GM BRAM FRANK


GM Bram Frank, statunitense residente in Florida, Tampa,  nato il 19 luglio del 1953 e da sempre appassionato di Arti Marziali, di tecniche di combattimento e di knife fighting, ha iniziato negli anni ottanta a studiare l’Arnis Filippino, in particolare con il GM Remy Presas, fondatore del Modern Arnis,  al quale sin da subito ha richiesto, come primo occidentale, di poterla  apprendere nella sua essenza  di Arte di combattimento con armi da taglio (e non sportiva o dedita allo stick fighting).

 

I quaranta anni di esperienza maturati nello studio di arti Marziali quali Wing Chung (William Cheung), JKD (anche Dan Inosanto), Small Circle Jiu Jitsu (Wally Jay), American Freestyle Karate e Punti di Pressione, gli hanno permesso di incorporare i principi di tali Arti Marziali nella sua visione di Modern Arnis, definita nella sua organizzazione didattica  Conceptual Combat Modern Arnis, per evidenziarne l’attenzione agli aspetti di combattimento, l’orientamenti alle lame e l’attento studio dei principi più che delle sequenze tecniche (Conceptual).

 

La passione per le lame e per il combattimento ravvicinato lo hanno poi indotto a codificare un suo sistema di Combattimento (Combatives) modulare e sempre basato sull’utilizzo dei coltelli definito CSSD-SC (Common Sense Self Defense – Street Combat), in cui gran rilevanza hanno anche le leve articolari e l’applicazione dei punti di pressione.    Il GM Bram Frank ha anche coniato il termine MBC2, che sta per Modular Blade Combat (in quanto il sistema di coltello è modulare) e Martial Blade Craft, per cui è ritenuto grande esperto a livello internazionale.

 

Il GM è divenuto famoso anche per il disegno di coltelli da combattimento quali l’Abaniko, il Submarine, la baioneta USMC per l’Ontario e i coltelli chiudibili ad apertura cinetica quali Gunting, Lapu Lapu Corto, Crimpt e Tusok.   I coltelli ad apertura cinetica disegnati da GM hanno un meccanismo brevettato denominato puzzle lock  particolarmente adatto all’apertura durante il combattimento e una guardia prominente atta a colpire i punti di pressione anche da chiuso.  Per tale tipologia di coltelli il Maestro ha organizzato un efficiente metodo, adatto in particolare a corpi di Polizia o forze di Sicurezza (che necessitano di neutralizzare il nemico in modo non letale).
Il GM da circa 10 anni in Israele è Istruttore delle Unità Anti Terrorismo  (Anti Terror-IDF-ISA) e questo gli ha consentito di ottenere il riconosciuto di “Padre del Combattimento con il Coltello Israeliano”, seguito importante cerimonia e il supporto di varie Scuole Internazionali di Krav Maga e Hisadut.
Attualmente  GM Bram Frank è direttore della divisione dedicata al combattimento con il coltello del famoso Istituto Statunitense S2 Law Enforcement-Security Institute.
I successi ottenuti in particolare nei settori dell’Arnis e del knife fighting gli sono valsi svariato riconoscimenti e Awards da parte della stampa specializzata e Council di Grandi Maestri.

 

Di seguito i principali titoli e riconoscimenti:

  • Recognized by World Head of Family Sokeship Council August 31, 2003
  • First modern Self Defense-Tactical Martial Art system in WHFSC Grandmaster Council
  • Grandmaster Bram Frank of CSSD/SC- Common Sense Self Defense Tactical Systems Systems: Combat Arnis, Conceptual Modern Arnis, Martial Blade Craft, Gunting: Non Lethal –Lethal SDR
  • Modular Concepts Methodology Training
  • 37 years studying & teaching martial arts : Contemporary Knife Craft, Combat Arnis, Filipino Martial Art, Modern Arnis, JKD, Wing Chun, Dillman Kyushu Jitsu, American Karate-TKD, & Small Circle JuJitsu and other related martial arts. Ongoing study.

 

  • 5th Dan Arnis Maharlikha- Datu Shishir Inocalla- Arnis Maharlikha Martial Arts Federation of the Philippines
  • Master Level Instructor
  • 3rd Dan 1st generation personal student of MODERN ARNIS founder Professor Remy Presas (deceased)
  • Level 4- Advanced Senior Instructor Board of Directors: International Modern Arnis
  • Senior Master Instructor – Modern Arnis 80 Professor Dan Anderson
  • Senior Master Instructor- Board of Directors Independent International Modern Arnis-2003
  • 7th Dan Lakan Pito –International Shool of Arnis-Eskrima- Katibayan
  • 2005 – Punong Guro Hummerstone

 

  • 5th Dan ArKido- personal student of Grandmaster Neal Hummerstone- 2003

  • 3rd Dan Dennis Survival Ju Jitsu- Master Hanover –Israel
  • Tactical Knife Master Instructor Dennis Survival
  • 3rd Dan Conceptual Hapkido-Grandmaster Neal Hummerstone
  • 3rd Dan Shuri –Gojo Ryu: Shihan Larry Pizzi & Glenn Mehlman 6th Dan
  • 2nd Dan American Karate-TKD
  • Senior Instructor
  • Director & Founder of SPYDERCO MBC- Martial Blade Craft Program
  • Police Tactical Knife Instructor –ASLET International Police Asociation

 

  • Police Tactical Kubaton-Short staff Instructor-ASLET International Police Association
  • PFS-Knife Instructor- Paul Vunak-Progressive Fighting Systems 2000
  • Expert Class #1 Congress of American Knife Fighters- Director Hock Hochhie
  • Basic Instructor Traditional Wing Chun –Wing Chun
  • RIDDLER OF STEEL & Guest Instructor
  • MENSAN : member of MENSA: The high IQ society since 1984
  • Inventor / designer of the KINETIC SERIES of tactical folding knives:
  • The ESCALATOR by REKAT
  • The GUNTING, DRONE & the CRMIPT by SPYDERCO
  • Inventor of Abaniko Series fixed Blade: Abaniko 5-7, Lapu lapu 5-7, Guru 8 & Bolo

 

AWARDS:

  • 2004 World Head of Soke Councilship Hall of Fame: International Grandmaster : Tactical Training
  • 2004 Cosmopolitan Martial Arts Hall of Fame: Silver Lifetime Achievement Award : Tactical Combatives Instructor
  • 2003 World Head of SOKE Councilship Hall of Fame: Teaching Excellence: Modular Training
  • 2002 World Head of SOKE Councilship Hall of Fame: Martial Blade Craft: Master Instructor
  • 2001 World Head of SOKE Councilship Hall of Fame: Knife Combatives: Master Instructor
  • 2001 Cosmopolitan Martial Arts Hall of Fame: Master Instructor of Year: Martial Blade Craft
  • 2000 World Head of SOKE Councilship Hall of Fame: Most Innovative Weaponry: Gunting
  • 1999 World Head of SOKE Councilship Hall of Fame : Seminar Leader & Instructor
  • Cosmopolitan Martial Arts Hall of Fame: Most Innovative Weapons Design & Instructor: GUNTING

 

  • 1998 World Head of SOKE Councilship Hall of Fame 1st “Weapons Instructor of the Year”
  • 1998 Karate Voice Martial Arts Hall of Fame “Silver Lifetime Achievement Award”
  • 1998 Martial Arts Masters, Pioneers & Legends Hall Of Fame ” Master Instructor of the Year”
  • 1997 WHSCMHF “Master Instructor of the Year”- Arnis
  • 1997 Liaison RANDALL FIGHTING Knives
  • 1996 Karate Voice FLORIDA Black Belt Hall of Fame ” Master Instructor of the Year”
  • 1996 WHSCMHF ” Master Instructor of the Year”
  • 1995 World Martial Arts Hall Of Fame “Instructor of the year Arnis”

ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Chief instructor S2-CIS Knife Counter Knife 2003
  • Instructor Israeli Anti Terror-IDF-ISA-knife Counter Knife 2003
  • Chief Instructor @ FLECT TSA-FAM program-Gunting-CRMIPT
  • 2002 VIDEO QUEST : Gunting Instructional Video Series
  • Chief Instructor 2002 for Advanced Instructors @ FLETC-USBP Knife-Counter Knife & Impact tool
  • 2002- Instructor ISA-IDF Knife Counter Knife
  • Chief Instructor 2001 @ FLETC for the USBP-Knife /counter knife
  • Chief Instructor 2001 @ ASLET National Conference Knife / Counter Knife
  • Chief Instructor 2001 @ ISA Knife / counter knife seminars
  • 26th SOF Convention 2000–Tactical Knife Instructor: Soldier of Fortune
  • VIDEO QUEST Video Series on the GUNTING KNIFE: SPYDERCO
  • 2001: Conceptual Modern Arnis: book to be published –manuscript done

 

  • 2001: Conceptual Modern Arnis: two tape series
  • 2000: Chief Instructor Knife-Edged Weapons: SPETZNAS- ROSS: Russian Martial Art. St. Petersburg RUSSIA.
  • 1998-2004 Chief Instructor/ Director: COMMANDMENTS of STEEL: Knife Counter Knife Training Camp Israel
  • First in series: MODERN KNIVES magazine: Masters of the BLADE: Bram Frank
  • 1999 PALADIN PRESS video Martial Artist Knife Videos volume 1&2: The Leading Edge
  • 1998 VIDEO QUEST video series Tactical Knife, Stick fighting & Knife fighting
  • 1998 Chief Instructor : Ontario Knives & ICHF Edged Weapons Camp
  • 1996 Instructor Edged Weapons SOF Convention : Soldier of Fortune
  • 1996 Staff Instructor Edged Weapons AWSDA: American Woman’s Self Defense Association Convention
  • CHIEF INSTRUCTOR & DIRECTOR of Training BLUNT & EDGED WEAPONS as Directed by Prof Remy Presas. as Modern Arnis representative to ICHF. ICHF-Camps 1994-95-96-97

Featured in many publications worldwide: Newspapers, magazines; MARTIAL ARTS ILLUSTRATED, WORLD OF MARTIAL ARTS, FILIPINO MARTIAL ARTS, TAE KWON DO & KOREAN COMBATIVE ARTS, COMBAT ARTS, TACTICAL KNIVES, KARATE VOICE Magazine, radio shows, and television

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