Keysi Fighting Method: The Essential Guide

Welcome to the complete guide to The Keysi Fighting Method.  In this article, we will tell you about art, we will tell you all you need to know about Keysi, what it is and how people are training now in this art.


KFM: In The Beginning

The Keysi Fighting Method was founded by two people. Justo  Diéguez and  Andy Norman. It was a style that was developed based on the experiences of Justo growing up and working in the Spanish mines and Andy Norman's rich experience in the martial arts and violence in the streets of Britain. 

The style soon became popular through its exposure in martial arts magazines as it attracted attention due to the use of the unique head cover called the Pensador and its street orientated approach.

The Techniques Of Keysi

Keysi is a street system so it has a focus on dealing with multiple attack situations.

The common images of Keysi see many of the users with their hands over the head in a high guard position which  they call the Pensador or 'Thinking Man'.

In addition to this technique and many other KFM was one of  the first arts to take its training outdoors and into night clubs so students could understand more about the reality of self defence.

As the years progressed KFM also started to include other sporting elements such as MMA to its repertoire which can be seen below. 

Keysi In The Movies

The big break for Keysi came when Andy Norman was asked by his good friend Buster Reeves to audition for a film. Andy had no idea it would be for Batman Begins but he took a small team to the audition and it was a short time after that they go the job.

After Batman Andy and Justo got to work on some amazing films and we saw the Keysi system in numerous blockbusters including Mission Impossible 3 where the iconic final fight scene showed the moves of Keysi mixed in with the film story (Tom Cruise' character had a bomb in his head which was going to go off)

As the style of KFM grew even further its popularity increased due to the exposure in the various blockbusters and Andy Norman moved himself and his family over to Spain to work on developing a global headquarters and instructor program.

Check out the interview below to learn all about how Keysi got into Batman.

The Final Days Of The Keysi Fighting Method

As with any business, growth can cause people to have differences of opinion and creative differences and Andy Norman made the decision to leave Keysi Fighting method and to create his own business called Defence Lab and Justo created his own version of Keysi called 'Keysi By Justo' .

However just as the split was happening Andy Norman got called to work on the Tom Cruise film 'Jack Reacher' where Andy worked on the film on his own so he was able to add some of his Defence Lab techniques into the scenes, check it out below:

Keysi By Justo Diéguez

After Andy and Justo went  separate ways Justo took keysi back to its roots  and renamed it Keysi by Justo. 

Please find a range of videos below that show the art in action:

Defence Lab

Andy Norman left Keysi completely behind and completely rebranded his knowledge into what we now know is Defence Lab. 

DL is a fast and furious martial arts and self defence system that has franchises located across the world. Although early similarities with Keysi were made, Andy has now evolved the system into something completely different. 

Defence Lab has become a global leader in self defence and continues to evolve both its techniques and business structures.


So there you have it.

Our mini guide to the art of Keysi Fighting Method.  You have seen the history, the techniques and also the current state of the systems.

Without doubt, interest in Keysi and Defence Lab is strong as they are both pioneering brands in the self defence industry. 

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