Kissaki is karate for the REAL world
The sword was considered to be the "Soul" of the Samurai, and the blade itself a venerated object of both beauty and deadly efficiency; a fusion of harmony and function.
The Kissaki is the term for the deadly sharp cutting edge of the very tip.

Kissaki-Kai Karate-Do was founded by Vince Morris, now 8th Dan of Nottingham, Great Britain in March 1993 at the behest of senior black belt members who had become disillusioned with what the "traditional" karate schools had to offer in terms of "real" fighting techniques.
At most, many karate schools boasted that they were champions of this and that competition, and they were just that, champions of a competition, where rules and regulations prohibited the use of real, effective techniques in the sporting arena. And rightly so, as these techniques were highly dangerous and some even lethal when applied properly.

'Kissaki Kai is not like fighting an opponent, it is an execution.'

Kissaki Kai has taken karate back to its origins, past the point-scoring sports forms, and right back to the art of self-defense it once was.

Kissaki teaches the fundamental 5 elements of Combat.

  1. Ne-waza - Groundwork, grappling
  2. Nage-waza - Throwing techniques
  3. Atemi-waza - Vital point striking
  4. Shime-waza - Choking techniques
  5. Kansetsu-waza - Joint Locking Techniques
The application of these waza are being guided by the Rules of Combat and the bunkai (applications) hidden in the ancient kata.

...I encourage you to spread the word regarding the value of Kata training and what it really teaches a student. Too many karateka think that there is fighting and then there is kata for "form". Kata is fighting.....the problem as I see it is that much of the true knowledge that Kata is trying to teach has been obscured by years of myth and misunderstanding by most instructors. I hope that with the expansion of the internet and the opening up of communications between martial artists, we can all have availability to your instruction.

Mike Black Shorinji-ryu Renshinkan Gainesville, Florida, USA


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About Vince Morris

Vince Morris BA(Hons.) 8th Dan kisaki-kai (8th Dan I.S.O.K.)
Now in his sixties, with more than 50 years Martial Arts experience, Vince Morris is a leading authority in the world of karate and his effective no-nonsense approach to his art has earned him worldwide respect. He regularly taught Tactical Officer Protection courses at the Antwerp Police Academy and for a variety of other Law Enforcement agencies which has brought him many commendations and citations for his extraordinary skills along with the acknowledgement that these skills have saved lives!

Always concerned with making the art of karate as effective as he knew it could be, Vince developed Kissaki-Kai Karate, and by utilizing his knowledge of pressure points and the "Rules of Combat" has seen it develop into a well-rounded system of personal protection.

Vince Morris has influenced many of today's leading instructors both directly and indirectly via his teaching and numerous books and videos on applied karate. Kissaki-Kai has branch Dojo all over the world, in Europe, China and the USA.

Now based in America at the Kissaki-Kai Honbu Dojo, Vince continues to oversee the development of Kissaki-Kai Karate-Do International.

  • Chairman & Chief Instructor: Kissaki-Kai Karate-Do
  • Chairman International Society for Okinawa and Japanese Karate.
  • Senior Coach English Karate Governing Body.
  • Director: Law Enforcement Training Services International.
  • Member ILEETA (Int. Law Enforcement Trainers and Educators Assn.
  • Consultant Instructor to various Law Enforcement Services world-wide - Law Enforcement Tactics & Officer Protection
  • Twice awarded Police Academy Citations for "Professionalism and amazing skills."
  • Recognised authority on close-range combat tactics and the use of vital points.
  • Acknowledged as one of the world's foremost instructors and lecturers in the field of Police Officer Tactics and safety, and of karate and allied combat arts.
  • Called by Ex-White House Security Advisor: "The Master who teaches the Professionals."
  • Former Director: International Institute for Kyusho-Jutsu Research.
  • Former Chairman of the Martial Arts Commission, a UK Government (Home Office) instigated body to oversee the standards and practice of all martial arts in England, reporting to the Sports Council and the Minister for Sport.
  • For many years a senior student of Shiro Asano SKI 8th Dan
  • SKI International and medalist in both kumite and kata, consistent member of the Asano sensei's SKI (GB) British championship winning team.
  • Respected and recognised worldwide; coach to British Team at JKA World Championships - Dubai.
  • Experienced Judo-ka.
  • Designated by the US Govt. as possessing "Exceptional Skills and Talents."
  • Author of 12 books published world-wide, plus a series of instructional videos & DVDs
  • Regular National Magazine columnist in the UK and the USA.
  • In 2005 invited on to the board of technical advisors for Martial Arts Teachers.

Rank Awards

  • 2007 Awarded 8th Dan Black Belt by International Society of Okinawan/Japanese Karate
  • 2007 Awarded title of "Meijin" by International Martial Arts Symposium in recognition of..."Lifetime of dedication and leadership to the Martial Arts community and as a model of noble character..."
  • 2008 Awarded 8th Dan by awards panel of Kissaki-Kai Karate-Do.

Seminars

  • Law Enforcement seminars in New Jersey, South Carolina, Chicago, California and Michigan.
  • Kissaki seminars in various US locations plus internationally in the UK, China, Thailand and Europe.
  • Presented the inaugural 'Master Class' seminar in conjunction with 'American Samurai' magazine in the HQ, New Jersey.

Instrumental in purchasing and designing premises as HQ training centre for Kissaki-Kai and Law Enforcement Training International. Presents regular classes at the new HQ including classes for overseas visiting instructors in Law Enforcement and Karate. To date, visiting instructors have attended from the UK, Belgium, Holland, Canada and China.

New Productions

  • Video & DVD - 'Tekki Shodan'
  • Video & DVD - 'Kanku Dai Revisited'
  • Video & DVD - 'Karate's Hidden Throws'
  • Video & DVD - 'Nijushiho'
  • Video & DVD - 'Extreme Self Defense'
  • Video & DVD - 'Kissaki-Kai Karate-Do'
  • Video & DVD - 'Empi'

The Rules of Combat

Rules of Combat - The Development Of Warrior Tactics
Described as a "Modern Book of Five Rings" it serves as a guide for students and instructors on the journey to principle based training and mastery of their skills.
All fights, large battles or individual encounters, follow certain rules. And if you know the rules, you can win any fight. Here are some examples:

Rule #4: Never stop until it's over - Would you walk away from a fight in which the assailant still has a weapon and can use it against you again?

Rule #7: Never fight at the same speed - Do not let a fight deteriorate into a one-for-one exchange of blows. Once you have started your techniques, the assailant should have no window of opportunity to regain the initiative http://davidochlinnea.se.

Rule #12: A lock is only a prelude - In many dojos techniques are only practiced in isolation. For a more realistic training you must remember that a hold or a lock is often only a prelude to control or finish, not the control or finish itself.

The Rules of Combat can help you to structure your techniques in a way that maximises your chances to win any confrontation. These rules are principles that can be applied to any martial art, not just karate.

Like no other martial art, all of Kissaki Kai's techniques and bunkai are based on these rules or priniples.


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Law Enforcement Training (LETS Int.)

Based on the Rules of Combat, Vince Morris has also developed law enforcement training:

LETS provides practical and effective officer protection, arrest and control procedures which are used daily in Police Forces and Special Forces around the world.
Easily integrated into existing training regimes, LETS techniques have a formidable record of success over many years!
Courses available on site (Police Academies etc.) or at the HQ training center in New Jersey, USA. for groups and individuals.

... I have been a Police Officer for over 22 years, and have been trained a number of times in various defensive tactics, including unarmed techniques, Kubotan, PR 24 (tonfa), and aerosol devices. I have received training in these areas in the past from the F.B.I., the West Virginia State Police Academy, local law enforcement agencies, and martial arts instructors. Your training was by far the best that I have ever had, period. Your techniques were invariably easy to learn yet always effective, and your hands-on instructional approach lends total confidence in one's ability to be able to actually use the techniques in the field, and what the end result of a properly applied move will be. I now have a whole new "bag of tricks" to take out on the streets with me, and I really do feel a lot more confident in my ability to swiftly and decisively handle an opponent at close quarters.

S. W. - Police Sergeant, Virginia, USA.

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Testimonials

... Typical training involves continuous repetition of boring kihon... This not correct karate and it is not interesting. Because of it in Russia there are lot of black belts without knowledge. These people do not understand karate but are the instructors! ...meeting with Vince Morris has changed my life. I have found that... my students have ceased to be robots. They have begun to understand karate.

V. M., 3rd Dan, Russia

'Sensei Morris, I would like to thank you for the seminar.... It really opened my eyes as to the secrets behind kihon. As an educator, I would like to compliment you on your teaching style. It was very easy to learn from you, especially with over 60 students training at the time. I'm sure that you get many of these and probably do not need another, but I was very impressed. Thank You, '

Gregory J. , NJ, USA
Cappello Rowan University Glassboro, NJReal Karate -Combat-Effective Kata Bunkai

'Hello Vince,
As a member of Antwerp police I was fortunate enough to be part of the September training session, ... Since the situation is aggravating rapidly in Antwerp, your tactics got me out of trouble more than once, .... many thanks,'

van Achter, Filip


'Hello Morris sensei

I recently borrowed a copy of Kyusho Secrets from a new student of mine and was stunned by your insight. Why do you want to read on? You don't have to of course, but I need to share this glimpse of blinding light which reading your book has caused.
My new student is 4th dan Taekwondo but wants 'Okinawan karate' so he forced me out of retirement (teaching that is) to give him the stuff. (please note that I don't hide anything under any bushels anymore, time is short and so much to teach). I was never much of a sport fighter as I got fed up in the end with all the broken ribs, toes, fingers, cheek bones, swollen shins and fists....
At 57 I am embarking on a new excitement, that of running a dojo where the students actually thirst for what I want to teach. It's such an honour and I have to be careful with my new day-time students, to give them the truth. But I realise that I have still much to learn apart from kata and bunkai, a sort of bringing together of all my training, thoughts on karate philosophy, why do it, flowing techniques, all that stuff. ...
I must go now as I have already bored you long enough, but thanks for being who you are and I hope you can pass on your knowledge of real karate for years to come.
Best Regards'


'With regard to the very first program on Third Part Defence Close Quarter Battle Techniques which you presented for us in Jacksonville, Florida. This is the program on defensive tactics for personnel engaged in the personal protection of others. There is no question about it. I have observed and participated in a great variety of programs for several decades in the protective field and nothing has impressed me as much as this one.
The program allows the coverage of the principle from any position, direction or angle. It provides instant pain, compliance and immediate protection in a third party defensive situation. If there is a problem, it is met with an appropriate, not permanent response, allowing the principle to be protected, covered and evacuated without continuing engagement by the protector with the attacker/problem.
I believe through your absolutely thorough study, knowledge and subsequent application of your defensive tactics, and martial arts skills you have blended them into the correct application for personal protection specialists.
It will be a distinct pleasure to work with you in the future in the continuation of these programs.
With respect,'
Dr. Richard W Kobetz Executive Director EPI. USA.

Dr. Kobetz is a recognized Consultant and Trainer for major corporations and government agencies on matters of security, counter-terrorism and executive protection. He is a former Assistant Director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and has served as an appointed member of the U.S. Task Force on Disorders and Terrorism. He was a delegate to INTERPOL on issues of hostage rescue operations; and for over a decade, he directed the U.S. Attorney General's International Conference on Narcotics and Smuggling Intelligence. He is an accomplished author and lecturer and serves as President of The Academy of Security Educators and Trainers (A.S.E.T.).
'I just finished viewing your Paladin video, "One Strike,One Kill," and I just wanted to drop you a note telling you how much I enjoyed it. Rarely have I found bunkai explanations as well thought out and practical as the ones you give in your tape. It is an excellent tape.
Respectfully,'
Bob Orlando, USA


'Dear Sensei Morris:
I would like to thank you very much for the great seminar we had, in Michigan last March.
The content was exactly what I was expecting; in other words: an eye opener and a deep introspection of true application of karate techniques.
I truly appreciated your dedication to studying in dept real meaning and genuine bunkai, and sharing it with other karate practitioners. Your great sense of communicating and pedagogy makes it more interesting and dynamic.
I will recommend your seminars to any true and serious karate student.
I also would like to tell you that I enjoyed meeting you, and hope that we will see each other in a near future. I think that we will have some opportunities to work together and I am really looking forward to it. Sincerely your friend,'
Jean Frenette 7th Dan

(Many times European & World Kata Champion and film actor - 80 films recently filmed with Bruce Willis, now working with John Travolta)
...What a refreshing view of the application of those techniques, rather than the standard ones that our instructors had previously showed us, and we believed to be so effective... Your approach to self-defence through Kata, proves that within the Kata is truly where most all application originates. The history of which masters introduced which Kata, why certain Kata were practised in the manner they were, and what the results would be are much clearer than the standard answers we were given. We are anxiously waiting for more study and training with the Kissaki Kai Karate-Do Organisation. '
N. P. - Chairman, Michigan Karate Association USA


'Prior to attending one of Sensei Morris' seminars, I had seen one of his tapes and talked to a couple of people who had been to a seminar, so I was expecting good things. My expectations, however, fell far short of reality! The way he incorporates Kyusho knowledge with practical self-defence techniques is a real pleasure to see. I learned a great deal that I will be able to incorporate into our school's training program. While he comes from a Shotokan background, and many of the techniques he teaches are taken from Shotokan Kata, Vince concentrates on common principles based on anatomical knowledge that underlie all martial arts. ... I sincerely recommend his seminars to all martial artists, regardless of style. My only regret after the seminar is that he is now on his way back to England, and it will probably be a long time before I get to train with him again.'
Arlan Cage 2nd Dan, Shotokan South Bay Karate Assoc. Redondo Beach, CA, USA


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