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 that describes the art of GUIDED CHAOS. Our original name for the book was “IN THE EYE OF THE STORM,” but it was rejected by our publisher, who came up with the more provocative “Attack Proof.” This doesn’t exactly match our philosophy of “Challenge No One” (stated in Chapter One), but our intent has always been to give the AVERAGE person the BEST possible tools we know of for dealing with the violent monsters of this world, based on real military and police experience.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT GUIDED CHAOS?
Most life and death struggles are literally hell-storms of mayhem and confusion.
Guided Chaos trains you to adapt and improvise by abandoning patterned responses and techniques that tend to lock up the mind and body.
Guided Chaos is different from other organized “styles” of martial arts in many ways, yet it can complement most of them. How different is it? First, and foremost, it has no forms. That is, it has no set and sanctified techniques, no prearranged specific responses to given specific attacks, no learn-by-the-numbers choreography to clog the mind and the reflexes with unnecessary strategic calculations. How is this possible? It does it by inverting the entire learning process. You start where most training ends.
Because during a real fight for your life, it is virtually impossible to deliver a stylized technique effectively; the speed, chaos, viciousness, confusion, and utter terror associated with a real fight prevent this. Your nervous system simply becomes overloaded with the flood of sensory stimuli. You can’t treat your brain like an electronic dictionary of self-defense responses and expect it to select the right “technique” to counter a “matching” attack under extreme duress and help you escape. It simply doesn’t work that way.
“All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability.
The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.”
Lee had it right–in theory–except that Jeet Kune Do is a mixture of many arts (Jun Fan, Wing Chun, Muay Thai, Kali, Silat, etc.) greatly multiplying the number of “techniques” you have to memorize, master and deliver under extreme stress. If you’ve been programmed by training a specific response to a specific attack, your defense will FAIL if the attack changes by even ONE INCH from the way you’ve trained.
This is true whether you know one technique or one thousand. How will your body know when to deliver the strike if the sensory data it is being bombarded with has no correlation to your practice? Since all serious (non-sparring) fights are literally hell-storms of chaos, you cannot rely confidently on choreographed training. This is not conjecture. It has been proven through exhaustive experience, countless police and morgue reports, and testimonials by police officers with high-ranking belts from various styles who’s classical training failed them when the spit hit the fan.
IF GUIDED CHAOS HAS NO FORMS, NO PATTERNS AND NO TECHNIQUES, THEN HOW DO YOU TRAIN?
You train dynamic principles of movement only which accelerates learning and adaptability. The main ones are Body Unity, Looseness, Balance, and Sensitivity. There are many others, but they all focus on developing your subconscious neural pathways, resulting in what some would call “natural motion” and others would call “chi.” These are developed through unusual drills and exercises and combined with the simple deadly strikes of Close Quarters Combat developed by Fairbairn, Sykes and Colonel Rex Applegate and proven in World War II. Memorized motion as in “if you do that then I’ll do this” is eliminated–as well as the delay it causes.
“Nevertheless, virtually no one teaches them anymore – and no one teaches them the way we do.”
Makes sense. Violence is atemporal. Chaos, idem. And to atemporal phenomenons we need atemporal principles. Guided Chaos embodies them all.