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GUIDED CHAOS COPYCATS

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DON'T GET CONNED!
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There are now individual schools from these and other arts that are actively attempting to copycat our methods--and failing miserably. It is one thing to get as good as you can in your chosen style. It is quite another to borrow from another and call it your own--and do it terribly. If you feel your style is lacking, why not get it from the source and avoid years of wasted training?

THE REAL DEAL:
(1978) KI CHUAN DO created by John Perkins, using the principles of guided chaos and emphasizing those principles over techniques. Key Training drill: "Contact Flow" a free-form, principles-based sparring exercise.
(1987) KI CHUAN DO logo created by John Perkins.
(2000) ATTACK PROOF book published describing the principles of guided chaos.
(2006) KI CHUAN DO name officially changed to GUIDED CHAOS.

We always knew this would happen eventually, but the number of wannabe's either directly plagiarizing our terminology or "re-packaging" our drills and concepts has been on the increase. Granted, certain generic martial arts terms and concepts have been around since the first caveman bashed the first unruly neighbor in the head with a rock, but the discerning reader can tell what's unique, what's real and what's bullshit.

We have no problem with borrowing concepts as long as credit is given, because then people have the choice of checking information at its source for its truth. But when you throw around terms like "guided chaos," "contact flow", "a root that can't be found", "principles vs. techniques", etc., etc., etc. without credit, you create a dangerous scenario where people can either 1-- set back their development by decades by getting recycled info from impostors or 2-- put their life in danger when the proverbial feces hits the oscillating device because they spent years training fake or incomplete versions of the real thing. If by some chance someone else used these terms first then the public still needs to be able to compare the content.


Some of what we've seen on the web would be laughable if it wasn't being offered as self-defense. In the case of ersatz "contact flow" video clips out there, the principles of sensitivity, balance, body unity and looseness are clearly lacking as the practitioners attempt to mimic what they've seen elsewhere and think they're still "getting it." As we've said repeatedly, this is virtually impossible unless you've "felt" what real flow actually feels like from John or one of his top students.
Practicing bogus flow only reinforces bad habits. This can create in the practitioner a false sense of security that is perilous because it's built on a shaky or non-existent foundation.

Judge them by what they DO, not by what they say. There are many, many self defense sites that now say they offer "free-form" and unchoreographed training. They say they stress reality-fighting "principles" over techniques. Yet, when you watch their videos, it's the same old "you-do-that-now-I-do-this" patterned self defense moves. Very fancy. OR they try to mimic our free-flowing movement with delusional motion that has no correspondence with combat reality.  Regardless, you'll never develop sensitivity, spontaneity and improvisation in a life-or-death context, which is what you'll need to survive real violence.

Every self-defense system since the beginning of time says you must "injure your attacker". Some newer systems even think they invented the concept. The problem is: NOBODY is going to just LET you hit them. You see it over and over: Cool, "deadly" defensive strikes performed against non-resisting attackers. Do they think this is reality? Only in the movie theater. The real questions are:

  • How to adapt and defend against a constantly changing attack
  • How to penetrate and destroy a constantly changing defense
Ask Yourself:
"Did my instructor actually use this stuff in real combat?" i.e., not just in tournaments.

Now you may get lucky and be able to have someone of some "skill" interpret it all for you, but have they actually used it to help them survive repeated bloodbaths and mayhem? Have you ever heard the saying "That style worked for its inventor but not for its students"? In other words, something got lost passing it down through the generations--possibly even in the first generation.

Here's the cool thing about John Perkins: he created Guided Chaos on his own by being forced to fight from the age of 5 by his father and uncles and later by work as an emergency response cop during a very bad period in the urban jungle of Yonkers NY, involved in over 100 brutally violent arrests where people routinely went to the hospital or morgue. In other words, he didn't spend his career handing out traffic tickets. He was also an unlicensed pit fighter (real no rules) on the docks of Newark and New Orleans.

On his own, forced to adapt, Perkins discovered so called Adaptive Combat Principles that only later were corroborated by tai chi masters to be similar (and by some instructors) superior to what they were teaching. So when you learn Guided Chaos, you're getting it straight from the horse's mouth in English and concrete physics, not some 50th generation interpretation or re-imagining.

Even in the case of dedicated long distance practitioners, we have seen how the benefit of some concentrated guidance from GM Perkins or his master level students can result in explosive skill development (e.g. black belts B. Miller and K. Freeman) that might otherwise have turned awry. We sometimes get visitors who have been practicing on their own exclusively and when they finally come to NY you initially find their structure stiff as bricks and sensitivity remarkably dull. There are common errors and traps that everyone experiences when beginning contact flow (trading real body unity and sensitivity for speed and power and using them as ego crutches; non-pliable looseness; misunderstanding pulsing and using it too early in your training; confusing combative motion with external power; misunderstanding moving behind a guard; having a tai chi background but pushing like a Sumo wrestler)...the list goes on and on.
Direct practice with experienced teachers fixes all that.

COPYCAT ALERT:
Beware of websites and especially youtube channels that call themselves "Guided Chaos." They are not affiliated with us and make outlandish claims. The only legitimate Guided Chaos Youtube channel and Facebook page are clearly indicated as being run by Attackproof co-author Matt Kovsky.

CERTIFICATION

Authentic GUIDED CHAOS (Ki Chuan Do-KCD) can only be learned from an instructor certified to teach it by John Perkins. In our classes, we take your personal development seriously and never just "throw you to the wolves." You get personal attention, even in group classes, that is unmatched by any self defense school, anywhere. A list of the only certified Guided Chaos schools in the world can be found here.