Review Of the KFM
Some time ago on another blog I did a review of the now world known KFM or Keysi fighting Method. Now that I have trained in the system several times, read and watched more You Tube footage than I really have the time for I thought I would re visit this subject.
The keysi Fighting Method needs no real introduction to many however if you are new to their art is is best described in my opinion as a realistic street self defence system which has its roots in Spanish Martial Arts and fighting. For more information check out the website at https://www.keysikfm.com/en for details of its founders and much more. This post is designed as a review of the actual application of the art
I have been fortunate to be coached twice in two seminars by the excellent Rob Lock who I consider a great and talented instructor and Ive seen my fair share of the good and the bad. Rob has a natural and flowing style and breaks down the art into a format that is both easy to understand and replicate. I recommend his training and I have friends that go to his school so check him out.
Now on to the art. It a nutshell its very very good.
Well Keysi is a very good style for anyone regardless of their background as it is simply a translation of violence into a training format. There are of course some things that I don't like about it, however as a system it does a great job. In fact at this moment in time I feel it is the most practical system for a person to train in and get results within a few weeks.
Brave words indeed from me, so what makes it so good?
Well I feel that it takes a unique standpoint that it doesn't focus on the average one v one situation, instead and quite rightly it looks at fights as if they were 3 D. For example you go to a boxing club or mma etc, you fight against one person. You are attacks are usually forward and backwards. Just like a video game, you lack real depth, and as we know real life encounters have depth and involve multiple opponents.
If a person wants to hurt you they are likely to do so with a crowd or with others. This is basic pack mentality and it is a successful ploy to use. So KFM does what no other martial art has done. It places this at the centre of its training, "ok we are surrounded by a group now lets see how we can survive". This mentality produces a great set of tools and training drills that are not only fun but exhausting.
I wrote about KFM in Martial Arts Illustrated Magazine in 2008 and the only reason I haven't pursued training with them is the distance and my other projects. I do feel that I will go into keysi but only as a support to my Judo Sambo and other systems I use. That though is down purely to location and logistics as I truly feel that Keysi has a lot of techniques and tactics that will see you get home safely and to be honest feel more confident.
One thing that I do feel that is underestimated in the KFM training and hard to put into words is that there training cultivates 'fighting spirit'. They call this the predator/ prey mentality and their drills develop this attitude to get you press the 'switch' in your mind that stops you thinking that you will become a victim and turns you into a ball of energy that is ready to fight.
Here is their trailer and until next time keep safe
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