Attack Proof: The Ultimate Guide to Personal Protection

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Human Kinetics, 2000 - Sports & Recreation - 215 pages
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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.""

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I've studied several types of martial arts for the past few years and have read a few dozen books, but this is I think the best at really explaining a lot of self-defense aspects, as well as ... Read full review

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ATTACK PROOF is a must read for anyone interested in serious self defense. I have worked in areas that forced me to know what worked in the real world during physical attacks. If you go in harms way ... Read full review


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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.

Al Ridenhour, a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, has been training in the martial arts since 1985. He has studied tai chi, isshinryu karate, and ken jitsu. An all-conference wrestler in high school who later learned boxing in the Marine Corps, Ridenhour is now a fifth-degree black belt in ki chuan do. He is a veteran of the Gulf War, where he commanded a 50-man infantry unit and served as an instructor in unarmed combat for his Marine unit and for the battalion's Scout Sniper platoon. He has also worked with various law enforcement agencies--U.S. Customs, U.S. Border Patrol, and the Drug Enforcement Agency--during counter drug missions. Ridenhour has received numerous honors, including the Navy Achievement Medal, a combat action ribbon, the National Defense Medal, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal, which he was awarded by the United States Naval Service after the Gulf War. A member of the International Combat Martial Arts Federation, Ridenhour lives in White Plains, New York.

Matt Kovsky is an editor for CBS television. His work has earned him two Emmys--one for outstanding editing and another for producer of an outstanding entertainment series--as well as many other awards. Among his list of honors is a gold medal presented at the New York Film & TV Festival, a gold medal presented by the National Mature Market Media Festival, and a bronze medal presented by the National Educational Film Festival. He is the chronicler whose notebooks laid the foundation for Attack Proof. He is trained in isshinryu karate and jeet kune do, and he has a fourth-degree black belt in ki chuan do. Kovsky resides in Ossining, New York.

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