What Martial Art Would You Study if The World Ended?
I will talk about the end of the world towards the end of this newsletter,
but I really want to start just by talking about
an old movie I was watching the other day,
an old classic from the eighties called
‘Heroes of the East.’
You might recognize it from a different title,
Challenge of the Ninja,
or Shaolin against Ninja,
or something like that.
a young Chinese master gets married,
and his wife is Japanese,
and she is tearing the house apart
by kicking and punching everything
from walls to statues,
and the young master tries to get her to stop.
That leads to misunderstandings
which lead to a score of Japanese masters
coming to China
and challenging the young master.
on the surface,
it is Chinese arts are better than Japanese arts.
Which they had to do
because it was a Chinese film.
it is done so delightfully,
so tongue in cheek,
and the hero,
ends up making friends with all,
and everybody agreeing that all arts should be shared
and people should get past their misunderstandings
and get along.
if you recall,
is a Chinese film star
who is actually a real Shaolin Master.
And in an interview on the disk
he talked about getting along
with the Japanese masters
and what it was like to work out with these guys
and how they all learned so much from each other.
They didn’t even speak the same language,
but they managed to have the time of their lives,
and to communicate on VERY deep levels
just by doing the martial arts.
here’s something to think about
when you think about martial arts masters,
the real ones want to keep learning.
They don’t tear each others arts apart,
they ask questions
and trade techniques,
and keep learning.
One of my favorite stories came from
the daughter of Dong Hai Chuan
the founder of Pa Kua Chang.
Common stories had him fighting
the founder of Tai Chi Chuan for three days,
fighting for three days,
without getting tired.
but she said that their house
always had visiting martial artists
talking and exchanging ideas,
every once in a while one of them showing a technique,
and the others offering suggestions,
and talking about,
I remember when I was learning Kenpo,
and the teachers encouraged such thought as,
our belts were always one belt better than…
insert the name of another school here.
were looked down on
as mindless robots
with their endless three step punching drills.
kung fu was too flowery
-that from kenpo,
who have the biggest flowery,
circular hands theory
in the world!
judo was only good for sport,
and only a fool would allow himself
to be taken to the ground,
what good was kendo
because you can’t carry a sword with you
on the street.
you get the drift.
this wasn’t a bad kenpo school,
it was actually pretty good,
with a VERY good martial artist
at the head.
there is money to be made,
if you can convince people
that other schools are bad,
and yours is good,
and it all starts from your own students,
and selling them a bill of goods.
if you think kenpo is the worst in this,
my favorite bad mouthing
of all time,
is the Japanese stylist who claimed
that western people couldn’t learn karate
because it took three lifetimes.
Two more to go for me,
have we dispensed with this ignorance?
The good thing is that students are loyal to their school.
This is a good quality.
The bad thing is that they are so loyal
they refuse to look outside their school.
If the martial arts had stayed the same,
and everything was closed combat,
and systems stayed pure,
and represented the actual evolution
and accumulation of art
then maybe I would say don’t go outside your school.
the arts have changed,
and the closed combat systems are not so pure anymore,
so if you are going to make it
you have to learn, learn, learn.
Read every book.
Watch every movie,
go to demonstrations,
and be willing to trade martial arts
with the most polite and inquiring mind
you can have.
let’s talk about the title to this newsletter,
Martial Arts and the end of the world.
If the united states fell,
suffered civil war,
what martial art would you use
to defend yourself,
to take into the new world order?
It’s an interesting question,
I would wish I had the discipline of a classical martial art.
The fact is that discipline,
enables one to exist through anything,
and to get better.
Discipline is the gold here.
if we are talking about choosing a single art
to make work against soldiers or mobs,
in any situation and against any weapon,
then I always go to Blinding Steel.
Blinding Steel is the name of the course,
but…what is it actually?
Blinding Steel came about because of
one of the first things I ever matrixed,
Matrix Kung Fu.
You’ve read the story
of how i laid thousands of business cards
with all the techniques I knew
on the backs of them
across my living room.
I had techniques from half a dozen systems of Kenpo,
several systems of Pa Kua,
all sorts of kung fu,
and LOT of good, old Karate,
tons of tai chi,
and so on.
And I sorted through this mess,
drove myself near insane,
and finally saw the truth of the martial arts,
and finally had my big matrixing break through.
Matrix Kung Fu
is a study of joint locks,
it is the ABCs of takedowns.
Trip and throw,
lock and slam,
it is the world’s first look
at how to scientifically arrange
stand up takedowns.
In a way,
there is a heavy kenpo influence,
without the Kenpo.
here‘s the thing,
I didn’t provide for entry techniques.
Don’t get me wrong,
each technique has a way to enter the throw or takedown,
there is no way to set up a master flow
that will enable you to move into any of the techniques.
A little experience,
and you can figure things out,
a little work,
and you can make it work in any situation.
I wanted more.
I wanted to include weapons,
and I wanted to include distances,
and methods of attack
that led into the throws.
By the oddest quirks
I had amassed an assortment of techniques
which didn’t seem to fit into matrixing.
But I kept working,
and I was into analyzing and matrixing
Indonesian weapons systems,
and it hit me,
and I saw how I had been playing in a different culture,
and how I could put it all together.
So Blinding Steel is an analysis,
of Indonesian systems,
that use weapons,
go into hands,
and slide into takedowns.
here is the rub,
just as Matrix Kung Fu was good,
but I wanted to expand it to include more,
The Blinding Steel was phenomenal,
but there was no deep analysis of throws
on the end of it.
So the two went together,
hand in glove.
And I had started by called one of them Matrix Kung Fu
because I had matrixed throws that were very kenpo in nature,
and I had named the other Blinding Steel
as a great name for a study of weapons,
I called them
This because I used to do them
while listening to a lot of Bob Marley type music
and moving more like a monkey,
especially on the set up and entry.
if I had one art to take into the end of the world,
and I had little time to learn it,
but I wanted it deep
and able to encompass a LOT of martial arts,
it would be
Matrix Kung Fu
and Blinding Steel.
Matrix Kung Fu is $25
we are talking instant download here.
Blinding Steel is $35.
I am talking instant download here,
this deal isn’t for the physical disks,
I live on a mountain top
and it is hard to get to the post office,
if you want ten bucks off the instant downloads,
this is an INCREDIBLY FAST system.
You get weapons,
and you get the transition to empty hands,
and you get the COMPLETE data
on how to matrix those empty hands
into the throws and takedowns of Matrix Kung Fu.
A complete system
which teaches you how to make a weapon out of anything,
and how to disarm anything,
and it is the FASTEST course I actually have.
It is so darned logical,
it puts a logic
there you go.
My good deed for the day,
and I sure hope the world doesn’t end,
if it does
you will have the means to survive
and to bring the highest quality martial arts
in the whole wide world
into a brand new future.
you guys and gals have a MOST glorious day,
check out that movie if you can,
Heroes of the East,
make sure you talk to other martial artists,
and trade data
so that you both learn,
and don’t forget,
Ten bucks off
on the Blinding Steel package.
Have a great work out!