The Evolution of The Piper Tripwire System
Until only a few years ago, there were numerous online criticisms from people ignorant of what the Piper System was. This situation has definitively changed.
I have been fortunate enough to share Piper with martial arts luminaries like Guron Dan Inosanto at his world famous academy, with Marc Denny of the formidable Dog Brothers Martial Arts system, with Burton Richardson and a host of others in Europe.
It was Guro Marc Denny who gave me the keys to modifying and enhancing my then-unknown skill set for the Western world. That process demanded 3 years of letting go of the past and growing up, followed by 5 years of diligent research and testing. The raw, criminally-derived system has spawned ideas and tools that is leading to a change in the way many top-tier martial artists think about movement, offering ideas that turn old concepts on their head, and offers tools for ranges and problems that were not part of the combatives landscape until now.
Extracting the fundamental components of the Piper System and generalising them into stealth-oriented, ambush-proof movement that works for the Western practitioner is yielding fruit, an arsenal that allows one to regain initiative and fight in gaps that previously were used for transitions, setups and recovery at much tighter ranges, forcing reset after reset in the adversary who is always one step behind the curve.
The empty hand component has been fleshed out after research into the African roots of the system - N'guni stick and Zulu spear and shield fighting. The historical boxing/Silat footwork has been streamlined for modern usage, simplified and specifically dialed in for the ranges we work at and the use cases we specify.
Two distinct approaches have evolved:
1) Piper Empty Hand (Enhanced "Form Style") - ambush and offense from a standing start and extreme close quarters: load and explode with little-to-no tell, fully integrated into the edged/improvised weapons methodology.
2) Tripwire System for counter-ambush/counter-impact/optimal recovery from a natural standing position with no bracing stance, no load up, with hands at sides.
Another Development has been the Full Metal Elbows (mob defense). A new paradigm for escape from a massed attack. It's worse than having wet cats thrown at you, or trying to give a bath to half a dozen angry cats at once.
These are difficult problems with innovative solutions from a little-known culture that excels at these things - heavily tested and refined for optimal performance. If it satisfies the insane :-) Dog Brothers then it satisfies, because G*d knows they kicked my ass enough times in testing.
With each seminar this material has been refined with the exposure to a myriad of different levels of skill, experience, mass, reach, temperament and body types. It is an evolving, cusomised to fit the practitioner and adaptable across a range of categories.
This is only the beginning.
In the US anyone near Chicago, IL can reach out to Guro John Bednarski; in Los Angeles, CA to Guro Marc Denny of Dog Brothers fame and in Texas my friend Jaime Aguilar is showing amazing creative flair. He's got moves I wish I had ;). Piper/Tripwire is not set in stone, it's what you make of it - and these gentlemen have made something of it.
If anyone is interested in learning more from me I live in central Europe - Warsaw, Poland is my new home. I am available for seminars.
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