what makes this week especially juicy is
a new Master Instructor!
As I said last newsletter,
there were two new ones,
and this is the second one…
congrats to Master Instructor Alex Rodriguez!
Hi Al. Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how much I enjoy all of your DVDs. Since I got the first one I have been hooked. I watch them at home, the office, on my iPod when I travel. Keep up the great work.
I am writing to share one of many wins as a result of the Master Instructor Course. When I received the DVDs a few months back I watched them four or five times and read the manual several times as well. I am currently a student of Tai Chi, Hapkido, Jeet Kune Do and Kali/Eskrima. My level of study and retention have increased significantly, and I have been asked by my various instructors to assist during classes and training sessions. Several of the people I study with have asked me to train with them separately, or look forward to partnering with me in class as they figure that they can learn something from me. It is very flattering when they tell me this, but it is also very humbling. There is great responsibility in working with someone else, and I take that to heart. I hate the monkey-see, monkey-do attitude of teaching, and work hard to avoid that, instead I use the principles that you have outlined in the course.
A couple of the guys have started coming over to my house where we train in my garage. Tai Chi is very new to me (although I have your two DVD sets, I have been doing it in a class for only a couple of months) and my instructor continually pairs me up with newer and advanced students alike as she can see that I understand when she is teaching and am able to teach it to others. My fellow students like to pair up with me during sparring because I will stop and explain certain evasive techniques, proper kick placement, CBM, and more. They tell me that they learn from me.
Thanks Al. Your work is phenomenal, and I so look forward to my daily dose of matrixing.
Thank you, Alex.
Thank you for understanding the responsibility here.
I don’t know how many of you remember,
but there was a question
a number of months ago,
what happens if a guy has no martial arts experience
and he takes the Master Instructor course.
This is not to say Alex has no experience,
he is obviously off and running
and in the greatest of ways.
no matter what level of student he is in a class,
people seek him out for his knowledge.
this is the age of knowledge.
These are not ancient times
when people couldn’t read,
had to follow the directions of the man in the castle…
these are times
when every man and woman
can make of themselves
exactly what they will,
and the secret of making yourself
is in passing your knowledge along.
This is so freaking true
I should be SHOUTING IT!
When you teach somebody
there is a momentary space in your mind,
you have emptied something,
and something else will rush in to fill the gap.
When Alex teaches,
he is learning.
Like as not,
after showing somebody something,
passing some juicy tidbit of knowledge along,
he’ll be driving home
and he’ll have a thought.
Probably couched in a feeling of satisfaction.
he didn’t think about before.
Some connection is made.
This is my secret,
it works every time.
Every time I release a book or video,
I am suddenly freed up
and having thoughts
beyond what I was doing.
The door has opened for me.
And I know
that this brings the quality of martial arts
up in this world.
I die today,
come back tomorrow in another body
I know I will find better martial arts,
and it is all because of the master instructors.
So thank you, Alex.
And thanks to all you other Master Instructors out there.
Thanks for making this world
a better place to live in.
I don’t have much else this week,
hard to get better than a new Master Instructor,
if any of you guys and gals have a great photo
pass it along.
I’ve got a little project going,
you’ll find out about it within the month,
if you have a photo, preferably a jpeg or a tiff,
but at least something that can be read by a mac,
pass it along.
Working out in a strange place?
Caught flying through the air with a triple jumbo splat kick?
cheesecake that’s not to…(ahem) dangerous?
Send ‘em to me.
I might be able to use them in a really cool project that I am working on.
I’d love to say more,
but I think,
I’ll just tell you to go to the Master Instructor page.
I know you’ve read it before,
but read it again,
see yourself in a new light,
grab a hold of a little of your true power.
don’t make me say it twice…
don’t make me stop this car (grin)…
just get out there and…
Here’s the URL again.
This is two DVDs
with the secret of perfect form
and perfect technique
The manual comes on CD (PDF).
take a bit of wisdom
and change it into a bit of martial arts wisdom.
a fun exercise for the mind
and good for the soul.
I come bearing an olive branch in one hand, and the freedom fighter’s gun in the other. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.
I come bearing an olive branch in one hand, and practicing the martial arts. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.
A man who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you like, but he’s not a man of action. You must act as you breathe.
A man who waits to do the martial arts is not a man. You must act as you imagine.
A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad.
A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in the martial arts.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
A leader is a dealer in martial arts.
More next time.
Send me your wins!