I.S.D.S. stands for International Self Defence School,

where various martial arts systems, Martial Arts, are taught.

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The I.S.D.S logo includes 5 other logos circled by a double gold circle.

The 5 logos are those of the ISDS, the Wing Chun Kung Fu, the Muay Thai,  the Filipino Martial Arts (Kali, Escrima, Silat), and the Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do.

These 5 logos all refer to a small golden inner circle that represents the level of knowledge of the student self. The large double golden circle represents other systems such as

Shooto, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Karate, etc.


Filipino Martial Arts
(Kali, Escrima, Silat)

The collective name for Filipino combat systems developed by indigenous people of the Philippines, using sticks (short, long), stabbing weapons (knife, sword, dagger), open hand techniques, and other materials (whip, gun).

In comparison with karate (first attack, then defence), WCKF (simultaneous attack/defence), FMA distinguishes itself by concentrating on "disarming" the opponent.

Many weapons (impact and bladed) and their applications are taught in FMA: the most prevalent are the rattan “kali sticks” (olisi or baston), knives (daga), and short swords (pinuti).


Muay Thai – Thai Boxing (MT-TB)

Street-oriented martial art from Thailand. Striking Art: Science of the 8 limbs: combining boxing and kicking with fists and feet, combined with knees and elbows.

Originally the emphasis was on kicking/knee punches - due to later Western influence also more attention for boxing.

The current Thai Boxing uses no weapons.


Wing Chun Kung Fu (WCKF)

Wing Chun Kung Fu is a traditional Chinese martial art developed by a Buddhist nun from the Southern Shaolin Temple in the middle ages (Qing Dynasty).

Wing Chun Kung Fu (as many other Chinese martial arts) uses traditional weapons such as the ” long pole” (6-foot pole called BO in Japanse), broad swords, Chinese long sword, the typical “kung fu” butterfly knives (demonstrated in a specific tao or form), and the form of the MOOK JHONG (wooden dummy). 

Created by and for women - you don't need brute force.


Jun Fan Gung Fu – Jeet Kune Do

Jun Fan Gung Fu as developed by Bruce Lee has a definite and set system of progression and material to be taught and learned.
Jeet Kune Do was conceived by Bruce Lee as his personal form of combat based on his research and findings. Not to be standardized, because each individual has different needs.

In JKD's philosophy, "any" weapon can be used if it is in the personal development of the student.


ISDS - Intensive Self Defence System

ISDS - Intensive Self Defence System is a modern "eclectic" self-defence system, developed in Belgium in 1980 by Sifu P.Van Vlasselaer. ("Eclectic" = drawing on different sources).
Born from different martial arts - simple but efficient techniques applicable by everyone according to their own knowledge and ability. Accumulated into a set of skills adapted to the knowledge and ability of the individual.
The emphasis is on "current" contemporary weapons (in addition to open-hand techniques) such as knives and sticks (kali escrima). Furthermore, many "traditional Eastern" weapons are discussed: katana, nunchaku, tonfa, sai, bo.



Judo meaning "gentle way" is a modern martial “grappling” art, combat, and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano. Judo practitioners are called judoka.
Japanese self-defence system that uses throws, holding handles, clamps, and strangles - both standing and on the ground.
No specific weapons are used in Judo, although defences against impact/bladed weapons are part of the curriculum.


Karate meaning "empty hand" is a modern martial “striking” art, combat, and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1920 by Gichin Funakoshi. Karate practitioners are called karateka. 
Several weapons can be used in Karate: nunchaku, tonfa, sai, and kama. These weapons are used in a similar manner compared to the karate hand techniques, in particular when it comes to defensive blocks. There are specific weapons kata to demonstrate a technique.


A modern eclectic Grappling / Striking Art from Japan was created in 1985. Combination of elements from 5 systems: judo - jiu-jitsu - Thai boxing - catch-as-catch-can wrestling and sambo (Russian). It is a sport and competition is won by knockout or submission.

Shooto uses no weapons.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

BJJ is a modern grappling art from Brazil derived from Judo in the early 20th century and developed by the Gracie family. Several BJJ styles exist today, the main differences between these BJJ styles are between traditional Gracie Jiu-Jitsu's emphasis on self-defence and Sport Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu's orientation towards competition.

Grappling art that aims to take an opponent to the ground and finish the fight there through submission (lock or choke). The basic idea is the majority of street fights end up on the ground. 

No weapons are used in BJJ.

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