About Us

The staff at Phoenix Martial Arts Massachusetts is professional and qualified to help you begin your new martial arts journey towards self-improvement.  Our staff will work with you to fulfill your individual goals and training needs.  Phoenix Martial Arts Masschusetts is fairly certain that we offer a martial arts program to meet everyone's needs and interests.  Our group classes are structured, organized, and fun!  You will get stronger, faster, and smarter when you train with us.  Below are brief descriptions of the martial arts styles that we offer.  

Jeet Kune Do (JKD)

JEET KUNE DO aka JKD is a compilation of training methods, attitudes, philosophies, combat techniques and concepts conceived, researched and compiled by the late BRUCE LEE (LEE JUN FAN) until 1973. It was from this that JEET KUNE DO eventually evolved. The base of BRUCE LEE'S JUN FAN METHOD was the Chinese Gung Fu system of Wing Chun which was developed by a female nun about 400 years ago and is considered to be one of the most sophisticated fighting methods to originate in China. LEE's own personal martial arts evolved into what we know today as JEET KUNE DO after researching and incorporating kicking methods from northern and southern Gung Fu systems, Hand Trapping Methods from Wing Chun Kung Fu, Western Boxing, and footwork from Fencing. Wing Chun, Western Boxing, and Fencing made up the basis of Bruce Lee's JKD. However, Bruce also researched techniques and training methods from French Savate, Thai Boxing, Judo, and a host of other martial arts. His personal library consisted of over 3,000 books. It is is important to note that Lee did not just combine a bunch of systems. He did not take little pieces of many systems to form Jeet Kune Do. Lee preferred to keep his art as simple as possible, using only what he felt would work for him. He was not concerned with adding on; rather subtracting extraneous techniques was more important. JKD is a system that is put together scientifically and logically, making it much more than merely a combination of many different martial arts styles. Bruce Lee's method is the base from which we work towards totality in personal combat. Bruce Lee always felt that martial arts should be one's own unique personal expression, so while we give you the base and root structure, no two students' "personal martial arts" will be the same. The JKD taught in the Magda Institute Association, and at Phoenix Martial Arts, comes from Sifu Cass Magda's extensive training hours with Guro Dan Inosanto, and also with Sifu Ted Wong, Sifu Tim Tackett, Larry Hartsell, Richard Bustillo, and Ted Lucay Lucay to name a few. Jeet Kune Do is meant to be progressive and adaptive to the environment, as well as the times. Martial Arts today is a lot different than it was when Bruce Lee formed JKD in the 60's and 70's. That is why the Jeet Kune Do taught in the Magda Institute and at Phoenix Martial Arts is progressive and adaptive to the times, while still staying true to its major principles.

Pentjak Silat

Known as PENTJAK SILAT in Indonesia and BERSILAT in Malaysia, the difference between these two arts are subtle. There are over 250 styles commonly practiced in and throughout Indonesia and Malaysia. Both arts involve various complex and intricate empty hand and foot maneuvers, clever and unique multiple joint locking, sweeping and throwing manipulations, and ground fighting. These arts form an important portion of the intermediate and advanced levels taught at Phoenix Martial Arts and in the Magda Institute Association.  The style of silat taught at Phoenix Martial Arts Massachusetts is Buka Jalan, which is the silat system of Cass Magda, director of the Magda Institute Association.  Buka, which means "opening or to open" and Jalan, which means "road or path", thus translating to "open road" is developed from Guro Cass Magda's comprehensive research in multiple silat styles.  Buka Jalan relies on essential principles to execute its brutally effective self-defense techniques.  Buka Jalan Pentjak Silat is a complete system of silat training, incorporating the striking and takedown aspects of the Javanese islands, while also utilizing unique and exotic grappling methods of the Sumatran islands.  Buka Jalan Pentjak Silat is a self-defense system first and foremost and is one of the most unique martial arts styles in the world.  Phoenix Martial Arts Massachusetts is only one of a handful of locations in the United States that is certified by Guro Cass Magda and Greg Pichardo to teach Buka Jalan Pentjak Silat. 

Filipino Kali

The art of the Philippines is as diverse as the islands themselves, encompassing over 7,000 of them within the archipelago with over 87 major languages spoken. The names vary widely (KALI-ESCRIMA-ARNIS-SILAT-KUNTAO-ESTOQUE-KALIRADMAN-PAGKALIKALI). As a general term, we use "KALI" representing the ancient art existing before the arrival of the Chinese in the T'ang Dynasty in the 9th century. The art was outlawed in the 16th century by the King of Spain out of fear that the art would be used against the Spanish regime occupying the Philippines at that time. Its efficiency in combat cost Magellan, the explorer, his life. Encompassing an entire spectrum of weaponry and also featuring sophisticated empty hand concepts, this highly efficient, deadly and combat-proven art enabled the southern Philippines to remain unconquered for almost 400 years. The weaponry and empty hand are taught together; the principles being common to both and interchangeable. Regardless of whether armed or unarmed, the student learns to relate to any situation using the same concepts of body angling, positioning, zoning, and flowing with the opponent. Depending upon speed, footwork and skill rather than brute strength, this fluid, practical method of self-defense is one of the most comprehensive martial arts systems known.

Muay Thai Kickboxing

Called the science of the eight limbs (hands, elbows, feet, knees), Muay Thai is considered to be one of the most devastating martial arts in the world today. Muay Thai kickboxing utilizes very powerful and sharp elbows and knees delivered at many angles, lightening fast kicks, hands from Western Boxing, efficient and practical takedowns and clinch wrestling into a very complete and effective Martial Art System. Practiced originally as military training and now as an exciting sport (it is the national sport of Thailand). Many Mixed Martial Arts fighters train in, or at least incorporate some of the many fighting elements of Muay Thai into their training regimen. The training methods are so rigorous and so demanding that the Dallas Cowboys have incorporated some of them into their regular training program. The specialty of this art is its powerful long range kicks, and also its highly effective in-close fighiting techniques from the clinch. While studying this art the students at Phoenix Martial Arts Massachusetts will learn how to fight in the clinch, defend against and use knees and elbows, and how to maxamize their kicking power.

 

Grappling

Since 2006 Sifu Dustin has been extensively training in various different grappling arts, such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Professor Carlos Terrinha of Gracie Barra New  England and Karl Gotch Submission Wrestling (Shootfighting) under Guro Guy Chase.  While these arts make up a small portion of the training at Phoenix Martial Arts Massachusetts, it is being introduced to students from a self-defense standpoint.  We do not want to fight from the ground in a self-defense situation, but we have to be aware and able to escape and grapple out of situations if we happen to end up on the ground.  Aside from the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Shoot Fighting, the Indonesian and Filipino Martial Arts have various grappling methods within their system that are also introduced to the student, such as Indonesian Harimau and Filipino Dumog.  The grappling arts taught at Phoenix Martial Arts Massachusetts are taught using the "JKD" functional eye.  For students who want to delve deeper into grappling and submission wrestling, they may want to check out the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Program as well headed by Professor Carlos Terrinha (3rd degree blackbelt) of Gracie Barra New England within the academy.  Click Here