How Karate was Ruined 60 Years Ago!

Martial Arts Horror Story!

Hello and Good morning!
A wonderful work out to you!
That’s what it is all about…
working out
day after day
letting the results build up
until you become unstoppable!

It’s true.

ruin karate

Do you know this Okinawan Karate Master?

Okey donkey,
want to talk to you about what karate is.
as you read this,
that you could well be asking
what kung fu is,
or what taekwondo is,
or any other martial art.
All martial arts have their own horror stories.
This happens to be the Karate version.
one of the karate versions.

Karate was invented in Okinawa.
Came to Japan in the 20s – 40s,
caught on with the rest of the world,
and everybody started assuming that Karate was Japanese.

Karate is Okinawan,
and it has roots in China,
but techniques were taken from everywhere
put together in Okinawa,
and became one of the most powerful
closed combat systems ever.

People could shatter bricks with a punch,
twist green bamboo until it splintered,
and sorts of other things.

the most powerful political Japanese Karate association
is the JKF
Japanese Karate Federation.
They decided that Karate should
be done in gis,
should adhere to a belt rank system,
systematized terminology
set up a competitive format
and so on.

Some of these things are good,
some are bad,
some are mixed.
so let’s talk about the Shitei kata.

Shitei means ‘specified’ form,
and these kata are required
before anybody is allowed to be in any tournament.
You must do them in a certain way,
with specified technique, rhythm, stances, timing, and so on.
There is NO room for personal interpretation.
The shitei kata are

Seienchin & Bassai Dai (Shito-ryu)
Jion & Kanku Dai (Shotokan)
Saifa & Seipai (Goju-ryu)
Seishan & Chinto (Wado-ryu)

So these kata have shaped and formed Karate
for quite some time.
Not just the kata,
but doing them EXACTLY as you are told to.

Here’s the interesting thing…
in 1981
20 Okinawan masters complained about the forms.
These were the best Karate masters in the world,
and they wrote a letter to the JKF
and said such things as
‘the forms were in miserable condition’
‘weren’t pure and traditional’
‘were done for sport and competition’
‘took too long to master’
‘no Okinawan master had ever been consulted on the forms’
‘were incorrectly named’
and so on.

The letter was politely stated,
and ignored.
there was a response,
but it was basically
‘we know better,’
f u very much.

the buzz is up
because the forms were finally discarded.
After some 60 years somebody realized
that these forms were nothing but
some wannabe Japanese masters favorites.

And for some 60 years
Karate has been shaped along these lines,
and stupid people bowed and went along with it all.
Here it is 2012,
I am so glad I studied the Kang Duk Won
and never studied the bastard versions
of that incredible art.

you heard me.
Bastard versions.
Versions without parents.
Versions that ignored
the hard work of hundreds of years
of collecting and perfecting
a closed combat system
of incredible power.

here we are now,
and I ask you…
what is true Karate?

Matrix Karate is the truth.
It is based upon logic that cannot be argued with.
It is simple and easy to remember,
it is easy to learn and apply.

How many of you have studied systems
with dozens of forms
hundreds of techniques,
and no logic.
Just put together whimsical stuff.

you can still feel the power,
20 years to learn?
Where’s the joy?

not just karate.
The People’s Republic of China
from the ground up
Kung Fu.
All Kung Fu.
You would be hard pressed to find
real Kung Fu these days.

you can still feel the power,
but unless you have roots
to systems outside the PRC,
from people who fled the communists,
you aren’t doing real Kung Fu.

And every system is like that.

What’s the solution?
Study Matrix Karate,
or Shaolin Butterfly or whatever Matrix course interests you
from the basis of logic,
you can see what has been done to your system,
and you can rewrite it
so that it is true to the original.
Sometimes better than the original.

If you want to know the real martial arts,
if you want to know what the masters were doing
back when they first came up with this stuff,
you have to matrix.
You just have to.

I had to write this stuff,
sorry for the heavy handed ad,
but the news that JKF is
at last
admitting that they might have gotten it wrong…
that is powerful news
and deserves to be passed along.

If you want a good article
on one technical fix
for Karate,

‘the back stance mistake that ruins karate’

You’ll get an idea of what I am talking about in this article
and how you can fix karate.

the URL for Matrix Karate is…

You guys and gals
have a great work out
and don’t forget to party hearty this weekend!

Happy Labor Day!

Talk to you later.


martial arts horror

2 thoughts on “How Karate was Ruined 60 Years Ago!

  1. Lewis Miranda


    So JKF actually admitted to this whole thing? (Self immolation and all??) (ouch!)

    Do THEY have a fix for it?

    I know YOU have it, with Matrixing. no question. I query their having some (if any) responsibility on handling.

    THIS would be a _real_ blow to a lot of “Imbetterthanyou” Dojos…

  2. LewisM

    Al, At least we have a way to fix the Martial Arts we have learned so far… and understand that many of our “mistakes” are not THAT, but actual mechanical adjustments and advantages to the application of the Art…


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