HISTORY

Justo Dieguez (Keysi) was born on October 12, 1957, in a small mining town in the province of Seville, Spain, where he lived a short while. His father was transferred to the province of Aragon, to a town called Ultrillas, in the province of Teruel.

Justo grew up in the streets of this small town. “The village where I lived as a child was a very special place where life was hard. There you learned to fight and defend yourself or suffered the consequences.” While still very young, Justo already witnessed some brutal situations and quickly realized that if he wanted to do something with his life, he needed to escape from there. So, at the age of 10, he left home to livein a Salesian monastery, where he spent the next 3 years. After that time, without finding the answers he sought, he returned home and began to work in the mines when he turned 14.

The mine was a very hard and difficult place for a child, full of violent and ruthless men who lived without fear of recrimination. This is when Justo, while yet a child, set himself a goal: not to become a victim.“I have never felt like a victim. It simply was not in me to be one. This was turning out to be an extremely brutal period in my life.It was during my time in the mines when, for one reason or another, I lost many of my closest friends. I spent 6 long years in this extreme and violent environment before being involved in a mining accident. The mine collapsed, trapping and killing most of the people in the tunnel. “I can still remember the thundering roar of the earth as if something were twisting inside it.”

Even for Justo, that was enough. He left the mines and joined the army, where, given his bold nature, he soon found himself in the “COE” special forces and quickly became a soldier renowned for his skills. Afterwards, Justo decided that he was not ready to live the rest of his life in the army, so he finally decided to leave the special forces.

After that Justo started on his path of research into the world of martial arts. He studied and received his training as an instructor at various levels, but he never found what he was looking for. After receiving many promises, most of which were unfounded, Justo realized that the truth is within each person and was then when he began his inner journey.“This journey begins within oneself, in believing who you are and not allowing anyone to tell you who you have to be”.

“Discover the world of Keysi, live the adventure of breathing, creating and expressing the deepest within you without the barriers imposed by technique. This vision became the key that opened the doors of my mind, and it is the essence of what we wish to convey in Keysi”.

FAQS

Why is it called "Keysi"?

The birth of the word “Keysi” dates from the early childhood of Justo Dieguez. As a small child who was learning to speak, he had an own special way of pronouncing the words in Spanish ‘Que Sí,’ which means ‘Yes, I will!’

When was Keysi founded?

Keysi Method was shown to the public in 1980. For a period of 32 years (1980-2012), Justo Diéguez began giving self-defense seminars around the world. Was in 2012 when KFM company gives rise to current, known as Keysi World.

What came before Keysi?

The Keysi Academy of Self-Defense in Puerto de Sagunto dates back to 1975. At that time was when Justo Diéguez taught self-defense in a variety of styles; standing out among them, Filipino Kali, Jet Kune Do, and boxing. During the period from 1975 to 1980, Justo Dieguez began to develop a program for self-defense focus on the necessities of real life. Based on the deficiencies and gaps observed in other systems and through the knowledgethat he’d acquired, found Keysi Method far from rules, tatamis, or belts.

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