It is with sad news that I have to confirm that Andy Norman is no longer part of the Keysi Fighting Method Company following the departure of its co founder Andy Norman form the kfm system. It is also worthy of note that the website of the kfm company is down today!
I had heard a few rumours and seen some photos of Andy Norman co founder of Keysi promoting something called Defence Labs. However due to various commitments of my own I thought it was just a case of another project Andy Norman was working on.
Yet after a conversation yesterday I heard that Andy had left KFM and it was dead. A quick check on facebook and confirmation form Andy Norman and a few others has revealed that KFM as it was is dead!
I personally have endorsed KFM and know friends who train in the system so I did have to say I was disappointed to hear the news. KFM was a breath of fresh air in the martial arts world and helped along with the success of the Batman Films it had become a global success.
So what now? What happens to all the KFM students out there? To be honest i dont know and once I find out so will you. Yet it is clear that Andy Norman who is perhaps the most innovative and productive martial arts instructor in recent years has something up his sleeve. This is of course the Defence Lab project.
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At this time I don't know what Defence Labs is all about however I expect it to be the system that Andy would have liked Keysi to have been if there was no Justo Dieguez (the founder of Keysi). So we will see something new, possibly something corporate in its structure. I am of course very excited and to be honest at first I though the name Defence Lab sounded terrible. Yet after a good nights sleep I have settled down with the idea and quite like it. I will look forward to learning more about this project.
However for now let it be known that Keysi Fighting Method as it was is no more, the Keysi Fighting Method has finished and Andy Norman and Justo Dieguez are no longer working together on Keysi/KFM. Will Justo keep it going, I expect so. It will probably continue and some instructors will follow Justo and Some Andy.
Personally I cant rate Andy Norman high enough. Having trained with him at a Seminar I can say that he talks pure sense so I cant wait to learn more about Defence Labs. Im hoping to get more information on this system as soon as I can. However until then good luck to both Justo and Andy.
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Lets see what the future brings, I believe that Defence Labs will be something special.