Mohamed Hussain Anverdeen grew up in Sri Lanka. His father was a police officer and grandfather a politician. They were both crucial to his training in the martial arts field and were his first teachers. They instilled in him a strong sense of discipline and strict morals, which is a core part of Sensei Hussain’s personality and comes across in his unique teaching method.
Sensei Hussain was encouraged to practise Budokan Karate from the age of 8, with an emphasis on strikes, blocks and powerful kicks. He trained intensively for years and achieved a black belt(first dan), in Budokan Karate.
Through the police work of his father, he developed an interest in seeing how specific martial arts techniques could be applied to real life scenarios. Sensei Hussain received first-hand experience of how criminals would fight with each other and with the police.
Always being thirsty for more knowledge, Sensei was attending seminars and classes when he came across the famous professional fighter, stuntman and film director, Shihan Palitha Galappaththi. It was here that he was blown away by the demonstration of Kyokushin Karate.
Shihan Palitha Galappaththi introduced Sensei to the style of Kyokushin Karate. Where Budokan Karate consists of strikes, blocks and kicks, Kyokushin karate is a full contact style; simple, effective and perfectly captures the true spirit of martial arts fighting.
Shihan is famous to this day, in the Sri Lankan film industry as a director, professional stuntman and professional fighter. Shihan is a black belt, sixth dan, in Kyokushin Karate. Through this fortunate meeting with Shihan Galappaththi, Sensei then trained hard under Shihan Galappaththi to achieve a black belt, (fourth dan), in Kyokushin Karate. Through Shihan Galappaththi, Sensei Hussain was then honoured to be introduced to Sosai Mas Oyama, from Japan, the founder of Kyokushin Karate. Here he was able to share and discuss the Kyokushin philosophy.
Due to the war in Sri Lanka Sensei Hussain left, aged 24, in search of better opportunities. He carried on with his interest in martial arts by continuing to train wherever he travelled.
Sensei Hussain travelled throughout Asia and Europe where he studied different martial arts and trained in self-protection methods. In 1993 he travelled to Holland and trained in Thai Boxing for around 2 years. He then moved to France, where he gradually progressed into learning Judo and French Boxing.
A few years later, when he moved to the UK, he met Sifu Michael Nembhard. Sifu taught him to broaden his thinking, develop an open-mind and to avoid becoming fixated on only a few arts. With Sifu Michael, Sensei Hussain trained in various martial arts such as Jeet Kune Do, Kali, Silat and Panatukan. They attended many seminars together, and had the chance to train and meet with many exceptionally gifted Instructors, like Guru Dan Inosanto (training partner of the legendary Bruce Lee), Bob Breen ( a well-known JKD and Kali practitioner), Rick Young (an instructor in Jun Fan Gung Fu), Terry Barnett and Eddie Quinn. Sensei Hussain is certified in Eddie Quinn’s ‘The Approach, Self-Protection Method’.
Wanting to further his knowledge of other martial arts styles, he chose to proceed with realistic-based self-defence systems by attending courses and seminars held by teachers like Geoff Thompson and Peter Consterdine. They focus on the reality of personal combat and are two of the world’s most acknowledged experts in self-protection and Close Quarter Combat.
Sensei Hussain also holds an SIA licence, essential for anyone who offers private security. Sensei is also a fully affiliated and certified instructor with the British Combat Association and also the World Combat Association, the premier association dealing with martial arts and self-protection. He is also a fully qualified personal trainer and has full DBS clearance. Most recently Sensei has attended a course in modern close quarter combat. As Sensei says, life is a continuous journey of learning and improvement.
Concept/philosophy of FFS
As anyone who knows Sensei Hussain they will realise that although he is a teacher with over 40 years experience, he is extremely humble in his method and always thirsty for new knowledge. Sensei Hussain doesn’t promote any one martial arts over the other. He believes that methods can always be improved and everyone will develop their own techniques and nuances that they will adapt for themselves. Life is a continuous opportunity to learn and improve. The only thing holding you back, is yourself.
Typical class format
As Sensei Hussain has said many times, there is no point in learning techniques and methods solely for the sake of checking off a list. It is very important to be able to pick out the flaws in a technique and see whether they would really work on the street if you had to defend yourself. The whole concept of Sensei Hussain’s method, Fusion Fighting System, is to learn techniques with this in mind.
For this reason a typical class consists of an intensive cardio-workout. This builds up stamina and strength to be able to do specific techniques. People may argue that in a real-life scenario you wouldn’t have warmed up and be prepared. This is true, however this improves the cardio fitness of your body and is beneficial to one’s overall health. Also the body develops muscle memory the more times a drill is actioned.
After the cardio, specific techniques are taught and practised. These are then used in real-life scenario training. This is a unique aspect of Fusion Fighting System. By putting students through scenario training they are put in a similar situation to what may happen in real life, e.g. standing at a bus stop and someone tries to steal your mobile, or you feels someone is following you. Before even thinking about what you do physically, Fusion Fighting System teaches students to have the right mental attitude i.e. to be aware of surroundings, to pre-empt dangerous situations, how to evade/ avoid potential situations, to verbally de-escalate and as a last resort to use physical techniques. By putting students through specific stress drills, we try to emulate what would happen in a real life scenario with multiple aggressors, shouting, pushing, using dummy weapons, this helps to increase adrenaline levels which cause specific stress responses in the body. The students then learn to harness this to their advantage and fight rather than freeze. It’s about embracing the fear that you may feel in a potentially dangerous situation and using it to help you escape. The aim is to install these techniques so that they become reflexes and second nature. In real life scenarios there may not be time to think these things through before it’s too late.