"I had been studying American Kenpo Karate for some time and was just not finding what I needed in a self-defense system."
I remembered my dad's cousin who served in WW2 and some of the things he showed me as a child. I did a google search on WW2 H2H and found the Attack Proof web site. I thought I had nothing to lose and ordered the book and first video.
I have to admit that after reading the book and watching the video I was a little skeptical about how to train the principles, my Kenpo training taught me different. I did notice a difference when sparring though. I would test things out like using the dig dog and close combat strikes.
In American Kenpo there are 174 techniques along with sets and forms. Each technique is designed to teach a principle of motion for each specific attack, along with footwork. One is to move from the embryonic, to the mechanical, to the spontaneous stage of learning. Kenpo practitioners are known for their hand speed and the slapping of their bodies to gain it. It is fighting by the numbers, and addresses multiple attackers Hollywood style and has basically no ground fighting. Ed Parker founded the system (he was a very gifted martial artist) he also introduced Bruce Lee to the United States and is considered one of the people who made the martial arts popular in the U.S.
I was not getting what I thought I needed from a self-defense system. So I decided no matter how stupid I felt I was going to trust or better yet place my faith in the GC methodology to see if it worked. I convinced a friend (a 20-year veteran of the martial arts) to train with me. We worked the drills and the contact flow twice a week for 2 hours at a time and we would both say, "I think that Perkins guy knows what he is talking about".
We trained this way for almost a year and then it happened by word of mouth people that we work with (we're all Prison Guards or Correctional Officers for you PC people out there) wanted to train with us. So I became the teacher (and I do not claim to be certified in GC or some great master teacher). There is a phenomenon that happens when you teach. You actually become more knowledgeable and more skilled. This in itself helped my growth in GC. I have had as many as 16 students and as few as 4, but not matter how many show up we train. I especially enjoy teaching polishing the sphere for the first time and while I'm explaining why we do it I quickly interject that they are being video taped and it will be played at a later date for all our co-workers. I eventually tell them I'm kidding.
There is a greater feeling of appreciation when one of the guys I have taught puts into practice what they have learned. I have three such stories and all but one have had limited training and no fighting experience. From my own experience these are the differences I see with all other martial arts, grappling, Special Forces, Close Combat and Close Combat Karate. I'm speaking from my own training library as compared to GC. First and foremost GC places a high emphasis on sensitivity (page 90 of the book).
"The methodology is so completely different than anything else on the market today. John Perkins (I think he is a genius) has figured out how to train right into one's subconscious mind based on his life experience."
Do the drills daily, pick 5, do them for 2 minutes each, that's only 10 minutes a day. Read Al's articles on Dropping, Training Slow to Move Fast, and Tool Development. Read the book over and over; it really is written in layers.
Get the videos or DVD's, I've viewed them all and they are great. No one else teaches Awareness, Fright Reaction, Kicking, Gang Attack, Interview, and Ground Fighting the way GC does.
"Also, the contact I have had with Master Perkins, Lt Col. Al, and Matt, via the e-mail is always positive, they are never rude or abrupt and believe me I've asked some stupid questions. I could go on and on; but I'll give you guys a break. I liken GC when compared to other fighting systems as the space shuttle and every thing else as a model-T. They both will get you where you want to go; only one is much faster."
"First a Warrior or all else is Folly":