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"The difference between boxing and street fights is that many street fights can mean life or death. Attack Proof teaches the most effective and easy-to-learn methods of self-defense in existence today."

Doug Gray
Former Super Welterweight Champion of NABO

"I've used the Attack Proof methods in the street, and they really work."

Jim Cirillo
Top Member of NYPD Stakeout Squad

"Attack Proof's combat methods are the most efficient and devastating that I have experienced before, during, and since the military."

Ret. Lieutenant Dick Shea
Original Navy SEAL Team Member

"Attack Proof creator John Perkins is an expert in the dynamics of violence."

Dr. Peter Pizzola, Director, NYPD Crime Lab

About the Author

John Perkins has been training and teaching martial arts and self-defense for over 50 years. He has taught hand-to-hand tactics to Marine combat units, Marine scout sniper units, and military counterdrug forces. He also has instructed law enforcement personnel from the FBI, New York City Police Department, New York State Police, and the New York City Transit Police. A former bodyguard to Malcolm Forbes and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, Perkins is a forensic crime scene expert and a master handgun instructor and marksman. He has extensive experience in the martial arts of hapkido, taekwondo, kyukushinkai, kempo karate, judo, jujitsu, goju, and tai chi chuan. He has trained in Native American fighting principles since the age of five. Perkins has battled in unlicensed pit fights, a savage forerunner to today's Ultimate Competitions. He is the founder of guided chaos, an adaptive, internal-energy art whose principles are detailed in this book. Perkins' system is recognized by the International Combat Martial Arts Federation, through which he holds a fifth-degree black belt in combat martial arts. Perkins lives in Nyack, New York.

Al Ridenhour, a lieutenant colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, has been training in the martial arts since 1985. He has studied tai chi, isshinryu karate, and ken jitsu. An all-conference wrestler in high school who later learned boxing in the Marine Corps, Ridenhour is also a sixth-degree master in guided chaos. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Gulf War, where he commanded a 50-man infantry unit and served as an instructor in unarmed combat for his Marine unit and for the battalion's scout sniper platoon. He has also worked with various law enforcement agencies, U.S. Customs, U.S. Border Patrol, and the Drug Enforcement Agency during counterdrug missions. He is a member of the International Combat Martial Arts Federation. Ridenhour lives in Hartsdale, New York.

Matt Kovsky is an editor for CBS Television. His work has earned him two Emmys, one for outstanding editing and another for producer of an outstanding entertainment series, as well as many other awards. He is trained in isshinryu karate and jeet kune do and has a fifth-degree black belt in guided chaos. Kovsky lives in Westchester, New York.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2 edition (May 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736078762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736078764
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Dale L. Sims on May 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
Throughout my martial arts experience since my early days in the Army in the mid-80's, I have kept my eyes open for the "one" book that had all of the info I needed in one compact package. I've owned tons of books (and DVDs) on arts I either studied--Shotokan, TKD, Tang Soo Do, Muy Thai, Silat--or were interested in--Jeet Kune Do, Kenpo, Tai Chi, multiple Kung Fu styles.

But I always wanted to find what I called the "Master Text." Even more than the first edition, the recently released version ended that search.
This book has everything--realistic self-defense advice, effective techniques, real-world philosophy, and, most important to me, invaluable drills that give you the ability to do the kinds of things you got into the martial arts for in the first place.

To put it bluntly, this magnificent volume makes all other martial arts/self defense books incomplete and superficial.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Patrickd on May 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
John Perkins and his crew have out done themselves in this update of an already exceptional work of genius!
As a practitioner and instructor of martial arts and self defense for over 25 years as well as a two-service veteran, I have found Mr. Perkins' and his co-authors' instruction to be clear, concise and on target to those who go in harm's way and for those who never leave a training environment. I have given and donated many copies of his previous work to my students, fellow instructors in several different disciplines as well as military and law enforcement personnel over the years with consistently stellar feedback and gratitude from all over the world. If you are a seasoned practitioner that wants to examine the foundations of your art, a professional that is out on the "pointy end" or a rank beginner that wants to examine some options for when "things go horribly wrong" this is the reference to get. Thanks for actually improving a classic!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Alexander on May 28, 2009
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The second edition is even better than the first Attackproof book. I have been studying Martial Arts for most of my life. My grandfather always stressed dealing with the dynamic reality in self defense and using practical methods. He would have been as excited as I am, with this exceptional book. Encyclopedic in scope, the information that is presented, has been forged through experience. If you are looking to learn self defense, self preservation, for your daily life, without the rules and regulations of sport, then this is the most comprehensive book available. This book is the new benchmark against which all other books on self defense will be measured for some time. If you truly want to embrace Guided Chaos, to develop your awareness and sharpen your self defense skills, then see if you can join a class. It will serve as a path of personal development. [...]
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brian on September 19, 2009
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I had 15+ years of experience in various martial arts when I read the first edition of "Attack Proof". I immediately knew it was going to be a classic because of its unique and practical approach. Even nine years later, there is really nothing comparable on the market - and the second edition is even better than the first with more material and better explanations.

What I think is unique about the "Attack Proof" system is that it approaches self-defense from two different, but complementary, angles:

1) The `simple' techniques of close combat which are designed to be learned and applied relatively quickly. I say `simple' not because they can be mastered immediately (they can't) but because with fairly minimal training they provide some usable self-defense skills. This also includes a lot of practical information about avoiding trouble to begin with.

2) Guided Chaos drills. These are not necessarily difficult to perform - in fact they focus on very basic principals - but with diligent practice they quickly increase martial effectiveness. Yes - there are limits to what you can learn from a book. However, I personally know people who have achieved outstanding results by practicing what is taught in the book & supplementing with occasional visits to qualified instructors. The attackproof website has other resources for those who don't live near instructors.

The authors keep their focus on the realities and dynamics of self-defense. In this edition they cover new topics like fighting on stairs, airplanes and other special circumstances. This focus on the dynamics of violence separates them from many well intentioned instructors who would rather learn ten new wrist locks than consider something as "outside the dojo" as fighting on a stairway. The "Attack Proof" authors have not only thought of such things - they have experienced them.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Kaminski on June 20, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
First off major kudos to everyone involved in the making of the second edition. You have produced something truly awesome.

I received my copy about a week ago now and recently finished reading it from cover to cover. While I didn't think it possible, the second edition absolutely trumps the first. (It takes everything that was great about the first edition and goes above and beyond.)

The first thing you will notice is the enhanced readability thanks to the improved formatting, which consists of a single column layout on the chapter intros as opposed to the two column layout in first edition. Also, I may be nitpicking here but I really found the smaller more subtle arrows in the pictures to be a welcome change. They don't outright dominate the picture and allow the reader to focus on what is trying to be conveyed.

Second, the amount of information covered in each chapter has been greatly expanded. For example, chapter 2 is 11 pages longer this time around and with those extra pages you get stuff like CCUE (Close Combat Universal Entry) and a section on Close Combat Battlefields, which includes an impressive piece regarding self-defense aboard airliners. Practically every chapter has new nuggets of information you will want to read.

Distance learners, like myself, will absolutely benefit even more from the second edition. Think of it like a great new upgrade.

I have no choice but to simply say buy this book! It will definitely have you saying "holy $#!%".
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