Martial arts can teach people many important lessons about discipline, conditioning, and dedication. But as an effective means of self-defense and survival in brutal, real-world attacks, almost all martial arts come up short. This is because most self-defense applications of martial arts rely on patterned, choreographed techniques that have no relation to the chaos and randomness that rules during life-and-death fights.
Attack Proof offers a dramatically different kind of self-defense system that really works. It’s based on the insights, real-world experiences, and forensic research of John Perkins, a New York cop who teaches hand-to-hand combat to military and police instructors. A survivor of over 100 documented armed and unarmed violent encounters, Perkins also engaged in unlicensed pit-fights and was a bodyguard with an international clientele.
Revolutionary in its approach, the book helps you to become a master of random motion, or "guided chaos", where you create a defense during attacks using principles of movement and physics. These principles are taught through many drills and exercises, which focus on improving balance, looseness, sensitivity, and power.
This book provides a wide selection of basic to advanced tactics and principles with nearly 200 accompanying photographs that show correct positioning and maneuvers. You learn what to do and what not to do in potentially life-threatening situations, including muggings, carjackings, abductions, knife fights, and gunfights. Plus, the authors back up their teaching with illuminating real-world anecdotes.
Attack Proof is essential for anyone interested in personal safety. If you are already trained in a particular martial art, you will dramatically enhance your combat skills. If you practice tai chi, you may discover secrets that have long eluded you. If you are a novice, you will learn the basics of survival while improving your coordination, timing, and balance. Protect yourself by being prepared for the unexpected and become a martial "realist".
Table of Contents
Part I: Close Combat: Body and Mind Principles
Chapter 1. Awareness
Chapter 2. Basic Strikes and Strategies
Part II: Guided Chaos: Body and Mind Principle
Chapter 3. Looseness
Chapter 4. Body Unity
Chapter 5. Balance
Chapter 6. Sensitivity: The Way of Energy
Part III: Guided Chaos for Superior Self-Defense
Chapter 7. Applying the Principles to Motion
Chapter 8. Economy of Movement
Chapter 9. Grabs and Locks
Chapter 10. Ground Fighting and Weapon Defense
About the Author
John Perkins has been called America’s foremost self-protection expert by the Trends Research Institute. He has been training and teaching martial arts and self-defense for over 45 years. Perkins has taught hand-to-hand tactics to Marine Combat units, Marine Scout Sniper units, and Military joint task force/counter drug forces. He also has instructed law enforcement personnel from the New York City Police Department, New York State Police, and the New York City Transit Police.
A bodyguard to the late Malcolm Forbes, Perkins is a forensic crime scene expert and a master handgun instructor and marksman. He has extensive experience in the martial arts of hapkido, taekwondo, kyukushinkai, kempo karate, judo, jujitsu, goju, and tai chi chuan. He has trained in Native American fighting principles since the age of five. Perkins has battled in unlicensed pit fights—a savage forerunner to today’s Ultimate Competitions. He is the founder of ki chuan do (KCD), which translates into “The Way of the Spirit Fist” or simply “Ghostfist,” which the Guided Chaos principles detailed in this book are drawn from. KCD is recognized by the International Combat Martial Arts Federation through which he also holds a fifth-degree black belt in combat martial arts. Perkins lives in Nyack, New York.