How to Teach Martial Arts to Yourself!


Teach Martial Arts to Yourself!

The benefits of work outs accumulate.
Each day,
you just add a little more,
after a while
you suddenly notice that you are different.
I am reminded of the old story
of the father who wanted his son to practice Tai Chi,
durned kid wanted to go play.
So the father started yelling at him.
The grandfather steps in,
says he’ll handle it.
He asks the kid to do one thing.
The kid does it.
The grandfather tells him to go play.
The kid is bewildered,
and he shows it.
The grandfather says,
‘You did an inch of Tai Chi today.
Maybe tomorrow you’ll do another inch.
Maybe two inches.
Let it build,
and it will be what you want.’
So,
work out.
An inch,
a foot
or the whole durned nine yards.
You’ll get where you are going
if you take the long  view.
Now,
speaking of the long view,
did you know that I offer
around fifteen separate and complete
martial arts?
And I studied a lot of different arts
to accumulate those.
Let me outline the arts briefly,
and then tell you something interesting
about how long it takes to learn an art.
I was in Kenpo for a couple of years,
long enough to become an instructor
and write the training manual
for the school I was at.
Then I researched the five different arts of kenpo
that Ed Parker created,
and some three others besides.
I studied Kang Duk Won for some  seven years,
which was the forerunner for Shotokan based arts,
of which there are several.
I researched probably a hundred different forms
from every variety of KArate I coudl find
to make sure I understood
this karate thing.
I studied Northern and southern Shaolin
I studied Tai Chi,
probably a dozen different variations
definitely included
Chen, Yang, Wu, Sun,
and I think there was another Wu in there.
And,
I did a lot of PRC.
And,
I did Aikido, Wing Chun,
and I went through as much Silat and Arnis
as I could find.
The problem here
is that there weren’t a lot of teachers
when I was starting out.
So I would have to talk to people
go places,
read books and see tapes,
and just drive myself nuts
trying to figure all this stuff out.
Being a writer for the magazine helped,
got me in a couple of doors
which would have remained closed.
When people found out that I wrote articles
that the magazines trusted what I wrote,
they tended to open up.
It was fame of the cheapest kind.
But,
here comes the interesting stuff,
If I had gone the traditional route
I would need a couple of hundred years of training.
Three to five years per art,
man…
that’s a long time.
So I figured out short cuts.
I figured out ways to accumulate the data
to organize it,
and,
this is important,
to cross section it.
Now,
I don’t think I could do that
in today’s martial arts.
There’s too many people
too willing to talk
saying it is going to take so long
and make sure you pay your monthly dues.
The glut of information
is overwhelming.
But when I was researching everything
there wasn’t a glut,
and I had to fill in the pieces.
And I got very creative,
made a few mistakes.
But I think I’ve fixed them all.
That’s what Matrixing does,
after all,
it fixes mistakes.
So how long does it take to learn an art?
As fast as you can get the motions
and make them work.
Here’s the trick,
some good instructor gets you there,
then insists on polishing your moves.
But time will polish your moves!
Another person will just get in the way!
In the true art,
you see,
you reach a certain point
and you realize certain things
and you become your own teacher.
A guy reaches black belt,
then he quits.
Why?
There was still eight levels of black belt to learn!
Because he had reached the point
where he had to teach himself,
and something inside him
told him that
teachers would actually slow him down,
get in the way,
make things harder,
confuse everything.
And this can happen before Black Belt,
it can happen as soon as the fellow reaches a point
where he understands the moves
and can make them work.
Here’s something interesting,
I read a book on Tai Chi
it didn’t make any sense.
I did the form in the book,
tried to understand it,
but it made no sense.
It was the Modified Tai Chi
by Lee Ying Arng,
for those of you who are interested.
So I put the book aside,
went ahead and learned more kung fu,
did some aikido,
did all sorts of other things.
One day I was moving,
looked through a box of books
to see what to throw out,
and there was Modified Tai Chi.
I opened it up,
I read it,
and I understood everything.
It was so simple
I actually started to laugh
at certain things.
But,
don’t you see?
I hadn’t been studying Tai Chi,
so it wasn’t doing Tai Chi
that made me understand it.
It was studying ALL the martial arts.
It was figuring out the geometries
and how they related.
It was doing applications from all angles.
It was the fact that I didn’t have a teacher
and so had to teach myself.
So a beginner can learn from my courses.
Pretty easily,
too.
I’m a good writer.
Good descriptions.
The videos are pretty easy to understand.
But,
it is the guys with years of experience
who are really going to benefit.
I’m going to undo
all the teachers they had
that got in their way.
I’m going to undo the glut of information.
I’m going to make it all simple and logical
and easy to understand.
Yes,
I took some short cuts.
No,
I didn’t shortcut the physical side of it.
I’ve done all the forms,
I’ve walked the circle
until the universe walked around me.
But,
the point here is this,
take the long view.
An inch at a time.
Learn one art,
then the next,
then the next.
Figure out how they fit together,
understand the geometries,
be able to make the moves work
no matter what angle.
Anyway,
I seem to be ranting.
But I hope it gave you something.
Even if only an extra inch.
You guys have a great work out,
and here’s something to think about.
There are three different arts
(small but different)
in the Butterfly Pa Kua Chang.
And,
there are three different arts
in the Evolution of an Art course.
Big hefty doses of diehard Karate.
And,
there are three different arts
in the Create Your Own Art course.
More,
if you count the bonus I’ve thrown in
(Buddha Crane Karate)
So any of those courses
should give you your money’s worth.
Think about it this way.
Three years per art,
that’s nine years,
at $50 a month (cheap)
we’re talking $1800 worth of instruction.
And it is instruction aimed
at people who can teach themselves.
That’s a pretty powerful inch of martial arts.
You guys and gals have a great…
WAIT A MINUTE!
What am I doing?
Look,
you want a real deal?
That’s a hundred bucks for the lot.
Right?
So go here,
and I’ll offer you all three courses,
that is nine different and complete arts,
for…well,
go and find out.
right here
Have a great work out.
Al

Five Secrets of Japanese Goju Ryu.

Move quickly.

Sound, calm mind.

Be light in body.

Have a clever mind.

Master the basics.”

– Gogen Yamaguchi

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