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6/08/2007 3:02pm,
Put Up a Fight -- Without a Fight

By Sean Kelly
Special to The Washington Post
Friday, June 8, 2007; Page WE49

An innovative style of exercise fighting has made its way from movie screens to Columbia. "Combattitude," a combination of fighting arts and movement, was designed by Washington native Chuck Jeffreys, a professional stuntman, actor, Hollywood fight choreographer and martial artist with 40 years' experience in several styles of fighting.

Imagine one-on-one fighting without contact but with impact, striking a target provided by your training partner, who in turn counters with punches or kicks.

Combattitude provides a cardio workout with the feel of sparring without causing injury. By practicing reflexive strikes and presenting targets with Fisticue boxing gloves, which present a bright red bull's-eye when opened, one can develop and improve self-defense skills.

Jeffreys, 48, who travels to the West Coast for film work several times a year from his home in Ellicott City, developed the Combattitude concept in 1996 while teaching martial arts and choreographing fight scenes with such movie stars as Wesley Snipes, Jessica Biel, Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe and Ryan Reynolds. Jeffreys recognized the appeal of one-on-one combat that doesn't risk a black eye or bloody lip.

"We fill a niche between traditional contact martial arts and non-impact cardio fighting exercise," says Jeffreys, whose regimen is offered at Combattitude Fighting Fitness Academy (CFFA) in Columbia, which he opened for classes this spring.

"Even though we use martial arts as a base to build on what we are doing, I don't really consider CFFA a martial arts school in the traditional sense," Jeffreys says. "We start out slow to warm up, but fighting one-on-one is our main focus, and our emphasis is on the technique and fun."

There are three skill levels of classes: bronze, silver and gold. Combattitude incorporates trapping techniques, which involve deflecting an opponent's blows and counterattacking, as well as such weapon techniques as Filipino knife fighting and the Eastern arts of stick and long- and short-staff fighting.

"We get all types of Combattitude students with varying degrees of experience," Jeffreys said. "Some are beginners, throwing a punch for the first time, and some are more skilled martial artists with advance certifications who want one-on-one training to stay healthy and sharp."

Law student Michael Jackson, 25, of Washington, a student and associate instructor at the academy who has a third-degree black belt in taekwondo, practices Combattitude regularly with academy instructor Chuck Farrall.

"I like the individual freedom of expression," Jackson says. "Combattitude allows you to adapt your movement and techniques in ways that are best suited for you."

The academy offers classes for adults and youths, and participants are expected to train with each other regardless of experience and age. Jeffreys and his staff also structure workouts according to each person's ability, implementing a combination of drills and fighting techniques and using single or multiple body opponent bags.

Students can improve their reflexes and peripheral vision inside the Makoto, a triangular arena with three six-foot steel beams wired for sound and light. Students respond to an audio prompt with their hands, feet, sticks or staff to strike a lighted area within a certain amount of time. The speed of the prompts is set according to the student's skill level.

Jeffreys's academy also has video equipment with which to film and study fighting techniques. Jeffreys says he hopes to eventually use the academy to train actors for onscreen fighting.

TeAntae Turner, 37, of Columbia threw the first punch of her life at the academy recently. She then learned a jab, a cross and a hook and how to provide her opponent with the Fisticue target. Footwork followed.

"I was intimidated when I first walked in," Turner says. "But I was surprised at how much fun it is. You can kind of play, and everyone you work with is encouraging.


The video...
"This innovative style of exercise fighting provides a cardio workout with the feel of sparring without causing injury."
So it looks to me like instead of pad-work, they were just hitting each other's gloves lightly.

6/08/2007 3:06pm,
combattitude? *eyeroll*

6/08/2007 3:13pm,
At least they're honest about what this will and won't do for you.

6/08/2007 4:02pm,
Wow, that's stupid.

It is Fake
6/08/2007 4:04pm,
At least they're honest about what this will and won't do for you.
AH yes but we all know what it does in the long run.

Joe Doggs
6/09/2007 5:25pm,
Billy Banks better watch his back. Looks like the new Tae-Boe, but with a partner

Kid Miracleman
6/10/2007 12:18am,

<commences eye-rolling>

Teh El Macho
6/10/2007 12:49am,
Yesterday I saw a TV commercial for a new aerobics video... where you do quote-and-quote aerobics while sitting in your chair. I thought I've seen the greatest oxymoron ever.

Now that I've heard about combattitude I realize I was wrong. This one takes the title.

6/10/2007 1:11am,
I think aerobics in your armchair is the winner......er, loser.

Look at this link too:

The Columbia Cosplay Meetup Group

LOOKING for interest:
CosKumiteTM, A fun monthly cosplay combat gathering in Columbia, Maryland.

Spice up your Cosplay Skits with fun and exciting action! Come and learn basic hand-to-hand mock fighting and creative ways to use those amazing Weapons of Anime.

No experience required to join in the FUN!

Starting with a 2 hour, once a month session, but if the interest grows we'll add more.
Date/Time to be determined based on interest.

To be held at:
The Combattitude Fighting Fitness Academy
7100 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, Maryland 21046

ALSO: Looking for folks interested in Light Saber Combat, and Kaiju Fans interested in a mini MD KaijuCon featuring Kaiju movie screenings, Kaiju toys, Kaiju video game tournaments, Kaiju models, Kaiju talk, etc.)

Sessions run by Chuck Jeffreys, Professional Stuntman/Fight Choreographer & Kaiju/Anime Fan (imdb.com/name/nm042 0333/)

If interested in participating drop by, call, or email us at:
[email protected] de.com

For more info about Chuck, and the CFFA visit: combattitude.com

COMBATTITUDE, Fighting Fitness Academy
It's something different. Come and play!


You can go to a costume party AND get that workout with friends!!!

6/10/2007 1:32am,
Man I can really kick ass in a mock fight!

6/10/2007 11:25am,
all you damned eyerollers have bad combattitudes.

6/10/2007 2:50pm,
Kicks and punches
+ mitts
+ snazzy name

= a steady income

6/10/2007 2:59pm,
So they take only a portion of martial arts training, give it a fancy name and market it. Hmm. Maybe I'll do this with thai-pad drills and call it CombatPadics.

6/10/2007 3:03pm,
Yesterday I saw a TV commercial for a new aerobics video... where you do quote-and-quote aerobics while sitting in your chair. I thought I've seen the greatest oxymoron ever.
It's quote-unquote.

6/10/2007 3:15pm,
I'm not sure that what they're actually doing is bad, provided they are as clear as they seem to be on what it's useful for, but the fact that they call it "combattitude" is an atrocity against human dignity.

Seriously, somebody needs a crowbar to the junk just for thinking of that one.

6/10/2007 3:21pm,
It's not necessarily bad, it's just not anything new, except for the name. Damn, I'm bored.