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PFS - Progressive Fighting Systems


What is the highest form of learning? In my opinion it is teaching. You take a giant step forward, when you take huge responsibility to properly communicate, motivate and develop others. For example, take the Straight Blast. Do you understand it? How is it technically done? What is the rest of your body doing when you are "cycling your vertical fists"? When is it employed in the sequence of a fight? Can it be used for escaping?, separating opponents?, as a transition to terminating a fight? to grappling?, etc.? What ranges of fighting can it be used effectively? What ranges of fighting can it not be used? By examining a single concept and an associated technique, and going through the exercise of teaching someone else about it, you find out quickly your mastery of the subject. Learning should never stop. The progression should go - Learn, Drill, Spar, Teach, Own.

What are the levels of understanding a technique? Learn; Drill; Spar and Own. Learn - when you see the technique demonstrated and memorize each part of it. Drill - practice each part of the technique to perfection (with cooperation from your partners). Spar - functionalize the technique and incorporate the proper timing (without cooperation from your partners). Own - after hundreds of hours of sparring, the technique is truly yours - it comes at the appropriate time without you having to be totally focused on it. Where are you in your mastery of techniques? Do you OWN the techniques that fit your personal attributes that you can rely on?

In performing the
Numerada drill, Sifu Paul Vunak, states that you should use the
80/20 rule. The feeder allows the person to practice and achieve success 80% of the time and fails 20% of the time. Thus the feeder keeps the person training and growing their body mechanics, timing, sensitivity, speed, spatial awareness, range control, mobility, dexterity, etc., by training at the best level that is appropriate for their current skill level. Try it with the 12 weapons categories with identical weapons and with different weapons. Have fun and see what you learn!

Awareness is an overlooked aspect of training. When you train are you so focused on your training - sparring partner that you are not aware of your surroundings? You should see that your partner has a logo or design or lettering on his or her shirt, but you should not focus so much that you can read the fine print and be reduced to 'tunnel vision'. You should be aware of what happens in your peripheral vision - what are the other students doing? What is available to use as a weapon? Where are the exits? Be constantly aware of your surroundings - practice it when you are at work, school, shopping, dining out, etc. You can develop your awareness of your environment quickly and use it to your advantage!

One concept in Brazilian jiu-jitsu is the rules of engagement. First is
Defend, then Escape, then Dominate and then Attack. Let's take the example of Passing the Guard. You are first in defend mode - keeping your base, fighting off choke attacks, armbar attacks, sweep attacks, etc. Then when you can successfully keep you base (Defend), you move up to escape mode by using various methods to break closed guard and other methods to pass the open guard. Then when you can successfully pass the guard (Escape), you move to dominate mode by keeping your opponent on his back by using the crossside position and the various positions you can move to from crossside. Then when you can successfully keep you opponent on his back (Dominate), you finally move to attack mode by trying various chokes, armbars, footlocks, etc. Then when you can successfully execute a submission (Attack), you finish the fight. Understanding this progression is critical. If you don't follow the rules of engagement, (like trying to submit your opponent when you are in his guard), it will be disastrous for you. If in defend mode, you skip escape and dominate and go directly to attack mode, then your opponent will capitalize on your mistake. Think about all you do in BJJ - this concept holds true!

PFS fighters desire to be proficient in all ranges of combat, so they involve some study of weapons arts and grappling, most commonly FMA
, BJJ, Sambo, Shoot Fighting. PFS does not, however, practice complex traditional trapping exercises, and few detailed FMA striking systems.

The primary focus of PFS is self preservation in "street" situations. Once an individual has developed the tools to ensure a good chance of self preservation, he can expand his tool chest in a never ending strive towards self perfection. But the bottom line is, if something will not work reliably and effectively on the street, it is not a major part of a PFS fighter's repertoire. Research… Absorb… Reject...  Add...

PFS fighters enjoy relatively high intensity practices, with a substantial emphasis on sparring and relatively high contact.


Paul Vunak: I think aliveness is a highly important aspect of training. To me, the ultimate “aliveness” is to put a motorcycle helmet on someone, throw a pair of boxing gloves on them, and instruct them to spar you full-contact, anything goes.  I have been preaching this very point to people for twenty years. If anyone were to get my Straight Blast tape that I made in 1986, they would hear me mention putting a helmet on and sparring full-contact roughly 19 times! When I sparred with Pat Bagley (he’s the 230 pound big brawny guy), I instructed him to simply spar normally, no cooperation. As I entered to straight blast, and head butt, knee and elbow, I got hit a few times in the face. At that point, some student said, “Are we going to do another take? We don’t want to keep that one in, obviously; you got hit.”. I found that statement funny – I get hit in ALL my fights! This is aliveness, folks.

Paul Vunak states that TRAINING should be 90% trapping and 10% striking, but FIGHTING should be 90% striking and 10% trapping.

Main objective: get in trapping range!!!
Against a good boxer trapping is very hard to pull off. The reasons for this is because he is always moving and when ever you try to enter he is sticking a jab in your face. That is why in PFS JKD we equate almost all our techniques against the boxer. As Vu would say if you can enter on a professional boxer everyone else is quite easy. Most people are not familiar with trapping range. This is one of the main reasons Vu stresses it so much. There are 1000s of boxers, kick boxers and grapplers out there but few few people specialize in trapping range. From trapping range the three most devastating strikes can be delivered, the head butt, knee and elbow.


The two reasons why people loose an encounter in the streets are:
1. Stamina, 2. Unfamilarized range.

Example: You might be a boxer and you get tackled to the ground and you have no clue what to do and you panic like a fish without water and you loose. Or you are a kicker and you end up in clinch range and get a myriad of head butts, knees elbows and eye gouges thrown at you and you are unfamiliar with that range and you loose. Or you end up in a bar and someone breaks a bottle and you panic and end up dead or hospitalized. I think we all get the idea.

So to be efficient in all ranges you must train it in a matrix accordion affect, where you might start out with empty hand, then it progresses and mutates as fights do in the street, to clinch range, all of a sudden it makes its way to the ground, then your suddenly on your feet again and you are dealing with mass attack two on one which then it might progress to weapons (knives, pool cues, bottles, chairs).

This was just one example out of the myriad combinations we deal with; you need to train this way if you want to survive in the streets.

PFS Curriculum is simple: Rapid Assault Tactics, Full-contact boxing, kickboxing, stick and knife fighting, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu mixed with Kina Mutai.

At the Academy of Jeet Kune Do Fighting Technology we address these scenarios with training methods, concepts and reality sparring to get you in that zone and feel how you should and can react in a life threatening situation to survive.


Conclusion: Many people believe training in one area one range one art is enough. If your aim is to be an all round street orientated martial artist you got to do it all. There are so many arts that have so much to offer, let me ask you this: do you eat the same food everyday for the rest of your life? Certainly you don’t. The same concept applies to training; you must be capable of flowing through all ranges. Kicking, Punching, Trapping, Grappling (stand up or ground), Weapons and Multiple attackers. So the way you train is the way you will perform, if you sit in reference points and comfort zone training and engage in politics, belt systems, point fighting competitions, who is better than who, well you are wasting your time. If you never put on the headgear and tell your partner to feed real energy well you are just cheating yourself. Bruce Lee’s mentality is: you learn a technique, practice it, master it, before you maintain it you must be able to function it, by that I mean you must train that technique with an opponent really trying to take you out with protective gear in full contact sparring, if you prevail and the method, technique or concept works you can maintain it, if not flight time is needed until you do.

So the only way that technique is going to work is through athletic attributes, if you don’t acquire any attributes technique alone is worthless. As Paul Vunak would say Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do is like an iceberg. The tip is technique, while lurking below the surface is the greatest mass of the berg, which is composed of attributes. And as an experienced seaman well knows, it is the hidden mass of the iceberg that constitutes the greatest danger.



"Fear is the direct response to the fact that one feels incapable of dealing effectively with aggression!" Paul Vunak

Guro Paul Vunak

The instructor of the Academy Vagelis Zorbas is a member of Paul Vunak's PFS (Progressive Fighting Systems). World famous hand to hand combat instructor Paul Vunak who is our mentor has guided us through systems based on proven field tested principles rather than a collection of techniques which don’t work in a real life encounters. The following are concepts; systems and programs that we teach here in Athens at the Academy of Jeet Kune Do Fighting Technology.
Rapid Assault Tactics:

The RAT system is the heart of Progressive Fighting Systems and of the Academy of Jeet Kune Do Fighting Technology. It was developed by Paul Vunak specifically for the US Navy Seals as a primary combative program taken from the JKD concepts. How it differs to any other art or system out there is the straight blast concept. This concept deletes base and balance to the assailant, its an equalizer, you become capable of taking out a larger person then yourself quick and efficient with the most barbaric tools, Head butts, Knee’s, Elbows and Kina Mutai (biting, eye gouging, finger breaking and pinching). Today the RAT system is taught to Special Forces, Military, Marines, Rangers, F.B.I, D.E.A, C.I.A, S.W.A.T. Teams, over 50 police Departments in the U.S and other countries.

Law Enforcement Control Tactics:

This System is a unique empty hand concept designed specifically for Police. These Tactics are taught for escorting an aggressive hostile subject that is not cooperating getting in or out of a squad car, prison jail cell or resistance to hand cuffing. Its particulars are Locks, Restraints and Dumog, which is a Filipino wrestling, art dealing with natural choke points on the human body.

Law Enforcement Baton Tactics:

Again this new method of training towards defense tactics with a baton is improving officers all around the world. It will improve your timing, distance and footwork as well as other vital attributes. These tactics will enhance the way you use your baton, after understanding and applying these concepts your capability of holding back multiple opponents at bay until back up arrives becomes a reality, this training will give a tool to defend yourself through armed edged weapons that could inflict a lethal injury.

Paul Vunak's Personal Weapons Training:

Paul’s method deals with all weapons available in the street. With these concepts you are capable of dealing with any weapon, the training contains attribute development, attributes are qualities that fill and make technique work, without attributes technique cannot function. Attributes cannot be honed in only with empty hand training. So training deals with full contact weapons sparring, mass attack (multiple opponents), knifes, sticks, staffs basically anything that can be swung around and inflict pain. Weapon training is essential in today’s world, one important reason is seven out of ten fights today involve some kind of weapon, so it would be ignorant as a martial artist not to dwell in this world.

To Gain Safety:

This program is taught to many people especially women. This self-defense strategy is designed for people that care about personal safety but don’t have the time to train steadily in the Martial Arts. This steady progressive method will teach you how to inflict pain to buy time to run from an attacker safely. This is only achieved utilizing full contact padded up equipment for the student to hit with full force and escape a real dangerous environmental scenario.

Fighting Training:

Our training for the ground has three levels:

level 1. Brazilian jiu jitsu

level 2. Vale Tudo

level 3. Kina Mutai (street)

Level one is our base and foundation, it gives us the fundamentals of movement tools and attributes needed to have an awesome ground game. Level two is were we put on some head protection and gloves and we mix in the punching and kicking with chokes, leg locks and arm locks, with all this going on were still in the sport mind looking for a superior position to dominate and submit the opponent, and working on escapes while hitting is involved. Now we move into the street aspect of the ground, its no longer a sport and you don’t want to be on the ground to long especially in a mass attack, this is were Paul Vunak's blend with Kina Mutai helps us equalize (biting, eye gouging, finger breaking and pinching) So training the sport end and the street end makes a lethal cocktail.

Academy Map

Η Ακαδημία Μαχητικής Τεχνολογίας Jeet Kune Do βρίσκεται στην Αθήνα, στην διεύθυνση: Δήλου 9, Καισαριανή (κάθετα στην Φορμίωνος, σύνορα Βύρωνα-Καισαριανής). Εύκολη πρόσβαση από το κέντρο της Αθήνας με το λεωφορείο 732 (Αγ. Φανούριος - Ακαδημία - Ζωοδ. Πηγή) (στάση 9η Φορμίωνος).

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