Keysi Fighting Method
(KFM) is a method of self defense
that is based on natural fighting instincts and several martial arts
techniques. It was developed by Justo Diéguez and Andy Norman, both certified Jeet Kune Do
instructors under Dan Inosanto
KFM makes use of multiple attacking ranges, with or without weapons
. The KFM trademark is the thinking man (Pensador) and thinking man attack (pensataq), which makes use of a tight defensive
shape to protect the most precious part of the body
, the head
, and smashes and opens up the opponent for the finish using all ranges of strikes - punches
, hammer fists, kicks
, head butts, and the sharp elbows
, all at high, middle and low lines on the opponent.
Unlike many martial arts, KFM tends to get into extreme close quarters when in combat. From the Pensador defense a variety of counter attacks to vital targets (such as the biceps, kidneys or solar plexus) are often launched. KFM also relies on understanding how people typically move or attack in a fight so that when striking, the opponent's body moves to expose further targets.
The shape of the thinking man represents the unification of the mind and body.
Also making KFM unique is its "360-degree" approach to multi-assailant attacks whether standing, kneeling, sitting or lying down. Unique in KFM's philosophy is the redefining of the terms "predator and prey" as well, where the would-be victim becomes the predator and the would-be attackers his/her prey.
KFM shares similarity in principles with modern street fighting systems such as Sari-An and Bakbakan.
Most schools offering KFM are located in Europe, but seminars have been introducing it to America where instruction has now been established in Texas, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware and Orlando, Florida.
KFM in popular culture
- KFM was featured in the movie Batman Begins as Batman's fighting style after it was introduced to the stunt coordinators by Jujutsu world champion Buster Reeves, who was Christian Bale's stunt double for the movie. It is again used as Batman's primary fighting style in the sequel The Dark Knight.
- In the movie Mission Impossible III, Tom Cruise uses a few KFM moves.
- KFM was featured in an article, "From the Bat to the Mat" in the July 2008 issue of MA (Martial Arts) Success Magazine.
- KFM was featured in an article, "The Martial Arts of Batman" in the September 2008 issue of Black Belt Magazine.