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Brutally Violent, Life-and-Death Confrontations
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HISTORY

Photo Grandmaster Perkins, Lt Col Ridenhour USMC

 

Guided Chaos founder John Perkins (right) performing the free-form Guided Chaos energy drill Contact Flow with Attackproof partner and Iraq War veteran
Lt. Col. Al Ridenhour. Al was an instructor in unarmed combat for his unit and for the battalion's Scout Sniper platoon.

 
What's up with that name-- Attackproof?


BEGINNINGS...

Coy Perkins Sr.Because he was so scrawny as a child (extreme as this is going to sound), John Perkins was trained to be a warrior from the age of 5 by his West Virginian coal-miner father. Coy Perkins Sr., who was part Cherokee, taught John how to use a knife, tomahawk, stick and spear, as well as Native American style combat wrestling.

From the age of nine, John trained in the hand-to-hand Close Quarters Combat methods used in W.W.II. by his veteran uncles. John's father and uncles were extremely powerful men. His father could punch a hole in a Philco refrigerator and his uncle Elbert could lift the front end of an eight cylinder Buick. Even as a child, a disturbing problem was pounded into John's brain: how do you deal with people possessing such fearsome physical strength?

MEETING MASTERS

Grandmaster Ik Jo KangTai Chi Master Waysun LiaoAfter travelling from dojo to dojo looking for a teacher who could fight under real-life conditions, Perkins came across Master Ik Jo Kang. Master Kang not only could fight but also had the ability to kick a hole in a brand new Everlast heavy bag (barefoot). By the age of twenty-five Perkins had learned the combat aspects of Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido with Master Ik Jo Kang. He also studied handgun and knife training as taught to the Republic of Korea Army during the Vietnam era.

During this time Perkins was introduced by the Coordinator of the Degerburg Martial Arts Academy in Chicago to temple-trained Tai Chi Master, Waysun Liao. Master Liao demonstrated incredible ability using Tai Chi for combat. This profound experience reinforced Perkins' own findings on the use of internal vs. external (purely muscular) energy.

From the ages of sixteen to eighteen, Perkins trained with U.S. Marshall Thomas Loughnan, the fastest man in the world with a Colt 1911. Loughnan taught Perkins how to shoot under combat conditions before entering the police academy. John became a police cadet at the age of eighteen; this was the beginning of his law enforcement career, which lasted twenty-two years.

HOMICIDES AND PIT FIGHTING

As a young policeman in the early 1970's, John's beat included some of the worst neighborhoods in the New York metropolitan area where he routinely worked backup units responding to the most violent crimes "in progress." He eventually was involved in over 700 arrests at least 100 of which were brutally violent arrest scenarios where people routinely ended up in the hospital or morgue.

While still a Police Officer, Perkins engaged in illegal pit-fighting on the docks of Newark and New Orleans as a test of his own ability after his father's death. These savage forerunners of today's No Holds Barred competitions truly had no rules.

Under Dr. Peter Pizzola (current director of the NYPD Crime Lab), Perkins went on to work in the Yonkers, New York Crime Lab where he became an expert in blood-spatter pattern analysis. Perkins is recognized by Dr. Pizzola as an expert on the dynamics of violence.

THE PROBLEM

But during all those years, the same disturbing problem he saw as a child was now being rammed home by the absolute forensic reality of all his personal and professional experiences. The problem was this:

If all REAL violence is chaos (and all his homicide analyses proved this), then WHY was all the formalized training available to cops, soldiers and civilians based on PATTERNED techniques? What's more, HOW could these choreographed responses even hope to adapt to morphing attacks from a stronger attacker?

Back in 1965, Perkins began experimenting with the concept of free associative fighting principles, combining Native American and WWII Close Combat systems. In 1971 he began to create the rudiments of what would eventually become a new art by adding core combat aspects of Tai Chi and later, elements of the ancient Greek combat art of Eleftheri Pali (“ruthless combat”).

THE SOLUTION

Finally in 1978, Perkins broke away from all classical systems and created a new system he
called Ki Chuan Do ("Way of the Spirit Fist") and the principles of Guided Chaos. [In 1998 he renamed the art itself Guided Chaos.] By abandoning all patterned technique training in favor of methods that promote spontaneity, creativity and adaptability, Perkins generated a tremendous amount of controversy among strict classicists but a lot of interest from security professionals.
 
"THE DRAGONS OF THE MIND ARE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE DRAGONS OF MYTH"
--John Perkins

Throughout John Perkins’ career he has undertaken periodic bodyguard / VIP protection projects. This has brought him across the globe into some very precarious positions. Malcolm Forbes, Werner Erhardt, and former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan are just a few of the prominent people he has protected.

 Perkins has trained members and instructors of elite units of the NYPD, New York State Police, members and instructors of Tactical Police units in Westchester County and the City of Yonkers and New York City Transit Police.

 Trained Members and Instructors for various U.S. military elite units such as the USMC Scout Sniper Unit, Military Joint Task Force / Counter Drug Forces, U.S. Air Marshals, Air Force Special Operations and Army Special Operations.

Trained bodyguards who have protected a vast array of public and corporate figures including Pope John Paul II.

 Conducted self-defense training seminars for the Bayer, BMG, Pepsico and RCA corporations.

Holds the rank of Grand Master in Combat Martial Arts under the International Combat Martial Arts Federation along with John McSweeny, Jeff Jarrett, Master Visitacion, and Col. Rex Applegate.

Author of the best selling self-defense book Attack Proof: The Ultimate Guide to Personal Protection
   

WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF THE "ATTACK PROOF" NAME?

 
IN THE EYE OF THEW STORM DVD

Little Known Fact:

Our original name for our book was "IN THE EYE OF THE STORM," but was rejected by our publisher, who came up with the more provocative name "ATTACK PROOF." This doesn't exactly match our philosophy of "Challenge No One" (stated in Chapter One of our book), 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 THE ORIGIN OF THE GUIDED CHAOS SYMBOL?

Logo, Adaptive Defense: Reality-based close quarters combat and street survivalJohn Perkins began experimenting with free associative fighting principles in 1965, combining Native American and WWII Close Combat systems. In 1971 he began to create the rudiments of what would eventually become a new art. Finally in 1978, Perkins broke away from all classical systems and created Ki Chuan Do, “the Way of the Spirit Fist” emphasizing the concept of sensing and controlling energy, rather than form.

In 1987 Perkins (in conjunction with Bob Alexander) designed his emblem, symbolizing the melding of the best of eastern and western fighting arts.
The two outer rings represent the eternal circle of life and the principle of return. The jagged square is Native American, symbolizing lightning, mountains and the pinnacle of achievement. The four pairs of rectangles represent the four directions and the four elements, earth, air, fire, and water. The Yin Yang symbol in the center, which embodies the inter-relationship of all opposing forces in the universe, ties all the symbols together.

MADE IN THE U.S.A.


Made in the USA  Made in Yonkers
Even though the art has always been a synthesis of combat concepts from all over the world, including Greek, Northern European, and especially Native American, the original name "Ki Chuan Do" was created during a time when Asian martial arts were heavily influencing American fighting systems. The reality though is that the art was "made in the U.S.A." in the mysterious mountain town of Yonkers, New York--and not in Asia, and so in 1998 the name was changed to finally reflect this (although you will still hear it referred to by its students as "Keech"--short for Ki Chuan Do).


 GRANDMASTER JOHN PERKINS
 CREATOR OF GUIDED CHAOS

Photo John Perkinsphoto best-selling self defense book• Author of Attack Proof: The Ultimate Guide to Personal Protection. One of the best selling self-defense books in the world.  
1978 formed Martial RealistsTM Association in response to the inadequacies found in traditional martial arts for Police Officers in the field.
Holds the rank of Grand Master in Combat Martial Arts under the International Combat Martial Arts Federation along with John McSweeny, Jeff Jarrett, Master Visitacion, and Col. Rex Applegate.
Holds the rank of Grand Master of Guided Chaos
Named “America’s Foremost Self Protection Expert” (Trends Research Institute)

PUBLIC APPEARANCES

Appeared on SPYMASTER on THE LEARNING CHANNEL, a reality TV series where candidates are trained, assessed and eliminated to come up with a top "Spymaster." A team of Navy SEAL and Delta Force professionals conduct the training and evaluation in evasion, survival, spycraft and combat methods. John Perkins was specifically contacted by the show to provide hand-to-hand combat training for the contestants.

Featured on WNBC with Chuck Scarborough for in-flight anti-terrorist defensive techniques with bare hands and common objects.

CORPORATE TRAINING SEMINARS

On safety and self-protection when traveling for the Bayer, BMG, Pepsico and RCA corporations

BODYGUARD WORK

 Personal bodyguard to Malcolm Forbes
Headed security team for Werner Erhard of EST to protect him from "The Pie Man."
Protected various dignitaries such as former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan and various Soviet prisoners of conscience, and foreign and domestic dignitaries

SKILLS AND CERTIFICATIONS


Began training in martial arts in 1956.

Intensive training in Close Quarters Combat since 1960 with WWII Veterans.

1968-1970 Trained in Combat Pistol with US Marshall Thomas Loughnan who was 
     
the fastest man in the world with a CoIt 45 1911 semi automatic.

Has extensive experience in over 10 martial disciplines including: Native American
    
Freestyle Fighting, Close Combat, Combat Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu,
     Karate, Tai Chi Chuan, Eleftheri Pali, Judo, and Ju Jitsu.

POLICE AND FORENSIC EXPERIENCE


1969 Became a Police Cadet where he was assigned to the Intelligence Unit to
     obtain information from various anti-government protest organizations in
     Westchester and NYC.

1971 Worked as a Patrolman in high crime sections of Yonkers, NY.

Worked mugging and anti-crime details.

1976 Began his study of the dynamics of violence at homicides at the Yonkers,
     NY forensic laboratory.

Worked directly on scores of homicide scenes.

Reviewed thousands of cases of homicide, rape, and assault.

A Forensic firearms expert.

A forensic fingerprint enhancement expert.

Expert in chemical and instrumental analysis.

Expert crime scene photographer.

Expert in crime scene blood spatter analysis.

Presently consults in all above fields.

Directly involved in over seven hundred arrests.

Veteran of over one hundred serious violent armed encounters

PROFESSIONAL TRAINER


Trained members and instructors of elite units of NYPD, New York State Police,
     members and instructors of Tactical Police units in Westchester County and City
     of Yonkers

Trained Members and Instructors for various U.S. military elite units such as the
     USMC Scout Sniper Unit, Air Force Special Operations, Army Special Operations.

Trained bodyguards who have protected a vast array of public and corporate figures
     including Pope John Paul II.

Personal instructor to various corporate executives, television and movie stars including
     Steven Baldwin.

Created custom purpose training and seminar programs such as: Aerobic Warriors,
     Executive Warrior Weekend, Bare Hands To Handguns, Stop Stalk, Be Your Own
     Bodyguard Seminars, and No Officer Down.


 LT. COLONEL AL RIDENHOUR, USMC
 7th DEGREE MASTER OF GUIDED CHAOS
 

photo Lt Col Rodenhour, Close quarters combat masterAlthough he was an instructor in unarmed combat for his unit, Al Ridenhour knew he had found the right self-defense system when people half his size from John Perkins' school could strike him at will with "penetrating force," yet remain elusive to his own strikes. Even though he'd traveled the globe with the U.S. Marines and trained with a variety of U.S. military and Asian martial arts instructors, Al's first thought was "if this works for them, it'll work for me." He resolved then and there to become a student of Perkins' unusual, free-flowing and highly adaptive art.
Lt Colonel Ridenhour has been with John Perkins since 1992 and risen to the rank of 6th degree Master. As a veteran of the Persian Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Al has put his Guided Chaos training to use everyday to stay alive--and where possible has passed that training on to his troops.
 
A tremendously compelling and articulate spokesman for the art, he has become extremely sought after for seminars and personal instruction and appeared on numerous radio and television programs.

• Veteran, Persian Gulf War-Operation Desert Storm
• Commanded infantry platoon
• Instructor in unarmed combat for his unit and for the battalion's Scout Sniper platoon
• Served as company commander, Intelligence Officer, Security Manager, Assistant Operations Officer, and the Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Officer for the II Marine Expeditionary Force in Iraq
• Worked with U.S. Customs Service and U.S. Border Patrol for the JTF-6 counter drug mission
• Has trained current and former members of US Marines, US Army Special Forces, NYPD, US Air Force OSI and US Air Marshal Service
• Lectured on terrorism at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
• Training in martial arts since 1985
• Sixth-degree black belt Close Combat Karate TM
• Featured on NBC TV with Chuck Scarborough for in-flight anti-terrorist defensive techniques with bare hands and common objects.
• Featured on Channel 12 News Long Island
• Member International Combat Martial Arts Federation (ICMAF).
Meet Lt. Col. Al up close and personal...

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