Francis Fighting Fundamentals
“Art Before Athleticism”
The Francis Fighting Fundamentals (FFF) have been developed for all karateka at all levels, from beginner/club level to Karate athlete/International Competitor. They are based on decades of competing, coaching and assessing world class athletes with emphasis on determining a British template to our fighting. Conversations with athletes. coaches and senior instructors has helped devise the FFF and provides a foundation for progressing, and measuring those “Golden years” of GB/England global success through the 70’s to the early 2000’s. This was the time when England/Great Britain were considered one of the best if not the best fighting nation in the world.
“When I attack. I score. When my opponent attacks, I score”.
Dr Wayne Otto OBE
The FFF incorporates proven key skills that are aligned with modern scoring principles and sports science but builds a British identity to our style of fighting. The FFF reflects the essence of the English fighting spirit reflected by the likes of Wayne Otto OBE, Jordan Thomas, Juliette Toney and Natalie Williams. Most importantly it places emphasis on “Art before Athleticism” prioritising the individuals ability to “fight first” and to score points as an option.
Fighting fundamentals: Bronze – A template of techniques and combinations for developing and reinforcing the basics of British competition karate.
Fighting fundamentals: Silver – Consolidating the Bronze level and adding more advanced kicking and punching techniques, combinations, sweeps and block/counter.
Fighting fundamentals: Gold – Consolidating the Bronze/Silver levels and adding take-downs and more advanced kicking and punching techniques, combinations, sweeps and block/counter.
Sparring and Competition will be built in at all levels alongside padwork, scenarios and strategies to bring to life the reality of the fighting model.
“Give me a person who can fight and I can teach them how to score points. Give me a person who can score points, I cannot necessarily teach them to how fight.”
Sensei Greg Francis 6th Dan