An Evolution in
My early training in the sixties was with a system
called Amdo, it stands for American Way. It was a very diversified
system that taught karate style sparring, many throws from Judo,
locks from ju-jutsu, take-downs and reversals from aikido, and
even some strikes and blocks from kung fu.
Today a system like that (it no longer exists)
would be highly accepted. But remember, this was in the 1960's
when "Tradition" was king. Many traditionalists scoffed at such
Later my studies included Okinawan karate which
I have spent many years of study and now teach. The big difference
is I don't teach traditional Okinawan karate for self defense.
I think my background in Amdo helped me see that there were
better applications for many of the traditional karate self
As the years progressed I continued to find easier,
quicker and more direct ways to apply self defense. Sometimes
attending a seminar I would find only one or two 'better' applications
than I was teaching at the time. To me it was worth the price
I purchased dozens of self defense videos. Most
of them were teaching traditional and in many cases useless
self defense techniques and applications. But many times I would
find just one technique or application that I could add or implement
in my system.
Over the years I continued to refine, simplify
and fine tune what I was teaching. I was getting closer to what
I wanted and what I knew my students needed but I still felt
something was missing.
I then met Bill Kipp and Peyton Quinn of the Rocky
Mountain Combat Applications Training Camp (RMCAT). Bill was
doing seminars on the road so I set one up for my school. Their
brand of self defense was 'scenario based adrenal stress conditioning
training.' After only one seminar I quickly realized several
1. Although my system of self defense was very
simple, it was not simple enough in many cases to be performed
under a strong adrenal rush.
2. While under an 'adrenal dump' as we call it,
your mental capacities are highly diminished.
3. Loss of fine motor skills can drop to almost
4. I needed to greatly simplify what I was teaching
and teach self defense that had what I call a "build on factor".
This simply means that one technique builds upon another and
that a few simple sequences would be able to be used for a number
of different attacks.
Bill Kipp and I later formed F.A.S.T.
Defense. FAST is an acronym for Fear Adrenal Stress Training.
We are now teaching this technology to self defense instructors
around the country and Internationally.
Within a short period of time my self defense
system went through another overhaul. This time I really like
the end result because the techniques have been tested under
the stress of an adrenal dump.
I have put the 30 most common street attacks on
video, using our latest technology. You can read about them
Shihan Michael Pace