How to Fight!
I received the most interesting email the other day.
I have an interesting question for you. And I go to you because you fixed how I view karate and many other arts. Matrixing is genius. It’s simplistic way of thinking makes even the difficult seem attainable. Sometimes people need to learn how to defend themselves within a short period of time. They have been threatened, they have moved to a dangerous area. Domestic issues, etc. Whatever the issue, they need self defense fast. My task is: can you come up with a concept, strategy, or martial art one can learn in a few days or weeks? Just wondering?
it is fascinating
and right up my aisle.
When I was figuring matrixing out,
I was really trying to get a person to black belt fast.
Not how to fight fast,
I didn’t care about fighting.
I came up with several methods for fighting.
Check out the ‘How to Fight Course’
on the home page of Monster.
Check out the last newsletter.
Very interesting stuff.
The thing is,
I was always concerned more with
how do you keep a calm and aware mind
How to put the art into fighting,
or how not to lose the art.
how do you use fighting
to develop mushin no shin.
what if I didn’t care about that?
What if a cousin came to me,
said there were bullies who were going to beat him up on monday
could I teach him to fight over the weekend?
There are two things to consider,
enough actual fighting experience.
Depending on the situation,
I might focus on things like
poking somebody in the eye.
maybe it’s a school situation,
and I don’t want him to come home
with a felony on his record,
two days in which to train him
how to have a straight wrist when punching.
And I have to do it,
without wearing him out.
So you get a light ball
and throw it at him,
and have him punch it back to you.
Or kick it back to you.
If he punches it wrong it flies to the side.
So his timing must be
The other thing,
get him enough fighting experience.
So rhythmic freestyle
until it comes out of his ears.
That’s on the Matrix Karate course.
Get him used to moving,
Slow enough so he doesn’t tire out,
and you can keep going
spice it up with hours of rolling fists,
right out of the How to Fight course.
those two things,
and actual fight experience,
and then spice it up with lots of little things.
Work him for 15 to 20 minutes of freestyle,
then practice hitting him on the body,
on the shoulders,
in the head,
in the face.
slowly giving him the idea
of what a hit is like,
and let him practice not getting flustered.
I don’t particular like what I am saying here,
because I am training to fight.
I am not training for the long view,
for the peace of mind
that comes with learning the true art.
this is the real world,
and somebody is not going to stick around
long enough to learn the real art,
if they are getting beat up on the street.
So it is valid
to make him survive,
and polish him up later.
it is a severe second choice
to training him from the ground up
as an artist.
you want to train somebody fast,
you have to train somebody fast,
here’s a good one,
you want to train somebody to stay aware
in the middle of a fight,
what I have told you here
is the start.
notice that on the front page of monster,
it is designated as second black belt material.
It is advanced,
on the fighting side of things,
But that’s the truth of your studies.
If it is simple,
it is going to be easier to remember,
and easier to make work,
to use in a fight.
I would prefer that you use it
to build on the classical.
As I said,
I don’t like it,
just teaching fighting,
but who cares?
is more important
than what I like.
Remember the URL…
have a great week end,
a great work out,
and I’ll talk to you later.