This past weekend we hosted a 2-day course with Guro Ed Wong of Urban Survival Systems and the Modern Cimande Club. His fighting system blends techniques from Silat, Non-classical Gong Fu, and a number of other styles, and is dedicated to exploring and educating people in the reality of street combat, including many people in the field of security, law enforcement, and military. Ed (as he prefers to be called) teaches with very similar principles to Can-ryu Jiu-jitsu, but slightly different tools and applications. What’s great about this is that they are easy to blend with what we do.
The primary tools of his system involve the use of the “hammer, club and spike”, which translate into the fist, forearm and elbow, or the foot, shin and knee. There were a number of physical principles that he taught that fit right in with some of the combination striking methods we use in our own style. At one point, Ed was talking about stringing strikes together by remembering that the hammer can become a spike and conversely, the spike can become a hammer. This is the same principle we use in Can-ryu when we follow up an elbow to the solar plexus with a finger whip to the groin. Our “hammers” often use open hand strike versus closed, but it’s the same principle. Another principle he discussed was “ricochet” strikes, in which you ricochet from one strike into the next using the natural flow of energy. This reminds me of the way we sometimes “ricochet” from an elbow to the solar plexus into an elbow to head area strikes (i.e. chin, nose, brachial plexus origin).
Ed also taught a number of interesting variations of the head butt imitating the ways animals use their heads, animals such as the mountain goat, rhinoceros, and the giraffe. He also showed a few different ways one can get up from the ground that help keep you protected against multiple attacker situations. While these were all new ideas, they all proved very effective and easily fitting into what we do like a puzzle piece.
On the second day, we did a number of multiple attacker training drills in which we applied the various strikes, takedowns, get-ups, etc that we had learned throughout the weekend. We started with 3 attackers, working our way up to a 10-person swarm. It was great to see the versatility of his teachings, but I also appreciated his encouragement to blend what we do in our own training into the exercise.
At our dojo we often bring in instructors from other styles to share in their knowledge. Sometimes the styles are so different it breaks our students’ brains, and while enjoyable, it’s not always easy to fit what they teach into our own training. In contrast, Ed’s concepts fit very nicely with what we do. Coincidentally, his weekend course addressed a number of issues I discussed in my last blog post, 4 Self-Defense Training Habits that Can Have Dangerous Consequences. He is also quite open about learning from other styles and implementing it into what he does if it makes sense. You can’t help but respect an instructor, martial artist and person like that. Thanks for a great weekend, Ed!