The Release of Outlaw Karate
Time for a March work out!
when April comes
you will just laugh.
You’ll be powerful,
light on your feet,
and having so much fun…
you’ll be laughing.
I’m releasing the Outlaw Karate book on Amazon.
So let me tell you about Outlaw Karate.
My son came to me,
he was around 16,
and he said,
I want to learn Karate.’
There is a particular joy
about passing the art
down to one’s own flesh and blood.
It continues the saga of enlightenment,
and improves the race
on a VERY personal level.
So I told him to get a partner.
He got his friend Josh.
Then Mike called me up,
one of the first guys I taught in Los Angeles,
and he was actually mad at me.
“What do you mean having a class
and not letting me know?”
And he brought his son, Tracey.
Then a guy called me out of the blue,
asked if I taught Karate.
So I gave him directions to my house.
the very first night,
Charles knocked on the door.
He had been one of my models
for one of my early videos.
He had just dropped by to see what was up.
He looked past me
at the guys stretching.
He didn’t even ask me,
you’re teaching again.’
And he walked past me and took his place.
‘I knew there was a reason I wore my gi today.’
And he laughed.
out of the blue,
not a plan,
but it was started,
and here is the thing…
have you ever had a class
where not one single person
missed a class
for an entire year?
I have to say,
I was a bit inspired.
I was absolutely and delightfully brutal.
Toughest class I ever taught.
If somebody didn’t punch hard enough,
I stepped in and knocked somebody up against a wall.
I would say,
but make sure you push him hard enough
so that your punch will work!’
If a throw didn’t work,
I would step in
and bounce somebody’s body on the floor.
‘Merge with the planet!’
I would say.
And I would grin.
the class responded.
Mike had broken fingers for a solid year.
Every time they started to heal,
somebody would break them again.
I just laughed and said,
‘you’d better learn when
to keep your fists closed.’
Tracey ended up crying almost every night.
He hates it when I tell this story,
but we broke the little boy
and ended up with a man.
don’t know who,
cracked my son’s sternum.
Got an X ray
and it was actually chunked in
about the size of a knuckle.
‘No more Karate.’
Aaron ignored him,
told me to go shove it
when I tried to keep him out of class,
Everybody was hurt,
I always remember the night
Josh had had enough,
he actually turned around,
ran out the door,
and ran up the street,
tears streaming from his eyes.
He was back for the next class.
The weirdest thing I ever experienced
during that year,
was when working with my son,
I would look at his body,
I’m doing this with my own body.
Really freaked me out.
lots of things happened
to the guys because of that year.
Josh went to a party,
a riot started,
and he positioned himself,
and stood there
in the middle of a total riot,
and nobody attacked him.
Nobody came at him.
Everybody left him alone.
They just looked at him,
and they went away.
He became a rock star,
was in several bands around the LA area.
Said he loved to pound the drums,
reminded him of Karate,
and that Karate inspired him.
he was on his way to work one day
and he got jumped by two muggers.
He knocked one to the ground
and totally one.
Then turned and kicked the other one so hard
that he flew through the air
and hit a parking meter
and bent the pole.
All the guys had something weird and wacky happen to them.
Five of them made it to Black Belt.
Charles was already past Black Belt
from his previous studies with me,
so it didn’t matter with him.
He was just there for the class,
You could probably find things about Outlaw Karate
if you searched my blog.
Some rewrites of this,
some other stuff.
Outlaw Karate was a combination of arts.
I took Kang Duk Won
and Kwon Bup,
and I threw out the repeat techniques.
I boiled the forms down to six,
direct to technique
here’s the thing,
this happened about 1991.
I had written most of the graphs for Matrixing,
I had sorted through hundreds of arts,
looking for the best stuff.
Inside Karate had asked me to write a column for them,
simply because they liked all my articles.
They liked the way I phrased things,
gave things the earthy feel,
and communicated to the individual.
So I was on the edge.
It was still a few years,
but Outlaw Karate
was the toughest Karate I ever did.
And it was sleek and powerful,
and there was no fat,
just brute, raw power.
it was probably the ‘spring board’
Right after that,
I put together the perfect forms of Matrix Karate,
and evolved the art.
But I had to get down and dirty,
roll in the mud and the blood and the beer,
so to speak,
to evolve out of what everybody thought
Karate is supposed to be.
I named the system Outlaw
not because of all the Hells Angels and other bikers
I trained with back at the Kang Duk Won,
but because I was going outside
what people thought Karate was.
that’s the story.
I am releasing,
the book I wrote on Outlaw Karate.
Includes all the forms and techniques.
It was previously only available in PDF
with the Outlaw Course
at the Monster.
It’s right here on Amazon at…
Check it out,
and have a great work out!