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The Latest Martial Arts Master Instructor!

A New Master Instructor!

Happy weekend to all!
and to all a great work out!
It’s hot,
it’s fun,
make sure you work out twice before
imbibing in the beverage of your choice.

Congrats to Master Instructor Jamie Andrews!
Here are portions of his win…

Dear Mr Case,

kenpo karate

Fascinating book on how to align keno and make it more powerful.

Thank you for sending me the Master Instructor course so promptly. Below I touch upon some of the things I’ve learned from it, and other observations…

I joined a school of Wing Chun about six months ago, and dropped out two months ago. The reason for this was that the three forms were just rushed through at break-neck speed at the start of each class, and we were expected to learn them with a single glance. It was a definite case of ‘monkey see monkey do,’ but with one of the monkeys being on amphetamines. Thank God that wasn’t the first style I had ever done or I would have walked away from the Martial Arts in disgust, but fortunately I already had good chunks of Karate, various interpretations of Tae Kwon Do, Krav Maga and even Capoeira under my belt, as well as being a TKD instructor myself.

I understand the importance of teaching in small increments that build on one another. I have been doing this since I began teaching in 1987.

I am lucky to have many ‘ideal students’. The main reason I did this course was so that I don’t let them down. And I believe I have learned much from you in this respect.

Each time I show a sequence, I always follow it with an application. In some of the later Hyung, the movements are slightly stylized, so I teach the “Art” and then the real world tweaking that makes it workable.

After teaching students a new move I already usually ask them if they can think of an application. I myself have actually learned from students in doing so.

Due to current class numbers and the range of grades I often leave students to work on small snippets of techniques alone or paired up for a while. It’s more of a logistical necessity than strategy though, but I have taken what you have written about letting students work alone on board.

The four principles are already adhered to in our style of TKD (Australian Freestyle Tae Kwon Do Academy – ‘AFTA’) but currently in a haphazard manner and are rarely, and differently,  named. The same can be said of The Four Powers. They are treated as things students are meant to intuitively learn through practice and experience. This is another thing I will be focusing on more in future as you lay it out in a very logical manner, and I don’t want to keep my students in the dark.

Thank you for your words on introducing Freestyle sparring. This is something else I have now taken on board.

I was dumbfounded at your explanation of the ‘perfect strike’. The few times I have pulled this off, I too felt no impact, and have actually puzzled over why my opponents were lying on the ground. I thought I was unusual in that sense and couldn’t explain it.

Thank you for the elucidation of the principles of physics in relation to the Martial Arts. It is something I have never come across before, but makes a lot of sense. Much food for thought and reflection (and experimentation). The DVDs really drove it home as well.

Well done Jamie!

I mailed your certificate.

And,
for all,
why not you?
Look,
the course is easy,
it is filled with things you have not come across,
or,
if you have,
the principles are firmed up and stated correctly,
and ready for you to actually use.

Not a bit of wisdom,
like a line from the Tao,
obscure but…how do you use it?

Rather,
a solid piece of data
related to the real world,
backed by physics,
so you can use and understand
and actually teach!

I tell you,
without the data on this course,
a person is not really a teacher,
he is a money see monkey do-er.

And the real point here is as Jamie says…

I don’t want to keep my students in the dark.

Isn’t that really the point of it all?
Do you want to just monkey seeing and monkey doing?
OR do you want to teach,
to pass on the real martial arts
and really help your students,
and improve the world?

Sort of a no brainer,
isn’t it?

I’ll look for your order in the email.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/4-master-instructor-course/

Now,
have a great work out!
Al

 

 

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Learn to Fight like a Girl!

 

Think You’re a Real Martial Arts Man?

Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘Throws like a girl?’
What a put down, eh?
Some guy so weak, so uncoordinated, that he…’throws like a girl.’
Awkward, the arm all wrong, and the baseball sails a few pitiful feet.
And, that attitude has pursued us. We think of women as lesser, and even treat them with disrespect.

Click on the cover to find the source of the martial arts...

Click on the cover to find the source of the martial arts…

Not the Amazons who propel the race, but weak sisters.
Tell me you haven’t been rude to a girl. Laughed at her. Didn’t show up when you were supposed to.
Well, fellows, I hate to tell you, but the sisterhood is about to make you pay for your disrespect. The next time you answer the door, bow on to the mat, even laugh at a girl on the street, a dark shadow will fall across your grave. You will look up at that shadow, your jaw will drop, and…Rhonda Rousey!
OMG! The bitch who knuckle slaps men, women, and people who don’t know better!
And you didn’t know better.
No fear, however, for there are a couple of things you can still do to salvage your honor, retain the upper hand, and come out with your skin intact. Maybe.
First, remember, women don’t have those hangy downy things between their legs, so don’t go for a groin shot!
Second, normally, if you are fighting a guy, pulling hair is a no no. But Rhonda’s a gal, so it’s all right if you pull her hair. Just watch out for a scissors takedown and rear naked choke.
Third, you’re a guy, you got weight, so fall down and roll away. Make her stoop to your level.
Fourth, you could always offer to shake her hand, then sucker punch her. Nah. That might piss her off.
Fifth, and last, start crying for your mommy. Maybe, just maybe, she’ll take mercy on you. Of course the world will know that you are a whining crybaby, not fit to kiss the hem of a real woman. But that’s okay. You were that anyway, or you wouldn’t have to worry about a mere slip of a girl handing you your fanny on a platter.
Oh, and one last thought: you know that phrase, ‘Throws like a girl?’ It’s been replaced by ‘Punches like a Rhonda.’
Think about it. And be respectful while you do.

There you go,
hope Rhonda sees it,
hope she likes it,
because I don’t feel like trying to pull her hair.

And,
on the serious side…
here’s the link for
Binary Matrixing in the Martial Arts.

http://www.amazon.com/Binary-Matrixing-Martial-Arts-Case/dp/1515149501/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437625109&sr=8-1&keywords=binary+matrixing

The book is selling well,
people are saying good things,
and it really opens up the martial arts.
I mean,
wouldn’t you like to know the one secret
from which ALL martial arts grew?

So check it out,
then check out Blinding Steel,
the one and only perfect martial art.
Guaranteed,
scientific learning is so-o-o-o much better
than monkey see monkey do mysticism.

Remember,
Matrixing has the real reasons behind the martial arts,
and Binary Matrixing is the start of it all.
It is the acorn from which the might oak grew.

Now,
have a fantastic week!
And an even more fantastic work out!

Al

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The Problem with Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Martial Art

Bruce Lee’s Martial Art Defined

Bruce Lee, the Martial Arts icon of the last century, created his own martial art, which is called Jeet Kune Do, or the Way of the Intercepting Fist.

Bruce wasn’t just a movie kung fu item, he knew what he was doing, and this is especially obvious when one examines Jeet Kune Do.

matJKDcovWhat most people miss, and this includes martial artists and even the students and instructors of Jeet Kune Do, is that there is a weakness in the art.

This weakness is understood only when one understands what Bruce did. He codified the initial punch of a fight.

The initial punch is the most important, but it ignores other strategies, which strategies are presented in more classical martial arts, such as Karate or Kung Fu.

To explain this further, Bruce dissected the initial punch of a fight. He looked at the specific stages of the punch, so that one could understand how to ‘beat’ the punch. This one item can be understood thusly:

Do you punch before the attack?

Do you punch during the attack?

Do you punch after the attack?

To be precise, he breaks it down further, i believe there are five specific stages at which one could ‘attack the attack,’ but this will simplify for the purpose of this article, and make it easy enough to understand.

And, he followed this same, simple logic in describing methods of attacking the attack.

Do you attack directly?

Do you attack by combination?

Do you attack indirectly?

And so on.

The result of this magnifying glass approach is that one REALLY understands the opening punch of a fight.

The problem comes about when the fight goes past one punch. (Or one kick, one strike, etc.)

Now one must consider strategies of setting up for the second strike, strategies for handling two attackers (two potential first strikes), and so on.

To be honest, Bruce understood this, and this writer has no doubt that the advanced practitioners, which means the ons trained by Bruce himself, understand such points.

But as the art of Jeet Kune Do expands there is degradation, concepts are lost, and these advanced theories are ignored.

This highlights just one of the many potential problems in Jeet Kune Do, the Art of Bruce Lee.

Al Case began martial arts in 1967, became a writer for the magazines, and had his own column in Inside Karate. If you wish to explore more concerning the strengths and weaknesses of Jeet Kune Do, from the viewpoint of one who has studied martial arts for nearly fifty years, take a look at his book, ‘How toMatrix Jeet Kune Do,’ which is available on Amazon, or at Createspace. The author’s website is monstermartialarts.com.

The Truth About Classical Karate Kicks

What Do You Do if Somebody Grabs Your Kick!

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I received a great email,
the question it asked was about kicks.
What do you do when somebody grabs your leg?

Now this is sort of funny,
because kicks,
and kicking exercises
have degraded so much,
this is a valid question.
It didn’t used to be valid.
I’ll be speaking specifically of the side thrust kick here.

kick boxing training manualflykickBack in Kenpo,
back in 1967,
we would just twist the hips and pull the kick back.
It required a certain flexibility of leg,
but it was easy.
You got used to pulling with the hips,
and we didn’t know we were training
with a sort of ‘whole body’ technique,
or what I call CBM,
Coordinated Body Motion,
using the whole body as one unit.

And,
another technique we practiced
was to do a shoulder roll away,
because the catcher couldn’t
hang on to the whole body weight.

Now Kenpo is a good art,
lots of fun,
but there are some problems with it.
In combining several types of arts,
they mixed concepts,
so consider how we used to handle a caught leg
a caught side thrust kick,
in the Kang Duk Won.

Near every class
for over three years,
we did something called plant and push.
We did it with a front heel thrust,
and with a side thrust kick.
With plant and push
you and your partner start in the horse stance.
You shuffle forward,
‘popping’ really,
exploding from the tan tien.
Both feet start motion at the same time,
the front leg plants on the partner’s waist,
and the back foot replaces the front foot,
they both land at the same time.
Doing it this way causes the tan tien to explode,
to ‘pop’ with energy.

Now,
you aren’t kicking,
you are placing your foot,
and then you push.
You only push a couple of inches,
but that is the exact area
of muscle and energy needed
to develop the power in a kick.
You push the person’s whole body,
and he gives way,
just enough
so you have to use your power.

Now,
after three or four years of doing this exercise,
an interesting thing happened.
We could kick,
and if somebody grabbed the thrust kick,
we would hop slightly,
jamming weight down the support leg,
and extending the caught leg,
and we could plant and push the fellow away.
Could do a lot of damage,
really.

This is a true ‘chi power’ kick,
a complete CBM training method.
We stomp to create more energy and thrust the hips,
the reverse of kenpo,
but the same whole body principle.

The thing is that this exercise
is the type that many people look down on,
because they think it can’t be used,
and they don’t realize
how much power accumulates,
and how the person changes over time.
People simply don’t practice this exercise,
and,
to tell the truth,
I never saw it outside of our school.

When they kick today,
they use the kicks from Muy Thai,
and they slop through,
no focus.
They use the legs for bashers,
and they don’t develop pin point accuracy.

We would practice our kicks religiously,
hundreds and hundreds and hundreds
of kicks per kick per side.
We got to the point where we used the ball of the foot
like a balpeen hammer,
right in the center of the chest.
Knocked the F out of anybody,
and we were so fast that people couldn’t catch our kicks.
When I got my black belt
I could kick ANYBODY that was a lower belt.
No problem.
But I couldn’t kick other black belts,
and that was where we would get into catching kicks,
and the worth of the plant and push exercise.

BUT,
you have to do it for years.
You can’t be one of these guys
that thinks hitting the bag can be done
with any part of the foot,
and slop doesn’t matter
as long as you kick hard.

You have to focus,
use awareness,
use the ball of the foot,
snap the leg back,
no pause in the cocking position
(when the leg is next to the hip)
sink the weight at impact,
use the whole body
so that the body is like whip.
Takes a lot of work.
But that is the value of the true art.

The world,
unfortunately,
wants the glitter and bauble
the bruises and blood
of the octagon.
They want image,
not art.
But that’s okay.
Everybody has their choices.

Anyway,
hope this helps.
You will find me talking about Plant and Push
every once in a while.
I’ll bet it is in the Power Kicks course,
which is the freebie
attached to the Matrix Karate course.

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Okay,
‘nuff said,
have yourself a GREAT weekend!
Lots of work outs,
lots of party,
and be safe.

Al

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Release of Book Matrixing Bruce Lee!

New Book on Bruce Lee!

Man!
Beginning of the week,
and it is looking good!
I mean,
good for a work or ten.
In fact,
perfect for a work out or ten!
So get started!
The only thing you have to lose is your slovenly ways!
Yee haw!

Okay,
the big news,
the release of a book matrixing Bruce Lee’s art,
Jeet Kune Do
(the way of the intercepting fist).

Now,
I released it,
then decided to change the title,
and released it again,
all within two days.
It should be available on Amazon this week,
probably wednesday.
BUT,
you can always pick up the instant download PDF here…

http://freebrucelee.com/martial-arts/new-book-on-bruce-lee/

Now,
this is a most interesting book.
First,
JKD is an advanced art,
so while I present a few matrixes,
and discuss how Bruce came close
to achieving matrixing on his own,
he was a VERY thorough cat,
I have to go into neutronics
to really give his art its due.

And this is why I released it
and then re-released it within two days.
The word ‘Neutronics’ was in the title,
and I IMMEDIATELY had people saying
‘What? What’s that?’
So many didn’t know what it was
I knew they would be scared off.
People are scared of what they don’t understand.
And,
it reminds me of when Karate first came
to the shores of the US.
It was advertised as Judo,
people didn’t know what Karate was,
so they equated it with something similar.
And,
the same thing happened with Kung Fu.
Kung Fu schools,
back in the sixties,
would advertise themselves as Karate.
People just didn’t know what Kung Fu was,
and,
as I said,
people are scared of what they don’t understand.

So,
what is the book about?
I explain matrixing and neutronics very quickly,
then I go through the JKD system
point by point,
comparing and contrasting,
showing where JKD almost matrixes,
discussing how Bruce created something
that requires neutronics to understand,
and so on.

I also give a couple of drills,
one of which hasn’t been seen,
except in the small book I wrote
‘Amazing Fighting Drills.’
Been out of print for a while.

Now,
the book goes for $19.95.
It is advanced,
deserves a slightly higher price.
BUT,
if you know about this newsletter,
then you know how to score this book
for $5 off.
That’s right,
the instant download,
the digital version (PDF)
is available at this address.

http://freebrucelee.com/martial-arts/new-book-on-bruce-lee/

So,
check it out.
Whether you’re interested in Bruce Lee or not,
it is a real charge to actually see how I use neutronics,
let alone matrixing
in the analysis of what is,
undoubtedly,
a very advanced martial art.

Now,
that all said,
one other thing,
it is a beautiful day for a work out or ten…

Have a great work out!
Al

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Release of New Book on Bruce Lee!

Bruce Lee Book Just Published!

The name of the book is ‘Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do, and Neutronics.’

Written by Al Case, a martial artist with near fifty years experience in the martial arts, this book takes an outside viewpoint of Bruce Lee, and his martial art (Jeet Kune Do).

Bruce Lee writing

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Bruce Lee is often considered, specifically as to what drove him to his martial arts theories. The main focus of the book, however, is to compare and contrast Jeet Kune Do to the more classical martial arts, specifically, the author’s art of Karate.

This is a hard core book. While it is respectful, it is obvious that the author holds Mr. Lee in high esteem, there are some very hard questions asked concerning the formation of JKD, and the real purpose of the art.

It is also an intelligent book, going into Matrixing Technology, which is the first and only science of the martial arts, and Neutronic philosophy. The author claims that because JKD is an advanced martial art only advanced methods of thought can be used to analyze it.

Which is to say that if you are Beeavis or Butthead, you may want to avoid this tome. It won’t teach you Jeet Kune Do, and it may hurt your head to actually start thinking about it.

Mr. Case has, as said, near 50 years martial arts experience. He began Kenpo Karate in 1967, quickly became an instructor, and went on to study virtually every martial art that came down the pike during the Golden Age of Martial Arts. He became a writer for the magazines in 1981, and had his own column in Inside Karate. Thus, Mr. Case doesn’t enter the picture as a newbie, but an experienced fighter and writer. His compare and contrast with JKD should provide the most enlightened student with much thought.

Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do, and Neutronics, will be released and on Amazon within the week, and students interested in the paperback version should do a search on Amazon probably by the last week of April 2015.

Students who would like to save $5 and purchase the instant download of the book should go to FreeBruceLee.com.

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A Strange Martial Arts Fear

Newsletter 749
What are You Really Afraid Of!

A fellow wrote me a couple of weeks ago,
and told me of an interesting situation.
He has a friend,
and the friend practices martial arts.
Day after day he goes to the dojo,
and receives the lessons of pain and bruises.

american karateHe’s dedicated.
Martial Arts are the monkey on his back,
and he firmly convinced
that without pain,
there is no gain.

Interesting viewpoint.
Pain is a warning sign,
means some part of your body is in danger,
change what you are doing.

Of course,
there is the good pain,
going through fatigue,
pushing yourself through hard work outs,
risking a few bruises or a bloody nose
just to learn a little extra.
But…be careful.
Pain is definitely a warning bell.

Now,
that understood,
the fellow who wrote me,
who studies matrixing,
sat down with his friend
and explained the facts of life.
He explained that pain is a warning sign,
and he told this fellow
about how to use energy,
how to move without risking the body,
and all sorts of things.

The fellow was blown away.
It made sense,
and he really started examining what he was doing,
and then he made a rather bizarre statement.
He was afraid that matrixing
would undo what he was learning,
and he was afraid that his instructor
wouldn’t like what he was learning.

He’s being taught to take a good kick in the balls,
but he’s afraid that getting out of the way
will end the experience of being kicked in the balls.
And he’s afraid that the guy who is kicking him in the balls
won’t like that he is learning not to be kicked in the balls.
Think about it.

The Chinese did not have logic,
nor did any of the Asian Martial Arts.
Over the millennium
they devised amazing systems,
systems based on the memorizing of random strings of data.
Sort of like running a two mile maze
to get from A to B,
which,
in truth,
was only a 100 yards apart.

These systems really are amazing,
but,
they are easily replaced by this thing called logic.
Good logic,
interestingly enough,
looks like common sense.
But,
you know common sense,
it’s not common.

Anyway,
the point here is that when you matrix
you are supposed to unlearn things.
You are supposed to take apart these random strings of data,
and put them together in a more logical format.

To be afraid that you aren’t unlearning,
is to be afraid of learning (logic).
Is to be trapped by mysticism.

And,
what is going to happen if you actually unlearn illogic,
and learn real logic?
Are you going to turn to stone?
Is your instructor going to take away your belt?
(you didn’t really learn anything, you fool!)
What?

Anyway,
i wish I had a good end to this tale I have just told you,
but my understanding is that the fellow
went back to systems of pain and randomity.
He didn’t pursue matrixing,
and you know what happens now…
in a few months or years
he will start figuring some of the stuff out
that he was told,
and he will say the incredible
‘We have that in our system.’
He won’t associate what he was told,
with what pops up in his head
in a few months or years.

Heck,
people will probably even be in awe of him,
such brilliance.

Ah, well,
that’s life.

But,
for those of you who aren’t afraid,
who have the ability to take things apart,
and simply fix them,
the name of the place is
MonsterMartialArts.com.

If you’re new to this stuff,
check out Matrix Karate.
If you’re old to the game,
just go through the site and figure out your next step.

And,
whatever you do,
have a great work out!
Al

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Finding the Truth of Bruce Lee

Newsletter 747
The Difference Between Bruce Lee and You

Good morning.
Awesome day for a work out.
Just fantastic.
Enjoy yourselves!

Okay,
so what is the difference between Bruce Lee and yourself?
Let me list some things,
and we will see how you fare.
Remember,
however,
this is to be used only to point you in directions,
to make you think about your work outs,
and what you want to do in the martial arts.
Other than that,
comparisons between people are sort of silly.
We are each unique,
you know?

So,
The Little Dragon studied a classical martial art.
Wing Chun.
Have you studied a classical martial art?
Bruce Lee wasn’t satisfied with that martial art.
Are you satisfied with your martial art?
Bruce found it not as workable as he wished,
found it lacking in conditioning,
and many other things.
Have you isolated your exact dissatisfaction
with your martial art?
Is it conditioning?
Is it too much freestyle, or forms, or…?
You need to know this so you can decide
what you want to do about it.

Bruce researched some 26 different martial arts.
How many martial arts have you researched?
Not just read an article about,
but delved into and found books and videos
and even talked to people from those arts?

Bruce Lee made connections between various Martial Arts.
He was mixing and matching between not just techniques,
but training methods,
and in this way he came up with his own training methods.
Have you gone through a variety of martial arts?
Looked for training methods that you can import
into your own martial art?

The Little Dragon was not politically correct.
He talked the talk,
and he was willing to put it on the line.
Fortunately,
he only had a couple of fights,
but he was willing to mix it up
with any fellow who came into his studio
and had a serious question.
Further,
he was willing to learn from what he observed,
and even to the point of fixing his own system.
This is an important point:
are you willing to let yourself be proved wrong?
And then learn from it?

The Dragon read voraciously
and his library of philosophical volumes
was supposed to number up to 5,000 books.
And he had read,
and could even quote
from those books.
How many books have you read?

Mr. Lee did what he wanted.
He started and stopped teaching,
had schools,
went to Hollywood,
went around the world,
talked to whoever he wanted.

He was,
in a word,
dedicated.
He was dedicated to finding the truth of his art,
and the truth of himself.
He succeeded by incredible willpower.
Are you wiling to make that commitment.

Interesting questions, eh?
And I’ve just touched the surface.

The thing to understand here
is that Bruce wanted matrixing.
Heck,
everybody wants matrixing.
Everybody wants a logic
that will make sense of their lives.
Everybody wants a method
by which they can understand the world.

Look at the ways he was organizing the martial arts.
He would list all the potentials of timing.
He lacked a matrix,
and there are doubtless still holes,
but this can be credited to the fact
that he was slanting himself
towards a certain combat efficiency.

He tried to list all the potentials for ways of attacking,
he developed new ways of training chi sao (sticky hands),
and on and on and on.

And all because he was dedicated,
and dedicated to learning everything he could
about all martial arts.
He just lacked matrixing
to make sure he got it all,
and to make sure the organization was correct.

Here’s an interesting concept,
when I matrixed time on the Matrix Kung Fu course,
I left out split timing
because it was too obvious.
Yet Bruce’s understanding of timing
doesn’t include what is on my matrix
on that course.

I tell you,
I really enjoy going over what Bruce did,
and comparing it to what I did.
Lot of food for thought there.

Anyway,
think about the questions I’ve posed here,
and consider whether you have sufficiently
compared and contrasted
enough martial arts,
and more important,
whether you have a method
by which you can make sure your art is logical,
and fits together as a whole.

Here’s the link to Matrix Kung Fu.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/matrix-kung-fu/

It has a matrix for timing
that will totally educate you
as to what timing is,
and how to use it.
The funny thing is,
accept for the fact it is about timing,
it addresses an entirely different subject,
but without that subject
you can’t really understand what timing is.
Odd.
But that’s what matrixing does,
it makes the connections you never would have seen.

Have a great work out!
Al

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/matrix-kung-fu/

http://www.amazon.com/Matrixing-Tong-Bei-Internal-Gung/dp/1507869290/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423678613&sr=8-1&keywords=tong+bei

Dancing Martial Arts…How Gay!

Better Martial Arts Movements

Happy New Year!
And happy work out…
every day for the next 365 days.
You deserve it.

Here’s something I realized,
which helped me,
hope it helps you.

karate training manualI was reading a forum the other day,
it was some offbeat subject
on some martial arts forum,
and this guy did a rant on old movie musicals.
We’re talking people like Fred Astair, Gene Kelly, and so on.

This fellow said something like,
“These old black and white movies are gay!
How could anybody watch a guy and a girl,
dance for five minutes!
And there’s even movies where two guys are dancing!
how gay!”

How interesting.
Art is gay.
And he was holding himself up as a martial artist.
Maybe he was too much martial?
And not enough artist?

To be sure, dancing is not martial arts,
there is not much in the way of fist and defense.
But dancing is motion,
and martial arts have motion,
so the two have common ground.
Further,
I have seen many martial artists who were good,
but could have been better,
had they a bit of the poise and grace.

And,
here’s an interesting tidbit,
before I discovered martial arts,
when I was going to high school,
and then college,
I used to be a thespian.
That’s right,
an actor.
And I was in all the plays and musicals
that my schools had to offer.
Loved it.
Good looking girls there, too.
But,
good looking girls aside
(can’t believe I said that!)
one time I was in the play
West Side Story.
I was one of the Sharks.
And we were choreographing the big rumble
between the Sharks and Jets,
and I picked out the biggest guy I could,
and I went to him with an idea.
I hit you,
you hit me,
then I hit and you duck,
and you pick me up and throw me over your shoulder.
Man,
it was great!
We rehearsed it,
went to the director and showed her what we had.
She loved it!
So the night of the play
the rumble started.
I swung and he acted like I had hit him,
then he swung,
and hit me.
Bingo…right on the jaw,
and I was out like a light.
In front of 500 people,
The audience didn’t realize what had happened,
but the director did,
and my partner did,
and somehow,
I don’t know how,
I managed to come to enough to stagger off stage.
But I was knocked out.
So much for dancing being non-violent.

Anyway,
the big hint I wanted to give you has to do with this.
During the holidays they sometimes play old movies on TV.
Find the ones with Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly,
look for some other names,
check out how the masters move.

There was a fellow name of Baryshnikov,
considered the best in the world at ballet,
and he said his favorite dancer was Fred Astaire,
wished he could move like him.

Fred would do things like dance with a standing lamp.
He would roll that thing around,
tilt it and catch it
until you thought the standing lamp was alive!
There is never a hesitation,
never a hint of a stall,
it is actually one of the ONLY examples
of perfection in motion
on this planet.

Now if only a standing lamp was a martial arts weapon, eh?
We’d all be practicing the Fred Astaire Kata.

And,
not to leave out the gals,
Fred had a partner name of Ginger Rogers,
and one time some reporter asked her
if it was difficult to dance with Fred.
She replied,
“Heck, I did everything he did,
backwards,
and in high heels.”

Now that is perfection of motion.

So drive safe tonight,
or just stay home and do your imbibing,
and check out some of these masters of motion
and see if you can pick up anything about balance,
grace and poise,
or anything else
that will help make your kata perfect.

Happy New Year
and have 365 great work outs!
Al

Last day of the Two for One Special!
Read about it here!

https://alcase.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/special-martial-arts-xmas-present/

 Three Ways to Transform Yourself in the Martial Arts

Three Martial Arts Drills… 

Merry HanaKwanMass!
it’s time to think about a New Year!
What art do you want to learn next year?
What arts do you want to learn?
Make the thought now,
get started now
on making your plans.

perfect martial arts body bookLet me tell you something you don’t know.
My Xmas pres to you,
something you don’t know.
It’s the present that will last,
because you’re going to think about it,
and it will change you,
and you will find that this simple fact
has a LOT to do with the martial arts.

Here go…
Did you know that emotion is 90% hearing,
and 10% seeing?

It’s true.

Music is filled with emotion,
people’s voices are filled with emotion,
but you look at somebody
you don’t feel much emotion,
actually,
unless you know the person,
and even then have been apart from them for some time,
you actually tend to judge them.

Now,
there are ALL sorts of ‘what ifs’ to this,
but generally speaking,
it’s true.

So what does this have to do with the martial arts?

Simply this,
when you face somebody,
on the mat or on the street,
you trust your eyes.
Heck,
if everybody is yelling,
then you have to trust your eyes.
You use your eyes,
and you analyze what is happening.

So the breakdown goes like this.

Hearing is emotion,
seeing is judgmental,
and seeing through the martial arts is analysis.
Thus,
the importance of the martial arts
as a learning experience,
as a way to get over the desire to judge others,
instead of see them as they are.

Now,
if you are astute,
then you realize that I have given you the key
to world peace,
and,
to peace within yourself.

understanding this datum,
that hearing is emotion,
seeing is judgmental,
martial arts transforms judgment into analysis,
and thus wisdom,
will change you,
a subtle but immeasurable but infinite change.

Now,
the problem is that this change
from judgement to the ability to analyze
takes a long time.

Most martial arts take two to three decades
to transform the individual.
So a guy takes the martial arts,
learns to beat somebody up,
and thinks that’s all.
Quits the arts.
Yikes!
He is actually going AGAINST world peace,
and peace within.

(You can’t have world peace
unless enough people have peace within)

So you either have to do the martial arts long enough,
or do them intensely enough,
to transform yourself from judgement to analysis.
And that’s where Matixing comes in.

The biggest enemy Matrixing has
is the martial artist who thinks he knows it all.

At best,
he passes down the art,
transforms people in the same old same old
slow
way.
At worst,
his art has time to warp and twist and leave the true.
And,
let me tell you,
the worst is more likely to happen
than the best.

But when you matrix
you learn to find the things you don’t know.
You find the blank spots
the things you didn’t understand,
and the art speeds up.

Awareness progresses
according to the speed at which
you discover what you don’t know.

This is an absolute.

The problem is that people go only as fast as they are bound.
Bound by what they know,
which hides what they don’t know.

Okay,
you’re probably swimming by now,
so let me back off a bit,
and give you a couple of exercises
to help you grok this data.

First,
do matrixing.
Matrix your forms,
matrix your art,
matrix yourself.
That’s easy to do,
just get a MonsterMartialArt.com course
and go for it.

Second,
go out in the woods,
where there are no sounds of civilization,
sit,
close your eyes,
and listen.

Listen as if you are watching TV.
The same attention,
the same raptness,
but the whole world is now your TV.
At first thoughts will intrude,
but keep shoving them aside,
and learn to listen,
and you will shortly enter a world,
a world of emotion beyond emotion,
that you never knew existed.

Third,
take a day and don’t talk.
Tell your friends the day before,
have a card printed up if you need to,
but don’t talk.

Obviously it should be a day you don’t have to go to work.
Then,
wait a week or two,
and do it again.
A few days of no talking,
and you will enter a realm
where you learn to communicate with the eyes,
and you will see things
that have been passing you by.
Your eyes will open
and you will see a different world.
A world without judgment.

Okay,
those are your three steps,
fun to do,
takes some discipline,
but the results will knock you for a loop.

Okaley dokaly
Remember,
I have two specials on…

One,
Rolling Fists is half price,
because I have a bunch of labels
that faded.
Email me for details.
(aganzul@gmail.com)

Two,
the HanaKwanMass two for one special!
Good until Jan 1.
Get any course,
and email me afterward
for any other course
of equal or lesser value!

Simply go to
http://monstermartialarts.com
and run wild.
Kid in a candy store,
Eureka!
And find the martial arts you want to learn this next year.

Remember,
learn the truth about emotions,
transform judgment into the ability to analyze,
and Matrix yourself.

The world will be a better place.

Happy New Year
and have a great work out!
Al