There is a strange martial art in the world that thrives in prisons and reeducation camps in the US but little known is Jailhouse Rock.
In addition to being mostly confined to the United States, Jailhouse Rock’s movements looked very odd, so the subject was still known by quite a few martial arts enthusiasts around the world.
Jailhouse Rock has caused a lot of controversy surrounding whether this is an official martial art or just a fighting style with its own characteristics.
This martial art is widely developed in many prisons and re-education camps throughout the United States. The most important system of Jailhouse Rock includes 52 punching techniques, quite similar to boxing and Savate martial arts of France but the movement is much more flexible, sometimes twisting like dancing but very effective in practice.
Jailhouse Rock’s technique is richer than boxing in addition to boxing, it also uses some other parts of the body to attack such as pillows, heads, shoulders and a number of low kicks, sweeping stones are compared with the doctrine of Wing Chun is right.
Jailhouse Rock’s forte is easy to practice due to simple and highly improvised moves, even this subject has some features quite similar to Krav Maga, boxing. Initially only being widely developed in prisons, but thanks to the very high efficiency in real combat, the Jailhouse Rock fighting system gradually became a recognized martial art.
Among the famous figures in the United States, including the legend Mike Tyson or Zab Judah used to love Jailhouse Rock. Even some cult celebrities in the showbiz world like actor Larenz Tate and rapper Ludacris also practice this discipline to apply in their cinematographic and musical works.
So far, even experts in the US have not been able to determine when Jailhouse Rock was born. According to some documents, this discipline was born from the fierce battles in New York prison since the 1970s.
During this period, Black Belt magazine published photos and videos introducing Jailhouse Rock’s 52 techniques. Immediately, it attracted great attention from the American people. A lot of people have spent time practicing this subject because it is considered an interesting fighting type.
In a short time, Jailhouse Rock was developed in the east coast of the United States and especially flourished in New York.
But according to Dennis Newsome, a researcher and master of Jailhouse Rock, the martial art was originally invented by the African-American community in the 17th or 18th centuries.
They were originally slaves subjected to repression by white men, so they built a battle system to protect themselves.
At first, Jailhouse Rock was only secretly learned. It is likely that this is the reason why the movements of this martial art have similarities with some types of African dance, to disguise during practice.