Martial Arts - S2 Strategic Defense
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Martial Arts training is comprised of several factions. In the big picture martial arts is certainly a lifestyle and has many values to offer. When selecting a martial arts program, the client has to first identify what their goals are then seek the right training program for them. Here is a basic way to view martial arts training and their differences:

  • Traditional Arts: Arts such as Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Hapkido and many others have been around for centuries. In today’s world of traditional art training many of the programs are driven by youth based programs and offer an excellent foundation in character development. There are adult based programs as well, but the majority of the market is designed for kids. These arts also offer a great opportunity to learn about history and culture.
  • Health and Fitness: Tai Chi and Yoga are both considered martial arts for the inner self. These arts are excellent for meditative, vascular, and other health related aspects. If you are seeking a way to relieve stress and develop a greater overall health status, these arts can be an excellent option by themselves or combined with other training methods.
  • Sport Combat: Arts such as Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are an integral foundation to self defense as well as sport. These arts not only focus proper mechanics and fundamentals, but they are an amazing training platform for combative measures as well. You will see more “sparring” in these kinds of arts than you will in any other as that is a integral part in the development process.
  • Reality Based Martial Arts: Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Martial Arts, Kali, Krav Maga amongst others are designed around real world combat. They also offer many of the benefits from the other categories of martial arts but tend to more dynamic about the training. The involvement of weapons, multiple attackers, conflict resolution, and other aspects make Reality Based Martial Arts a specialty. Don’t be fooled by others who are claiming to teach “self defense” but are clearly sport based.


Nik Farooqui, the CEO and Director of Training Operations at S2 Strategic Defense has a reputation in the martial arts community to be a leading instructor in Reality Based Martial Arts. With over 30 years of martial arts experience, multiple academies, several instructors/school owners under his coaching, and thousands of hours on the mats his programs have reached training arenas that other martial artists simply could not have made.

Our programs include Jeet Kune Do, Kali, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a core for many of the courses we offer. We express our martial arts training in two main ways. On one end we teach martial arts as a lifestyle and ongoing program. This is where life-long martial artists get involved with S2 Strategic Defense and Nik Farooqui as they want to learn the artistic expressions. On the other end we express martial arts as training platform for combative training. This approach takes the training away from tradition and applies it with one simple goal in mind…conflict dominance.

By offering it in these two forms, our martial arts programs appeal to a wider variety of client and we can serve their training goals better. Our Jeet Kune Do and Kali programs have brought us in 12 states including Illinois, Texas, California, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Arizona and others to teach seminars to other martial artists. Why are so many other martial arts schools and instructors bringing Nik Farooqui to their schools? Because of the level of expertise that he brings to each training session.

Nik Farooqui is respected as one of the senior most instructors of Jeet Kune Do and Kali in his generation of instructors. He is also the founder and head instructor of the Xtreme Training Academy located in Bartlett, IL. Chicagoland’s premier academy for Jeet Kune Do and Kali training classes.