overcoming violence by building urban warriors."
What is an “urban
warrior”? An urban warrior is an
individual who lives among other individuals in modern society. This person has been empowered with the
physical and psychological tools to address the complicated spectrum of
violence in their life and in society.
He or she protects himself and others.
"Fight with our
hearts; train with our minds."
We seek to fight
intuitively, and to correctly inform our action with the best available
information in training. We think and
train appropriately, so when the time comes and we are unable to think clearly,
we act resolutely.
The importance of action with
intent to injure is
unparalleled. To empower oneself in the moment of combat,
one must engage with an aggressive mindset. Aggression is the ignition switch that starts the engine.
Combative responses must be easy to remember, and easy to
perform. Simplicity is essential. Action must be made as easy as possible to take when in
an emotional and psychological state that
occurs during the most violent ambush.
Action must be principle-based. Variables in combat
change all the time. No two encounters are the
same. No prescribed set of techniques will be
guaranteed effective, so one must be able to base
their action on sound principles (eg. face the
threat, close the distance, cause specific
trauma, ARCADE, etc.)
Because no combat situation is
the same as another, and an
attacker's response to the stimuli you provide can
be unpredictable, one must be able to create
spontaneous combative solutions to enable their survival. Learning to improvise combatively will increase one's
Principles that guide combative
action must be based on solid
empirical evidence and sound logical
information. That way, through proper training, one's
response becomes automatic. Evidence is
drawn from a variety of relevant fields, including: martial arts history,
evolutionary psychology, endocrinology, group dynamics, social intelligence and
behavioural psychology, neuro-linguistic programming, trauma & recovery, ethics,
criminal law, and the best field source of information - personal experience.
In a fight, every moment counts. Fractions of a second
can be the difference between life and
death. Movements and techniques must be as efficient as
possible to increase the chance of success.
THE HFM LOGO
The HFM logo represents
several ideas. The punching man represents
the HFM practitioner, in other words - you.
The lion represents
courage, ferocity, and dominance. The ability to overcome any obstacle. The male lion's
responsibility in his pride is protection. The lion also represents the power that resides in the
unconscious mind (the Jungian shadow); waiting to be
The banner that bears
the letters HFM is simply there to highlight those
letters. Hybrid Fighting Method itself used to
represent the idea of many systems coming together
to form one system. Krav Maga, Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, etc.
But as the founder
trained with more and more people and gathered
information from a variety of other systems and
eclectic sources, the name didn't fit that meaning
The name now represents
the hybridization of the combative system and the
individual practitioner. As each person is
different (in physiology, ethics, strengths and
limitations), the way HFM is executed will vary from
individual to individual. There are universal
concepts and movements, but there will still be some
The triquetra has
several meanings. To begin, it is historically an Irish
Gaelic symbol of protection. It also represents the coming together of striking
arts, grappling arts, and urban weapons. It also represents one of the core concepts of HFM, the
Trinity Concept. This is because the technique is
triangular in structure, and is used primarily to
defend against attacks toward the head from 3
The Trinity Concept can
be applied to defense and offense in a multitude
of combative contexts. It is the HFM
As the Hybrid Fighting
Method evolves, so do the concepts that the logo
represents. Most recently, as HFM gains a larger
instructor base, the triquetra has begun to
represent the multitude of people and ideas that
make up the HFM family and the cohesion of their
Perhaps it is influenced
by the founder's Canadian upbringing where
diversity is celebrated. It is the plethora of
differences between individuals in the HFM community that
brings the system such strength - making the
Hybrid Fighting Method the most cherished
self-protection system in the world for those that regularly
train in it.
The overall shape of the
logo is also triangular from the outermost
points of the man, the lion, and the triquetra.