Welcome

Welcome to the International South African Institute of Unarmed Combat

Experts in Self Defence, Law Enforcement Training, Hand-to-Hand Combat and the home of South African Atemi-Jujitsu

Official representatives of Soke Ben Mängels in Africa

The Grappler

The Grappler

It is strange how many requests I receive from other martial artists to train them in the art of grappling…

The Glistening Blade

The Glistening Blade

How many times have you not seen or heard of someone being attacked and the choice of weapon was a knife?

Jujitsu or Jujutsu?

Jujitsu or Jujutsu?

When it comes to deciding whether to use jujitsu or jujutsu in writing on the topic there is always the toss up between what is correct and what is popular.

The History of Jujutsu

The History of Jujutsu

The roots of Jujutsu can be traced back to the earliest historical records of Japan, the Kojiki (Record of Ancient Matters) and the Nihon Shoki (Chronicles of Japan – 8th century)…

Reality Based Training

Reality Based Training

Many law enforcement officers or security personnel often encounter suspects with knives and don’t really know how to deal with it.

Marine Corp Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) in Focus

The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program was developed by the US Marine Corps to combine existing and new hand-to-hand and Close Quarters Combat (CQC) techniques with morale and team-building functions and instruction.

Krav Maga In Focus

There are many, many close quarters combat videos on the internet and most are not worth watching. The closest I have seen to what I was taught was one documentary on the French Legion. Following that one video, the system that consistently comes closest to what we do is Krav Maga, the Israeli military hand-to-hand combat system. Krav Maga was developed in Hungary and Czechoslovakia in the 1930s by Imi Lichtenfeld…

The Best Fighting System

The Best Fighting System

I am often asked by students, friends and family which martial arts form do I regard as being the best. Is it FMA, BJJ, traditional karate, MMA, judo, boxing, kick boxing, muay thai, etc…

Knife Defence Workshop

It was great to have Sensei Clinton visit our dojo in Somerset West and share some of his thoughts on knife defences. As an ex-police officer he has had first hand opportunity to see what works and what doesn’t. One of the most important lessons was how an attacker from region or culture attacks very differently than an attacker from another culture, and how knife attacks (shanking) in the prisons cannot be translated as a template for what happens in the street.