The Hybrid Kickboxing® Method
Hybrid Kickboxing® or HKB™ is a modern martial arts method developed by Jeremy Gordon. Hybrid Kickboxing® is the combination of two or more different philosophies or methodologies of striking (kicking and punching) aimed at achieving total effectiveness in combat. This includes the techniques in application, and the ability to adapt to the circumstance. It is a succesful combination of science, art, and tradition. Just as science progresses, and art and traditions change. Through research, Hybrid Kickboxing® continues to change.
The Hybrid Kickboxing® structure is designed to improve a practitioners attributes. These attributes can be broken down into these five categories; physical, technical, tactical, psychological, and self-expression. The last one can not be taught but rather experienced. The physical attributes development is what sports scientist refers to as "bio-motor abilities". Bio-motor abilities consist of the following; strength, power, speed, balance, flexibility, agility, endurance and coordination. The technical attributes refers to the precision and form of the technique. The tactical attribute has to do with timing and the ability to use the right technique or techniques at the right time. The psychological attribute primarily deals with your perceptions such as fear and your beliefs. Self Expression is completing the whole, becoming total, becoming one, when you no longer think about the process. The process becomes you.
Hybrid Kickboxing® is now based on the Jeet Kune Do structure with some additions based on current martial arts studies and body mechanics.
Hybrid Kickboxing® Defined
Hybrid is the combination of two or more different things, aimed at achieving a particular objective or goal.
Hybrid martial arts (also known as hybrid fighting systems) refer to martial arts or fighting systems that incorporate techniques and theories from several particular martial arts.
Boxing can be defined as the art of attack and defense with the fists primarily practiced as a sport.
Kickboxing refers to "The way of kicking and punching", and can be further defined as the art of attack and defense with the fists and feet primarily practiced as a sport.
Hybrid Kickboxing®, also known as HKB ™ can be loosely translated to, "Hybrid way or method of kicking and punching."
Hybrid Kickboxing® Guiding Quotes
"Traditionalists often study what is taught, not what there is to create." -Ed Parker
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." -Albert Einstein
"Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought." -Basho
"After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form."- Albert Einstein
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."-Albert Einstein
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex ... it takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."-Albert Einstein
"A master is one who returns day after day to the basic techniques and fundamentals. Mastery is a matter of daily struggle to perfect the simplest of techniques and ideas."
"Great spirits have often encountered violent oppression from weak minds." -Albert Einstein
What is a Hybrid or Eclectic Art?
"Most hybrid and eclectic martial arts emphasizes its stylistic origins. Other terms such as mixed martial arts and calmatives may be seen as synonyms or near-synonyms of hybrid martial arts, but such terms have other meanings as well. Mixed martial arts or MMA has become to refer to a type of combat sport. Combatives on the other hand is associated with law enforcement, military or self defense arts".
Modern Martial Arts
All modern forms of martial arts including Taekwondo, Hapkido, Jeetkunedo, Mixed Martial Arts, etc... are eclectic and hybrids by nature. Meaning that at some point in the development stage they borrowed techniques or ideas from other martial arts became sport and even political different views. This doesn't always mean that this is intentionally done. An example is when you have a martial artist they may train under multiple martial arts masters or have friends that train in a different system. They may adopt different principles than that of the original art they began in.
Jeetkunedo, Jeet Kune Do, or JKD was founded by Bruce Lee in 1967. Bruce initially trained in Wing Chun Gung Fu, but later rejected the classical martial arts favoring a more scientific approach. Prior to 1967 Bruce was teaching what he called Jun Fan Gung Fu which was heavily based on Wing Chun Gung Fu. In 1967 Bruce Lee coined the term Jeetkunedo "The Way of The Intercepting Fist". Around this time when the term Jeetkunedo first emerged Bruce Lee was already making many changes in his fighting philosophy. One major change was the dissolving of trapping which was more dominant in Jun Fan Gung Fu. Based on a simple theory, "If you have time to trap, you have time to hit". Jeetkunedo has a strong foundation in western boxing and fencing unlike its predecessor. Jeetkunedo is based on simplicity, directness and non classical movement (economy of motion).
Taekwondo is a korean martial art. The Korean term tae means "to strike or break with foot"; the term kwon means "to strike or break with fist"; and do means "way", "method", or "art". Thus taekwondo may loosely be translated as "the way of the foot and fist", or the way of kicking and punching".
During the occupation, Koreans who were able to study in Japan were exposed to Japanese martial arts-in some cases receiving black belt ranking in these arts. Others were exposed to martial arts in China and Manchuria. When the occupation ended in 1945, Korean martial arts schools or kwans, began to open in Korea under various influences. There are differing views on the origins of the arts taught in these schools. Some believe that they taught martial arts that were based primarily upon the traditional Korean martial arts Taekkyon and Subak, or that taekwondo was derived from native Korean martial arts with influences from neighboring countries. Still others believe that these schools taught arts that were almost entirely based upon karate.
The art evolved from Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu or a closely related jujutsu system taught by Choi Yong-Sool Hangul who returned to Korea after WWII, having lived in Japan for 30 years. This system was later combined with kicking and striking techniques of indigenous and contemporary arts such as Taekkyon and Tang soo do. Its history is obscured by the historical animosity between the Korean and Japanese peoples following the Second World War.
Combat Hapkido, known in Korean as Chon-Tu Kwan Hapkido, is an eclectic modern Hapkido system founded by Grandmaster John Pellegrini in 1990 whom is a 9th Dan. In 1992 Pellegrini formed the International Combat Hapkido Federation, known as the ICHF, as the official governing body of Combat Hapkido. The ICHF was recognized by the Korea Kido Association and the World Kido Federation, collectively known as the Kido Hae, in 1999 as a Hapkido style. The style is recognized under the Korean name Chon Tu Kwan Hapkido.
The two key historical figures in the history of the shift from street-fighting to the modern sport of Savate are Michel Casseux (also known as le Pisseux (1794-1869), a French pharmacist, and Charles Lecour(1808-1894). Casseux opened the first establishment in 1825 for practicing and promoting a regulated version of chausson and Savate (disallowing head butting, eye gouging, grappling, etc). However the sport had not shaken its reputation as a street-fighting technique. Casseux's pupil Charles Lecour was exposed to the English art of boxing when he witnessed an English Boxing match in France between English pugilist Owen Swift and Jack Adams in 1838. He also took part in a friendly sparring match with Swift later in that same year. Lecour felt that he was at a disadvantage, only using his hands to bat his opponent's fists away, rather than to punch. He then trained in boxing for a time before combining boxing with chausson and Savate to create the sport of Savate (or boxe française', as we know it today).
Chosin Chibana was a top student of the great master of shuri-te, Anko Itosu. Anko Itosu was the top student of Matsumura Sōkon was a renowned warrior of his time; bodyguard to three kings of Okinawa, he has been called the Miyamoto Musashi of Okinawa and was dubbed bushi, or warrior, by his king. However, while he is often referred to as the "founder" of Shuri-te, he did not invent all the components of the style. He synthesized his knowledge of Okinawan arts with Chinese martial arts that he learned on his travels and taught it as a coherent system to some eager students, who subsequently refined it, and passed it on. In 1933, Chosin Chibana chose to call his style Shorin-ryu in honor of the Chinese Shaolin roots, and to differentiate it from others styles that were being modified from the original teachings of Anko Itosu. Prior to this time, there were no names for styles in Okinawa (though common in Japan for Japanese martial arts).
Shorin means "small woods", and is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese Shaolin and ryu means "Association". Therefore, Shōrin-ryū reflects the Chinese influences intrinsic to the art. Though it reflects the Chinese influence, it was also meant to signify that it was a distinct and different martial art from the Shorin Chuanfa.
Shōrin-ryū is generally characterized by natural breathing, natural (narrow, high) stances, and direct, rather than circular movements (with the exception of Shōrin-ryū Kyudōkan, which makes extensive use of circular movements). Shōrin-ryū practitioners will say that correct motion matters, being able to move quickly to evade violence by having fluid movements and flexible positions is quite important, and that a solid structure is very important for powerful moves, but stances that are too deep, will most likely make body movement very difficult.