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52 Blocks – The True American Martial Art



In discussing the various martial arts and fighting styles from around the world, the 52 Block urban system, known as Jailhouse Rock’s broader style change, must enter the conversation. Researchers Daniel Marks and Kammau Hunter argued that Jailhouse Rock may be the only “Indigenous Martial Art” in America. With African influence and the belief that slaves came in the 17th and 18th centuries, 52 Blocks continued to emerge on the prison streets of Brooklyn and the USA. The style focuses on fourth-quarter techniques, such as those of self-defense cases found in environments such as prisons, restrooms, alleys and halls where movement is limited.

As mentioned above, 52 Blocks, also known as “52 Hand Blocks” and “The 52’s”, are part of a larger collection of fighting styles called “JHR”, or “Jailhouse Rock.” 52 Blocks and their variations are similar to capoeira and savate martial arts, which are martial systems associated with urban criminal subcultures, which underwent a gradual codification process before being established as mainstream-accessible martial arts. on them. Other variations from the JHR collection are Comstock, San Quentin style, Mount Meg, and Stato, all names referring to the prison that was started. As it gained popularity and exposure in the early 70s, Jail House Rock appeared to appear in the media for the first time in an article on Martial Arts in Prison entitled, “KARATE IN PRISON: Menace, or Means of Spiritual Survival ?,? “In the Black Belt Magazine from July, 1974.

Contrary to popular belief, 52 Blocks is not a Western boxing style, nor is Wing Chun mixed with Western boxing. Considered a defensive style that creates openings in offense through continuous movement, the fighter blocks / catches punctures with the forearms and elbows. Short power portfolios, flowing movement, and counter-strike are all aspects of 52 highlighted, while using sharp and avoidant footwork. Unlike boxing but like Muay Thai, the angles are commonly used to beat the opponent.

Much of the contradictory argument and information about 52 Blocks stems from whether there was “uprocking” or the influence most of us have on style at all. Some believe this link is a feature of some of the fighting techniques inspired or copied from the “diss movements” taken from Brooklyn Rock or an uprock style of breakdown. You seem to find as many sources as possible to cite the opposite with these links between 52 and urban dance, making it the subject of 52 with the most contradictory information.

As many practitioners of 52 have felt that their system has long been forgotten, it is now beginning to take its rightful place in the history of martial arts, the result of long – growing media coverage. Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight, is one of the first high-profile boxers to endorse 52 and professional boxers including Mike Tyson Zab Judah, and Bernard Hopkins have evidence that the style exists, giving a voice legitimacy for him from real combatants. Rashad Evans, a former light heavyweight champion at the UFC, has promoted 52 and his efficiency.

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