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   Throughout my martial arts career i have been questioned, attacked, and even criticized just as much as i have been praised, congratulated, and admired. I have had people tell me im the baddest man on the planet and on the other hand even had my “legitimacy” attacked. First and formost, as a philosopher and spiritual person, the only true master is the one that created all life. That is my opinion and it is not changing.  Master or any master title is just that in my eyes a professional title. Just like Doctor, Professor and so forth. Man can only be the master of something in his own eyes and the eyes of his fellow man.  To me, being the master of something is just as figurative as perfection or the attainment of perfection. Come to think of it, in order to be a master of something, would you not have to be perfect ? which is something (being perfect) that no one can attain ?!?  Well for the most part, i usuwally try to ignore detractors and all the politics and drama in the profession of the martial arts world cause i am not a politician, i am a warrior.  Sometiemes, in rare situations, you have no choice but to engage, but usuwally i strive to stay above nonsense.  As a sytem founder of my familys form of martial arts, i only answer to those within my family first and formost, and those who taught or trained me ( instructors) outside of my family, respectfully.  People believe what they want, and if they like you, they will praise you, as if they no not like you, they will shun you.  I guess that is very basic psycology of human nature.  Moving on to the point, i have had to deal with my legitimacy and other nonsense being questioned so often and attacked, that i decided to simply place it before the world  to see. Truth is the way of the universe and people of the Tao flow with it rather than oppose it.  Kind of like a Ninja seeking an objective, there is no need to engage the enemy if it is not even necessary.  Complete your objectives, be done with the mission, and move on to the next one.

 Some of my martial arts background as of November 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-sijj_w-ME

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L9XF7PFVfo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibZddKj8D5U

Master Hardy’s Traditional Roots In The Martial Arts
My Traditional Roots In The Martial Arts

My fighting systems, the HCW Warrior Arts, are a fusion of many things. They are where tradition and modern aspects meet to form a unigue entity. Just because my arts are modern does not mean I consider them something new. As far as I am concerned, as well as factually, nothing I do is new. The roots of the HCW Warrior Arts stretch back stretch back to Asian arts and their respective countries, Western arts and their respective countries, all the way back to the first civillizations, first warrriors, and first martial arts of Ancient Africa ( see HCW History Blog). Comming before this though, before I formed my own systems, I did build a strong base in one traditional art. I have alot of knowledge of many fighting arts, formal and informal. Some knowledge is deep, some intermediate, some surface only. I knew that without a proper foundation I would not have the physical, mental, or spiritual capabilities or experience to combaie all my useful knowledge into something tangible and real. Besides the Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, and Wing Chun I frist learned and used in adolescent street fights, my martial foundation is in Taekwondo. Although when I first began trainning formally, it was not at the top of my list. I was already martiallly educated of the different fighting systens and their techniques and histories. It was a matter of me piching one that suited my mentality, the way I like to fight, suited my body type, and most of all that I could apply in a fight. If I recall correctly, Jeet Kune Do was the first on my list, Wing Chun was second, Taekwondo was 3rd, and Shotokan Karate was 4th. There was on schools for the first two in my area at the time, so I went with WTF Taekwondo which is known for kicking. Up to that point, I had been in many fights and confrontations ( my reason for trainning other than I like it ) where I sucessfully defended myself with Boxing, Wrestling, Wing Chun, and Judo. I felt Taekwondo’s trademark kicking would fit fine and be fun to learn. I was right but I learned more than just kicking.
First off was the moral tenets. I was raiswd in a old fashioned manner plus been exposed to warriorism. The tenets of Taekwondo fit in perfectly and spawned the beginning of my own personal warrior code (which became my system of philosophy). Physically I learned alot about fighting mechanics like using speed, bodyweight, boduweight, concentration, relaxation, generating power and so forth. I completely threw myself into trainning. I placed emphasis on trying to achieve perfection in all aspects. From the drills of hand techniques and the library of kicks, to poomse (kata in Japanese), self defense, and endless combinations of kicks in combinations. I was exposed to Hapkido and Tai Chi also. When it came to Olympic style sparring, I did not think twice about it. I eexcelled because i had been in so many real fights. I wanted to compete, but my mother ( whom I lived with at that time ) was not involved or supported my pursuits, so I was unable to. This led to my intrest in self defense and teaching which led me to where I am today, a blessing in disguise. When I learned new techniques, I would go home and stay up all night practicing. On days I did not have class, I would train at home in the front yard, the back yard, indoors in my room or on the nearby park. I even would train barefoot outdoor in summer and winter and and even rain, and never got sick. Youthful inspiration under the influence of old Kung Fu movies (a bad idea in reality, kids). My dojang was anywhere. I could widen up and extend my movements outside, yet tighten them up indoors. this would allow me to beable to fight in anywhere from a parking lot to a tight hallway or even in an elevator. I read many stories of traditional Masters of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean martial arts which inspired me and taught me alot. In technique, I learned about drawing my power from the earth using proper stances and channeling my Chi (vital energy). I believed in drawing my power from the earth and supercharging it with my Chi energy to give power to my techniques. To perfect this, I spent alot of time working on poomse ( kata). I saw the as the essence of the art. They were a way to perfect technique. Forms are more than a series of random movements. They were developed to serve many purposes. They were very aerobic and kept me fit. Originally, martial art masters of old realized that their could not use full force on each other when trainning cause of injuries, yet needed to know how to block, strike and move with intent. So poomse allowed the student to do this as well as correct fine movements of technique.Yey also served as a form of shadowboxing versus multiple opponets, a skill needed on the ancient battlefields in group combat. They originated from real fighting experience, not theory. Thorugh practicing forms, it is a search to understand a code and the prnciples it symbolizes. of coures it is limited because it is a set pattern of movements, but the techniques could be adapted to fit any circumstances. Once toy internalize the principles of poomse, you can apply the to other tecniques yuo know, and the techniques become endless. Different forms focused on different concepts or techniques too. Through repeaded practice, the stdent could differentiate between the fast and slow rythms in a poomse.Forms also became more difficult as one progressed in trainning. Also, the student could practice poomse anywhere, anytime without a partner or equipment.You could exert whatever amount of effort you wanted with the more being better. They could preserve their skills and fitness when always.The goal of doing forms hundreds of times was to attain perfection. It was like moving Zen. Holding the horse stance and other deep stances, I learned about vital energy ( Ka in ancient Egyptian, Chi in chinese, Ki in Japanese). I learned how to channel it up and put it’s power behind my techniques. i also learned about breath control. Although I am a modern martial artist, I believe in these things and strive to sterngthen them.
In pasrring I learned alot too. not just about WTF taekwondo sparring, but continous fighting.Thing that applied in self defense. I learned alot baout strategy and how to use my abilities to my advantage. Things like body dynamics of using speed and bodyweight to generate power, as well as what’s called snap speed in Taekwondo. This is the sharp change from muscular relaxation to muscular contraction that makes explosive, speed based power opposed to pushing type power. Like a coiled spring being released. This creates a sharp shock of internak energy ( Ki ) at the point of impact. This allows proficient Taekwondo fighters to to damage the skeletal structure (break bones) with their explosive kicks. I once unintentionally cracked a fellow student’s ribs with a roundhouse.Strategy related things were aspects like the stick and move approach, counter fighting, hitting through your opponet, using speed, controlling breathing for endurance, and much more.
So as far as having a strong foundation as a martial artist, as well as tradtional roots, I have them. I have learned more than can be written because I threw myself singlemindedly into my trainning and was blessed with many natural attributes. The creator blessed me to be a warrior and the strength of my warrior ancestors folws through me. I achieved mt 1st Dan blck celt in Taekwondo in 2 years, 6 months and was a demonstration team member as well as a assistant instructor. I continued my Taekwondo studies until I recieved my 2nd Dan black belt and have even taught Taekwondo independently to at-risk youth. I am a modernist with a traditional foundation, where the old meets the new.Although I move forward, I’ll never forget those who came before me and respect.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLz-sl1ZfBs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsL6b46jdG0

                          The Hacomtaewresdo Warrior Arts
     The following are descriptions of each HCW combat art and what it is comprised of.
 

Hacomtaewresdo Combative Science Science System (Submission Fighting)
Taewresdo kickboxing is the purely striking oriented system of the Hacomtaewresdo Warrior Arts. It is a Hybrid system of integrated combat disciplines that revolve around standup fighting. It is based in concept off of standup Pankration skills ( Ano Pankration), San Shou Chinese rules kickboxing, and shootboxing. Taewresdo contains aspects of Western Boxing, American Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Sabaki, Judo, standing componets Western grappling, and other disciplines. The Taewresdo warrior trains in long, mid, and close range striking. Clinch fighting with strikes, standing submission, throws and suplexes and trapping that finishes in standing and ground submissions. Countering the wrestler / grappler’s takedown is apart of every HCW system, but emphasized in this system as it has no groundfighting componet. Taewresdo’s goal is to remain on the feet and land percision blows until there is an opening for a submission finish or hard throw, unless you knock the agressor out first. In concepts, the science and principles behind techniques and their execution is taught. This fosters percision, power, explosiveness, and how to attain maximum effectiveness out of all your techniques and combative motions. Although a striking system, the sweet science is taught over unsofisticated slugging and brawling. 
 

Hacomtaewresdo Martial Art System (Shootfighting )
 
Hacomtaewresdo Is the flagship fighting system of the Hacomtaewresdo warior arts. It is a Hybrid system of integrated combat disciplines. Conceptually it is based off of African grappling arts, Pankration, Greco-Roman fighting arts, Gladiatorial style fighting, catch wrestling, and Japanese professional wrestling. Not limiting it’s self onty to arts heavily based in grappling, it also has aspects of Western boxing, American Kickboxing, and Taekwondo as well as others. The design of the Hacomtaewresdo system is to be a dynamic, total combat style system. lineage wise, in concept it can be traced back to the ancient Kushite (Ethiopian) martial art of Pan Kau Ra Shen (fighting with the power of Ra, the Egyptian God) which is where grrk Pankration comes from. To utilize your body fully as a weapon, take advantage of your bodily attributes and full range of (combative) motion. Also, to use whatever works, be it orthodox or unorthodox. Technique wise, the system approaches combat in the standoff range ( specific fighting scenarios), strking, trapping (close quarter hand to hand), standing grappling, and ground fighting.Hacomtaewresdo sees these seperate ranges as one whole which is true combat. The Hacomtaewresdo warrior can fight in each of these ranges drawing from a wealth of technique, but more importantly flow from range to range as necessary in the heat of violent exchange. The concepts of combat and fighting are looked at attentively so they can be merged with the knowledge of the various ranges which fosters the total combat ideology.
 
 
 
 

 

The Hacomtaewresdo Combative Science System (Submission Fighting) 

 A Hybrid martial art system of integrated combat disciplines.  It is a shoot style system of combatives emphasizing street defense over sport. There are aspects of Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, Judo, Japanese Jiu Jitsu, Hapkido, Sombo, Greco-Roman wrestling, and Judo. In this system, strong fundamentals are stressed as the keys to combat. This system covers striking, trapping, self defense, standing grappling, and groundfighting. How to flow through these ranges as necessary by combat is an important skill taught, making it a total combat style art. This enbles the practitioner to be able to fight in any range, and thus able to control the range they fight in to fight to their advantage and not their agressors. Along with this knowledge (science) are the concepts of urban ( city, street ) awareness and survival. Things like how to spot and avoid danger and ho to pre-empt conflict using verbal de-escalation tactics, what to do at night if being followed on foot, how to deal with robbery and other threats like gangs, multiple attackers, and so forth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I9Tddd56a8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1YzZcxFMno

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgNYyhFIZCQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k7o5e_Chws

Taewresdo Combative Concepts Kickboxing (Shootboxing)
 
 

 


Sumkido Combative Initiative Self Defense System (Self Preservation fighting)
Sumkido is a Hybrid martial art system of integrated combat disciplines. It is heavily based off of empty hand Samurai style fighting and Hwa Rang Do type martial arts, but the system does not limit it’s self to these methods. There are aspects of Hapkido, Aikido, Judo, Krav Maga, Wing Chun, Tai Chi, and Chin Na within the system.Fundamentals emphasized are are defenses versus punches, kicks, body grabs, clothing grabs, grappling holds, and weapon attacks. The Sumkido warrior learns to fight in the trapping, self defense ( fighting from position of disadvantage), standoff ( scenario based self defense), weapon defense, standing grappling and groundfighting ranges.Technique wise, Sumkido heavily utilizes pain compliance techniques, restraints, locks, pressure point attacks and bone/joint destructions. The reason for this is because Sumkido’s goal is to neautralize any threat quickly. This can be done in one of two ways, assuming control of the opponet making them lose their will to fight ( pain compliance, restraints, etc) or termination of the agressor by breaking bones/joints, incapacitation by choke, etc. In Sumkido and self defense in general, escape is always the best method when in danger. Sukmodo teaches this, but keeps th mindset that you may not be able to escape, or may have to fight your way out, that is if escape is an option.With this in mind, the Sumkido warrior is wiling to put their life on the line in order to save it. To fight to live opposed to being a victim and losing their life.Concept wise, Sumkido emphasizes using the agressor’s energy against themselves. Another concept is the combative initiative mindset. I generally revolves around pre empting your opponet attack by being aware enough to see it comming, and initiating your attack instead of waiting, defending, then attacking. In other knowledge, you are also taught urban ( city , street ) awareness and tactics on how to stay safe, spot dangerous situations, and what to do when danger is imminent.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

      The following is a reply i posted on a African Martial Arts & Sciences site. It was in reference to the question

“What is the true purpose of training in the warrior arts” ?

      Very deep my felow warrior.  I have always believed the true purpose of training in the warrior arts is to unify what i call the triangle of power or the mind, body and spirit. I like how Asian martial arts ( like those i have studied) all claim to od this , but instructors focus more on sport application or something shallow than to focus on the true purpose. Those are what i call “martial arts”. Whati do i consider “Warrior Arts” cause it focuses on the true aspects. I can tell by how you speak and your concepts, that you are awake to this. The example i use alot is that you can go to school and learn for thr mind, hit the gym for your body, and go to church for your spirit. True warrior arts though encompass and combine all these aspects. For me in my warriror arts, what i consider a modern form of African martial arts, I teach all the aspects i have knowledge of that i feels make a warriors training. From the physical aspects of combat, taught in a effective, progressive fasion only teaching what is effective, to the science and concepts of fighitng and these skills.  Although i focus on modern style combatives, i do not leave out thing like learning control of breath, and knowledge of internal energy and how to use it, and modern healing.  In fitness i teach excercize and how to build and condition the body for he rigors of warriror training and for better health. I teach the aspects of proper nutrition too. In knowledege for the mind, i teach warrior history, starting with the original culture in Africa, and branching out into the others. I also trach Warrior philosophy to instill the right mindset and proper mental attributes befitting a warrior. In the end, i feel the purpose of warrior training is to wholistically develop the individual inside and out to reach their highest level of being. Peace be upon you – Nubianwarrioking , Abraham Hardy of HCW

 
                                           “Scufflin”
                                                          
                                                 By
                                  Juma Mshabazi
For those of us old enough to remember Count Dante and his famous “death matches” in
Taunton, New Jersey, refereed by Kareem Allah by the way, many believed that this was
the first of its kind; but that is far from the truth. I remember the case of a young boy
who, in 1965, without a father or older brother, growing up on the mean streets of
Brooklyn, asked his uncle C. Y. Williams to show him how to protect himself.
Subsequently, he was told stories of a time on the plantations of Virginia how captive
Afrikans were made to fight like dogs and cocks – many times to the death – where they
suffered severe maiming. Indeed, he was also told that his grandfather (D. D. Williams)
was a master scuffler and had shown him many moves.
That boy eventually became a man and studied with a half dozen other great martial arts
teachers. He fought in bare knuckle full contact matches – not the Asian kind with no
head punches (smile). He traced scufflin back to the Kongo and reclaimed both his and
Scufflin’s Afrikan name. For those interested in learning more about Scufflin and Afrikan
Martial Arts, I recommend the following sources:
1. The African Origin of Martial Arts by Wayne Chandler;
2. African Origins of the Martial Arts by Nijel Binns www.nijart.com;
3. Black Martial Arts III: Combat Games of the African Indian Ocean
(mMadagascar, Comoros, Reunion) (2003 / 2006) Edward L. Powe;
4. The Ancient Martial Arts of Egypt by Sheng Chi Kung Fu in Northern California;
5. Urban Self Defense by Mahaliel Bethea;
6. Nubian Black African Boxers or Gladiator – www.ezbord.com;
7. Broken Glass film by Daniel Marks;
8. Slavery: The Burden of Slavery – NI 337;
9. ERBmania! Nkima Speaks / The Real Leopard Men – www.erblist.com;
10. All Tom Molineaux articles;
11. Absolom, Absolom by William Faulkner;
12. Weld’s American Salvery TOC (S. C. Macy 1839);
13. Roll Jordan Roll by Genovese;
14. Life Under the Peculiar Institution by Norman Yetman;
15. Weevils in the Wheat by Perdue, Barden & Philipps;
16. Coming of the Hurricane a drama by Alvin Klein;
17. Fifty Years in Chains by Charles Ball 1859;
18. Narrative of the Life of Henry Bibb (1815-1854);
19. Life of William Grimes, The Runaway Slave (1784-1865);
20. Street Kingdom: 5 Years Inside the Franklyn Ave Posse;
21. What Happened to Victor Belfort: www.ourhutch.com;
22. Alabama Supreme Court on Slaves. State –v- Abrams 10 Alabama 928 (1847);
23. Africans in America Part III / Narrative Conspiracy & Rebellions by Gabriel
(1799);
24. Memories of Childhood’s Slavery Days (1909) Annie L. Burton;
25. Finding A Way Out: An Autobiography (1921) by Robert Russa Moton;
26. Uh Knock em ef uh Dead. ejmas.com;
27. African Americans (1753) Gideon Carr;
28. Ears Used to be Fair Game in the Ring; www.lasvegassun.com;
29. I was Violently Assaulted by Another African American: (3/19/05) Musician
Forums;
30. Mandingo; a film
31. Drums; a film
Juma is a treasure House of knowledge and can be contacted indirectly by e-mailing
edpowe1@hotmail.com.

My life story is a very long and intresting one. Many people look at all I have accomplished and assume that I have had it good. No, for each accomplishment I have, I achieved through extreme adversity. I feel I am a born warrior and hence, view my life as a battlefield with me the key combatant. Nothing was ever given to me, I earned all I have and the respect that comes with it by living by my warrior code. At times it was very hard, but that, coupled with my faith and indomitible spirit allowed me to battle my way through many dark days. I paid the cost in mind, body, and spirit to be who I am and stand where I do. I feel divine purpose in my life. I am not religious, but am infinitely spiritual, which I feel is different. I feel being named Abraham at birth was a sign a higher power had plans for me, a destiny. I was told as a little boy I had a great name and had to live up to it. I have walked with that every day, I think it shows. I feel the Creator blessed me with the wisdom, talent, and skills he has for a reason. So I put forth full effort into utilizing this talent for positive purposes, and refuse to fail or give in on any level. I had people telling me what I could not, would not, and am not ready to do, but now these same people show me the utmost respect. The adversity did not instill fear in me at all cause I have been through the fire. There is nothing anyone can say or do to break me or my spirit cause I draw my energy from the power of the universe and the Most High (the Creator). I’ll be the first to admit that I am not an angel, but I am righteous by nature and at heart. I have encountered people / martial artists who see all I accomplished. They see the titles or rank, belts, status, and the material trappings and become jealous. It is silly because those things mean nothing, it is the knowledge I have to share that is important. Their small, insecure minds are stuck on the physical. If all my accolades were erased, I would still be who I am and do what I do. It is my destiny. Nothing they say or do can stop that. I am thankful for the struggles I  have faced in life, cause they made me who I am. Besides, the Creator and my guardian angels watch over me and give me the indomitable spirit to to repeatedly attain victory. With a team like that you cannot lose. I have seen harsh battles and taken some decent damage, but for every time life knocked me down, I rose stronger. One of my favorite personal quotes I made is ; they cannot understand why I cannot be defeated, it is because of my mental, not my physical achievement.

The following is a listing of all the fighting styles / systems that I have studied that make up my knowledge wholistically and that in some form are apart of my martial sciences, the Hacomtaewresdo Warrior Arts

Began Trainning at age 9yrs old in 1992                                 

     INFORMALLY  STUDIED 

Street Fighting ( was a streetfighter from day one )

Westerm Boxing

Wrestling

Judo

Wing Chun Kung Fu

Bo Staff ( military combatance style, pugil stick)

Japanese Swordsmanship

Nunchakau

Special Forces Army Combatives

Tai Merrian Boxing

     FORMALLY STUDIED

 WTF Taekwondo

Hapkido

Tai Chi

Jeet Kune Do

Muay Thai Kickboxing

Phillipino Kali

American Combat Sombo

Russian Sombo

    RESEARCHED / INCORPORATED ARTS

Western Boxing

Greco-Roman & Freestyle Wrestling

Catch Wrestling

Pankration / Pancratium

Gladiatorial Style Combat

Submission Fighting

Shootfighting / Shootboxing

Judo

Pancrase 

 Japanese Style Professional Wrestling

Vale Tudo

Chinese San Shou

Japanese Sabaki Fighting Method

Aikido

Hapkido

Chin Na

Krav Maga

Tai Chi

Tai Merrian Boxing

African Martial Arts & Sciences

Muay Thai

American Kickboxing

Jeet Kune Do

Fillipino arnis

Kenpo Karate

                               MY OWN INNOVATIONS

Verbal De-escalation

Urban /Street Awareness

Codes of Warriorism Applied To Combatives

Warrior Philosophy

Combative Concepts

Combative Mindset

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX_bGMdQW3M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1vg3zgtoQc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMnDqLGJ68A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvImqUzoE_c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLStUXIJrc0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGInVr5CZ0Q

                                What A True Warrior Is

    A warrior is not just a person who fights. A true warrior is a scholar, artist, philosopher, fierece combatant, and a spiritual / wise person. They study and  excell in each of these facets and have a code that they live by. They strive to live by it and to attain perfection in their existence on earth. Not all warriors are righteous, as for each one who walks the path of light, there is one who walks in the opposite, but that is a personal choice. For those that are righteous, they use their abilities and wisdom to benefit others and their communities, and to give back to the universe. As my personal quote says, a warrior strives to walk in peace but is prepared for battle. The warrior is someone who brings their mind, body and spirit together to reach the highest level of being. A warrior is usuwally someone who has faced repeated struggle in life yet achieves in the face of this adversity and gains experience. The warrior has an indoimitable spirit and cannot be defeated because they rise back to their feet every time they are knocked down ( 1,000 times down & 1,001 times up ). They understand true defeat is staying down when knocked down, in combat and life.