- 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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Attack Proof-2nd Edition Paperback – 1 Jul 2009
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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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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").
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.
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)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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!