- Striking-based system of mixed martial arts
- Rooted in “Progressive” Wing Chun
- Mixed with Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu
- Guided by Jeet Kune Do philosophy
- “On the streets, in the cage, a way of life.”
Progressive Wing Chun
The Wing Chun that Sijo Kerr teaches, the root of our system, is quite unique. The majority of our techniques are derived from a lesser-known lineage, the Yuen Kay San/Sum Nung branch of Wing Chun Kuen. Though not as popular as the Hong Kong branch founded by Ip Man, the Yuen Kay San branch (also known as Guangzhou Wing Chun) is older and arguably superior to its Hong Kong cousins. Indeed, it was Yuen Kay San who first taught Chi Sao (sticking hands) to Ip Man; it was Yuen Kay San, not Ip Man, who was the legendary Death Duel Champion of Foshau during the 1920′s – 1950′s. Yuen Kay San passed on his knowledge to Sum Nung (Lung), his only disciple, who named the style Yuan Kay San Wing Chun Kuen in his Sifu’s honor. Tom Wong, David Kerr’s Sifu, was appointed by Sum Nung as the main representative of YKS Wing Chun in the United States
Sigung Wong was always more interested in the practical fighting applications of Wing Chun that were his contemporaries. It was this “Real Deal” Wing Chun that Tom Wong taught to a talented young David Kerr, one of his top students. Dave would eventually become an instructor for Tom, and without a doubt the best fighter he ever trained. Sijo Kerr took what he learned and developed it further, stripping away the extraneous movements, retaining only the techniques and training methods proven to be effective in actual combat. There are no forms in our system, yet we are very concerned with proper “form”. There is no wooden dummy in our studio; we train with real partners. “Sticking hands”, the “Soul of Wing Chun” is not a major focus in our system until intermediate level is reached.
In addition to Wing Chun, Sijo Kerr has also trained in several ever striking styles. He has studied the “sweet science” of boxing for many years and has cross-trained with other Wing Chun and JKD experts. It is the blending of the linear striking and solid defense of Wing Chun with the hooks, footwork, and head movement of boxing that makes our style of Wing Chun truly “Progressive”
Kerr Kickboxing Method
As our system is Wing Chun-based, the majority of our striking involves our hands. However, as the student improves, he or she will be introduced to a few basic kicks for self-defense, all below the waist. Quick, powerful low kicks are a trademark of Wing Chun, but also a limitation.
Once the student reaches the “Fighter” level, he or she gets ready to enter the cage, or at least train as though he or she will. At this point, the student is shown the Kerr Kickboxing Method. Since half of our cage opponents are kickboxers, it is important to learn how to defend against our rivals. The Fighter learns to occasionally kick above the waist, and to use kicks in combinations, throwing them as we throw punches: quick, non-telegraphic, always ready to strike again
The Kerr Kickboxing Method is mainly derived from Muay Thai, “the Art of 8 Limbs”. As such, we also learn plenty of powerful elbows and knees. In addition to Muay Thai, Sijo Kerr has studied Chinese kickboxing and Shotokan Karate, and several of our instructors have cross-trained in Tae Kwon Do. Kerr Kickboxing Method is a blend of these; we use what works, we make it tighter, and do away with the rest. This is not formal Muay Thai; it’s Progressive Kickboxing.
Kerr Ryu Jiu-Jitsu
The ground fighting taught at KERR MMA is a perfect blend of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Small Circle Japanese Jiu Jitsu, Chinese DeSui, Sambo, freestyle wrestling, ground and pound cage fighting, wing chun anti grappling and good old street fighting blended together by Sifu David Kerr and taught with the aspect of real life altercations, the violence of fast hands and devastating strikes with the finer aspects of joint manipulations, chokes, cranks, nerve destructions with elbows, forearms, strikes and knees taught with an experts directions in the guard, lower guard, full guard, half guard, top mount, full mount, half mount, side mount along with anti grappling sprawls which include Wing Chun double arm anti grappling techniques, open and closed hand strikes, forearms and elbows with half sprawls, side sprawls, quarter sprawls and the use of leverage techniques only found in the blending of all the great ground fighting arts taught in a simple, concise manner. Easy to learn and taught in a uinique fashion only found through Sifu David Kerr at KERR MMA.