Odbrana (tactical defense system)
|Country of origin||Serbia, United States|
|Creator||Vladimir Djordjevic (martial artist)|
|Parenthood||Real Aikido, Kickboxing, Jujutsu, Hand-to-hand combat, Knife Fighting, Street Fighting|
The Odbrana system (Serbian Cyrillic: Одбрана, lit. "the defense") is a non-competitive tactical martial system developed in the late 1990s, in Chicago, IL, USA, with no historical "real name" for these art. It is a tactical defense mix of Real Aikido, Kickboxing, Ju-Jitsu, Hand-to-Hand Combat, Knife fighting and Street fighting techniques. Odbrana is known for its focus on real-world situations and extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks. It was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Serbian American martial artist Vladimir Djordjevic, who made use of his Real Aikido and wrestler training as means of defending the Serbian citizens against violence in the country including rape in the late 1990s. Following his immigration to United States, he began to provide lessons on combat training who went on to develop the system that became known as Odbrana. It has since been refined for civilian applications.
Odbrana has a philosophy emphasizing threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers against aggression.
The name in Serbian can be translated as "the defense". The root word odbrana means "defense" or "protection". It has also the meanings of 'shield and "guard".
Odbrana encourages citizens to avoid confrontation. If this is impossible or unsafe, it promotes finishing a fight as quickly as possible. Attacks are aimed at the most vulnerable parts of the body, and training is not limited to techniques that avoid severe injury. Drills provide maximum safety to students by the use of protective equipment and the use of reasonable force.
Students learn to defend against all variety of attacks and are taught to counter in the quickest and most efficient way.
Ideas in Odbrana include:
- Counter attacking as soon as possible.
- Maximum effectiveness and efficiency in order to neutralize the opponent as quickly as possible.
- Maintaining awareness of surroundings while dealing with the threat in order to look for escape routes, further attackers, objects that could be used to defend or help attack...
Vladimir Djordjevic (also known as Vladimir Mr.V Djordjevic ) was born in 1973 in Belgrade, Serbia where he grew up and learnt martial arts such as Real Aikido with notable teachers. Djordjevic became active in a wide range of sports, including real aikido, wrestling, and kickboxing. In late 1990s, Djordjevic was recognized by the WCRA (World Centre of Real Aikido) and concluded a partnership with the Kickboxing Federation of FR Yugoslavia. That same year, he also became an honorary member of the MAA (Martial Arts Association),. During this period, Vladimir's athletic activities focused mainly on real aikido, both as a contestant and a trainer before founding developing the Odbrana system in his way to Chicago, IL, USA. At that time, the martial art had no historical real name. It consisted just on a tactical defense mix of Real Aikido, Kickboxing, Jujutsu, Hand-to-hand combat, Knife fighting and Street fighting techniques. Vladimir Djordjevic many schools including "CRA Djordjevic" for Real Aikido where people can learn many self-defense techniques, but yet teach a civilian version suitable for youth. Some of the first students to practive Djordjevic's civilian Odbrana system were Fres Oquendo and Suzanne Le Mignot.
Odbrana organization use colored belt grading system for Kids which is based upon the Real Aikido ranking system. It starts with White and then Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Brown and Black belt. Odbrana use level's and star's grading system for Adults. It starts with Level 1 to Level 5 for Students and then from one star to three stars for Odbrana Tactical Defense System Instructors.
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