Open Workshop in Scotland

Keysi Open Workshop Edinburgh

After months of planning and preparing ,the long waited weekend came around. After I done the airport runs so I can pick up the founder and creator of Keysi -Justo Dieguez- and Master Instructor from International Team -Bogdan Suciu- on Thursday, really looked forward to the next day. And Friday quickly showed up, and what a lovely day it was. Was brilliant to see my fellow instructors and friends, and spend together with this bunch a long seven but absolutely well worth it, hours of intense training. Saturday creped in quickly too and Edinburgh hosted the first official Keysi Fighting Method by Justo Dieguez Open Workshop , that turned out to be a real success, stress gone for me 😉. Had the pleasure to meet and train with some lovely, open minded people that not only that they enjoyed every second of training but they also been amazed about the fighting method that Justo developed for over 40 years. The feedback was absolutely 10 stars. The most common feedback from the attendees-David, Angus, Thomas, Tommy, James, Dave- to name a few, was highlighted in the following words: Keysi is mind blowing, different and an absolute eye opener towards the reality of the streets. Keysi is wow, is just something else, so complex yet so effective, so real and created in such way that anyone , regardless of age and fitness level, can train it. Overall the Workshop was a success, everyone was really happy, we all had a brilliant time and we all enjoyed every second of having Justo Dieguez and Bogdan Suciu with us and sharing with us their knowledge and passion for Keysi. Sunday and the last day of the seminar finally came and after four hours of training and learning new techniques we, the instructors, ended up saying our farewells to each other.

What a magnificent weekend it was, packed with knowledge, enthusiasm, passion, sweat and laughs. Would like to say a big thank you to the instructors that supported and helped me Robert, Scott and Peter and express my gratitude to the Milton Keynes team that was there on my side to support me on Saturday. Probably you are wondering why have I choose Keysi? Well I can help you with an answer there 😃….Keysi Fighting Method by Justo Dieguez is the most real and effective form of self-defense that I have ever tried. From my first hour of training Keysi I absolutely loved it. The power, the drive and possibilities behind this method are endless. Besides being a self-defense method is also a self-growth method, a method that helps you discover your inner self, inner strength and your capabilities. I really truly recommend this fighting method to everyone , children, women and man and really wish to see more women taking advantage of this  amazing self-defense method as this is a doorway towards confidence, strength and control of any situation, and believe me, I know what I’m saying. Of course that the weekend couldn’t end any other way than having the creator and founder Justo Dieguez and Bogdan Suciu on a wee journey through the beautiful city of Edinburgh (make sure to check the Facebook page Keysi Scotland and Instagram page keysiedinburgh to see the brilliant pictures from this awesome weekend 😉). I couldn’t end any other way than saying a massive thank you to Justo Dieguez for his time, passion and energy that shared with us all over the weekend and every other times, Maestro you are a man that no big words can make you justice, you are one of a kind and a massive thank you to Bogdan Suciu for his passion, help and support.

Open Workshop in Scotland

Keysi Mexico, Never give up

Dear Friends,

On behalf of Keysi by Justo Diéguez and his entire team, we express all our support and solidarity to the families of the victims by the earthquake of 19 September 2017.

Due to this sad event, we inform you that our 1st Keysi Open Workshop International Seminar scheduled for September 30 and October 1, 2017 in the WTC CDMX as well as our DIMA Instructors Course, scheduled for October 3 to 7, 2017, have been postponed.

Our interest now is to support our colleagues and the Mexican people in general to recover from this terrible incident. Soon we will announce new dates for our seminar when it is safe to do so.

We expect a quick recovery of the country of Mexico with the greatest of our desires.

We are grateful for the words of encouragement from our Founder, Justo Diéguez, and our CEO, Alberto Valdivia, and we put here this great institutional Keysi phrase:

“Never give up”

We appreciate your kind compression.


KEYSI by Justo Dieguez at the 13th International Federal Police Seminar of the German Ju-Jutsu Association.

The fifth time in a row, our Master Instructor Holger Neumann with his team, has been invited from the 25th to the 27th June 2017 to the 13th International Federal Police Seminar of the DJJV to teach and bring a little closer the participants to KEYSI’s experience.

In three training sessions, he led a total of 97 participants to the world of KEYSI’s Tactical Enforcement. The focus of the training units was not only on the self-protection in the tightest space and against several attackers at the same time, but also on counter-techniques and progressive action in difficult situations.

The KEYSI Tactical Enforcement Program is just as flexible as KEYSI itself. The multi-dimensional nature of the Tactical Enforcement program can be adapted and supplemented by all safety aspects and scopes (police, military, private security, special forces, State security bodies, enforcement agencies, etc.)

The weekend was a great success and we are already waiting for the next one in 2018, when the XIV International Seminar of the Federal Police of the DJJV will be held with KEYSI by Justo Dieguez.

Game of Thrones

The new season has finally arrived! Here is a photo of our participation in the Game of Thrones serie, in the battle with our friend Bronn (Jerome Flynn). We expect to join them very soon!

In Game of Thrones we use our Keysi Movie Action program, a teaching based on the development of the body mechanics that introduces the actor/actress in the world of action in front of the camera. You can find more information about Keysi Movie Action on our website


Justo Dieguez – The Founder

When the viewer is glued to his seat watching fight scenes attached to a fast-paced action which is drawn in perfect harmony within the fighting scenography, we can say without worries of contradiction that behind the scene, the person or known actor is the advice from Diéguez, delivering his developments and knowledge to the protagonist who needs it.


Justo learned that the art of fight is born from the everyday survival and if it’s studied and handled constantly, it becomes an effective discipline, fast and accurate which can save us from a real life dangerous situation o simply become a scene of singular beauty where the body language with their actions set the tone of a skilful aesthetic figure controlled and model drawings of the art of fighting in the most strictest sense.

Within his extensive film experience we highlight its beginnings to international cinema. In 2004 he joined the team of Paul Morris Jenning, one of the most prestigious coordinators and directors of Hollywood film industry. The next year he participated in the film Munich, directed by Steven Spielberg. From 2006 he collaborated in “Mission Impossible 3” directed by JJ Abrams, fully entering in the American film industry. In 2008 collaborating in “Batman: The Dark Knight” directed by D. Christopher Nolan and in the same year working alongside director Marc Foster in the film “James Bond 007 Quantum of Solace”.

Recently he participated in “Clash of the titans” Directed by Louis Leterrier and “Game of Thrones” directed by Brian Kirk in 2010. And in 2011 he worked to complete the series of “Clash of the Titans 2”.

Finally, his participation was also huge in the Spanish film industry working in a numerous projects and documentaries, which shows his extensive background in the world of film and in the staging of the fight of the Seventh art.

Recursos Keysi

Biomechanics to an emotional level

We could define Biomechanics as the ability which the living beings move within the environment and the way in which they do.

But on his occasion we don’t want to talk about the Biomechanics as a physical level, we want to talk about another peculiarity of Keysi which is the “emotional biomechanics”.

One of the most striking peculiarities of Keysi is that we do not care for being the best fighters in the world, out main purpose is to extol the student to learn something basic which is “to know yourself” and “be yourself”.

Keysi devoid the rules in its practical terms but still using them. Keysi has an endless philosophical knowledge to instruct the students from his class. Today concepts such as friendship, equality, teamwork and loyalty either to himself or to his opponent may seem outdated and obsolete, but for us in Keysi nothing is more important than ever to stop being ourselves and despite circumstances, to know better day after day.

Today maybe people are set in other profiles, wanting to be so much like them that eventually they cease to be themselves, since these benchmarks make people lose their way and their goals. In Keysi we work the mind and we remind them that the first and most important is to believe in them, if you believe in yourself you have earned at least 80% of any discussion or problem you will encounter in your daily life.

Finally, and note least important, in the emotional level of Biomechanics we instruct the student with the most vital concept in life which is the breathing. We believe so much in it that it represented in the arms and insignia of Keysi, as is the concept of “Never Give up”.

Whatever happens, never give up, and believe in yourself. Whatever happens you will go forwards.

Keysi´s First Steps

All those who are interested in martial arts or self-defence end up finding Keysi, the funny thing is that people find this method already created. But what were the first Keysi steps?

Justo Diéguez throughout his long career in martial arts shows Keysi, not through the film industry but through seminars around the world.

This is the way in which people from different nationalities and different countries became interested in the method that today is changing the mindset on how self-defence is geared to a reality that is far from what can be seen in any action movie.

Eventually Justo Diéguez began to know and meet people interested in teaching, as mentioned above, it is far from other systems or methods.

It is in places like the UK where people approached him can show pictures of the seminars received by Justo Diéguez first hand.

Given the charisma and sympathy it was inevitable that over time, these people would approach him and ask academic information, because the reality of the method itself, it will hook you from the first time you train.

Your mind hits a radical change as you will see that you don’t need to be a born athlete to learn or to teach, you only need two simple but extremely important things, dedication and effort.

In tandem through day to day working alone or with a partner you develop a sense of “honour” and “discipline”. Despite being a non-rule method these values re used as a dogma.

Over time one of the students introduced to Justo with the brilliant idea of showing Keysi even more.

Broadly speaking, a class of Keysi can be divided into two parts, the physical part which is working alone or with a partner and the intellectual part, because even being a method of self-defence, a notebook is always necessary to write down what you have learned, our own conclusions and symbolism of learning. It is in this way that a student learns to develop Keysi, from the lowest level to the highest, and this is how these students are teaching today. Through examples, explained and developed by its founder Justo Diéguez.

Alongside his former student A.N., Justo decided to give a twist to make the method known with more power. So the method spread to the world as “KFM” (Keysi Fighting Method).

It is impossible not to mention starting and evolving the company KFM was increasing in a rapid pace and the number of seminars and this method was exponentially growing.

But here, my friend, when things start to go wrong. Justo “Keysi” is its son. Keysi was born of necessity, real cruelty of a society that forced its founder to grow physically and mentally, he developed this method that allowed him, on more than one occasion, not only emerge unscathed from a critical situation but to tell the story today.

But as I said, to Justo “Keysi” is family, and its founder was unaware that his partner in the company didn’t believe in the same thing. Sadly he will never forget that for his partner “Keysi” meant nothing less than “money”, and where Justo saw students who were like family, he saw shares and people which to take advantage of, so much was his greed that he decided to call himself “founder”. But we know it is not the same to be the founder of a method to be the founder of a company, the same way as it is to work in a company than owning a company.

As you can imagine at this point, the problems were increasing. Justo was doing seminars around the world and old students converted into instructors, but because of the two ways of looking at Keysi more problems appeared for Justo. Some instructors didn’t allow any development or creativity which people who wanted to be instructors whished, aspired and wanted. That is because for them it was essential to win and feel the need of having more power forgetting what Keysi is about, family, and that nobody is better than anyone, because no one is born knowing and through work and sacrifice we all improve day by day.

With these kind of events, Justo started to feel and observe how what he created and put so much effort in was heading into a decline which he had ever imagine, but the problems had just begun.

The instructors in charge of the training of the students in Spain who knew Keysi in a more precise and intimate way from their first steps forgot the base of itself. In the end it ended in a complete separation and closure of the company KFM, leaving its founder with his soul in a fist and pain which only a father can feel when he can see what they have done to his child. Because those people who he included them until the last minute, he believed and respected was proved to be the opposite.

But Justo far from surrendering decided to start from scratch, he decided to return to their origins and then appeared “Keysi” a phoenix renewed and stronger than before, as one of the first things you learn in Keysi is to “never give up” whatever happens, keep going.

Today these former students decided to go their own way and teach what Justo instilled from the heart and put their own name to it, thanks to them more and more people are interested in Keysi, because even people who don’t know about the method, as soon as they learn its origins they will ask the correct question: Where does this which I’m learning come from? Day by day more and more emails and phone calls requesting information about Justos and where it can be learned.

And this, my friend, is the reality of why KFM (Keysi Fighting Method) disappeared and today is known only by Keysi by Justo Diéguez or just Keysi, because if you learn a derivative of Keysi method you end up wanting to know more about Keysi, and because when you finish a lesson of Keysi or derivative born from the disunity of Keysi you will be applauding his creator: Justo Diéguez.

vortice in Keysi

What is Vortex?

According to a basic definition found online, a vortex is a stream of air ascending and descending.

In other words, a more colloquial way, we could define it as a tornado consisting of ascending and descending currents of air taking everything in its path.

So, where do we find Vortex in Keysi?

Keysi is a self-defence created by and for the Street, where real life revolves around the 360 degrees around us adding the upper plane, the air, and the bottom plane, the ground.

This way we can define vortex as the individual itself because in the reality of like we can find ourselves in a setback or obstacle in any direction or trajectory.

The central axis of the vortex is formed by our bodies, from our head to our feet. And around us, from 1.5 to 2 meters, that is the shortest and fastest distance a person can travel in one step.

What is the use of the Vortex for us?

Before starting this blog, we emphasized on the area control, talked about controlling all directions to avoid falling prey to a causal or intentional attack.

Well right now we speak like the predator, skilled in Keysi and takes time training with great constancy.

This predator is surprised by an individual whose attitude makes us suspect that his intentions are evil and all of a sudden he approaches with his intentions more conclusive. Our brain acts and tells us… This person wants to harm you and we can’t help it.

In this moment is when the subject enters our vortex, getting closer to that small distance of two meters where he thinks his prey is defenceless and weak.

But even a hunter knows that the wounded animals are the most dangerous and will never shoot against a tornado as it will be like killing flies with a canon.

The predator acts, not prey of panic, controls all emotions because it knows his integrity depends on it, in that precise moment is where all the training, biomechanics, area control, technique, strategy and determination, all of this fused in unusual movements but effective

The predator moves but the attacker is unable to control, not even his own body, as it has entered the eye of a storm, with air currents which could go up or down, spinning in different directions, powerless to restrain the victim, like any person trying to catch the wind with their hand

The Vortex is not a hit or a technique, is the sum of all the training where the mind, the muscles and the biomechanics act as a contact movement.

Maybe this entry has left you a bit confused or maybe you only understood parts of it. To define Vortex is like explaining something as easy as, why do we breathe?

Do you have questions? Have I awaken your interest? Do you want to understand about the Vortex?

What I can do is encourage you to join a Keysi class and there you will be able to visualise where, how, when and where the eye of the storm appears, which we call Vortex.

The meaning of “Pensador”( The Thinker)

People commonly think that “el Pensador” (The Thinker) is just a technique that involves putting your hands on your head, but the reality is far from that statement.

Its meaning is much deeper as it’s not a technique by itself, it’s a decision on how we do things, in which way and when. In reality the “Pensador” comes from the deepest part of our being.

So the more accurate definition of the “Pensador” is not a technic in itself but the product of our psyche and the need that is presented to us at that moment.

All Keysi techniques or at least a vast majority of them are named with its based “pensa”, for example we can find “pensa-choque” ( thinking-hit), “pensa-puños” ( thinking punches) or even “pensa-patadas” ( thinking-kick). But as mentioned before these techniques are born from necessity.

Lets not forget that Keysi is a method of self-defence, when we talk about giving a “pensa-puño”, we are talking about giving a punch to something or someone, but that gesture comes from the necessity of defending ourselves or defending our loved one from aggression always illegitimate, since we learn self-defence not a pointless fight.

So from a more spiritual point of view, we define “el Pensador” (The thinker) as “ Bring out from in you, your true self from the heart”. And from this combination of values and philosophy comes the technique itself based on the urgent need to overcome a physical and real obstacle that forces us to be in guard.

Salute in Keysi

Technically speaking the greeting in Keysi is performed as follows.

  1. From a neutral position, separate the feet and hands. The feet are apart beyond shoulder width and palms facing forwards.
  2. At the time the right hand and foot start to get together, put your feet together and bend your right elbow and make a fist until touching your chest at heart level.
  3. The first and elbow stretched forwards, and repeat the same move, flexing the elbow and taping the fist to the heart. Then return to the first position with the hands outstretched and palms facing forwards.

After this explanation, I showed you a technique. But, what is the meaning behind these simple movements?

To start with the meaning of this salute:

-“I stand before you, with the best of me and that humanity and the honour is our dress of our heart”

This greeting is executed at the beginning and the end of the class, but also during the class where you will see it before developing a technique in pairs. Since even self-defence or a contact sport sometimes we do hurt each other, this gesture before, during and after teamwork symbolises that we are brothers to all and will never hurt each other volunarily or arbitrarily. So our students and instructors before and after training in team they pull the elbows and fists and collide as a symbol of brotherhood.