"I SURVIVED BECAUSE OF GUIDED CHAOS..."
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CORRECTIONS OFFICER (A COMPETITIVE BOXER)
CHOOSES GUIDED CHAOS TO DEFEND HIMSELF
FROM PRISONER ATTACK
"As a corrections officer at a major facility in the U.S. I was assigned in mid-2009 to work a mentally disabled inmate section. I had been preparing for my first amateur boxing competition which was to take place later that month. There was a lot on my mind that day. I was visualizing my bout. I didn't know if I was going to be boxing a south-paw, orthodox, boxer, slugger, aggressive fighter and so on.
That day, I was getting ready to call my unit to the evening meal. There was an inmate in cell X. He was a man in his 40's. He's approximately 6'1", 200 lbs. He had a long history of getting into fights with other inmates. He's a quiet inmate. One that never gave me any problems. Inmate X was always the last guy out of my unit every time I sent the unit to chow. That day I called him down from his cell. I asked X if he was going to chow and he replied yes. I said that he could have a seat in the dayroom, that way when the unit went to chow he'd be one of the first ones to be let out. He looked at me with a dazed look and went back up to his cell. Moments later, the call came over the radio to let the unit out to chow. I opened all 40 doors at the same time. All 70 or so inmates exited the unit for chow. Suddenly, I heard Inmate X yelling at the top of his lungs as he walked down the tier yelling all kinds of nasty obscenities. At first I couldn't figure out if he was yelling at myself or another inmate. As X stood at the top of the tier, he was looking right at me and still yelling at the top of his lungs. At that moment it dawned on me that he was yelling at me. I quickly moved my office chair in case he made a mad dash into the Officer's Station. X walked past me giving me the look as if he wanted to kill me. I then called for back up on the radio to assist with X.
I followed Inmate X outside of the unit. I ordered Inmate X to face the wall. X had both fists clenched with his chest protruding outwards looking as if he was ready to fight. I again ordered X to face the wall but nothing was getting through to him. As X came into my personal space, I didn't even think once. To put it in a nut shell, I reacted with what I had been taught in a Guided Chaos/Close Combat class. It wasn't the countless hours I spent in the gym working the hooks, uppercuts, or the ones or two's or the countless combinations on the heavy bag. None of my boxing skills that I had been doing for well over 10 years even came into play. It was the Guided Chaos that dropped Inmate X to the ground in one motion that saved me. X didn't even know what hit him. It was over just like that. Violent encounters with inmates are always going to happen. The question is when. Thank you for teaching what you do. Guided Chaos is beyond a shadow of a doubt the best stuff out there. It just goes to show that anything can happen, anytime anywhere."
--Names and places withheld by request
While working in Manhattan, Robert entered an elevator and pushed the button for the top floor. Right behind him, two other men entered. At first they acted normally. Suddenly, one of them hit the stop button, while the other reached into his pocket for a knife. By virtue of the “environmental awareness” principles he had learned, Robert had recognized subconsciously, even before he got on the elevator, that he was entering a confined space. The instant he got a clue that something dangerous was about to go down, his nervous system was already primed for action. With no place to run and his life in deadly peril, he sprang into action instantly, before the actual mugging could unfold fully. He attacked both men and drove them to the ground. When he later got the elevator to the top floor, police and emergency medical technicians were called. The EMT’s exclaimed, “What kind of bat did you hit them with?!” Robert had only used his hands and feet. He stated later that had he not had training in Close Combat and Guided Chaos, he might not have responded in time with deadly force. He turned the tables by “attacking the attacker” (Brad Steiner's concept) with multi-hitting – two key Guided Chaos principles.
--Rob C., Pearl River NY
ATTACKED WITH CLUBS
Gavin was visiting some friends one evening. At the same time, there was a party going on in a downstairs apartment. When Gavin left, some men from the party came out and became belligerent with him. Two of them were very large, agitated, and apparently high on some kind of drugs. When Gavin got to the front of the building, two men assaulted him from behind with four-foot long clubs. A savage and brutal attack ensued. Gavin stated that because of his training in Guided Chaos, he was able to remain loose and elusive, allowing him to escape with only minor injuries. Otherwise, he states, “he might’ve been killed.” Gavin made the personal choice to escape, rather than use the deadly force available to him from his extensive training. At key points in the fight, he was able to evade strikes while simultaneously moving in, allowing him to get his fingers right on his attacker’s eye balls – but chose not to strike through them. This option is available when you know how to use effective geared down force, something not possible when all you know are restraining moves like locks and holds that police reports show can be ineffective against enraged or drug-crazed assailants.
--Gavin P., Valley Cottage NY
POLICE OFFICER TAKES DOWN SUSPECTED BOMBER
While on bicycle patrol one day, Police Officer Anthony C. was called to check on a man threatening to bomb the Dept. of Motor Vehicles office in Yonkers, NY. Upon arrival, a security officer and an off-duty federal marshal told him that there was a man with a briefcase at the counter threatening to blow up the building. Anthony noticed that the case was on the counter and the suspect was standing away from it. After observing that the man’s hands were clear and that there were no apparent triggering devices on his person, he quietly approached him from behind along with the US marshal. Anthony suddenly screamed for the man to lie down while simultaneously taking him off his feet with “Dropping Energy.” With the aid of the marshal, he quickly cuffed the apparently mentally disturbed man. Anthony stated that because of his training in John Perkins’ Guided Chaos, he was confident that he could handle the man hand to hand without having to resort to using his sidearm – always a potentially hazardous course of action in a crowded office. It is this lack of adequate martial skill that often forces officers to rely on their guns – frequently with tragic consequences.
--Officer Anthony C., Yonkers NY
KICKBOXER KNIFED BY HOMELESS MAN
One sunny afternoon, Mary (not her real name) was walking in downtown Manhattan. She felt great about having just landed a new job. As she turned the corner, she was suddenly attacked by a homeless man who spat corn chips in her face and began punching her for no apparent reason. What is important to know at this point is that Mary was a highly trained champion kick boxer. Her response to the attack was a powerful kick in the stomach that immediately dropped her assailant to the ground. She then looked to see if he was OK. That was her big mistake. Although high, flashy kicks are exciting on TV, the homeless man wasn’t impressed – or hurt. He immediately sprang up from the ground and stabbed Mary inthe face with a punch knife right through her nasal cavity. He continued to try to stab her again but she then responded savagely and fought the knife-wielding maniac off. After reconstructive surgery, Mary recovered and reevaluated her self-defense training, diving deep into Guided Chaos. She knows she was lucky to be alive and that since her life was in danger, instead of using sportive punches and high kicks she should have: 1- hit to the eyes and throat immediately 2- used low, crushing kicks and 3- run away immediately as soon as possible (all taught in Perkins’ art).
--Mary, Yonkers NY
ATTACKED DURING A ROBBERY
In the early ‘80s, Killeen was visiting with some friends in East Hampton. While alone in the house, she was confronted by a man with a knife. He apparently was in the middle of robbing the house when he stumbled upon Killeen. After a wild struggle at knifepoint, Killeen was cut on the hand but managed to escape further harm. She was very lucky. Killeen decided that she needed to learn self-defense. After much research, she found that standard martial arts were not what she wanted for realistic protection. The formalized techniques and katas of karate and the sportive movements in kick-boxing did not instill confidence in light of the harrowing experience she had had. Finally she came across John Perkins and knew this was the real deal. She began to train in earnest. Some months later she was attacked by a very large man in a club. He grabbed her forcefully by her hair from behind. Like lightning, she spun around and exploded with a palm strike to his solar plexus with the “dropping energy” that is unique to Guided Chaos. This stopped him in his tracks. Killeen feels that instead of curling up and becoming a passive victim, she was able to deal with this surprise attack with ease.
--Killeen, Yorktown Heights (Killeen is now a 4th degree instructor in Guided Chaos)
ATTACKED WITH A MACHETE...
"I have been a student of John Perkins since October of 1996 and this
is my survival story. Several weeks prior to the confrontation I had
terminated one of my employees for stealing from me. I had warned him
on numerous occasions to stop but he continued to steal, finally I had
no other choice but to get rid of him.
He still continued stealing my customers even though he was no longer
employed. Several weeks had passed and he drove by me one day, flipped
me off, and told me to F--k myself. So I followed him into a parking
lot to remind him that he should not steal and that he should stay away
from my business. I did not follow him to fight, but after trying to
reason with this individual, the talking became arguing. This is when I
realized that my pleading with him was an exercise in futility.
As I turned my back to leave the scene, he retrieved a machete from his
vehicle at blinding speed and was coming at me. Remembering the principle
taught by John Perkins "Attack the Attacker" [originated by Bradley Steiner]
I quickly moved in on the weapon and his body, attacking with both hands
and knees. He was holding the machete with two hands at about shoulder
height and through a series of strikes to the butt of the weapon and his hands,
I was able to get him to release one hand, however he was still able to raise the
machete above his head.
At this point I realized that this was going to be really bad if I did
not take some drastic measures to end the attack. It was literally do
or die, so I went for it. I was able to perform a neck manipulation by
putting one hand on the back of his head while the other simultaneously
struck and twisted his neck and chin. He immediately dropped the weapon
and spun away falling to the floor like a ton of bricks. I booted him
twice in the torso causing further damage. I then stopped attacking
him upon request of a man who identified himself as a city marshal.
I would have never thought that someone I had known for several years
would try to kill me. A machete is a very serious weapon, a person with
little strength can cut small trees in half almost effortlessly. All
of this happened in a split second, with no time to think, just react.
I am convinced that what made this a successful outcome for me was
being able to put myself ahead of this guy before he knew it. It was a
seamless series of reactions and body alignments that prevented him
from seriously cutting me and made my attack so successful. A witness
said that if I did not stop him with such force he would have cut me
up. His intent was obvious by the look on his face and he meant
business with that damn thing.
I later saw John Perkins and thanked him for sharing his knowledge with
me over the years. This training is beyond imagination, it is
indescribable, just when you think you have it understood, a new door
opens to another level of knowledge and training. John Perkins' talent
and training techniques must be experienced and felt to be understood,
words do not do it justice. The power behind these techniques is both
devastating and amazing. It almost looks fake, until you experience it.
I owe John and the others in this organization a serious debt of
gratitude for instructing me over the years. Admittedly I made a big
mistake by following this guy into a parking lot, fortunately I walked
away with nothing more than a cut on my pinkie. As for the Scumbag, he
was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, battery,
Post Script (Oct 2012):
"The bottom line is that some one I had known for many years tried to take my life. It is possible that I could have survived a strike from a machette, it is more likely that I would have died or would have been wounded for life had he been able to contact me with the weapon.
I think the majority of people, even some of your students, are naive to the explosive nature of REAL violence. At times while training I have heard my training partner say, "if this was a real fight I would be doing things differently". I always think to myself that the person who just said this has never been involved in a REAL fight or situation where someone is trying to seriously hurt them. They are ignorant to the explosive nature of violence.
Once in a while it may be to your student's advantage to be HUMBLED, I refer to being humbled as a physical reminder from one person to another of what they are or are not capable of. I have tried politely and respectfully to test my own ability and limits at the hands of some of your most highly decorated students and instructors. The result of my efforts are what I refer to as Humbling. I pushed myself and the skill of the instructors while training to determine just how tough I though I was, and to determine just how tough your instructors are, conclusively they could have severely injured me at any time they chose. Having a knife or gun in your pocket might give you a mental edge, remember that edge can be taken from you in a second, getting to that weapon and having the mentality to use it is another story. It is then that you have to rely on your humbling experience to hopefully save your life. I humbly thank you for sharing your talent with me, it allowed me to save myself from a life or death situation."
--Vin C. 2nd Degree GC
Thanks Vin for sharing this personal insight...I know that some of our students have seen the dark side of violence and many have not...I am always working on new and better ways to develop their abilities to deal with the real deal....You are a true warrior of the spirit as well as the physical....All the best to you all the time...John
ANOTHER ELEVATOR ATTACK...
--submitted by Paul M., GC 1st degree
"I'm a steel worker in New York City working the high
iron in Manhattan. I was being messed with early in
the morning by this man of about six foot two and
maybe 220-250 pounds. He thought he was being cute and
grabbed my wooden folding ruler I carry in my tool
belt. I was tired and weighted down with heavy tools
and a safety harness.
Now mind you it is about seven a.m. and there are
about twenty guys waiting for the elevator to take us
up to the seventeenth floor to start the day. He
opened up the ruler and started poking me with it, it
blew my mind that a forty year old man would be so
inclined to act this way, its scarey how ignorant
people can be.
As he poked me with the ruler it snapped in half. So
at that moment he was standing to the side of me and I
threw a low side kick to his knee. This all happend
very quickly but for some reason I pulled back on the
kick because I just thought it was over-kill and
cruel. I then just snatched what was left of my ruler
out of his hand.
He got pretty angry and snuck behind me and
immediately threw me into some sort of a choke hold.
Without hesitation or thought, I immediately loosened,
dropped and spun directly into him, striking him with
an open-hand kind of a round house type strike to the
side of his head. I then followed through with a right
palm strike but missed him because he was already
launched backwards to the ground about six feet from
me. He had no intentions of fighting any longer. I
felt my body knew just how much force to use. It was
as if I was on auto pilot and just acted, not so much
reacted. Also it shocked me that a guy my size could
send a guy twice my size (who also does the same hard work) flying off
It all happend so quickly, but to be honest I didn't
even feel it when I struck him. The man had sheer terror in his face.
He then started apologizing and trying to make up for
what he had done. I just told him to stay away from
me. I honestly felt sorry for having to do what I did,
but I believe it was justifiable since he was going to
possibly choke me out. But anyway I just wanted to
thank John because without his class I wouldn't have
reacted the way I did.
So thank you and I just wanted to give a Guided Chaos
ANOTHER CORRECTIONS OFFICER ATTACKED IN PRISON...
(submitted by Bob Miller, Corrections Officer, GC 1st Degree)
"I know many out there reading this will still not believe what I'm
about to tell you. I totally understand-- I was you! I have many GC
success stories as it relates to my job. I felt compelled to share this
I'm a C/O (Prison Guard) and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays I'm assigned to
work a MRDD unit (Mentally Retarded Developmentally Disabled Unit for
the most part this is a pretty laid back place to work in relation to
the rest of the Institution. Most of the Inmates are medicated and easy
to manage. The state I work for has closed the State Hospitals because
of budget constraints and the clients need a place to stay so off they
go to the Department of Corrections. Last night at approximately 7:25 PM, an
Inmate approached the Officer's Station in the Unit where I'm assigned
to work and asked for a shower. Normally this is no big deal except
this gentleman was on Loss of Privileges status and is not allowed out
of his cell. There is a zero tolerance policy on this rule infraction;
but considering where I was and who he was I explained the rule and
told him go back to his cell and I would get him out for a shower after
Line Movement had secured. He walked about two steps from the Officer's
Station and yelled in a loud voice "This is a bunch of bullshit!"
Problem is he did so in the presence of 60 other Inmates and we can't
have this for obvious reasons. So I called him to come back to where I
I was standing in what I call a modified Jack Benny stance. He spun
around and balled his fists. He was not yet in my sphere of influence
so I using a little verbal judo and told him to face the wall. I
figured if I could get him restrained he and I would both be safer. He
complied and I placed him in wrist restraints. Now I don't know what it
is but in my 10 years experience as a C/O it seems like any time you
restrain a person they want to fight or yell or scream or all of the
above. This was the case with this individual.
I explained to him in a calm voice that he was not necessarily going to
go to segregation. I radioed for my Sgt. and some escorts and then I
removed him from the Unit. I escorted him outside the Unit and had him
face the wall and this is where he decided to get combative. Please
note this all happened in seconds. First he turned his head towards me
(a big no, no, we don't like to get spit on) and pushed away from the
wall. There were 4 other staff plus myself. While giving him orders to stop
and face the wall, another staff member and I attempted to place him
back on the wall. He then turned towards me and attempted to kick me.
This is where all the Drills of Guided Chaos come into play. It was
because of my connection with his body (I had my left hand on him in a
standard escort hold) that I felt all his movement even the head turn.
It is because of Contact Flow that I felt and perceived his kick in my
subconscious that I was able to react the way I did.
I shot a spear hand right to his throat and once I made contact I
turned the strike into more of a push because I was not justified in
using lethal force in this situation (as a side note this is why we
train lethal but are prepared to bunt at any time). This totally
negated his kick, in fact I did not get kicked and pushed him back into
the wall. I then instinctively skimmed my right hand over his face and
grabbed some hair and placed him on the ground. Where the head goes the
body follows. He was placed in leg restraints and escorted to
segregation. He actually told my supervisors that I was kind and
professional and he over reacted.
This just goes to show that you must never rely on verbal skills alone;
you never know who you are dealing with. The main point I want to make
is this: I have studied other martial arts in depth since I was a kid.
None of them prepared me for the chaos of a real combative situation.
When you study Guided Chaos and train the drills it becomes part of you
and although the above situation was not life or death I just reacted
with no preplanned thought. The only reason I was able to do so is
because of Master Perkins and his system of martial combat. Thanks for
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