Freedom and health have always been the highest desires of man. However, since they are always in danger, they have to be constantly protected. So it was in this history.

Serbia in 1910: A young man, Blagoje Stojanović, successfully participated in the family business of wine trading. During this time, he and his people traveled by horse and carriage and by foot through the countless roads, forests, mountains, taverns and ports in the Balkans and in Europe during the early 20th century. These trips were very dangerous and one could easily become a victim of bandits and assassins. They were faced with numerous attacks, but one day, the bandits killed many workers and wounded Blagoje. He was left for dead, but he survived. The wounds healed, but the incident made him think deeply about how to defend himself in such situations. So he began his research.

His father was a war surgeon and fought in the Balkan Wars from 1912 and 1913 to liberate the country from foreign rule. The family had deep roots in the Hajduk culture (asymmetric warfare and survival tactics) and participated in different engagements, like the famous Battle of Čegar, with a direct frontline through their village. These facts were a dwell of knowledge.

Soon after, in 1914, the First World War began and he had to fight as a Soldier to protect his life, his family and his country. When he came back from war, Blagoje had already developed a method to defend himself. He leaned on his passion for the old Slavic folk martial arts, the tactics of the Hajduk resistance fighters, his experiences from the war and his travel adventures. The style worked against multiple opponents, in all positions, under any circumstances, with or without weapons. His internal strength came from his faith, and he protected his life with his fighting style, which had no name yet.

Other people appreciated his skills and wanted his protection on the road. By this time, he gained respect from good and bad guys alike in the Balkans and some Ottoman bandits gave Blagoje his nickname „Belaj“, which means „Trouble“.

He passed his teachings to his son Dimitrije, who made his own experiences. After his return from the Second World War, he passed it on to his sons, Dušan and Milorad. The style has been constantly evolving and was notorious for its effectiveness. In the time of the Communist Regime in Yugoslavia, there was a strict ban on martial arts and only the military and the police was permitted to train them. In order to not attract attention, but still continue their traditions, they met secretly, chose their training partners very carefully and devised a code name to speak of it: naša nauka – “our science.“

From this code word derives the current name of the style - Nauka.
The manner of selecting members, has been unchanged to this day. Fortunately, the training is no longer forbidden, but by that it is sure that not the wrong people are trained and there is a common respect shared among the group.

Beside all the hard proofs of life through which Nauka led the family, it always was and still is important for them to live like gentlemen. Honor and respect are the highest values and an important part of Nauka.

So today, the latest generation of the Stojanović family holds up the proud tradition of their ancestors and shares it with others so they can protect and enhance their lives, too.

In the year 2010, after exactly 100 years of exclusive family tradition, the Nauka Fighting Style was made publicly accessible and continues to save lives worldwide.


“To successfully defend against something, one must first understand it.” Nauka Codex

The Nauka Fighting Style was developed progressively over more than a century. Again and again it has proved in practice. The main influences of Nauka are:

  • Slavic Martial Traditions
    Martial Arts of the Slavic Warriors and Knights • Boxing • Wrestling • Fencing • Body Strengthening • Health and Healing Arts • Chivalry

  • Underworld Methods
    Fighting Methods used by Smugglers, Bandits and Assassins • Street Mentality • Duels • Codes • Prison Tactics • Criminal Mindset and Behaviour

  • Military Combatives
    Hajduk Resistance • First World War • Second World War • Communist Yugoslavian Era • Soviet Influence • Modern Training Technology

  • Research and Development
    Various Sciences • Statistics • Testing • Analysis • Learning from Mistakes • Open Mind • Creativity


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