Category Archives: kenpo

How Bad Martial Arts Techniques Work

Here’s a Bad Karate Technique!

Sort of interesting, but the martial arts usually travel through a filter; somebody tells you what a good technique and a bad martial arts technique is.

But, most times, the person doing the filtering, passing on the bad news, simply doesn’t understand the move.

I’ve written a thorough paper on a specific Karate move, out of the classical kata, and described why it is thought of as a bad technique, but is really a phenomenal technique.

If, of course, you are looking past the idea of karate as simply fighting, and are looking for the deeper truths of Karate.

Anyway, the technique should on Academia at this link.

The Truth of Bad Martial Arts Techniques!

Have a great martial arts work out!

The Difference Between Tai Chi Chuan and Karate

Tai Chi Chuan vs Karate

One of my work out partners,
way back in the Kang Duk Won,
decided he was going to do Tai Chi Chuan.
He figured it would be easy,
because of his karate conditioning.
He threw his back out so badly
it took him two years to recover.

Soft, flowing Tai Chi Chuan,
and it was too tough for a young karate guy.
What’s wrong with that picture, eh?

What is wrong is simple,
when Bruce, my friend,
did Tai Chi he thought he could just do a karate kick slowly.
But karate is fast and explosive,
the leg is out and back,
in Tai Chi the muscles have to strain to keep the leg up.
And I mean a whole sequence of muscles.
Bruce’s muscles,
though karate powerful,
couldn’t support the leg for an extended period of time,
and the result of his attempting to do such a thing
disrupted the muscles
all the way back to the spine..

Now isn’t that interesting,
tai chi chuan has more ‘weight lifting’
in its moves.
Karate has the fast explosion,
and the muscle tightening (focus)
builds the muscles.
But those muscles are built
at the beginning and end of the move.
In Tai Chi the muscles must support the weight,
throughout the move,
for a long(er) period of time.

A simple difference,
but it leads to an important concept.

Karate is explosive energy.
Tai Chi is suspended energy.

The difference manifests in movements,
in timing,
in focus of concentration,
in emptiness,
in energy.

Now we could actually analyze these differences
from different points of view.
But what I’ve said here is probably the best point to start.

Not speed,
not sensitivity,
though those are important,
but defining how energy is actually used.
Because how energy is used
defines the other terms.
This concept is core.

This is not to discourage you from trying,
but to caution you,
and help you make the transition.

If you do your karate forms slowly,
and round out the edges of your motion,
you can get Tai Chi power.
Just take it easy when you begin.

If you do your Tai Chi forms fast,
you can find Karate power,
and pretty easily.
But you do have to adapt to a different mind set.

Explosive and slow
two sides to a coin,
two sides to the martial arts.
And there are many more sides that these concepts can lead to.

Here’s the link to the Five Army Tai Chi Chuan course.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/five-army-tai-chi-chuan/

Have a great work out!
Al

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The True Spirituality of the Martial Arts

The First Lesson in the Martial Arts

I was teaching today,
first time in a long time,
first time since I went through the shoulder injury,
and operation and rehab,
and,
man, it felt good.
Back in the saddle again.
Thanks, Nick.

master yoga martial artAnd,
I was reminded of one of the first things
I ever tell people.
Sort of important,
because I get emails from people
who ask about spirituality.
So here is the basic lesson,
usually the first lesson,
I teach people,
and it is about spirituality.

Invariably,
people will think they made a mistake,
they will usually even apologize.
I say,
‘What?’
They say,
‘I’m sorry.’
I ask, ‘For what?’

Here’s the point,
The student never makes a mistake.
He makes decisions based on the data he has.
If he comes up with an answer that doesn’t fit
he isn’t wrong.
He just needs to go over the material some more.

And here is the lesson…

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS RIGHT AND WRONG!

There is right,
and there is almost right,
not quite right,
and so on,
but there is no wrong.

The problem is that people have grown up in a society
where people make other people right or wrong.
You ran the red light!
YOU’RE WRONG!
You get a ticket.

Well, actually,
you ran the red light based on certain data.
The data might have been off,
but it doesn’t make you wrong.

It makes you the ‘victim’ of a government
that exists through the action
of making people right or wrong.

Some guy slaps his kid.
He’s not wrong,
he was raised by being slapped,
it is the viewpoint he has accepted.

Now,
we know what is wrong here,
running a red light or slapping a kid,
it is easier to say somebody is wrong,
than to understand them.

The government thinks that penalizing you
will make you more aware.
But hitting people doesn’t make them smarter.
Quite the opposite.

So here is the point:
do you want to be a spiritual person?
Then make people right.
Give up,
totally,
the idea of wrong.

Teach a kid,
show a worker the correct way,
share a good time,
make people right.

Not wrong.

This is an old concept.

Ever heard of:
Do unto others…?

This is because the universe is basically
a mirror for ourselves.

As you do,
so shall ye reap.

If you make somebody wrong,
then you are wrong.

If you make somebody right,
then you are right.

So,
which do you want to be?
What kind of universe do you want to live in?

And this is,
invariably,
the first lesson I teach.

some people get it quick.
Some slow.
But if I keep saying it,
then it works.
Students get better.
Students become better teachers.
And everybody becomes more spiritual.
More aware.
More…understanding.

Okay!
Here’s a list of books I have written

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/

Check them out,
see which ones interest you,
fill out your library,
expand your understanding of the martial arts,
and of yourself.

Have a great work out!

Al

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Myth and Mysticism in the Martial Arts!

Myth Versus Mysticism in the Martial Arts

Do you study Karate? Or kung fu or kenpo or Taekwondo? Or even Mixed Martial Arts? Then let me ask you a question.

Would you turn in your car for a horse and buggy?

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Why not? After all, the horse and buggy is the old standard. Will never blow a fuse. You’ll get a thousand gallops before the old girl keels over. So why not?

Okay, so let’s rephrase that…would you give up your horse and buggy for a car?

Sort of a silly question, isn’t it?

So let’s talk martial arts.

Your kung fu or Kenpo, your Karate or Jujitsu, those are horse and buggy. They are routines based on mysticism. They are born of legends which cannot be proved.

Mind you, they were great in their day, but why not put them aside for something a little more scientific?

Here’s the thing, people are taught monkey see monkey do. They learn methods based on the movements of the tiger, or some old nun, or some cosmogony that may or may not bear much resemblance to reality.

They are not taught scientifically.

Yes, the arts work, but here’s the question…do you want to ride a horse across the US? Or take a car?

Heck, the car is going to be ten times faster, easier on the bones, and fun.

The horse might be…fun.

The car is built scientifically.

The horse is a miracle of evolution…but it is not a scientifically designed mode of transportation. It is slow, requires constant feeding, and leaves noxious waste.

The car is…fast.

So what do you want to do? Keep going with the old mystical mystic stuff?

Or learn ten times faster?

Interesting choice, eh?

If you want to understand something, not just do it blindly, then you need Matrixing. And you can find matrixed martial arts at MonsterMartialArts.com.

To Understand the Martial Arts

Newsletter 763
To Understand the Martial Arts

Happy June!
Perfect month for working out!
All you guys and gals out for the summer,
have you set your goal?
Do you know what martial art
you want to learn this summer?

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hard martial arts workout

This guy understood Zen!

Okay,
there was a question I read
on a forum the other day,
the question was
what martial arts book is the best?
Interesting question.
What was more interesting
was that people didn’t understand it.

There were a few answers,
no matrixing books,
unfortunately,
but that will eventually happen.

The Book of Five Rings was there.
Moving Zen was there,
but that was as close as they got.
And at the bottom of the scroll was the most amazing comment.
‘I don’t underestand.’

That was it.
I don’t understand,
and therein lies the problem of mankind.

When I don’t understand something,
I usually go out and find some written material,
find out what it is about.
So here is a guy who studies martial arts,
doesn’t understand.
So he doesn’t read books,
doesn’t know the relationship of zen and Tao and all that,
to the martial arts.
Really doesn’t understand
that an art is the manifestation of spirit.
He just goes along,
day after day,
monkey see monkey do.

What is the value of his life?

Does he just drink beer and think the stars are cool?
Does he even know where he is going?
For that matter,
does he even know that he is?
What is the point of his life?

Without understanding,
what is the point of anything?
Might just as well be a monkey,
swinging from tree to tree.

I remember reading ‘Zen Flesh, Zen Bones,’
and being so totally away,
lightening in the skies,
you know?

And when I read these books,
I somehow tapped into more resources.
I had more energy.
I had the idea
that if i could master myself,
if I could control myself,
I could find out the truth.

And here’s a guy,
might even be a black belt,
for all I know,
and he doesn’t understand.

Mind you,
there’s nothing wrong with not understanding,
but there is something wrong,
if he doesn’t want to solve it,
doesn’t want to find understanding.

No understanding and you are pavlov’s dog,
drooling on command,
buying what the advertisers want you to buy,
accepting what the government says,
never objecting,
just nodding and…and drooling.

Ah, well.
I’m probably preaching to the choir here.
If you guys ordered any matrix courses,
then you wanted to understand the martial arts.

Of course,
the real shame of it,
is when some guy thinks he understands,
thinks he knows what I’m saying,
and hasn’t done a matrix course.
Then he’s just delusional.

So,
not sure where to go with this rant,
I was just so blown away,
hate to give anybody a bummer,
but the real solution,
is to find out.
To get a little light in your skull,
to read,
to work out and figure out
the relationship between reading and working out.
To find understanding
for what it is you are really doing in the martial arts.

To find the mystery of Chi
to cement your understanding of history
to collect ‘volumes’ of forms and styles,
to be quite and incisive in your thinking.

And that’s all pretty easy if you matrix.

Have you taken a look at:
Matrixing: the Master Text?

You should.
It has all the data on matrixing.
It has matrixes I for the various arts,
taken from the various courses.
It shows you the complete geography of the MartialArts,
and how I figured it out.

One thing is sure,
if you read
Matrixing: The Master Text,
you will understand.

You will understand the martial arts
better than all the people
who have not matrixed.

Makes you the great master,
you know?

Here’s the link…

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/2f-matrixing-the-master-text/

Have a great June work out!

Al

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Don’t Break ANY of these Martial Arts Laws!

A Martial Arts Lesson for Lawbreakers!

Good evening!
Gonna be a GREAT weekend!
Cause you’re gonna have a GREAT work out!

Got an announcement coming up,
but before we get into that,
let’s have a hoot or two.

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tekki one

Kima Chasie ~ Horse Meditation

Did you know that in Foxboro, MA
no martial artist can practice if his shoes are untied.
Got to be true, eh?
I sort of remember that Karate guys work out in bare feet,
but,
maybe they mean all the other martial arts guys/

And,
in Sutherland, Iowa
it is strictly forbidden
to kick the hat off somebody’s head
using martial arts.
I guess if you can kick a hat off
and you don’t know martial arts,
it’s okay.
I mean,
I don’t know for sure,
some of these furshlugginer martial arts laws
are tuff to figger out!

And,
in Casper, Wyoming,
martial arts experts may not wear goatees,
they are illegal
unless one has the appropriate and special permit.
Now that is experts,
which would be black belts,
so i suppose one could have a goatee
until they reached black belt,
then they would have to shave that sucker off.

Now,
to be honest,
I am a wee bit unsure of the veracity of these legislations.
Although,
again to be honest,
anything is possible in Obama’s America.

That said,
I will assume that these laws are true,
until somebody from
Foboro, Sutherland, or Casper,
writes to me and tells me otherwise.
And,
it gos without saying,
I will be extra careful if I am ever caught in those towns.
If I am not caught,
I probably won’t be careful.
You know how that is.

So,
I have a special release coming.
It’s actually going to be a re-release,
but,
it is the introduction to that release
that is going to be the most interesting.
Here is the title of the book
that is being prepared
for that special release.

The Truth About Matrixing
(The First and Only Science of the Martial Arts)

or

How to Grow a Martial Art from the Ground Up

or

The Scientific Way to Enlightenment in the Martial Arts.

Quite a title, eh?
But I’m pretty serious about it.
But here’s the thing,
there’s too many people
who just pass on by,
who look at the website,
think I’m a scam,
aren’t willing to learn anything
outside of their small world.

So I am going to poke my finger in their eye.
I’m going to tell the truth about Matrixing,
I’m going to enlighten people,
show them how matrixing really works,
and let the cards fall where they may.

When you think about it,
it’s not right.

People go to school,
they learn things,
and most of what they learn is bushwah.
Lies.
So,
here comes the truth,
and we’ll see what happens.

Anyway,
I’ll tell you more about it
in the next newsletter or two.
And I’ll arrange that you get a chance
to get this once in a lifetime freebie.

Cruel.
All these people who have been saying no,
get it for free.
But you,
who believe,
are going to have to do something for it.
But that’s okay.
It’s a good cause.
A matrixed world,
a world full of matrixed martial arts,
is definitely worth doing something extra.

Okay ka-dokay!
That’s all I’m going to say.
I’m still working on it,
very intense,
but we’ll get there.

In the meantime,
I meant what i said
at the beginning of this newsletter.
you really are going to have a GREAT weekend.
And you really are going to have a GREAT work out!

So go for it,
and I’ll keep you updated on this release,
as it gets closer,
and closer.

Al

PS
Here’s a link for you!

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/five-army-tai-chi-chuan/

Check it out, watch the video,
and know that it is all simple and logical
if you just matrix.

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Why You MUST Learn Two Martial Arts

Why You Should Learn a Second Martial Art

What a way to start the week!
A great work out,
that is the only way.
So go do it,
and I’ll tap my toes until you’re back.

Welcome back!

Hey,
let me explain why you should learn a second martial art.
I know,
many of you already understand,
especially if you have already learnt other arts.
But here goes…

black belt yoga styleflykickFirst,
if you know a hard martial art,
there is TREMENDOUS benefit
in knowing a soft martial art.
Honestly,
it changes the way you think about your hard art,
and improves your abilities at your hard art.

For instance,
if you know Karate,
the highest realm of karate
is done with softness.
You still snap your blocks,
but you use less energy to create more impact.
You may not understand this
if you only learn a hard art,
but it will likely become obvious if you learn a soft art.

And if you know a soft art,
you should learn a hard art.
So many people can’t make their soft arts work,
but if they do a hard art,
they learn ALL sorts of things about reality,
about impact,
about what a punch really is,
and then their soft art works so-o-o much better.

And even things like health benefits
work MUCH better
if you understand how your art really works.

Now,
that is the obvious answer,
a simply hard to soft, soft to hard concept.
But,
let’s talk about ALL the arts.

One reason for learning as many arts as you can
is that it improves your understanding
of the different ranges of the martial arts.
Taekwondo might give you feet,
Karate might give you hands,
jujitsu might give you throws,
and so on.

Blending all these arts will make you
a more complete martial artist.

There is also the geometric aspect to the arts.
Each art describes different geometries,
or ways of manifesting and handling energy.

Karate is a hard line with impact.
Kung Fu is more circular with impact.
Aikido is circular with no impact.
Tai Chi is circular but with soft impact.

And so on.

Now,
obviously,
my descriptions are going to be liquid.
Different people will see and absorb
different arts in different manners.

But this is a start.

Here is an article in which I discuss some of this stuff…

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts-articles/american-martial-arts-are-going-bad/

And,
the above all being noted,
let me offer one other thing.
Matrixing is the only thing that will allow you
to combine martial arts
so they come together smoothly.

For instance,
shotokan is a solid stance platform
that does not support the circular hands of Kenpo.
Yet,
enough matrixing,
and you will see how to do this.

And there are examples of this ‘non-meshing’
in virtually every possible combination of arts.
But matrixing willg et you through it
so it all makes sense,
and so that all arts become one.

Okay,
here’s a package that will save you money.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/5-core-package/

And there are other packages at MonsterMartialArts
that will save you money,
and make you into a more complete martial artist.

Remember,
the more complete your arts are,
the more complete you are.

Have a great work out!
Al

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Yoga Fixes Body Easily!

Yoga (The Yoga Kata)

Yoga has been around for thousands of years. Yoga asanas, or postures, were being done by people for this period of time for one simple reason: they work. The interesting thing is that they work, in spite of the fact that they are, for the most part, being done wrong.

I stumbled across this fact as a result of my studies in the martial arts. I studied martial arts for years and years, for decades, and finally realized that I was trying too hard. I was using all my muscles, all my energy, and it was a waste.

New Book on Yoga. Click the cover!

New Book on Yoga. Click the cover!

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It was a waste because how tense your muscles are doesn’t have much to do with how hard you hit. What matters is how relaxed you are. For when you are relaxed you can deliver the punch more efficiently.

If you are tense you are actually working against yourself, against your own body and mind. You are locking up muscles and actually stopping the flow of energy that results in efficient motion.

The problem was that nobody understood this. Instead, karate instructors would train people and wait for them to get tired of using so much effort, would wait for them, after some years, to start relaxing when they executed the moves.

Waiting for a student to get tired is not very efficient. Especially when compared to instructing them on when and how to relax.

In Yoga people are put in postures, and they stay that way, and the instructors, often sadistic animals, chuckle as the student undergoes the effort and the strain and the pain. Heck, we’ve all heard them chuckling and expounding on how easy it is.

But they don’t tell people how to make easy. Even if they do understand, they are often so filled with their own cleverness that they don’t take the time to make the simple explanations.

It’s one of those things of: ‘We’ve always done it this way!’ And no real understanding.

The truth is that effort, strain and pain can actually result in injuries.

The correct procedure should be to encourage the student to relax. Not to put him in difficult poses and wait for a year or two until he finally relaxes, but to educate him as to how to relax individual muscles.

When an instructor does this the student suddenly gets better. He enters more and more difficult poses not by trying harder, but by relaxing his body, by learning that his muscles are fighting, and he must give them commands to relax.

The interesting phenomena is that the student’s mind will not clear out until he has relaxed.

Well, of course. A straining mind is not empty, is not clear of distractions, it is filled with one, huge distraction.

The author will tell you more at Yogata.

How the Kenpo Belt Rank System changed the Martial Arts

The Kenpo Belt Rank System

The Kenpo Belt Rank System is an interesting, little work. It is divided into a colored ranking system that goes like this: white, orange, purple, blue, green, brown (3 ranks), and Black Belt (multiple ranks).

kenpo karate system training manual

150 Kenpo techniques scientifically analyzed.

There is a problem with this, which I will describe in a second, but first, let me tell how the belt system came about.

Originally there were fewer colors. Some hold only a white belt and black belt, but most belt systems, at least inKarate, had four colors. white, Green, Brown, and Black Belt.

Students of Ed Parker, the Tracy Brothers came a cross a dance instructor from Fred Murray Dance Studios, and he showed the brothers how to put students on contracts. This was a boon to the hard working karate instructor, for it enabled him to hold people to contracts, and therefore paying dues longer.

The problem was that there were so many techniques to be dispersed through the belts. Thus, the kenpo karate techniques were divided into 8 groups, which turned out to be about 40 techniques per belt.

Students were taught a technique every lesson, thus keeping them on a belt level for 20 weeks. 8 times 20 and you have 160 weeks, divided by 50 weeks in a year, and you have three polls years to get to black belt. And, it actually took about four years.

A complete system of Kenpo, including 150 techniques, made to work.

A complete system of Kenpo, including 150 techniques, made to work.

The problem was that before that people earned their black belts in a fraction of the time. Mike stone, arguably the best karate tournament fighter in the world, got his black belt in 7 months.

Now, if somebody like Mike Stone came along, he couldn’t earn his black belt fast, but was stuck in the time scheme of four years.

In other words, he could only go as fast as the contract allowed. The odd thing was that people loved it. Although, to be honest, this writer thinks they loved it because of the intimacy and efficiency of the private lesson.

Anyway, one can argue about this, dispute it if they wish, and so what. People either buy into it or not, and that is up to the person.

As for myself, I was to test for brown belt, and I got drafted, and then, when free again, I joined a different school.

The belt ranking system in this school was 8 belts, but there were only four colors: white, green, brown, and black belt. Each color had a level or two in it.

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Making Kenpo Karate unique to every individual.

And, the odd thing, we weren’t on contract, and people could go as fast as they learned the material. This made us work harder, for we could see the end of the race, and didn’t feel we had to go around the track three or four extra times.

So we had people who earned a black belt in a couple of years, and sometimes less.

Oddly, time was increasing to black belt, but that was because karate, and then Kung Fu (courtesy of Bruce Lee) was popular, new systems were being discovered, and more forms and techniques were being added to the system.

So I made it through, just in time, I might add.

And that is the story, plus a couple of extras thrown in, about how the Kenpo Belt system came to be.

If you want to break out of the forced time to black belt, it is recommended that you start studying on your own, outside of school, and accumulate sufficient information so that you know what works, especially in Kenpo, and have a large database of martial arts knowledge.

Check out the ‘Creating Kenpo Karate’ series by Al Case. It has 150 techniques completely and scientifically analyzed, plus a wealth of data concerning how to make any martial art system efficient and workable.

This has been an article about the Kenpo Belt Rank System.

Matrixing Breakthrough with The Map!

How did Matrixing the Martial Arts Start?

martial arts retreat

Do you know the truth of the martial arts?

What was the inspiration of Matrixing? 

How did it get started?

How does it work?

How did it develop?

Interesting questions  all, and I have answered them in an article on The Map of the Martial Arts.

https://www.academia.edu/11674384/Matrixing_the_Martial_Arts_with_The_Map

I used graphics from ‘Matrixing: The Master Text,’ which have not been seen before.

I go into what exactly led to me drawing The Map, then I show the thought processes that came about because of The Map.

It’s pretty interesting stuff, as it has never been done before.

So, if you want to accelerate your martial arts, check out this page.

https://www.academia.edu/11674384/Matrixing_the_Martial_Arts_with_The_Map

and have a great work out!

Al