Filipino Kick-Boxing at TheFightLab

FightLab Filipino Kick-Boxing is our MMA syllabus at TheFightLab, and is based on the empty hand aspect of Filipino Kali, Panantukan. Filipino Boxing is closely related to Muay Thai, Lethwei & Silat, however containing ground fighting as well. This makes Filipino Kick-Boxing ideal for anyone wanting to train for MMA or Muay Thai competitions as well as self defence.

FightLab Filipino Kick-Boxing is a fighting system with no limits. It contains techniques such as joint locks, punches with the fists, palms strikes & slaps, finger strikes to the eyes, forearms strikes, headbuts, elbow strikes, biting, knee-strikes and kicks. All either standing or on the ground. We practice with or without boxing gloves, which is particularly appealing for self defence training.

The main components of FightLab Filipino Kick-Boxing are:

  • Hubud Lubud (Sensitivity Drills)
  • Transitional Drills (Trapping/Gunting)
  • Southeast Asian Style Kick-Boxing Skills
  • Ground-Fighting
  • Sparring (Putting it all together)

As an official 'Rapid Assault Tactics' school we also incorporate R.A.T into our Filipino Boxing syllabus, the fight system created for the US Navy SEALS, based of Filipino Kali & Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do Concepts.

Reality Based Training

Every time you learn a new skill to a good level of competence, you give yourself options that you wouldn’t have had, and any one of them just might be your key to surviving a potential threat to life event one day. Personal Protection options steer us away from the physical, this is then supported with a tool box of hand-to-hand skills as our main foundational tools. 

Some obvious Self Protection skills would include:

Environmental awareness

  1. Does my assailant have friends nearby? Could this become multiple attacker situation.
  2. Is this a bad area? 
  3. Am I restricting my movement? Flat soled shoes I can’t run in. Jeans I can’t kick or knee in. A tight shirt I can’t strike in.
  4. Am I in a restricted area? A subway? A room with only 1 exit. A toilet cubicle. Many professional bouncers, when going to the toilet on the job lock themselves in the cubicle instead of using the urinal in case of an attack from behind.

Verbal Self Defence (talking someone down)

  1. Don’t answer a question with another question, escalating the situation.
  2. Correct use of body language. Non-combative & non-threatening.
  3. Take the conversation off in a different direction.

The ultimate progression for these said skills can be developed with realistic scenario training that will allow us to apply our skill under adrenaline based, replicated circumstance to prepare for a likely event.