Angel Ariz and his partner run the Progressive Fighting Systems School – Certified by Paul Vunak as a Full Instructor in Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts.
What we bring
Angel Ariz and his wife, the lovely and deadly Dr Fisticuffs are going to run a Villain’s knife and short sword cosplay drill.
Have you ever wondered how to teach your henchpeople to fight back when attacked by a maniac like Batman or The Shadow? Watch the martial art of Bruce Lee as practiced by two Villainous Martial Arts Teachers.
And if you’re in the Connecticut area, look up their school – and check out their videos online!
Note: There is NO truth to the rumour that Dr. Fisticuffs has challenged our web team, Newbren, to a kung fu battle.Unless Newbren just copy-pastes this text and forget to leave it out, in which case, the battle is on.
Who we are
I am Angel Ariz, instructor at the Fisticuffs Guilde. I am certified in Contemporary Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts, Rapid Assault Tactics. I have been training in martial arts, boxing, Muay Thai, and JKD Concepts for most of my life. I proudly served my country for 11 years in the US Army National Guard. I’ve worked as Armed Security for nightclubs, and as a security officer in emergency rooms and medical complexes in Providence, RI.
Martial Arts and Fitness are my obsession and I share the best of what I have learned and am always willing to learn more. I have trained with many Instructors over the years.
Boxing, Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan Karate, Kenpo, Japanese Ju Jitsu and Kick Boxing are some of the arts in which I have trained. In 1993, I was introduced to the world of FMA and Jun Fan JKD via Sifu Raffi Derderian and Sigung Kevin Seaman.
Their work is amazing! I have trained bits of this and that from many sources:
Yusef Ali Abdullah in Ju Jitsu, Bujutsu, Kenpo
Brooklyn, NYC Starret City Brooklyn Boxing (as a teen)
Prof. Lorne Therrien JKD Concepts, Muay Thai, Ju Jitsu, Modern Arnis
Coach Jeff Burger -Too many things to list including Muay Thai, Boxing, Karate, Ju Jitsu, the study of violence, training in uncomfortable and inelegant positions and inclimate weather conditions, the study of improvised weapons.
Frank Shekosky- Kenpo, Modern Arnis Ju Jitsu
Sifu Keith Allan…started me on my journey into ground fighting and Chinatown JKD. He was an amazing man and I miss him. RIP Sifu.
Sasha Komocar RI Systema Breathe and move! Russian martial Arts
Prof. Mark P Donnelly-Bartitsu The historical study of a mixed Martial Art from 1890 to 19120ish. Walking Stick * Ju Jutsu * Bareknuckle Boxing * Savate * Catch as Can Wrestling***
Paul Vunak ***Sifu Paul has been and remains an amazing life coach. I respect his opinion and pick his brain as often as I can. Sifu Paul Vunak is like my Tio.
Tio Vu!! Progressive Fighting Systems- Muay Thai, BJJ, JKD, FMA
“I am always a student, sometimes a teacher.” -Coach Jeff Burger