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FAQS

  • HOW DO I GET STARTED IN GUIDED CHAOS AND HOW DO I TRAIN SOLO?

    For both the simple (and much more detailed) answers, go to the page link below:

  • DO YOU HAVE A GUIDED CHAOS SCHOOL IN MY AREA?

    We are growing; so far we have certified schools in New York, Oregon, Boca Raton FL, San Fran, Kansas City, Atlanta, London (UK) and Sao Paolo (Brazil). See our Classes page for more info.

     

  • DO YOU HAVE SEMINARS IN MY AREA?

    We have annual seminars at our schools in NY, Florida, Kansas, San Fran, Atlanta and the UK. Click below if you'd like to help organize and we'll bring our training to you. 

  • CAN I REALISTICALLY TRAIN SOLO AND BECOME PROFICIENT IN SELF DEFENSE?

    Great question.

    Simple answer: yes and no.

     

    If you're talking hand-to-hand fighting and are in relatively good physical condition, the simple answer is absolutely (but please read the rest of this). You need stuff that doesn't require you to be an Olympic athlete to be effective, especially if you train solo.

     

    First off, to prevent a home invasion, there are many essential steps that don't involve hand to hand fighting:

     

    • Install motion sensor lights
    • Maintain low shrubbery to eliminate hiding spots and increase visibility
    • Get modern door and window locks
    • Get an alarm system
    • Reinforce bedroom doors and use door jams
    • Have a cell phone with police # shortcut on homepage
    • Get a loud dog
    • Get a bedside handgun that’s easily accessible (taking into account child safety protocols if you have them)
    • Learn to use simple weapons (metal pen as stabbing tool, sticks, canes, knives, hatchet, etc.)
    • Train family members in mindset/awareness/avoidance/escape scenarios

     

    All the above are dealt with in detail in our book Attackproof, 2nd Addition and the Attackproof Companion Part 1 video.

     

    Generally speaking, there are two main components to Guided Chaos (though they are both taught simultaneously):

     

    1. The simple, brutal, easy-to-learn stuff (Guided Chaos Combatives--GCC) that can be practiced on your own with training aids like a Muay Thai heavy bag, A Fighting Man Dummy, or a B.O.B. (see links below). GCC comprises GC-enhanced versions of methods used in World War II to teach our soldiers in 8 hours before shipping off to fight the Japanese in the jungles of the Pacific. You MUST have something to practice deadly strikes against to develop maximum speed and power. You can do a tremendous amount of effective training SOLO using these implements and our books and DVDs (or Downloads) as guides but this is NOT as good as having live training partners. HOWEVER, GCC is designed so that much of it can be practiced without training partners. This is NOT the case with Guided Chaos itself (see #2 below).

     

     

    2. Guided Chaos. This comprises the main part of our art (of which Combatives is a part) and although it has solo drills that dramatically raise your Balance, Body Unity, Looseness, Sensitivity, Adaptability and Power, it is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL that you have multiple training partners to practice. We won't lie to you, this is advanced stuff, HOWEVER, it will get you to the HIGHEST levels of self defense WAY FASTER than any other system out there. We know this because our art is filled with high level instructors (and even masters with their own schools) from other styles who have abandoned their former art to study Guided Chaos exclusively.

     

    Solo Training Strategy:
    The key is doing daily solo practice of the Guided Chaos and Guided Chaos Combatives drills. The Combatives drills use all the GC principles so you are still training GC even if you only have time to train GCC solo. With regular solo practice you are building the attributes on your own while periodic class attendance will refine the foundation you're already working on daily.
    Most of the Combatives drills are on the Combatives DVD and can be practiced with a Muay Thai heavy bag or B.O.B. Dummy.
     

    Most of the GC solo drills are explained on the Companion DVD Part 2. The Combat Conditioning DVD takes you thru all of them as a workout set to music (but has no explanations). The new Balance Board Training Video comes with a Balance Board and is a tremendous solo training tool for the critical attribute of Dynamic Combat Balance.
     

    You should also register and list yourself on our Training Groups Page so you can find workout partners near you.
     

    I'd also recommend coming up to Elmsford NY once or twice a year so you can get instruction from the Masters themselves.

    Hope this helps and thanks for your dedication. Guided Chaos is unique in the world--we know because we've experienced almost everything else.

     

    Recommended books:

     

    Attackproof: The Ultimate Guided to Personal Protection 2nd Addition

     

    How to Fight for your Life 

  • HOW DO I BECOME "OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED" TO TEACH GUIDED CHAOS IF I CAN'T COME TO CLASSES?

    Full info at link below.

  • HOW DO I PRACTICE GUIDED CHAOS IF I DON'T LIVE IN NEW YORK OR NEAR A GC SCHOOL?

    Even though we outline a strategy below, if there is no school near you if possible you should plan to come to NY at some point and get it straight from the source (earlier rather than later) because Guided Chaos has a unique "feel" and you can set yourself back years by not understanding what it is you're striving for in your solo practice. 

     

    What to do?

     

    Recommended DVDs or Downloads: Attackproof Companion Series Part’s 1,2,3 and the Combative Movement Immersion Seminar DVD or Download (get all as a discounted combo).  

     

    As stated above get our book, Attackproof: The Ultimate Guided to Personal Protection 2dn Addition, it has a comprehensive solo training program and drill finder for all the Guided Chaos principles. Also get “How to Fight For Your Life”.

     

    ▶︎ Find a training partner by subscribing to our informal, unmonitored Training Groups Page.

     

    Attend a Guided Chaos Seminar or sanctioned workshop.

     

    Or…

     

    Organize a local seminar and we can bring our training to you.

     

    We stress again that it's important at some point to come to NY to experience what Guided Chaos feels like from a Master Level or Senior Instructor to verify that you're on the right path. That extraordinary "feel" takes seconds to acknowledge (but longer of course to master).

     

    We so far have 3 black belts who live far from NY and mostly trained themselves using the above strategy.

     

     

     

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