and to the point"
Jay Dobrin is both the Chief Instructor and the founder
of British International Fighters Federation (B.I.F.F.)
Club Visits & Seminars
B.I.F.F. is a representative of the BCKEAI
Contact B.I.F.F. Headquaters for more information.
On B.I.F.F. we teach two major fighting systems: Escrima
and Chinese boxing.
Most people seem to think of Escrima as "stick fighting",
that is like only seeing the tip of the iceberg & then realising
later that there is much more below it. The B.I.F.F. Escrima system
will teach through all the ranges of sticks, long and short, single
and double, left and right handed.
The use of all bladed weapons-machetes, axes, knives- is part
of our training. All bladed weapons are taught "live"
- with sharp weapons.
Jay Dobrin explains:
" We teach with nothing but live weapons because this is
the way that It was originally taught, and I feel that it is correct
to continue to teach the system in this way for the maximum benefit
of the student.
As with most martial arts, you need to get as close as possible
to a real situation to become accustomed to our bodies natural
responses, nerves, shaking, adrenalin, all of these things can
be worked if you know this is the way you are going to react.
Working with real knives makes your approach to situations realistic.
There are many things you may do against a dummy blade you certainly
wouldn’t do when confronted with a real one!”
Chinese boxing is an evolution of Jay’s original Wing Chun
background and unarmed Escrima.
Sticky hands is taught in Chinese boxing, this is a "must",
for learning "Feel and technique" in close quarter unarmed
situations, both with knives and unarmed.
From Kadena-de-Mano, the unarmed side of Escrima, working against
knives and sticks is important. This helps the student get used
to the "feel and fear" of live blades and as close to
a real situation as possible.
Different fight situations are also trained - multiple opponents,
different distances, the use of elbows & knees unarmed against
different types of weapons.
Basic fitness and fighting skills are trained heavily with focus
on free fighting and sparring.