‘Outlaw Karate: The Secret of the One Year Black Belt,’ was one of the first books on Matrixing. Actually, it was written before matrixing became ‘officialize.’
This is the first book to put forth the concept that people could actually earn a real Black Belt in Karate in a year of less.
This new edition includes a glossy cover. The original material, five star rated on Amazon, is intact.
The glory of this book is that it goes belt by belt, describing all the experiences, detailing what the student should be going through, and showing all the forms and applications. Thus, the reader has a much better chance of getting through the material without error; it is actually possible to get to a Black Belt within one year.
The book is based on the author’s synthesis of two martial arts, ‘Kang Duk Won’ and ‘Kwon Bup.’ All duplicate material has been discarded, along with fluff material such as poser techniques, unworkable techniques, and so on.
The result is an extremely hard core, street workable system.
The book includes detailed instructions on such items as:
how to create power
six ways to translate a block into totally different techniques
promotional requirements for every belt
what a student goes through on each belt level and why
the actual written tests for each belt
and TONS more.
The book is 166 pages with 212 images. In includes the complete system, with all the forms, applications, and methods of freestyle.
To find out more about Outlaw Karate: The Secret of the One Year Black Belt, click on this cover…
Click on the cover to go to Amazon and find out more…
This book is a complete system. It includes all the forms and form applications, along with methods of freestyle.
Excellent! You survived Thanksgiving, now all you have to do is make it through Xmas! Or, Hanakwanmass, as I call it. Remember, the best way to make it through anything, is to work out every single day. Nobody can beat a guy (or gal) who is in top condition!
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Okay, time for an update on Monkey Boxing.
Before I start, let me say that the main focus of this newsletter is matrixing. Monkey Boxing will come up every couple of weeks, but, believe it or not, there are a few people who don’t want personal lessons from a guy with 50 years experience, they don’t want to tap into the mind that created matrixing and neutronics.
And, believe it or not, that’s okay, I have nothing against people who choose to remain ignorant. Good people, them, and future customers.
To them I recommend Matrixing. Good place to start before you jump into my world.
So, that said, Monkey Boxing is doing excellent!
About 20 videos were released this month. They deal with the whole spectrum of Monkey Boxing, from warm ups to kicks to the incredible ‘Rolling Fists’ exercise, to techniques and forms… lots of stuff.
And here’s something to think about… everything has my stamp on it, been matrixed up the yin yang, very scientific, very thorough, very intuitive, but… nobody has ever seen, except maybe through a quick mention, or an obscure video, such things as ‘The Circle of Blocks’ (Monkey Boxing Style) Monkey in a Box Circle of Blocks and attacks The Flower of Blocks Grab Hands The Monkey Blast
Never been seen, or almost never been seen.
Monkey in a Box will build your shoulder strength and help flexibility like gangbusters.
Grab Hands is a VERY heavy zen drill. BUT…you have to do it right. Here, you see it right.
The Flower of Blocks will build hand speed, and leg strength, if you do it while in a horse stance, like nobody’s business.
The Circle of Blocks opens up total new vistas of ability.
These things haven’t been seen, or only briefly referenced or described.
New martial arts. Stuff developed for Monkey Boxing, and never been seen in ANY other martial art.
Something to think about.
And, that all said, the coming months are going to be fantastic.
I’m writing a complete book, a freebie for the Monkey Boxers.
Dozens and dozens of unique and original (which is to say ‘never been seen’) exercises and drills.
The frustrating thing about all this is that I am gearing this off a real class I am teaching. People from the ground up, very little experience, so I jump around.
I’m writing a Monkey Boxing book, (freebie to subscribers) and the book will help in this. It will be ready in a month or so, and provide a massive overview and work out schedule.
But you will be picking and choosing, and trying to make sense out of this for a couple of months.
The good news is that in jumping around I am referencing things that haven’t been seen for a LONG while.
Grab Hands, for instance, you might have actually seen, but never the martial arts side of it, never the zen side of it. And it is TOTAL dynamite. Calms the mind, gets rid of twitches and flinches, and zeroes you in like a lazier guided rocket!
Okay, enough of the good news, let me give you some bonus good news.
Every month will be archived once past. BUT, I can’t sell an empty page to somebody on the first few days of the next month. So, the first week of the month, the videos from last month will remain up. After the first week, the previous month will get archived, but, for that first week, if you are smart… sign up and the previous month is still there. Watch, download, save your own personal copy, (but, please, don’t give my stuff away).
What this means is that you will have a window, about 7 days, when you can actually get two months for the price of one.
Remember, once a month is archived you will have to purchase separately.
Subscribers will, of course, have access to every month since they began subscribing.
Okay, that’s it, back to Matrixing next time,
AND GET READY FOR HANAKWANMASS!
Remember, a work out every day of the month is better than anything Santa can bring you. So start working out now, and give yourself the best present ever!
I give thanks that I am able
to do Martial Arts.
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I just had a rather interesting conversation.
It took place in the comments section
of the blog site,
I don’t usually talk in comments,
I much prefer email,
but this fellow wrote in on an article
that mentioned blinking.
In the article I had described natural methods of blinking,
which is to cleanse the eye,
the body takes care of it,
you don’t do much.
And then there was unnatural blinking,
which is when you blink as part of a flinch,
or the product of some distraction.
This fellow had a really tough time with this concept.
I guess he blinks a lot,
and he suddenly realized all his blinking was unnatural,
but what the heck can he do about it?
He got frustrated,
and kept demanding straight answers.
So I gave him the answers,
but he just had more and more tough times.
a martial artist.
No wonder he was having a tough time!
He didn’t have any discipline!
He had no reality,
no way of understanding from experience,
and he was stuck,
blinking and blinking,
and chewing on himself for blinking unnaturally.
he reached the stage
where he told me I was basically wrong.
No such thing as unnatural blinking.
After the communication ran its course,
I decided I should tell you guys.
Maybe there’s a couple of unnatural blinkers
that I can mess with.
So here’s the straight goods.
Blinking is to cleanse the eye.
It moistens it,
and is something the body does naturally.
You don’t have to worry about it,
think about it,
Unnatural blinking is not to cleanse the eyes,
but is a reaction to a distraction.
Somebody punches at your face,
you might flinch and duck.
Instead of cooly and calmly handling the punch.
As you do martial arts
you learn to handle the distraction of the punch,
of the fellow jumping out and screaming boo,
of the mugger who suddenly threatens you.
You don’t blink,
at least not unnaturally,
but rather open your eyes and watch,
assessing the potential impact of the situation.
You don’t turn away,
you become more aware,
and this is what the martial arts does.
It makes you more aware.
All that time staring at an opponent,
waiting for him to make a wrong move,
to do something that indicates…
that he has gone unconscious.
When somebody blinks they are stopping looking out,
and, no matter how momentarily,
Not facing the situation,
but turning inward,
and therefore unconscious, to a degree,
and potentially running.
Here is the key:
If you are watching, aware,
FOCUSING YOUR ATTENTION OUTWARD,
you will end up blinking naturally.
Hard to fool somebody who is aware like this.
If you blink,
then you are
FOCUSING YOUR ATTENTION INWARD,
and this results in things like unnatural blinks,
or flinches or and so on.
If you are a hunter
you want to watch your prey,
never a blink,
or he gets away.
And if you are not a hunter,
then you are hunted.
That is all there is to it,
are you looking outward?
Watching the world for potential distractions?
Undoing them as they come close to you?
Or are you distracted,
away from the threat,
as if that could make it disappear.
maybe you understand why this fellow
was having such a rough time.
He was face to face with his unconsciousness,
and had no discipline
to help him handle it.
on the other hand,
should be able to handle it.
You stand in freestyle,
waiting for the flinch,
the momentary unfocusing of the eyes
to indicate that your prey has stopped looking outward,
and is no longer capable of seeing you incoming,
and no way of handling you.
The discipline of the martial arts.
A way to be a hunter in a universe.
A way to be more aware.
A way to be in charge,
when everybody else is distracted,
running around like chickens with their heads cut off.
Want a great art to help you focus?
Try Blinding Steel.
It is the weapons portion of Monkey Boxing.
There is lots of motion,
and you have to stay focused
to handle the swing of the weapon.
It will really help you stop blinking unnaturally,
and remain focused and aware
in a universe that is so full of mindless distractions.
So special I am issuing two newsletters on the same night!
there is NOTHING like what I am about to do.
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don’t get me wrong,
people need Matrixing.
They need to understand the science of the martial arts.
It is the only way they will gain true understanding,
and true understanding is necessary
for true mastery.
I have provided many paths for people to master the martial arts.
Monkey Boxing is MY art.
It is not the scientific analysis of art,
as in Matrixing,
or matrixed courses,
but it does,
follow matrixing principles.
Monkey boxing includes the following courses,
which are offered on MonsterMartialArts.com.
Matrix Kung Fu
tied together by The Master Instructor Course.
You thought I would teach you something without using
The Master Instructor Course?)
you will get snippets and tidbits
from ALL my courses,
because I have to give you all the drills,
and tell you where they came from,
and how they were developed.
And ALL my drills and exercises.
And Forms and Freestyle.
And everything else.
And you can ask me questions.
I will respond by email,
if necessary and appropriate,
I draw on everything in my 50 years experience,
to teach you my art.
the drawback is that there isn’t going to be
a specific order to all this stuff.
I am teaching people Monkey boxing,
as I teach the video course.
I draw on material I need,
as I need it.
So I don’t organize it,
I just teach it
in an intuitive sequence
based on what my students need.
I will be releasing,
sometime in the next few weeks,
a study guide of some sort,
to help you order all the material,
so you will understand the order,
and be able to focus on that order.
Don’t get me wrong,
this course DOES NOT replace matrix ing.
Matrixing is the ultimate science,
it is the martial arts in order.
But this my art,
the art that has come out of me
because of all my experiences,
because I need to express myself.
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Happy Heat Wave!
Happy Work out!
The only way to beat the heat
is to work out,
get so hot
that reality is cool.
I remember when scientists
tested Koichi Tohei
and he sped up and slowed down his heart.
Just sat there and thought about it,
and the scientist couldn’t believe their instruments.
So why not convince yourself it’s cool?
Let’s talk about matrixing.
I often say I invented matrixing,
but the truth is
I stumbled across it.
Another way of saying it is
I made so many mistakes,
there was nothing left
but the right way.
I used a truth table
out of Boolean algebra.
Lot of fun.
Lot of work.
Made everything fit.
until there was logic.
But you won’t see all the hoops I jumped through
when you order a course.
The martial arts are separated in specific geometries.
So you just order a course,
and the data is perfectly laid out,
and you go through a few arts,
and you have it.
All the geometries.
I have provided a few records of what I did.
‘Matrixing: The Master Text.’
This shows a few of the matrixes I drew,
and you can see the exact progression of steps I took.
if you want the absolutely nut
that grew the mighty oak,
you have to read Neutronics.
Philosophy, you see.
And here is where it really all came from.
One day I was sitting in my back yard,
tapping a piece of rebar on the cement,
Ting, ting, ting.
it was like a giant gong went off.
I could see all reality.
I understood reality,
and a simple phrase jumped into my head.
‘For something to be true,
the opposite must also be true.’
That was it.
From that simple realization
I grew neutronics,
which manifested in Matrixing.
But you would have to read
some books on Neutronics
to understand that process.
the reason I tell you all this
is that there’s a lot of newbies to the newsletter.
And I know I’ve sort of said it in a quick nutshell,
but they need to understand
that there is more to this stuff than a gimmick.
When somebody says,
that Al Case,
he’s a quack…’
Ask if they’ve read the testimonials at
When somebody says it’s a trick,
‘you can’t learn the martial arts that fast,’
Ask if they’ve ever seen me take a guy to black belt.
I do it in three months,
and the thing was recorded on
The Three Month Black Belt Course
The Secret of Two Directions in the Martial Arts Drills
Thank you to everyone who has purchased the Tiger and Butterfly Martial Arts System.
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If you want videos of the forms, if you want to expand your understanding of the two systems from which this system came, check out the Matrix Karate and Shaolin Butterfly courses.
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Okay, here’s some stuff about martial arts drills.
When somebody is training a person, maybe to close distance, they might set them up a few feet from a bag/wall/whatever, and have them practice shuffling forward.
You shuffle and shuffle, people get tired and go do some boxing.
Hey, it’s true. People don’t understand the classical, get tired of the grind, they want to fight, so they go somewhere where people do more fighting and less drilling.
But the drilling is crucial. The martial arts are like a wall, the bottom bricks need to be firmly in place before a student can build the wall higher. So you have to practice these basic drills, and build the basic building blocks.
So, you are drilling, practicing closing with the wall, trying to get the time from launch to impact to disappear. And you are making a crucial error.
There are two directions to a line, and no matter which direction you are going, both directions are important.
Watch a person start to walk from a standing still position. chances are they lean backward so they can push a foot out. It’s true, they unbalance themselves, so they can fall forward. They go in two directions to go in one. A most inefficient method for starting the motion of walking. But, if you watch the martial arts, you will see the most amazing examples of similar inefficiency. People just don’t know how to get started.
The correct method is to bend the legs slightly, and cause yourself to lean forward, into the motion, by thinking about it.
And, if you are going to close distance in the martial arts, you need to set your stance so the ‘wave’ of your legs can be properly unleashed, and every part of the body can contribute to the forward motion.
CBM, Coordinated Body Motion, put to work in the simple act of walking.
Now, if you are not guilty of unbalancing yourself to walk, if you are already engaged in CBMing to walk, then let me give you a further example.
Do both the hard and the soft!
I had a group of students attempt to close distance. They would shuffle and punch, and they were abysmally slow. And they didn’t even like it.
So after a few minutes of springing forward, I had them play a game. I had them move forward, extend a forearm for the grabbing, and spring back when their opponent grabbed.
This put a whole new excitement into the drilling. This made the student think backwards, even as he was going forwards.
Then I had them do the original exercise, and they were shocked at how they had improved at closing distance.
Try it for yourself. Drill one way, then set up the opposite direction, then go back to the original direction, it won’t be long before you are faster.
And, the drill can be used quite gloriously when it comes to freestyle. You can set up different targets, move them into range, retreat with verve, and, here’s a kicker, set up a counter to attack. And you will be most excellent at the counter, because you are adept at moving in both directions. You haven’t gotten bored with going only in one direction, which breaks the concept of yin and yang, of opposites in the universe, and have become adept at the whole motion.
This drilling, incidentally, is the product of neutronics.
Matrixing provides logic. Gives understanding to the whole picture. But who is doing the martial art? You. That is what neutronics is about. And in this case, you are taking advantage of the two directions of a line, and training in both directions, to fully understand one direction.
Most people only train in one direction.
Here’s a neutronic datum for you:
The purpose of the martial arts is to deliver a force or flow while avoiding a force or flow.
How are you going to accomplish that purpose if you don’t understand the martial arts in, at least, two directions? How are you going to master the hard, if you don’t understand the context of soft from which it comes? And how are you going to master the soft, if you don’t understand the contact of hard from which it comes?
So, I say it again, if you know Karate, or TKD or Kenpo, or some other hard art, then you need to learn Aikido, or TCC, or some other soft art. Only if you understand two directions, will you master one.
The new Martial Arts book is called ‘Tiger and Butterfly,’ and it’s pretty darned good.
click on the cover!
If you look at the title, and you have done any matrixing, then you can see that I have used portions of the Matrix Karate course, and portions of the Shaolin Butterfly.
This was interesting, because I didn’t want to fall into the trap of having systems disagree. I wanted the concepts to build on each other, not work against each other.
In a way, there is a certain similarity between Tiger and Butterfly and the MCMAP books I wrote.
The similarity is in the arrangement of material. This had to be, because when you make a system, certain things have to be done, certain rules have to be followed, certain principles have to be included, and all the way up the belt levels.
One of the reasons I wrote this book is because I visited a few schools, and I saw how the modern schools have let forms and techniques fall by the way. They work on freestyle, on fighting. The students get better, but they can’t do certain things. For instance, they don’t understand how to take a punch. And, they have limited knowledge concerning what happens when you complete the circle (cycle) of a technique.
The system has eight belts, white yellow orange purple blue green brown black
There are no degrees. Each belt is designed to be done in about three months. Brown belt might take longer, but the material on the brown level is pretty advanced.
When done, the student will have those liquid kicks, those floating kicks that look so light, but knock down a elephant. They should be able to take any kind of a punch. They will be able to freestyle with authority, and make a grab art out of any technique. They will have knowledge. Real knowledge. Not just the fast reflexes of freestyle, but a complete body knowledge, how the body is constructed, how to tweak it for more energy, how to construct it for total effectiveness.
I want you to think about something. When you study matrixing, there are several courses, and I recommend that you do them all, that you get the complete picture, from striking to locking to guiding to manipulating to predicting to taking down… and more.
But, I can’t reach everybody, and some people don’t understand just how big the martial arts are, and that you have to understand them as a science. They are locked in ‘hit and punch,’ ‘ground and pound,’ and don’t see or understand the bigger picture.
This book is for those people. Hopefully it will get them excited for the big picture. But even if it doesn’t, it will afford a massive education, and do a lot towards bringing these people who are studying arts that have degraded over time into the real art. They will appreciate it as science.
And, even if they don’t, if they do the book, not just read it and say… ‘oh, I knew that,’ or… ‘we have that in our system,’ but actually do the book, all the drills and techniques, all the forms and fighting drills, then they will be doing the true art. Whether they were stupid and didn’t even understand what I am talking about, if they do the drills and exercises, they will end up doing the true art.
For instance, at a certain point, a certain belt, I teach a type of kick. It’s a floating kick, then you turn the hips over and slam the energy down into the ground as you strike. The point is… you can’t do that kick unless you use the tan tien in a certain way. You simply can’t. So they will practice it, get it, and stumble over the concept, whether they understand what is happening or not, and they will end up with classical power in a certain mode. And the whole system is constructed so that one mode leads to the next.
Okay, spoken enough. Simply go to Amazon and enter ‘Tiger and Butterfly,’ or ‘Tiger and Butterfly martial arts’ or ‘Tiger and Butterfly Al Case,’ or something like that, and watch it pop up.
Remember it is unique, matrixing brought one more step forward, and it is REALLY potent! It is a COMPLETE martial arts system.
Relaxing is the only way to find the True Martial Arts
I remember reading of Koichi Tohei,
many years ago,
and some scientists asked if they could test his ki.
Like, on machines.
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Now this isn’t a smart idea.
Ki is an energy motivated by thought,
sometimes the energy can be registered,
but the thought never can,
so science often proves there is no such thing as ki.
Can’t be measured…doesn’t exist.
Which is the same reasoning
that kept the world flat for so many centuries.
They just don’t what to measure,
and there isn’t a machine in existence
that can measure thought.
the test went round and round,
they couldn’t explain what Koichi was doing,
and they couldn’t figure out the readings they were getting,
probably with a diabolical sense of humor,
told them he could slow his heart down.
They said nonsense,
a human being couldn’t control the nervous system in that way.
So he did it.
He dropped it some 30 beats,
then sped it up again,
then slowed it down.
And the scientists were really confused.
So let’s talk about what you are supposed to do
with your mind in the martial arts.
It’s just a bunch of memories.
Get rid of the past,
at least ignore it,
and you are more in the present,
and then you can better control your body.
But too simple.
People have a hard time buying into this simplicity.
we trained so that the mind
didn’t become excited,
and so that we kept looking,
and ignored emotion.
Ignored the emotion of fighting.
Didn’t feel the anxiety,
or sudden beating of the heart
as the world devolved to chaos.
Note that I am moving at the same time.
When somebody throws a punch at me
I actually slow down.
My mind looks right past any memories,
and I focus on the moment.
I stop reacting,
even to my own training,
and start moving with the person.
In real time.
there are MANY examples of this in the world.
The baseball player,
the guy way out in the field,
takes off…AT THE CRACK OF THE BAT!
Not before it,
not after it,
but at the same time.
he moves intuitively to where the ball is going.
He attempts to ‘meet’ the ball,
at some specified time and place.
But how did he know where the ball was going…
at THE CRACK OF THE BAT!
There are other examples,
but this is my favorite,
probably because everybody knows what I am talking about.
Especially if they have played baseball.
If you have ever had a sixth sense,
known when something was going to happen before it happened,
felt somebody walk behind you (hairs on end),
that is you,
putting aside memories,
and perceiving directly.
it happened about the time I got to Black Belt.
When I got there I began to focus,
without excitement or distraction,
on what was happening.
And it really screwed people up,
when I displayed no reaction time.
Reaction comes from ‘react’
which means you are so immersed in memories (or training)
that you can’t perceive directly.
Signals have to travel through the body to create motion,
instead of you,
apart from your body,
just creating motion.
I’ve talked long enough,
probably left as much confusion as enlightenment.
But here’s the trick…
You have to train with people
in a system which understands this.
In which the techniques support this,
the forms are aligned and orderly.
The freestyle is not a fight,
but a procedure of learning how to look.
Not getting excited,
not getting distracted by emotions,
but calming yourself
so that you don’t get excited.
I’ve done the best I could
to give you a good system.
But you have to work,
and work hard.
You have to get the idea that I’m talking about in your mind.
You have to force yourself to calm,
to put aside excitement,
and become cool and machinelike in your actions.
Good luck with this,
in spite of all the simplicity of my systems,
it is still hard.
It’s hard to restrain emotion,
put aside memories,
memories that you sometimes don’t even recognize as existing,
and function on a high level.
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New Karate Black Belt Test!
Good morning! Wonderful morning. I just did a whole bunch of forms, I feel like a million.
The most important Martial Arts book ever written.
Hey, there’s lots of stuff happening, so let me start with… CONGRATS! to Peter Carmody
Peter passed his Matrix Karate Black Belt test.
The test was done on video, and Peter went through having to repeat the test, doing all the corrections, and making all the matrix karate material work.
And he made it look good!
Video testing is interesting. You could probably film yourself on an iPhone, don’t wear black against a black wall, white against white, and so on.
Have some sunlight, or a few bulbs glowing.
You don’t need lots of space as long as I can see your whole body.
Have a partner.
Be willing to fail once or twice, at least.
And here’s the thing, Matrix Karate is pretty darn unique. You see, most karate systems were developed for specific reasons, bodyguarding, the element of being grabbed, having to deal with weapons, etc.
Not saying you won’t encounter these things today, you need some awareness of these things, but the real factor is that we are a fist culture. If you are in a fight the usual weapons will be fists. Then something that can be used as a cub, then a knife, etc.
But fists are the base of it all. And, if you can handle a fist, it is just a short step to a knife, if you have enough brains to adapt.
Anyway, Matrix Karate is designed around the structure of the body, it is a complete art, taking into account all angles of attack and defense. But it is SIMPLE! Because the posing and the unnecessary techniques have all been weeded out.
You have to learn about mistakes, but the essence is in the logic where one move leads to the next, with no circus moves.
It’s funny, I remember one of the first wins I ever received, this was about ten years ago. The guy wrote that he had gone to a martial arts school, and the first technique they taught him was a cartwheel into a jump kick. Not how to block and punch. Not even the basic kicks, but a jumping kick off a whole body contortion.
Can you see why matrixing was so desperately needed? A little common sense? And every system, no matter how classical or developed, benefits from the direct infusion of logic that matrixing provides.
Anyway, well done to Peter, and I recommend Matrix Karate and the Master Instructor Course (you need both of them to test). Whether you are accomplished and have a black belt, whether you are a raw beginner, whether you are just in the middle and need to get going, Matrix Karate is the easiest, the best, the most efficient and completely rounded karate on the planet. Period.
Defeating Distractions to Find the True Martial Art
Good afternoon! Special day tomorrow, I’ll tell you about it down the page, but before we get to it, remember this: the only way to celebrate this special day is to… work out!
Okay, hope your interest is piqued, but before we talk about that special day, let’s take a moment to talk about emotion.
Ultimately, you don’t want to have any emotion in your martial arts. You don’t want to cry, or feel fear, or anger, or any kind of emotion.
Emotion is a distraction. It gets in between the thought of what you are going to do, and the reality of what you do.
There is this thing called emotional content, Bruce Lee mentions it in ‘Enter the Dragon,’ but even that, ultimately, is a distraction.
To get to the pure state where you can read the mind of the attacker, see what he is going to do before he does it, and move with perfection, you must get rid of ALL emotion.
There is a problem, however. The problem is that nobody really knows what emotion is.
If you can stick with me through a couple of points I can help you understand, which is to say that I can help you understand something that nobody understands.
Here’s the dictionary definition for emotion: a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others: she was attempting to control her emotions | his voice was low and shaky with emotion | fear had become his dominant emotion.
But that doesn’t tell you what emotion is. That is like saying electricity goes through wires, but there is no mention of where electricity came from, what a generator is, or how electricity ‘flows’ through a wire.
It is an inadequate definition.
Here are three more definitions: 1 she was good at hiding her emotions: feeling, sentiment; reaction, response. 2 overcome by emotion, she turned away: passion, strength of feeling, warmth of feeling. 3 responses based purely on emotion: instinct, intuition, gut feeling; sentiment, the heart.
Again, these don’t tell you where emotion comes from, what has generated it, and how it really works.
So, here we go, here is what emotion actually is.
Emotion stems from motion inside the head.
And here is a truth, there are only people in this universe. Everything else in the universe, all the objects and non-living things (or ‘low living’ like animals) are the effect of motion in the universe.
A bug sits on a stalk, a frog sees the swaying stalk and must flick his tongue. A coyote sees the motion of the tongue, and is compelled to eat the frog.
The universe happens like dominoes. And, the ONLY thing in the universe that can upset the dominoes, can change the path of the falling dominoes, can change cause and effect, is a human being.
A human being has choice, and that ability, that decision making ability, is apart from the universe, and can cause the path of the universe to change and change and change.
So a human being can change the universe, but how does he change it? by having a thought first. So he thinks, and does what he thought about, and what he thought about comes to be.
But, in between the thought and the accomplishment, is emotion. Think about it:
A man wants to accomplish something, he sets out on the task, then he gets angry, or fearful, or otherwise emotional, and his ability to make accomplishment is lessened.
He was distracted.
Which brings us to the crux of the matter, why does man create these (his own) distractions? Why does he create emotion and waylay himself? Why?
What happens when you squeeze an lemon? Juice squirts out. Gets in your eye and you cry.
So a man creates emotion when he is squeezed, like a lemon, and ‘things’ squirt out.
things like fear, anger, hate, and so on.
And these things disrupt the mind, cause distraction, and obscure the basic thoughts that one may have.
When I was a child I was spanked, which is to say I was squeezed. I experienced fear, and pain, and anger, and that stuff, because I didn’t know what it is, it stayed with me for a long time.
It would even be fair to say that, like dominoes, certain of those emotions caused me to study martial arts. How weird.
So when you feel pain and anger and all those unpleasant things just say ‘no’ to them. Just refuse them. Refuse to dwell on that emotion, refuse to have motion inside your head, refuse to feel the lingering effects of being squashed (squeezed), and go about your life. Refuse the distraction and accomplish your thoughts.
Of course, it is not always easy to do that. Sometimes what is big in your head is greater than your ability to ignore.
That is where the martial arts come in.
The martial arts train you to accomplish an attack, no matter the distraction, and the heck with emotion.
No other practice on earth does this more efficiently or to greater effect.
You face your partner on the mat. He growls, people yell, you are tired, but because you have endured training, and pain and other distractions, and gotten to your black belt, you are able to ignore the distractions, move forward, and accomplish the thought of the strike, or the lock, or the takedown, or whatever.
You simply train yourself to ignore the motion inside your head, to ignore anything in the universe that tries to stop you, and you accomplish your thought.
Here’s a cruel trap, people who start the martial arts, then quit, were distracted. They let something squeeze them, and they quit. And the cruelty is that if they had kept going they would have found the ability that would have enabled them to ignore distractions, and accomplish their thoughts.
Catch 22. Yes?
One last thing I want to say about this. There are many people who fail, and, there are many people who are studying something thinking it is a martial art, when it isn’t.
You have to study the true martial arts. You have to find forms that work, and you have to make them work. You have to cleanse your techniques so they become pure and can show the thought that created them.
That path creates the discipline.
Just fighting does not. Fighting teaches you to fight. Doing the real martial arts, practicing techniques until you can make them work, that is the discipline of ignoring distractions and getting yourself to the point where you can make your thoughts work.
The best method, because incorrect movements (which are distractions) have been removed, is Matrix Karate.
Okay, that special day I was talking about. For me it is the most important day in the universe, for it is when I decided to have physical presence on this planet. Birthday.
And, if you have been following this blog for the last couple of decades, then you know I always ask for one, specific present.
Forgive me. If I have sent out the wrong order, didn’t answer an email, didn’t answer an email quickly said the wrong thing, didn’t understand something, failed in some way, if i have done ANYTHING that might have offended you, or caused you ANY sort of distraction…
Help me clean up my universe, help me not have the distractions of bad service, poor communications, or ANYTHING else.