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Lessons from My Masters 6

By Al Ridenhour / June 13, 2019 /

“These things cannot be explained in detail. From one thing, know ten thousand things. When you attain the Way of strategy there will not be one thing you cannot see. You must study hard.” — Miyamoto Musashi As I discussed in the last installment of “Lessons from My Masters 5” I cut it short regarding how to Collapse your Sphere on another person because I wanted to spend more time on it. This is because the subject is very difficult to explain. In this installment of “Lessons from My Masters”, as always, I’ll describe this as best I can because…

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Lessons from My Masters 5

By Al Ridenhour / January 4, 2019 /

“No Fear, No Hesitation, No Surprise, No Doubt.” — Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings   As I discussed in the last installment of “Lessons from My Masters 4”, Grandmaster Perkins taught me how to move at what I referred to as “Supernatural Speed”. In this installment of “Lessons from My Masters” I’m going to delve a little into another aspect of this because after thinking about it I realized it’s not enough to be able to move at Supernatural Speed but also how do you get in on an attacker while being unavailable yet unavoidable? And what you do when you get…

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Lessons from My Masters 4

By Al Ridenhour / December 19, 2018 /

“There is an echo of all principles in all movement of humans regarding martial arts. The trick is to concentrate these things into a method that culminates into a cohesive training methodology that is free of the prejudice of form in both the physical and the mental.” ► Grandmaster John C. Perkins As I discussed in the last installment of “Lessons from My Masters 3”, one of the things that I’ve always been fascinated with is the ease with which Grandmaster Perkins negates the movement of another person and that regardless of size he always seems to know how to…

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Lessons from My Masters 3

By Al Ridenhour / December 10, 2018 /

“It is very clear that Guided Chaos must be felt. Much will be revealed that cannot through reading, and video. All the drills lead up to the actual application of Guided Chaos… The exercises are designed to enhance the average martial artist’s basic abilities and to guide the Guided Chaos student when a class is not available… All the principles that can be learned from the book and videos will put a student in the right direction for enhancing basic power and all the other attributes. Physical initiation can give a spark toward a deeper understanding. The ultimate result is…

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Can You Mix Other Arts with Guided Chaos? My Personal Journey…

By Ari Kandel / November 28, 2018 /

People often ask whether it’s possible or advisable to “add” Guided Chaos (GC) training to whatever other martial arts/combatives training they currently do. Politically correct answer: Sure, keep practicing what you like, adding the GC will just make it work better. . . . Problem with that answer: It will never allow you to discover your own full potential. ——— My personal story: After doing the kiddie Karate and then Tae Kwon Do black belt thing, I realized after some close calls in my mid teens that I hadn’t really learned anything practical. I started researching and found Jeet Kune…

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Giving Thanks and Remembering Those We’ve Lost

By Ari Kandel / November 22, 2018 /

On Thanksgiving morning, 2014, Tim Carron passed away. He was 66 years old. The Guided Chaos family lost a superlative practitioner, teacher and friend. The world lost one of its greatest artists, martial and otherwise. Guided Chaos creator John Perkins lost a very close friend and student of nearly 35 years. I personally lost a unique role model, teacher and friend of 8 years, whose influence far exceeded the fairly limited frequency of our interactions. Many of my early lessons from Tim are chronicled in the first few years’ posts of the Attack Proof blog, I had to stop writing…

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Lessons from My Masters 2

By Al Ridenhour / November 15, 2018 /

“When I have people do an exercise I’m always watching what people are doing with their body, to make sure they’re moving right.” -Grandmaster Tim Carron   The above statement was based on a question I once asked Grandmaster Carron when he corrected me on an exercise that I wasn’t doing correctly. From my experiences working with Grandmaster Carron one of the things about his teaching style was he was very meticulous about how my body moved, especially when performing or teaching an exercise. Believe it or not, he was less concerned with the “form” or how something looked, than…

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Lessons from My Masters 1

By Al Ridenhour / November 1, 2018 /

“My blade moves like the softest breeze…Cutting the clouds of fear…Evading the clash of steel…Only to pierce the heart of resistance…” – Grandmaster John Perkins   In this series which I will call “Lessons from My Masters” I’m going to delve into some of the things that I have learned and observed over the years as a practitioner and instructor in the art of Guided Chaos. These are my own impressions and interpretations over the years as an instructor and life-long student of what I know for a fact regarding this awesome art. I’m doing this because I get a…

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The Truth About Violence

By Matt Kovsky / November 1, 2018 /

Guided Chaos is a unique style of martial art created in 1978 by ex-cop and crime scene expert John Perkins. Instead of rigid techniques or rules-based sport fighting, Guided Chaos prepares you for real violence by teaching adaptability so you can spontaneously create your defense using natural principles of energy, movement and physics. There’s nothing mystical about these principles and they are, in fact, quite ancient. Nevertheless, virtually no one teaches them anymore–and no one teaches them the way we do. WHAT IS ATTACK PROOF? ATTACK PROOF: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PERSONAL PROTECTION is the name of a revolutionary book…

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