|"[This] is a thinking person's art,|
integrating the most important internal features AND realistic self-defense applications."
"HOW TO GET AS GOOD AS YOU CAN AS FAST AS YOU CAN"
[Bolded emphases added by us]
Just a quick note to say that this piece is damn well written, enough
so to completely differentiate you from everyone else writing/teaching. |
unfortunate that many readers don't seem to get it, based upon the
hostile comments I've seen online about GC, from those who consider
themselves to be learned martial artists.
I spent years as the
"bad boy" in the dojo, asking too many questions, convinced that there
was a better, smarter, faster approach to self-defense learning. GC
showed me I was right; whatever merits there are to conventional arts,
there are holes in the learning methods conspicuous enough to require
students who want to subordinate themselves, to wear costumes and shout
in foreign languages, and to have faith in a gospel rather than take
responsibility for their own learning. In contrast,
GC is a thinking person's art, integrating the most important internal features AND realistic self-defense applications.
emerging principle of adaptability is really useful, though perhaps
hard to grasp. Conventionalists remain enamored with gross displays of
striking power, failing to see that once your power exceeds what it
takes to KO an attacker, it is little more than a liability (ethically
and legally.) Real power is found in the spontaneous ability to ADAPT
to random stimuli, to flow, to replace yourself (from your feet) in
space so as to neutralize size/conventional power.
understanding results in a training style so much more rewarding than
memorizing bullshit techniques that don't work anyway!
way that guided chaos departs from all conventional arts is your open
acknowledgement of one's fear response. Standard arts operate with the
implicit assumption that there IS NO fear in a real attack which of
course is nonsense. Thus students never confront their fear and spend a
lot of time hiding from it. But fear is little more than "frozen chi,"
GC teaches you to befriend your
fear response and to convert it into a martial resource. There is more
value to this approach (martially and humanly) than can possibly be
expressed through words.
[The "Fear Meditation Drill" and related exercises can be found on the Attackproof Companion Part 1 DVD or ON DEMAND Download --ed.]
repeat: I have never seen another art that deals with this fundamental
human matter straight on, converting a liability into an asset.
I could go on and on but don't want this to be too long, so one last thing: the value of the wobble board.
You recommended it in "Attackproof" but my initial response was
"yeah, yeah..." and I procrastinated for months. But when I finally made
my board and started working on it I was amazed at the results. It's
something that can't be verbalized because it has nothing to do with
words or your mind. But it's as if through wobble board training your
feet can achieve a Bachelor's degree, then a masters, and then a PHD.
You develop not just hyper-balance but also this fantastic sensitivity
in your feet (and ankles): toes, ball of feet, heels, inner foot, outer
foot - all come alive and integrate with relaxed, unified body. [A complete program of dynamic balance drills can be found on the Attackproof Companion Part 2 and Combat Conditioning DVDs and also ON DEMAND Downloads. --ed.]
might disclose in this context that I am now 62. Ever wonder why you
see old people stumbling around? The bad news is that changes happen in
your brain as you age, changes which erode your natural balance. I
started to experience this in my mid-fifties, stumbling here and there,
and then I started the wobble board training. Now I have funky balance
and a trained hyper-balance at the same time! What this means is that I
lose my balance often, but just for a micro-second, and then through
root sensitivity and body unity I instantly regain my balance. Believe
me, this is a WONDERFUL experience. And it is a great example of
intelligent training that provides value to your daily life, regardless
of whether you ever have to defend yourself.)
The result is an increased ability to strike with cat-like power in any direction. Try doing the "Anywhere Striking" drill on the wobble board [found on the Attackproof Companion Part 1 DVD or ON DEMAND Download --ed.] and with time you'll see what I mean. I
should say that though I had trained earnestly in martial arts for more
than 20 years, I got a major jump in my ability from just two months of
training on the board, for as little as 10 minutes a day.
if I've written too long here, but you can probably hear that I'm
appreciative of what your work has contributed to my life. So thanks
again and good luck in sharing this intelligence with the world!"
trained extensively in aikido but abandoned the testing process at the
first kyu level because it was hampering his martial development.
Instead, Ludwig worked "off mat" with high ranking aikido and bagua
artists in a free-form style, dumping conventional choreography and
technique memorization. Subsequently he has also trained with
practitioners of various arts/sports - BJJ, muay thai, boxing, wing
chun. Ludwig has used the art of Guided Chaos to inform, validate, and
organize his training practice and to maximize internal skills within
the context of street-realistic self-defense.
drove up to Elmsford from Philadelphia this past weekend. I admit that
it's a long ride, but on a Saturday you can participate in three hours
of training, which makes the ride worth it. Even better, the teachers
didn't insist I go through months of memorizing their basics; instead,
with a concise orientation from Matt Kovsky I was cut loose to do
contact flow with a range of students/teachers. If you want to see what
you're worth, this is the place to do it. Highly intensive random and
intelligent martial stimuli coming at you, and you get to see how well
you adapt. You can go slow or fast (both are good), mix it up as much
as you wish, all safe. You might get humbled but you won't get bullied.
can't emphasize enough for beginners: Spending months/years memorizing a
bunch of forms is NOT the way to martial competence. The fastest way
is finding a safe, intensive free form practice where you get to train
with people more experienced than you who will teach you without
injuring you. This is exactly what this school provides to artists smart
enough to make the ride.
In between such sessions you can get
some personal feedback from John Perkins himself. Frankly, I'm puzzled
that more serious martial artists aren't taking advantage of the value
that guided chaos provides right here in New York City's own backyard."