KI CHUAN DO NEWS & TRAINING TIPS #40:
IN THIS ISSUE...
1. NO TIME TO THINK by John Perkins
2. THE PRINCIPLES, PART 2 by Ken Freeman
NO TIME TO THINK
by John Perkins
In this email I wish to tell you about one particular
time I was attacked apparently without warning and
kept myself from harm and was able to not kill my
It was a beautiful Sunday morning in south-west
Yonkers, N.Y. when I was delivering some fresh hot
buns and rolls to my mother's apartment for breakfast.
As I approached the front door of the apartment
building I noticed two well-dressed men, one about
4 inches taller than myself and the other about the
same height and weighing about 200 pounds like me.
They looked like they had just gotten out of church
and did not look in my direction. When the taller of
the two reached me he just stopped short and
attempted to sucker punch me. Since I was alert I was
able to instantly duck backwards and downward in time
to only get grazed along the forehead. I instantly
dropped the package I was carrying and grabbed the
man with my left hand by his shirt collar and was
able to control him by throwing his balance by
pushing and pulling him in different directions making
it difficult for him to punch me again. I realized
that his hands were empty at the outset and that
his partner was unarmed, at least, for the moment.
While unbalancing the taller man I also kept pushing
him in the way of the other man. As I pushed and
pulled the taller man I also realized that I had
my Smith & Wesson Mod. 36 in my right hand.
What I had done unconsciously was draw my revolver
while simultaneously keeping the man I was holding off
balance while also looking around to see if the other
man was now armed.
I believe that I was about to either pistol whip
the second man or shoot him when I realized that
he was actually trying to help me.
He was attempting to take his friend off of me.
After I dropped the man to the ground and he stopped
fighting I heard someone call to me from the second
floor window across the street. He did not like
police officers and was berating me for drawing my gun
The reason I brought up this incident is this--
You can never know at all times where or when you
will receive an attack. You may not know how many
attackers or whether or not they are armed. If you
practice fighting from a stance and do not know how
to catch your balance and instantly deliver a counter
attack you are lost in most cases.
I was lucky that these men did not just draw a gun
or knife and attempt to assassinate me.
I was lucky that I did have the ability to find my
balance in time and counter what they threw at me.
I had the weight of both men to deal with while
drawing my handgun.
If my primary training was attacking the attacker
from a preplanned stance without having the ability
to take the balance of my opponents using KCD balance
principles and dropping energy principles I would
have at least been pummelled by the tall guy.
Because I trained in KCD I was able to handle a
situation which was instant, and was able to buy
myself enough time to see if I was in a deadly
I did not need to resort to overkill.
One thing I realized many years ago which was
demonstrated by this incident is that I did not go
into the paralyzing tachy psyche state which is
talked about so often in close combatives circles.
I found, as have many of my law enforcement friends
who train with me and other trainers, that when
there is no time to think you will revert to
your training. If your training is to whip chop
someone across the windpipe at the merest sign
of aggression then that is what may quite possibly
happen. If your training over a significant period
of time is short powerful blows along with KCD
principles of keeping the opponent off balance you
may find it beneficial to be able to do both either
at once or just one method when needed.
I and my LEO students as well as the professional
bouncers and military men that I have taught have
found that even under sudden stressful situations
they were able to not instantly kill their attackers
but control them realistically when neccessary.
I am not referring to a sudden shooting attack
without warning. Here the common sense thing to
do is find cover, if possible, and flee if you are
a civilian and it is safe to do so.
I have found that at the instant that I hear
what sounds like gunfire I do just that.
When I was a LEO I was, I felt, duty bound not to
flee but to do that which would best protect myself
and any others who needed protection without fleeing
Yes you will feel the effects of adrenaline on
your system in many cases. I have found also that
if I don't have enough warning to get scared I will
react instantly with whatever training comes
instinctively. I have received reports from the
field from some men who never had a real fight
before in their lives who reacted instictively
from their training and in many cases, but not
all, came out on top. Many of these incidents
have been witnessed by other officers, bouncers
and military members.
I and many of my professional LEOs and fighting
men in the field believe that training beyond the
basic spasmodic seeming mindless type which includes
the principles of balance, loosness, sensitivity and
body unity will not hinder a proficient attack or
counter attack under stressful sudden conditions in
all cases but in many cases will enhance your
blinding body slamming counter attacks.
Remember what Lt. Colonel Ridenhour USMC has often
said. "In KCD we give you a Louisville Slugger with
which you can hit a home run or, if neccessary,
Good luck out there, Keep training JP
The 4 PRINCIPLES pt.2
A few weeks ago, I was watching Inside Edition and
there was a chimpanzee trainer who was undergoing
extensive reconstructive plastic surgery after being
severely disfigured by 2 renegade "Psycho Chimps". His
nose was detached, left eyeball clawed out of the
socket, several fingers detached and his face
generally misshapen, among other things. His wife
tried to intervene and lost a thumb. Their lives were
only spared because the chimps were cut down by sniper
Now I'm not suggesting that we as a species are nearly
as strong as chimpanzees, nor am I promoting that
humans should directly imitate animal movements
(Praying Mantis, Tiger Claw, etc.) for
stylistic purposes. However, if you look at the
primates, they are most similar to us anatomically and
it would serve us well to emulate the *qualities* of
their movements. If you've seen them fight, they don't
set up with stances or poses, they *stick* and they
swing with a "loose ferocity" generating a wave of
momentum (Reactive Looseness) that is somewhat of a
template for high speed Contact Flow (think Psycho
Chimp drill in the AP book).
They have the ability to change direction with any
part of their body with the smallest possible impetus,
with no conscious thought or physical restriction. You
see my point? I am directly saying that they naturally
have LOOSENESS, BALANCE, BODY UNITY and SENSITIVITY
and they don't ever have to think about it, as it
manifests itself as graceful, free movement in high
speed, high adrenaline motion.
"When you're driving and you get cut off, what
happens? A shot of adrenaline and you're moving before
you can even think about it. Your heart rate
increases, you start to breathe rapidly and you spit
out the nearest obscenity. Are you relaxed?"
This is absolutely correct. You cannot overcome the
"Fright Reaction" described in Damian's quote when
someone surprises you in the above or similar manner.
As John Perkins explained on the Attackproof
Companion DVD Part 1, this is a "medullary cortex
reaction HARDWIRED into all mammals".
However, your response after this is based
purely on your training and perceptions (for a more
in-depth look into the psychological and physical
aspects of this, see Ari Kandel's "Getting Your Mind
Right" newsletters, #29 an #30.)
In KCD, from the very beginning, in addition to
Contact Flow and solo drills to enhance the
principles, you are trained in various "Fright
Reaction Drills" where you instantly transition
from the natural fright reaction response to
"attacking the attacker". These drills increase in
difficulty and complexity as you progress so that your
balance and sensitivity are constantly stimulated to
improve your response(ability) during a sudden attack.
They aren't pretty and they were never meant to be.
This is where close combat strikes as described in the
"Straight Blast" manner by Damian Ross are used.
Close Combat strikes consist of repeated, jackhammer
chin jabs, eye gouges, chops, hammer fists, head
butts, foot stomps, knee strikes to the groin and
thighs and kicks (with boots) to the shins (page 200 of
the Attack Proof book).
If you meet resistance, the internal qualities which
you developed during the long hours of
Contact Flow automatically come into play.
[In contact flow you NEVER challenge the
opponent's strength: you BLEND with it,
Moving Behind the Guard while simultaneously
Bringing a Weapon on Line. To avoid
being hit, instead of MOVING HIS STRIKE
(external energy like in karate), YOU MOVE YOURSELF
so your antagonistic muscles DON'T come into play
and you are free to evade and hit simultaneously--
which is tactically efficient and keeps you one
step ahead of your opponent.]
"Attacking the attacker is guided chaos in a nutshell.
Using Stealth Energy, if you can slide through your
opponent's attack while dropping, multihitting,
yielding and moving behind a guard, your defense is
actually an attack"--Pg. 200 of the Attack Proof book.
If you only train your body and mind to take advantage
of the Fright Reaction with Close Combat strikes,
thats all you may ever need. The drills of KCD are
designed for refining the natural motions that are
best suited for human physiology and are actually
ENHANCED by adrenaline once hardwired into your
nervous system. You need them to be so deeply
ingrained that your conscious mind can relax as your
body goes on autopilot, allowing your body to react at
a "gross animal level".
You'll be able to deal with other people that are
skilled in Close Quarters striking and attackers who
are simply bigger, faster and stronger. As KCD is not
about being stylistic, but about a way of MOVEMENT,
the principles can be applied to any martial
art/fighting system (though sometimes only in a
compromising manner) from MMA to Tai Chi to Krav Maga.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Ken has a KCD training group
in the Chicago area you may want to investigate.]
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