FEDS is the guiding principle of everything taught at the AKD. The FEDS Fighting System was conceived by Rui during his years as a nightclub doorman when he felt that classical systems in their traditional format, were not easily applicable to dealing with live reality situations.
Although continually being developed and modified, the FEDS Fighting System today, is a practical personal protection system aimed at equipping any individual both physically and mentally to deal with an aggressive attack.
The FEDS System is a no-nonsense approach covering the intricacies of confrontation and defence. (For more details of areas addressed, please see Training Information page).
Rui's belief is that the environment you either live in, socialize in or work in, dictates the training you do. It is a fact that most students taking up Martial Arts, do so with the intention of being able to defend themselves high on their priority list. The Martial Arts, regardless of their cosmetic selling attributes, are still fudamentally 'Fighting Systems', although their true meaning and interpretation has sadly, in many instances been lost.
Through the AKD approach, students learn their limitations and thus humility for others and an appreciation for the complex and in reality, ugly face of aggression.
It is a sad but common fact that many clubs which claim to teach "Self Defence" are inadequate in their approach with the instructor, although rarely intentionally, ill equipping their students to deal with the reality of being attacked.
The FEDS System has been used effectively numerous times. Many students who have successfully dealt with violent confrontations have attributed this to their AKD training.
Many students from other styles, when training with the AKD are at first shocked, not with the intensity of training, but with the realization that in all their years of training, they have never been exposed to reality based training and unorthodox attacks.
The AKD is currently used by various associations offering consultancy in reality based training and personal protection issues.