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Don’t Take a Gun to a Martial Arts Fight!

Gunfighters Take Second Place to Martial Arts Fighter!

I get all sorts of emags, having to do with martial arts, of course, and prepping, and that includes a lot of knife and gun mags.

Hey, guns ARE (regardless of what I am about to say) Martial Arts weapons.

But, the point I read in the latest emag I received was that most people, during frantic panic, will miss the target if that target is over 10 or 12 feet away.

gunfighters and martial artistsNow, jump up and run across the room as fast as you can. That’s the distance you have to worry about in a gunfight, and you covered it in a second and a half, and now the weapon is somewhat negated and you are into the down and dirty, close combat, kill with your bare hands before he kills you!

Now, don’t go crazy on me, I know there are all sorts of what ifs right here, but this scenario does have enough truth to it that it should be considered. And, considered, I come up with one definite truth: a person, regardless of all factors, needs fast reactions, strength, and a mad ‘alpha’ dog attitude towards life and fighting.

Here’s the sad truth, most guys who preach guns do not spend time on the mat, do not hone their reflexes and reactions so they are razor sharp, are not in the best shape of their lives.

They will lose hand to hand.

But, they believe in guns.

And, before anybody goes mad ‘alpha’ dog on me, my compliments to you if you have seen to your physical shape and shoot guns.

But I see too many fellows at the gun shows who have large bellies and start wheezing if they have to do more than turn a wrench.

So, there is a basic unfairness here, it seems like I am attacking gunsters, and just because I love martial arts, but the truth is that I just believe that if you are going to hold a hunk of metal that is going to pop out a life ending punch with the twitch of a trigger finger, you should also make sure that you have your muscles lean and mean.

So ease up on the beer and pretzels, head down to the Karate dojo or the Taekwondo dojang.

Get a course on the internet for tai chi chuan, if you are in really bad shape. Or just start doing some squats and push ups, even if you need to hold on to something or do them from your knees. Heck, go take a darned Yoga class if you have to!

The point here is that guns are great, but you need fast reactions, if you are going to use them efficiently, and you need to be in good shape for that.

This has been an article about what would happen if you took a gun to a martial arts fight.

It has been presented by MonsterMartialArts.com, where you can split the difference between martial arts and guns by ordering the BEST knife fighting course on the planet.

Mad Dog Knife Fighting!

Knife Attacks if You Don’t Know Anything!

Good Lord…
I am living in the Dojo in the Sky!
That’s what it is up here at Monkeyland,
and I wish you could all be here!
But,
if you can’t,
make sure you work out!

karate kung fu pa kua chang martial arts book

Click on the Cover!

Your body is the temple,
so make sure it is pure
and deserving of you!

Okay,
I’ve got the samurai sword book on hold.
It’s just too busy,
too many things happening,
so it will be a few months.

I’ve got an author signing
coming up end of May
down in Santa Maria.
Gonna be fun.

And,
I’m trying to get my books in Barnes and Noble,
that is taking some work,
so I’m too busy to do the sword book.

Heck,
you can’t just snap out a book on
how to handle a samurai sword.

So,
that said,
let me at least talk about knife attacks.
I just wrote a guest blog
for SwordsoftheEast,
and I go into how to handle a knife attack
if you don’t know NUTTIN’

So here are the salient points.

First,
if somebody comes at you with a knife,
back up!
Create some distance!
Throw stuff at him,
knock stuff over so he has to step around,
and YELL.

Especially if he says not to say anything.
Heck,
if somebody tells you not to yell,
they are scared of yelling,
so…YELL!

Second,
if you can,
wrap something around your arm.
Your jacket,
a shirt,
even just hold a pillow.
The idea is you want the guy to cut that,
not you.

Third,
there are many ways to hold a knife,
but the two basic ones are:
with the knife coming out of the ‘thumb end’ of your hand,
the sharp edge down.
Could be down or up,
but down is better for any
up and down motion of the hand.
And:
with the knife coming out of the bottom of the fist,
the sharp edge facing away from your knuckles.

The idea here is to slash back and forth,
as you try to get away,
and if you need to use the knife,
you can just punch,
and the blade is projected as part of the punching motion.

I know,
there are a lot of holes here,
but the idea is to cut without being cut,
to get away,
and remember,
I am offering this
as if you are a novice.

Okay,
here’s the important stuff.
If you can’t yell or avoid,
and if you see the knife fight is going to happen,
then you have to change your mental attitude.

DO NOT become a victim.
Spit in his eyes,
throw the change in your pocket at his face,
and when he flinches,
kick him.
And when he lowers his hands,
poke at the eyes.
And when he protects the eyes,
kick him,
and so on.
Go up and down,
do what he doesn’t expect,
set him up,
and get…MAD DOG!

You have to offset the idea
that he is more deadly
because he has a weapon.
You have to.
So mount some viciousness.
Go after him.
Bite him.
Get…MAD DOG!

I knew a fellow once,
he was jumped by three fellows
while he was moving out of his apartment.
He grabbed a dish,
A DISH!
and he went after those suckers,
screaming and yelling,
chased them down three flights of stairs and down the street.
In his mind,
he was angry,
enraged,
and his dish became larger than their knives!

And that’s what YOU have to do!

Remember,
one fellow doing right in his life,
is worth ANY number of people
who are doing wrong.
That is ethical,
and it is right,
and you have to be willing.

Got it?

Okay.

And,
the last thing…
if you plan for something,
it probably won’t happen.

I can’t tell you the number of people I’ve taught,
who said they were scared,
were in situations,
and after they started,
those situations stopped happening.

So go learn something.
Educate yourself.
Take a class,
even a seminar,
on knife fighting,
or other weapons.

Educate yourself.
That will get you to the frame of mind you need,
to the techniques and body condition that you need
to survive.

And,
take it from me,
a guy or girl like you deserves to survive.

And,
if you want to check it out,
Blinding Steel is my course on knife fighting.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/3a-blinding-steel-matrixing-weapons/

Now,
that all said,
you guys and gals have a great week.
It’s Easter,
you know,
so it is time to go ninja,
find all the eggs,
and do an extra week of spring break work outs!

Take care.
Al

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/3a-blinding-steel-matrixing-weapons/

Now,
‘nuff said,
you guys and gals have a GREAT work out.

Al

The Monkeyland Survival Guide

I remembered writing a Martial Arts article

back in the nineties,
and my editor actually added some stuff to it.
Very unusual,
he almost always
let my stuff slip through as written,
but this article mentioned the second amendment.

Did you know I was once kicked out of an airport
for carrying a kubotan?

A friggin’ keychain!
And, not as deadly as a sharpened pencil
if you happen to know how to use a sharpened pencil,
which I do.

But it got me ticked,
so I wrote the article,
and it was all on
the Department of Martial Arts.
(http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts-articles/martial-arts-laws-will-keep-you-legal/)

With all the laws passed to get rid of guns,
the point was that it was only a matter of time
before laws were passed
to get rid of martial arts.

You think not?

I once taught a fellow from the Soviet Union area,
and he was prohibited from studying martial arts.
Martial Arts were ONLY for police
and the sons of politicians.

Yes.
The sons of politicians.

Can anybody spell ‘Al Gore Junior?’

Anyway,
I thought this whole thing sort of silly,
until I ran into those kinds of experiences,
and realized how badly
our government has been abused.

And,
this morning I was thinking about it,
and I started laughing.

Did you know it is legal to carry a hammer down the street?
Do you know how much damage
you can do to somebody
with a balpeen hammer?
Heck,
you can put it in your belt,
walk into a police station with it,
twirl it around,
and nobody will even blink.

And,
now that we’re talking about it,
you can carry a handful of REALLY sharp nails in your fist.
Take out an eyeball with that one,
eh?
Or,
really feeling ballsy?
You can walk down the street with an ax.

It’s true!

And if anybody stops you,
you just say,
I’m on the way to a job,
or,
I’m going to my brother’s house.

What are they going to do?
Ban building tools?
Close down Home Depot?

It’s funny,
in this day and age
with things like nun chuck and sickles
on the endangered species list
nobody has started a martial art on farm tools.

Well,
anyway,
I was just thinking.
I hope you are, too.
Life’s too short not to think,
you know?

Now,
that all said,
I should mention
that this idea came from this manual I was writing.

The Monkeyland Survival Guide.

Well heck,
you all knew there’s a bit of the prepper in me.
Maybe even a lot.

So this is just one of the ideas in The Monkeyland Survival Guide.

The complete thing is over a hundred pages,
and it is the first three months of Monkeyland.
Complete with pictures.

The utter shock of moving into the wilderness,
of actually being off the grid.

No energy.

No water.

Wild animals.

People with guns.

This is what has actually happened.
Some of it will make you groan.
Some of it will make you laugh.

Some of it will make you question whether I really am
the leading martial arts thinker of our time.

I mean,
you’ll be slapping your head and saying,
‘He did…what?’

But…
once you get over the chuckles,
there are some serious questions here.

Want to put together a solar power system?
Like…right now?
Here’s how we did it.

Want to purify water?
Here’s how.

Want to know how to deal with life when
you don’t have a refrigerator…
you don’t have energy…
you don’t have TV…
and the animals are attacking you?

Want to be able to survive when
an atom bomb drops…
Want to continue living when
US currency stops being the world’s reserve?
Or how about something simple,
like an attack by Russians/terrorists/banksters/whatever?

How about this…
no matter what the event,
when the supermarkets run out…
would you like to know how to grow your own food?

This is the stuff we went through,
and it is hard core…fun.

That’s right.
FUN.

Because when you stop yelling at the TV for lying,
when you get out away from the government that tells you not to do anything…
WHEN YOU GET OFF YOUR ASS AND DO SOMETHING!
Then you are having fun.

You may not know it at the time…
but it is the time you will remember all your life.

It is the time you stepped up and did the job.

Here’s the link…

http://churchofmartialarts.com/bookstore/monkeyland-survival-guide/

And,
I just want to say a quick something.
Martial Arts are about survival,
and that means all kinds of survival.

Did you know that Mas Oyama went into the mountains
and trained in the freezing snow
for two years.

Did you know that Morihei Ueshiba,
went to northern Japan,
isolated himself in a farming community
for several years?

It’s all part of surviving,
of finding out who you are and what you can do.

No,
I don’t expect everybody to run screaming into the hills,
but you should at least have an idea
of how to survive beyond your forms and techniques.

So,
here it is,
a lot of good stuff
won by the dirt under my nails
and the headaches of really screwing up.
Take advantage now,
learn something outside of your normal experience,
and remember
you ten bucks is going to go directly
to helping Monkeyland.

Thanks.

Okay,
enjoy the week,
and have LOTS of good work outs,

Talk to you later…
Al

BTW,
here are some of the books from
The Ultimate Karate Encyclopedia:
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From Scholar to Martial Artist…and the Roots of Motion

How to Get Smarter In and Out of the Martial Arts

All right!
A great day for a work out!
So stand up and throw a few punches,
stretch those legs,
do a few forms,
and welcome back!

A long workout is great,
but if you don’t have the time,
just shoot for that frame of mind
that results when you really dig into yourself.
After all,
there is no reason you can’t go through a day
without feeling your best!

Here’s a couple of things I’ve done
which made me a better martial artist,
or didn’t.

Mind you,
they are from the scholars point of view,
so they might not be for everybody,
but maybe they will,
even if you’re not a bibliophile (book lover),
inspire you in some way.
I mean if something makes no sense,
tweak it around
until it makes sense.
Come up with something new in your work out.

And,
before I start,
let me recommend book larnin’.
Yes,
you can get a lot off the net,
but you can get more out of books.
Think of it this way.
How much will you get off a tweet?
You will get something like
140 characters. Maybe a hundred words.
How much are you going to learn from that?
So you go to a website,
but,
chances are,
that website is dedicated to selling something.
And,
if it isn’t,
what is the quality of information?
That’s a real loaded question!
I hate to say something crass,
but smart people try to get money,
to improve themselves,
and become better human beings.
That includes selling themselves,
selling products to improve their lifestyle,
and so on.

And,
if you disagree,
then think about the fact
that every time you meet somebody,
every time you offer a grin and a handshake,
you are selling yourself.

Anyway,
if you buy a magazine,
the articles are short blurbs.
They are a brief look at something
a titillation to get you to buy the magazine
month after month.
The information in a magazine is concise,
but it is brief,
only presents the subject.

Now,
if you buy a book
(or, better, a course)
then you get the whole thing.
Not just a blurb or a sum up.
You get the real information.
All the information.
So that is why I believe in books.

Simply,
the more information,
the more knowledge,
the better you are.
The better you can solve the world.

So,
remember I was doing the things
I am about to tell you
not just as a martial artist,
but as a writer.
The two complemented each other wonderfully,
very yin and yang.

I wrote a book in two days.
It was terrible,
a piece of $%^&*(,
and I immediateluy threw it away.
But,
I forced myself to do it because
the longer the work out,
the more exhausted you get,
the deeper you get into yourself.
I really came out of that experience
a harder, smarter person.

So why not get together with a couple of friends,
and make the agreement
that you are going to do forms for a solid day.
Maybe 9 to 6
with an hour for lunch.

It would be tough!
Your body will want to quit by 11.
But,
you keep doing it,
even if you are moving slow.
You make sure you stretch constantly,
and drink water,
and dedicate yourself to being
the ultimate warrior you can be!

Okay,
while you’re thinking about that…
I read the dictionary.
Took me two years.
I ended up with a two hundred page book
of words that I didn’t know.
Mind you,
I was selective,
I was only looking for
verbs or adjectives or nouns
that were directly related to me as a writer.

Now,
two things.
First,
I ended up stupider when I was done.
I had a glut of information,
and I didn’t use it all,
and it clogged my mind.
I just couldn’t remember as efficiently
when I was done.

Two,
while a massive info glut overload isn’t good,
it is good to research and define
the history of your art.
You don’t have to speak a different language,
but I found it helpful to learn as many forms as I could,
and study how they morphed into one another
over the generations.

So,
there are things to be careful of,
and things to learn.

I taught myself to speak Latin.
This was one of the smarter things I ever did.
I had tried to learn Spanish,
had a rough time,
quit.
I tried a few other languages,
ditto.
Then,
for whatever reason
I picked up a course on Latin,
and I freakin’ loved it!
I studied that thing every night for several years,
going out and buying other books,
researching,
and…I was smarter.
I grew to understand languages.
Latin is at the heart of several languages,
and suddenly I realized
why I had failed to learn Spanish
and other languages!
Ii was missing the roots!

Man,
this was a bizarre turn around for me.
I mean,
I never expected!
And,
one day I went to a museum,
and they had a bunch of Latin books on display,
from several hundred years ago,
and I was reading them!

But,
the point,
I now understood language,
how it came about,
how it was structured,
and I was SO-O-O-O much smarter for it.
Really effected me.

So,
when you study the martial arts,
if you try to figure out how it all developed,
you are going to be better at it.
Like I said,
you don’t have to study language,
my examples of language here
are more because I am a writer,
and those things helped me as a martial artist.

But the martial arts are motion.
So study the motions.
Analyze the techniques,
see how that kenpo might have come from
karate…or kung fu…or whatever.
Take a look at that Aikido
see which techniques are actually adapted
from sword holding techniques.
Examine whatever art you study,
or even come across,
and search for the roots of motion.

Okley Doggie,
time to wrap it up,
and encourage you to turn off the computer
and get to working out.
So,
before you shut off this thing,
remember to slide over to Monster Martial Arts.
One of the most concise studies of motion
ever invented,
is the Blinding Steel Course.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/3a-blinding-steel-matrixing-weapons/

If your martial art doesn’t have weapons,
or is weak in them,
this course will TOTALLY change that.
And,
if you are an aficionado of weapons,
and know everything,
then maybe you should examine this course,
and go deep into yourself,
and discover the basics of motion
that are behind all weapons,
and even all martial arts.

Guaranteed…
you are going to be SO-O-O-O much smarter.

Now
Have a great work out!

Al

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/3a-blinding-steel-matrixing-weapons/

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Meeting the Ultimate Martial Arts Warrior

This is How I Met The Ultimate Martial Arts Warrior!

I am currently living atop a mountain, caretaking a ranch, and putting together a ‘dojo in the sky.’

If you have lived on a ranch you know how rough it can be. The wildlife is hard at work surviving, and even the tame livestock can be pretty fierce.

The mice, for instance, will crawl atop your warm motor and chew on the wires. Thus, we need cats, fierce cats, to control them.

But the cats are risk from coyotes, so we need fierce dogs to protect them.

My dog happens to be ‘city stupid.’ He wants to hide in the cabin all night and snooze. And even if he did go out and patrol the property, Mrs. Coyote is liable to give a yodel and lure him out…a fresh plate of coyote food.

So I talked to my partner about the situation, and he said, “Al, I’ve got just the dog for you,” and a couple of weeks later he brought out a pregnant Malenois.

A malenois is a small version of a German Shepherd, it has smaller jaws so it won’t break bones and cause lawsuits.

This particular Malenois earned a quick reputation as ‘The Hell Bitch.’

First, it rolled my Labrador over, introduced the poor, loving smurf to the matriarchy.

Then it went after the cats.

Cats! But it was supposed to protect the cats.

My partner said, “I‘ll bring you a couple of feral cats.”

But we had feral cats! And The Hell Bitch had made short work of them!

My partner didn’t think about that; didn’t consider that he was just bringing up more ’dog food,’ and a couple of weeks later he brought a couple of feral cats to the ranch.

“These guys are extra vicious,” he promised, and he let the first one go.

ZING! The Hell Bitch was on that cat like a rocket, and the cat disappeared into the wilderness.

My partner just smiled. “She’ll show up later.” then he released the second feral cat, and that was when I met the ultimate martial arts warrior.

Before I tell you about this warrior, however, let me tell you an old story.

Two samurai decided to see which one was better. So they exchanged invitations and arranged a meeting.

One morning they both arrived at a clearing.

They circled, and then stepped towards each other.

They drew  their swords, and they edged closer and closer. They arrived at striking distance, and became motionless.

Hour after hour they stood there, each waiting for the other to make a mistake, to leave an opening.

Finally, just before dusk, they backed away from each other, sheathed their swords, and bowed.

One of them had made a mistake, an internal flinch, a moment of lost concentration, and the other had seen it. They never acknowledged who was the better, but they both knew who had won and who had lost.

So my partner released the second feral cat.

“Mew.”

He was white and orange, and he crossed the yard, coming straight for The Hell Bitch.

The Hell Bitch. whose name was Bel, gathered her legs, prepared to leap upon the cat.

“Mew.”

The cat walked right past her.

Bel growled and barked.

The cat ignored her, came to my wife and rubbed up against her leg.

Bel circled, snarling and snapping, waiting for the moment of weakness so she could charge in and tear the tabby apart.

“Mew.” The cat walked past me, up the steps to the house, and went in.

Bel followed her, looming over her, drooling and moaning with the desire to fight.

The cat jumped up on a chair and curled up.

Arrrooo! Grrrr! Bark!

Drool and slobber foaming out of her mouth, Bell snapped her jaws over the hair of the cat.

The cat rolled over and went to sleep.

Two days later, totally defeated, her whole DNA betrayed, her pregnant bitchery stymied, Bel took sick. She nearly died before my partner could come get her, hook her to an IV and drive her to an animal hospital.

The cat, you see, never showed a weakness. Did not hesitate or falter, and entertaiend no thought of resisting, of cringing, of shrinking, of reacting to the mad, foaming, insanely rabid hound.

The cat manifested, exactly, the attitude of Daniel in the lion’s den.

My question is this: how many of you have this concept in your martial art? How many of you can claim to have ever demonstrated even a fraction of this kind of behavior?

And, can you see this type of attitude emanating as a result of your training?

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The End of the World and the Martial Arts

What Martial Art Would You Study if The World Ended?

I will talk about the end of the world towards the end of this newsletter,
but I really want to start just by talking about
an old movie I was watching the other day,
an old classic from the eighties called
‘Heroes of the East.’
You might recognize it from a different title,
Challenge of the Ninja,
or Shaolin against Ninja,
or something like that.

In it
a young Chinese master gets married,
and his wife is Japanese,
and she is tearing the house apart
by kicking and punching everything
from walls to statues,
and the young master tries to get her to stop.
That leads to misunderstandings
which lead to a score of Japanese masters
coming to China
and challenging the young master.

Now,
on the surface,
it is Chinese arts are better than Japanese arts.
Which they had to do
because it was a Chinese film.
But,
it is done so delightfully,
so tongue in cheek,
and the hero,
Gordon Liu,
ends up making friends with all,
and everybody agreeing that all arts should be shared
and people should get past their misunderstandings
and get along.

Now,
Gordon Liu,
if you recall,
is a Chinese film star
who is actually a real Shaolin Master.
And in an interview on the disk
he talked about getting along
with the Japanese masters
and what it was like to work out with these guys
and how they all learned so much from each other.

They didn’t even speak the same language,
but they managed to have the time of their lives,
and to communicate on VERY deep levels
just by doing the martial arts.

So,
here’s something to think about
when you think about martial arts masters,
the real ones want to keep learning.

They don’t tear each others arts apart,
they ask questions
and trade techniques,
and keep learning.

One of my favorite stories came from
the daughter of Dong Hai Chuan
the founder of Pa Kua Chang.

Common stories had him fighting
the founder of Tai Chi Chuan for three days,
-imagine that,
fighting for three days,
without getting tired.
Hmmm.-
but she said that their house
always had visiting martial artists
sitting around
talking and exchanging ideas,
every once in a while one of them showing a technique,
and the others offering suggestions,
and analysis.

Not fighting.

Rather,
thinking about
and talking about,
and…
sharing.

I remember when I was learning Kenpo,
and the teachers encouraged such thought as,
our belts were always one belt better than…
insert the name of another school here.

And,
Shotokan practitioners
were looked down on
as mindless robots
with their endless three step punching drills.

And,
kung fu was too flowery
-that from kenpo,
who have the biggest flowery,
circular hands theory
in the world!

And
judo was only good for sport,
and only a fool would allow himself
to be taken to the ground,

And,
what good was kendo
because you can’t carry a sword with you
on the street.

And…
you get the drift.

Now,
this wasn’t a bad kenpo school,
it was actually pretty good,
with a VERY good martial artist
at the head.

But,
there is money to be made,
if you can convince people
that other schools are bad,
and yours is good,
and it all starts from your own students,
and selling them a bill of goods.

And,
if you think kenpo is the worst in this,
think again,
my favorite bad mouthing
of all time,
is the Japanese stylist who claimed
that western people couldn’t learn karate
because it took three lifetimes.

Uh,
yeah.
Two more to go for me,
right?

So,
have we dispensed with this ignorance?

Not quite.

The good thing is that students are loyal to their school.
This is a good quality.

The bad thing is that they are so loyal
they refuse to look outside their school.

If the martial arts had stayed the same,
and everything was closed combat,
and systems stayed pure,
and represented the actual evolution
and accumulation of art
over decades,
then maybe I would say don’t go outside your school.

But,
the arts have changed,
and the closed combat systems are not so pure anymore,
so if you are going to make it
you have to learn, learn, learn.

Look everywhere.

Read every book.

Watch every movie,
every video,
go to demonstrations,
meet people,
learn,
and be willing to trade martial arts
with the most polite and inquiring mind
you can have.

Okay,
let’s talk about the title to this newsletter,
Martial Arts and the end of the world.

If the united states fell,
was invaded,
suffered civil war,
what martial art would you use
to defend yourself,
to take into the new world order?

It’s an interesting question,
isn’t it?

Up front,
I would wish I had the discipline of a classical martial art.
The fact is that discipline,
of itself,
enables one to exist through anything,
to survive,
and to get better.

Discipline is the gold here.

But,
if we are talking about choosing a single art
to make work against soldiers or mobs,
in any situation and against any weapon,
then I always go to Blinding Steel.

Now,
Blinding Steel is the name of the course,
but…what is it actually?

Blinding Steel came about because of
one of the first things I ever matrixed,
Matrix Kung Fu.

You’ve read the story
of how i laid thousands of business cards
with all the techniques I knew
on the backs of them
across my living room.
I had techniques from half a dozen systems of Kenpo,
several systems of Pa Kua,
aikido,
all sorts of kung fu,
and LOT of good, old Karate,
tons of tai chi,
and so on.

And I sorted through this mess,
drove myself near insane,
and finally saw the truth of the martial arts,
and finally had my big matrixing break through.

Now,
Matrix Kung Fu
is a study of joint locks,
and
it is the ABCs of takedowns.
Trip and throw,
lock and slam,
it is the world’s first look
at how to scientifically arrange
stand up takedowns.

In a way,
there is a heavy kenpo influence,
but…
without the Kenpo.

Odd, eh?

But,
here‘s the thing,
I didn’t provide for entry techniques.

Don’t get me wrong,
each technique has a way to enter the throw or takedown,
but
there is no way to set up a master flow
that will enable you to move into any of the techniques.
A little experience,
and you can figure things out,
a little work,
and you can make it work in any situation.

But,
I wanted more.
I wanted to include weapons,
and I wanted to include distances,
and methods of attack
that led into the throws.

By the oddest quirks
I had amassed an assortment of techniques
which didn’t seem to fit into matrixing.
But I kept working,
and I was into analyzing and matrixing
Indonesian weapons systems,
and it hit me,
and I saw how I had been playing in a different culture,
and how I could put it all together.

So Blinding Steel is an analysis,
a matrix,
of Indonesian systems,
that use weapons,
go into hands,
and slide into takedowns.

And,
here is the rub,
just as Matrix Kung Fu was good,
but I wanted to expand it to include more,
The Blinding Steel was phenomenal,
but there was no deep analysis of throws
on the end of it.

So the two went together,
hand in glove.

And I had started by called one of them Matrix Kung Fu
because I had matrixed throws that were very kenpo in nature,
and I had named the other Blinding Steel
as a great name for a study of weapons,
but,
together,
I called them
‘Monkey Boxing.’

This because I used to do them
while listening to a lot of Bob Marley type music
and moving more like a monkey,
especially on the set up and entry.

So,
if I had one art to take into the end of the world,
and I had little time to learn it,
but I wanted it deep
and able to encompass a LOT of martial arts,
it would be
Matrix Kung Fu
and Blinding Steel.

Matrix Kung Fu is $25
we are talking instant download here.

Blinding Steel is $35.
Again,
I am talking instant download here,
this deal isn’t for the physical disks,
I live on a mountain top
and it is hard to get to the post office,
so,
if you want ten bucks off the instant downloads,

Go to:

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/4ab-blinding-steel-package/

Now,
remember,
this is an INCREDIBLY FAST system.
You get weapons,
and you get the transition to empty hands,
and you get the COMPLETE data
on how to matrix those empty hands
into the throws and takedowns of Matrix Kung Fu.

A complete system
which teaches you how to make a weapon out of anything,
and how to disarm anything,
and it is the FASTEST course I actually have.
It is so darned logical,
but,
more important,
it puts a logic
into ‘flowing.’

Okay,
there you go.
My good deed for the day,
and I sure hope the world doesn’t end,
but,
if it does
you will have the means to survive
and to bring the highest quality martial arts
in the whole wide world
into a brand new future.

Okay,
you guys and gals have a MOST glorious day,
check out that movie if you can,
Heroes of the East,
make sure you talk to other martial artists,
and trade data
so that you both learn,
and don’t forget,
Ten bucks off
on the Blinding Steel package.

Have a great work out!

Al

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/4ab-blinding-steel-package/

Advanced Lessons in the Martial Arts

Learn Some REALLY Advanced Martial Arts…

Good Almost Weekend to you!
Man,
I’ve been working out all week,
anticipating this weekend,
because then I get to work out!
And some people say there is no heaven on earth.
Fools!

Okay,
Just finished a novel,
and it is sort of unique
in that it gives a VERY advanced lesson
in martial arts.

What happens when you lock somebody up
throw away the key,
and he has got nothing but silence,
emptiness,
no light,
in which to do his martial arts?
And,
in fact,
has to do martial arts
just to stay sane!

You get ‘the ethereal bodyguard,’
which is the name of the novel.
Now,
it is only on kindle
for now,
but I am working on putting it in paperback,
and I’ll let you know when.

But you can find ‘The Ethereal bodyguard’
if you go to amazon and type in
‘ethereal bodyguard al case.’

Cool, eh?

Now,
let’s go egghead.
Let’s go Plato,
then,
when somebody says martial artists are just dunderheads,
you can quote Plato at them
and make them go away.

Truth,
this guy Plato was spouting what I am about to tell you
thousands of years ago,
and it is heart and center of the martial arts.

Plato had this thing called ‘the Theory of Forms,’
or ‘Theory of Ideas.’
In it he claims that abstract forms,
or ideas,
are the highest reality.

Now,
in the martial arts we do forms.
What are we trying to do?
We are trying to find the idea behind the form.
Or,
as we break forms apart
through examination,
we are looking for the idea,
the perfect idea,
behind a technique.

Plato uses ‘form’ and ‘idea’ interchangeably.
He says that everything,
a book,
a dog,
a man,
a karate technique,
whatever…
is first an idea.

Now,
the interesting thing is that he claims you can’t really see the idea.
That’s a common myth.
You can’t say the word ‘God,’
all the way to Harry Potter,
‘He who’s name cannot be spoken.’
You see,
they are right,
but they are wrong.
You can’t see the perfect idea with the senses.
You can’t say the name of god with your voice,
but you can be aware of such things.
It is awareness that we must cultivate.
Awareness to see what is,
to penetrate the form
and find the idea.

So that is what you are trying to do when you are doing you forms.
You are trying to cultivate sufficient awareness
to see a form for what it is…
to see the idea behind the form…
to see reality as it is…
an idea.

Pretty smart guy,
this Plato,
and Aristotle and all those other guys.
Their problem is that they were just talking,
while we are doing.

We will understand,
through the doing of martial arts forms,
what they could only guess at.

I don’t recall Plato,
or any of his partners,
speaking about
the experience of enlightenment,
such as Morihei Ueshiba had.

So they guessed,
without the experience.
They were scholars,
and we are the do-ers.

And,
of course,
you know what is coming now.

It is very difficult to find an idea
with a less than perfect form.
Or,
it is very difficult to see through the bushwah
without a matrixed form.

A matrixed form is a perfect form.

It is relatively easy to find the idea of a form that is perfect.
It is very difficult to find the idea of a form that is…a random sequence of techniques.

So,
you can matrix your body with the Master Instructor Course,
you can matrix the martial arts,
all arts,
with Matrix Karate.
And,
as you progress through a variety of martial arts
you can see ALL the forms,
ALL the ideas,
and get the total picture of the martial arts.

You can get the whole idea.

Now that is enlightenment,
and I mean big time.

So if you want to have a perfectly functioning body,
if you want to know the truth about your arms and legs,
what their real purposes are,
how to make your body have absolutely perfect form,
how to make any technique work…perfectly,
then you go to the Master Instructor Course.
http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/4-master-instructor-course/

If you want to perfect your martial art,
then a take the first step into Matrixing with Matrix Karate.
http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/matrix-karate/

Perfection of form…
perfection of art…
means perfection of character.
And if you have perfection of character,
then you have the ability to see past the forms of the universe,
and see what the universe really is.

Okey dokey.
I have said all that I can say,
the rest is up to you.
You will either strive for perfection,
or you will settle for the same old same old.
Either way,
I wish you the best durned work out in the world,
and a hanakwanmass!

Al

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

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

A Martial Arts Matrixing Win Plus Annoncements

Three Important Martial Arts Announcements!

All right!
Three work outs tomorrow.
Not long,
but have to be done.
And really throw yourself into them
so that you aren’t doing them
to get them out of the way,
but are just focusing on what you want to get out of them.
Perfect balance.
Focus,
proper breathing,
whatever.

Now,
three things today,
and first things first,
hanakwanmass.
Every year people say season’s greetings.
They don’t want to say Merry Christmas,
or Happy Hanukah,
or something else
that is specific
and therefore politically incorrect.
Well,
my feeling is that if somebody doesn’t like a well wishing,
the heck with him.

So what if I say Merry Christmas to a Jew,
or Happy Hanukah to an Arab,
or whatever.
It’s the happy thought that counts,
but you have IDIOTS going around
saying happy tim, or season’s well wishes,
or whatever,
and they are afraid to offend somebody.

Heck,
my motto is…
offend everybody
and let God sort ‘em out.
Right?

So Hanakwanmass stands for
Happy Hanukah, Kwanza, and Merry Christmas.
I figure at best,
i get to offend two out of three,
right?

So,
Hanakwanmass to you,
and if you don’t like it,
let’s freestyle,
grrr!

that bit of pleasantness aside,
second thing…
let me share a win.
This is from Will,
who is on the Black Belt course,
I coulnd’t see his video on youtube and said yikes,
and he said…

hi sensei Al
I laugh my head off. when I read yikes, I thought wow, is my technique that bad??? lol oops, I thought like hmm, I am I that far off? I mentally pictured you throwing up  over the screen…screaming in agony, blinded by the experience… stumbling out of the starbucks…nearly hit by a bus, cursing my name…lol.
well, I did repeat down/upward block  after I thought I wasn’t breathing and leaned into the strike rather than transition. I could have reshot it, but I thought what the heck, least you see me correcting myself for whats worth it. I donated 2$ to monkeyland only to discover to my horror, you played santa claus and I found many gifts under the tree. wow, thank you, that was one heck of a pleasant surprise. videos over videos, book after book, I am a kid in the candy store. speaking of over delivering, you have what is called at Darden Business school operational excellence. I was able to matrix now everything I do in martial arts, even managed to start to matrix a complete escrima system out of the basics of blinding steel. you were right, it is a totally different understanding of matrixing, once you mastered/understand matrix karate. the matrix blocks gave me a lot better insight into wing chun as well. mainly from the mini matrix. that was one heck of a revelation. I hit 3 flies in one go. I understand karate, wing chun and escrima now a lot better and was able to extract that out of the material. thank you very much. I really enjoy the way to the goal now.
whatever happens, I am extremely grateful and indebted to you, sensei Al.

Thank you, Will.
I love wins better than anything.
It means that not only did I have a great work out,
but somebody else did,
and sharing wins means that even more people
are going to have a great work out!

You can find Blinding Steel on Monster Martial Arts under courses.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/3a-blinding-steel-matrixing-weapons/

You can find The Road to Monkeyland
under ‘donations’ on Churchofmartialarts.

http://churchofmartialarts.com/donations/

Plus,
there is another little gem
on the donations page.
How to Fly on the Ethereal Plane.

And,
third things third,
I am going to release a novel in a day or two,
I’ll send you a newsletter
when it happens.

This is a very significant novel,
and while it is action and adventure
with some good martial arts,
it describes things
at the top of the martial arts,
way beyond black belt,
and it will give you a new reality
on what’s at the end of the tunnel,
or,
perhaps I should say,
at the top of the mountain.

Very advanced stuff,
but put in novel form.
It was a very interesting experience
to blend highest level martial arts,
an actual lesson
for those who have matrixed
and are going neutronic,
in novel form.

Now,
got to go.
It’s freezing up here at Monkeyland,
and we have to chase off the cows,
chip ice out of the pond,
and a thousand and one other things,
just so I have the time to do an actual work out.

But,
man,
what work outs they are.
Envy me.

And,
have a great work out!
Al

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/3a-blinding-steel-matrixing-weapons/

New Book About the Samurai Sword is Coming

 

 

New Samurai Sword Book!

I’m working on a new book.
How to Matrix the Samurai Sword.
Should be ready in a week or so.
It requires odd graphics on my poser program,
so it might take a wee bit longer,
but,
a couple of weeks is still my guess.

In my software program,
the hard thing is making a samurai sword.
I could go buy a jpeg,
but I hate getting things that way.
I’m on a budget,
you know?
And then I would still have a rough time turning it in 3d.

So what I do is take a line,
and make it into a pole,
and use the pole for the sword.
The hard thing is moving the pole around
and not having it shape shift on me.
Graphics are not my strong point.
But,
that said,
let me tell you something about graphics.

First,
I have delved into every software program in the last 25 years,
looking for ways to represent the martial arts.
One of the funnest,
but most tiresome,
was just drawing stick figures
with an appleworks program.
I wrote a whole book,
drawing hundreds of stick figures,
all the forms and self defenses,
and it was bizarre,
and it was cool.
And that was only one of the weird things I did,
in the weird world of graphics.

Second,
working on all these programs,
writing all these books,
enlightened me as to one simple fact.
Fortunately,
I figured this out early,
and it made my researching and searching all the easier.
Here is that one simple fact:

Every weapon is a straight line.
Now,
the first thought,
when considering this,
is that it isn’t true.
A samurai sword is curved,
and what about a chain?
Or a sickle?
Or a bullet that drops to the ground because of gravity?

But,
a samurai sword is a straight line that is bent.
A nunchuk is a straight line with a hinge in it.
A bullet falling to earth is a straight line being bent by gravity.
And so on.

I know,
sounds like a quibbling point,
doesn’t it?
But consider what is behind the weapon.
A human being.
Consider how a human being thinks when trying to destroy.
A straight line through the object to be destroyed.
So every weapon follows the thought of the human being wielding it,
every weapon then becomes a straight line at heart.

A sword slashed in a circle.
I am at the center of the circle,
extending a straight line,
and turning.

A bomb.
There must be a trajectory,
a straight line
(often acted upon to create this illusion called a curve),
and when the bomb explodes…
it is straight lines in all directions.

Now,
I don’t discredit other geometries.
But I consider them secondary, and made of straight lines.
A circle can always be cut into smaller and smaller segments,
until it is nothing but straight lines betweens points on the circle.

Weird, eh?

Now,
if you disagree with me,
that’s okay.
You see,
that’s what works for me.
And if you decide to believe that the universe is nothing but circles,
and you can make that work to make your martial art work,
how can I argue?

But let me tell you the real thing behind me telling you all this:

to make people think.

Most people have never considered the structure of a weapon,
let alone the geometry of the weapon,
except in the most cursory
monkey see monkey do manner.

But now you are thinking.

Straight line?
Circle?

And that difference will lead you into deeper considerations
of how to use a weapon.

Okay,
that said,
let me explain something about this new book
that is a coming.

Back in 1976
my father died,
and the house went into legal entanglements,
and I had to live there for a year
while the thing got settled.
And,
I was out of work.
The company I was at was under investigation
for using certain cancer causing chemicals.

I tell you,
it is weird to be working next to somebody
who is apparently in great health,
young and full of it,
and have them fall off a ladder,
and be dead the next week
because of some kind of cancer that works in a week.

So,
I was out of work,
living rent free,
got a little social security,
and…
what was I to do?

I decided to learn the sword.
I had haunted the movie houses around the area,
from San Francisco to San Jose,
seen all the one armed swordsman movies,
all the baby carriage movies,
all the things that that people
who only saw Bruce Lee
missed.

So I went to Chinatown and bought a sword.
It was a cheap piece of stuff,
but it did for me.
I began drawing the sword,
and cutting,
and thrusting,
and had friggin’ clue at all
as to what I was doing.
I tell you,
you would have laughed.

But,
I had a solid base in Karate,
and I understood the value of basics,
and the foundation of matrixing was in my mind,
so,
after a couple of months,
things weren’t looking so bad.
Then I came across the suburitos,
and things changed.
The suburitos (spelling?) are a series of basic exercises,
and I started matrixing them,
making long lists of potential techniques,
considering them against other weapons and methods
(straight line v circle?)
and just looking for the logic of it all.
And then I started coming up with foot patterns,
and principles that guided me into complex moves,
and,
by the end of a year,
I knew the sword.

Oddly,
it wasn’t that tough.
Matrixing, you know,
but the main thing was you had to forget a lot of other martial arts,
and let the shape of the sword guide you.

To state it Neutronically:

The secret of the sword
is in understanding the exact notion
that constructed the weapon.

Yes.

Okay,
this has all been interesting stuff,
unless,
of course,
you have no interest in weapons.
But if you do,
I would suggest checking out Blinding Steel.
Get the knowledge of ALL weapons,
and get ready for the extreme specialization
of the samurai sword.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/3a-blinding-steel-matrixing-weapons/

I don’t care if it is a pencil in your hand,
or a ten foot long can opener,
when you learn blinding steel,
you learn the truth about extensions of yourself.

Now,
have a great week,
and a great bunch of work outs,
and get ready for Hanakwanmass.

Oh,
you don’t know what hanakwanmass?
Well,
stay tuned,
I’ll tell you next newsletter.

Al

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/3a-blinding-steel-matrixing-weapons/

Snap to Grid Martial Arts

How to lock it all in!

 

I am always searching for the analogy that will best explain matrixing,
that will pop the concept into your mind
and let you know how it works.
So how many of you know what ‘snap to grid’ means?

On my mac it is a little trick of the desktop.
You find the preferences
click on ‘snap to grid,’
and all the folders and files on your desktop
click into exact positions.
They are on the grid,
in whatever order you choose,
and you can access the folders quickly,
not worry about them getting out of place,
pretty slick, eh?

Okay,
so you study a little matrixing.
You get the logic,
you see the concept,
and all of the sudden
all the martial arts techniques ‘snap to grid.’
You’re sitting there,with everything in your mind making sense.
No more question as to which technique works when,
or which technique to teach when.

And,
here’s the slick part.
As you look at the grid
you suddenly notice that there is nothing in one particular place.
It’s empty!
Nothing there!
So you have a choice…
do you put something there?
Or do you leave it empty because,
in an odd way,
empty works!

And,
here’s the really dazzling thing about it all.
You can interchange karate with kung fu.
Or pa kua with karate,
or whatever!

Once you understand how everything fits together,
then you can start shaving the pieces,
twisting them,
and figuring out different and better ways to use them!
You can,
with Matrix Karate,
for instance,
align ANY martial art you know!

Snap to grid.
The grid is the matrix diagram.
Put things in place on the diagram,
and they go in place in your mind.

Whole arts start to align,
the mush of random techniques starts to separate,
and to fit back together,
in a geometric logic.

And it really is as simple as I say.

Look,
people study matrixing,
and every once in a while I get somebody
that writes me and says something like this…

‘I read it all, saw the videos, and I figured it was too simple, so I put it away. I knew you didn’t cheat me, I got a whole system, but I figured I was above it. But then, a couple of months later, I realized that I was doing this move out of the matrix. I couldn’t remember whether I figured it out, or whether it was in the matrix, but I pulled the thing out again, examined it, put it away, and then realized that I was seeing odd pieces I hadn’t seen before, so I got it out again, and…darn I use it every day now. I’m thinking of restructuring my system around this matrix thing cause it works so slick.’

I’m serious.
I get a letter like this every couple of months.
A guy gets a course (often it is Matrix Karate),
figures it’s too easy,
then ends up totally lost and overwhelmed by the potential.
See,
if you have missing pieces in your art,
and everybody does,
then it is hard to put the thing together,
to make real sequences of motion that really work.
But once you matrix,
and there are no pieces missing,
then you can start to see how things really fit together.

Think about it like this,
if you have all the numbers 1 – 10,
then you can combine them to count to a hundred,
and you can see patterns,
and figure out multiplication,
and division,
and all sorts of things.
You couldn’t do that if you were missing five,
or seven,
or had a Z included in the numbers.

So that’s what happens.
Snap to grid,
and it happens in your mind.
You see it on paper,
it slides around a bit,
sometimes you have to look twice,
but then everything just sort of…snaps to grid.

And then you have a complete body of knowledge to play with.
Before then,
you might have a system,
or several systems,
but they are all messed up,
illogical,
put together in the wrong order,
with missing pieces.

And here’s the best part,
nobody else has this,
or even knows about it!
Go back over the newsletters,
read about things like ‘snap to grid,’
I’m the ONLY one saying it!
And I am continually saying things that are unique and original.
That’s because I am working off a logic that is unique and original
in all the martial arts.

Oinkly doggie.
I hope this makes sense.
Here’s the URL for Matrix Karate,
http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/matrix-karate/

You get a complete system,
plus the basics of matrixing
so you can make your art
and your mind
snap to grid.

Now,
get back to working off that Turkey!
And have the BEST work out in the world!
Al