Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Myers Martial Arts Offers Free Training For School Faculty

Myers Martial_ArtsMADISONVILLE, Ky. (1/9/2013) - Starting off the year 2013, Eric Myers of Myers Martial Arts (MMA), is offering full-time free self-defense and Martial Arts training for educators and faculty in the Hopkins, Webster, and Muhlenberg County school systems. Myers gave an inspirational interview and brief history lesson to SurfKY News on Saturday, Dec. 5, following a promotional ceremony for 30 of his young students to new ranks.

At MMA, the training style is more focused on self-defense than competitive fighting. There are no trophies in the wide-open building where most of the floor is made of rubber-like material where the training takes place. Myers said that the absence of trophies is “on purpose, so as not to stir competitive natures but to promote personal improvement. The only competitor you need to be concerned about is the one staring back at you in the mirror.”

Myers’ Motivation to start free training for the school systems was the recent tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, N.J. He has children in elementary and middle school and thinks that the faculty should be trained and prepared to defend and protect themselves and the students they’re responsible for.

“Confidence enables people to defend themselves without resorting to fighting,” he said. “Arming them with confidence and skill is better than arming them with guns. I don’t think we should completely change our lifestyle because of people who come in and do evil things. People will always do evil things with guns or knives or bombs. We can educate ourselves and others, and I want to be able to equip, specifically, the school faculty with confidence and skill. Things are changing in the world. Teachers don’t get trained to handle or subdue violent students whether they are fighting each other or the teacher or if there were a riot … They aren’t adequately trained for the environment they’re in. Things aren’t like they used to be in schools.”

Myers is a graded instructor and a 5th-degree black belt in Japanese Jiu Jitsu. He is well educated, experienced, and passionate about the art form he teaches and has been practicing for over 30 years. Myers has trained with UFC champion fighters as well as Brazilian Pedro Sauer, whom Myers said was dubbed “the most technical Jiu Jitsu instructor on the planet” by the founder of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Grandmaster Heilo Gracie, himself.

Gracie Jiu Jitsu is a “re-engineered form of Jiu Jitsu,” explained Myers. It is a Brazilian form of the Japanese art whose name originated in or before the 1600s. The Japanese Jiu Jitsu meaning, “gentle art” or the “art of gentleness,” was modified by Gracie to suit smaller, weaker individuals and to defend and subdue rather than to fight or strike. “Grandmaster Heilo was a frail, 140-pound Brazilian man. He reinvented the concept of Jiu Jitsu fighting—not the art—and he took what the Japanese did with it and turned it into a practical self-defense art. Japanese Samurai warriors were trained to fight other Samurai warriors in the Japanese Jiu Jitsu.”

He continued, “The Japanese style of Jiu Jitsu has a skilled verses skilled concept. It is not so much with Gracie Jiu Jitsu. You had to be of a certain social class in Samurai culture before you were even allowed to learn the Samurai self-defense.”

Jiu Jitsu arrived in Brazil and was taught like it always was. Heilo Gracie’s older brother was taking classes in the art, but Hieilo was too frail to participate, so he watched and learned. Over time, Heilo was allowed to participate and went on to earn his back belt and become an instructor. He reverse-engineered the art so the “smallest of the small and the weakest of weak could survive in the most hostile situations,” Myers said. “There’s an art to finding calmness in chaos.”

Myers appreciates the original form of Japanese Jiu Jitsu, but he prefers to teach Gracie style because of its emphasis on self-defense. Myers applies the art form in every arena of his own life. “It’s a way of life for me—a lifestyle. I apply it in my everyday activities no matter what I’m doing. The concept I apply is: maximum efficiency-minimum effort.”  He described Jiu Jitsu as a “Rubik’s Cube wrapped in a riddle, trapped in an enigma. You can never figure it out. You’re constantly perfecting, adjusting, fixing, tightening, learning, and freshening. Perfection is never attainable but you keep practicing.”

MMA is a full service Martial Arts Academy. Along with the Gracie Jiu Jitsu, he teaches the curriculum of Adult Total Defense. He also teaches a Tough Pups program for pre-school to first-grade children, focusing mostly on physical exercise and form, developing dexterity and confidence. Kids’ Total Defense, for ages 7-13, promotes anti-abduction training and bully-proof training. “These are life lessons that kids can take home,” he said.

MMA is located at 1365 S. Main St. by Heights Finance across from Top Guns in Madisonville. Anyone interested in more information may visit the MMA website, www.myersdojo.net. For enrollment information, contact MMA on Facebook or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Jessica Frodge
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

button coupons
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
button classifieds

In Other News...

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

MADISONVILLE, KY. (1/26/15) — The following fines were handed down recently in Hopkins District Court: Kami R. Kembel,… Read More

Holman to Attend Hargrave Military Academy

OWENSBORO, Ky. (1/26/15) — On Saturday, via Twitter, Owensboro High School senior guard Aric Holman announced that he… Read More
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week

January 23, 2015 8373

Local Church's Faith Restored; 71 Souls Saved…

in Video by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
January 20, 2015 7228

Bridal, Prom, Pageant Expo Planned for February…

in Hopkins News by Dana Brown
January 22, 2015 7073

Nortonville Man Accused of Selling Drugs near…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 21, 2015 5825

KYDOT Pre-Treating Roads Thursday in Antipation…

in Top News For All Sites by Keith Todd
January 23, 2015 5609

Parents Face Charges after Marijuana Joint Falls…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 22, 2015 5378

MCEA Head: Further School Mergers Might Ease…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
January 21, 2015 4822

Man Arrested after Allegedly Nodding off on Baby…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 23, 2015 4424

Nortonville Woman Charged for Meth Possession

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office/Hopkins County Detention Center
January 25, 2015 4098

Dean’s List Announced

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Joyce Riggs
January 22, 2015 3660

Local Family Business Changes Hands

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Today

January 25, 2015 4098

Dean’s List Announced

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Joyce Riggs
January 26, 2015 2366

Man Goes to Jail after Allegedly Attacking Family

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 25, 2015 2296

UPDATE: Two Die, Two Injured in Two-Vehicle…

in Local (Owensboro) Top News by Dispatcher Dustin Staves
January 25, 2015 1978

Juvenile Hit by Vehicle at McDonald's

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by GPD Officer Wes Miller
January 26, 2015 1607

KSP Arrests Two on Child Porn Charges; MPD…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper Stu Recke
January 25, 2015 1600

Kynect Enrollment Climbs as Countdown to Feb. 15…

in General News For All Sites by Office of the Governor
January 25, 2015 1572

Market Commentary - Jan. 25, 2015

in Top News For All Sites by Randall L. Franklin
January 25, 2015 1452

March 20-22 Women's Retreat: 'Holiness in Family…

in Owensboro News by Jennifer Kaminski
January 25, 2015 1345

Dave Says - Jan. 25, 2015

in General News For All Sites by Dave Ramsey
January 25, 2015 1313

Legislator's Log - Week of Jan. 25, 2015

in General News For All Sites by Brent Yonts

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flr subscribevideoitunessocial rss