Best described as “A collection of different fighting styles” is a North American martial art form known as Jailhouse Rock. This “Hybrid” form of combat is said to have originated from the United States of America. Apparently, this form of martial art has been developed under the guidance of US penal institutions. Furthermore, 52 hand blocks, Comstock style, and Stato are examples of some of styles belonging to this form of combat. In addition, this form of martial art has been mentioned in books such as “Newjack” written by American author Ted Conover. This martial art form is said to have been named after the famous Elvis Presley song “Jailhouse Rock”.
a. History/origin of Jailhouse Rock:
Apparently, the existence of this martial art form has been debated for a long time now within the American society. However, it is the media that has claimed that this form of combat does exist. In fact professional boxers in the country such Zab Judah and Mike Tyson have also publically confirmed that this form of combat does exist. Furthermore, according to Dennis Newsome a “Jailhouse Rock” researcher this form of physical combat was first developed during 17th and 18th centuries by the African American slaves who at that moment in time needed to defend themselves. In other words, this form of martial art has mainly been developed fusing elements from several “Afro-Brazilian” martial forms such as Capoeira, Cuban Mani etc.
b. Weapon used in the Jailhouse Rock:
The weapon mainly used in the Jailhouse Rock is the hand and the legs of the fighter since this is an intense physical form of combat.
c. Technique involved in the Jailhouse Rock and training availability:
In terms of technique, the fighter essentially uses moves such as sweeping, kicking, and grappling. Furthermore, elbow strikes, head butts, hammer etc may also be used frequently. In terms of tactics, the whole body is supposed to be looked at as a potential weak spot by a fighter during a bout. In addition, a fighter also commonly uses a “kiss move” in which the forearms are clasped together in “defense”, which is eventually released while “attacking”. As for training centers/schools, there are none available around the world since this “hybrid” martial art form is mainly practiced in the United States of America.
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