What is DFM?
DFM is a fighting system developed by Phil & Mike Doherty, Darren Currah and Don Robinson which is based on the eight angles of evasion.
Directional Fighting Method is a modern, reality-based self-defence and combat system.
It is designed so students cover all the areas of self-protection and self-defence. It has no sport element to it.
DFM uses modern theories such as flinch and freeze and body language techniques and blends these with old martial theories such as the centreline, three point touch, the power of the circle and high-low theories.
The areas covered by the DFM syllabus include evasive blocking, punching, kicking and striking, break falling, unbalancing and takedowns, sweeps and throws, ground defence and locks, chokes and submissions, yielding and flowing.
Students also learn walking cane (hanbo), five and six foot staff (jo and bo), single stick (rattan cane), sword (ken) and how to defend against weapons such as knives, bottles and baseball bats.
The system draws on a number of sources including boxing, kickboxing, Ju-jutsu (Japanese and Brazilian), Ninjutsu, Judo, Kali, Wado Ryu and Shotokan Karate, and grappling.
Students are also taught Conflict Resolution Techniques. These are the methods taught to professionals such as the police, NHS doctors and nurses, social services, journalists plus many more.
Who is Phil Doherty?
Phil Doherty is a founding member of DFM Martial Arts which teaches street combat Directional Fighting Method, DFM Reivers MMA and DFM Kickboxing. He currently holds 4th dan in DFM and is the senior instructor.
He has trained in Wado Ryu karate, ninjutsu, taekwondo, kung fu and kali and is Managing Director and senior conflict resolution trainer for DFM Self-protection Ltd.
Phil is also the Editor of Martial News, the online Martial arts newspaper that sponsors Marfest.
At the Marfest…
Phil will be demonstrating various techniques from his DFM system and will available to teach them on the ‘come and try it’ mats…