THE COMPLETE BLACK BELT
Sensei James Wright is the most successful and decorated martial artist and martial arts school in Onslow and surrounding areas. Martial Arts and More (formally Wright’s Extreme Martial Arts) have been operating in Jacksonville NC for 12 years this month. Sensei Wright is a retired CWO3 from the US Marine Corps so part of the 12 years of being open the school was a part time school. Since going full time in June of 2009 Wright’s has expanded to three schools training over 500 students a month. Over 50 students have graduated to Black Belt with Sensei Wright. He also has had over 30 Mixed Martial Arts title holders from the school. What makes martial arts training different at Wright’s? Bottom line is we absolutely care about each and every student in helping them reach their goals not ours. We are rated in the top 100 schools in the country consistently. Our Instructors are international recognized. Sensei Wright’s achievements have earned him multiple Black Belt Hall of Fame recognitions and has been featured in MASuccess Magazine, one of the country’s most prestigious martial arts publications.
What makes a complete Black Belt?
At Extreme Martial Arts we understand everyone that trains is not looking to become a professional fighter. We also understand that not everyone is going to be super athletes, genetically gifted, or full time practitioners. Our goal is to make the most well rounder proficient martial artist we can. There are four main categories we split the martial arts into and each one has subcategories. The four categories are traditional, combative/self-defense, grappling, and sport. Under the traditional systems you have forms, weapon forms, self-defense, point sparring and personal development. The combative forms consist of self-defense too but focus mostly on full contact or combat. The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and many Pilipino martial arts would be examples of combative systems. Grappling systems consist of fewer strikes and more submissions. Example would be Pancrase, Brazilian Jiu jitsu, and catch wrestling. Sport systems can and do include elements of all the systems that you can compete with without maiming your opponent. This is only a brief overview of the systems and they can and do overlap consistently.
What makes our complete Black Belt? Well you have to have a Black Belt in any of the systems and be proficient in all of them. We also include fitness requirements, firearm requirements, demonstrating, teaching, and competing. For example Sensei Wright has Black Belts in traditional systems like Kempo, GoJuRyu, and Goshin Jutsu to name a few. He also has Black Belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and a Kru (Black Belt) in Black Tiger Muay Thai. The grappling Black Belts are in Pancrase and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Sensei Wright has also competed in forms, weapons forms, point sparring, knock down tournaments, kickboxing, grappling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Marital arts both in a ring and in a cage. He has trained national champions, written books, curriculums, articles, instructional videos and more. Over sees the training of students in three schools in six different styles of Martial Arts. Sensei Wright is a professional consultant to schools throughout the country.
What is the most important aspect of the martial arts? Personal development. Sensei Wright believes in the tenants of karate, honor courage and commitment of the Marine Corps and yes even the Boy Scout Law. The sport and fitness of the martial arts is great but all fall short to being an honorable person. Sensei Wright has been complimented by a number of his instructors and students of being the most honorable person they know. I have been in the Martial Arts for over 30 years and still train under my instructor Master Dan Genovese. I have many instructors that I train with today as well and have great relationships with all of them. Many of today’s students loose the values of the traditional way. It is sad that there are instructors that have no sense of loyalty that are influencing many students to be able to punch and kick and possible succeed in competition but will more than likely fail in life. If you read the book Karate Masters all of the masters talk about the personal development of the art and oneself to be a better person. Those with no ethics or loyalty miss out on much of what the art offers for themselves and their students.
What is the best age to start martial arts training? Well my children started at birth. One of the top Child psychologists in the county says that every child should learn two things growing up. One is swimming and the other is martial arts because they both can save your life. He goes on to say that a child that is involved in a good martial arts character education program will help set them up for success in all aspects of life.