Kihon Mixed Martial Arts in Oakhurst has come under new ownership. Micah Reed, 38, of Raymond, is taking over the ownership’s responsibilities for the mixed martial arts dojo but says he plans to keep much of the teachings the same.
The Oakhurst-based dojo trains its members in a variety of disciplines including Brazilian Ju Jitsu, boxing, judo, and wrestling. When given the option to become owner last May, after long time sensei and owner Benajmin Joslin stepped down, Reed jumped at the opportunity.
Being a long time mixed martial artist, Reed is no stranger to dojos and has been working to help teach classes and train young men and women since 2007.
Reed trained individually since he was 13 and believes everyone could benefit from learning even the most basic mixed martial arts, and more specifically, the art of defending oneself.
“It instills a discipline and ability to deal with hardships,” Reed said, “whether you want to be confident in yourself and want to test yourself and to be able to protect those around you.”
As a black belt in Kihon Karate, Reed has spent countless years training and developing an understanding of the culture that is martial arts.
Learning under different senseis over the years, Reed now possesses the knowledge necessary to pass those teachings on.
Reed says the dojo teaches a progressive style of MMA not seen elsewhere but claims not to be stylistically prejudiced, instead focusing more on the basic roots of MMA and teaching the fundamentals that can be applied in real-life scenarios. Hence the name, Kihon - Japaneses for “basic” or “fundamental.”
“We really follow that because we want to get back to the roots of marital arts,” Reed said. “We are interested in getting people prepared to defend themselves in a realistic sense, to be able to deal with someone who is trying to hurt you.”
Instead, Reed says he likes to teach a more progressive style of defense mixed martial arts.
He also believes in teaching skills that are applicable in real world situation versus competitive teachings which sometimes do not transfer well when faced with real-time issues.
The mindset at Kihon, and with Reed, is to work with individuals and help them learn ways to defend themselves in the unforeseen case they may have to fight off an attacker.
Under his first teacher, Brian Cunnings, Reed said he developed a taste for MMA but it wasn’t until he met Dave Crumb that Reed developed a passion for the sport.
“He instilled a love for MMA,” Reed said. “He made me really love it. He made me understand MMA to its roots and that’s when I learned to love martial arts. Now I hope to pass that passion on to others.”
It’s that same passion Reed hopes to pass on to his students.
“Teaching is my passion. A lot of people want to compete, I prefer to teach,” Reed said adamantly. “I love these kids here. It’s a love I have seeing them improve.”
Kihon is open Monday through Thursday with classes offered at 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., and 6:15 p.m.
The dojo offers a wide arraignment of classes ranging from beginner to intermediate and currently has students aged 5 to 50.
Reed said the dojo is prepared to work with anyone willing to improve their ability to defend themselves through hard work and discipline.
“The idea of instilling the ability to defend one’s self has always been much more rewarding than winning a fight,” Reed said.