| COMBAT CANE FIGHTING|
& SELF DEFENSE
|IT'S WAY DIFFERENT FROM WHAT YOU THINK:|
• SIMPLER AND NASTIER
• NO FANCY TECHNIQUES
• THE LEGAL WEAPON THAT'S NOT FOR SENIORS ONLY
THE GUIDED CHAOS CANE METHOD
the military to civilians and even the police-- knife, gun and stick
fighting is often taught unrealistically. Based on the brutal, bloody,
forensic homicide research of former detective John Perkins plus
Perkins' over 100 seriously violent arrests, this comprehensive 4 part
DVD series separates film fantasy from forensic fact and dojo delusions
from real combat.
PART 3 of the Guided Chaos Weapons Series: CANE VS. KNIFE
• Cane vs Knife
• Drill: Cane Alignment for Accurate Striking
• Drill: Spearing with the Cane
• Drill: Cane/Heavy Bags
• Drill: "The Gauntlet"
• Cane Fighting from the Ground vs. Knife
• Drill: Cane fighting From the Ground
• Drill: Cane vs. Multiple Attackers in Close Quarters
|REVIEW OF PART 3: CANE VS. KNIFE|
by Ari Kandel 3rd degree GC
|I've just watched the new Guided Chaos Weapons Series DVD, "Cane vs. Knife".|
video is very special in that it teaches a LOT more than simply how to
use a cane to defend against an attacker with a knife, yet
paradoxically, the concepts and movements that it does teach are very
few and fairly simple and basic. This makes the DVD and the cane VERY
powerful training aids.
The video begins with explanation
and demonstrations of the advantages of the cane as a weapon (always
legal, always in your hand, stand-off range, stopping power, etc.), and
its advantages over other stick-type weapons. John Perkins also dispels
some myths regarding how best to use the cane as a weapon. For a variety
of demonstrably critical reasons, John dismisses methods that utilize
long swings, twirling, and hooking maneuvers with the crook of a
crook-top cane. John doesn't even bother to address such nonsense as
using the cane as a lever for joint locking and similarly complicated
maneuvers, which are nearly impossible to purposefully pull off under
real violent conditions.
What we're left with is very simple yet
very powerful, adaptable and effective: short, sharp thrusts and hits
at all angles, backed up by the footwork and body mechanics necessary to
make those movements effective in any situation and environment.
training methods John presents are ingeniously simple yet very
powerful. They typify the biofeedback principles inherent in most of the
Guided Chaos training drills. While the first drill shown teaches the
proper body mechanics required for achieving powerful short hits with
the cane at any angle, it is also an excellent exercise for improving
your balance, body unity, dropping power and footwork for hitting with
or without weapons. The drills that follow simply up the ante,
presenting greater challenges to force the body to adapt and abide by
the principles in any situation.
The video goes on to address
applying the cane to situations involving groundfighting, multiple
attackers and confined spaces and/or environmental obstacles. All of the
lessons involving the cane are also useful for combat without a weapon.
the video, you get to see students of various skill levels go through
the drills and receive correction from John. This is very useful, as it
can effectively reduce mistakes in your own training, as opposed to just
watching a drill being done correctly and remaining unaware of possible
It's important to note that the methods shown on this
video are only the most basic, beginning elements of Guided Chaos cane
fighting. It is analogous to John Perkins' basic unarmed Close Combat
training compared to the full unarmed Guided Chaos system. Basic and
simple, yet extremely effective on its own with only a bit of committed
training. A perfect base to build further skills on.
The cane is
unique in being the most decisively effective weapon that is
universally legal to carry everywhere--provided you know how to use it.
This DVD will teach you how to use it very well, and will also help
improve your understanding and execution of all combative movement.
I wanted to get this message out to the practitioners of Guided Chaos concerning the
reality of fighting in general but I will use the example of what I call Combat Cane
Fighting to make my point.
A few years back my very close friend and colleague won a very high level full contact
stick fighting championship. (I have not gotten his permission to give his name at this
time). What was of primary interest to me is this: He was fully capable of performing all
sorts of fantastic choreography (forms) with double kali sticks. He is a master martial
artist with decades of experience in a number of arts. He trained personally with world
renowned masters. His description of what it took to win after hours of grueling
competition of full contact stick fighting was this:
"I basically was able to strike with one stick over and over again like an animal and
through sheer adrenaline and stamina won. Not one fancy technique helped anyone to win."
Let's look at this more closely.
In a real life and death frenzy-filled fight there is no real time for calculated moves.
Sometimes, as a police officer, there is some time to plan because most of the time you
are called to respond to whatever crisis is happening. This is where some planning can be
of importance. Once the monkey gets caught in the blender all bets, however, are off. We
are primarily concerned with what happens at the point of impact, so to speak.
All the preamble that leads to the split second high speed contact of the fight is not
as important as having built within you the highest degree of survival attributes.
Balance, timing, sensitivity, pre-cortical visual ability, to name a few.
It would seem to make sense that the best way to develop skill as a fighter is to mimic
what has been reported to happen in some actual altercations. This is a step in the right
direction. Now imagine how things would change if you trained with some scenario based
concepts and were able to tap into a reservoir of abilities that most people don't ever
develop. I know some development happens just by acting out scenarios but imagine if you
developed balance that a ballet master would be envious of. Now as you step in and out of
range of a stick or other weapon you would have enhanced your ability to move in paths at
a higher rate of speed with more power. So if you just played Punch and Judy games with
your sticks you would fare better for a real fight than if you twirled both sticks in a
display that would almost equal a little baton twirling girl's abilities.
I can see your face right now. How dare you compare the swift, twirling, propeller-like motions that we
can do with our sticks with that of a baton twirler! I am not saying that a baton twirler
can stick fight. I am only saying that it takes so much time to learn to twirl the baton
or the sticks that your best development of internal qualities gets lost. There is only
so much good that a kata can bring a person.
I was at a Fu Jow Pai tournament many years ago in Manhattan. It was a full contact
match. During the intermission a man gave a beautiful display of the spear. He basically
was a spear twirler. My good friend said to me something like "Wow look at that spear
move!" I instantly said without thinking that the spear which is made of bamboo would
shatter if I stuck my hand out and hit the shaft. Five seconds later the spear hit the
back curtain and shattered. I think that this was not lost on my friend.
The reality of self
defense using a stick dictates that you use the heaviest, strongest
material possible that that can do the most damage while being easily
and quickly wielded. This obviates many lighter materials commonly used
in various martial arts in favor of dense woods and steel (such as you
would find in a specially made walking cane--which is also legal to
Training with such
a stick to adapt to the inherent chaos of real violence dictates a
non-regimented training methodology focused on laws of physics and
adaptability over patterned techniques.
Imagine jumping from one wobble board to another placed haphazardly and
simultaneously Drop-striking full force against pads moving all over the place. This is
an example of what is needed to develop real life fight preparation.
Now imagine doing it in dark conditions. Now imagine someone
pushing you off balance while you move from one board to another gradually picking up the
pace and mixing the attacks from one place to another without warning. This is step one
in the dynamic training methodology for stick fighting. This is all after first learning
how to hit in general.
This is what Guided Chaos training is all about. No memorization, just movement and
drills to enhance your abilities to train like the above method describes. Start
slooowwwly and develop speed gradually without memorized forms.
I hope this makes sense to you. All the best, JP