The discipline’s Core strives to develop virtuous moral excellence in students by teaching them how to live above their physical, mental and spiritual limitations through the rigours of combative practice. HAOS enforces an eclectic training methodology based on the multidisciplinary study of other martial arts styles and the integration of complementary fields of knowledge.
HAOS aims to help individuals achieve excellence in combat, build character and cultivate inner peace.
Olympic Sport: N/A
Word Etymology: χάος
Hardness: Full Contact
Country of Origin: Canada
Motto: USQUE AD FINEM
Founder: Vladimir Alexandru
Pronunciation: HAOS /ˈheɪ.ɒs/
Battle-Testing Period: 2017-2027
MARTIAL ARTS PARENTHOOD
A MARTIAL ARTS SYSTEM provides combative knowledge. Each discipline holds parameters that define its overall objective and the circumstances under which it operates. The terms used may differ from one system to the other and are not always interchangeable. Consequently, we have taken the time to accurately define our branches below.
HAOS is an aggressive form of combat designed to counter purposeful violent conflict. It is effective:
against dedicated, skilled and violent fighter(s) that do not adhere to any code of ethics
in uncontrolled environments, devoid of any rules of engagement
under extreme physical exhaustion, mental fatigue and psychological terror
in situations where melee weapons may be deployed (modern firearms are occasionally considered)
under abandonment, the notion that help from bystanders, legal authorities or medics will not be given
UNARMED FIGHTING addresses all aspects of stand-up (striking), clinch (wrestling), and ground (grappling) combat. Engagement strategies and tactics are taught and implemented both in practice and in theory. Students learn how to overcome their opponent(s) by any and all means necessary.
SELF-DEFENCE practices combat under asymmetrical conditions. This can include a fighter’s mental readiness, unexpected assaults, psychological violence, use of force limits, the presence of bystanders, the need for verbal de-escalation, the need to restrain, the ability to retreat and other legal obligations.
EDGED WEAPONS trains students to specialize in wielding puncture tools (15-30cm), knives (15-30cm), combat knives (30-45cm) and machetes (45-60cm) in combat. Proficiency in various improvised weapons as well as unarmed defenses vs. other types of melee weapons are also integrated into this category.
CORE is a series of amalgamated practices that contribute to all three pillars of combat and define the HAOS way of life. While focusing heavily on enforcing students’ physical fitness, proper nutrition, psychological conditioning and spiritual development, it also analyzes multiple fields related to the martial arts. Examples include: kinesiology, physical rehabilitation, athletic therapy, massage treatment, history, religion, philosophy, security, first aid, pedagogy, mindful breathing, knife forging and meditation.
Haos is the Romanian word inheritor of the Ancient Greek χάος (kháos), commonly known as chaos. Early Christians did not understand the proper use of the word "chaos" and its meaning became associated with confusion, disorder, unpredictability, randomness and abnormality. In truth, HAOS represents a nameless, formless, boundless state, empty of all essence. The sum of all combined, it is, was, and will be the truest, greatest, most wholly reality. Found everywhere and nowhere, HAOS is void of our own subjective nature and represents absolute transcendence both in the martial arts and in life. It is a primordial manifestation of existence that holds maximal ontological status.
HAOS is currently undergoing extensive testing in order to reinforce and refine all of the system's notions and techniques. Based on a preliminary analysis of our current program, this should take approximately eight more years. Our tests are based on the knowledge gained from the experience acquired from live combat sparring and realistic simulations.
USQUE AD FINEM is Latin for “to the very end”. It represents an integral part of HAOS ethos and reminds us not to compromise our morals or who we are as a person in the face of adversity, hardship and misfortune, preserving our values to the very end. The HAOS motto stands in defiance of our fears and upholds our inner balance.
Any type of tool designed for fighting at a close distance. Examples include but are not limited to knives, axes, clubs or two-handed staffs. Melee weapons do not include ranged weapons such as bows, javelins, slingshots or other tools that are specifically made to provide a significant advantage in terms of physical reach or engagement distance.
A combat system that does not adhere to a single set of concepts but rather draws upon multiple ideas, styles and theories when building its fighting algorithm. This distinguished approach grants unique vantage points and allows systems to reexamine the goals, parameters or overall approach of that particular martial art.
This represents the degree of physical exchange during training, sparring or grading. Contrary to non-contact, limited contact and semi-contact, full contact provides the possibility to impose any power ratio, including maximal. Full contact is a crucial component of HAOS training that forges excellence in students.
FOUNDER & HEAD INSTRUCTOR OF HAOS
For the past fifteen years, Vladimir has sought to find a comprehensive way of fighting with a perfect combat algorithm. He has devoted himself to this pursuit by exploring every aspect of the martial arts, studying multiple systems of combat and examining their relationship to our physical, mental and spiritual structures. This amalgamation and reconciliation of numerous fields of knowledge in search for the absolute within the martial arts has given way to HAOS.
Vladimir has extensive training in several different martial arts and holds black belts in full-contact Karate, Israeli Krav Maga and the Filipino martial arts. He also continues to diligently study other systems of combat such as boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, wrestling, judo, BJJ, MMA, A.C.T. and HEMA. The non-combative core of his teachings includes physical fitness, nutritional coaching, flexibility training, rehabilitation workouts, mobility development, massage treatments, psychological conditioning, breathing exercises and meditation practices. He extends his passion by coaching students who wish to better themselves through the martial arts.
Vladimir has experience providing close protection services for A.I.M.S. International Corp., an American company that specializes in defensive countermeasures. His no-nonsense approach removes the “modern” misinterpretations that professional sectors apply to martial arts and vice versa. His teaching methodology now includes only aspects of full-contact fighting that have been tested against skilled, resisting and violent combatants under realistic conditions. This unique perspective has greatly influenced HAOS doctrine and has solidified the objectives of the system.
Vladimir has taught martial arts for over a decade, with six of those years operating a full time studio in Montreal. He had the privilege to meet numerous martial arts teachers, self-defence instructors and competitive fighters, all of whom have contributed to making him a better student and trainer. He trusts that the knowledge of the martial arts can lead to a spiritual path that instills the highest principles, virtues and ethics for the ardent seeker of truth.
By committing to this way of life, Vladimir aims to help individuals achieve excellence in combat, build character and cultivate inner peace.
MARTIAL ARTS PARENTHOOD
A SUMMARY OF THE MAIN MARTIAL ARTS STYLES THAT HAVE INFLUENCED HAOS.
Traditional full-contact Japanese Karate that focuses on combat, forms and weapons. This stand-up fighting system with Kyokushin Karate roots is often acclaimed for producing practitioners of great technical striking skill, physical toughness and psychological resilience. The system emphasizes mobility, timing, rhythm, surgical precision, explosive movements and powerful combinations. Kanreikai Knockdown tournaments feature world class athletes competing in bare knuckle fighting, pushing their bodies and minds to extremes. Weapons such as the two-handed staff (bo), side-handle baton (tonfa), chainsticks (nunchaku) and the pointed prong shaped metal baton (sai) are taught through forms (katas), providing a fundamental footing in traditional Japanese arms. The Kanreikai philosophy, “to never quit and go beyond your limits to reach your goals”, lies at the centre of the system and is imbued in both practice and theory. This martial art follows the teachings of Hanshi Manny Matias, Soshu Sigheru Oyama and the great Mas Oyama.
Vladimir Alexandru’s Rank: Black Belt (1st Dan)
Awarded by Shihan Denis Cordeiro
Combat system developed for the Israeli Defence Forces, Krav Maga is most recognized for its reality based training. The system employs logic, psychology and biomechanics to build a highly effective response to violent confrontations. Krav Maga’s practical and intuitive principles tackle problematic situations by concentrating on preventative tactics, realistic simulations and aggressive unarmed combat skills. Students are able to respond to a wide variety of threats ranging from unarmed attacks and blunt objects to knives and modern weaponry. The techniques are based on human reflexes which allow techniques to be taught in a relatively short amount of time. For the above reasons, Krav Maga finds itself at the core of professional sectors such as executive protection officers, private security staffs, law enforcement agents, SWAT officers, correctional officers, air marshals, military members and other governmental units. Krav Maga translates from Hebrew into English as “Contact Combat” and was created by Imi (Sde-or) Lichtenfeld.
Vladimir Alexandru’s Rank: Expert (E1)
Awarded by Grandmaster Eyal Yanilov
Krav Maga Global
CACOY DOCE PARES
Filipino martial arts system that teaches Pangamot, Eskrido and Kali. Pangamot refers to an individual’s overall fighting ability and includes training in hand techniques (Panantukan), combative kicks and sweeps (Pananjakman), no holds-barred grappling (Dumog), foot trapping (Kaukit) and biting and gouging (Kinamotay). Eskrido is a close quarter combat version of Cacoy Doce Pares that utilizes chokes, joint locks, submissions, throws and trapping techniques with or without the use of weapons. This system is heavily influenced by Jujutsu, Aikido and Judo, due to the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, thereby militarizing these techniques. Finally, the umbrella terms for the Filipino martial arts Kali, Eskrima and Arnis emphasize weapons combat. Training includes but is not limited to one-handed stick (rattan), spear (sibat), knife (kutsilyo), short sword (espada), short pocket stick (punyo), bull whip (latigo), belt (centuron), and hook knife (karambit). This martial art follows the teachings of SGM Cicaro “Cacoy” Canete, a legendary fighter in the Philippines.
Vladimir Alexandru’s Rank: Black Belt (1st Dan)
Awarded by Grandmaster Chris Bautista
Cacoy Doce Pares