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We offer regular club nights for a small number of students from all walks of life, all with similar aims; to better themselves, to learn self defence and to improve their health. The club is and has always been very friendly – an environment where no egos are allowed. We offer a free trial lesson – learn more and get involved now!
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We offer weekend Seminars across a range of areas from Internal Martial Arts (beginners to advanced and for combat), Dim Mak and Advanced Pressure Point Fighting to Knife Defence and Realistic Street Self Defence, Improvised Weapons and more. See the Events area of the site for other courses and training camps.
- International Training Camps
MARA has gained international acclaim and interest for its blending of internal and external approaches to multiple attacker and weapon scenarios. The system has been taught to civilians through to ex military personnel involved in the security industry as a trusted, reliable and realistic form of martial art.
- Outdoor Energizer
Extremely popular training courses across fresh air woodland locations around Greater London including Hampstead Heath, Horsenden Hill and Ruislip woods. One-day courses available with exploration into deep breathing & Chinese internal energy work to fortify and revistalize the mind, body and spirit.
By Dave V, training since 1974 – Still learning every day.
The objective of this page is to give a big shout out to all of our martial arts comrades in London and the excellent work they do in teaching combat and self defence. We respect and admire you all. If you would like to contribute to this page or be linked up then just drop me a line and let me know.
The Arts listed on this page are in no particular order and we take no responsibility for the accuracy of the information given, the views and opinions are those of the author (Dave V) based on his 40+ years experience in martial arts.
Jeet Kune Do, Bruce Lees Style, concepts or Jun Fan
Not much needs to be said to introduce Bruce Lee or his art. Suffice to say his concepts and teachings are alive and well in London, the US and worldwide. Translating as the Art of the Intercepting Fist, his teachings separate into two main political factions, these being Bruce Lee’s concepts, which can be incorporated into any martial arts practice and secondly his actual martial art and exact unaltered teachings, called Jun Fan Gung Fu. This was a neo classical derivative of the Wing Chun and other classical arts he had learned in Hong Kong. Bruce Lee had always been into applied combat and practicality, in his own practice and teachings. This was reflected in his books, articles, interviews and demos.
What we teach at Warrior Arts is very similar indeed to Bruce Lee’s JKD concepts. We have indeed absorbed what is useful, eliminated what is useless and added what is essentially our own. Some of the moves we teach would coincidently be the same as modern JKD derivatives in terms of rapidfire striking, elbow methods, use of knees and certain kicks and also entry methods. We would differ however in the amount of energy work and breathing which we do. Bruce would be somewhat familiar with this as he studied these internal Arts prolifically in his early years.
Devised during World War II to protect those being targetted by the Hitler regime, this art has always had Combat efficiency and practicality as its main ethos. Krav Maga has continued and will continue to develop and has been deeply embedded within the Israeli army and its special forces eg Mossad and the IDF as their chosen method. There are other Israeli martial arts as prolific which are lesser-known. The Krav Maga taught to civilians may not be as prolific as that used by the military, it is however a fact that most recognised schools are linked to an army general or an ex-special forces operative of some type and therefore do have access to more dangerous training methods. Krav specialises in simple direct methods which are easy to learn and apply. What we do at Warrior Arts is somewhat similar in ethos but based on ancient Chinese teachings, forms practice and we also have a deep meditational and internal element designed to enhance day to day life and make for a more animalistic response when we are u dear pressure. Warrior Arts teachings are also based on ancient Dim Mak (Advanced pressure point fighting).
In essence this is the Russian special forces fighting system. It has been developed for military application in both weapons and empty-handed situations. Like Krav Maga it is based on the principles of practicality and combat application. Many Systema schools incorporate a very flexible and fluid application of the techniques which makes for a very powerful technique. They also focus very much on body conditioning and absorbing the power from the attackers strike – so that the defender is not damaged but yields, absorbs and then explodes back with a suitably practical response. It would appear that a lot of internal kung fu information has been in bedded within advanced systema as the similarities are more than a coincidence. During the Cold War, China and The ex Soviet block had manh shared values, a lot of cross fertilisation in information, common goals and a common enemy. It would therefore seem natural and logical that systema incorporates a lot of advanced Chinese martial art principles.
Again, what we do at Warrior Arts mirrors a lot of Systema philosophy and application, some of our techniques look very similar in terms of the power generated in openhanded methods and the use of the body as a weapon to strike the enemy at extreme close range. We would however differ in our emphasis on forms practice, advanced energy work and the way we use certain advanced multiple striking methodology and weapons methodology. It is howevera fact that certain systema schools now incorporate a lot of advanced breathing and energy practices into their work.
Wing Chun is an extremely popular kung fu style. It has been around in London since the early 70s and has gained extreme popularity in recent years after the Ip Man movie series. What sets this art apart, in my opinion, is the access to advanced Chinese Masters who teach in London. If you are interested in this art you can definitely obtain expert instruction. The art is characterised by its focus on centreline theory, compact direct explosive striking methodology and the ability to learn its core syllabus within around four years. Advanced practitioners often delve into other more classical martial arts like tai chi. They do this in order to gain certain movement, skill and fluidity not necessarily available within their own art. When brought back into Wing Chun, these advanced concepts definitely augment the style into something even more potent. What we do at Warrior Arts has a few similarities to Wing Chun but these are only a few. Our style looks very different indeed in terms of the strikes we use, how we use them, the targets we Home in o, the set up points we use, the way we gain Explosive energy, how we breathe and how we enter, our use of modern combat weapons and improvised weapons is also a major difference.
Brazilian Jujitsu BJJ
This is the art that won worldwide acclaim and interest in the nineties when Royce Gracie beat all contenders in the original Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) . The style is like chess for grapplers, the transitions and ground moves are impressive indeed and get practitioners into mount positions, choke holds and submission locks very well. When mixed with stand up fighting, like Thai Boxing, you have a good all round approach for sports prowess and also street applicability. Critics often say that BJJ is no good for street fighting as you are on the ground too long, clearly in a real fight the BJJ person would see to get up quick in order to not be disadvantaged.
At Warrior Arts our ground work bares no resemblance to BJJ and incorporates all banned methods, like gauging, eye strikes, rips, tears, improvised Weapons and biting. We do however admire the skill of BJJ and love watching them continually win in the sport.
MMA – Mixed Martial Arts / Cage Figthing / UFC
A prolific and popular sport, with its own champsions and matches, as above but not restricted to BJJ for groundwork, anything goes somcombat sombo and other wrestling methods also get used as do all manner of stand up fighting methods.
This is the Japanese Internal martial art. No or very few strikes in the original version, which is about peace and harmony. And least force to defeat the enemy by taking him down and locking him up in a whirling spiral of expert movement. There are combat derivatives which are far more aggressive. What we do at warrior arts probably has no similarity to the original art, however some of the more combat orientated schools may recognise our striking methodology and mindset generally.
There are many different styles and schools of jujitsu. Ranging from those that focus on striking and pressure points, others focusing on locking and others on grappling. The original jujitsu is an extremely prolific, applicable, practical and violent art as used by police forces in the orient and all over the world. What we do at warrior arts has some marked similarities to the original jujitsu in terms of violent application, striking methodology and pressure point application.
Founded at the beginning of the last century, this martial art is relatively modern but based on ancient teachings many of which are believed to be Chinese in origin. Modern karate falls into many different categories and schools ranging from practical application, forms practice, sports sparring and full contact. Some schools prefer striking and others kicking and takedowns. Some practice Kata which appears more linear and other schools, eg from Okinawa practice Kata which appears to be much more fluid, flowing and explosive. Gaining massive popularity in the 70s in the UK, karate came and was here to stay. Modern information now demystifies a lot of the application hidden within their forms. My master did a lot of work with Japanese and western karate masters to help them understand the advanced pressure points clients hidden within their forms. Secret delegations from Japan often visited him in Australia to gain this information and to learn the ancient Chinese forms from which their Arts had sometimes been derived. What we do at warrior arts has some resemblance to the Okinawan karate schools in particular, in terms of their fluidity and explosive striking methodology and some of their breathing methods.
Tae Kwon Do
Founded in the 50s in Korea, to create a national martial art which was to supersede a pantheon of highly prolific and dangerous indigenous martial arts like Hwa Rang Do, this is probably one of the worlds most popular martial arts for adults and children alike. Mainly applied as a sport, in particular an Olympic sport, this art often focuses a lot on highkicking to achieve good points scores. Flexibility is therefore paramount. The now hard to find older military derivatives of this art are potent in the extreme and powerful hand strikes characterise this militaristic version. I myself trained in my early years with Masters of this art and I must say their version of tae kwon do was effective in the extreme, this was back in the 80’s .I myself trained in my early years with Masters of this art and I must say their version of tae kwon do was effective in the extreme. This was back in the 80’s. What we do at Warrior arts has similarities in the military Korean mindset in terms of adopting a never say die indomitable attitude.
This is a relatively modern martial art from Thailand which is used for extreme combat sports, it is based on much older ancient battlefield parts like Krabi Krabong. Thai boxing or Muay Thai, is known for its power, the use of elbow and knee methods and takedowns, the Practitioners are resilient and conditioned in the extreme and often start their training at a very young age in well-known training camps in Thailand. The art is now worldwide and often used by practitioners of cage fighting, MMA and UFC matches. What we do at warrior arts has distinct similarities to thai boxing in the way we use our elbows knees and our take downs. We also focus on fitness, stamina and conditioning as a primary goal.
Silat, Arnis, Kali, Filipino Martial Arts (FMA)
The martial arts of the Filipines, Indonesia, Malaysia and other islands are gaining worldwide popularity due to their effectiveness, exoticness, use of weapon, empty hands and extreme practicality. These arts have made their way into various Hollywood movies such as the Bourne Supremacy, Taken and other movies were fighting seems very real, unrehearsed, brutal and prolific. Silat simply means Combat and there are therefore many schools and styles in the region of the Philippines teaching an enormous variety of indigenous arts. What we teach at warrior arts has distinct similarities to many Arts from the Philippines in terms of the fluidity, rapid strike methodology, use of open handed techniques, applicability to empty hands and weapons work and emphasis on knife combat methodology. When I first went onto Instagram I was contacted by several different Filipino and Indonesian schools asking me which style of sale that I practised. The truth is none. I suppose when you mix advanced internal Chinese martial arts with military combat methods and western boxing the result is MARA.