The Three Levels of the Martial Arts


If you are into the Martial Arts just to fight, to beat people up, to beer over the latest UFC results, this article is not for you. If, however, you think the martial arts are a vehicle to become not just physically stronger and mentally more awake, but maybe even enable you to evolve as a human being, then this is the article for you. This is a straightforward and logical look at the three major steps of the martial arts.

The first step of the martial arts is the body level. This is nothing more than making sure you have all the necessary body parts to do the martial arts, and that they are in working condition, or close to it. To get started on the first level one need merely understand that, on a base level, the martial arts are nothing more than calisthenics.

To make if from the first level to the second level, however, one needs to accomplish something called CBM. In the past masters would refer to this as using the body as one unit, which was correct, but lacking in working description. CBM means Coordinated Body Motion, and it is when you use all the body parts together.

With CBM all body motion starts at the same time. And, all motion stops at the same time. And, all motion from start to stop must take into account and relate the size, mass, length, arc, and so on of individual parts and motions.

When one accomplishes CBM, especially through the classical forms of most classical systems, one’s intention is released. Intention is your will, your desire to achieve something, the working part of the essential idea of whatever it is you are striving for. This is commonly, and with varying degree of error, called Chi. That chi, or intention, can be viewed from many different viewpoint on any level of the arts is what makes it so confusing.

Having CBMed one’s body, the next step is to CBM one’s art. I call this process Matrixing, and it involves an actual science. When one starts to matrix their martial art they must examine all moves, all forms, and follow certain scientific principles to align that art. Like CBM before, one must take into account all motions and align them to the concept of the form.

One could say that CBM is for inside the body, and Matrixing is for outside the body, and while they wouldn’t be entirely correct, there is a sizable amount of truth in the statement. The Martial Arts, you see, while they work, could work a lot better. There has been so much intermingling of cultures and vested interests and viewpoints and so on, that the martial arts are a bit mixed up.

When one accomplishes the second step of the martial arts, and matrixes what he is doing, the true beauty and glory of the martial arts opens up. Senses expand, people see what they were unable to see before, and the blind man awakes. CBM, finding out about Matrixing, human desire to strive and accomplish, these are at the heart of the martial arts, and these are what the true martial artist must seek to understand and employ on his journey to enlightenment and the truth of his soul.

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