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The Straight Blast Gym was created as a non political location
where freedom to use, and discover what actually works in what "is"
hand to hand combat could be expressed. It was meant as a place
athletes could gather and actually spar against uncooperative partners
in all ranges, without worry of "style" or making what
"is" combat into what we think it should be. The training
we are speaking of is not an exchange of techniques as such, but
actual physical training, sweating, moving, "ALIVE", training.
Hence the term Gym, not academy, institute, or school, but Gym.
As the training progressed it began to evolve. All athletes that
practice in an "alive" manner, that is against uncooperative
training partners and not in kata, forms, patterns, or drills, will
eventually reach a natural state of evolution. What you do will
evolve to work in the environment that is combat. As such, what
began as a semi typical JKD Concepts curriculum, evolved to what
is now the current Straight Blast Gym curriculum.
The stand up kickboxing game evolved and changed as the advent
of takedowns and ground fighting was allowed in all sparring
sessions. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu played a major and ever growing role
in the daily training, and the "trapping" techniques taught
by most JKD, and Jun Fan people were replaced with more effective
methods of clinching and striking derived from Greco Roman wrestling
and Muay Thai. Most of the "flow drills" which are typically
referred to as "Kali" or "Escrima" drills, were
replaced with simpler Alive drills which actually reflected and
enhanced the movements which were used in real contact stick fighting.
Today the Straight Blast Gym no longer claims to teach Filipino
Martial Arts as such. Instead we simply refer to what we do as stick
and knife fighting. The majority of our training now revolves around
boxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, all of which has been
adapted to work together, and in the street.
simple truth is that what "is" the reality of combat knows
no national or cultural boundaries. If you place any two Kung Fu,
Karate, Jun Fan, Silat, Kali, Hapkido, etc... practitioners into
a cage and tell them that can only strike at each other then what
you would see would resemble bad kickboxing. If you told them they
could do anything they wanted then it would resemble a bad vale
tudo or NHB match. A punch is a punch, a kick a kick, an elbow an
elbow, a knee a knee, a choke a choke, a throw a throw, an armlock
an armlock. It doesn't matter what part of the world it comes from.
If you don't spar, if your training is not "alive" but
instead a series of dead patterns, and "flow drills",
then what you do will not translate in what is actual fighting.
At the Straight Blast Gym we don't train to fight the way we think
it should be. Instead we train for what it "is". Free
yourselves from the conformity of style, terminology, and ritual,
spar against real opponents, and always train "alive",
and so can you. In the end that's really what JKD is supposed to
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