The philosophy of this art of Self defense is a process of individual research for power, speed, coordination and sensitivity, focused on intercepting moves for direct infiltration.
Its a « non-classical art » of Self defense, simple , direct and useful for anybody.
Fitting the system to the person and not the person to the system.
We just try to find out how to make you the best you can be!
The particularity of the method of combat that it teaches resides in its all-out style, whereas all the fundamentals of traditional Chinese boxing are nevertheless adhered to. The philosophy inherent to this form of combat consists in a constant search for efficiency, combined with the rapidity of hits, which are delivered with all limbs. It is translated in the following rule: to advance on the adversary while subjecting him to maximum, and constant, pressure. The mind must focus on the opponent’s rapid neutralisation and, most importantly, hits must be delivered without the slightest restraint; a relentless advance, regardless of the situation, often keeps opponents from quickly finding an opening for attack. For all these reasons, it is essential that, in training and according to their levels of mastery, the CBA’s students may practice combat in conditions close to reality. Evidently, for beginners, the repetition of basic movements and learning to appropriately apply pressure on an opponent always constitute the best training. One of our art’s key elements is «Chi Sao» (sticking hands). Training these movements develops sensitivity in the arms and teaches reflexive reaction.
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The CBA teaches combat and self defence separately. This style of combat is open to all other martial arts, from which it borrows certain movements, which are however stripped of their academic structure. These gestures are then integrated in sequences of strikes where pressure is directed in totality at the opponent along a central line and where hits are selected according to their travelling distance, while the closest point of impact is constantly sought. I have learned traditional and non-traditional martial arts for many years, of which several were spent with judo and jiu jitsu master, champion and swiss national trainer of the swiss judo team in the 70ties « Leo Gisin », Basel-Switzerland, followed with Yoseikan-budo by « M Penseyres » (Switzerland), « H.Mochizuki » (France) and Judo and Jodo by « M Pascal Krieger » (Switzerland). I reached my decision in 1981 to become professional upon meeting » Keith R.Kernspecht » master in Wing tsun Kung Fu Germany.
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Subsequently, I attended intensive training sessions in Germany with the teachings of Uwe Müller’s Chinese boxing, I discovered this combat style, or rather, this non-style. I was immediately taken with its simple, direct and uncompromising structure. Beside this, I followed boxing sessions with 5 time professional boxing champion « Mahmud » from Egypt and several Kick-boxing tournaments in Germany under Uwe Muller. In 1990 I met « Ed Hart » and « Jesse R. Glover »-non classical Gung Fu- Seattle, USA who was Bruce Lee’s first student instructor assistant and friend. Ed Hart gave me the insight of a new approch of is own experience with boxing and especially Bruce Lee’s teaching from the 60ties. And Jesse Glover finally made me discover his –non-classical gung fu-. In 1995 I started the Visayan-escrima- with « Sonny Umpad ». Sonny is the incredible example of speed coordination with sticks and knives.