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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,
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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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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

Click on the cover!

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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How the Martial Arts Went Out of Control!

How the Martial Arts Went Out of Control!

A glorious work out to you!
One more step towards paradise,
that’s what a work out is.
Make sure you take a couple of steps today.

Perhaps you’ve heard me say:

there is an art to destruction,
but the true art is in control.

When I was first learning
way back in the middle ages,
we took a lot of pride
to be perfect in our techniques.

We never threw a kick,
and missed and spun around,
like they do in MMA.
We threw a kick, and if it missed,
we retracted the foot right back to the ground.

And we never threw boxing punches,
like hooks and crosses and things.
Those thing broke the line of the body.
Yes,
they were stronger,
but if you had kicks you never worried about a boxer.
It was more important to hone your whole body,
to have good kicks, punches, blocks, and so on,
than it was to put everything into a wild haymaker,
or some other out of control movement.

I remember the first time i saw somebody
who was out of control in the martial arts.
I was at a tournament,
I think it was up at Richmond,
and this white belt,
when the match was begun,
would charge across the ring,
and start pummeling the other guy.
No art,
no focus,
no technique,
no experience,
no martial arts.
The shocking thing was that he got away with it.
No referee pulled him and his sensei aside,
and told him he would have to know karate
if he wanted to be in a karate tournament.

Not too long after that,
kickboxing started up.
Which was just boxing with a few kicks.
Mandatory kicks,
because it was easier
(required less art,
less attention to detail)
and more effective.

Well, of course it was more effective,
it was the ring,
and you couldn’t kick somebody in the balls.

And,
over the years,
there has been this continuous push
away from the fine tuned attention to detail,
the retraction of the kick and
the focus of the punch,
and now people just bang away
and call it karate,
or martial arts,
or whatever,
and it is.
Not by a long shot.
Doesn’t look like the stuff I learned
near fifty years ago.

The focus,
you see,
went from art,
to beating people up.

And instructors found it easy and mindless
to let people,
to encourage people,
to just throw hooks and jabs,
instead of learning how to generate energy,
and focus it precisely.

Ah, well.

Anyway,
I recommend my courses
if you want to resurrect the art.
I don’t box,
I don’t bang,
I get into the art,
the control,
the discipline that forges the spirit.

Here’s a link…

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

This link will get you going on the true art,
show you how to make karate,
real karate,
technique work.
Then the door to the real you will open.

Have yourself a great work out!

Al

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I Just Received the Ultimate Martial Arts Insult!

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My feelings is Hurt!

Good afternoon!
Sun is out,
I’ve worked out a couple of times today.
Need to finish this,
then I can work out again!
Absolutely have to!

I received the ultimate martial arts insult
the other day.
Some guy penned it
on one of my blogs,
or somewhere.
He told me,
(choke)
My art was no better than
‘Enter the Dojo.’

Oh, how I cried.

Enter the Dojo,
for those of you who have lived in a cave these last few years,
is a satire
wherein the ultimate instructor
demonstrates the ultimate art.
His.
And,
there are all sorts of shenanigans.
Between his students ‘mistakes,’
tournament doings,
and all sorts of advice
on the REAL art,
one is left to blink,
shake their head,
and suddenly guffaw.
It really is funny.
And,
here I was,
compared to that oaf.
That insane dojo of idiots.
But here’s the funny thing,
Do you know how incredibly hard it is to be funny?
Ask somebody to make you laugh,
they will blink, stutter, and look at you oddly.
but these guys and gals on
‘Enter the Dojo,’
make it look easy.
They have a polish to their idiocy
that makes you accept it.
in otherwords,
they have a high art.

Now,
does this art leech over into their physical martial arts?

In a way,
I would think it would have to.
The timing,
the physical perfection of their faces and moves,
this is not something a two year comes up with,
this is polished professionals at work.
Or,
at least people who have a high appreciation
for skilled maneuvers.

So,
how upset am I,
really,
at being compared to Enter the Dojo?
Gawd,
I consider it a high compliment.
To be compared to people with that high desire of polish,
even if only in their comedy,
is quite a compliment.
But,
as I said,
that kind of awareness
has to have a base,
an understanding of what lies beneath,
not just in the art,
but in the soul.
So,
I guess I won’t cry after all.
In fact,
think I’ll grin.
And,
it just goes to show off a neutronic fact:
people who make fun of others,
are making fun of themselves.
Or maybe it was:
people who insult others,
insult only themselves.
Well,
something like that.
I’ll keep watching Enter the Dojo,
maybe i’ll get it right.

And,
you guys and gals,
hurry up and work out!
The universe is waiting your brilliance!

And,
get out of that cave and check out Enter the Dojo,
and,
as long as you’re out of the cave,
you might just as well check out

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

It is state of the art freestyle,
done in living color.

Now,
have a great work out!

Al

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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.

George Washington’s Martial Arts

Making the Martial Arts List

I first got this idea from George Washington.
The 9th president of the United States.

Now,
what made Georgie so much better than the first 8 presidents,
and all the others after him?

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know martial arts

Is this really the way to solve problems?

To understand that question
you have to understand one neutronic datum:
what you do comes back to you.
This is an absolute truth of the universe.
If you throw a rock at somebody’s head,
then sometime,
somewhere,
you’re going to get hit in the head with a rock.
And if you compliment somebody,
somewhere,
sometime,
you’re going to get complimented.
That’s the way this universe works,
and for a simple reason:
you create it.
And what you create will do what you say.
That’s the truth of:
what goes around comes around.

Okay,
so why was Georgie the best?

Because he made the constitution work.
There was no constitution for the first eight presidents.
But George made the constitution work,
established this country so it wouldn’t fall on its face,
and that made him great.
BUT,
what,
inside George,
drove him to be great enough
to do something that great?

And here is the little known fact,
George read, and apparently acted upon:

Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation

This is a list of how to ‘behave’
first written by Jesuits in 1595.
George had to write them down
as a school exercise.

Here’s a couple of the rules…

1st Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.
11th Shift not yourself in the Sight of others nor Gnaw your nails.
40th Strive not with your Superiers in argument, but always Submit your Judgment to others with Modesty.

65th Speak not injurious Words neither in Jest nor Earnest Scoff at none although they give Occasion.

Interesting tidbits, eh?

The interesting thing
is that even the ones that seem dated,
have far reaching conclusions.

You can find this list on the internet,

http://www.history.org/almanack/life/manners/rules2.cfm

And it is well worth going over
and considering whether you break those rules,
if any of the rules don’t count any longer,
and how you can better yourself using these rules.
Just translating those rules into modern language
can be positively enlightening.

The point is this:
there is a neutronic maxim:

Politeness is the Greatest Strategy.

These rules of civility
make you consider this maxim.
And then you start living with a bit more quality,
being more careful of the things you do,
how you treat people,
and then the universe starts becoming kinder to you.

It worked for George,
didn’t it?

So why wouldn’t it work for you?
And,
if you think this whole exercise is silly,
consider that the samurai
had a huge and penetrating code of honor.
Bodyguards MUST act a certain way
if they are going to be allowed to function
in certain areas.
And you need to know this stuff
if you are going to be any kind of real warrior.

Remember this one incredibly important fact:

who you are spiritually
is the most important thing in the universe.

Okay,
if you want to tap into the inner you,
work out.
Don’t stop,
day after day,
and you will wake up.
You will become the real you.

And I suggest doing Matrixing to make it happen faster.

Why spend thirty for forty years,
risk dropping out because of injury,
school,
career,
marriage,
kids,
getting old,
and all the other distractions of life?

Do matrixing now,
and you can pack forty years of wisdom
into a year or two of streamlined,
efficient,
logical
martial arts.
Martial Arts that work,
and not on just the physical level,
but in the heart of hearts level.

Here’s the Kung Fu package,
so you can save some money,
and get the whole line up…

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That’s Shaolin,
Pa Kua Chang,
Tai Chi Chuan,
and even How to Create Your Own Art…

Okay dokily,
you guys and gals have a fantastic time,
and start thinking about reading and doing
The Rule for Civility,
and changing your whole life
from a spiritual point of view,
this summer.

Have a great work out!
Al

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The Truth of the Horse Stance!

Doing the Horse Stance the Right Way

I originally was told
that the horse stance is for learning how to fight
while you’re on the back of a horse.

Then I was told it was for fighting side to side
while standing in rice paddies.

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Kima Chasie ~ Horse Meditation

My own idea was that it was
for fighting on the sides of space ships.
There’s no gravity,
and you hook your feet under handles
so you can fight without flying off into space.

All ideas were probably a part of the truth,
which brings us to the real truth,
or at least as much as I can surmise
in the infancy of my ancient years.

Here’s part of a letter I wrote to a fellow
who asked me about the horse Stance.

Well, we differ here. The full data is somewhere in the Master Instructor Course, but, if you have a fellow stand with the feet shoulder width apart, feet out 45 degrees, and push across his shoulders, he will fall over. If you have him turn his feet straight, or even better, slightly in (hourglass stance), then he won’t fall over.

This gets very interesting, as you can have him feet out, feet in, again and again, and watch the results, and he loses confidence in the feet out stance and gets worse, and the feet in stance gets better. But he goes through some head gyrations trying to figure this all out.

Now, in a horse stance, because you are pushing down on the fellow he may not fall over, even if he has his feet pointing 45 degrees out, but he definitely doesn’t have as much root.

And, if a fellow is experienced, he may be able to drive his ground through a foot out stance and get away with it. But he is having to work way too hard to do it. Proper grounding requires no effort, no energy, you just drop the weight, align the body, and sink your thoughts.

Interestingly, I once heard a high level Gojo practitioner explain the foot out stance. Goju has those 45 degree foot out horse stances, you know.

He said the purpose was to make the small of the back softer. I have no idea what he meant. And, for that matter, there are a lot of things that Goju, and other arts, do that defies physics.

It often sounds like they are making up reasons without having any clue at all.

Anyway, speaking of physics, how I came up with this idea of foot in and foot out body testing came from when I was a kid. I used to examine medical pictures of the foot, and I examined my own foot, and I tried to understand how the thing worked.

Why was there an arch (spring), how should you run (walk)…with the feet straight so that foot could react in an anatomically correct manner. So you could best use the spring.

And this morphed into the reverse of spring, into proper grounding.

So it was an examination of the the foot, with physics and medicine (anatomy) in mind.

As opposed to softening the back for whatever reason.

Now, that all said, choose for yourself. Maybe there is something I don’t understand. I just try to present my viewpoint, and realize that I don’t know everything, that people have to come to their own conclusions.

And that is my official reasoning…
for now
viewpoint of the horse stance.

But the real truth,
aside from what I say,
or what anybody thinks,
happens when you do the horse stance
for a few years.

Do the Tekki forms.
Funakoshi is supposed to have spent ten years doing them,
and he highly recommended such practice.

I know in the Kang Duk Won
we practiced something called
Kima Chasie,
which meant ‘Horse Meditation.’
We would sit in the horse stance,
one hand in a high block and the other hand extended to the sides
with the fingers hooked around in a beak to the rear.
We would stare at the beak
and try to forget the pain,
focus on our breathing,
and just stay there.

Really worked.

Here’s a clip of the horse form.

And if you’re interested in more
of that sort of training,
Check out Temple Karate
on MonsterMartialArts.com.

Guaranteed good stuff.

Have yourself a great work out!

Al

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Do People Who Buy Gimmicks Deserve to Die

The gimmicks I refer to are martial arts internet scams.

I opened up my email today and found a little gem about ‘family self-defense. It opened with the usual, a scary scenario where a guy’s whole family is at gunpoint. Then proceeded to state that anybody could kill you anytime because of the internet (burglars are getting smarter!)

Then, of course, the solution: this guy had studied 13 different arts, but couldn’t defend himself. So, now that he had lain like a victim while his family was terrorized, he had had epiphany. He boiled down his 13 arts, his 1800 useless self defense techniques, and had come up with a ‘family self defense systems.’

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martial arts instructor course

Anybody for a little hard work?

This person talked about how useless classical martial arts are, and how he could now train anybody, even if they were fat, lazy, diabetic and in a coma, to drop a gorilla with a simple one finger pressure point strike, leverage the Gracie Brothers with a simple fulcrum principle, have mental powers that would shield them from an attacker, and all with out using their hands.

And in one hour.

The price, of course was a number ending in 7.

I used to read these ads on the back of comic books, and it appears that the internet is the new comic book ad venue. Back in the sixties it was a guy who kicked sand in your face, but you took this miraculous weight lifting course, beat up the bully, and got the girl.

Now the target for these ads are old men who sit around and worry about Obama, ISIS, and the home invasion that is going to happen to them.

Here is the truth concerning these ads.

You can’t learn anything of value in an hour. Especially not without tons of hours of training to learn about the body, the leverages, the construction of the skeletal structure, and the way people react in combat.

Now, the fellow is right, in certain ways. The Martial Arts can be considered useless conglomerations of techniques that don’t always work…but only if you don’t work at them.

You have to make them work if you’re going to make them work.

Now, I haven’t boiled the martial arts down, I’ve organized them so that techniques become easier to learn. I’ve put logic in them so that intuition can happen faster.

But if you think you aren’t going to have to work, you’re a fool.

So, do the people who buy these internet marketing martial arts gimmicks deserve to die?

Nobody deserves to die.

But these fellows who buy gimmicks, instead of applying themselves to better conditioning, a knowledge of how to defend themselves, will probably be the first to die, or to at least lie like a trussed up pig while bad guys ravage their homes, their daughters, and so on.

IF, home invaders do happen to call on them.

Big If.

Anyway, if you are a success at anything, you know it took long hours and hard work. Sure a few people got lucky and hit the lottery, but the majority of people who have success earned it the old fashioned way: hard work over long hours.

So why not apply that principle to the martial arts?

About the Author: Al Case has been studying the martial arts since 1967. A writer for the magazines, and the originator of Matrixing and Neutronics, he has produced a score of martial arts training videos. All of them take work and intelligence, and not one of them is a gimmick. If you really want to protect yourself, in a logical and efficient fashion, check out Matrix Karate at MonsterMartialArts.com.

Missing Martial Arts Video Clips Found!

Missing Martial Arts Videos of How to Create Your Own Art

The truth of the matter
is that you have to do
some monkey see monkey do
type of training.

Oh,
you could learn off Youtube,
but it would take a 100 years.
You don’t have somebody
showing you little angles,
you don’t have people giving you real punches,
it would take a 100 years.
And I’m being generous.

the yoga kata bookSo you take lessons.
It takes a year or two.
at most,
of bashing forearms
to transcend your mind
and start doing it right.
Some people faster.,
some people slower,
but it takes a year or two,
on the average.

But,
to get to master,
takes 30 plus years.
On the average.
Better than a hundred years,
but,
three decades.
Sheesh.
I did it in 22 years,
but I was trying to figure out Matrixing,
delving into dozens of arts,
I was teaching and writing,
and it still took me a couple of decades.
I was about 39 years old,
and that meant I probably didn’t even half my life left
to share.
What a waste, eh?
I mean,
what if I could have gotten this matrixing thing
at age 20?
Then it would have been a handful of years,
probably 3 or 4,
and I would have achieved mastery.
Maybe age 23 or 24.
I’d have a lot of time left,
in which to enjoy and share
the real art.

But,
the good news,
one of the first courses I filmed
was the Create Your Own Art course.
It was one of the first,
and that is why it is a little fuzzy.
Early technology just wasn’t up to the task.
But, you can still understand it.
You can see EXACTLY what I was doing,
what brought about Matrixing.
And,
the fact of the matter,
it is the ONLY course of its kind.

And,
here’s what’s on it.

FIRST,
a video of my early forays
into Pa Kua Chang,
How I structured it
how I matrixed it.

SECOND,
A video of a diametrically opposed art,
an art of angles
to balance out PKC.

THIRD
A video showing
how to blend the first two arts
I show you how to fit the two arts together
which creates all sorts of two man exercises.

FOURTH
A book detailing the principles involved
when you create your own art.

FIFTH
A book detailing the things
I was doing back in the eighties,
including the first
martial arts mentioned here,
and original checksheets and diagrams
that I used to teach
my first matrixing classes.

SIXTH
I felt guilty because of the fuzzy quality of the film,
so I bundled the entire book,
‘Buddha Crane Karate,’
in with the course.
That’s the book
that is selling for $15 right now
on Amazon.

SEVENTH
To make sure everybody understood
the things I was doing
I took a couple of clips
showing my students own arts.
Arts that they had created.

Yes,
at a certain point
I demand that my students create their own arts.
After the monkey see monkey do,
once they have their basic principles down
I demand that they go out and absorb entire arts on their own,
and then create their own arts.

Look,
the reason I do this is simple.
A person who does the monkey see monkey do training
can be great,
but it takes a while,
and it doesn’t make a real artist.
it makes a great copy catter.

But an art must be created in the moment.
It must not be a knee jerk response,
but a creation on the moment,
according to what is happening,
not what has been implanted in the dojo.
That is the only way to achieve a true reality
in the martial arts.

So monkey see monkey do,
get the circuits down,
then blast out those circuits,
make sure a guy is creating,
instead of spewing out circuits
he has been implanted with.

Now,
here is the bad part.
When I wrote the page advertising this course,
on Monster Martial Arts,
I told everybody what was going to be on the course,
including the clips of my students
doing their own arts.

THEN,
I forgot to put the clips on the page.

So for 7 years people have been downloading,
and nobody said anything.
Then a couple of months ago,
one fellow emailed in
and asked where the clips were.

DOH!
Big Doh!
Major forehead slap
so hard my brains came out my ears.

So if you have bought the course,
just go to the download page
and you will find the clips,
and sorry I messed up,
sorry I took so long.

If you have disks,
email me,
and i will send you the download page
so you can see the clips.

And my sincere apologies.

So,
I know it sounds like a big sales pitch,
but I had to explain what was on the course,
what the course does,
and where to find the clips.

And,
for those who haven’t gotten the course,
go to this page,

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/2d-create-your-own-art/

Scroll down to the bottom,
and you will find a sample clip.
It’s quite interesting,
my student’s work is impeccable,
and you get an idea
of what I am trying to get people to do
when I push the
Crate Your Own Art course.

Okay,
you guys and gals enjoy the summer.
And make a plan!
Decide to learn an art this summer!
Figure out what you want to have accomplished,
by the end of the summer.
And set up a schedule,
and do it.

Here’s the link again.
Go to the bottom of that page for the clip.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/2d-create-your-own-art/

Have a great work out!

http://www.amazon.com/How-Create-Kenpo-Karate-History/dp/1500930253/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1413151594&sr=8-3&keywords=how+to+create+kenpo

Have yourself a great work out!

Al

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

Martial Arts Laws that Make You Blink!

Newsletter 738
Martial Arts Laws that Make You Slap Your Head and go ‘Doh!’

Okay,
here’s the headlines:
In Republic, Michigan…
Women over 200 pounds
and wearing shorts,
may not practice the martial arts
while men are present!

kenpo karate system training manual

How to analyze and handle Kenpo Karate

I’m not kidding. I saw it on the net,
so it must be true.
And if you’re a gal
over 200 pounds
don’t complain to me,
complain to the town council
at Republic, Michigan.
Or just don’t workout around men.

Ready for another headline?
In Jefferson, Idaho…
Women can’t take Karate lessons in a bathing suit
unless they are accompanied by the police
or have a club!
This law doesn’t apply
if the lady is under 90 pounds or over 200 pounds,
and it certainly doesn’t apply to female horses.
Oh, I ain’t kiddin’!

And I hope you don’t think I’m sexist,
here’s a headline about drunks!
(Does that make me a drunkist?)
In Cotton, Minnesota…
You may not work out in cotton pants with hip pockets!
Well, of course.
Hip pockets are just a little too convenient
for carrying a pint of alcohol.
And who among us,
during the sweat and bruises of a good work out,
doesn’t need to stop and swill a bit of courage?
Eh?

I read these headlines on the net,
can’t guarantee the veracity of them,
or even whether they are true,
but they sure do make you think.
I mean,
thank God for politicians.
It’s obvious they have our best interests at heart,
and they sure are making us safe
by passing laws like these.

And, speaking of thinking,
I was talking to Master Instructor Kurt Nelle’,
we were talking about the Kenpo Karate series,
and I asked him to give me a quick report.
Here it is…

Al, I just finished reading the 1st Kenpo Karate book and as requested I am doing a little book report.  I found the History both fascinating and refreshing. I have found that Kenpo history given by the various main stream Kenpo schools,(Parker, Tracy etc), tend to flatter them selves. I appreciate an honest history from someone who was there closer to the start of Kenpo in America.

Next I move on to main text of the book. My Kenpo instructor did come out of the Parker School however, he did not teach the Parker Forms or any forms for that matter. He only taught the self defense and fighting techniques as well as Kenpo Concepts just as you do in this book. You however, have taken it a step further. My Instructor taught the techniques exactly as they were found in the forms. You clean them up and make them more practical. I really appreciated this as I like a 1,2,3 technique as opposed to traditional Kenpo Overkill concept.

While reading over the Techniques and animation in the first book, something clicked in my memory. I went and reviewed the “Lines” section of the Matrix Tai Chi Program. Your explanation of the Karate Basics being found in Tai Chi led me to review the Matrix and  Five Army forms, as well as the Chang Man Ching, Yang and Chang Tung Shun Tai Chi forms that I also practice and teach. There within the sequences of all those forms were found the Kenpo applications. Not the traditional Overkill applications but the streamlined applications as presented in your Kenpo book. I don’t know if this was intended on your part or rather a happy coincidence. Either way, I have decided to use Tai Chi Forms as the only forms in my Kenpo. Its all in there, I just needed something to connect all the dots and that something is your three book series on Kenpo Karate!

Well that’s my book report. I’m moving on to the second and third books now, thank you for writing them!

Respectfully, Kurt

Thank you Kurt.

And if anybody else has a book report,
on any of my books,
feel free to send it in.
I can use what you write
to help people understand what is in my books,
and I’ll send you a freebie of
‘The 500 Martial Arts Articles’
in exchange.
It’s in PDF,
so you can read them right on your computer.

Now,
last things last,
my thanks to Omar,
he wrote in and complained,
said he wasn’t getting my newsletters.

I realized,
after I chatted with him,
that he might have been saying
that I am just not writing my newsletters
often enough.
I usually try to write two a week,
but I have probably been slacking.
I’ll try to get back to that,
and if I don’t,
feel free to complain.

You know
complaints are funny things.
Most people don’t want them.
I want them…fast.
They tell me when I messed up,
they apprise me of my mistakes,
and allow me to fix mistakes
before they become serious misunderstandings.
Business or personal.
And you know what the Neutronic viewpoint
of mistakes is…
Mistakes are an opportunity to learn.
So show me my mistakes,
and I’ll be grateful.

Now,
think that’s about it.
Got any questions,
or contentions,
shoot me an email,
it inspires me on the newsletters
and other things I write.

Check out the Kenpo books,
there are three of them,
and the first is here…

http://www.amazon.com/How-Create-Kenpo-Karate-History/dp/1500930253/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1413151594&sr=8-3&keywords=how+to+create+kenpo

Have yourself a great work out!

Al

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