Okinawan Masters Hide the Real Karate!

Newsletter 916

Theory of Secret Techniques Proven!

Thanks to Tom Jackson,
who pointed me.

So I write,
on the Matrix Karate page of MonsterMartialArts.com,
about how Karate was passed down.
I write about the transmission of Karate
from Okinawa to Japan,
and I ask the question…
would the Okinawans really be willing
to teach the Japanese real karate
after the Japanese had ‘stolen’ their emperor?
And,
I ask the question…
would the Japanese,
even if they knew the true karate,
be willing to teach the Americans,
who had just A bombed their cities?

Two important questions.
and totally justified,
considering the condition of Karate
in modern times.

And what is the condition?
Well,
I hold to the fact
that there are secret techniques.
There are techniques that haven’t been passed down.
There are things that were held on to,
and the real karate is a mere shadow in history.

This is a sometimes unpopular position,
especially when some people hold up the karate they learned,
and think they know it all.
Their sweat obscures knowledge.

So,
the Tom J referenced at the beginning of this newsletter,
pointed me to a book

Hidden Karate:
The True Bunkai for the Heian Katas and Naihanchi
by
Gennosuke Higaki

In this book
(about page 65)
the author talks about ‘The Secret Pact.’
This pact was made between the Okinawa masters,
that the true karate should be taught.
That the real techniques should remain hidden.
There is a lot of information
concerning those ‘lost’ bunkai.
Including oral teachings,
reasons for techniques,
and so on.

It is really interesting,
I’ve been saying this for years,
then to have it totally validated
and by someone who’s credentials appear legit
is pretty cool.
Mind you,
the author apparently uses a pseudonym,
but he speaks of his training,
and the people he studied under,
and it sounds truthful.

And,
what is also interesting,
I have claimed to to know
one of the most pure styles of Karate in the world.
From a line parallel to the Japanese methodologies,
from a classmate of Funakoshi’s.
Kanken Toyama.
In the book,
the examples of bunkai
are VERY much like the ones I learned.
The reasons are the pretty much the same.
So this book validates what I have been saying
about the purity of my style of Karate.

Anyway,
I could go on and on,
but if you are interested,
Temple Karate is the course which has
much of my old style updated.
and has a series of videos
on what the original self-defense technique were based on.
Or,
you could look at the Kang Duk Won book,
which is on Amazon.
(doesn’t have the special section
on original techniques)

But,
this has given me much food for thought,
I’ll be doing a lot of research and cogitating on this stuff.
And a book,
of course.

But,
just thought I’d pass it on,
there was a secret agreement
by Okinawan masters
to keep their art secret.
Which agreement has caused Karate
to become less than it was,
has degraded the art immensely.
But I don’t believe in secrets,
I believe you only learn through honest communication,
so stay tuned.

Here’s the Temple link…

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/temple-karate/

Have a great work out!

Al

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A New Professional Martial Arts Instructor!

Newsletter 915

New Professional Martial Arts Trainer!

Congrats to Craig Ing!

Here is his win…

Hi Al,

Attached is my completed Professional Martial Arts Instructor test and here are my “wins”.

A little about myself, I am a Kinesiotherapist specializing in orthopedics, I have degrees in kinesiology and education, I am a personal trainer and a martial arts instructor/school owner. I completed your Master Instructor course in 2015 and loved the content. Although I use the seven corrections, CBM and the teaching format, I was intrigued by the concept of your Professional Martial Arts Instructor textbook and certification. Not with the hopes of getting a job, rather I was interested in continuing to grow and improve as a teacher.

I found the book to be full of great information. What’s more, there is a legitimate rationale behind everything in the text; each concept serves a purpose. It’s never about just doing something for the sake of doing something. I appreciate, and admittedly get a small sense of validation, in finding that much of what I am currently doing as a martial arts instructor is outlined in the book.

My first “win” comes from incorporating …. with my students.  In the past I used it with my own students but got away from it due to time constraints. Introducing it to my students now, I have found improvements in their forms and postures and better fluidity in their movements.

My big “win” however, comes from your (force/flow formula). This sums up what I have tried to impart to my students but have often struggled with. This little algorithm essentially simplifies the concept of yin yang as it relates to the martial arts, so much that I could almost see the proverbial light bulb go on for one student in particular.

Thanks for another great course.

Thanks to you,
Craig.

You know,
I just want to point out something,
tying on the black belt is great,
but it really means
your education has just started.
You should pick up new techniques,
new arts,
find new drills,
practice things that you might have laughed at in the past,
because you realize that every system is unique,
every system has something to offer.

A real black belt has an open mind,
is protective of his Closed Combat Systems,
and is a student for life.

It works for Craig,
and every other GOOD instructor I have ever met.
I hope it works for you.

Here’s the link
if you want to see about actually making money
from your knowledge of the martial arts…

http://www.martialartsinstructortraining.com

Have a great work out!

Al

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New Book on Martial Arts Released!

Newsletter 914

Release of New Martial Arts Book!

Hi Guys and Gals,
I get emails sometimes,
asking me what I teach.
I have a truckload of arts,
I have 50 years of collecting methods,
but what do I use on a day to day basis?

Obviously,
I teach different things for different people,
different arts for different groups.
But,
what art do I teach in the perfect setting,
students who actually desire to learn,
and so on.

So I wrote a book presenting the series of forms I teach.
I included the three matrixes that I use for techniques.
I included lists of grab arts and where I teach them in the system.
I included lists of freestyle methods
and where I teach them in the system.

Now,
I’m pretty liquid.
People are different,
what they want is liquid,
so I adapt.
But,
in this system
is my best efforts
at forms that are concise,
not so difficult they can’t be remembered,
let alone used.
At the sequence of techniques
that bring people to intuitive self defense.
At how and when to teach grab arts and freestyle drills.
So,
the link is here…

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/al-case-martial-arts/

check it out,
see if you get that feeling that speaks to you,
that this might be for you.

and have a great work out!

Al

I just released this, so if links don’t work, any problems with the download, let me know at: aganzul@gmail.com

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Here is the Real Value of a Mistake

Street Sport Martial Arts Newsletter 14

The Value of a Mistake!

Okay, let me lay some truth on you.

This is a world that penalizes mistakes.
You make a mistake somebody will tell you,
might even call you stupid.
And then how do you feel?

BUT…here’s something to think about.

A mistake is an opportunity to learn.

So if you rip into a child for making a mistake
you‘re telling him (or her) not to learn.

In your child’s mind: Don’t make a mistake = don’t learn.

Here at the dojo we love mistakes.
Every time we see a mistake we get to teach,
to contribute to the growth of a better generation.

Why do you think,
every once in a while,
a child comes up and gives one of the teachers a hug?

Because we didn’t make them wrong, we helped them learn.

Mistakes are a god given opportunity to prove your worth.
for the child,
for the instructor,
and yes…even for you great parents!

So enjoy your mistakes, and…

SEE YOU AT THE DOJO!

Al

What a Martial Arts Master Instructor Really Thinks!

Newsletter 913

Yet Another Martial Arts Master Instructor!

Congratulations to Sensei Alan Granger!
Here is his win!

First off thank you so much for writing this book! I have learned so much. I have learned something from every section. I will use the whole book. The things I will start right away with my students are the…(SSD teaching method)… It just makes so much sense. No one has ever shown me the body testing I have already started using it with my son. We take time to test each other a least 2 or 3 times a week. I have been looking at your stuff for about 8 or 9 months. I finally decided to download it. I am so glad I did. I just wish I would have done it sooner. It has been such a big help to me. I will be ordering more of your books and videos!

Thanks Greatly,
Sensei Alan Granger

Thank you,
Master Instructor Granger.
Your win really makes my day.
The teaching method he refers to is very simple.
Interestingly,
I learned it,
in an abbreviated fashion,
50 years ago.
I have been using it ever since,
and I am SHOCKED
that nobody knows it.
Honestly,
this one point,
this method,
is the ONLY way to ensure that your teaching
actually reaches the student.
In the past 50 years I have seen TREMENDOUS degradation of art.
I have seen people put aside methods
and go to boxing,
and call it karate,
or some other martial art.
Thus,
there is a whole generation,
or number of generations,
that have no idea what the martial arts are.
They wear black belts,
they talk and they teach,
and they don’t know anything.
Seriously.

So,
you don’t have to buy that.
You can make sure your art actually lives beyond you.
Of course,
you’re going to have to make sure
that you actually know a martial art in the first place.

Anyway,
the teaching method is there,
and it works,
and everybody who has taken the course agrees,
and wholeheartedly.

And,
thank you,
MI Granger,
share the wealth,
and congrats

So,
here is the link…
http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/4-master-instructor-course/

and have a great work out!

Al

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How to Create Your Own Martial Art

Newsletter 912

Can You Create Your Own Martial Art?

I’ve been getting a LOT of questions lately,
how do you matrix krav maga,
how do you matrix the martial arts,
how do you create your own art.

Usually I answer as best I can,
realizing that these people are not normal.
Actually,
hope I’m not offending anybody,
but they sound like bot driven questions.

As to how to matrix the arts,
read some of my books,
get some of my tapes.
Easily explained and shown.

But,
the one that got me was
‘how do you create your own art.’
What got me about this question
was that other people tried to answer it.
The question seemed to be addressed to me,
it was quorum,
so not sure,
but several people tried to answer,
and they totaled MESSED it.

Answers included:
you can’t.
you have to have something unique.
you can but it has to be proven in MMA.

Well,
the short story is this:
if you just copy somebody else’s art
you aren’t an artist,
you’re a copy cat.
So,
somewhere along the line,
you HAVE to create.
Else you aren’t really an artist.

Look,
ask this same question of a painter
and you will end up with something like this:
you can’t paint until you learn to make canvas.

Actually,
that was the attitude in the middle ages,
and famous artists would gain apprentices
who would make their canvases for them,
and never learn anything.
They were just being used.

I hope you appreciate that analogy,
because it is REALLY spot on.

So,
here is the FULL story:

first, study an art to expert (black belt)
second, study other arts on your own
third, find what works for you
fourth, categorize according to concept, principle, or whatever.

And that is the truth about creating your own art.

I encourage people to study as many arts as they can.
I help them through my courses.
I encourage them to take a class to black belt.
I give an education that helps people understand
the concepts and principles involved.
I make the best martial artists in the world.
NO copycats.

So,
you want to be an artist?
A REAL artist,
considering that an artist is somebody who actually creates art?
There is actually only one place on earth that does that.
There is only one place that gives access to a variety of arts,
and is dedicated to the student learning,
as opposed to mindless drilling,
as opposed to the art as a calisthenic,
as opposed to a single art being considered the ONLY art.

Here go…

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/2d-create-your-own-art/

Have a great MLK day,
he was a man who believed in peace,
and making peace work
without using force,
is the highest martial art.

Have a great work out!
Al

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Two and a Half Martial Arts Knock Outs

Newsletter 911

(In)Famous Knocks Outs in the Martial Arts

You’ve all seen clips of great knock outs.
Whether its Muhammad Ali,
Connor Gregor
Holly Hombs…
you can see great knock outs all over the net.
But here are some knock outs you haven’t seen,
and,
hopefully,
never will.
They are from my own personal trove of experience.

The first one isn’t a knock out per se,
but it sure qualifies for this newsletter.

Back in the late sixties kicks were just coming in to their own.
You see,
we mostly practiced front kicks, side kicks, wheel kicks.
Then Chuck Norris came along and showed us the spinning kick.
Man,
this drove us crazy.
Students at dojos everywhere were trying to spin and kick.
Spin and hook heel.
Spin and wheel.
Spin and whatever.
Out imagination FAR outran our abilities.
So one day this fellow shows me the latest and greatest…
it was a jump spinning rear kick.
And the kick was done with the leg straight,
really snazzy,
Man,
I watched this dude jump up and spin and knock coke cans off a fence…
and I was hooked.
So I practiced,
and practiced,
and in my mind I was a kung fu movie,
knocking down legions of bad guys.
In reality…
I wasn’t so good.
But I was trying…darn it!
I was trying!

One day I was playing baseball with some fellows.
There was a dozen of us,
it was a beautiful day,
and I was playing second base.
The field was a little dusty,
the sun was shining down,
and I waited for some situation to resolve.
A couple of guys arguing about plays,
or rules,
or some such.
And standing there,
my mind wandering,
I began to do spinning kicks.
The guys all knew I did Karate,
I was always doing something like this,
so everybody just stood around
and watched me,
and waited for the game to resume.
I spun and I spun,
and in my mind
I felt I had it.
I could see myself jumping,
soaring,
perfect arc of foot,
perfect balance.
And,
possessed by my fantasy,
I leaped into the air,
spun,
and collided with the ground.
I mean,
on a scale of 1 to 10,
ten being the worst,
I was a ten.
To the guys standing around,
it looked like I had dove into the sky,
jerked into contortions,
and threw myself on the dirt,
as awkwardly as possible.
For a moment nobody said anything.
They just gawked,
then they laughed.
And everybody was laughing.
What i had done was so stupid looking…
even I laughed.
I mean,
I had gone beyond the bounds of embarrassment,
even I could appreciate the heights of my stupidity.
That’s one.

The second knock out was real,
and,
interestingly,
it involved jump spinning kicks.
My instructor was not immune from the desire
to soar through the heavens,
and kick over a regiment of bad guys.
So one day he was practicing,
jumping and spinning,
and he was pretty good.
Except…
for that low hanging tree.
That’s right,
he leaped into the air,
spun beautifully,
and knocked his noggin on a branch,
and knocked himself out.
And he was really out.
He was unconscious for a half hour
before one of the guys found him.
Sprawled peacefully,
visions of spinning back kicks in his head.
That’s two.

And,
first place in this menagerie of misadventures,
goes to me.
You know,
it seems almost sad,
that such strivings for perfection
result in such…imperfections.

One of the tricks my instructor could do
was push ups on two single fingers.
We are not talking about a bend of the fingers,
we are talking about totally stiff index fingers.
A complete push up.
Now,
there were things that were beyond me,
there were things that people could do
that I would never be able.
But…
I knew I could do push ups on single index fingers.
So,
I began practicing.
I practiced regular push ups,
I practiced push ups on fists,
on the backs of my hands.
I imagined a rod of iron going along my backbone.
My visualizations were perfect.
I began doing push ups on half fists.
And,
I began reducing the number of digits.
I got to the point where I could do push ups on single index knuckles.
I began doing push ups on fingers.
Totally straight fingers.
Three fingers.
Two fingers.
It’s interesting,
it’s not strength,
it’s balance,
and it’s a frame of mind that pushes the world out,
and focuses awareness in the fingers.
Perfect balance.
I remember the night I got up on the single fingers.
Man,
what a charge.
I had made it.
Amazing.
I felt like I could do anything in the world.
And,
feeling so good,
I decided to do a couple of more push ups.
But…I hadn’t reckoned on the amazing amount of fatigue.
Focusing the mind like that
really drains it.
If I had waited for the next day,
I would have been okay.
But I was just charged up and ready to go.
I got up on the fingers,
and…
everything collapsed.
All that focus gave way…
as did all of the energy it required to do those push ups.
I felt right smack on my face.
And I actually knocked myself out.
I wasn’t out for long,
probably a couple of minutes.
No more than five.
But I was out.
Like a light.
Sleeping peacefully.
And that’s three.

So,
three knock outs
(two knock outs and a knock down)
that you will never hear about.
But,
you know,
that’s life.
That’s what happens when you go for something.
And the trick,
as we all know,
is not to accept it,
but to get back up,
keep going,
and really learn the martial arts.
That’s a life goal worth having.

Have a great work out!
Al

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