The Secret of the Martial Arts

Do you know why Karate

and other martial arts

make better people?

This is an interesting question because people say

it’s the discipline.

It makes for virtues like patience,

and all that sort of stuff.

The truth is simpler,

yet more difficult.

You face an opponent

you focus on him,

try to exclude the world

and all distractive thoughts

and focus on him.


you must reach him.

You have the target fixed,

and you slap or block his hands out of the way

and touch him.

So you are engaged in a very intense project

slowing the mind down

getting rid of distractions

achieving your target.

To understand what this means

you have to isolate each of these three things

and ask what they really mean.

To slow the mind down

means to get it out of the way.

You must perceive without the mind getting in the way.

If you can get rid of the mind completely,

you are there.

The mind is just a bunch of memories.

Memories intruding on your awareness

when you are focusing on a target

are just distractions.

That’s one.

To get rid of distractions

is to eliminate things that get in the way

that are generated

from the outside world.

For instance,

you are focusing on a guy

and somebody yells at you.

You should be able to ignore the yell

and continue to focus.

That’s two.

To achieve your target.

To get what you want.

That’s three.

If you don’t understand that you

are trying to get what you want in life

there’s no way I can explain this to you.


you practice karate,

or kung fu,

and you learn to ignore distractions of the mind.


I am not going to go get drunk tonight.

I am going to work out.

That’s discipline.

And that grows into…

I can get this job done.

I can finish this class.

I can handle all the problems that life hands me

And you practice more,

and you ignore distractions from the world.

“No, Joe, I’m not going drinking.

I’ve got to finish this job.”

and that grows into

I can get this job done.

I can finish this class.

I can handle all the problems that life hands me

And you practice some more,

and you get that A in class,

you get that job,

you finish that project,

You achieve what you want.


aside from being able to beat somebody up,

which is a very minor ability,

you become a person

who cannot be swayed from achieving things in life.

While the rest of the world blunders about,

gets drunk and gets DUIs,

while the rest of the world grouses

about how the boss in unfair,

or the wife picks on them…

you get what you want.

People think you are being disciplined,

but that is only the face

of your intense personality

that doesn’t settle for less.


here’s the bad news…

a system that has been diluted,

weakened or combined with other arts,

is harder to use for growing

the type of person I am talking about.

And most systems are this way.

Most systems are put togethers,

or influenced by other arts,

and it becomes more difficult to achieve

what I am talking about.

You want to get where you’re going?


You want the type of personality I am talking about?

You need to take the distractions out of your art.

You need to strip off the other influences.

You need to get rid of poser techniques,

time wasting exercises,

drills that don’t have much to do with 

what I am talking about.


I would be severely remiss

if i didn’t point out

that that is the whole point of matrixing.

And you can matrix any art,

and return it to a pure state,

but Matrix Karate has the skeletal structure

upon which you can hang the meat

of any other art,

and lots of stuff

besides the martial arts.

It is a system of logic that can be used

in any number of ways.


I know,

that’s all I talk about.


Can’t i get a life?


tell the truth,

the reason I keep doing this

is because I don’t allow inner distractions,

or outer distractions

to get in the way of me achieving my goals.


here’s the link…

Matrix Karate

Have a funtastic work out!

have yourself a great work out!


And don’t forget to check out the interview


I wrote a whomper stomper of a novel called

The Bomber’s Story

check it out.

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