What is Gaia Chuan?

Gaia Chuan (Guy-Ah Choo-Won) is an ecclectic system that teaches elements from all categories of martial arts and self defense. Training is done in a traditional martial arts format, while also maintaining a focus on real world situations and defense.

About Gaia Chuan

The Core Curriculum of Gaia Chuan is the most comprehensive in the area. Covering all ranges of training from striking to kicking to grappling. Gaia Chuan aslo teaches a number of weapons to maximize the student's ability to defend themselves.

Gaia Chuan is more than "Mixed Martial Arts," it is an "Ecclectic System" that allows the individual student to find their best fit of techniques and training. Each person is different and will have different preferences and talents. By having the flexibilty for students to define their own, personal connection to martial arts, Gaia Chuan is the best system for a student to fulfill their true potential.

Not making claims to have "handpicked the most effective techniques" from the martial arts, Gaia Chuan joins aspects from numerous martial arts and modern combative systems from Japan, China, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Russia, Brazil, Israel, the United States, and other countries from around the world.

All Gaia Chuan training follows a simple and direct formula:

1) Foundation & Conditioning - Building Technique & Dexterity, while Fortifying the Body

2) Mechanics & Function - Learning the Strengths & Weaknesses of the Body

3) Mentality & Application - Situational Awareness & The Intent of Execution

4) Knowledge & Understanding - Making Techniques & Application as Natural as Breathing


a breakdown of gaia chuan

As stated in the short description of Gaia Chuan, it is an "ecclectic system" that addresses elements from all categories of martial arts, worldwide. All martial arts are first categorized into to main systems of definition: External or "Hard" Systems & Internal or "Soft" Systems. From there, martial arts systems are identified by their particular type of fighting style or focus.  By joining techniques from a number of martial arts, Gaia Chuan gives each student enough knowledge and experience to find the best fit for their personal abilities.

Isshin Ryu Karate, Shito Ryu Karate, Shorinji Kempo Karate, and Kyokushinkai Karate give Gaia Chuan techniques for direct engagement, while allowing the student to retract and control their techniques.

Taekwondo, Tangsoodo, and Northern Kung Fu kicking techniques employ the use of the longest, strongest limb to increase the student's "Radius of Defense."

WIng Chun Kung Fu, Muay Thai, and Muay Boran techniques allow students to understand the foundation of "Infighting" or the distance between Striking and Grappling. Trapping techniques and the ability to flow from one strategy to the next ensure fluidity without predictability.

Taichi Chuan, Bagua, Qi Gong, and other internal systems allow the student to understand the core function of mechanics and the use of technique in relation to anatomy and practical applications of physics.

Judo, Jujitsu, Python Bando, Wrestling, and Sambo give students the skills to defend themselves on the ground.  By using leverage to control the strengths of the attacker, students learn to place themselves in a dominate position to nuetralize the attacker.

American Boxing, American Kenpo, and Shorinji Kempo allow the student to understand both the mechanics of executing techniques, but also the mechanical reactions of the attacker, both when they perform a technique and when they recieve yours. Their upper body striking principles also can compliment each other, allowing for more diversity in combination performance.

Aikido, Hapkido, Chin Na, and other Kung Fu systems like Eagle Claw Kung Fu, train to find the the weakest points of the body and how to exploit sensitive parts to overcome an attacker. These methods can be applied both from a standing position, as well as on the ground. these techniques allow the student to face an experienced fighter, that may have a high tolerance to being kicked, punched, or placed in a submission technique, such as a choke.

Krav Maga, Kapap, and concepts from other military style combat systems prepare the student for high stress situations and no nonsense realities. While these systems of close quarter combat are themselves derived from a several of traditional martial arts, they place techniques into context of high stress situations, when most of the fine points of technical dexterity diminish and the importance of "Intent" of execution are imparative for survival. "Intent" is especially important when facing multiple attackers in the real world.

Weapons training, including the Sword, Staff,  Escrima, and a number of other weapons, give the student a broader understanding on how to use their environment to their advantage as well as improve hand/eye coordination and muscle conditioning.

Although each martial art has a specific philosophy and approach to self protection, they all share similarities that give them common ground. Gaia Chuan takes advantage of these similarities to join them all into one compete system, giving the student the best ability for self improvement and active self protection.