Self Defense Styles

We incorporate the following self-defense disciplines:

TAEKWONDO
Korean martial art with an emphasis on fast kicking techniques, including spinning kicks, speed and agility. Speed of striking is more important than size for generating power. For example, Choi observed that the power of a strike increases quadratically with the speed of the strike, but increases only linearly with the mass of the striking object. In other words, speed is more important than size in terms of generating power.
COMBAT HAPKIDO
Korean martial art, also called Chon-Tu Kwan Hapkido. Created by GM Pellegrini who developed this practical, effective self-defense style from the traditional martial art of Hapkido. Emphasis is on pressure points, joint locks, hand strikes, and low kicks. Small circular, non-resisting movements.
ISRAELI SELF-DEFENSE
There are several styles of Israeli self-defense, including Krav Maga, Hisardut, and Kapap. The most popular, well-known style is called Krav Maga – contact combat. This is the self-defense system, formed by Imi Lichtenafeld and taught to the general enlisted men and women joining the Israeli Army (mandatory service). In general it is a very quick way to learn practical, street effective techniques to defend yourself. Hisardut is also taught in the Israeli Army, principally to special forces units. It was founded by a South African, Israeli Dennis Hannover. The style is based on Kyokoshin Karate, Judo, and Jiu Jitsu. It is a hard hitting, blended, realistic self-defense system. Historically, Kapap is one of the oldest systems in Israel. Modern Kapap was founded by Avi Nardia and Chaim Peer. It is a combination of the most effective techniques from Krav Maga blended with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Aikido, Kendo and Muay Thai boxing. Kapap is taught primarily to special forces and law enforcement units around the world.  Kapap is taught using a conceptual, rather than technique-based methodology.
KAVANAH
Israeli-based system, developed by Dr. Farber. Kavanah means purpose, intent, and mindfulness. It is also an acronym for Krav ve Haganah (Fight and Defend in Hebrew). Dr. Farber has used his extensive training in Israeli self-defense systems of Krav Maga, Kapap, and Hisardut and combined them with Taekwond0, Hapkido, Karate, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Ground Survival, Muay Thai, Aikido, Kung Fu, Pressure point fighting, Jeet Kune Do, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Japanese Weaponry, Military Combatives, Police Defensive Tactics and Filipino knife and stick fighting to develop this blended, highly effective self-defense system. Unlike Krav Maga, Kavanah accounts for varying levels of threats which might be encountered on or off the battlefield and teaches appropriate counter-measures to deal effectively with every kind of attack.
MUAY THAI
Muay Thai boxing originated in Thailand and has become a very popular “add-on” for mixed martial arts programs. Thai boxing emphasizes knee and elbow strikes, shin kicks, standing grappling and head butts.
BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU
Martial art and self-defense system made popular by the Gracie family in Brazil. Used extensively in mixed martial arts. Focuses on grappling and ground fighting. Truly emphasizes that size does not matter. Techniques can be used against much larger opponents based on leverage, joint locks and chokeholds.
Filipino Arts
Filipino martial arts incorporate both Western and Eastern martial arts, the most popular forms are known as Escrima and Arnis. These styles place an emphasis on sticks and edged weapons and are probably the most advanced blade systems in the world. There is also a focus on turning common household items into dangerous weapons.
PRESSURE POINT FIGHTING
There are several systems of pressure point fighting. Dr. Farber incorporates the Targeting Pressure Point system created by Master Mark Gridley. The system is based on Chinese Meridians and utilizes concepts such as redundancy and biomechanical effectiveness.
AIKIDO
A Japanese martial art developed by Morehei Ueshiba as a synthesis of martial arts, philosophy and religious beliefs. It was made popular by actor and martial artist, Steven Seagal. It emphasizes entering and turning movements, joint locks, and throws that redirect the attacker’s momentum.
JUDO
Japanese martial art created by Jigoro Kano in 1882, meaning “gentle way”. Focusing on throwing and takedown techniques to immobilize or subdue opponents.
KARATE
Japanese martial art developed in Okinawa. Many different variations. Primarily hard striking, kicking, knees, punches and elbows. The primary styles that we utilize are shotokan and kyokushin.
KUNG FU
Chinese martial art made popular by Bruce Lee who combined this with other styles to form Jeet Kune Do. There are numerous varieties of Kung Fu. The flowing, soft hand, trapping techniques and quick movements are incorporated into Kavanah.