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Combined Fighting Systems


The headquarters for the entire CFS martial arts programs is based at North12 Martial Arts Academy

 Basement/Rear of 770 High Road, North Finchley, London, N12 9QH

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David is a British Born Martial arts expert of Nigerian heritage based in North London  Trained by the best to be the best, apart from being a World Class competitor, he is widely regarded as one of the best teachers around. Having started his martial arts journey in 1979 his experience as a teacher, student, fighter & coach is hard to rival.


What is it? Combined Fighting Systems (CFS) is the name which materialised in 1996 and was created to host the various martial arts that David had studied and was able to teach. It is not just a blend or mix of various martial arts and neither is it a new style or system. Students who study the CFS martial arts are therefore free to train in any single art or blend them as they chose.

Certification is available in each art studied if the appropriate level is achieved. What is unique about the CFS approach is the meticulous way in which the arts are taught leading to amazing results for all.

  • Brazilian Jiujitsu
  • Filipino Martial arts
  • Submission Grappling
  • Hybrid Wrestling Program
  • Mixed Martial arts (MMA)
  • Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do concepts
  • Kickboxing

“Coach to ordinary and extra-ordinary students and the teacher of teachers”



It is essential to be able to manipulate and control your opponents body whilst standing or on the floor and particularly if they are stronger. Incorporating methods and techniques from Wrestling, Brazilian Jiujitsu, and Filipino Dumog are used by David to help achieve this.


David teaches from a variety of different striking methods incorporating punching, kicking and use of knees and elbows. Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Jun Fan Gung Fu and the Filipino martial arts are all incorporated


All true Martial arts and combat must be able to deal with weapons defensively and if necessary offensively. As a trained expert in the use of many types of weapons and methods, David is more than adequately equipped to guide students in this complex area. Weapons are the mainstay of the Filipino martial arts and some systems of Silat.
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There are many different ways to learn and therefore a Master Instructor such as David must have many different ways to teach. It is not possible to simply apply a one step approach to all students even in a class setting. Over 28 years of teaching has helped David to hone his skills to enable him to teach all types of students whatever their needs. Being fit and healthy is of course desirable but Intelligent combat is about understanding and using the mind as the principle tool for learning and teaching. When you understand a technique, you know a technique, but when you understand a concept, you know a thousand techniques.

“To excel in my approach to martial arts, you do not have to be young, strong, flexible, have previous experience , be good looking or even have all your limbs…….but if you are unwilling to engage your mind, I may not be able to help you”
David Onuma

Healthy For Men Magazine Article

  An article on the benefits BJJ in the May 2018 edition of Healthy For Men Magazine (, featuring David   [pdf-embedder...

Self Defence – The ‘Gracie JJ’ v ‘Brazilian JJ’ Debate

You would have to be living on another planet if you train any ‘form’ of Brazilian Jiujitsu and are not aware of the longstanding debate concerning sport Vs self defence. There are debates and arguments that could be put forward for both sides, but I think it goes...

Video – Single Stick Basics – CFS Filipino Martial arts Program

TECHNIQUE OF  THE WEEK Some techniques from the single stick program to help with striking & Freeplay

Highlight video – 2016 IBJJF London Winter Open Championships

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO A highlight video of my fights in the 2016 IBJJF London Winter Open  - Double Gold (Weight & Absolute...

IBJJF London Open Absolute champion (2016)

IBJJF British National champion (2015)

IBJJF Rome open champion (2013)

Former IBJJF #1 Ranked fighter (Black Belt )

7 x IBJJF European Brazilian Jiujitsu Champion (2008,2009,2010,2013,2014,2016,2018)

2016 - IBJJF World No-gi Silver Medallist (Division)

2016 - IBJJF World no gi Bronze Medallist (Absolute Division)

IBJJF International Masters Champion ( Euros 2019)

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