|GUIDED CHAOS/GC COMBATIVES|
CERTIFICATIONS / PROMOTIONS / INSTRUCTORS
QUICK QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
How long does it take to master Guided Chaos Combatives?
3-4 weeks if you practice diligently every day with solid instruction from lessons, books, and DVDs. This is the simple, enhanced, World War II-based system. It is the first part of Guided Chaos.
How long does it take to become proficient in Guided Chaos itself?
How long does it take to become a black belt in Guided Chaos?
How long does it take to become a "master" of Guided Chaos?
Moderate Proficiency (being able to use it to save your life) anywhere from 1-3 years. GCC is the mainstay of your self defense but GC adds "the grease" and higher level adaptivity. To become a black belt, see "GUIDED CHAOS" section below. To become a "master" of GC--potentially 8-10 years but only if you are extremely gifted, open-minded and have access to direct, high level training. Most people 10-20 years, but again you'd need the above attributes. The biggest obstacle is mental. That being said, and all talk of "rank" aside, you will learn how to fight for your life better, faster and with a deeper understanding and execution of critical internal principles (found for example in tai chi, etc.) than with any other system. Just ask our students who were instructors in other systems before finding us.
What is your ranking system?
Red Belt, Black Belt. 5th degree Black Belt qualifies you as a master-level student.
Does having a Guided Chaos Black Belt qualify you as an instructor?
How do you get promoted and/or certified to teach?
See all information below.
of the rapidly increasing popularity of the Guided Chaos system and in
order to maintain the highest standards, we have instituted the
following pre-requisites for earning rank. We do this to insure that the
art will never degenerate into a worthless mass-marketed MacDojo
1- You must agree to and comply fully with the Guided Chaos Code of Conduct.
2- In order to be promoted to Black Belt, you are required to
have completed 10 one-hour private lessons consisting of 5 with
grandmaster Perkins and 5 with any of the Guided Chaos master level
students (Tim Carron, Tom Barnett, Al Ridenhour, Michael Watson and Matt
Kovsky). As part of this requirement you must have 4 private lessons
with master Carron per year. Note that this does not guarantee promotion within Guided Chaos (John Perkins makes the final determination) but it is a prerequisite.
3- For GCC only, successful completion of a 10 lesson series and exam OR regular GCC group classes and exam is required to receive a GCC Course Completion Certificate (see below).
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|GCC Course Completion Certification:|
This is a 10 hour Basic
GCC private lesson series followed by an exam, successful completion of
which entitles you to a course completion certificate. Please note that this does NOT qualify you to teach GCC which, as explained below, is a separate and far more rigorous process. If you are interested in the 10 hour Basic GCC private lesson series and examination, it is recommended that you at least become familiar with the material in How to Fight for Your Life and the Companion Part 1 DVD.
NOTE: We also teach GCC group classes at the GC HQ in Elmsford NY. This is a less expensive way of earning your GCC course completion certificate than the 10 private lessons.
GCC Instructor Certifications are awarded at the discretion of Grandmaster Perkins after lengthy and rigorous testing by Master Matt Kovsky. During the approx. 5 hour test you will demonstrate and teach the entire GCC curriculum and all its drills in a continuous seminar format.
The GCC curriculum can be found in the GCC Manual: "How To Fight For Your LIfe", available from Amazon and on the Kill The Enemy and Companion Part 1 DVDs.
Testing fee for GCC Instructor certification is $1,000.00. If you fail
we will coach you in exactly what you did wrong and how to fix it; you
get 2 re-tests free. If you fail three times, each retest thereafter is
an additional $1,000.00.
NOTE: GCC instructors must retest yearly to maintain their teaching certification. Yearly re-certification testing fee is $100.
GCC Certified Instructors as of 7/4/14:
--Grandmaster John Perkins
--Masters Al Ridenhour, Michael Watson, Matt Kovsky
--Ari Kandel, 4th degree GC
--Al Tino, 3rd degree GC
--Ari Kandel, 4th dehree GCC
--Kevin Harrell, 4th degree GC
--Yosef Susskind, 3rd degree GC
--Michael Goldman (Former Detective)
--Joe Martarano, 4th degree GC
--Patrick Jones, 2nd degree GC
--Mick James, 2nd degree GC
--Bill MacEachern 7/14/2012
--Devin Ronaldson 12/29/2012
--Omari George 8/18/13
--Brent Ames 5/1/14
--Steve Philliber 5/1/14
--Allan Johnson 5/1/14
--Bruce Wilson 5/1/14
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is another story. Just knowing the exercises and drills intellectually
won't cut it. GC has a real "feel" that a person has to work out for
themselves through exhaustive self-discovery and experimentation. As
such, we just can't churn out "graduates" of a GC course in a given time
frame and call them Black Belts. Except in extraordinary circumstances,
it would require a great deal of "classroom time" in New York. Some
people "get it" very quickly while others can take daily classes for
years and never achieve fundamental sensitivity. There are some
extremely dedicated individuals out there who train exclusively from our
book and videos and have regular training groups. In these instances
where their skills have developed enormously, it may
require very little additional input from John to gain their official
certification. But don't ask us how long it will take you to be
certified because we don't know--it all depends on how you're wired and
has virtually no connection to any prior training you may have. Some
advanced tai chi practitioners (or other internal artists) may have been
led down the wrong path in their training and be less apt to
demonstrate sensitivity and adaptability than a total beginner. In any
case, we simply won't allow Guided Chaos to become mass produced or
franchised into a fast-food McDojo system of self-defense. When you're
talking about safeguarding lives, you can't hand out responsibility for
teaching others irresponsibly. Regardless, John
has to evaluate your skills in person, which again means coming to New
York. The only way you can get ranking or certification is through John
Perkins or one of his master level students (but again, approved by
you've attained GC instructor certification, you'd have to test with John yearly to
keep your certification to teach Guided Chaos officially (lots of people
"teach" Guided Chaos on their own but we can't certify them because you
never know what they're putting out there: their best guess or
Because of the intense level of instruction, dedication and learning taking place at the Elmsford GC HQ, we will be instituting for the first time the intermediate ranking of Guided Chaos Red Belt. These promotions will only be available at the Elmsford location.
Requirements for Red Belt will
be perfect execution of all of the foundational GC drills: Turning, Ninja and
Vacuum Walks (advanced), Long Step, Skater's Step, Backhand Step, Box
Step, Anywhere Striking, Starting the Mower, Rolling the Ball, Dry Land Swimming (back and
front stroke), Washing the Body, Polishing the Sphere, Hackey Sack,
Puppeteering plus the GCC techniques the Prow, CCUE, MLB and Fright Reactions drills. This list may be modified as necessary.
Requirements for Black Belt will
be all of the above plus a GCC course completion certificate (this is
distinct from GCC Instructor certification) plus Contact Flow evaluation
by GM Perkins.
NOTE TO STUDENTS AT OUR OTHER NY SCHOOLS:
Remember: as regular GC students, you are entitled to the New Student 1/2 Price Discount on your first purchase of either the 5, 10 or Unlimited Monthly class packages at the Elmsford school.
GUIDED CHAOS certified instructors as of 7/4/14:
--Grandmaster, GC creator, John Perkins
--Grandmaster Tim Carron
--Masters Al Ridenhour, Michael Watson, Matt Kovsky, Joe Martarano, Kevin Harrell
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have a Guided Chaos Certified School requires a rigorous review, a fee,
and express written permission from Grandmaster Perkins and his
use any of the names or variations of Guided Chaos, Martial Realists,
etc. in the name of your school or in a website domain requires
additional review, a licensing fee, and express written permission from Grandmaster Perkins and his partners as delineated in the Guided Chaos Code of Conduct.