My name is Brandon, and I specialize in teaching practical self-defense based on the principles, techniques, and philosophies of Filipino Martial Arts and Jeet Kune Do.
I am a Certified Instructor in both Burton Richardson’s JKDU/MMA for Street Self Defense as well as Battlefield Kali. I also hold a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Over the years, I have had the honor of learning from great martial artists such as Baret Yoshida, Tim Tackett, Robert Follis, Chris Haueter, Dan Inosanto, and the late Larry Hartsell and Richard Bustillo. In addition, I'm a Monkey Bar Gym Certified Natural Trainer II who specializes in functional fitness using kettlebells, bodyweight exercises, and yoga.
My philosophy echoes that of Bruce Lee: “Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” Everything I teach has been tested and retested against resisting opponents. If I’ve successfully used a technique, I teach it. If I haven’t, I don’t.
When helping people learn how to protect themselves and their loved ones, I don't believe in only dealing with the fighting, martial aspects of self-defense. It is also important to address other issues, such as awareness, avoidance, the nature of violence, psychology, physiology, and the legal system. I minored in Criminal Justice in college, and continue to research and study issues related to criminality and violent behavior so I can pass on that information to my students.
My approach is a holistic one. I want my students to not only have the skills to fight if they have to, but the knowledge needed to avoid conflict in the first place and deal with the consequences if avoidance is impossible.
Despite my training and experience, I don't like violence. Yet I teach martial arts. Is this contradictory? No. Learning how to deal with and even commit violence does not mean one is personally violent or enjoys violence. We don't expect someone who has trained in CPR to like heart attacks. Heart attacks, like violence, happen whether we want them to or not. It's best to be prepared.
I am not interested in training the next champion cage fighter. I am interested in helping everyday people develop the ability, knowledge, and confidence needed to keep themselves and those they care about safe in a dangerous world. I really want to help those who might otherwise feel intimidated in other martial arts classes, or who are members of vulnerable, marginalized groups. I offer a safe, supportive style of instruction free of judgment or intimidation.
About My Classes
As a self-defense instructor, I focus on three main ranges of combat, both with and without weapons:
Students of all skill levels and ability are welcome.
You can also learn the more traditional, artistic elements of Filipino Martial Arts.
First class is always free!
Private and Group Classes Available!
"Brandon Bosworth is an exceptional self-defense instructor. Not only is he highly skilled, but his gentle, compassionate character allows him to help the people who most need self-defense. If you are looking for functional self-defense in a safe environment, seek out Brandon. He is exceptional. "
Founder of JKD Unlimited, Battlefield Kali, and the For The Street programs.