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John Perkins’ began his 22 year law enforcement career as a police cadet.  According to John Perkins, “As a young policeman in the early 1970's, John  beat included some of the worst neighborhoods in the New York metropolitan area where he routinely worked backup units responding to the most violent crimes in progress. He eventually was involved in over 700 arrests at least 100 of which were brutally violent arrest scenarios where people routinely ended up in the hospital or morgue.


Back in 1965, Perkins began experimenting with the concept of free associative fighting principles, combining Native American and Close Combat systems. In 1971 he began to create the rudiments of what would eventually become a new art by adding core combat aspects of Tai Chi and later, elements of the ancient Greek combat art of Eleftheri Pali (“ruthless combat”).


Finally in 1978, Perkins broke away from all classical systems and created Ki Chuan Do and the principles of Guided Chaos. By abandoning all patterned technique training in favor of methods that promote spontaneity, creativity and adaptability, Perkins generated a tremendous amount of controversy.’


John Perkin’s is the co-author of Attack Proof: The Ultimate Guide to Personal Protection.  According to the book description, “Ex-cop and former forensic homicide investigator John Perkins is recognized by several top forensic scientists to be an expert in determining how people fought and died in horrific homicides. Combined with his 50 years in the martial arts, executive bodyguard work for domestic and foreign dignatories, over 100 brutally violent arrest scenarios (where people ended up in the hospital or morgue) and unsanctioned pit-fighting on the docks of Newark and New Orleans, Perkins is a veteran of what works and what doesn't in the field of self-defense. His partner and student Lt. Col. Al Ridenhour USMC is an instructor in unarmed combat for his unit and a master of Guided Chaos. As a veteran of the Persian Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Al has put his Guided Chaos training to use everyday to stay alive--and where possible has passed that training on to his troops.”

According to one reader of Attack Proof: The Ultimate Guide to Personal Protection, “I've been training and teaching Shotokan Karate for nearly 25 years and over the years I've accumulated a sizable collection of books based on various martial disciplines. Many of them talk about "real fighting", but most of them are pretty much the same, emphasizing flashy "cool looking" moves over common sense techniques and skill development. So at first glance at the book's title I was skeptical. However, after reading Attack Proof: The Ultimate Guide to Personal Protection, I enthusiastically recommend it! While I have a lot of classical training under my belt I also know that the streets of Brooklyn are anything but "classical." The book Attack Proof offers both the martial artist and lay person a bare-bones methodology to real self-defense and street survival skills. The author's base their techniques on sound principles of fighting found in most martial arts systems, and support them with examples of real world applications and experiences. I was so impressed with Attack Proof's practical approach to not only fighting, but to street awareness as well, that I bought copies for my sons, both who are trained in Shotokan and one who is a "Rookie" cop with the NYPD. Whether you're a seasoned martial artist, martial arts instructor or just someone who wants to learn enough to protect yourself. You'll find that the techniques and principles taught are understandable and easy to grasp, but most important of all, effective!”

From the History of the New York City Police Department 

A similar application was made in 1772 for leave to bring in a bill for raising the sum of £1,800 to defray the expense attending the public lamps and watching the city. In July, 1773, a resolution was passed, allowing the Marshals and Constables two shillings for every vagrant they arrested. In 1774, sixteen men were employed to watch and to light the street lamps every night. Their annual salary was fixed at £32., there were also employed eight Watchmen, to do duty on alternate nights, receiving a salary of £16 per annum each. This Watch was set from March 10 to September 10 at nine o'clock P. M., and remained on duty to four o'clock next morning. During the other six months the hours were form ten in the evening to six the next morning.

In June, 1775, the committee appointed to draw up some necessary orders and regulations respecting the City Watch, presented the same, which were approved, and it was ordered that copies be delivered to the Captains of the Watch for their guidance. These orders and regulations are not inserted in the record. The Watchmen, on May 1, 1776, were reduced I number to a Captain and three men.

The old Bridewell formerly stood in City Hall Park, between the City Hall and Broadway. It was erected in 1775, and as demolished in 1838. The corner stone was paid with due ceremony by Mayor Hicks. The building was built of dark grey stone, two stories high, besides the basement, with a pediment in the front and in the rear, which was carried up a story higher. The centre apartments were allotted to the keeper and his deputies. On the first floor on the right, there was an apartment called the Long Room, and on the left a similar apartment; on the second floor there were two wards, the one called the Upper Hall, and the other side the Chain Room. The upper hall was appropriated to the higher class of convicts.

The old Bridewell derives its principal interest from its being used by the British, during the Revolution, as a place of confinement of American soldiers who were so unfortunate as to be taken prisoners here, as in all other places, used for that purpose in this city, cruelty, misery, and starvation agonized its helpless victims. The first Bridewell in New York was built as early as 1734, and it continued to be occupied for many years as a house of corrections.


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