“Hisshou” is a Japanese concept intrinsic to the martial arts. Like many Japanese Kanji , its meaning embodies a complex concept that is not directly translatable to English and has many different (and equally valid) interpretations. Literally translated, it means “Certain Victory” or “Inevitable Victory”, and refers to a situation where even though competition may still be ongoing, one side’s victory is already assured. One way to think of Hisshou is as “Checkmate”; a set of conditions under which one’s victory cannot be prevented. Another contextual meaning of Hisshou is as “Prevail”; describing the mindset of someone who is utterly determined to succeed. Hisshou is used by Master Leigh Rossi as the Kanji for his system, which he calls the “Checkmate” JuJitsu system. When I founded Prevail, I adopted Hisshou as the symbol for “Prevail” in honor of Sensei Rossi, and in recognition of a constant striving for excellence in the martial arts that our Academy represents and fosters.
After 30 years of accumulated training and teaching, the time came to codify the body of knowledge and styles of training that we use at Prevail into a complete system. Our Integrated Arts Program is an integrated, interdisciplinary, Mixed Martial Arts approach that combines Kickboxing (Boxing, Muay Thai, Kickbxoing, Savate) with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, JuJitsu, Reality Based Self Defense, Meditation, and the study of history & philosophy to produce mindful, well-rounded martial artists who are competent and educated at all ranges of the martial disciplines. I decided to name this integrated arts approach “Hissou-Ryu Kempo JuJitsu” in honor of my teachers. In August of 2016, a board of 9 senior masters comprised of my teachers and mentors (Masters Terry Dow, Leigh Rossi, Gino Traballano, Shawn Flannagan, Robb Buckland, Rick Alford, Paul Castagno, Professor J.J. Doyle, and Sensei Shelby Young) promoted me to 4th Degree Black Belt and certified their recognition and approval of the Prevail System of Hisshou-Ryu Kenpo-JuJitsu. In 2017, Prevail became a certified member academy of JuJitsu America, the United States’ oldest JuJitsu Organization.
Our curriculum is centered in a teaching paradigm we call the “8 Gates of the Martial Arts”, which form a complete training matrix for developing strong martial artists. This program uses a Comparative Approach to training that emphasizes a broad base of knowledge and skill, and the creative ability to adapt to situations quickly and effectively. This matrix includes Striking (Muay Thai, Savate, Kickboxing), Grappling (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), Self-Defense (Jujitsu, RBSD, Combatives), Meditation, and Academic training in the History, Philosophy, and Ethical teachings of the world’s various martial traditions.
diet & nutrition
This is the foundation of our physical and mental fitness.
strength & conditioning
Ensuring that our bodies are functionally strong and cardiovascularly fit.
flexibility & balance
Strength and Fitness must be tempered with mental and physical flexibility and coordination.
techniques & combinations
We focus our strong, flexibile, fit, bodies and minds on developing skill and ability.
Good technique is not enough: We must understand how and why techniques function or fail in given contexts.
Rolling, Randori, Sparring, Scenarios: We must have safe and dynamic way to experiment and develop true skill.
Concentration, Focus, and Awareness must be trained like any other skill.
Each of us must develop our own, creative expression of the arts and the style and appraoch that speaks to us.