Slideshow: Martial art as easy as ABC

By ADAM LAZZARI THE world s only class for a new martial art based around the English alphabet is in a Fenland village. The so called ABC Combat system was created last year by martial artist, television presenter and author Chris Crudelli, from Birmingh

By ADAM LAZZARI

THE world's only class for a new martial art based around the English alphabet is in a Fenland village.

The so called ABC Combat system was created last year by martial artist, television presenter and author Chris Crudelli, from Birmingham.

The system is made up of 26 techniques which are transferable between the fist, stick and knife and has been taught to marines.


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Each technique relates to a letter of the alphabet.

The student draws a letter into the air with their hand as they perform a move.

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Seb King, 26, from Wisbech, a karate black belt for 11 years, started a class at Leverington Village Hall on January 11 and holds sessions every Monday from 7-8pm and 8-9pm.

He said: "I read about the ABC Combat system on the internet. Chris Crudelli posted an advert on his website for anyone interested in becoming an instructor.

"I became immediately interested because it is something completely different and I go to London every month for instructor training with Chris.

"The great thing about this system is that it is that is easy to learn. It takes students years to learn how to defend themselves properly in traditional martial arts but because people learn the alphabet in childhood performing the moves becomes a second nature to them.

"My club in Leverington is currently the only club in the world to be teaching this system. I believe a club will be set up in Peterborough soon and Chris is looking to promote his system all over the world."

The ABC Combat system has been devised from Crudelli's 30 years of experience in martial arts.

He hosted of a series of BBC Three television programmes about the martial arts of the Far East: Mind, Body and Kick Ass Moves, Kick Ass Miracles and Kick Ass in a Crisis.

King has a background in Shotokan Karate, which he has been teaching with his father Steve.

He started training at the age of 11and is currently a fourth dan.

He also trains at Fenland Ju-Jitsu Academy und and is hoping to take his first dan assessment this year.

Crudelli is expected to attend the Leverington club every three months for gradings.

King said: "There will be no competitions as ABC Combat is not about trophies, it's about self defence. Fortunately I've never had to use martial arts in a real life situation but one of my fellow trainee instructors works on the doors in London and he told us that he actually used the ABC Combat system to defend himself when somebody swung at him recently."

For more information on the Leverington club, contact King on 07841 847108, 01945 467518 or e mail abc@sebking.co.uk

Seb King, centre, with his students on Monday night. Left to right are: Geoff Ball, Tabatha Clark, Claire Hunt, Rob Wicks. 2710PU210

Seb King and Claire Hunt perform knife-to-knife combat. 2711PU210

Seb King performs a move with a stick. 2718PU210

Geoff Ball. 2712PU210

Tabatha Clark. 2714PU210

Pictures: PETER UPTON

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