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Self Protection Systems

Rapid Assault Tactics, also known as R.A.T, is the brainchild of renowned Jeet Kune Do & Kali instructor Paul Vunak and was conceived for the US Special Forces and elite law enforcement. R.A.T forms the core of our Functional Jeet Kune Do training here at The FightLab Combat Arts.

What is so special about the Rapid Assault Tactics (RAT)? Created to be simple and effective in the most difficult situations. RAT is contemporary Jeet Kune Do and focuses on making a few skills work in all situations and not having to learn a 1000 moves.

Rapid Assault Tactics at The FightLab is taught by Level 1 R.A.T Instructor Mark Rawson.

What is R.A.T?

Learn more about Paul Vunak & R.A.T here...

What is Jeet Kune Do Concepts

Jeet Kune Do translates as 'Way of the Intercepting Fist (or Foot)'. Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do Concepts is not a formalised style. Rather, it is a philosophical framework that is meant to be applied by the individual to gain martial self-expression under the core principles of Jeet Kune Do. It is under this concept that JKD Concepts was never meant to be a static art but rather an ongoing personal evolution. Much like modern MMA, JKD encourages practitioners to "absorb what is useful" from all sources. At The FightLab we are dedicated to carrying on the teaching of Grandmaster Bruce Lee.

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“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own”
Bruce Lee

Our Lineage

The core concepts of Jeet Kune Do are:

  1. Having no limitations
  2. Freedom of expression
  3. Simplicity & Directness
  4. Economy of motion
  5. Non-Classical Movement
  6. Non-telegraphic motion
  7. Understanding rhythm
  8. Interception
  9. The four ranges
  10. Five ways of attack
  11. Centreline theory
  12. Combat realism
  13. Conditioning

Reality focused training

Paul Vunak continues this process of growth with what he calls Contemporary Jeet Kune Do. A military based, battle proven approach to fighting that encompasses the full spectrum of what one would consider self defence. ​

A unique blend of striking arts like Thai Boxing and grappling arts like Brazilian Jiu-jitsu into the JKD formula. We have also adopted Filipino Kali for weapons, Kina Mutai (the Filipino art of biting and eye gouging) and other methods into our mixed martial arts.

“Using no way as a way, having no limitation as limitation”

Bruce Lee

R.A.T founder Sifu Paul Vunak

Who can benefit?

Everyone! The ability to improve your situation when you find yourself in a bad one is not just for people of a certain age, gender or fitness level. Because anyone can be targeted by an attacker, everyone deserves the ability to improve their defences. Prior experience isn’t necessary to learn real life self defence.

A lot of people will not take a self defence course because they think it’s too hard or they don’t have enough experience. R.A.T. was created for the widest range of students. The following is a brief list of occupations, ages and experiences of some of our R.A.T. graduates:

A small sample of occupations, ages & experiences of students:

  • Stay-at-home Mums
  • Teenagers
  • Law Enforcement
  • Self-employed
  • College Students
  • Corrections Officers
  • Teachers
  • Martial Artists & Instructors
  • Kids
  • Business Owners
  • Nurses
  • Doctors

If they can do it… so can you!

Why FightLab Rapid Assault Tactics & Functional Jeet Kune Do?

  1. Reality, Pure & Simple

    FBI studies show that martial artists lose street fights 70% of the time. In R.A.T we will prepare you for real violence and teach you to be a winner. You will be the “un-martial artist”.

  2. The First 2 Seconds Before the Fight Happens

    If you don’t know what that means then you will lose, and losing on the street can mean anything. We will teach you to see the sucker punch or ambush attack before it happens.

  3. Knives Kill People!

    If you are learning some fancy mystical magical knife disarms and think that will work then I hope you have your organ donor form filled out already. We will teach you what to do instead. Remember, winning means your family and friends get to continue enjoying your presence on this planet.

  4. Our Stuff Works!

    No mystical martial arts voodoo here, real tactics win real violence. Not to mention our stuff is battle-tested by US Navy SEALs, Marine Corps, SWAT, CIA, FBI, and more. Our foundational system is Rapid Assault Tactics created by martial arts legend Paul Vunak for the US Navy’s SEAL Team Six.