by John Perkins

Below is a detailed description of what can happen in
real life when police officers encounter a person who
is high on angel dust.

As you read this you will see that a vascular neck
restraint had to be applied in order to stop the drug
mad psycho.

The use of the carotid choke is forbidden to most police

I personally believe that it is a potential life saver under
certain conditions and that the blanket restriction against
it's use by police officers who are under serious threat to themselves
should be re-evaluated and, where necessary,
a properly trained officer should be allowed to use this
technique. It can save the life of the perpetrator as well
as the police.

Note:  The carotid choke is a method that has stood the
test of time from thousands of years ago to today.
NOTE:  Even though it is a life saver when one is in
dire straits, it can also kill a person if the person
has blood vessels that do not re-open once the
pressure is off.  Also a crushed wind pipe can occur
accidentally in some cases due to the bucking and
twisting of the person who is choked. So a person
should only use such a npossibly deadly restraint when
life and limb are in jeopardy.

If you find yourself, as a civilian,  attacked by a
zombie maniac bent on your demise, you may have to
resort to the use of a weapon or a deadly
throat strike, carotid choke, windpipe crushing choke,
eye gouge to the brain, neck break etc. You may find
that this is all that you can do to stay alive. I have
also come up against persons who have only an adrenaline
high which also made then seem unstoppable. I had to
resort to the use of the carotid choke more than once.
If I was unable to applly a restraining choke or other
non lethal technique and my life or an innocent victim
was on  the line I would use a weapon or use whatever
technique it would take to stop the attacker.

Note: The fancier chokes and submissions, found in
Jiu Jitsu and other grappling arts, are dangerous to
attempt against a high speed drug/adrenaline
fueled monster. Even the rear carotid choke has
it's risks to the choker. The police, including
myself, who have applied this technique usually
had other officers present and helping to control
the psycho's hands and feet. They also help in keeping
the super strong maniac from getting to his feet.

Note:  If you are facing more than one of these
nightmare attackers at once and cannot escape you
must know how to apply the most effective
fight stopping strikes against a high speed moving
target, which are usually deadly. To attempt to break
an arm or just choke one of these individuals
without serious risk to yourself is almost impossible.

GET REAL with your training. Learn to become as
powerful and elusive as possible. Learn to use your
weapons as well as possible so that you can exercise
restraint, if possible, at all times.

NEVER assume that you are facing an unarmed opponent.
Remember: you may not have time to see anything before
attacked. That is why serious self defense is a dicey
game to play when blindsided or attacked by multiple
assailants. You have to make the choice to stay alive and
deal with the arm chair quarterbacks of the world who
can't or won't understand what a person must do, in
some cases, to survive.

Sorry to be so grim. See the attached police officer's
story and
understand what can happen.

Take care, JP

From the Force Science Research Center:

I was working patrol in a high crime area when a call
came in about a man screaming outside his home.
Responding officers (including a DT instructor)
confronted a nude man in front of the house,
punching out porch windows. He was drenched in blood
from cutting his arms and hands but kept up his
tirade. Another DT instructor and I were called for

When we arrived the subject was at a standoff with
the officers, holding a hooked piece of glass in his
right hand and threatening to stab any officer
who came close. We Maced him with no effect. He just
laughed as he cut his left forearm down to the bone in
a circle all the way around his arm, nearly amputating
it. Bleeding profusely, he then ran into his house and
slammed the door.

In my mind that was fine. If he was by himself we
could have waited for him to bleed out. But one of
the gung ho officers followed him through the
door. In a split second, I could see the subject swing
his arm with the glass from behind the door. The officer
triangulated out to a corner and drew his gun, but he was
blinded by blood that covered his face. I didn't
know if he'd been slashed or if it was blood from the

I pushed the door hard and pinned the subject behind it.
I had my gun in my right hand and my flashlight in my
left. As a last ditch effort before shooting through
the door I swung my flashlight and luckily connected with
the top of the subject's forehead. He dropped the glass.

The four of us (mind you, 3 DT instructors) used every
technique we could think of...baton strikes all over his
body, joint manipulations, knee strikes to the face, head
and body--all with no effect. The subject was
like a superhuman Gumby.

At one point we got one handcuff around the arm that
was cut all around and when an officer pulled the cuff
behind the subject's back the muscle peeled away from
the bone like a well-cooked spare rib. That had no effect
on the subject, but the officer let go and started to puke.

Finally I got a lateral vascular neck restraint on the
subject and rendered him unconscious. We were exhausted
and breathing as hard as if we'd just run a marathon. I told
the other officers, "If this guy gets back up, shoot

To our disbelief the subject came to and stood up with
all of us hanging on. Mind you, most of us were in the
5 ft. 10 in. to 6 ft., 200 lb. range, while the subject
was about 5 ft. 7 in. and 140 lbs. None of us could
believe it! I knew if this guy got away from us someone
was going to die.

Once again a plethora of impact techniques the likes of
which usually results in death were being delivered.
In the melee we inadvertently moved back onto shattered
glass and the subject was frantically trying to reach a

Somehow I was able to apply a reverse lateral vascular
restraint as we were both facedown on the glass and
again rendered him unconscious. Three of us were then able
to handcuff both arms as the other officer continued puking
in the doorway.

To get the subject away from all of the glass we
dragged him outside and threw him into a snowbank.
When our boss arrived there was so much blood at
the scene and on us that he called in an officer-involved
shooting, assuming that the person lying in the red snowbank
was dead.

To my amazement the subject survived. He was high on
angel dust at the time.

A year later I saw a one-armed man riding a bike in my
sector. He flagged me down. When I went over to him, I
recognized that it was the guy who'd brought me the worst
brawl of my life. He thanked me and apologized.

He had been in rehab for the year and said he didn't
remember the incident, but his neighbor told him the
police had shown ultimate restraint that day.
The neighbor said if he'd been the police he would have
shot him. We saved that man's life in more ways than
one that day.

I shook his hand and drove away. I never thought I
would condone the shooting of an unarmed man, but
that incident changed my mind for sure. Ten
years later, now retired from the force, I still
occasionally have nightmares about it.

We were fortunate we were able to control the
subject eventually. From that point forward anytime
we had to deal with someone threatening nude in
public we developed a game plan before we even stepped
foot on the playing field.

Guy Rossi
Program Coordinator/Curriculum Developer
Rochester (NY) Public Safety Training Facility

"How would KCD work against a heavey set or light set
boxer who can street-fight or someone into Thai style fighting.......
What could I practice to combat this?"


First of all by asking what to do against a street
boxer or Muay Thai fighter in the street you are
describing a duel or sportive type fight.

If for some reason you re somehow forced to fight
a person who is jabbing and punching from the
outside and then retreating you need to remember
the idea of standing your ground as he approaches and
then launching severe low kicks to his legs while remaining
on balance and delivering multiple strikes while also
tying up his hands with yours and pressing forward
close enough to nullify his strikes and use KCD
principles to fold your arm to attack with elbows or
drop chop to the head or throat assuming that there is a
reason to fight to the death someone who is street
boxing you.

If you are drawn into a fight that you can somehow
avoid and choose to fight anyway then you may find that
you are on the wrong side of the law and all bets are
off as far as being in the right is concerned.

If you are forced to street fight a person who kicks
and punches and uses elbows and knees like in Muay Tai
the same holds true. I am assuming that there are extenuating
circumstances that force you to fight in a duel like manner.

Here the way is similar to the first. You wait for the
attack and simply side step and return to attack from
the side or you can just drop step front kick to the
groin area repeatedly until you can either unbalance
your opponent or hit him square in the groin
and follow up with similar KCD principles and
deliver a barrage of strikes while maintaining
balance and not over extending.

You can practice with a friend who can simulate
the above fighting styles and practice
using a multi hitting style blitz attack while
maintaing your balance, sensitivity, body
unity etc. To give you a blow by blow description
of exactly what to do with each facet of any such
engagement would be falacious.

If you think that you are going to have a non-life
threatening sport fight in the street
to show who is the superior martial artist then
you have not been paying attention. A
boxing or Muay Thai bout are not the domain of
the psycho attacker. If you find yourself
facing a drug crazed boxer or muay thai fighter
all of the principles of KCD must be used.
To specifically practice against an outside
punching and kicking attack is similar to
most stiking art preparation. You must develop
timing so that you can step into the
attacker instantly. You must be able to perform
this while under the influence of
adrenaline and deal with all the attendant
physical and psychological feelings. If you
are facing an attacker who can be cool under
fire and maintain distance and fight
basically fairly and still kill you then you
or anyone else are in a world of trouble.
You better be able to be cool enough to fight.
If you are envisioning a street bout with
rules then go to the golden gloves or a
reputable Muy Thai school and train with their
rules and get as good as you can while maintaing
the KCD principles.

REMEMBER Sport fighting and real fighting are not
the same. You must be intent on killing an enemy who
is trying to kill you. If you are not throwing full
tilt drop kicks to the knees and groin or slamming
to the eyes and throat of your attacker you are not
really fighting. If you are playing to see who is
the toughest on the street then forget most of KCD
and play your favorite game.

Anything less than all out mayhem is not a real
fight. If you must absorb or evade a kick or other
blow in order to get close and explode then you must
have the presence of mind to have the timing to do what is
neccessary and not allow your attacker to stick and
move away without paying a severe penalty.

I hope that this helps, John Perkins

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John, I trained a bit with you and I read your
newsletter faithfully. I have nothing but respect
for your sincerity and candid personal experience.

Your story reminds me of similar feelings I
experienced although I did not have anyone
around that could explain my fear as "normal". 
I buried it as an embarrassment. But, I felt a
coward even though I, too, was able to muster
the courage and strength, through the fear, to
defend and defeat these bullies. I didn't do it
by beating them to a pulp. I wrestled them down
and held them until they admitted they were beaten.
For some reason, I,  like you, was always in a
defensive mode. I would need to be hit before I
would react. I still have a tendency to take a
frontal blow before I am able to attack. That's
why I train. That's why I have my doubts. That one
blow, if directed at my neck, can kill me.  It
still feels like a strange act to do someone
physical harm. To hit or kick w/o pulling back
a bit or having pity. Maybe my catholic grammar
school?  Maybe just my nature?  Punching someone
in the face with full force was alien to me and
I wondered how it seemed to be pretty normal for
others. What you discuss here is so relevant to
our masculinity, at any age, and you can be sure
behind every "leveled eye" there is a bit of bluff
and at least some fear spiking somewhere in the
body or the mind. Even at 54 yr. old it is amazing
how all those old situations affect my initial
reaction to confrontation and perceived threat.
Whether a business meeting or in a parking lot,
men seem to bring things down to a pecking order
and fear and aggression are realities that will
never go away. How we weigh these experiences and
react to them depends upon our maturity, confidence,
and understanding of human nature. The quick
escalation of violence in any situation proves
the need for education; both mental and physical.
Your letters continue to enlighten and enrich and
for that alone you deserve the title Master John Perkins.
Take care,

I think Damian Ross beat himself with his own example
of EMTs.

Quote - Here's another example: First responders,
people who deal with life and death regularly, Fire
Fighters, EMT's, Police and Soldiers all get that
gut-churning feeling when they know
SOMEONE'S life is at take. No matter how many
times they go to a call, they get the same feeling.
That's why training is simple, routine and repeated
thousands of times. You need to perform common
tasks during uncommon circumstances. And this is the
ONLY way to do it. It's only your training that
prepares you. And it's the repetition of high
percentage techniques that will save you at that
critical moment. It has to be instinct. - End Quote

Things like checking a pulse (counting/timing with
a sensitive touch), blood drawing (think small veins
that have to be felt and speared but not too deep or
too shallow)  I am sure there is more,
but I am not an EMT.  All these things are not
simple clumsy actions.  Yet they do it with lives on
the line.  Not everything they do requires sensitivity
and finesse, but a lot of it is.

Humble Student

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