I had studied Chinese Kenpo Karate, an Ed Parker system, for two years. I was an instructor in my training hall, and I had written the training manual for my school.Then I ran into an Outlaw Biker, a Hells Angel, to be specific.
The story actually started when the hamburger place I was working at hired a geeky looking fellow. I wasn’t too impressed with him, but then one day I saw him kick a wall. The wall shook like the 1906 earthquake had started all over again, and I knew that he knew some kind of martial arts.
So I got to know him, and he said he studied Kang Duk Won Korean Karate. He said he didn’t know it well, which I found hard to believe because I had seen him kick a wall harder than a donkey kicks a pervert. He said, however, that his brother knew a lot more than him, and let’s go talk to him.
So that night, I think it was a Tuesday, we went down to a house in Sunnyvale to meet his brother. As we pulled up Alex said to me, “I should probably tell you that my brother is a Hells Angel.” I blinked, but, naive me, heck…I knew Kenpo, right?
His brother was a couple inches under six feet, a little shorter than me, but he had the outlaw look in his eyes. We talked martial arts for a while, and then he boldly stated, “Your Martial Art doesn’t work.” Then he wrapped two of the gnarliest fists I had ever seen into my shirt front and told me to work my first technique on him.
I began to move. I held his fists in place with one hand and brought my forearm up to break his elbows, I struck his wrists with my nerve paralyzing downward chop, and when I went to chop him in the neck he tossed me through a wall. Yes he did…all the way through the wall.
He just grinned and extended a hand to help me up, and then he told me to grab his shirt front. I did, and he showed me the self defense technique that they practiced at the Kang Duk Won. He reached over and popped a fist into my chest so hard that I went through the wall again.
This is a true story, and being tossed through a wall twice changed my life, definitely changed the way I was learning martial arts, and prompted me down the road to other martial arts and how to really make them work. I spent over a half dozen years at the Kang Duk Won Korean Karate school, worked alongside all manner of people, including hells angels and other outlaw bikers. Included in my education was why a martial art doesn’t work.
The things that martial arts add to their martial art, the slant towards tournaments and making money, there’s no end to the tricks that have screwed up the art. That’s why I came up with Matrixing, so martial arts could fix all that kind of stuff. Click to Monster Martial Art and see what I came up with.