Adam Chan - Pragmatic Martial Arts - Core Self Defense 12 DVD Set
Adam Chan’s Core Self Defense Series is the result of almost 25 years of research, training and pressure testing to find out what really works in a fight. Adam believes that in order to consider any form of self defense complete it MUST address the following topics.
• Awareness And Avoidance Of A Potential Attack
• Development Of Strong Attacks
• Pre-emptive Attacks
• The Ability To Finish The Fight
• Post- Fight Trauma
Listed in order of priority, this list provides the framework for Core Self Defense.
This DVD set also has a unique layout that has yet to be seen in an Instructional Self defense series. Each DVD is broken down into the following three parts to make sure you absorb the most out of each lesson.
1. Detailed Introduction to the Ideas and concepts of the lesson
2. Step-by-step Instruction to the techniques and strategies with several variations of each technique so you can choose the one that fits you best!
3. An Interview with Adam Chan where he addresses the most frequently asked questions asked about that lesson.
This is a critical non-biased look at fighting - dissecting many aspects in order to come up with a fighting system that is not only simple, direct and effective, but can be learned by any able-bodied person. The system not only covers the physical side of self defense, but also the often forgotten mental aspects such as:
• The Effects Of The Adrenaline
• Dealing With Fear
• How Criminals Choose Their Targets
• Set-ups And Traps That Criminals Use
• Instinctive Pre-fight Rituals
• How To Recognize An Imminent Attack
• How To Use Dialogue To Your Advantage
DISC DVD SET Includes:
1. Power Punching
This lesson teaches the fundamentals of how to develop explosive powerful punches by using proper body mechanics.
2. Power Kicking
This lessons gives you the tools to develop a kick that easily snap a leg and end the fight.
3. Pre-Emptive Punching
The pre-emptive strike is known in the world of self defense as “the only consistently reliable self defense technique”.
But that is only if you know when and how to do so. This lessons you not only how to throw an effective pre-emptive attack,
but how to tell if your attacker is about to strike by watching for a few tell-tale signs.
4. Pre-emptive Kicking
Pre-emptive kicking goes into the concepts and exercises that allow you to use your feet to end the fight before it even begins.
5. Counter Punching
The drills and exercises here show you what to do when you are on
the defensive, and must counter a punch to avoid getting hit.
6. Countering the Restraint
What do you do if a larger person grabs you? What about a bear hug? Or a wrist lock?
This lesson will provide you with the knowledge and the tools to deal quickly and effectively with such an attack.
7. Countering the Tackle
With MMA (mixed Martial Arts) being the latest craze, more and more people want to take the fight to the ground.
In a street fight it is not only dangerous to fight on the ground, it can be downright suicidal.
Countering the tackle shows us how to spot a tackle in its earliest stage giving us time to respond and stay on our feet.
8. Counter Kicking
At the right distance, a single kick sustained to your knee or groin could be enough to cause permanent injury.
In Counter Kicking, Adam teaches you how to safely respond to and deal with a kick from your attacker.
9. The Obstruction
When on the offensive you’re bound to have some of your attacks blocked. This DVD shows you how to continue
your attack without becoming susceptible to counters.
When on the offensive, your attacks will cause your opponents body
to trigger one of a few “flinch responses”. The cover is the most common
as it is very effective in reducing the amount of damage sustained.
This lesson will show you how we can use it’s predictability to choose
our targets and end the fight.
When we are forced to fight, we must not let up until the fight is over or until we have made enough time for an escape.
Giving your attacker any breathing space will allow him to recover (and probably pull a weapon).
This lesson deals specifically with preventing your attacker from getting the second chance he needs to turn you into a victim.
2-in-1 DVD: (This bonus gift contains two lessons in one!)
days of dueling are long gone, and the one-on-one scenario has
unfortunately become a rare sight. The reality of multiple opponents is
an extremely dangerous one if not prepared. Adam gives you the concepts
and training it takes to escape a multiple opponent situation in one
Defending Against the Ambush
How do you defend
yourself from an attack when you don’t even know its coming? This lesson
contains practice of concepts such as environmental scanning and
situational awareness. These ideas ALONE could keep you from being the
target of an attack.
Core Self Defense DVD Training Manual
(downloadable only - you can download it in PDF format here -
manual takes the guess work out of creating an effective training
schedule. This manual contains six months of progressive workouts that
are outlined to help you make rapid improvements in your training.
What do other martial artists say about Adam?
Leader/ Inheritor of Fook Yeung Chuan
There are very few people in the world who I am willing to recommend
people to for training and Adam Chan is on the Short list of that Short
List. Adam Chan's skill in personal self defense, traditional and non
traditional martial arts is exceptional and his caring for society at
large puts him at the top. As one of Adam's students a person can
expect to develop exceptional ability in methods that will work in the
real world, (almost too well). If you are interested in developing that
kind of skill and are open to think about the moral side of training
you would have to go far to get comparable training.
Sifu Lamar M. Davis II
Founder of HARDCORE JEET KUNE DO
I would highly recommend Adam Chan and his teaching/learning
materials to anyone who is interested in learning serious self defense!
Adam is a great instructor, and can not only teach it, but more
importantly … DO IT! His approach to teaching and training is very
similar to Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do. Similar enough, in fact, to catch
my attention, which is not an easy task as long as I have been in the
martial arts! If you get the chance to train with Adam, by all means do
so! I highly recommend it!
Muay Thai Champion, Wing Chun Sifu
I want everybody to know something here. I am not saying this
because of any politics whatsoever. Adam, is a great young martial
artist. He reminds me in many ways of Tommy Carruthers, Mike Lee, Bruce
and a few others. Adam, is on the verge to becoming a great martial
artist period. People who train with him or know him are blessed. I
learn from his postings and the things that he demonstrates, but most of
all, he is a class act. He knows what martial respect is all about.
What a blessing in our generation to have such a true martial artist not
afraid to test the waters himself, yet maintain respect for his
teachers and others. I always wish him the best in all of his endeavors.
Great Practitioner in methods of Jesse Glover and the Late Ed Hart (students of Bruce Lee)
Adam is a highly innovative martial artist with the ability to take
simple ideas and make them functional. Through hard work and
persistence, Adam has reached an impressive level of skill while
developing his own "way" and applying it to real self-defense. Most
importantly, Adam is a humble guy without a giant ego. I highly
recommend Adam’s instruction to anyone who is looking to learn realistic
and effective self-defense.
Instructor of James DeMile Tactics(student of Bruce Lee)
When you look in places like youtube, or in martial arts in general,
there are always people, even big names in the martial arts world that
try to talk big, try to sound knowledgeable, and portray themselves as
“the man” with all the answers. Then you see what they look like when
they actually execute technique and it’s not very impressive. Adam IS
impressive! His technique is straight to the point, no non-sense, and
just sharp! What makes him even more impressive is that his thought
process regarding not just martial arts, but more importantly
self-defense, mirrors his technique – straight to the point, no
non-sense, and sharp!
And the greatest part about Adam, too, is that, to me, he’s never come
across as the guy who has to act like he’s got all the answers. There’s a
humility that rings with a saying I remember being taught growing up,
“those who DON’T really know speak loudly. Those who DO know, don’t have
to speak.” Luckily for the martial arts and self-defense world Adam is
willing to share and speak, but ultimately…he doesn’t have to.
Sifu Mike Smith
Yi quan / Natural Gate Boxing , 30 years experience
Adam Chan. Of all of the hundreds of people I have trained in my
life as a teacher of applied combat skills, you have excelled beyond
anyone. If either of us was concerned about lineages and stuff it would
be all on you.
Hsing I, Ba Gua, Tai Chi Instructor, 9X Push Hands International Champion
ONE OF THE GREAT MARTIAL ARTISTS OF HIS GENERATION!
This is one of those guys who has trained and researched 10 hours per
day for twenty years and continues to evolve.? His material is concise,
effective, and applicable to every style.
Champion Golden Glove Boxer, MMA
I come from a family with mixed martial art backgrounds but my primary focus was on boxing due
to the nature of the sport and its simplicity when it comes to picking up techniques and putting
them to immediate use. I boxed competitively for many years and although I enjoyed the competitive
nature of the sport, my primary initiative when joining was for discipline and self-defense.
Adam is well versed in martial arts and takes a pro-active approach in training. Many of times,
you find yourself in a bully or multiple assailant situations. Unlike a competitive sport,
your primary focus is to beat your opponent to the punch and get to a safe place to avoid further altercations.
Adams approach is just this. His style and techniques are unique and 110% effective.
Upon initially meeting with Adam, I fell prey to his demonstration! Having a boxing background,
I was over confident and immediately thought size does matter when I implemented my boxing skills.
Adam implemented a counter-attack and I did not know how to react. His flow and style was always a
step ahead and prior to me initiating an attack, he had already implemented his counter strike!
I was very impressed with his methods and became a true believer in what Adam is trying to teach.
He [Adam] is no nonsense and picks his students wisely. He is not willing to train those
who do not have the desire to learn or are just interested in becoming fit or getting a good
workout. For this, you can go to a fitness center. Adam's interest is in picking individuals
who have a keen interest in learning effective self-defense and discipline skills.
Instructor of Jesse Glover's Non Classical Gung Fu
I do not know Adam personally, but from what I've seen, his ability
in martial arts is awesome. I am impressed with his accuracy, speed and
direct moves. But especially his skill on efficiency for his size. It
seems his personal style fits perfect for his body type. Keep it up !!!
you already got great skill.
Former Boxer, Kali Stick Fighter, Hsing I Chuan, Wing Chun man
I first met adam in nov 1997 after looking at virtually every school I
could find in the Lower Mainland(Vancouver Area). I just happened to
mention to a friend at work what I was looking for, to which he said you
should call this guy - "he is like Bruce Lee super good and a great
guy." I called Adam that very minute. After a quick chat on the phone we
set up a time. I had a hard time finding his house and was late for our
first meeting,(not a good start). He buzzed me in I walked up the
stairs and knocked on the door, and a 5'2 kid with glasses and a crew
cut answered the door, I followed him into the kitchen/livingroom. I
guess the look on my face showed my doubts, and Adam just said "hit me
any way you can, as fast as you can". Now, after going to other schools
with the whole "ok attack me with your right hand, at this angle please
and at this speed" thing, I looked at him like "come on now", Adam said
"really...just go for it". I did and the next thing I know, I saw a
flurry of punches and I was tied up in a knot with Adam looking down at
me. I had a look of disbelief on my face and he said "ok then, do it
again". This time I tried even harder to hit this little guy to teach
him a lesson, well the result was the same thing as before. Before I
could move I was hit and the next thing I knew, I was somehow kinda
under his kitchen table. Well I was sold, I asked if I could join he
said "yes" and 14yrs later I am still with him.
As a martial artist he is unlike anything I have ever seen. How
far he has come with hardly any real teacher other then a pen and paper
and me as a training dummy for all these years is really incredible. He
can gain insight from watching or doing something completely non martial
arts related and put it into his art and improve it leaps and bounds.
He improves with age and makes his art better and better each year. His
insight into the arts is really something, how he can look at something
and break it down, and explain it. But most of all his uncompromising
dedication to his art and unwillingness not to sell out his art or
anyone else's is something that is a rare thing. I have many times seen
him kick out students when he hardly any money for food and needed the
monthly dues, but his art and his integrity comes first and foremost.
As a teacher you could not ask for anything more having someone care
that much that you understand and actually improve is something not many
students get that luxury. So as it goes he is an actual martial artist
not just a martial fighter but luckier then that I get to call him my
friend of fourteen years now.
15 yrs World War 2 Combatives and Kickboxing
I've trained on and off for 15 years with several very experienced
teachers. When I began my studies with Adam I was astounded by his
phenominal personal skill in realistic street self defence. He is
lightning fast, powerful and gives true meaning to the term, 'martial
artist.' He is the most dedicated and well rounded fighter I have ever
trained with and he has given me a new confidence in my abilities. It is
an honor to be his student. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants
to learn the realities of street self defence.
Reality Based Self Defence Instructor 20 years experience
Adam Chan is very good martial artist this is apparent to expert and
novice alike. Over the many years that I have studied the arts I have
trained with many teachers. So with a qualified voice I can say that
Adam is rare and is the type of teacher I seek. The qualities I look for
is are a genuine interest in there students both in and out of the
training hall. A teacher that continues to learn and grow on there own.
After all if they dont how will the continue to teach you? A teacher
that ask themselves the hard questions and find the answer then help you
to find the question. One that is not bound by tradition but bound by
the truth. Adam is all these things and more. I have every confidence
that he will be one of the greats in our generation of artist. If you
have a chance to learn with Adam seize the chance and consider yourself
Wing Chun, Natural Gate Boxing / Yi Quan practitioner
An extraordinary man and Martial Artist, Adam's simple, direct
approach to combat and 'No question is too stupid' training philosophy
has helped many surpass their preconceived limitations. I would urge
anyone looking for practical, effective combat training to train with
Adam. One of the best.
Former practitioner of Capoeia
Adam is one of those rare people who actually give a damn about what
he does. He is very serious about his art has therefore never failed to
help his students accomplish their goals. I have trained with him for
over 5 years,and I think of him as a mentor, a teacher,and as an older
brother. Training with him, I feel fully capable of defending myself .
But in all honestly, what I have learned from him (and am still learning
from him) goes far beyond being able to fight.He makes good people
better and installs a confidence that one rarely finds on his own.
Fighting ability is just a by-product.
I more than ever motivated to learn from Adam, and continue his art form. His stuff his real and practical and it works!!
Former Practitioner of Shotokan Karate
I am fortunate enough to be learning from Adam and what he has taught
me in just a few months is amazing. Also, his book Climbing Mountains
and Eating Punches is a must read.
Learning Adam's methods have change the way I look at conflict. I am
alot more confident in my ability to deal with a hostile situation. Adam
is the most honest and has the most integrity out of anyone that I have
ever met. He demonstrate that the stuff works and he has proven it over
and over again. His system gives one the ability to defeat an average
attacker in a few seconds.