KI CHUAN DO TRAINING TIPS #43:
How KCD Changed the Way I Train and Think about Self Defense.
by Bob Miller, Corrections Officer
I had been studying American Kenpo Karate for some time and
was just not finding what I needed in a self-defense system. I remembered
my dad's cousin who served in WW2 and some of the things he showed
me as a child. I did a google search on WW2 H2H and found the Attack
Proof web site. I thought I had nothing to lose and ordered the book and
I have to admit that after reading the book and watching the video I
was a little skeptical about how to train the principles, my Kenpo
training taught me different. I did notice a difference when sparring
though. I would test things out like using the dig dog and close combat
strikes. I remember moving my Kenpo instructor across the training
area when we were sparring and the look on his face was priceless
as I was doing the dig dog. He said that's not Kenpo and I said I
know, but it worked!
In American Kenpo there are 174 techniques along with sets and
forms. Each technique is designed to teach a principle of motion for
each specific attack, along with footwork. One is to move from the
embryonic, to the mechanical, to the spontaneous stage of learning.
Kenpo practitioners are known for their hand speed and the slapping
of their bodies to gain it. It is fighting by the numbers, and addresses
multiple attackers Hollywood style and has basically no ground fighting.
Ed Parker founded the system (he was a very gifted martial artist) he
also introduced Bruce Lee to the United States and is considered one
of the people who made the martial arts popular in the U.S.
I was not getting what I thought I needed from a self-defense system.
So I decided no matter how stupid I felt I was going to trust or better
yet place my faith in the KCD methodology to see if it worked. I
convinced a friend (a 20-year veteran of the martial arts) to train with
me. We worked the drills and the contact flow twice a week for 2
hours at a time and we would both say, "I think that Perkins guy
knows what he is talking about".
We trained this way for almost a year and then it happened by word
of mouth people that we work with (we're all Prison Guards or
Correctional Officers for you PC people out there) wanted to
train with us. So I became the teacher (and I do not claim to be
certified in KCD or some great master teacher). There is a
phenomenon that happens when you teach. You actually become
more knowledgeable and more skilled. This in it self helped my
growth in KCD. I have had as many as 16 students and as few as
4, but not matter how many show up we train. I especially enjoy
teaching polishing the sphere for the first time and while I'm
explaining why we do it I quickly interject that they are being
video taped and it will be played at a later date for all our co-workers.
I eventually tell them I'm kidding.
There is a greater feeling of appreciation when one of the guys I
have taught puts into practice what they have learned. I have three
such stories and all but one have had limited training and no fighting
experience. From my own experience these are the differences I
see with all other martial arts, grappling, Special Forces, Close
Combat and Close Combat Karate. I'm speaking from my own
training library as compared to KCD.
First and foremost KCD places a high emphasis on sensitivity
(page 90 of the book). The methodology is so far different than
anything else on the market today. John Perkins (I think he is a
genius) has figured out how to train right into one's subconscious
mind based on his life experience.
Do the drills daily, pick 5, do them for 2 minutes each, that's
only 10 minutes a day.
Read Al's articles on Dropping, Training Slow to Move Fast, and
Tool Development. Read the book over and over; it really is
written in layers.
Get the videos or DVD's, I've viewed them all and they are great.
No one else teaches Awareness, Fright Reaction, Kicking, Gang
Attack, Interview, and Ground Fighting the way KCD does.
Also the contact I have had with Master Perkins, Lt Col. Al, and
Matt, via the e-mail is always positive, they are never rude or
abrupt and believe me I've asked some stupid questions. I could
go on and on; but I'll give you guys a break. I liken KCD when
compared to other fighting systems as the space shuttle and every
thing else as a model-T. They both will get you where you want to
go; only one is much faster. Last thing, I see the drills as just a
means to reach the real art of KCD where "no way, is way" can
be realized. I have not attained that level yet; but strive daily to
reach it. Thanks for your time, I hope you have similar experiences
with KCD. "First a Warrior or all else is Folly":
Master John McSweeney
Home of Martial Realists:
"A true link between Internal and External Martial Arts"