International Combat Martial Arts Encyclopedia

Styles and Systems in International Combat Martial Arts


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Cheongye Kwan

Translation: School of Excellence

Country: United Kingdom

Founder: Barry Cook

Year of creation: 2005

Logo meaning: Striving for excellence and peace through Martial Arts practice

Style motto: Reaction, Evolution, Expression

Goals: To deliver limitless technique through infinite knowledge

Background of system: Initially created from the prior training of the founder in several arts


Description: Cheongye Kwan, also Cheongye Kwan Institute, and abbreviated to CKI, is an eclectic hybrid Martial Arts system, Philosophy and way of life founded by the Martial Artist Barry Cook in 2005 that has simple and direct movements using an intentional non-classical style. Cheongye Kwan practitioners base their training on minimal movements with maximum effect and speed. The system works by using any technique that an individual finds effective in any given situation, whether kicking, punching, locking or grappling, then flowing effortlessly between them. Cheongye Kwan is referred to as a Philosophy and not a style. Unlike more traditional Martial Arts, Cheongye Kwan is not fixed or standardised, and uses participants own feelings after technical practice as an auto-recall during an encounter rather than deliberate memory-recall. The founder Barry Cook believes that traditional Martial Arts styles are too rigid and unrealistic, effectively restricting a person during combat. He believes that an aggressive encounter is impulsive and often unprompted, and that a Martial Artist cannot forecast it, only react to it.


Originally, when Barry Cook began researching names for his method in 2004, he called it Cheongye Kwan Daehando (Daehando: Korean Way), but not wanting to create another style that would be linked to any one country or share the limitations that he believed traditional Martial Arts had, he removed the Daehando and decided on Cheongye Kwan (School of Excellence). Barry Cook believes the key to effective defence in combat through the Cheongye Kwan is to enable its practitioners to adapt to the constant changes and fluctuations of combat by the removal of conscious thought as apposed to  remembering choreographed fighting drills, and instead using the subconscious reaction to action via an individuals own feelings at the time of combat training, because each individual person knows which techniques work for them and which should be forgotten.


Barry Cook’s Martial Art; Cheongye Kwan, is made productive and interesting by the complex psychological grounding that it has. The Martial Arts inherently hold a profound intrinsic psychological element within them, were students must confront internal and external issues of life on a daily basis. Whilst at university, Barry trained as a Psychiatric Nurse and later went on to complete a Diploma in Psychology.


This exposure to the study of the mind, mental function and cognitive behaviour is what gave him the ideal platform on which to begin creating and developing such a formidable method of Martial Art.


Barry Cook started training in the Martial Arts at the age of 9 and by the age of 19 had earned Black Belts in 3 Martial Arts, and by 24 he had 5. After 14 years in Taekwondo, Barry decided that he had tired of being frustrated during sparring and self-defence practice, always feeling restricted by the rules of the arts he practiced and having to hold back with techniques that would have been more appropriate during the sessions, but were disallowed due to their regulations. He thought this was completely opposite to the objective of effective success in a fight. So in 2004 then aged 34, Barry began to move away from the traditional or classical set styles of Martial Art, that he refers to as “unilateral” and begun the foundations for the method that would be become known as Cheongye Kwan.


The fusion of Martial Arts, Psychology and Barry Cook’s own Philosophy was realised and put into practice from 2007, Barry was very specific in word and writing to make sure that people were aware that a “new style” had not been created, but that walls had been broken down and restrictions removed which could now facilitate a more natural and individual form of expression for its students.


Unlike purest or traditionalist Martial Artists that only do what they are asked to do, Cheongye Kwan practitioners are expected to question and research everything for their own development and progression. Barry Cook draws from some very varied sources when teaching Cheongye Kwan, from sports science and sports psychology, to Buddhist and eastern philosophies, along with endless forms of combat and methods of warfare.


"When I created the Cheongye Kwan I was determined that I was not inventing a new style, exactly the opposite. In fact it was my intention to remove the set or fixed ways of doing things for its practitioners and because of this, the Cheongye Kwan can act like a reflection in a pond, simply allowing us to see ourselves and make the necessary changes. Cheongye Kwan is not a set organisation that members join and then learn choreographed routines. There is no magical element to my method; it is simply non traditional and non conforming, with simple direct reaction, nothing unnecessary or synthetic.


Practitioners utilise feelings of reactive defence and then subconsciously respond with the least amount of thought and energy. Cheongye Kwan is just a name used for its practitioners to identify the expression of their Martial Art that does not condition them to conform to standard set ways of doing things using set doctrines and policies that will ultimately restrict them, Cheongye Kwan is not a style and so facilitates an evolution and constant state of development. Cheongye Kwan does not collect large quantities of rigid techniques that hinder and confuse the student, but rather it eradicates the static and unnecessary bulk to leave crisp, sharp, unimpeded reaction.


The concept is considered to be a constant stripping of complicated and gratuitous manoeuvres as apposed to the continual adding of systematic choreographed routines". - Barry Cook


Defining the Cheongye Kwan Martial Arts Institute may seem complex and profound, but is in fact quite straightforward.  Imagine for a moment the sport of boxing, if you watch 10 boxing matches most if not all will seem to have the same combat strategies and follow the same path of rules and regulations, the fighters themselves will have subtle differences in the way they execute their combinations, but in general it remains the same within the confines of the sport.


The same can be said for any ‘unilateral’ combat method that remains within the construct of the rules and regulations of the system in which they practice which leaves no room for the true expression of the exponents to perform techniques or combinations outside of their given remit.


The simplest way to define the Cheongye Kwan is to say that it helps its students to go beyond basic technical skills, by helping them to make the best use of their own particular mental and physical attributes such as speed, power, temperament and strategic awareness through the continual and perpetual practice of the physical and educational skills, rather than the accumulation of theoretical and practical techniques. Unlike purely traditional Martial Arts such as Karate, Taekwondo, or Judo, applying a dictionary style definition is difficult about the Cheongye Kwan, which is a good thing, because combat itself is difficult to anticipate or predict, and just like the unpredictable nature of conflict and confrontation, a definition is impractical and restraining.


How people are raised and because of human nature, they find it difficult to relate to things they do not understand which is why many people prefer to study within a Martial Arts style which has very clear and specific rules, regulations and protocols. The ultimate aim of Cheongye Kwan is to develop a subconscious and intuitive ability to respond and react to encounters as quickly as possible without the need for deliberate thought or decision making, and to deal with conflict with determined resolution. Cheongye Kwan offers a means of self discovery and self expression by walking and living the lifestyle that exemplifies the true meaning of being a Martial Artist, and through the development of personal growth, character and personality it will ultimately develop self mastery over the execution of subliminal technique.


As a student of this method, practitioners are taught not to think of the Cheongye Kwan as a style or a brand of Martial Art because Barry Cook feels that this labelling would inhibit his method into a fixed art, and that is not how he wants his method to be portrayed.  Instead Martial Artists and complete beginners alike are encouraged to think of the Cheongye Kwan as an educational environment in which students are encouraged to walk a path of self discovery and self development through the practice of their own personal internal Martial Arts.


All of this is done with a flow and without deliberate thought, this is what is called the Cheongye Kwan Concept, subconsciously changing and adapting by reaction. It is the absence of intentional thought to use the most effective elements to create the best possible outcome from the encounter.


The ability to use any technique affectively during the fight comes from the Cheongye Kwan exposing its students to elements of defence and offence from any technique that works for them, such as Judo throwing, or Ju-Jitsu locking, or Taekwondo kicking. The more the student trains, the more exposure they are given to the various methods which ultimately results in a larger database for the subconscious to draw from during a confrontation.


The Cheongye Kwan’s concepts of combat incorporate the flowing application of using ANY technique that works without the need for conscious thought. Over time and through training in the Cheongye Kwan, the student can begin to learn to apply the concept to the attack subconsciously.


Now all these years on, the Cheongye Kwan continues to grow and motivate its practitioners, and since its inception in 2007, the Cheongye Kwan and Barry Cook have been awarded with many commendations and accolades, including being inducted into the International Black Belt Hall of Fame and receiving a personal letter of appreciation from the President of the Kukkiwon; World Taekwondo Headquarters. The Cheongye Kwan will continue to evolve through each student, who will interpret and add their own philosophy as they teach it to the future generations of Cheongye Kwan.


Website: www.cheongyekwan.com



Collective Weapon Combat System

Country: India

Founder: Soke Syeda Sofiya Nausheed (PhD)

Year of creation: 2009

Style motto: To teach Different types of weapons at one place under one name.

Background of system: Indian Sword Art, Ninjutsu, Kenjutsu & Other weapon related styles

Description: CWCS is the combination of different weapon combat styles so that one could learn the different famous weapons different origin under one name. CWCS is also a philosophy of how a weapon can be used with different way rather than its own.



Combat Aikido

Country: USA

Founder: Sensei Jack Moon

Year of creation: 2008

Background of System: Eclectic self defense system incorporating Aikido, Karate, Jujitsu, Judo, Boxing, Ground Fighting, Krav Maga and other lesser known martial arts.

Description: Throws, joint locks, pressure points, grappling, strikes, blocks, kicks, defenses against weapons (guns, rifles, knives, sticks, etc), defending third parties and defenses against car jacking. Real life scenario drills are utilized to increase endurance, awareness and ability to perform under stress.

Website: www.combataikido.us



Combat Jeet Kempo

Translation: Combat intercepting method of fist

Country: France

Founder: Frederic Paezkiewiecz

Year of creation: 2006 – evolution 1 in 2009, evolution 2 in 2012

Logo meaningTaiji for the supreme pole of energy – yellow : the sun and blue : the water

Two silver arrows : permanent movement / two swords (Kali)

Style motto: My own Tao of Jeet Kune Do

Goals: JKD concepts for military combatives training

Background of system: Jun Fan Gung Fu / Jeet Kune Do, Kali, Kempo / Jujitsu, Wrestling, MMA, Taďchi, Yoga, Close Quarter Combat

Description: No form, no limitation

Website: www.combat-jeet-kempo.jimdo.com



Combat Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and Military Martial Arts

Country: United States

Founder: Matthew Montoya- 4th Degree (Yodan) Black Belt Jujitsu, Modern Army Combatives instructor (US Army), Muay-Thai Instructor. Also Judo, Kenpo, and weapons.

Year of School: 2015

Logo meaning: The Armor of God, specifically the Helmet of Salvation. Strength starts with faith and salvation found in the blood of Jesus. In September of 2001, 1st Bn of the 34th Armor, 1St Infantry Division “Centurions” was on an expeditionary mission to Kuwait when the Twin Towers, and the United states was attacked. Later deployed (Nov 2003) and attached to the 2nd Bn, 34th Armor “Dreadnaughts” and the 1st Marine Division, for operations in Anbar province, including offensive operations in Fallujah. 

The "CENTURIONS" of the 1st Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment were on duty in Iraq with "A Company 1-16 INF, B Company 1/9 CAV, B Company 1st ENG and an assortment of smaller units such as Civil Affairs and Psyops etc.  In all, the Task Force lost 23 soldiers and had about 150 wounded in action.




Date of Casualty:




Jeremiah D. Smith


Hdqs &Hdqs Company

May 26, 2003



Todd Bryant


C Company

October 31, 2003



Jeffrey Graham


C Company

February 19, 2004



Roger G. Ling


C Company

February 19, 2004



Jarrod W. Black


B Company

December 12, 2003


Ar Ramadi

Joseph L. Lister


B Company

November 20, 2003


Ar Ramadi

Brian D. Smith


A Company

July 2, 2004



Uday Singh


C Company

December 1, 2003



Neil A. Santoriello


A Company

August 13, 2004




In 2010, Drill Sergeant Montoya remained a Basic Training Platoon “Centurions” in recognition of the brave soldiers who gave their all for the US. Having served alongside these brave men, and sometimes even being in the same fire fight with them, he wanted to honor them. As his maturity in the Gospel began to grow, the image of the Centurion in the bible came up again and again. (Matt 8:5, Mark 15:39, and Acts 10:22) It seemed only right to call his School “Centurion Tactical Academy” and the Iconic Helmet became the logo.

Style motto: “Put on the Full Armor of God! Eph 6:10”

Goals: To build up a future generation of Warriors for Christ who combat bullying with The Fruit of the Spirit, and when needed physically defend themselves or those who cannot defend themselves.

Description:  Muay Thai, Jujitsu, and Modern Army Combatives, streamlined in an inclusive system. Weapons include; Pistol, Rifle, Bo, Nunchuck, knife, and sword.

Background: In 2015 Founder, Instructor and Chief Examiner of Centurion Tactical Academy (Matt Montoya) was determined to have his children learn self-defense.  He took his family to learn at a local Dojo, but was quickly dismayed at two observations. First, the system at the school was based on unrealistic, if not harmful, body positions that required the student to be tense, stiff, and difficult to achieve without significant conditioning.  This seemed dangerous for young children, not conducive for realistic street combat and imbalanced.  Second, advancement was far too quick, children (and white belt adults) were given yellow belts after a couple of months of instruction.  Having been military trained, and having learned Martial Arts since the age of 10, he knew there was a better way.  He immediately withdrew his family from the school and began training them at home.

He then began to write the curriculum focused on several aspects: 1) The first techniques taught had to be easy to learn and immediately effective. 2) The beginner techniques had to incorporate where the students physical condition was at the beginning, balance, endurance, and strength of the student were to be met and utilized were they were THEN built up over time and as the student advanced. 3) Advancement had to be earned at each level. No give-aways.

As the children learned the family opened their house to neighbors and friends, the school had been born!  With several students now attending on a weekly basis to learn how to effectively defend against an attacker, stand up to bullies, learn first-aid and to study the Gospel, Centurion Tactical continues to grow.

Website: https://centac.wixsite.com/centac-usa

e-mail: centurion.oksda@gmail.com



Combat Kali Silat


Country: France

Founder: Frederic Paezkiewiecz

Year of creation: 2006 – evolution 1 in 2013

Logo meaning: Union of Filipino martial arts concepts and symbols 

Style motto:

Goals: Kali concepts for military combatives training

Background of system: Kali blend system / Filipino Martial Arts, Silat, Kuntao, Close Quarter Combat

Description: H2H System for infantry combat training – Technico - tactical training with stick, knife, blades




Combat Ratel Tactical Self Defense

Founders: John and Liam Mcgirr.

Country: Australia.

Year of founding: 2013. 

 Logo meaning: so taai soos- tough as a honey badger.  

Organization motto: fear is the opiate of combat. 

Style: blended martial art system. 

Goals for our system: to teach anyone young, old, persons with disability to protect themselves and loved ones.

Description: combat ratel tactical self defense is a blended system which uses the best techniques, concepts, and principles from krav maga, Filipino kyusho, combat hap-ki-do, and combat brazlilian jiu jitsu ground survival tactics. There are no katas to learn and all kicks are kept low to pressure points. Combat ratel teaches pressure point striking, defence against all attacks from weapons threats, more than one attacker, defense against all chokes, grabs, strikes - kicks, punches. Abduction attempts, takedowns, how to deal with fight freeze, awareness of your surroundings, home invasion tactics, using every day common objects as defense against an attack. Training is done in low light, uneven surfaces, confined spaces. Combat ratel is a easy system to learn and remember when put under extreme pressure from a sudden and violent attack. The ratel- African honey badger was chosen for our logo because of its fearless, tough, and never backs down “so taai soosafrican for tough as a ratel.



Conte Ryu Martial Arts

Translation: The family name of Conte translates to Continuity so the actual name would be understood as either Continuous Dragon Martial Arts or as Eternal Dragon Martial Arts.

Country: USA

Founder: Thomas M. Conte Sr.

Co-founder: Thomas M. Conte Jr.

Year of Creation: 1974 Officially given a name and logo in 1987. In 1974 Thomas M. Conte Sr. began teaching what would later become Conte Ryu Martial Arts to his then 5 yr old son. In 1987 due to a misunderstanding in translation the Style was called Conte Do and then later corrected and called Conte Ryu Martial Arts.

Logo Meaning: The black border on the patch symbolizes the black belt that the student is working to achieve, the white background represents the beginner starting on his journey within martial arts. The color green of the dragon is a symbol of life, growth, vigor and vitality, longevity and harmony also  associated with the world, nature and health. Within the border is the name of the style Conte Ryu Martial Arts, within the boundaries of the style name are the joined symbols of the swords of Bushido, there are two one for the Founder and one for the Co-Founder, each of these are touching the three point Shurken a weapon that has become well associated with Ninjitsu, on the shurken is the symbol of Yin and Yang, the symbol of perfect balance, equals and yet opposites. Behind the shurken sits the rising sun a symbol of Japan. and behind that is the Dragon Pearl symbolizing wisdom, knowledge and truth. Encompassing these and wrapped around the throwing star is an Asian Dragon, symbol of power, excellence and perseverance. A dragon overcomes obstacles until success, is benevolent and protects the innocent, he is energetic, decisive, optimistic, wise and intelligent.

Style Motto: The difference between a student and a master is that the student is learning to master an art, the master has learned he is always a student. ~ Thomas M. Conte Jr.

Goals:    To promote self defense, to assist the student in building their character, self-esteem, confidence, sincerity, humility and sense of responsibility, to also awaken the student to the fact that they have far more potential than they would believe, and through this training produce a person both mentally and physically balanced.

Background of system: Shaolin Long and Short Fist Kung Fu, Jujitsu, Ninjitsu, Okinawan Shorin Ryu, Washin-Ryu Karate-Do.

Description: Conte Ryu Martial Arts is an aggressive to the point freestyle form of martial arts that utilizes what works best with a minimal amount of wasted movement.

Website: To be added at a future date.

E-Mail: contemartialarts@yahoo.com



Cox Freestyle Korean Combat Arts System

Country: USA
Founder: Master Instructor Mike Cox
Year of creation: 2011
Logo meaning: Through training comes virtue 

Style Motto: A tree is only as strong as the roots that holds it...
Goals: To educate students that fighting is the last option.
Background of system: Kang Duk Won Karate, Freestyle Karate, Jeet Kune Do, Kwon Bup, Kick Boxing, Pan Gai Noon.
Description: It is a freestyle system that uses katas,because I believe katas teach alot of good things, but it also uses traps and interceptions which I believe are very effective.



C.U.T.S. Critical Urban Tactical Strategies

Country: Global

Founder: Soke David D'Antonio, Command Master Chief Instructor

Nidai Soke Andrew Ian Marshall Drill Instructor

Year of founding: 2009

Logo meaning:.

Organization motto: “It's not fancy, it's fighting. Real responses to real threats"

Goals: To provide a tactically strong base of fighting techniques to individuals who do not wish to spend a lifetime in pursuit  of a martial path. The techniques in C.U.T.S. are based off of instinctual evasive counter offensive responses. There are minimal techniques for the student to lean, in this way the skills become DNA ingrained based off of instinctual primal responses hence, these techniques are easily learned , easy to remember and readily recalled in a combative scenario.

Styles: A ninjutsu based combat system.

Description: C.U.T.S.  features three student levels and three instructor levels with the fourth instructor level (command master chief 0 reserved for the founder, (and subsequent inheritors). Each level is designed to be learned with in  a weekend seminar style training camp. Each student level contains 3 to 5 of each of the following: punches/hand techniques, kicks, escapes, throws as well as training in the following : weapons disarms, weapon retention, environmental training, scenario based training. This is a complete system of modern combat with minimal techniques for the student to remember, in this way the student will be able to easily bring into play the techniques when needed in an instantaneous fashion, without having to jumble through hundreds of techniques looking for the correct one to use.