How to take a punch in karate

Newsletter 857

Armor in the Martial Arts (part two)

It’s Saturday!
Time to work out ALL-L-L-L day long!

Hey, look at the title,
Armor in the martial arts…part two?
I thought I’d written everything I wanted to,
then thought about it,
and realized I was only half done.
You can check out part one on (the blog)
But let me finish the article right here.

I told you the secret of taking punches
was easily learned by just doing the forms,
doing techniques out of the forms,
and practicing breathing.
Let me splain.

When you breath,
you breath out when the body expands,
and in when the body contracts.

you breath out when you strike somebody,
or when you are getting struck.

This is simply aligning the
in and out’ of breathing
with the expansion or contraction,
so to speak,
of the body.

But it is a major alignment.

Just remember that you must breath as if to the tan tien.
The tan tien is the energy center an inch or two below the navel.

oxygen will not reach the tan tien,
it will go to the bottom of the lungs and stop at the diaphragm.
But…this starts a sensation of energy
that continues downward from the diaphragm
and condenses into the tan tien.

When you breath like this,
hold out your arms in a relaxed manner,
and you will feel a tingle in your finger tips.
This is an indication that
as you focus on the tan tien
it creates energy,
and this energy can be cycled through your body.

we come to the interesting part.
You can,
by just being aware of a body part,
direct energy to a body part.
Become aware of your right index finger,
and you will feel a sensation in your right index finger.
If you don’t,
you just need to practice directing your awareness
until you do feel the sensation.
I spend a lot of time,
quite serious here,
just thinking about my right index finger,
then my left,
then my right,
and so on.
Just feel the awareness wake up the finger,
making it tingle,
and begin to glow with energy.

When you practice forms,
by breathing like this,
you are putting energy into the body part
used in the form.
The fist,
the foot,
the block,

When you do the forms
you learn how to breath.
when you do the techniques,
and somebody strikes you,
you become aware of the place being struck.
Again and again and again.

First you tighten the muscles,
because of proper breathing,
you are directing energy into the site.

Eventually the energy you are pushing through the body
goes there automatically.
First into the fist,
or foot or whatever,
then into the body part being struck.

Somebody hits you,
and the energy just slides through the body.
Sometimes you can feel it moving.
Sometimes it just sort of erupts into a shield,
a deep sort of shield,
that stops the strike.

It usually takes a while to get this ability,
but it won’t take long if you know what I am saying here.
When I learned
nobody told me,
took me years.
But by the time I made black belt
(about 3 1/2 years)
the energy was moving,
going to where I was going to get struck.
And the pain of getting struck totally stopped.
People would hit me
and there was literally no effect.
Other guys in the school just accepted this.
They were going through it, too.
People on the street were sort of amazed.

It is not the same as taking a punch in boxing.
In that discipline you tighten the muscles.
In the martial arts,
probably because of the kind of strikes we were taking,
the muscles would tighten,
but the important thing was
the energy moving under the surface.

that is the other half of the article,
what I should have told you yesterday.
Better late than never, eh?

if you have a copy of the book I wrote,
the ‘Kang Duk Won,’
(amazon or, possibly, the Monster website on one of the courses)
then you can pick it up,
do the forms,
do the techniques,
and you’ll get there.
You’ll have to practice,
ignore fellows who say,
‘You won’t see that on the street!’
Because you are going deeper,
looking for other abilities.
to be honest,
you can make that art work on the street,
but you have to commit yourself to the art,
you have to work to make it work.

But the Temple Karate course is better.
I give you more forms,
forms aimed at that building this sort of ability,
plus a few other abilities.
The forms are slightly tweaked to be more efficient,
and I show you how to make it work.
You see me do it on video.

up to you,
either way is excellent.

if you think you have enough data,
you could just try to apply stuff I’ve said,
including today’s blog,
to other arts.
Karate works best,
but there is usually too much degradation of form.
The Kang Duk Won,
as I studied it,
bypassed the Japanese influence,
stayed with some of the chinese internal practices,
and is about efficient as it gets.
Kung fu,
I don’t know.
That is really going to depend on a lot of factors.
But there you go.
That’s the way,
all you have to do is dig in and commit yourself.

Have fun,
Have a great work out,
and I’ll talk to you next.


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Dambe African Martial Arts!

Newsletter 856

Armor in the Martial Arts

Happy afternoon!
and happy work out!

Did you know!
Karate burns 705 calories?
That puts it above circuit training, jogging, running, bicycling,
and a whole bunch of other stuff!

Why do old martial artists get fat?
Because they stand around and teach
and don’t actually train.

Interesting fact, eh?

Let’s talk about armor.

I was just reading an article on Dambe.
Dambe is a martial art developed in Africa by butchers.
I kept reading.
The art uses the lead hand,
which is wrapped in tightly knotted cord.
the fighter’s favorite leg is wrapped in thick chain.

No grab arts,
just a club hand,
swung like a club,
and a foot that if you kick it
your skin flays,
and if it kicks you,
you’ve seen the butcher.

I’ve always liked tales of armor.
On the esoteric side there is the ‘Golden Bell.’
This is a Chinese concept,
you work the body
until it is like iron,
until you are impervious to even bullets.
it didn’t work out too well
during the boxer rebellion.

Then there is good old knight’s armor.
That might resist a bullet,
might not.
But it worked against a heavy sword,
if you were lucky
and light on your feet.
Hard to be light on your feet
while wearing 50 pounds of steel.

If you want to resist a bullet,
I just saw a news story on a cop
that lived because he was wearing body armor.
Now you can practice shooting your students…
and make a nasty profit selling kevlar.

let’s get to the nitty gritty.

When I was training
we learned how to take a punch.
We did this by practicing forms
so we learned to breath right.

Then we practiced techniques
using that right breathing
and punched each other.

This lead to the ability
during freestyle
to take a punch.

It took a while to learn.
But there were guys in my school
who could take full kicks to the groin.

I never tried that,
Mrs. Case’s son wasn’t up to that.

it can be done.

I rarely see anybody practicing stuff like that.
Mostly they want to fight.

I always know when a school doesn’t work on how to take a punch,
during freestyle,
somebody will hit somebody in the belly,
and the person who has been hit falls down,
can’t breath.

Two ways to handle this,
I never see anybody doing this.

Have them lie on their back,
grab their belt
and lift hard.

The theory is that the muscles have been paralyzed by the strike,
and this makes them work again.

The other way is just to grab them under the arms around the body,
and lift.
this stretches paralyzed muscles.

It’s a pity,
the secret of how to take a punch is in forms,
but so many people don’t want to learn,
they just want to fight.

Knowing a few freestyle tricks
does not encompass the knowledge
that is the martial arts.

Thanks to those who have purchased the book
The Science of Matrixing in the martial arts.
It’s on Amazon.

for those who want to learn how to take a punch the right way,
Check out the Temple Karate

It’s got the original martial arts forms
we used to learn this incredibly valuable ability.

Have an awesome work out!

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New Book on Matrixing Martial Arts!

Newsletter 855

The Science of Matrixing in the Martial Arts

Funtastic morning to you!
It’s fun for me
because I just released a new book,

The Science of Matrixing in the Martial Arts.

Let me lead into this book
by telling you about a comment I recently received.
The comment was on one of my videos.
It read something like:

‘You are a dope.
Matrixing isn’t new,
haven’t you ever heard of
Wing Chun, Karate, Krav Maga, Aikido… (etc.)
They all matrixed!’

I love stupid people,
they make me feel so smart.
It’s true that you will see a matrixing principle here and there,
I accumulated matrixing and organized it
as a result of examining the various martial arts.
matrixing has never been seen.
And the fellow who wrote this scathing review
is a fellow who has never seen matrixing.
He saw a video
and made a judgement on all that I do.

there are two kinds of people in the world,
those with opinions,
and those with facts.

People with opinions are like Beavis and Butthead,
they speak without knowing anything about what they are speaking of.

People with facts get it right,
or at least are on the right track,
assuming that they continue to get facts,
and understand how to analyze and organize what they are getting.

what is matrixing?
Matrixing is a logic.
it is a science.
It organizes the martial arts,
and causes the matrixing student
to re-evaluate the martial arts.
To see the arts as a complete field of science.

there is an art to applying the science,
but it is still a science,
and if one knows the science
it gets that much easier to apply the art.

The one thing that a writer tries to do
is to get the ideas from his mind
into the mind of the reader.

This is one of the most difficult things in the world.
It requires that the writer says what he says
in such a manner
that the idea of which he is speaking
duplicates itself in the reader’s head.

That is what I’ve been trying to do for over 40 years of matrixing.
That’s why I keep writing and writing.
some people get it,
but not all.
I need ALL people to get what I am saying with matrixing.
I need the idea of matrixing that I see,
to become the same idea in the reader’s heads.

An interesting problem.
But I think this book solves it.

In this book I simply took all the matrixes I have written,
and put them in an order,
from beginning to end.

So you see what the idea behind matrixing is.
You see the inspiration.
You see how it developed
from concept to concept
by inspecting the actual graphs of the science.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Each graph or matrix
represents an evolutionary step.
Each graph or matrix
represents a concept,
and the concepts are listed in scientific order,
from simple to complex,
with formulas discovered.

This is NOT a book of technique.
It is a book of concept,
and if you actually do it,
you will get the idea of matrixing.
You will see the exact sequence of ideas and steps
it took to develop matrixing.

unless you are like Butthead,
like the fellow who wrote the wonderful and enlightened comment,
you will see the truth of the martial arts.

You will see
the total and entire concept
that matrixing is.

Then you just have to practice and drill and work your heart out.
Easy, eh?

So here is where you go to check it out:

I prefer this to Amazon
for the simple reason they pay more.
But if you prefer Amazon that’s okay.

this is not a book on forms, techniques, and so on,
it is the straight goods
the actual matrix by matrix method
that defines matrixing as a science.
It WILL revolutionize your art.

Have an awesome work out!

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How to find the Muse in the Martial Arts

Newsletter 853

Finding the Muse in the Martial Arts

Good Friday!
Perfect Weather = Perfect Work Out!

All you have to do is…do it.
what if you don’t want to?
I’ll tell you what to do if that’s the case,
but first…

You can find the latest old journal here…

what do you do
if you don’t fee like working out.

get up,
go stand in your work out space,
and wait.
That’s all,
you’ll make a half hearted block,
maybe you’ll snort a little,
and the block sort of slips out.

you’ll find yourself doing it again,
but with a little more vim and vigor.

The longer you just stand there,
allowing yourself to be in your workout place,
the work out will hurry towards you.

It’s true.
ST work outs
I EVER had in my life,
I didn’t feel like going to class.
I made myself get up,
forced my body out the door,
dragged it to the car,
and drove to class.

I made myself.

But the fact of conquering myself,
overcoming my sloth,
made me better,
and I found myself suddenly bursting with energy.

It’s funny,
just being in a class
borrows energy from the class,
you always end up with more than you contributed.
It’s true.

here is where we get into the muse.
What is the muse?
It is a spirit,
it’s what inspires and drives you.
Sometimes you drive yourself,
and you are your own muse.
you can actually feel a greater power.
You can feel it like it is a huge hand,
moving you,
shoving you,
making you aware,
giving you more energy than you knew you had.

But you have to work for it.

You have to…

One time I was teaching a fellow.
We were in a large and noisy and dark warehouse.
I was showing him how to swing a sword.
I felt a huge hand grab the bit of metal I was using for a sword.
It moved the sword,
and it was all I could do to push the sword a couple of inches
out of the path.

A fellow was trying to sneak up on,
he actually had the thought,
‘I’m going to get him!’
And then the giant hand,
the muse,
grabbed my sword.

I would have taken out his face,
but I did manage to push against the muse
and change the path of the metal strip,
and I only cut open his chest.
A nasty gash about 3 inches long,
bled like the dickens.

But that is what the muse is!
It is a power.
You get it from yourself,
you get it from class,
you even get it from…
all the people who have put energy into the martial arts
over the course of the ages.

Energy doesn’t disappear,
it builds,
and it can be cultivated and tapped into.

you will find yourself better able to tap into the muse
if your art is scientific and aligned.

Go here,
the book on sword fighting is one of these ten books.

the more you read,
the more you apply what you read,
the more you work out,
the more you discipline yourself,

Have an awesome work out!

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Not Punching, like in Buddha Punching

Newsletter 852

‘Not’ punching as a Way of Life

Did you know….
you will be happy every day
if you work out every day?
It’s true!

You can find the latest old journal here…

no guarantees on the links here,
I don’t know where they lead,
but if you find a working link to a deal
I’ll honor it.
Not working links….too bad.

How many Martial Artists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Just one.
The others sit around and say,
“We have that in our system.”

it’s a terrible joke.

I actually prefer this joke:

How many buddhas does it take to screw in a light bulb?
One to screw in the light bulb,
and one to not-screw in the light bulb.

I often wonder how many people actually understand that.
I mean,
how do you ‘not-screw’ something?
how do you ‘not-do?’

It took me about 20 years to figure out how to not-do something,
and this in spite of the fact that I actually understood it.

But knowing about something
is not the same as knowing something.

So when you are beginning,
you punch,
really hard.
This has the benefit of making muscles,
creating speed,
and impressing the girls.

After a couple of decades
you realize that you aren’t getting stronger.
In fact,
you realize that the harder you go,
the more it hurts.

For me,
I started getting headaches from punching.
Whiplash, you know.

So I started changing things.
I didn’t want to give up the martial arts,
and I realized that if they were hurting,
there was something wrong.

I was doing something wrong.

One thing I did was read all the old texts.
Old books on zen,
Chinese concepts,
that sort of thing.

I mean,
if I was hurting,
and I was doing what everyone else was doing
then somebody else must have hurt, too.

And it was in the ‘not-do’ concept of Buddhism.
now I didn’t understand it.
But I understood it when I was 20!
But at 40,
I didn’t get it.

The solution to understanding this concept
came from The Tao.
There is a line in it…
a very neutronic line…

‘Do nothing until nothing is left undone.’

Lights came on in my dusty cranium.
Synapses clicked in my neural patterns.
Even the zombie circuits came alive!

I started hitting softer.
I stopped seeing how much impact I could create,
which was the result of hitting harder,
and began looking for
how soft I could hit,
here it comes…
how much weight I could deliver
without hitting.

that was a real ‘not-doing.’
It was zen, baby,
right from the root.

to be honest,
it probably wouldn’t have worked
if I hadn’t spent all those years trying to hit hard.
I had to have a certain amount of yang
before I could have a certain amount of yin.

It’s sort of interesting,
the universe is built of yang,
but there is more yin.
Yang is things.
Yin is not-things.
Not things include the space of things,
but also…
all the rest of space.
Here is the key to understanding.

It’s not how hard you hit,
it’s how much weight is transferred,
but then you have to go backwards again,
and take even the weight out of the strike.
once you go through these steps
something interesting happens.

In the old Chinese texts
There was reference to hitting something
and invalidating the atoms.
Making the molecules hurt.

And I found that the softer I hit,
and the less weight I put into the the strike,
the more I could feel…atoms.

not atoms,
not exactly,
but hitting softly,
with more yin,
putting space into an object (body)
and the body didn’t like it.
It was like the atoms got invalidated.

So if you hit with yang,
force on force,
then things simply break.
They just reach a point of breaking
and the object doesn’t mind that.

But if you hit with yin,
understanding what force is,
and isn’t…
then the object that you are striking wants to go away.

I guess the only way to think about it is like this…
something in the universe (a body, for instance)
doesn’t mind being broken,
for that doesn’t change it’s ‘somethingness.’
but when you hit ‘something’ with less force,
to the point of hitting it with emptiness,
so that the idea of emptiness goes into the somethingness,
then that something is in threat of being changed,
it doesn’t like it,
it wants to run away.
It is invalidated,
made more wrong than it understands wrong to be.


you can see the video of me hitting something with yin
on the Matrixing Chi page on the monster.

unless you have developed enough force to understand force,
and then gone the other way to understand ‘not-force,’
or yin,
or the opposite of something (nothing…to the extreme),
you won’t understand it.
But that’s okay,
you just read the words,
have a little faith,
and do a lot of practice,
and what I say is going to make PERFECT sense.

Have an awesome work out!

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What Bruce Lee Knew

Published a new paper on That’s an ‘upper brow’ type of website. I like it because I get thinkers there, and not the normal ‘low brow’ Beavis and Butthead type.

The paper is on What Bruce Lee Knew. Not actually, but the steps necessary to get his ‘mindset.’ It’s an interesting theme, with a lot of videos and graphs to back it up.

Here it is.

Enjoy. And hit the tweet and like buttons and all that.

Have a great work out!


Black Belt Testing Standards

What is Necessary to get your Black Belt?

Just wrote a short piece concerning what one looks for in the various belt levels to Black Belt. Full data is available in the book ‘Outlaw Karate: The Secret of the One Year Black Belt,’ but this is a good summary. Here’s the link…

Have a great work out.