This newsletter is thanks to Derek R.
Derek is homeschooling his kids, and teaching them martial arts as part of the program. I am a long time fan of home schooling. Mind you, I think we have the greatest teachers in the world in our country, but I think they have been effectively hamstrung by the system. So, with all respect to ‘official’ teachers, I am a fan of homeschooling. I think home schooling is going to give a flexibility and depth that is lacking in the public systems. Yes, I know there will be mistakes, but there are going to be glorious successes, too. The US used to have the best educational system in the world, and it was because individuals took a hand and made it so.
That all said, Derek’s exact question concerned when to promote in Matrix Karate. Here’s some data that will help in answering that question.
Classical systems include everything, strikes, disarms, energy generation, everything under the sun. Putting all that data in one package mushes the data, confuses it. The point of Matrix Karate is to isolate Karate as a striking art, make it quick and easy to learn, and lead into the next segment of knowledge one wishes to absorb. Thus, Matrix Karate leads into certain throws, which throws can be explored in Matrix Kung Fu or Matrix Aikido. Further courses explore other concepts, and do lead to internal energy.
Thus, while one is learning in a linear fashion, they are filling in squares in a matrix that will lead to a whole picture that has never been seen in the martial arts.
The correct way of teaching Matrix Karate would be:
House One (two man form)
House Two (two man form)
Appropriate level of Freestyle
(two man form)
Appropriate level of Freestyle
One could earn further degrees of black belt by learning further arts.
The idea behind this is to separate the data unique to individual arts, to purify it and make it easier to absorb (it will be not only pure, but logical). Doing this art by art makes for learning the martial arts extremely fast. It also purifies the program, which makes it easier to access (select techniques for instant and intuitive usage), clears up muddy data, and resolves the martial arts as a field of data.
Now, the matrixing data is set in stone, but certain things are not set in stone, and should be flexible according to what the potential student knows. And somewhat flexible when it comes to fitting other arts into the matrix (karate) template.
A fellow with no experience might take a month or two for each form.
And, you might want to add the Power Kicks form (included for free in the Matrix Karate package). After all, people expect kicks to be part of karate. They aren’t (Karate means ‘empty hands,’ and there are few kicks in the original forms), but they can be taught easily through the Power kicks course. I haven’t broken them down into matrix style forms, but you could do that, or you can just drill pieces until the student is ready for the whole thing.
Now, here is something interesting. The people I teach have usually have been with me for a while, or they have 20 or 30 years of experience in a half dozen arts.
Lessons with them are interesting, because they already know so much, so the lesson might consist of looking at a karate kick, then sliding into a wing chun block, tying that together with a silat throw, and then…I’m all over the place.
But I’m not trying to drill them. I’m trying to organize what they already know. Once the initial onslaught of overwhelm is over (“This is matrixing? But that’s easy! Oh, crap, everything I’ve been doing…”) and then we shift a whole body of knowledge over to the left side of his brain and he wakes up the next morning all energized and realizing that there are whole bunches of things that he didn’t know were confusing him that are no longer confusing him.
You see, I am not telling anybody their art is wrong. I’m just sorting through arts and trying to make sure they are pure and in the right order. No round pegs in square holes. you know?
But a beginner is not ready for a matrix. He is ready for linear input of data (which, fortunately, is how the matrix is arranged), and drilling so that he can make it work.
And here is the point of it all. It ain’t art if it don’t work.
So the beginner might be able to robot the form, but you have to make sure the basics under his basics are all functioning. This might take a few months, but its all in the courses…and here’s something interesting. Once the basic-basics are understood, matrix fashion, the teaching should speed up.
Most arts, once you learn the basics (they don’t, except in haphazard and meandering fashion teach the basic-basics), start to slow down. They are too mushed up with the intermingling and out of order maze consisting of blocks and throws and spiral energy v suspended energy v karate v wudan v…
All the data from all the techniques from all the arts, it just mushes. In fact, the arts one knows can even fight each other. If that doesn’t screw up developing intuitive abilities I don’t know what will.
You need nice, clean alphabets of ordered data if you are going to make sense out of all the arts.
You need to separate the data, and input it in nice, clean flows. Do it that way and, once you learn the basics, you should start learning faster, not slower.
When some instructor says, “well, you’ve got your green belt, now you have to be prepared to spend six months drilling while the data gets absorbed by your brain.”
What he is saying is that his art isn’t matrixed, that he doesn’t know how to make it all real for you (he doesn’t know the basic-basics that I show you in the Matrix courses, and especially in the Master Instructor Course), but this is the way it has been done for a thousand years, and this is the way he is taught, and if you don’t get blown away by the confusion of it all, then you might get to the next belt.
Hey, I’m not insulting them! I respect anybody who has made it through to a high level of martial art, and especially the teachers. But their job would be a thousand times easier if they had my matrixing data.
Anyway, sorry about the rant, but passion ain’t a bad thing.
Derek just asked a timely question that set me off. I’ve answered him specifically elsewhere, and this newsletter should give some general info that should answer some questions. And, hey, if it doesn’t? You can always write me.
Here’s the URL for Matrix Karate, though I suggest getting the core package right from the get go. All the data through a variety of arts will really light a rocket under your, uh…jeans.
There is knowing that the water is wet…and there is getting wet.
There is knowing what I am saying in this article, and then there is actually getting the Matrixing data and doing it.
You guys and gals have a stupendous day and I’ll talk to you later.
Send me your wins!