What are you Thankful for?


I am thankful for having my ol rock back in my life.  To have my mother back as my mom and also as my friend is the best.  

I am thankful for my two beautiful daughters who every day remind me of the important things in life.

Even though things are difficult right now…. I am thankful for Heidi who helped make the two most precious gems in the world with me.

I am very thankful for my friendships with everyone but especially Sonja, Jamie, Hector and Branden.  Their listening and helping has been the best and without them I would not have a chance to think straight this year.

I am also thankful for my relationships with Guro Dan, Guro Ron and Marc.  Without your guidance, Martial Way would just be a dream.  

Last but not least… I am thankful for all those that come to Martial Way or are linked to it in some form or way.  You all rock!!!  From my new up and coming Black Belts like Sarah, Watkins, Adam and Scott to my Tigers like Marcos, Trey and Alex Vo… You are the next generation!!! Special thanks to my wonderful moms who give me hope everyday that I am on the right path.  Monica and Marnie… your words have helped a lot.  I know there are more but there is only so much time… So know that I am thinking of you 😉  

With that in mind, let me just say, thank you to all those that have touched my life and have allowed me to touch theirs.  You are why I teach and will continue to drive towards enriching peoples lives everyday.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

What are you thankful for?

Guro Larry St. Clair
The Always Improving Martial Way Academy
American Top Team Trained and Certified MMA Affiliate
Martial Arts Training and Fitness Education at its Best

The old saying that knowledge is power is just that… execution… now that is POWER!!!

Can Drive 24 Hour Martial Arts Lock In Starts Tomorrow!!!


Hello…. tomorrow is our day!!!

You can train in our 24 Hour Lock In for $25 and some canned goods or you can come to any sessions you want for just some canned goods. Remember our big goal is 1200+ pounds of food, so every bit will help out. Clean out your pantry and help those in need. If you are short on time and can’t participate then please visit http://www.martialway.net (store – events) and you can donate in $5 increments or drop off a donation here at the school. Change, cash, credit… it all adds up folks so lets get busy!!! You can even donate on line by visiting http://www.martialway.net (click on store and then events)!!!

The Lock In Schedule starting Saturday, November 20th at 10am…

10 – Warm Up – Mother Earth Mobility – Allison / Guro Larry
1030 – MMA Boot Camp Conditioning – Sonja
11 – Wai Kru – Matt M.
1130 – Round Kick Perfection – 180 Kick, 270 Kick, 360 Kick – Matt M.

12 – Snack – Knife Tapping – Scott
1230 – Jun Fan / JKD Interceptions – Guest Instructor
1 – Advanced Kicking – Three Dead Legs, Y Kick, V Kick & Circle Kick – Matt M.
130 – Figure Four & Arm Bar from Mount – Zach

2 – Lunch – Trapping – Hector
230 – Jun Fan / JKD Chi Sao – Matt W.
3 – Filipino Martial Art Throws – Hector
330 – Greco Roman Wrestling – Luis

4 – Jun Fan / JKD Dummy – Hector
430 – Submission Grappling – Guest Instructor
5 – Ground & Pound – Guest Instructor
530 – Takedowns – Guest Instructor

6 – Dinner – Applying Chi Sao to your Stand Up Sparring – Justin / Guro Larry
630 – Progressive Indirect Attack – Guest Instructor
7 – Quarter Position Training – Luis
730 – Kettle Bell – Matt W.

8 – Knife Disarms Part 1 – Adam
830 – Filipino Martial Arts – The Funnel – Entry, Takedown, Finish – Guest Instructor
9 – Ankle Locks – Guro Larry
930 – Prepare for Anything – Andy

10 – Snack – Knife Disarms Part 2 – Adam
1030 – Applying the Bong Sao to your Stand Up Sparring – Guro Larry
11 – Single Stick Bag Drills – Matt W.
1130 – Mother Earth Kicking – Allison / Guro Larry

12 – Snack – Double Stick – Adam
1230 – Elbows Galor – Jamie / Guro Larry
1 – Clinch Work – Geo / Guro Larry
130 – Takedowns – Guro Larry

2 – Snack – Single Stick – Adam
230 – Single Stick Disarms – Scott
3 – Shoot Counters – Guro Larry
330 – Jun Fan / JKD – Advanced Kicks – Jamie / Larry

4 – Snack – Jun Fan / JKD – Advanced Chi Sao – Guest Instructor
430 – Jun Fan / JKD – Advanced Kick Counters – Guest Instructor
5 – Sprawl Counters – Guro Larry
530 – Fight from your Back – Guro Larry

6 – Snack – Double Stick Environmental Training – Guro Larry
630 – Sarong – Guro Larry
7 – Seven Kick Combo – Geo
730 – Jump Turn Side Kick – Guro Larry
8 – Stick & Knife – Adam / Guro Larry
830 – MMA Boot Camp Conditioning – Sonja
9 – Breakfast – Staff Striking – Guro Larry
930 – Stretching – Sarah / Larry
10 – Celebrate

I hope you can make some of this awesome event. Let us know if you are interested in all 24 hours or certain blocks.

Also, remember we are offering two Free Boot Camps on Monday, November 22nd and Tuesday, November 23rd!!! They will start at 530pm and go until 7pm. All you have to do is bring in canned goods or donate money at the door. Any amount is good for the training so come sweat your booty off with us for a good cause. Lets beat the stuffing before it gets to us on Turkey Day :))))

Hope you can help us achieve our goal and our paths cross soon. Stay in touch!!!

Guro Larry St. Clair
The Always Improving Martial Way Academy
American Top Team Trained and Certified MMA Affiliate
Martial Arts Training and Fitness Education at its Best

The old saying that knowledge is power is just that… execution… now that is POWER!!!

Three Ways Martial Way Has Changed My Life – Matt Watkins

My decision to join Martial Way was an outgrowth of my interests outside of the martial arts. I had arrived at the conclusion that training in the martial arts would be one of the best ways in which to accomplish several of my goals in a manner which was compatible with the lifestyle I am building. As such, I’m hesitant to say that Martial Way has changed my life, and prefer to speak of it as reinforcing some of the commitments I had already made. In my case, I believe that many of the ideas that may be “life-changing” for other students are ideas I had already come to from outside Martial Way. My focus at Martial Way has been more about application, and I have seen my goals and drive toward them change through this application. That being said, I’ll now mention three particular points of interest.

I can clearly recall an incident during my first month of kickboxing in which I had eaten a delicious buffalo fried chicken sandwich from Threadgill’s (which I ate frequently while I worked there) a few hours before the workout. I felt, almost immediately into it, that I was sluggish and not as crisp as I had been during other workouts preceded by a lighter lunch. I decided then that I did not ever want to feel like I was climbing uphill simply because of what I had eaten, so far as I could. I ate fast food almost daily in high school, and though little of it as I was skinny and in good shape from playing football. It wasn’t until a few years later, while in college and no longer as active that I read Fast Food Nation and decided that I should avoid eating that kind of “food”, though its affect on my health was not my main reason for quitting. Within weeks I felt generally better, and I remember having a sort of epiphany when I realized that it wasn’t normal to feel groggy and sometimes sick after eating, and that I often felt so because of what I was eating. So I was putting effort into my diet prior to training, but this early experience really underscored its importance. I am not meticulous with my diet and don’t have an interest in micro-managing it, but that may change as well if it becomes necessary for what I want to accomplish. The point here is not as much about what I eat as when; after testing I’ll eat pretty much anything, but the day before testing I’ll be much more selective.

After the football season ended in the fall of my senior year in high school, I completely ceased working out. I can clearly recall timing how long I could hold my breath while at work (because work was endlessly stimulating, I’d often play little games like these) that spring and being astonished at how much my lung capacity had diminished since I’d stopped running sprints. Although I enjoyed being in shape, I didn’t think that I’d ever need to be in shape to that degree ever again. Why would I ever need to be able to run consecutive 100-yard dashes outside of playing football? Since that part of my life was over, so was being in that kind of shape. Toward the end of grad school, I’d decided that fitness would be a part of my life in the long-term, but was unclear as to how big of a part. I knew that I didn’t want to be obese, and I was mainly interested in being just fit enough to not repulse any females I’d be interested in sleeping with. I started lifting weights again and swimming, which I’ve always enjoyed, but I quickly found that without a clear goal in mind, my motivation to be fit would waiver. I then began dating someone and since she didn’t have a problem with my fitness, I’d usually spend time with her after class instead of working out like I had been doing.

Once I moved to Austin (and was newly single) I resumed working out, but again without a defined purpose as to why I was working out, I had difficulty sticking to a schedule. I’ve never placed much importance on my appearance, and working out “to look good” would simply not motivate me. Working out to live a healthy life was an idea that I could get behind, but I was in my late twenties, rarely sick, and felt fine. Training in the martial arts would provide me with a system of related goals that I could use to lay a foundation for a long-term healthy life. Since joining Martial Way the level of fitness I’ve been interested in has changed. I have no desire to be in the best shape at the school, or to out-push-up other students, but I am interested in being competitive. In order to spar on a competitive level with the most advanced students, a comparable level of conditioning is required. Up to this point I’ve been willing to push my conditioning toward that level (to a point), far beyond where I would have been satisfied before joining Martial Way. I couldn’t run all those sprints like I used to at this moment, but I can also do things now that I couldn’t have done then. There is a point where pushing my conditioning will begin to eclipse more important things in my life, but I am now realizing that that point is not set for me but by me.

As a kid growing up, my dad would always ride my ass for not doing things that I didn’t want to do. He thought I should be outside helping him spread mulch at 9 am on a Saturday morning, I thought I should be sleeping or playing video games. I can clearly recall, on days of anticipated yard work, calling my friends early in the day and asking them to call back sometime later and invite me over so that I could escape the situation. Perhaps because of things like this, I developed the impression that I was lazy, though I’d always insist that I wasn’t lazy when it came to doing the things that I really liked. I was lazy when it came to 8 hours of yard work, but I could play video games or listen to music well past the point most people would have given up. Again, I think in part because of this perception, I associated discipline and “willpower” with the ability to persevere through unpleasant things. When it came to reading philosophy, though others may have seen me as disciplined, since I enjoyed it I tended to not think of myself as disciplined, but as always stopping when there was more to be studied. When it came to working out, I definitely thought of myself as lacking discipline because it was less enjoyable and I did it less often. One of my reasons for joining Martial Way was to develop this discipline. I remembered the discipline in my childhood karate classes and desired the ability to apply that determination to anything I might be doing in life. Since joining Martial Way I have developed a different understanding of this. While kickboxing classes (and Super Challenge in particular) began as something I had to develop the discipline to get through, they became something that I enjoyed. I didn’t need discipline now, because it was fun; but at the same time this also meant that kickboxing wouldn’t provide me with what I was looking for (something I’d have to fight to get through.) It didn’t seem that regularly attending
classes was helping me to get through the things that I didn’t enjoy. I would still procrastinate when it came to grading, and put other things off like I always had, and I’d wanted to build the discipline to be able to do these things whether or not I wanted to.

I came to realize that I had found a way to take enjoyment from that which previously seemed joyless. What’s fun about doing 50 jumpers? “Nothing”, I would have said. But what is fun is be able to do 100 when you could only do 50 before. What is fun is being able to kick faster and harder. You can’t enjoy those things without doing the jumpers (or analogous exercises), but if you only value the jumpers as way to get to the harder kick, you’ll abandon them as soon as there is another way to get there. If you learn to value just doing the jumpers, then you can take enjoyment from them—and what they bring is like the icing on the cake. Is this what discipline is? Is it the ability to tough out the unpleasant or the ability to make the unpleasant pleasant? I would now argue it is the latter, and that no one can continue with something they take absolutely no enjoyment from. Training at Martial Way has helped to clarify this for me, and my understanding of this applies to much outside of the martial arts.

I believe that it is important to know where your boundaries are. In a sense it helps you to focus; when I know what’s impossible, I can avoid wasting my efforts on that and be more efficient at spending my efforts on what is possible. One of the earliest things I picked up on since beginning at Martial Way was a simple difference in language. Beginning students often begin with their “no’s”. They will start by telling you what they cannot do and why they believe that they cannot do it. The advanced students often begin with their “yes’s”. They will tell you what you can do and how you can make it happen. It is a difference in attitude that I believe reveals a deeper difference in psychology. If you’ve never climbed a mountain before, the task will appear impossible, but if you start to climb in the face of this impossibility, you may find that you are now doing what you thought you couldn’t before. You may not be at the summit yet, but if you’ve made it this far it may be possible to make it all the way—and you’ll never make it all the way if you stop at that first feeling of impossibility. In applying this philosophy at Martial Way I have seen this for myself and observed it in others. There will always be things that I absolutely cannot do, but much of what can and cannot be done is my own determination. I want to help my students both at Martial Way and outside of it to find this for themselves.

Change Your Shirt – Change the World

As I was cleaning out my closets this weekend I was setting up a big pile of shirts for Goodwill. I noticed that mostnof them were Martial Way or Martial Arts shirts of some sort. Looking at the fpthree big trash bags full of shirts gave me an idea….

I’ll bring them to the Academy… You look at them and see if there is anything you want… Take what you want and just donate some change, cash or cans to our food drive. Some of these shirts are rare and some are still very new!!! Check it out and change your shirt to make a difference this week 😉

Guro Larry St. Clair
The Always Improving Martial Way Academy
American Top Team Trained and Certified MMA Affiliate
Martial Arts Training and Fitness Education at its Best

The old saying that knowledge is power is just that… execution… now that is POWER!!!

“Unless You Puke; Faint; or Die Keep Going”

Here I am (at age 51) and never felt better in my life. Martial Way has an amazing impact on my physical well being. I am in the best physical condition of my life.

Three years ago I was skeptical at first, I decided to give “Martial Way” a shot; doing so has made me fit and stronger in all kind of ways. I especially thank my son Jeb who motivated me to join Martial Way. I lost approximately 20 pounds and my BMI dropped from 44% to 32%.

The founder and “GURU” Mr. Larry St. Clair
What did I learn on my first day of my private class with Larry?
“Unless You Puke; Faint; or Die Keep Going”. It seems harsh, trust me it works.
Throughout my 3 year weekly private classes Larry never fails to amaze me with the different workout schedule he had put together for my private classes.
Larry carefully researches the proper exercise forms and techniques that best suits for his students. He constantly changes my workout routine. When he is out of town he never fails to plan out my workout.

Miss Jamie

Rain or sun-shine she is there for me, I do not recall a day that she had to cancel the class for personal reasons. Jamie is full of energy and takes full pride in what she does. Great motivator.

I love the Bag Class, good 1 hour of sweating and burning.

Latha Kirubakaran

What Three Ways has Martial Way Academy Changed Your Life???


I have recently been sent many compliments and nice notes about how much we have really changed peoples lives.

I am curious from all of our students past and present…

What Three Ways has Martial Way Academy Changed Your Life???

Email them to martialwayaustin@gmail.com or facebook private message me at Guro Larry St. Clair.

Thanks for your input and thoughts.

They keep us moving stronger towards our goals of making the world a better place. I’ll share some with you as I get them in.

Guro Larry St. Clair
The Always Improving Martial Way Academy
American Top Team Trained and Certified MMA Affiliate
Martial Arts Training and Fitness Education at its Best

The old saying that knowledge is power is just that… execution… now that is POWER!!!

Thank You For Everything…

“Dear Mr. Larry and all of Martial Way,
It is wonderful to talk to you all again for it has been a very long time since I have seen you. I wanted to write this e-mail to tell you how much this school has changed my life not only physically but mentally and spiritually. I came in to Martial way as a young boy struggling with many problems I faced everyday and came out a determined and fit young man ready to apply those skills to myself and others. I cannot tell you how much of a privilege it was to work with each and every student there at Martial Way. To this day I look up to you as my source of motivation to tackle the challenges I still face today. Because of this school I have gone from barely finishing a mile in PE, to being the first person to finish a six mile race with the wrestling team (including all of the upperclassmen) . I have also not forgotten the incredible moral lessons I have learned here that I still continue to use to this day. Because of the lessons I have learned from this school I have earned the respect from my team mates in my sports as well as all of my teachers and peers I work with everyday. So far things have been going great for me in high school as a freshman. I have continued to get all A’s in my classes (all Pre-AP) and apply the lessons I have learned at Martial Way to the many activities I participate in. I can’t thank you all enough for the incredible support you have given me throughout my life. I look forward to seeing you all again soon and let me be the first to say, “with as little movement as possible.”

Mr. Alex Greene

P.S: My typing skills are going great and can type about 50-55 wpm.”