This unique program addresses needs ranging from a schoolyard bully to a home invasion. It's built on four decades of cross-training in eastern and western fighting systems, comparing techniques & tactics among them, and applying modern science to improve effectiveness. It hijacks the body's built-in reflexes to boost combative success, reduce the learning curve and improve training safety.
Rooted in an education by some of the top instructors in the West, Reflex Fighting Arts is a single integrated system, but it's main components are: JiuJitsu, Kali and Kempo.
JiuJitsu originated as the close-quarters combat art of the Samurai. Today's competitive jiujitsu is an empty-hand wrestling art using joint locks and chokes to submit an opponent, but that's really the legacy of Japan's 19th century struggle to modernize, during which jiujitsu was repurposed for use by law enforcement during arrests.
Meaning "adaptable art", battlefield jiujitsu was a last-ditch effort to defeat more heavily armed opponents after having your primary weapon (the katana) stripped or broken in combat. The philosophy was to win by any means necessary. Grappling was emphasized because it was needed to control the opponent and their weapon during counter-attack with backup weapons (daggers, garrotes, etc), and because punches and kicks were of little value against an opponent wearing armor.
Kali is the umbrella name for the martial arts of the Philippines. Retaining a centuries-old reputation for effectiveness, it's been used for personal self-defense, challenge matches and to combat occupations by Spain and Japan.
Escrima is the weapons art of kali. It trains with club-length rattan sticks, but the same skills are applied to knives, machetes, swords, improvised weapons and empty hands. Street-Boxing is the empty-hand component (also called dirty-boxing, mano-mano, or panantukan) and is a core part of the Philippine military close-quarters combat training.
Escrima uses the weapon as a lever or hook, making it an integral part of grappling techniques, increasing the effectiveness of small knives and sticks over cutting or striking alone. Dirty-boxing tightly integrates grappling, ballistic joint locks and strikes delivered to vital targets. Both sub-arts attack opponent's limbs to reduce their offensive and defensive capability before moving in to close-quarters combat.
Kempo is the ancestral form of karate, but the punches, kicks and blocks we see today were not really part of the original art. This civilian self-defense system combines grappling and striking to dislocate joints while attacking nerves & arteries. It looks less like kickboxing and more like an Okinawan version of Philippine dirty-boxing.
Kyusho is the sub-art of kempo intended to end a fight within seconds. Meaning 'first technique' it was historically taught only within the instructor's inner circle. Pop-culture misrepresents it as "the death touch", but it's actually grounded in a deep understanding of anatomy & neurophysiology which, when not misused, can stop an attack efficiently without inflicting serious injury.
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