Hyper Pro Matt Emig teaches you what it takes to become a martial arts champion and shows you important tips for executing todayâ€™s most exciting martial arts techniques.
I am very proud to announce that I have just formed a new competition and demonstration team: Team Emig! We will debut at the AKA Grand Nationals in Chicago, February 2013. This team is comprised of four well-rounded individuals with superior Martial Arts and Tricking skills. These athletes were not only selected because of their physical capabilities but also by their mental attitude, dedication and leadership qualities. I’ve been working with this group for a long time and I am extremely proud of all of them. Team Emig consists of Aidan Considine, Danny Etkin, Mackensi Emory & Tyler Weaver. Look out for these four in the new year! It’s going to be an exciting competition season.
The reason I have continued to compete over the past few years is to give back to the sport and inspire the next generation. I feel like Iâ€™m in a good position to help the upcoming athletes in ways that I wasnâ€™t helped when I was starting out. I would not be where I am today without the people who inspired my creativity and helped me achieve my goals and I hope I can do the same for all of the kids that I teach. I feel very proud and accomplished to have taught several World Champions. From Aidan Considine and Danny Etkin who Iâ€™ve worked with since they were 8 years old, to Austin Crain and Mackensi Emory who already have incredible skills, but getting to work and train with all of these guys keeps me sharp and motivated because theyâ€™re all so talented and hard working. They inspire me more than my own competition because theyâ€™re constantly pushing the envelope, taking risks and helping this sport progress by doing so. Out of everything I have accomplished over a 15-year career, I am most proud of the people who I have taught and inspired.
Playing around at a beach North of Malibu, CA.
My first set of nunchucks I got when I was three years old. They were plastic orange Ninja Turtle chuks from Toys Râ€™ Us. At that time I was doing busted up cartwheels and rolls on my front lawn and got my nunchucks stuck in a tree. I actually have this on video but donâ€™t expect to see it on YouTube.
Since then they have been my favorite weapon. Something about the speed and whip of the chain kept me practicing all these years. This is me 21 years later!
Over the past weekend, Kalman Csoka gave the last performance of his NASKA career at the 2011 Diamond Nationals. He did his double sword form blindfolded!! He nearly got straight 10â€™s with only one 9.99. Iâ€™ve enjoyed competing against Kalman over the past few years. He has truly innovated and pushed the limits of our sport and has pushed me.Â As a friend, teammate and competitor I am going to truly miss him. A lot of people donâ€™t remember but Kalman suffered a knee injury a couple of years before I broke my knee.Â He gave me hope, encouragement and motivation.Â I have tremendous respect for Kalman and he is a great friend!
Shot by Eldente (Dustin Shepard)
Music By The Bloody Beetroots – WARP (feat. Steve Aoki) (Dirtyphonics Remix)
Hey whatâ€™s up Hyper Fans? I just got back from Diamond Nationals where I performed my new stiletto chuk form which I have been working on since the beginning of the year! Stiletto Chuks is a new groundbreaking weapon that I created.Â A stiletto blade is embedded in the opposite end of the chuk handle which allows me to do a lot more strikes and maneuvers. Â If you havenâ€™t seen it yet check it out on youtube.
I had an action packedÂ week and itâ€™s still going. It started with New England Open,Â where I won my first weaponsÂ Grand ChampionshipÂ of the year. I beatÂ Ross Levine and undefeatedÂ Kalman Csoka. The competition reminded me of how it used to be back when I was a junior! Â After the tournament I drove home from Massachusetts and got on a plane inÂ New YorkÂ to head to California for theÂ Karate Kid Movie Premiere. The movie was great and afterwards we got to hang out at the after party. I metÂ Jackie Chan,Â Jayden Smith,Â Will Smith andÂ Ciara. It was a great time! The next day I flew home and had just enough time to get a few hours of sleep and repack my suitcase to head to Atlanta to teach at Kalman Csokaâ€™s Elite Camp. Â The camp was awesome! So much young talent!Â Â NowÂ Iâ€™m packing my suitcase again this time heading toÂ KentuckyÂ for the Bluegrass Nationals! SeeÂ everyone there!
Whatâ€™s up everyone? The last two months have been crazy for me. Â In April, I competed at the Ocean State Grand Nationals for the first time since my injury. It has been 20 months since my last performance back in 2008 at the US Open. The tournament went well I took a first place in Creative Weapons. Â Two weeks later I competed at the Quebec Open where I took three first places in Musical Forms, Creative Forms and Creative Weapons and in May I won my first grand championship at the Gator Nationals in CMX Mens Forms.Â In between all of those tournaments, my student Danny Etkin and I competed in the Karate Kid competition at Six Flags. We made it to the final 3. Â Next week we are heading to the premiere of the Karate Kid. Â On the red carpet they will announce which team is the winner! I would like to thank everyone who voted!! We appreciate all the support and mass emails. Â See ya at the New England Open!!