Malm Fu

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Malmsteen demonstrates "defence against dragons using legato" at a seminar at the top of a mountain in 1986

Malm Fu is a contemporary martial arts system devised by virtuoso guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen and is practiced by a huge number of people as well as being used by special forces and black ops organisations in many countries around the world. The art is comprised of several different forms with an emphasis on real world self-defence: for example sweep picking an attacker in the face, pick slide to groin punch, and modes of pain major.

History of Malm Fu[edit]

In his autobiography "Much ado about Malmsteen", Yngwie relates the story of the early days of Malm Fu. During his time spent in Alcatrazz (having been convicted from the future for writing the song "Teaser") the young Malmsteen had a lot of time to think up devious escape plans and soon realised success hinged on honing his skills as a fighter as well as those of a guitar player.

With this in mind he trained his body to breaking point - often for 56-57 hours a day - with the goal of avenging the death of his former teacher and 18th Century violinist extroadinaire, Nicolo Paganini. Paganini had died at the hands of Yngwie's evil half-brother Steve Vai, who allegedly produced noises so uncouth and strange that Paganini's kidneys imploded.

Vai was always scheming to get one up on Yngwie because he was jealous that Yngwie could play guitar, and he could not. To this day Vai's greatest achievement has been to trick pretty much everyone in the world that he is a great guitarist. No one is quite sure how he has perpetuated this blatant lie, since if you listen to anything he has written you can see it's rubbish and is just a lot of strange noises strung together to form something barely resembling a "song". A popular theory states that Vai sold his soul to Joe Satriani in exchange for popularity by association, who later traded it with Satan for a pair of sunglasses and a hat (although this certainly begs the question of how Satch himself became popular).

Breaking out of Alcatrazz, Yngwie took the world by storm with his debut solo album Rising Force which he used as a platform to spread word of his pioneering neo-classical guitar playing and arpeggiated combat skills.


Often dismissed as a heretical perversion of martial arts and guitar playing, the legendary Swedish axeman rebuts would-be critics of his combat system by "Unleashing the Fury" upon them, or charging extortionate prices for his merchandise. One outspoken enemy of the fighting style is political correspondent, Oscar Wilde who is attributed (possibly falsely) with saying "I have seen finer displays of fighting from lepers whose arms and legs have fallen off"

“I have seen finer displays of fighting from lepers whose arms and legs have fallen off”

~ Oscar Wilde on Malm Fu


Exponents of Malm Fu, or "shred decking" as it is commonly referred to, traditionally wear black clothes although they are not to be confused with ninja who also wear black. A popular uniform often associated with these so-called "Warriors of the Fretboard" is a shirt with the club slogan "Yngwie Who?" on the front, followed up by a subtle invocation of Grandmaster Malmsteen on the reverse side.

The standard uniform has changed drastically over the last 25 or so years often staying closely in line with Malmsteen's own personal tastes, with lycra trousers being common during the early to mid 80s and obscenely coloured frilly marching band jackets around the time of Yngwie's infamous "Sergeant Pepper" phase.