History of Fort Worth Combatives
Central Texas Combatives Training Group
CTCTG was officially formed in 2009 when two Fort Hood soldiers, both "training junkies", met over a cup of coffee. Beyond their military training, both had spent substantial time and money traveling all over the country seeking the best additional training possible. Both wanted to hone the skills they had learned at seminars through routine training at home. The essential tasks of CTCTG were forged at that point:
- Bring the highest quality training possible to Central Texas (so we don't have to travel)
- Build a local group of highly skilled training partners.
Once we had identified what we needed to do, we set out to make it happen. "If you build it, they will come" was the operating model for our first events. We proceeded to announce gatherings on various discussion boards and were truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of response. You may have noticed that nowhere in the CTCTG goals is "quit our day jobs" or "make a living as instructors". Because the two founding CTCTG members are both career soldiers, the idea of charging for life-saving training is hard to swallow. And really, when training becomes about money trainers make bad compromises. We are proud to say both the founders and core CTCTG members are united in providing training without compromises.
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American Ninjutsu's roots go back to Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu. Mr. Robert Bussey pioneered Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu in 1979, being one of the first two men to bring the art to the United States from Japan.
Under the tutelage of Shihan Toshiro Nagato, Mr. Robert Bussey received his instructor license from Soke Masaaki Hatsumi, 34th successor to the Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu tradition.
Upon his return, Robert Bussey was an American pioneer of Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu and taught Togakure Ryu directly under Soke Masaaki Hatsumi. In the United States, Mr Bussey taught and awarded Dan (Black-belt) rankings in Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu under the endorsement of Soke Masaaki Hatsumi for nearly a decade.
During this time, Robert Bussey focused his Ninjutsu training on the practical and realistic, while downplaying the antiquated and esoteric aspects of Ninjutsu. Mr. Bussey's modernized Togakure-Ryu Ninjutsu was taught at training branches around the world.
Robert Bussey disassociated himself from traditional Bujinkan Ninjutsu in 1988 and started Robert Bussey's Warrior International (RBWI).
Robert Bussey left traditional Bujinkan Ninjutsu for two reasons:
- Because of its foundation in eastern religious beliefs, rather than Christianity.
- Some of the traditional movements were impractical for a reality based martial art
In June of 1997, Robert Bussey retired and disbanded his organization. Robert Bussey is currently teaching modern combative skills as a consultant to corporations, military personnel and police tactical units. As well Mr. Bussey teaches seminars and clinics with various groups through out the United States.
In July of 1997, American Ninjutsu began being taught under the Personal Protection Concepts (PPC) organization. This new organization was founded by former RBWI sanctioned instructors who wanted to keep their ties with each other current, continue teaching practical self defense martial arts within biblical values, and continue to grow and pass on their knowledge.
Personal Protection Concepts is managed by a Board of Instructors who are currently leading multiple schools across Texas, North Carolina and Oklahoma.
Personal Protection Concepts / American Ninjutsu
In July of 1997 a new organization was founded by former RBWI instructors who wanted to maintain their ties with each other, continue teaching practical self defense martial arts within biblical values, and continue to grow and pass along their knowledge. These instructors named their organization Personal Protection Concepts and their system American Ninjutsu.
Since 1997 PPC has grown beyond American Ninjutsu. Instructors with backgrounds in other arts and fighting systems have brought a wealth of new techniques and training to the organization. Once screened for "fatal tendencies" and tested in the crucible of force-on-force combat, new material has been integrated into the curriculum.
Today PPC is an alliance of members who work together towards helping each other achieve competence in all aspects of personal defense and survival.
The Russian style of martial art dates back to the 10th century.
Throughout the history of this huge country, Russia had to repel invaders from the north, south, east, and west. All attackers brought their distinct styles of combat and weaponry. The battles took place on different terrain, during freezing winters and sweltering summer heat alike, with the Russians often greatly outnumbered by the enemy forces. As a result of these factors, the Russian warriors acquired a style that combined strong spirit with extremely innovative and versatile tactics that were at the same time practical, deadly, and effective against any type of enemy under any circumstances. The style was natural and free while having no strict rules, rigid structure or limitations (except for moral ones). All tactics were based on instinctive reactions, individual strengths and characteristics, specifically designed for fast learning.
When the Communists came to power in 1917, they suppressed all national traditions. Those practicing the old style of fighting could be severely punished. At the same time, the authorities quickly realized how viable and devastating the original combat system was and reserved it just for a few Special Operations Units.
In Systema, the synergy of three components creates a TRUE WARRIOR - Combat Skill, Strong Spirit and Healthy Body.
The body has to be free of tension, filled with endurance, flexibility, effortless movement and explosive potential. The spirit or psychological state has to be calm, free of anger, irritation, fear, self-pity, delusion and pride. The combat skill includes movements that are powerful and precise, instant and economical, spontaneous, subtle and diverse, the signature of a true professional.
There is a reason why Russian Martial Art is called SYSTEMA. It is a complete set of concepts and training components that enhance one’s life. In this case, acquiring the martial art skill is a way to improve the function of all seven physiological systems of the body and all three levels of human abilities the physical, the psychological and the spiritual.
The key principle of the Russian Systema is non-destruction. The goal is to make sure that your training and your attitudes do no damage to the body or the psyche of you or your partners. Systema is designed to create, build and strengthen your body, your psyche, your family and your country.
Systema has another name “poznai sebia” or “Know Yourself”. What does it really mean to Understand Yourself? It is not just to know what your strengths and weaknesses are, that is good but fairly superficial. Training in Russian Martial Art is one of the sure ways to see the full extent of our limitations - to see how proud and weak we really are. Systema allows us to gain the true strength of spirit that comes from humility and clarity in seeing the purpose of our life.
As the roots of the Russian Systema are in the Russian Orthodox Christian faith, the belief is that everything that happens to us, good or bad, has only one ultimate purpose. That is to create the best possible conditions for each person to understand himself. Proper training in the Russian Systema carries the same objective - to put every participant into the best possible setting for him to realize as much about himself as he is able to handle at any given moment.
One of Mikhail Ryabko’s words to the beginners is “Be a good person and everything else will come to you.” In a simple, yet comprehensive way Systema helps you choose and follow the right path.
Martin Wheeler, Robert Klenka and Sonny Puzikas at a Seminar in April 2012
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