Pre-World War II Shanghai was one of the most violent cities in the world. It was ruled by vicious gangs that were committed to making money and wanted an out all-out war against the police. During this period British officer William Fairbarn of the Shanghai Municipal Police realized he needed to change the training given in order to better prepare for lethal close-quarters combat. Fairbarn himself was personally involved in over 600 “real” deadly encounters. He along with others examined the experiences of himself and other officers to create newer and better training plans.
Also, Fairbarn and others such as Dermot O’Neill were the first Caucasian black belts in Judo and had extensive training in Eastern and Western combat sports. Sports such as target shooting, wrestling, boxing and fencing. Despite this, when they needed to come up with a training program for real combat they discarded their combat sports experience in favor of something more conducive for realistic combat. They relied on their experiences from real lethal violence in the form of ambushes, gang attacks with weapons in alleys.
In the ensuing years, Fairbarn and his peers refined their training programs based on their results and at the start of WW2 they were called to give their expertise to the Allied side. What they developed were the simplest and most efficient close combat training programs to date. Rex Applegate would go on to expound on these methods in the US. Men such as Bradley Steiner and Grandmaster John Perkins would also continue to carry the torch of combatives in the US. These methods became knows as WW2 combatives.
The WWII methods were tested and proven on the battlefield. After-action reports showed that those trained in these methods frequently prevailed. Briefly trained Allied soldiers were able to defeat their enemies despite them being highly skilled in judo and karate.
These methods emphasized:
- Aggressive Preemptive Striking and Ruthlessness
- Deception and Subterfuge
- Simple skills that could be done under extreme duress
- Strikes such as ax-hands, palms, palms, gouges and knee strikes to weak parts of the body
Guided Chaos Combatives Improves These Methods
Defending you and your family’s life from violent crime is closer to total war than it is to a sporting competition. Consider that a criminal likely will have a weapon, multiple accomplices that attack you in the rain, the dark, on a staircase, in your car, etc. As a civilian though you have more time to hone your combative skills than recruits going off to war. Guided Chaos Combatves makes the best use of this by incorporating dynamic balance for greater power, adaptive footwork, and close-in power principles.
Furthermore, they increase the student’s ability to execute close combat movements under increasingly unfavorable conditions. Modifying the original close combat techniques slightly to makes them more adaptable to chaos as well as but adding new drills and exercises. To increase balance under stress during the chaos of extreme violence, a regimen of increasing proprioception and core stabilizing muscles is essential. In addition, a way of delivering strikes at close range with full power from chaotic foot positions without winding up or “chambering” can save your life when nose-to-nose with a vicious criminal.
The goal is to become as effective as possible in as short a period of time as possible to keep in line with close combat’s original intent. Therefore in Guided Chaos Combatives (GCC) these internal attributes are compressed and distilled. They also serve as a springboard into additional training should the trainee eventually decide to make effective training a lifetime endeavor with the full martial art of Guided Chaos, above and beyond the purpose-driven, short-term efficiency of the GCC program.