength and conditioning drills, target and “bag” work for striking, takedown drills, and ground-fighting training. MMA provides an incredible fitness program and a rounded package of martial arts skills.[/hide-this-part]
Self-defense focuses on empowering individuals with the ability to defend themselves effectively. Techniques and strategies from a variety of martial arts are selected for repelling and escaping realistic attacks from potentially larger and stronger assailants. Classes include striking drills, targeting strategies, throwing, and escape techniques. Emphasis is placed on counter-attacking the vulnerable parts of the body and using leverage in escapes.
Special Events The ZenQuest Center hosts a variety of special events including seminars with leading martial arts figures for Uechi-Ryu Karate, Gracie Jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Mixed Martial Arts. ZenQuest also holds an annual Children’s Tournament, special clinics, classes for groups, and even birthday parties!