Jeet Kune Do Training

Jeet Kune Do Training

Established in 1995.   Chief instructor is Grand Master Richard Hudson. He is proficient in a wide variety of martial arts and former British Champion and World Champion.

We teach a mixture of martial arts styles ranging from Kickboxing to Jeet Kune Do to Silat, but at KickFit, although we do stick to a timetable of different classes, teaching takes the form generally of classes which incorporate various disciplines to produce effective fighting techniques which can be used in self-defence straight away.

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Classes are informally taught. This means new students mix and train with long-time students. This improves everybody’s techniques and ability, and newcomers won’t have to train for years before they feel capable of defending themselves in situations which might arise today or tomorrow, not five years down the line!

Look around the site to get a better idea of what we offer at KickFit.  Read the testimonials to get different perspectives on what people get out of training and their achievements including European and also World Champions!

If you would like to join our Jeet Kune Do training classes then get in touch NOW!

Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, check out our JKD page HERE and more information HERE.

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Tim Tackett

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Sifu Hudson with
Tim Tackett

I get a lot of questions about how I got started in the martial arts world.  “Who have you trained with?”  “How did you become World Champion?” and so on.  I thought I’d go through my photos from over the years and talk about who I’ve trained with and what my favourite memories of those times are so I’m going to begin with Tim Tackett.

Sifu Tim Tackett

came over from America (in about 1992) to teach a seminar in Bruce Lee’s Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do.  The seminar was held at Sifu Martin Stirling’s Academy Gym.  It’s no longer there but at that time it was in the Lace Market part of Nottingham.

At that point I was a trainee instructor at the Academy Gym under Sifu Stirling.

The seminar was really interesting and was full of practical applications of JKD techniques.  I found Sifu Tackett to be very friendly and approachable.  He told us many stories about training with Bruce Lee.  It really gave me the feel of what it must have been like to train with a legend!

This particular seminar focused on the concepts and techniques of trapping.  I had already been learning trapping techniques from Sifu Martin.  At close range I found trapping to be an extremely effective technique when I was working the doors at nightclubs and pubs.  If you have come from other martial arts, you may not have experienced trapping before.

Trapping techniques give the ability to penetrate through someone’s defences and block their attacks.  Immobilising their hands momentarily while you strike them.  The techniques immobilise the attacker’s  arms while you manoeuvre into an arm lock or similar if you are applying restraint techniques.

Check out one of our trapping training session videos above!

At KickFit Nottingham we teach students these techniques for self-defence which gives them the ability to fend off an attack as well as giving them self confidence in those types of situations.

As you can see from the photo Sifu Tackett was kind enough to sign a copy of his book for me: Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do: The Textbook which I highly recommend to everyone interested in close quarters combat!

If you would like to learn these techniques and more, contact us HERE !

Knife-Defence Workshop

Survivors of the  “Defence Against Knives” course!

Recently we held a knife defence workshop here at KickFit Nottingham.  Our Knife-Defence Workshop incorporated techniques from Eskrima, Kali, Arnis along with Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do and also Silat.

Knife-Defence Workshop

In this workshop we demonstrated several methods from different martial arts.  Below is a brief description of each:

Eskrima was developed in the Philippines by the peasant people during the civil, tribal and world wars.

Translated as “skirmish”, the main weapon is a simple “rattan” stick. Once you have picked up the basics, you can soon turn the most useless of objects such as a rolled up newspaper into an imposing weapon.

Grandmaster Danny Guba & Master Richard Hudson at KickFit

Grandmaster Danny Guba and Master Richard Hudson Eskrima Nottingham

The eskrima classes are graded in “Estilo Libre Eskrima”.  This is Master Richard Hudson’s own system and includes…

  • single stick
  • double stick
  • stick & knife
  • double knife
  • sword & knife
  • nunchakus
  • pocket sticks
  • empty hand techniques

Knife-Defence Workshop

Pencak Silat is an ancient fighting art mainly associated with Indonesia

Silat is a complex art, which utilises many low stances. For example, the “Sempa” requires the person to place one leg behind the other in a hook stance, bend the knee and go all the way down so that they are sitting on the floor.

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Silat Nottingham

Silat practitioners often leave target areas such as the face or torso unguarded in an attempt to entice an opponent into attacking the exposed area. 

They will then use lightning quick attacking movements to destroy the attackers limb.  Often known as a gunting, which means to scissor. These limb destruction techniques can be used as a bridge to move in and attack the more vital areas such as the torso, groin and face.

As well as empty hand techniques, the Silat practitioner also uses a variety of weapons.  These include swords, shields, spears and knives.

KickFit Halloween

KickFit Nottingham Halloween 2022 Training!

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Happy KickFit Halloween to you all!  We hope you had a great time!

At KickFit we had a fantastic day wtih kids classes, adults classes, Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee’s martial arts) and Eskrima-Kali-Arnis which contains both empty hands and weapons training!  If you would like to join in with us click HERE