Comprehensive Fighting Systems was founded by Chad McBroom for the purpose of promoting and teaching effective, comprehensive fighting methods. The term comprehensive, means “complete, including all or nearly all aspects of the subject at hand.” It is the mission of Comprehensive Fighting Systems to research various fighting models and extract the essential elements to produce highly effective martial artists that are not bound by martial arts tradition. While many "blended" martial arts try to add more and more "techniques" from other arts; CFS strives to reduce all fighting methods down to their common movements, analyze those movements, train the movements, and explore the endless practical applications of those movements. In the words of Albert Einstein, "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. . . It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction."
The cracked skull is a symbol of mortality. It serves as a reminder to the practitioner that the combat arts are deadly. He or she must live with the outcome of any physical confrontation in which he or she becomes engaged. Life is sacred. Deadly force should only be used to protect the life of another human being. The skull also serves as a reminder of one's own mortality.
The wings behind the skull represent freedom—freedom to evolve as an individual martial artist, freedom to learn from various teachers and systems, freedom from the bonds of martial arts tradition.
The crossed sticks represent the heavy influence of the Filipino Martial Arts.
The two knives represent the blade arts that have influenced CFS. The designs of the knives are significant as well. The blade on the left is the Libre Fighter MKII designed by Eric Kramer with input from Scott Babb, founder of Libre Fighting. The blade on the right is the Apache Falcon designed by Snake Blocker. These two knives represent the two blade systems that have had the largest influence on the CFS blade arts: Libre Fighting and Apache Knife Fighting.
The triangle is a significant structure in the Silat, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Kenpo, and the Filipino Martial Arts. Applications of the triangle are found in defensive and offensive tactical strategies including footwork, stances, blocking, disarms, balance, power, and body structures.
The dark red color of the wings represents the blood of warriors that has been shed in combat. It is through the blood of battle that the fighting arts continue to evolve.
The Comprehensive Fighting Systems motto is the Latin phrase: "E Pluribus Unum. Ex Uno Plures." which is translated "Out of Many, One. Out of One, Many." The first portion of the motto, "E Pluribus Unum," relates to the synergistic nature of CFS. Every single martial art system is nothing more than a fighting model—a vehicle to teach the practitioner the ways of combat relative to the culture, weaponry/armor, geographical location, enemy, moral code, and physical abilities and limitations of the people for whom it was intended.
CFS is an amalgamation of core principles, concepts, mechanics, and strategies of the combative arts and sciences of East Asia, South East Asia, Western Europe, North America, and South America. It is essentially a fundamental analysis of the core concepts and mechanics that are universal to every fighting art. The term "amalgamation" describes the process of blending and fusing these multiple entities into one new, strong and stable form, hence the phrase: "Out of Many, One."
CFS also has many sub-systems (each originating through the amalgamation process described here) which can serve as stand-alone systems, but come together to form the complete CFS curriculum. These sub-systems forming a greater collective system is also represented by the phrase, "Out of Many, One."
The second portion of the motto, "Ex Uno Plures," relates to the process of taking what appears to be a single fighting element (technique, movement, sub-system, etc.) and finding its multiple uses. It is the ability to translate empty-hand movements into knife and stick movements, knife movements into empty-hand and stick movements, and stick movements into knife and empty-hand movements. "Out of One, Many" represents the many faceted aspects of Comprehensive Fighting Systems as divided into its various sub-systems, as well as the universality of each of those sub-systems.
To summarize the meaning of our motto: "E Pluribus Unum. Ex Uno Plures," would be to say that the more the martial arts practitioner grows in his or her understanding of the combative arts and sciences, the less confined to a particular system he or she becomes.
Aspects of Training
The Self-Preservation aspect is everything the individual needs to know to protect him or herself during a real-life physical attack. This is essentially the down and dirty crash-course of self-defense. While we encourage our students to engage in a life-long journey of martial art development; we realize that they could have to fight for their lives today! Our Self-Preservation training gives them the tools they need to survive an attack on their lives today, so they can continue to develop themselves as life-long martial artists tomorrow and in the future.
The Self-Development aspect of training is where the individual's martial art develops. This is where the individual begins the life-long process of learning, developing, and refining his individual martial art. The Self-Development aspect is where the student learns the technical aspects of the various martial arts, how to use those arts, and how to blend those arts into a fully integrated fighting method.
As previously mentioned, Comprehensive Fighting Systems has many subsystems which can serve as stand-alone systems, but intertwine to form a complete fighting system. These subsystems can be subdivided into "macro systems" and "micro systems." The macro systems encompass large areas of study, whereas the micro systems are smaller sub-sets within the macro systems.