GCC Instructor Certifications are awarded at the discretion of Grandmaster Perkins after lengthy and rigorous testing by Master Matt Kovsky.
Apart from GCC Instructor Certification, we also offer 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 above, is a separate process. Requirements for GCC Instructor certification include mastering the material in our book How to Fight for Your Life, Companion Part 1, Kill the Enemy and Police & Military Tactics DVDs. 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.
If you are interested in the 10 hour Basic GCC private lesson series and examinatio, it is recommended that you at least become familiar with the material in How to Fight for Your Life and Companion Part 1 DVD.
The full mother art of Guided Chaos 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 John).
Once you've attained a black belt, 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 synthesized garbage). We will be adding more information to this page soon.
REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION AND PROMOTION
Because 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 system.
1- You must agree to and comply fully with the Guided Chaos Code of Conduct.
2- Effective immediately, in order to be promoted, 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, completion of a 10 lesson series is required to receive a GCC 10 hour Course Completion Certificate.
4- As explained above, GCC Instructor Certification involves a rigorous 5 hour test proving you completely understand and can demonstrate and teach the entire GCC curriculum and all its drills. 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, Companion Part 1, and Police & Military Tactics 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.
GUIDED CHAOS COMBATIVES certified instructors as of 8/25/12:
--Grandmaster John Perkins
--Masters Al Ridenhour, Michael Watson, Matt Kovsky
--Ari Kandel, 4th degree GC
--Al Tino, 3rd degree 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
GUIDED CHAOS certified instructors as of 10/6/12:
--Grandmaster, GC creator, John Perkins
--Grandmaster Tim Carron
--Masters Al Ridenhour, Michael Watson, Matt Kovsky
4- To have a Guided Chaos Certified School requires a rigorous review, a fee, and express written permission from Grandmaster Perkins and his partners.
5- To 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.
Private lesson fees
More info: Guided Chaos FAQs