Part 3 is a gigantic 6 hour, 3 DVD set. It’s unbelievably detailed and comprehensive, taking all the material you’ve learned in Parts 1 and 2 and applying it to a devastating and completely free-form method of self-defense. It’s almost like a 6 hour private lesson learning Contact Flow (the unique Guided Chaos sparring and energy drill where absolutely anything goes). And that’s the reason we recommend this sequence: because in order to learn to be completely free and ADAPTIVE in your self-defense so that you can IMPROVISE what you need, when you need it (instead of hoping that rigid, robotic, patterned training will work) we have had to turn the whole typical training paradigm on its head. And for those who think Guided Chaos looks different or “unusual,” well, they are correct. There IS a “method to our madness” and it is deadly serious.
Chin Na: Well known in China, but rarely heard of in the West, chin na is a set of techniques using joint locks and pressure points to manipulate and control an opponent. Some of the techniques have a certain practicality, if you wish to put your attacker in some type of martial arts hold, while you wait for the police to arrive (I suppose). It would be very difficult to find an instructor or a class this side of the Pacific, though. And mistakes made in practice can result in strains, dislocations, and other injuries. I’d like to learn a few of the more practical techniques, but that’s about it.
The techniques I studied were similar to Muay Thai with the addition of knife and gun techniques. The reason I picked this art as one of my top five was its marginal simplicity, being a bit easier to master than the grappling forms of self-defence. It involves a lot of strikes rather than grabs making it easier to apply, since the area where the technique can be applied is much bigger than in grappling. I found almost all the techniques functional for a street situation. However, a few moves were exceptions and wouldn’t be so effective if common external factors, such as the attacker reacting in a resistant manner, kicked in. All in all, though, this art will teach you how to defend your life if necessary, even if your attacker is wielding a knife or a gun.
The best training tool to get first is not even a DVD. It’s our book. It can serve as your life-long, in-depth manual to this unusual system of self-defense. Even after repeated readings over many years, our high level students are still finding new insights in the text and pictures.
“I just watched like 4 minutes of the new GCC video. WOW. I’ve been using and training GCC since 2000…I’m actually speechless. It’s that good and has evolved that much! …a life saver when fractions of a second count. I’m so impressed that you never stop refining and finding ways to make this art teachable to all kinds of people.
First, I could pull up on his arm so he didn’t hit the ground full force after the throw. I also had him on the ground with his wrist in my hand so I could control him with it so he couldn’t come at me again. I applied pressure to his wrist to make him realize his situation and asked him to let me enjoy the show. He finally got the picture and agreed to leave me alone.” – Unknown (Sourced from a Quora forum)
My self-defense skills are pretty good, I have decent amounts of strength and size, and I am pretty quick for a big guy. Training like a bodybuilder or powerlifter has many positive implications in the self-defense scenario.
The self-defense statute in Texas is Section 9.31 of the Texas Penal Code. Self-defense is in Section 9 of the Texas Penal code because it is considered a “Justification” as opposed to a “defense” under the penal code. There are important distinctions between defenses and justifications in Texas criminal law. You can read Section 9 of the Texas Penal Code in full here.
This does two things: 1. open hands are FAR more brutal that closed fists, and it offers a wider range of techniques. 2. This stance, with hands open, gives the appearance, to an untrained attacker that you are scared or trying to back away. It’s great for the passive aggressive fighter.” – Unknown (Sourced from a Reddit forum).
Humans are hard-wired on a subconscious level to pick up on many of the threats in our environment. For women, recognizing potential danger is not the problem. Due to their cultural conditioning to be polite and kind, failing to act on their intuition of danger is. Kelly Muir gives an in-depth presentation on how women
Turning specifically to consider self-defensive practices, while they cannot therefore eliminate vulnerability, they can reduce it for particular groups and undermine it at a structuring principle of oppression. Training in self-defense, writes Martha McCaughey in Real Knockouts (1997), “makes possible the identification of not only some of the mechanisms that create and sustain gender inequality but also a means to subvert them.”
Montana state Republican Rep. Seth Berglee speaks at the March for Our Guns rally in Helena. He said he wants to reintroduce legislation that would let teachers with a concealed weapons permit bring handguns to school. Nate Hegyi/Yellowstone Public Radio hide caption
All Martial Arts are good for the young and fast. But speaking for the senior set a firearm, with the appropriate training, is best. If you live in a non-constitution state, or just don’t like firearms, then a walking cane is appropriate. A cane can be carried anywhere, and with minimum training can be a very effective self-defense weapon.
The Sabre Red Maximum Strength (police strength) spray is one of the best compact pepper (OC) sprays that you can buy on the market today. It’s formulation is very strong and is similar to what is used by police units.
Submissions like the triangle choke are extremely dangerous in the street – I’m not putting my genitals (or my femoral artery) near anyone’s mouth who means to do me harm. Even a basic arm bar (ude hisghigi juji gatame) can put you in harms way because you actually take your weight off of your attacker, it exposes your genitals and put your leg right over his mouth.
If you have ever been hit hard in the stomach, you would understand how important it is to have a strong core and thick abdominal muscles to help weather the blow. One also needs to train quick, explosive movements to help them when they must make quick, split second decisions.
De-escalating a situation means speaking or acting in a way that can prevent things from getting worse. The classic example of de-escalation is giving a robber your money rather than trying to fight or run. But de-escalation can work in other ways, too. For example, if someone harasses you when there’s no one else around, you can de-escalate things by agreeing with him or her. You don’t have to actually believe the taunts, of course, you’re just using words to get you out of a tight spot. Then you can redirect the bully’s focus (“Oops, I just heard the bell for third period”), and calmly walk away from the situation.
Fast, violent action is matter of fact to the sport combatant…its nothing new…its easier for him (or her) to take on the extra dimension of lethality then it is for the so-called Lethal Martial artist to take on the extra dimension of violent, unpredictable, fast action.
I’m a RN/PHN who works in adult and juvenile detention facilities. I’ve assisted with CPI classes for five years. This year I became a Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® Certified Instructor and joined a team of three Instructors who train healthcare staff—physicians, NPs, pharmacy staff, medical records technicians, mental health clinicians, and dental personnel.
Often referred to as theGrandfather of hand-to-hand fighting, Kung Fu has been practiced for centuries in its land of origin, China. Used by Chinese warriors as a form of attack as well as self-defense. Kung Fu is general term used for Chinese martial arts. Although there are a variety of styles of Kung Fu training, they all share the same root: to strike your enemy with lightning speed and preventable power. Monks are renowned practitioners of Kung Fu, shaping their bodies and minds into lethal tools of war – with or without weapons.
United Studios of Self Defense is the largest martial arts school in North America. Since 1968, our students have studied USSD’s unique system of Kempo-style martial arts from the finest instructors in the United States. From the earliest beginnings nearly 2000 years ago, the martial arts have been steeped in tradition. Nowhere else will you feel that sense of rich history than at a USSD studio.
Strikes to the face and head are important, but the attacker will expect them, so instead, block his right-handed attack with your left fist (or vice versa), and punch with your other hand straight into the soft spot below his sternum as hard as possible, twisting the hips. This target is the solar plexus, and will incapacitate him as effectively as a strike to the groin.
Judge the culture of the class. Observe the class in action. Then speak with other students to find out what they think of it. Make sure that it is the right fit for you, especially if you have experienced real assault in your own life. Don’t waste time in an unsupportive environment that makes you shy away from taking part. Ask questions like:
One of the best things people take away from self-defense classes is self-confidence. The last thing you want to be thinking about during an attack is, “Can I really pull this self-defense tactic off?” It’s much easier to take action in an emergency if you’ve already had a few dry runs.