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    Jail House Rock or JHR

    By Chris Crudelli


    Although there is a lot of controversy debating the existence of this as an actual art form, practitioners and popular legend has it that it is a hybrid style developed in the U.S. amongst urban gang members and prisoners.
    Although it seems there are different regional styles which vary greatly in content and methodology, the guiding principal of the system seems to be one of constant improvisation, deflection and effectiveness in non sporting confrontations. Originally a fighting system typically employed by criminals, it has now become more mainstream and accessible due to its codification.
    JHR is stillhighly debated amongst martial artists, yet this art has gathered pace due to media attention, and references can be found in popular rap songs by artistes including the Wu TangClan, in literature - including crime books and graphic novels and in essays on African-American culture. Its history, although very hazy, points to links with indigenous African fighting arts and slave arts and the profusion of European bare-knuckled boxing.

    Legend also has it that Mike Tyson’s trainer, Cus D’amato, adopted a technique called Peek-a-boo from boxer Floyd Patterson who had learned the technique whilst in Coxsacki Penal Institution, New York. Mike Tyson used this Peek-a-boo technique in his early career with devastating effect and it was a technique that he used regularly in his bouts, arguably helping him to achieve and maintain his status as the world heavyweight boxing champion.

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    Chris Crudelli is a Graduate of London University’s SOAS & Beijing Shi Fan University. He is also a Kung Fu & Taiji Master, Author & TV Host best known for his self-penned BBC TV series 'Mind Body Kick Ass Moves' broadcast in over 180 countries worldwide.
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