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Western Vs Eastern Martial Arts

I would like to comment on the content of Western (European, North American) and Eastern (Asian, Pacific) martial arts.

First of all I don’t think either of them is better than the other in general.

Eastern practitioners often codified their martial arts and were therefore able to pass them on to later generations. The World War II CQC methodology of Fairbairn was based on the atemi waza found in Jiu Jitsu where he achieved 5th dan level. He destroyed close combat with these basic striking methods we see today.

Western martial arts had its high-level methods found in the study of ancient Greek martial art known as Eleftheri Pali which means ruthless combat or anything that goes. Scenes depicting this system can be found on ancient pottery and show deadly strikes to the throat and throat. Later the Pancration became more sporty to practice for the Olympics. Later, Dans la rue Savate (street savate) was created in France. I trained some of the personal defenders of French Prime Minister Jaques Chirac in 1995. They were trained in Savate as well as Jiu Jitsu and various types of Karate. Most of their training was focused on how to stop or incapacitate or kill an assass. What happened was that the end result was like a basic CQC that is similar to the initial program of Guided Chaos, while simplifying their training. It seems that when men who have to fight for survival develop a fighting system it starts to look the same. Simplicity is king. The street or fight against Savate that was shown to me was very effective. Low kicks, knee and hard style boxing and hand strike combinations were mostly used. These people were trained every day as their lives depended on it.

One exercise they practiced to develop strong punching power was to do up to 3 sets of 20 ndips with varying amounts of weight around their waves from 30 kilograms to 60 kilograms. They felt that strong triceps and shoulders would allow them to maximize their punching power. I showed Guided Chaos dropping energy for them by locking three of them in front of me in a strong position. I put my right fist on the shoulder of the first man and fell while moving my fist about 3 inches into the first man causing him to fall into the next man and the next one fell into the 3rd one. This gave them something to think about. I showed FC, their best fighter, how to do it and practiced it for a good while and I believe he teaches this to his men even today. Dropping Energy is a more sophisticated version of the “drop punch” created by American boxer Jack Dempsey and accidentally used by Muhammad Ali when he knocked Sonny Liston out. Dropping Energy uses a number of “cold power” -like principles in tai chi and other Asian internal systems. By using fallen energy with a CQC strike we have a good meltdown on the eastern and western technique.

Guided Chaos close combat is similar to Fairbairn’s methodology and is really based on it. It is the deepest concepts or principles that set Chaos Guides apart from all the other martial arts. Yes there is some martial arts in all Guide Arts as there is some Guided Chaos in all other martial arts. Developing the principles of looseness, sensitivity, balance, bodily unity and adaptability through the Chaos Guided drills is critical to the development of strikes and neck fractures and violent ground tactics. Remember, there is no one movement to go against another move per se. At the rapid pace of life and death you cannot access a mental library of responses to certain attacks fast enough to get work done. The simple method of most Close Combinations offers at least one fight chance especially when you “attack the attacker” (a term coined by Brad Steiner). The attacker’s attack sets up a plan for an attacker. He doesn’t know what you’re doing with it. You’re making him deal with chaotic motion. High speed and simplicity is what carries the day here. Until one can integrate the deeper principles of Guided Chaos, this allows one to have at least one fight.

In teaching stick fighting I base much of it on medieval and modern European sword fighting. I love working with the broad medieval sword. Medieval knights, monks and others of the time developed some of the most common techniques of weapon fighting. It’s very exciting. Remember that Italian and Spanish swordsmen regularly chased the Japanese into duels in first contact with a Japanese Samurai. Of course the rapier with his hand basket defender (along with better foot work) came in handy. I use the capture method as my father and uncles can capture arrests based on Native American systems (which are themselves very old) using the tomahawk. I later incorporated the concepts of sensitivity as well as the other principles of Guided Chaos in a cane / stick fight that presented most of what is taught today. All of the Guided Chaos principles can easily be used in any weapon system.

There is much more I could share with you on Eastern vs Western content. A good combination is best in my opinion.

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