One of the things that attracted me to wanting to put this feature together about New York's Lyte Burly and his 52 Blocks Style of Martial Arts training, is because I know that self-defense training is important. And if you are a female, perhaps even more important in this COVID 19 age that has seen a significant increase in assaults and domestic violence cases over the last two years.
While many of us will never have to use self defense in a street brawl, or a domestic violence situation, it is important to be prepared and to realize that you don't have to be a Bruce Lee, or Muhammad Ali, to fend off any would-be attacker.
Instead, your best defense just may be knowing how to evade an attack without having to grab, punch, or kick. The scene in the iconic film 'Enter The Dragon' starring Bruce Lee about a bully looking to fight anyone he can coax into a fight, I remember as being more a lesson about how to out wit an attacker and maneuver out of harms way, rather than get involved in an assault.
The 52 Blocks Style of self defense is one that teaches blocking and maneuvering techniques that Lyte Burly has harnessed this practice from many styles of mixed martial arts, and he firmly believes this style of self defense can be key to "self preservation".
The 52 Blocks Style has also caught the attention of Hollywood with celebs like Ludacris, who has trained utilizing this technique. It is Burly's hope to get 52 Blocks Style featured in Hollywood films for maximum exposure, so that the public will learn this method of self defense.
I was able to speak with Burly recently about his 52 Blocks Style.
The Art Of Fighting Without Fighting
Q&A with Lyte Burly
RW) Lyte, you are well known in the boxing and Martial Arts community as being a practitioner of different styles of combat fighting, from boxing, to wrestling Western mixes, to African and Asian styles. I noticed on your website that you have a quote from Bruce Lee who created Jeet Kune Do as a sort of freeform of fighting using many different styles. Tell us about your philosophy with combat fighting and the importance of mix styles of training?
LB) I believe that combat must start with defense which is natural offense is not natural and must be learned ,and if your planning to defend yourself outside of sports competition then mixed martial arts is a must to cover as many variables that arise in a fight.
RW) 52 Blocks then is a fighting style that incorporates many styles, much as Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do?
LB) No it’s made up of defensive shapes, footwork, slips, ducks, feints, blocks and interceptions but since it’s a defensive art it can be paired with any offense.
RW) Where did you grow up and how did you first get involved with combat training, and is that the best way to describe what you offer, as combat training?
LB) I grew up in queens New York and I’ve always had a love for martial arts after seeing the 52blocks i went on to learn many other arts such as tai-chi, Hsing-I, Pakua, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Wing-Chung, and Boxing. Yes what I know I classify as combat training
RW) Who would you say was your biggest influence as a young man in the boxing world and in the Martial Arts world?
LB) Of course I would have to say Bruce Lee, and as far as boxing it would be Charley Burly, George Benton, Willie Pep, Sugar Ray Robinson.
RW) What are some of your goals with 52 Blocks training?
LB) To teach people the art of non-fighting which can save your life more then actually fighting. 52 Blocks is the art of self-preservation.
RW) I understand that your 52 Blocks may be featured in an upcoming movie? Is that something you would like to see happen for this fighting style as a brand, to get some Hollywood exposure so that more young people will come to know about it?
LB) Yes I believe the art of 52 Blocks is very pleasing to the eye so it would make a excellent edition to movie screen martial arts
RW) How can people find out about your courses, and follow you on social media?
LB) learn-martialarts.com, advanced.lyteburly.com and lyteburly.com
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[I] teach people the art of non-fighting which can save your life more then actually fighting. 52 Blocks is the art of self-preservation."
— Lyte Burly