What is WJQF/5XMM?

What is Wu Ji Quan Fa?
The modern full name of the system is 五極拳法 Wu Ji Quan Fa (WJQF) or Wu Ji Chyuan Fa (WJCF), which best translates to “5 Extremes Martial Method” (5XMM). The statement “5 extremes is a symbolic term representing being open to all origins of martial knowledge and skill, seeking growth from the North, South, East, West and from within (the “center”).  A fundamentally non-traditional style, from its inception operating according to the rule of adapting everything learned for application in a realistic combat environment and in daily life.

“5 Extremes” also symbolizes a warrior taking their training to completion by going to the 5 extremes of warrior proficiency.  The “5 Extremes” of warrior proficiency, commonly among many Chinese martial systems are agreed upon as being: 1-striking and kicking proficiency; 2-throwing, balance breaking, locking and breaking proficiency; 3- Weapons usage and defense proficiency; 4-combat mindset and combat conceptual proficiency; 5- Self Development.
“5 Extremes” as a name also refers to the common use of perspectives of 5 used to simplify and classify complex topics for understanding and integration.  Examples include: 5 critical skill developments, the 5 primary influential systems upon WJQF, the 5 primary weapon categories of proficiency, etc.

The ideal of the WJQF system is to help each practitioner become as complete and formidable of a warrior as possible, focusing on enhancing each warrior’s combative and personal capabilities.  Part of the ideal is for practitioners to be happy, contributing members of society who are a part of the solution in all situations they encounter.

Sometimes simply referred to as “The System” or “The Family System” in reference to the Chinese family whose system Ge Jian Pai forms a central influence upon the system.  WJQF was 1st taught to the public by 5th Step Master Tom Garriga in the 1980s in Sandy, Utah, at the time under the name Hua Gen Bo, meaning “Chinese Foundation for Fighting”.  It has continually evolved from that time, evolving with the additions made by practitioners who have improved the original content they learned in the system and have brought their own previous knowledge into the system for integration.

Why train in 5XMM?

1.)  It is a Comprehensive System:

Comprised of the best of 20+ primary systems having already undergone decades of living refinement under the current team of instructors as well as hundreds of years of historical refinement from past generations.  Normally to acquire what is combined in this system a practitioner would have to travel extensively in the hopes of finding qualified teachers and hope to learn it then integrate it on their own.  Here you are able to reap the fruits of such efforts made over decades.  We have sought to provide a true 1 stop shop for those wanting to learn combat martial arts.  Striking, kicking, grappling, ground fighting, weapon usage and defense, firearm training, internal energy, combat mindset, eastern philosophy, eastern arts of meditation, healing, health, fitness and longevity are all brought together under 1 umbrella.

2.) The Association’s Approach of Instruction:
Official WJQF is administered through an The Tang Wei Martial Arts Association (TWMAA) which is an association of instructors who bring over 100 years of cumulative relevant experience both instructing in the martial arts and operating in fields incorporating the use of martial skills.  The team approach allows practitioners to get a diversity of explanations and perspectives so they can learn as quickly as possible.  The association approach is also used to maintain quality of instruction on every topic covered.

3.) Fast Paced-Advanced Instruction:
Having as much to share in the system as we do, we really don’t teach “beginner”/”stepping stone” material.  Instruction from day 1 is detailed while being fast and focused.  Material is relevant from the start.  Everything is done to ensure that a student’s effort, time and money yields maximum results with minimal wasted time.  In short, it is our focus to make you good, fast.

4.) We conduct training rather than teaching:

We train the material dynamically in class, we don’t send you home with required homework necessary to progress.  These are not classes where you come 1 time and it is only beneficial the first time you learn it.  Students are training for proficiency rather than mere knowledge, so repeated, yet layered and expanded exposure to material is built into the training to promote integration of skills.

5.) Non-Traditional Martial Arts Environment:

Class environment is non-traditional, with no “sensei”-student dynamic, no gi’s, etc.  Instructors lead a class through training, demonstrating and explaining but then often participating and actively coaching students.   The class environment is one governed by mutual respect all across the board.  The classroom environment is one that fosters mutual growth and comradery.
5-Accommodating Array of Track-able Paths to Progression:
Both traditional weekly class formats and intensive periodic training formats are offered.  Each course is broken down into sub-blocks of instruction which can be covered as each students lifestyle allows so progression paths can accommodate modern lifestyles.  This also allows a student to be able to track and plan their own progress.  Students can go on a traditional path seeking rank promotion by covering each sub course inside a program or often if they have a specific interest they can take courses in that line of progress.  (Refer to paths to progress page)

6.) “Warriorship” System of Personal Development is taught in addition to combative training:
WJQF is a dual sided system and includes a system of personal development which can be focused upon jointly or independently for those interested. Many of the attributes of warriors particularly in terms of awareness, self-control, health, fitness and longevity have long been admired and sought by people from all walks of life. These attributes are developed deliberately through systemic training and study commonly referred to as self-development or in other circles could be translated as “warrior ship”.  The WJQF warrior methods of exercise and meditation enhance physical, mental and spiritual development.  Study and practice of warrior philosophy and mindsets have direct application to enhance a person’s business and personal life.

What does the Basics Program entail?

Basics Program

Follows the below outlined structure which is considered a standard structure for future courses.  Theme of the course is to thoroughly prepare students for scenarios against single opponents unarmed and armed with basic street weapons (knife, baton, and pistol) as well as introducing basic multiple opponent strategies.

Courses of Study:

  1. Engagement Strategy (ES) 101: Introduction to Strategic Engagement

Before at attacker attacks, they attempt to set you up before they engage you.  The strategic aspect of combat scenarios is everything that happens before and after blows are exchanged which determines who has an advantage during the fight.  The basic scenarios and strategies are covered in this course, realistic scenario drills are used to help students develop the ability to detect and avoid combat scenarios and also to give themselves maximum advantage in the event that they need to engage.

  1. Neutralization Tactics (NT) 101: Introduction to Free Fighting Tactics

The Combat environment is a free fighting environment, which is fast paced, unscripted, and unrelenting.  Free Fighting tactics are adaptable skills and tactical methods used to neutralize a spontaneous enemy attack and gain access to finishing targets.  Slow and fast simulation training methods are used to train students to be able to spontaneously get to targets against an attacker attacking with empty hands, edged weapons, and impact weapons.

  1. Neutralization Tactics (NT)102: Empty Hand Fighting Techniques:

Techniques represent the fundamental coordination patterns used to conduct or counter specific attacks.  Techniques are used to give students their coordination base and to build their fundamental fighting combinations.  Multiple training vehicles are employed to develop higher levels of tactical speed, power, timing, distancing and rhythm.  Basic Power concepts are reviewed and drilled so that they are habitually incorporated into a student’s fighting movements.

  1. Neutralization Tactics (NT) 103: Introduction to Knife and Baton Weapons Usage

Weapons are the ultimate equalizers, equalizing damage capability across the board.  Nearly all serious combat scenarios will involve weapons.  In this course, knife fighting and stick fighting techniques are taught and related to free fighting patterns to give students basic proficiency in the use of these weapons which are so commonly used in modern scenarios.  This course focuses on the use of these weapons but also covers the empty handed counters to the employment of knife and baton attacks.

  1. Neutralization Tactics (NT) 104: Introduction to Reversing Disadvantage

Ideally in self-defense scenarios, you do not allow the enemy to strike you, to fake you out, to grab you and put you in a hold, to hold you at knife, or gun-point or to take you to the ground.  But… in the combat environment, mistakes happen, when they do, a student needs to be able to reverse the disadvantage and turn back to the press in the blink of an eye if they are to survive and prevail.  Ground fighting, grappling counters, knife hold reversals, firearm takeaways are all taught in this course.

  1. Domination and Fight Finishing (DFF) 101: Intro to Power Output

External Domination refers to the fundamental ability to destroy targets effectively and appropriately.  External Domination 101 is focused on increasing the raw power and speed outputs of each students.  Power concepts 1-13 are taught and integrated with striking, kicking, throwing, and levering primary finishing basics.

  1. Domination and Fight Finishing (DFF) 102: Targeting and Weaponry

Combat Basics and Targeting are thoroughly taught, considering appropriate, legal use of force. Students are introduced to each group of finishing basic motions, including striking, kicking, and grappling basics and then are taught how to access appropriate targets with sufficient force to decisively and appropriately end a fight.

  1. Combat Concepts and Mindset (CCM) 101: Intro to CCM

This refers to development of combat mindset as well as combat concepts.  These concepts are discussed and demonstrated so that students recognize their universal application across the other combat skill sets.

  1. Warriorship-Personal Mastery (WS-PM)101: Intro to External Warriorship

Besides learning to fight, a warrior actively cultivates and develops themselves constantly pursuing an increasing state of self-mastery.  This refers to disciplining the body through several forms exercise, rest and dietary patterns.  Warriors throughout history have often been admired for their health and fitness attributes and in particular for their ability to maintain high levels of prowess with extensive longevity.  These attributes come from specific methods of training which are introduced in this course.

  1. Warriorship-Personal Mastery (WS-PM) 102: Intro to Internal Warriorship and Personal Mastery

“Martial Arts is Internal, it is a way of life and living, of thinking and behaving”.  Warriors have long sought knowledge, skills and philosophical understanding as well as meditation practices which can enhance fundamental human faculties of awareness, and self control.  This class is an introduction to such philosophy and also to several practices, highly effective in developing the internal attributes which are often admired in warriors.

After going through the above mentioned 10 basic courses of instruction and upon recommendation from a certified instructor and approval from a certified senior level instructor (3rd Step and Above) the student is invited for the basics course test prep course and test, at which point they are promoted to the rank of intermediate student.

Do you have a formal rank and certification system?

Tang Wei Martial Arts Association Certified Instructor List:
5th Step:
Tom Garriga (Grand Master)
Kyle Whiteley
Bruce Young
Adam Adair
3rd Step:
Kody Jones
1st Step:
Jake Black
Joel Black
Jae Wilsted
Nate Summers
David Crozier
The Tang Wei Martial Arts Association (TWMAA) is the sole authority on the development and instruction of Wu Ji Quan Fa (WJQF) A.K.A. 5 Extremes Martial Method (5XMM).  Being a mixed combat system with an open source philosophy it is to be expected that curriculum and training methods will evolve to remain cutting edge.  As such we are always evolving, year by year making adjustments to curriculum and methodology, stripping away the unessential, adding that which was previously unknown, clarifying that which was previously unclear.
The TWMAA works cooperatively under the leadership and authority of Founder and Grand Master Tom Garriga along with the Senior Council of Instructors to conduct R&D on existing material, to develop new material and also to study outside sources material, then integrating what is learned with what 5XMM had previously.  Those holding instructor certification are a part of that team and are authorized to various extents to represent the organization and to work in concert with senior leadership.
It should be noted that the TWMAA re-formalized its structure and curriculum in 2015.  Representing a major effort requiring several years, representing a major update and enhancement upon what was originally highly effective.  Keeping with the tradition of “bridging the system”, the new 2015 curriculum is based upon a Rapid Skill Building philosophy.  Testing requirements and training structures also have changed in order to enhance progress for students to the maximum.
To those who learned and promoted in the more than 3 decades in which Tom Garriga has been teaching WJQF, changes in no way represent a slight of what was accomplished, rather, it is evidence of the success that has been earned from everyone’s participation in the system.  To maintain the integrity of the WJQF/5XMM system, one major change going forward is the distinction between instructor and practitioner rankings.
Going forward there will be practitioner rankings separate from instructor certifications.  The difference between having the ability to do and teach has long been recognized.  Practitioner rankings up to 3rd step are determined by proficiency tests and signify the level of practitioner ability to apply skills, but this does not guarantee ability to teach.  Those who just want to learn are accepted and are not forced to learn unnecessary teaching oriented material.
Those who want to become instructors can, after reaching 1st Step, request to be placed in the instructor program and when accepted can complete an instructor training course and test prior to certification.  Those who have been instructors in the past but have not remained in contact with the senior ranked leadership of the system can also contact any of the certified instructor representatives listed below and request to go through instructor certification training.
Currently practitioner ranking criteria, recognized instructor certification levels are recognized below.  Those listed as certified instructors are those who are recognized and authorized by the TWMAA as teaching to the current curriculum up to the current standard set by the senior instructor council.  Those practitioners who teach and remain unaffiliated are considered as teaching their own variation of the system or to be teaching an outdated version of the system or in some cases even to be falsely claiming to know this system.  Those interested in training in authentic Wu Ji Quan Fa “5 Extremes Martial Method” should seek authorized instructors as listed below.  Please contact us if you want to locate and/or verify an instructor in your area.
Practitioner Ranking Definitions:
Basics Student: Ranking given upon completion of enrollment class.
Intermediate Student: Ranking given after completing the basics course and passing the basics course proficiency test.
1st Step Practitioner (“True Beginner”): Ranking given after completing the intermediate course and passing both the intermediate course proficiency test and the “1st Step Test”.
2nd Step Practitioner (“Master Fighter”): Ranking given after completing the 2nd Step course and completing the 2nd Step series of proficiency tests as well as the “2nd Step Test”
3rd Step Master (“Master of Tactics”): Ranking given after completing the 3rd Step course and passing the 3rd Step Scenario Drill Series of Proficiency Tests
4th Step Master (“Master Strategist”): Ranking given after completing the 4th Step Course and demonstrating required proficiency levels in both proficiency and teaching skill.  At this ranking the practitioner and instructor certification converges. Requires recommendation from the Senior 5th Step council and consensus agreement to certify the promotion.
5th Step Master (“Master Healer”): Ranking given after completing the 5th Step Course and demonstrating required proficiency levels in both proficiency and teaching skill.  Practitioner and instructor certification are combined. Requires recommendation from the Senior 5th Step council and consensus agreement to certify the promotion.

Instructor Certifications:
1st Step Instructor: After completing proficiency testing, in addition, has completed the instructor certification course up through the 1st Step Program.  Is considered an apprentice instructor authorized to teach under the authority of a 3rd Step Instructor’s permission
2nd Step Instructor: After completing proficiency testing, in addition, has completed the instructor certification course up through the 2nd Step Program.  Is considered an  and is authorized to teach under the authority of a 3rd Step Senior Instructor Instructor’s Supervision
3rd Step Instructor: After completing proficiency testing, in addition, Has completed the instructor certification course up through the 3rd Step Program.  Is considered an Authorized Instructor and is authorized to teach under their own authority as a representative of the Tang Wei Martial Arts Association.
4th Step Instructor: Has completed the Practitioner and Instructor Certification Courses up through the 4th Step Program.  Is considered a Senior Instructor, teaching under their own authority as a representative of the Tang Wei Martial Arts Association
5th Step Instructor:  Has Completed the Practitioner and Instructor Certification courses up through the 5th Step Program.  Is a member of the Senior 5th Step Council of Instructors who are authorized as a council to make decisions regarding the structure and operation of the Tang Wei Martial Arts Association
Grand Master: This is the Senior 5th Step and Leading Member of the Senior 5th Step Council of the Association.

5XMM Primary Influential Systems

5XMM Primary Influential Systems

  1. Ge Jian Pai
  2. Trul Kor (Tibetan Ghost System)
  3. Tai Ji Quan
  4. Tui Na Qin Na
  5. Bagua Zhang
  6. Zi Ran Men
  7. Xin Yi Liu He Ba Fa Quan
  8. Pankration
  9. Shao lin
  10. Vajra/Verrani
  11. Shimabaru Ninjitsu
  12. Shui Pai Gong Fu
  13. Splashing Hand
  14. Kong Que Men
  15. Wing Chun Gong Fu (AKA Yong Chun Gong Fu in Mandarin)
  16. Tao Ai (Dao Li in Mandarin)
  17. Dim Mak (Dian Mai in Mandarin)
  18. Lin Gui

    Supplementally Influential Systems (Acquired from TWMAA living members study outside of 5XMM):
    Kenpo Karate
    Shotokan Karate
    Bareknuckle Boxing
    POST Defensive Tactics
    CACC Wrestling
    Jeet Kun Do/Jie Quan Dao
    Tae Kwon Do

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