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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers; 2 edition (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736078762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736078764
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.7 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,078,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

John Perkins has been training and teaching martial arts and self-defense for over 50 years. He has taught hand-to-hand tactics to Marine combat units, Marine scout sniper units and military counterdrug forces. He also has instructed law enforcement personnel from the FBI, New York City Police Department, New York State Police and the New York City Transit Police. Al Ridenhour, a lieutenant colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, has been training in the martial arts since 1985. He has studied tai chi, isshinryu karate and ken jitsu. An all-conference wrestler in high school who later learned boxing in the Marine Corps, Ridenhour is also a sixth-degree master in guided chaos. Matt Kovsky is an editor for CBS Television. His work has earned him two Emmys, one for outstanding editing and another for producer of an outstanding entertainment series, as well as many other awards. He is trained in isshinryu karate and jeet kune do and has a fifth-degree black belt in guided chaos.

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This is a great book. I got a loan of this book from a friend and got in to it straight away. I studied various martial arts for years and focused on Karate which I studied for 6 years and I still attend irregularly. I became cinical recently about what I considered to be cheoreography and akin to dancing. I have studied Kung Fu, Ninjitsu, Aikido and Krav Maga to a greater or lesser extent and I have always felt that something was missing from each. This book lays it thick initially that the methods are for life and death situations. It goes in to more detail about the techniques involved and demontrates this with pictures which are quite helpfull. There are some drills to go through on your own which are quite amusing to onlookers in the gym - probably best kept for the back garden. I liked this book so much that I asked for it for my christmas and also bought it for my brother who like myself has become disenfranchised from karate. This book will add a new outlook in to the average martial artists repertiore and probably cast doubt on their chosen path. If you do martial arts for self defense then you could be wasting your time so give the book a go - if you are doing martial arts for friendship and fitness then this book is maybe not for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but don't get sold on the hype 19 Aug. 2010
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First - any book, dvd, school, person, etc. that claims they can teach you how to deal with any and all situations is probably over selling themselves.

With that said, this book is very good at the things it's meant to do: teach drills and principles used for multiple attackers in a ambush (i.e. "getting jumped") situation by developing looseness, body unity, sensitivity, and balance / rooting.

As other reviewers have written before, the system relies heavily on the principles of "Internal" martial arts and can be hard to grasp for anyone without experience in a "soft" or "soft-hard" style. It's a great supplement to your current skills if you already have some experience with sensitivity training (chi sao, applied taiji, silat, etc.) or have an interest in proprioception.

If however you're looking for new techniques, I'd suggest you check out a Combatives book (i.e. "Get Tough" or "Kill or Get Killed").
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Self-Defense "Textbook" for All Skill Levels 19 Sept. 2009
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
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I had 15+ years of experience in various martial arts when I read the first edition of "Attack Proof". I immediately knew it was going to be a classic because of its unique and practical approach. Even nine years later, there is really nothing comparable on the market - and the second edition is even better than the first with more material and better explanations.

What I think is unique about the "Attack Proof" system is that it approaches self-defense from two different, but complementary, angles:

1) The `simple' techniques of close combat which are designed to be learned and applied relatively quickly. I say `simple' not because they can be mastered immediately (they can't) but because with fairly minimal training they provide some usable self-defense skills. This also includes a lot of practical information about avoiding trouble to begin with.

2) Guided Chaos drills. These are not necessarily difficult to perform - in fact they focus on very basic principals - but with diligent practice they quickly increase martial effectiveness. Yes - there are limits to what you can learn from a book. However, I personally know people who have achieved outstanding results by practicing what is taught in the book & supplementing with occasional visits to qualified instructors. The attackproof website has other resources for those who don't live near instructors.

The authors keep their focus on the realities and dynamics of self-defense. In this edition they cover new topics like fighting on stairs, airplanes and other special circumstances. This focus on the dynamics of violence separates them from many well intentioned instructors who would rather learn ten new wrist locks than consider something as "outside the dojo" as fighting on a stairway. The "Attack Proof" authors have not only thought of such things - they have experienced them.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive and detailed text book on the Guided Chaos Combatives System. 8 Dec. 2010
By Joseph J. Truncale - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the main text book for the "Guided Chaos" combative system. First off, as a life time student of the martial arts, earning numerous black belts in jujitsu, karate and judo, as well as being a retired law enforcement officer, I must say that no matter what the authors claim, this is not a book for basic students. This is a detailed and comprehensive text full of countless principles and drills that few people could comprehend from just reading the book. Though the authors emphasize the close quarter combat principles World War 11, they seem to have disregarded the primary principle, which is to keep it simple and efficient. It criticizes the complexity of the formal martial arts, but I found this text more complex than any martial art I have studied. While I agree with many of its basic principles and theories, it is not an easy system to master unless you have an instructor to guide you.

This huge text is broken down into three parts. Body and Mind Principles of Close-Combat, Body and Mind Principles of Guided Chaos and Guided Chaos for Superior Self-Defense. This book has about 100 different drills to master the basic principles and techniques. Unfortunately, there are not enough photos to demonstrate these drills and though I could understand most of the drills, more photos would have made the drills for meaningful for those attempting to learn "Guided Chaos" from a book.

In conclusion, I think this book has some fantastic material in its 276 pages, but without either personal instruction or watching a video (DVD) on this system, it would be very difficult to actually learn the "Guided Chaos" methods from merely reading this book. One more point. If you are interested in a more basic book on Guided Chaos Combatives, read "How to Fight for Your Life by the same authors.

Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Pro-Systems Combatives Vol. 1, 2)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Attack Proof" by John Perkins 22 Sept. 2010
By James S. Copeland - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book on personal self-defense that is totally different than anything on the market. Perkins and his co-authors approach practical self defense based on years of developing a unique approach, which they refer to in the book as "Guided Chaos". What they mean by this is that in street attacks, the attacker will usually use very unpredictable attacks and weapons. ( Unlike traditional martial arts training which is almost always very memorized and predictable : This block and counter against a specific attack.) Perkins has combined techniques and counters from a number of self defense systems including " Tai Chi, Native American Fighting, Wrestling, and from what appears to be a number of different Chinese fighting arts". Nothing follows any sort of pattern or system, but prepares the student for any sort of attack. Perkins bases his system on what he learned in his many years as a law officer and on his many encounters with attackers over the year while on duty.

This book is a must for anyone who desires one of the most practical systems of training I have seen in my 40 plus years in the martial arts.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and system-One that truly delivers what it claims. 10 Dec. 2012
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This is a fantastic book. However, please be aware that it is very difficult to "learn" Guided Chaos from a book.
The combination of this book and the Companion Series DVDs is the way to go.
Also, there is no substitute for actual "hands-on" training time with someone that knows this system. (You can find a list of these people on [...]).
Lastly, while you are on the same site, join a free, local training group. That is a group of like-minded people that meet regularly and train Guided Chaos. (I have one near South San Francisco. Email me if interested at bacctg@gmail.com).
I have trained in many different systems over the years. However, the one I will likely train for the rest of my life is Guided Chaos...it's that impressive!
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