The academy

MANONUDA is a martial arts academy based in Brussels, specialized in the teaching of different combat and self-defense disciplines among the most effective ones.

Our approach is based on “Cross Training”, that is training separately in different fighting systems and methods, but also on the integration of those trained disciplines, because we strongly believe that the highest level of efficiency is not reached by mastering a single martial art (no matter which one), but by combining different compatible ones, as for example Jeet Kune Do, Kali, Silat, MMA.

The teaching method is structured in a progressive way, and adapted to the individual level of the student.

The final goal of our training is the personal development throughout a constant, healthy martial arts practice.

Our motto related to the different disciplines that we practice, is this:

The chief instructor and founder

Gianfranco Lanucara started martial arts in Italy in 1993 with Kickboxing, and than moved on to Jeet Kune Do (Paul Vunak method), to Filipino Martial Arts (Kali), and to Grappling.

With a lot of dedication, he continued his martial arts practice in Brussels, Belgium, first in Wing Chun, Sanda (Chinese Boxing) and Grappling, and afterward he studied and trained intensively in the arts of Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, Kali, Silat, and Muay Thai.

In addition to the disciplines mentioned above, he has also practiced assiduously Western Boxing, Shoot Wrestling (MMA), Krav Maga, and different self-defense systems.

His personal path to martial arts has allowed him train consistently with the best instructors in the world.

His approach to teaching and to practicing is based on the accurate structure of the programs (curriculums) for the different disciplines, and at the same time on creativity.He shares his martial arts knowledge with those who are truly motivated to learn, and he kalways keeps his personal learning and improving process up.

Gianfranco is a certified instructor in the art of Jeet Kune Do under Sifu Ron Balicki, and he is Red Glove in Savate under Nicolas Saignac (California Savate Association).

He is also the founder of the MSDP (Manonuda Self-Defense Program), a program based on simplicity, efficiency, and on real-life confrontations.