Andy Norman and the Temple of Chaos


Andy Norman and The Temple of Chaos

It sounds like the title of a movie but it isn’t. However it is one of the most important training philosophies of  Defence Lab.

The reason I personally first got into Defence Lab training is because it offered me something I have never seen  before, a  realistic chance to experience chaos! 

Now I  know  what some of our readers who don’t train Defence Lab will  say “we  train for chaos too”. I respect this I truly do, however in my own personal journey of martial  arts I have never seen anyone do it like Defence Lab do! Today’s article is a look through the doors of the Temple of Chaos and an invitation for you to come inside if you dare!!!

Have you ever seen a group attack a person? If not then you will be surprised at what happens. I have seen large grown men with skills taken down  by smaller and less skilful people who then use the man’s head as a soccer ball. Scary thing having a pack of Hyenas coming after you. 

A ‘pack attack’ isn’t pretty. Very often you will be dragged to the floor by the man you didn’t see behind you. They say its the punch that you don’t see coming that knocks you out and pack attacks can  bring  down the  biggest and toughest of us.

Why are Pack/Group Attacks So Hard to Deal With?

Part​ of  the reason  that group  attacks are so tough to deal with is that trying to mount a defence  of any kind of offence is really tough. You look at one person and you  have no idea what is going on behind you. That’s when the  glass bottle smashes against your head  and you hit the deck.

I have always known that ​dealing with violence is seriously difficult. It doesn’t matter if its one on one, three on one or eight on one,  Fighting ‘aint’ easy! So when I came across  DL I was blown away, why? Because from lesson one I was placed in a position I didnt like- against multiple opponents and this is The Temple of Chaos

Now  just think about this ​for a second, I have done Judo, Boxing even No Holds  Barred stuff, yet within 3 minutes of my first Defence Lab class  I was really uncomfortable, I  was stressed and I knew at that exact minute all my years training was vastly reduced! I had 5 people hitting me with pads and I  was  taking shots all over my body, all over my head and every time I turned I got hit. When I turned to the person hitting me  I took a shot from behind. 

In my head I was thinking  “this shouldn’t be happening​”.  My entire life of martial  arts training  was reduced to nothing  in 3 minutes!!! and make no mistake I would  have come off  badly in  reality. My boxers guard had serious flaws and I had no other solutions  to this situation.

So what happened? Once it was all over I was a shell of a martial artist. My skills  and abilities rendered useless ​and  it made me question everything I knew about self defence. Trust me, after 20 years that was a lot of questions!

Now I was kind of lucky really, because my first Defence Lab class was actually taken by Andy Norman himself, so Andy was there on hand to teach me and within a few minutes  I  was shown a totally different  method to defend  myself in that same situation. Boom  we  went again and this time it was a totally different experience,  I was able to block the  shots coming in and felt really safe. That was until Andy  told us to go to our knees and backs!! Here we were  again! Reduced to a beginner in a few  seconds.

It was a humbling experience​. The moment you realise that your training has serious flaws  and those flaws were exposed within the first 10 minutes of the lesson.

From that moment I was hooked. DL was my thing and if you are a DL  student then you will also have felt  that same feeling I had.​  

I had  entered Andy Norman’s Temple of  Chaos and realised that when  the  s##t hits the fan my traditional training was lacking​. Defence Lab blew me away because it showed me that after 20 years of training I had huge areas that I needed to improve on! However you need to experience the Temple of Chaos for yourself to see the holes in your own training. 

The Day Andy Norman Let Me Hit Him as Hard As I Could​

I couldn’t believe he said it. This was just like fight club, Andy Norman had just said “I want you to hit me as hard as you can!!” So I did  hit him as hard as I could and he smiled!!!

OK now lets put this into perspective for a second​. I weigh 90 kilos and  I hit hard. So when Andy said “hit me” I expected to send him flying across the room.

Boom first punch, boom I do  it again and  he didn’t move!!​ I hit him  with about 10 shots and  he covered  and took them as if it was a fly  touching him. This was Defence Lab training at its  best. How many instructors will let you hit them  as  hard as you can to show you their stuff  works? Not many but Andy Norman did this. It was an impressive thing to do and see but this isnt because Andy has super powers, it is the techniques of Defence Lab, and you too can learn how to do this as well. it is actually one of the  basic drills of DL.

Now if you are reading this and you are a DL student then you know all  of what I have written. Your heads might be nodding ​because you understand just how special DL is. If that is happening that’s great, however so many haven’t yet experienced Defence Lab so if you are reading this and you have never experienced Defence Lab then go to Defencelab.com  and find you local Lab and come down and enter the Temple of Chaos. This is the only way you are going to see just what makes DL so special and you will see just how your own training holds  up in the temple!

And if you want to see Defence Lab in action and also  the Temple of Chaos then go and buy the DNA Fight Pack  or ​you  can even get free Defence Lab Videos at Andy Norman’s official website.

Until next time Shape Shifters!! ​

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  1. Steve
    Steve says:

    i have been training dl for 11 months now , with a great instructer pete haughes , i am 48 and at my time of life i didn’t think i could learn a new martial arts , ive done karate when i was a lot younger but just got disillusioned with the long winded process of it all and just gave it up and didn’t bother learning anything else until i met pete and he said just come along to the sutton coldfield dl in birmingham and see dl in its true glory, and yes i entered the temple of chaos and everthing that has been written is true you do lose all sense of perspective when your in there , its a scary thing but from experiencing that moment of chaos i realised from then i wanted to follow the dl journey because its the only martial arts out there that deals with the reality of street violence and gang attacks and teaches you the tools to deal with it but its taught in away that its an enjoyable experience because unlike your typical martial arts class where its all done in a strict traditional format , dl lab has a more relaxed approach to teaching which is unique because if you are relaxed and enjoying something you will learn alot quicker and continue to keep doing so, thats why after having my first lesson 11 months ago and experiencing that chaos for the first time and still going and still loving dl because each lesson you are always learning and bettering yourself because the great instructors of dl are always there for you and encouraging you all the time to reach your full potential , so if i can do it at the age of 48 and find a new and exciting martial arts to learn that is really enjoyable but realistically you know it will work in the real world of street violence thats out there which is the main reason i am learning and will continue to follow the dl journey. Thanks for letting me comment on here.

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