May 2

A Review Of The Keysi Fighting Method Known as KFM


Review of the Keysi Fighting Method Known as 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.

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The keysi Fighting Method/ KFM 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 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.



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  1. tengo entendido que han perdido igual una pelea usando el metodo keysi kfm,por lo tanto igual es vulnerable, llevo muchos años de practica en las artes marciales,judo,boxeo,hapkido,kung fu,full contact,lucha etc. etc., hace mas de 5 que practico el jeet kune do de sijo Bruce Lee,y creanme que hasta la fecha y por toda mi experiencia amterior puedo decir que realmente ese si es el arte supremo de combate,pues posee todo y nada al mismo tiempo,posee todas las tecnicas habidas e inimaginables y ninguna,eso es lo dificil de llegar a entender de ese arte,” Combatir Sin Combatir “, pensar en todo y en nada en un instante. Me costo mucho llegar a hacerlo,pero una vez que se llega a la esencia del arte,” REALMENTE SE LLEGA A TENER TODO “, porque jeet kune do en el fondo no existe,es solo un nombre dado por Bruce a un sistema que el mismo desarrollo, jeet kune do no existe, UD. MISMO ES JEET KUNE DO,es lo mas sencillo y eficas de todos los estilos de combate que hay,pero eso es lo que cuesta entender de el, la mayoria de los artistas marciales y de la gente cree que jeet kune do es solo una recopilacion de las mejores tecnicas de los demas estilos,” ERROR “, eso jamas ha sido jeet kune do, en todos los demas estilos repiten y repiten hasta el cansancio y aburrimiento una y otra vez las mismas tecnicas el año entero,y aun asi se encuentran con que igual pierden o no avanzan mucho en el trabajo,JEET KUNE DO significa efectuar un movimiento simple,eficas,mortal y rapido como el rayo y despues no poder repetirlo de nuevo porque no se sabria como, ¿ ENTIENDEN ?, no repetir como el loro una y otra vez como lo hacen los demas sistemas que despues se jactan de que tienen mas de mil tecnicas y que lo unico que hacen es copiar de los demas y seguir repitiendo como el loro lo mismo.
    ESA ES la esencia del arte de Bruce Lee, cuesta mucho llegar a entenderlo,porque como decia anteriormente jeet kune do no es una repeticion de tecnicas de otros estilos,”JEET KUNE DO ES UD. MISMO”, jeet kune do propiamente tal NO EXISTE.
    Pero cuando se logra dominarlo verdaderamente veran UDS. que tienen delante suyo lo mas eficas,real y efectivo en cuanto a filosofia en sistema de pelea,tienen delante suyo Al VERDADERO ARTE SUPREMO, pero solo cuando se llega a ese nivel veran que realmente han ALCANZADO EL CIELO…..EL JEET KUNE DO.

  2. I have done a few classes in KFM but I am a full time KAPAP student under Avi Nardia, another great teacher, I find KAPAP uses the 3D/ multiple attacker drills quite well, I am In the army and occasionally my platoon has a big brawl and usually they can’t get to me without copping a flogging, I have done martial arts for about 15 years, mainly jiujitsu, kempo, judo and a lot of mma and quite a lot of kobudo(12 weapon Japanese system) and I am quite keen to learn more keysi

    1. Hi, an interesting article link but I have to say that if people still think that targeting the eyes, throat and groin are sure fire fight winners are living in past times. Yes they can be useful tools but they are not to be considered fighting systems in their own right.

      Thanks for the read and link.

  3. To all who have responded…
    Thank you guys for your insight. I was on the fence about enrolling but these reviews have peaked my interest. That being said, can anyone tell me some of the drawbacks to keysi? Are there any points overlooked? Any blind spots? What other styles might i be able to take to help round out the training in KFM?

    I’ve studied wrestling, have some knowledge in Russian leg locks, and in my teens practiced jun-do-ryo, hapkido, and tae kwon do for about 3 years. I have been out of martial arts for about a decade and am dying to get into something I can be passionate about.

    If I wasn’t involved in a play at my university I’d sign up today but, since I am committed to the show it will have to wait until March.
    Whether or not you guys are “plants” (people posing as objective reviewers to promote the style) is beyond my knowledge but, your reviews seem legitimate and the only real way to find out for myself is to just take the damn classes.

    Thank you guys.

    1. Hi firstly no one on here is a’plant’ but it is a legitimate question as the internet is loaded with people putting up websites for cash.

      The KFM system is very good, however as the founders have split up and gone their seperate ways we are all waiting to see what the ‘new’ versions of KFM will look like. One is called Keysi by Justo and the other Defence Lab.

      Im sure both will be excellent however you simply cant beat boxing and Judo for self defence training and to bolster your skills I would recommend those systems.

      Thanks for taking the time to reply

      Andrew (editor)

  4. Excellent review! I attend Rob Lock’s Martial Arts Academy and I’m first hand taught by Rob and I have to say he is an excellent instructor. I have noticed some very positive changes in my fighting mentality and how I’d react when attacked by a group. Its not about beating everyone one, its about surviving! Off to a lesson in KFM right now so keep safe guys!

    1. Joseph, thanks for the comment. Rob is a great instructor, perhaps one of the best in the world.

  5. Having spent 25 years in Florida prison system as a pirsoner I can attest to the philosophy behind KFM and its effectiveness. The style I use, a mixture of JKD,Arnis,Kenpo,and Juijitsu, bears close resembelance to KFM, in both technique and mental state, and served me well in many prison brawls involving multiple attackers. The “pack” mentality is a norm among street “thugs” and requires actions not typically trained for in many martial arts or in depictions of the tv/movie fantasy land most people envision as representative of reality. Having engaged in CQC in real life or death situations I can assure the reader that the ability to explode into action when confronted with a possible violent situation is of paramount importance in the real world if one is to survive an encounter with modern day thugs. The image of a comrade lying on the floor gasping and choking from a strike to the throat or suffering a broken limb in the instant of CQC initiation causes others in the pack to reconsider the situation and or disheartens your enemy so that his spirit can be conquered before the first cut as was explained by Musashi. CQC is dirty and nasty and requires savagery in order to protect oneself which is the prime biological imperative of all beings. “Violence is not the answer” is a fine moral position academically, and while i never seek confrontation and will avoid it when possible, sudden and extreme violence is the solution when confronted with a CQC situation. People die during hand to hand combat and or suffer serious bodily injury every day. You have the moral obligation to protect yourself at all costs and the legal protections to do so as well.
    Enough temporizing. My opinion of KFM is that it is an exciting addition to the martial arts world and that everyone should look into it as a system of practical application.

  6. Great review of an awesome method as usual Andy, however I must voice a little disagreement with the ‘does what no other martial art has done’ point, as (depending on your definition of ‘martial art’) quite a few other systems do exactly this, two notable examples being Israeli Krav Maga and Russian Systema. As a result of their heavy influence, so does my system the CSPS (though as it’s pretty new, I wouldn’t expect anyone to know that by now! haha). While the three-dimensional aspect of combat is often neglected by the vast majority, Keysi is not the only system that addresses this issue.
    Loving the new website dude! Keep it coming.
    – FCIns. Josh Nixon, CSPS

    1. Thanks for the reply Josh you make an interesting point. I did look into Systema and Aikido and recognise that they too have a multiple person approach however one unique difference I have seen is that a lot of their footage shows the exponent dealing with one attack at a time from multiple opponents rather than multiple attacks from multiple opponents such as person one deals with a punch then turns and deals with a stab from another etc etc. However as always Im open minded , feel free to send some footage and Ill put it up to help educate us all my friend. The cup is always half empty so to speak

      1. You’re right, this is true of much of the footage out there on YouTube, etc. However what has to be remembered (which is doubtless true of all styles and systems of all kinds) is that the footage is not usually representative of the training, but of whatever the videomaker wanted to demonstrate in that particular one. I can’t speak for Aikido as my knowledge of it is far from extensive, but Systema’s training is very often based on multiple simultaneous attackers. Now I don’t think Systema’s perfect, but I think they’ve got a lot of good ideas. The problem with its presense online is the lack of full-contact full-speed video content and the abundance of slow, training videos and ones demonstrating principles (again slowly) as instead of protective gear (most of the time) they go for turning the speed down and then increasing it when they’re ready to. This video shows some ideas of training concepts and drills that are common though: as does this one: – however, these are workshops and so there are complete beginners in the footage too. I think this adds to their educational value though, for people such as you or I who know what to look for especially. There’s probably others out there but I think these show what I mean fairly well.

        Once I’ve finished my degree (not long now!) I’ll be getting onto throwing out copious amounts of YouTube videos and this’ll be one of the many areas of focus I will want to address at length, as I do in CSPS training and at PHDefence to some extent.

        You’re right bro; minds are the same as doors – closed ones will get you nowhere! haha

    2. The first Systema seminar I attended with the Russians (Ryabko and Vassiliev) Mikhael said “who’s done other martial arts before”. I put my hand up and was picked along with 4 other people.

      “Get in the middle of your room and get in a fighting stance” we were told via the translator. We did so.

      “Now, everyone else… get them!”

      There were about 60 people in that room, all piling in at once. 😮

      There is definitely no ‘one at a time’ ethos in Systema (I trained in it solidly for about 5 years).

      KFM looks cool too. I may well seek out a class and give it a ride.


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