What is Black Arts Military Unarmed Combat?
Black Arts Military Unarmed Combat is a Canadian Martial Arts system developed
by Grandmaster Gus Michalik of London, Ontario. The Black Arts combines the
best of many Martial Arts streaming mainly from Hapkido, Kenpo and Jiu-Jitsu.
The Black Arts was designed as a straight forward self defence system utilizing
simple movements in combination with pressure point manipulation to achieve
effective and sometimes devastating results. There are no patterns or predefined
defences. Due to this nature anyone can learn Black Arts Military Unarmed Combat
and achieve a reasonable level of effectiveness quite quickly.
How the club was started
The Black Arts Society was initially formed from remnants of the Canadian
Forces Base, London Military Club. Grandmaster Michalik, and Warrant Officer
B.J. McLean were tasked to form The Royal Canadian Regiment Unarmed Combat
Team from military members of the 1st Battalion. The team originally consisted
of Seargent Jim Blackmore, Seargent Jimmy Gardner, Corporal Steve Smith, Master
Corporal Scott Guilford, Master Corporal Mike Lesic, Corporal Wendell Heron,
Corporal Fraser Strachan and Grandmaster Michalik as coach.
The Emblem of the Black Arts Society
The emblem itself holds a specific significance. The eagle represents the
offensive side of the art, whereas the shield depicts the defensive side of
the art. If the shield is penetrated then the eagle is unleashed. The dagger
represents the military origin from the Special Service Force Unarmed Combat
Team. The sunrays signify the multitude of styles emanating from the Black
Arts style and the wreath represents that these styles are held together under