Keysi Fighting Method (KFM) is a self defense system whose training is based on the study and cultivation of natural instincts[1], combined with basic combat principles. It was developed by Justo Diéguez Serrano from his fighting experiences while raised on the streets of Spain. The system was co-founded with the help of Andy Norman.[2]

The Keysi Fighting Method became famous after it was used in the fighting choreography of the movies Batman Begins and its sequels, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. There are currently over 98 Academies worldwide teaching KFM.


KFM makes use of multiple attacking ranges, with or without weapons. The KFM trademark is the thinking man (pensador) and thinking man attack (pensataq), which makes use of a tight defensive shape to protect the most precious part of the body, the head, and smashes and opens up the opponent for the finish using all ranges of strikes — punches, hammer fists, kicks, knees, head butts, and the sharp elbows — all at high, middle, and low lines on the opponent.

When using the pensador, the combatant places both hands on his head and guards his head and face with cyclical movements of the forearms and elbows. The pensador uses a system of "windows" during these rapid and fluid movements to sight the opponent. This system allows the combatant to protect his face and head while maintaining visual on his opponent.[3]

KFM tends to get into extreme close quarters when in combat. From the Pensador defense a variety of counter attacks to vital targets (such as the biceps, kidneys or solar plexus) are often launched. KFM also relies on understanding how people typically move or attack in a fight so that when striking, the opponent's body moves to expose further targets.

Another aspect of KFM is its "360-degree" approach to multi-assailant attacks whether standing, kneeling, sitting or lying down. Part of KFM's philosophy is the redefining of the terms "predator and prey" as well, where the would-be victim becomes the predator and the would-be attackers his/her prey.

KFM originated in Spain so the majority of its 98 worldwide schools are located in Europe. In 2007 KFM was brought to the United States where it now has Academies established in New York, Los Angeles, Texas, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, Arizona and Florida. It continues to expand rapidly in the USA as its instructors are developed.

KFM can also be found now in Australia, with schools appearing in Perth, Brisbane and Canberra as it continues to expand worldwide.

In popular culture

Spanish Terms

  • Pensador - Thinking Man
  • Garra - Claw
  • Can - Clinch Grab
  • Cuello - Neck
  • Cuerpo - Body
  • Pierna - Leg
  • Puño - Fist
  • Hombro - Shoulder

See also


External links

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