Some call it Jailhouse Rock, Stato, or just 52 for short. A fighting style that has a rather vague and controversial origin, 52 Blocks is gaining popularity these days and was recently featured in an article in The New York Times. Part of the buzz about this fighting style is its rather “dark” and mysterious origin. It was believed to have been developed here in the U.S. in the streets and prisons. Others believe that it is an indigenous African American fighting art from the 17th and 18th centuries. In the absence of concrete evidence of its origin, its true root remains a debate.
52 Blocks’ style, in my opinion, can be best summarized as a mix of boxing and hand blocking techniques that are very similar to that of various Chinese Wushu (Kung Fu) styles. 52 Blocks’ strength really seems to show in close quarter fighting where space is limited.
Below is a link to the recent New York Times article about 52 Blocks. You can watch a video there to see the techniques in action. Additional information about 52 Blocks can be found on Wikipedia. I hope you all enjoy discovering this unique style as much as I did.