4 Principles of Combative Motion, Part 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 two 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 fire. Not unintentionally, “Psycho chimp” is also the name of a free-flowing energy drill in the art of Guided Chaos. bjak

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–a Guided Chaos movement principle) that is somewhat of a template for high speed Contact Flow (a free-form two or more person sparring drill). 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, trendyworld 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. Not unintentionally, these are the 4 main principles of Guided Chaos–which culminate in the 5th principle: Combat Adaptability. treecuttingbranchoutservices

Fright Reaction

“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?”

–Damian Ross

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 (Guided Chaos creator) explains, this is a “medullary cortex reaction hardwired into all mammals”.

However, your response after this is based purely on your training and perceptions.

In Guided Chaos, 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” ( a phrase originally coined by Brad Steiner). 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.

Guided Chaos 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.

“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” (major guided chaos sub-principles). To avoid being hit, instead of moving his strike (with 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.”

–Matt Kovsky, Attackproof co-author

If you only train your body and mind to take advantage of the Fright Reaction with Close Combat strikes, that’s all you may ever need. The drills of Guided Chaos 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 Guided Chaos 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. For more info please visit these sites:-http://Daytimestar.com


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