my instructor is certified in wing chun, escrima/kali, and jeet kune do. so, i'm going to get a good mix of all three. me and my two best friends are doing this together. bruce teaches small classes like this, or private instruction. went and saw him today, and watched him doing some demonstration on a student. insanely fast. and all that inch-punching stuff? you can't describe the way it feels. one thing he did was take his student, have him hold two phone books stacked on top of each other against his chest, then put my friend's chest to the student's back, then my chest to my friend's back. he hit the phonebooks with a one-inch punch, and i felt it knock the wind out of me, and i moved back a couple steps. it's weird, because when hit in the center of the chest with it, you don't feel it on the skin, you feel it inside. he also showed us the way he teaches kicks. they're not normal kicks in the way that you think of a roundhouse coming from the side and all that. ALL of his kicks come from the same place. he was standing in front of me, and any kick he did looked like it was the same kick, until it got to where it was going, which could be anywhere. and his kicks aren't often over the belt. being hit in the side of the leg, he aims for certain points, where, if he'd kicked hard, he'd have broken my leg. he left a sore spot, and barely kicked. he hit points that he knows have the right effect. also, something else cool he did was he had the student in a finger lock. while like that, bruce would say "watch his left leg" (his student was on his knees). bruce would move the guy's finger just a little, and that leg would start moving. "watch his right leg". a different movement to the finger, the right leg moves. "now watch his left foot" and his left foot clenched up. bruce's style is so fucking fluid and adaptive, which is what i'm looking for. it's practical, which also what i'm looking for. basically, i wanted something that would bridge the gap between nothing and firearms. this is it. he is a firm believer in "you fight how you train", so he doesn't do much in the way of "techniques". he gives you a skill set, and makes you adapt it yourself through different random "playing" drills. it's like in guitar, where you know scales, but you're able to adapt them to a song and improvise as you go, instead of being stuck in a rigid pattern. this is exactly what i wanted. originally, i wanted more groundwork, more grappling, and more brutality, but i realize now that that's exactly what this is. there are many depths at which you fight, many distances. 10 feet can be closed fast, and 5 ft. then there's close-in fighting, and on the ground. he teaches you do work in all areas using the same skills, but adapting them to flow. it's not about sitting there choking your opponent out, it's about using the appropriate force, from simple little things that only hurt for a short time, to breaking bones quickly so you can move on to the next threat. and the part MORE related to this forum: he helped write the army's fighting manual, specifically, the bayonet fighting and sentry elimination manuals. we're thinking about bringing an AR and a bayonet up there once we get to know him, and making him teach us that stuff. even though we explained that we're proficient in firearms, i don't think he caught on that my friend carries, and that we're big into firearms like that. this should be fun, though.