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Learn Aikido in Two Hours!

Learn Aikido by Going to the Concept

People think I’m scamming them when they read this learn Aikido at home in 2 hours thing, but let me tell you exactly what I’m doing.

First, I don’t teach you a thousand aiki techniques in a couple of hours, I teach you the One Concept behind it all.

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2 DVDs and a CD, 90 minutes of video, and an instruction book.

No, I am not talking about ‘harmony.’ That’s a concept, but it’s a philosophy.

I teach the actual physical ‘One Thing’ that people are doing when they do this incredible martial art.

I show you how to do this one thing not by dry classroom talk, but by teaching four guys and letting you watch. During the course of one 90 minute video you will see these four guys learn. You will see them progress from move to move. You will see them going, ‘Oh! That works!” And then moving on to more and more moves. Intuitively, naturally.

That’s the power of The One Concept.

Now, the dry classroom stuff comes in the form of one simple learn aikido PDF. It’s about 40 pages, and it tells you how to break down the body, how to do the one thing to every part of the body. And it has illustrations detailing exactly what has been done.

The end result is that these four guys know enough aikido to practice on their own, to plug into any other martial art that happen to know.

Furthermore, and most important, it is workable in combat. It is EXTREMELY easy to apply this One Concept.

Whether you’re into the martial arts or not, I want you to remember this simple datum: if it is easy to understand, and easy to apply, it will be easy to learn, easy to use, and HARD to forget.

That is simple truth. It is behind Matrix Aikido and all the other martial arts courses I teach; it is a truth of this world.

Okay, hope to see you on the video, and have a great work out,

Al

 

Grounding Yourself in Martial Arts

The Martial Arts Connection

Good afternoon!

Perfect time for a work out!
Perfect time to make yourself perfect.
That’s what it is all about,
you know.
Perfection of character.
And what is perfection of character?
Doing the right thing.
Working without excuses.
Being honest.
Treating people the way you want to be treated,
and you get all that sort of stuff from a simple work out.
You simply work out,
and work the poisons out of yourself.
Sweat out the toxins,
and sweat out the mental toxins,
and get left with the beauty of you.

Now,
let’s talk about grounding.
Grounding means you are connected to something.
In the martial arts this means you are connected to the ground.
But here’s the interesting thing…
if you walk barefoot
there is interchange of electrons between your feet and the earth.
This makes for a healthier body.
Sounds sort of new age,
but it is just solid science,
and can be checked out with
a body voltage meter
which you can buy at Radio Shack.

The electronics are useful in conjunction with free radicals,
which,
again,
make your body healthy.

And here’s something to think about,
walking barefoot is best.
Walking with leather is probably next best,
because leather is organic.
Dead,
but organic.
Walking with rubber souls is probably next best,
and finally,
walking with plastic,
which is most athletic shoes,
is worst.
Heck,
many plastics are actually insulators,
designed to stop the interchange of electrons.

Anyway,
maybe you have heard me talk about the benefits of organic food
v synthetic food,
isn’t it interesting
to find out that this applies to footwear?

Now,
we don’t have to go crazy on this,
it is just something to think about.
A day at the beach is best served barefoot,
a day hike might be better with leather shoes,
and so on.
And,
heck,
if a synthetic sole
from some synthetic
‘do it now’ company
feels best on a marathon,
then do it.

BUT,
that said,
now you know why barefoot is best in the dojo.

My instructor had trained his body to be a machine,
and when he stepped on the mat
you could feel the electricity.
And,
we are talking REAL electricity here.
Not just new age mumbo jumbo,
or mystical ‘chi power,’
but an actual,
measurable,
scientifically proven…
electricity.

The planet to your body,
your body to the planet.
Your body to another body,
as in a kick (or punch).

Now,
real karate,
not tournament stuff,
not commercial stuff,
but the real stuff,
relies heavily upon
grounding the body.
You sink the weight
to make a better connection with the planet,
make health with electrons,
charge up with ‘chi power,’
and so on.

And,
when you do your stances,
you are looking for the best way,
the most efficient way,
or,
at the very least,
the most ‘describable’ way
to charge up your body.

When I was at the Kang Duk Won
we would stand in a front stance,
then we would pivot in place,
and make the other foot the front foot,
snapping the hips,
grounding one way,
then the other,
then the other,
and so on.
And we would then do it with punches,
learning how to use an electrical concept
with the motor of our bodies.

Alternating current,
don’t you know.

And here’s the thing.
When I put matrixing together,
one of the things underneath it
was to clear up all misunderstandings,
get rid of all the stuff you didn’t know,
by simply arranging the thing logically
so there were no gaps in your knowledge.
No missed techniques.
It won’t to make you ground,
or give you mystical power.

BUT…
here is the point of it all.
If you do classical Karate,
chances are it has been passed down through tournaments,
altered for commercialism,
and slanted this way and that for political purposes,
and so on.
That means that you could do your classical karate,
or classical ANY martial art,
and not get the juice.
The juice was simply left out.
Feet are turned wrong,
stances are misaligned,
and so on.
And techniques are often totally messed up.
BUT,
by doing matrixing,
and getting rid of the things
that you were not told,
that oftentimes couldn’t be told,
the art can work,
and then the classical arts,
the ones aimed at the so called ‘mystical’ powers,
the ones that made chi,
could then function the way they were supposed to,
the way they were designed to
through an evolution over the ages.

Matrixing is a key.
It opens the door
by opening up the classical forms,
and then you get the real stuff.

Now,
look,
the three specific courses on this are,
Matrix Karate,
because it shows you how to Matrix.
The Master Instructor Course,
because it shows you proper body alignment,
how to check your effortless energy,
and so on.
AND,
Temple Karate,
because it is classical karate
that I have been doing
under the influence of Matrixing
for nearly fifty years.
These three courses.

So,
I missed wishing all a Happy July Fourth.
Totally missed it.
And I shouldn’t have,
And especially because
I think martial arts
such as I am talking about here
can fix the country,
hold off the effects of GMO
and idiot politicians.
SO…
Buy two courses,
Matrix Karate and The Master Instructor Course,
in download form,
and email me with a happy 4th of July,
and i will send you the downloads for Temple Karate.

That’s buy two,
get one free,
that ought to free your radicals,
connect your electricals,
and get you grounded
the way you should be.
Fix up your art perfect,
put you on the road to perfection of character.
Yes?

So go to MonsterMartialArts.com
and check it out.

And,
beyond that,
all I can say is a belated…
have a great Fourth of July!

And a heck of a great work out!
Al

How Build Martial Arts Super Powers!

Achieving the supernatural in kung fu

Supernatural in kung fu, refers to such things as reading minds, intuition, seeing when things are going to happen before they happen, And so on.

The reason people have such trouble in gaming this high level of martial arts is because of a basic misunderstanding of who and what they are.

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The body is an envelope for the spirit.

The mind is just a bunch of memory.

The spirit is the source of all supernatural ability in the martial arts.

The misunderstanding comes when people attribute their abilities to mental powers.

Memory has no powers, memory obscures he human being, which obscures a being’s natural power. Natural ability, what a human being can do once memories are put aside is actually what we call supernatural kung fu.

Thus to say Power comes from mental abilities is completely the opposite of what they should be thinking.

Think of it this way, A person trains his body and this creates discipline in the soul. In effect it bypasses the mind, which is to say the memories, which come between a person and his true power and ability.

Understanding this one must apply this to the martial arts.

One memorizes movements, Which creates a short-term memory. One practices the movements until the memory disappears and intuition remains. The bonus is at the long-term memory tends to disappear to, Or at least to get out-of-the-way of the martial artist.

So you memorize to give up memory and what is left is the awareness, the Spirit, the human being, the ‘I am.’

When you give up memory, your own abilities come to the fore. These abilities, Based in such things as intuition, actually frighten normal people. That is why so many people give up the martial arts at the brown belt level, for that is the level at which a person breaks through to intuition.

Unfortunately, most systems no longer bring a person to the edge of intuition, or push him through to intuition.

This is why I created matrixing. It makes the martial arts faster, it makes the jump to intuition easier.

Instead of spending years trying to figure out the confusion created by a laborious memorization procedure, the student learns logical moves, builds up no internal resistance to the memorization procedure, and slides smoothly into intuition.

Check out monstermartialarts.com, and especially the matrix karate course there. Even if you have done martial arts for years, even if you know dozens of martial arts systems, once you experience the logic of matrixing, all those systems Will start to make sense and come together in a manner which you didn’t envision.

Barack Obama to Sign Black Belt Certificate!

How Politics Ruins the Martial Arts

So how would you like your black belt certificate signed by Barack Obama? Cool, eh? I mean, the president signing your black belt certificate!

Except, you see, the president doesn’t know Karate. Or AIkido. Or Tai Chi Chuan or Krav Maga or…he doesn’t know ANY martial Art! He merely signed your martial arts promotion so you woujld vote for him!

 // How valuable is your black belt certificate now, eh?

Now, we know this is satire, except, let’s look at a little history behind the martial arts satire.

In Korea, back in the forties and fifties, the martial arts flourished. Some of the most powerful Karate int he world came out of that era. Then a fellow name of Choi Hong Hi decided that Korea needed its own martial art. So he invented Taekwondo. It wasnt’ very good, as evidenced by three facts.

One, the forms were changed after that, better forms were made.

Two, a lot of people wouldn’t go with the new system, they felt that it wasn’t as good as the old.

Three, in Korea Taekwondo is taught to people as sort of a baby system, and the real martial arts are taught later on, and, I hate to say it, in a lot of cases, only to people of the Korean race.

It’s true. A rank form of racism. In the martial arts.

But you will have a hard time proving it, the Koreans certainly won’t opt to it.

But, that is just one instance of a martial art being changed for political reasons. Something that really worked being thrown out (or reserved, in this case) while a lesser art is foisted upon people to create ‘nationalistic pride,’ among other things.

In communist countries, a few decades ago, only the military, or communist party officials and their family, were allowed to learn Martial Arts. Another instance of martial arts by politics.

Let me make a point here: in this country there a LOT of people who think martial arts should be regulated, and this goes down even to the selection of techniques that is taught.

And, here is the cruelty behind this bonehead reasoning…these people propose regulation so that the government won’t regulate us.

Regulation of art, of martial art, for politics.

Well, you know my opinion. As the owner of Monster Martial Arts I believe in going to a flesh smacking dojo and eschewing ALL politics. And, when you have your basics in, heck, as soon as you start, you should start exploring other options, and ordering a course from me, testing in the martial arts by video with me, is ABSO-FRIGGIN-LUTELY free of politics.

It’s the knowledge that’s important here, not who signs your certificate, or whetehre you have filled in the forms in triplicate, or whether you show proper depth of bow to some bonehead who stopped learning martial arts a decade ago, when he figured out he could get people to bow down and throw money at him.

Just my opinion of course. You’re certainly free to go get your black belt certificate signed by BarackObama…heck, it’s not like politics could really hurt the martial arts, right?

Check out Matrix Karate if you want a TOTALLY non-political martial arts system.

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Martial Arts Reality in Novels

The Reality of Martial Arts in Movies and Novels

The first example of martial arts in this country (the USA) was probably the James Cagney film, Blood on the Sun in 1945. Man, it was a rock ’em sock ’em movie, with a judo match in the end that was gr-r-r-eat!

Before that movie the only other instance of martial arts in the US was that Teddy Roosevelt supposedly took Judo lessons while in the White House.

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After Blood on the Sun was ‘Bad Day in Black Rock,’ where a one armed Spencer Tracey used Judo to dispatch some very nasty two armed villains. Quite good stuff.

Somewhere in the late fifties and early sixties people started hearing about Karate. It was cocktail humor, and people joked about karate chopping somebody to death. On chop and cowier…bad guy gone.

And martial arts began making its way into cheap movies. Matt Helm featured a young Ed Parker, a hippie did Tai Chi Chuan in Billy Jack.

But, truth to tell, this was all pretty shlocky. Nobody knew how to film this new beast, and it really wouldn’t open up untilBruce Lee came along about 1967.

Which brings us to novels.

I remember reading ‘Six Days of the Condor,’ before it became a movie called ‘Three Days of the Condor,’ and the villain was so deadly because he had a(gasp) brown belt in Karate.

A brown belt.

The writer obviously didn’t know proper research.

And, to this day, there is little research, and writers are not too knowledgeable about the martial arts.

There have been a few good writers, Eric Lustbader is supposed to have done Aikido, but how much is not known, and then there is the question of whether he was a good enough writer to translate the art to the written page in a realistic manner.

Just a couple of years ago I read a book by Laurell Hamilton in which her heroine knows martial arts, but it is obvious that the author took a few lessons, painted Kenpo as the deadliest martial art around, and then slithered through any real fighting sequences without knowing what she was talking about.

All of the above, of course, is great for me. I’m a writer, and a martial artist of nesar fifty years. I know the techniques, I know the reality of the martial arts, and I can translate it to the written page.

Not to say that I don’t embellish for the sake of the novel. After all, you have to have a scorcher plot, and you have to build things up larger than life.

But, when I detail a Martial Arts technique as it would be used in the reality of a fight, it is fact based. THAT is what would happen if you stuck your finger in an eyeball. THIS is what happens when you lever an arm so that the bone snaps. THAT is the effect of trying to block a samurai sword.

But the thing is not to just have dynamite techniques, but to have a sub theme of martial arts.

In ‘The Haunting of House’ there is a girl who teaches martial arts, and she knows martial arts, and when she uses martial arts, it is with a sword and a hefty helping of the B chromosome. And it feeds the plot, it is important that she know martial arts, it shapes her, and it shapes the plot.

In ‘Machina’ Martial Arts is pivotal. The good guys all know martial arts, and they can link the arts together to create…something else.

But probably the best of these books deals with the Wudan Assassin. Three books, all filled with martial arts mayhem, all pivoting around the abilities of personal combat, and in a way that modern people, even people who haven’t studied the martial arts, can come to enjoy and empathize.

The first book, ‘Hero,’ has a guy down on his luck, a violent sort, whose only redeeming quality is the fact that he practiced martial arts in prison, that he survived prison through the martial arts. This opens the door to an engagement with a religious order protected by…the Wudan Asassin.

In the second book, ‘Assassin,’ the Wudan Assassin makes his appearance, and you finally meet somebody who IS the martial arts. Who can feel things behind him, can sense what others are thinking. It is the highest level of martial arts possible, and it is all translatable to the written page.

In the third book, ‘Avatar,’ The Hero and the Assassin come together. There is a threat to the world that is so great that the Assassin actually needs help!

And all these books have rock ’em sock ’em REAL martial arts.

No posing or posturing, no bad information, just real martial arts.

Heck, there are even training routines that the reader can do himself and learn from!

So, they are all available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble on line, Createspace, and other places. Though you might have to ask the clerk to order it for you.

Here’s the list of books.

The Haunting of House

Machina

Hero

Assassin

Avatar

You might have to sort through the links if you wish paperback or Kindle, but these novels are in both platforms.

Enjoy, and have fun with the real reality of Martial Arts.

How Matrixing Works in the Martial Arts

Martial Arts Self Defense that Works NOW!

The Martial Arts are, no offense to anyone, a Chinese Fire Drill.

A chinese fire drill is when you’re driving along in a car, you stop at a light, and everybody gets out and runs around the car until the light changes.

karate style brown belt learnAnd all the other cars, if they know what, honk and cheer madly.

So you get in a fight, and your arms and legs are going everywhere, not hitting anything, everybody is screaming, and you wake up the next day with a broken nose.

Then you learn the martial arts, and you think you are unbeatable. Until you wake up the next morning and wonder what the heck happened. You have been training and drilling and everything, and you still got your teeth bent.

What happened is that the stuff you were learning is all out of order, doesnt’ make sense, is hard to remember, and hard to use, and so on.

It just isn’t logical.

So matrixing makes it all logical. It takes those forms and techniques, and it doesn’t matter if you are studying karate or kung fu or tai chi or aikido or whatever, and puts it all in order.

If you were in class and the teacher yelled ‘Count to ten!’ You wouldn’t panic because you have drilled and trained one to ten.

Now you get in a fight, and instead of running around the car flapping your wings and screaming, you select the exact right block, the exact right strike, the exact right throw, and you deal out the punishment like it is going out o style.

You are logical.

Look, let me explain something.

When you matrix the martial arts, you take out the emotion, and leave in the science. It makes sense.

It is easy to learn, easy to remember, and easy to use. You just don’t have to think about it anymore.

In fact, the whole ’remembering’ thing is gone! You don’t have to look into your mind and search around for the right thing to do…you just do it. without thought. And it is right.

No martial art does that, even with DECADES of experience.

Yes, people get better, but without logic they STILL have to sort through their martial arts systems.

So, no matter what art you study, Aikido or Gung Fu or Krav Maga or taekwondo, or whatever…it all makes sense, you don’t have to think, you have become intuitive almost within minutes of inputting the information…and you can use it.

Don’t believe me? Head over to MonsterMartialArts.com and check it out. Guaranteed, you have never seen nor experienced anything like this. Not in the martial arts, nor in ANY other field.

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Overcoming Pride in the Martial Arts

My martial arts hubris, and how I overcame it

Guest blog by Alaric Dailey

In my other articles I started that my original karate dojo may have been the best thing that ever happened to me.  If you haven’t read them you might find them interesting, especially the ones on Dojo-kun and Do vs Jitsu.

karate internetAmong other things that I rarely see in other schools, each belt test consisted of kata, punching and kicking, hojo-undo etc, but they also included reading a book and a verbal book report.  The very first test was, like many styles, a yellow belt.  I will never understand having a rainbow of colors that DON’T get darker as they go…

That first test was quite an eye opener for me though, Sensei had added his own requirement, because he was not about making money, nor was he interested in having half-hearted students, nor students that would leave.  He wanted people that were going to forever be changed, and continue to practice for the rest of their lives.

The requirement he added?  Go to another martial arts school, and take a minimum of one class with them.  Give a verbal report.

This requirement, was a bit baffling, why take anyone just starting in your school, and require them to go try another school and possibly lose them?  Because it makes sure you are in the art that you will stick with.

For my yellow belt test, I took a 3 day introductory course to Tai-Chi, knowing nothing about any other martial art I made the mistake to trying to compare it to what I knew.  To give you some idea of what kind of apples and broccoli I was trying to compare, I was taking Pangainoon, and the first form you learn is Sanchin and the school I went to was doing Yang Tai Chi.

I made all sorts of uninformed, biased assumptions, I loved karate with a blind passion, and wanted to impress upon my sensei how much karate meant to me.  Thus I took the classes looking for what I perceived to be flaws and weaknesses in the art such as

* no application of technique – never did I get any instruction of “this is a block, this is a strike, this is what you are defending against”
* the stance was too wide – I was not given any explanation for a neutral bow, or why it would be a good stance.  In my mind Sanchin was the ultimate fighting stance.
* No power in their techniques – I had no understanding of chi power, even though Pangainoon teaches it, I hadn’t really even gotten an introduction.

I wilfully and with eyes open wide walked into a trap that ensares so many others.  I blinded myself to the benefits of other arts.

I was lucky that I didn’t entirely discount everything I learned. I continued to keep in contact with the Sifu, and shortly before he left for China, I had the opportunity to witness him do Tai-chi very fast, it was amazing.  Suddenly all the soft flowery techniques appeared to have power, and were obvious as to blocks and strikes.  At this point, I had also had enough Pangainoon to understand some of the techniques and chi.

I was lucky for many reasons, I was lucky that my Sensei had the confidence to send us other places. I was lucky that I choose a school that was so different that I was forced to re-evaluate what I was learning (even if it was only in the back of my mind).

Luck aside, my own belief that my karate style was the only “good” style, quickly crumbling down.  I wouldn’t have been able to overcome this false pride, had I not had these opportunities.

If you run a school, you will do your students a massive favor if you encourage them to go practice with other schools.

If you are a martial artist of any style, you can benefit from swallowing your ego and practising at other schools, especially those that are radically different than yours.  For example, if you do Tai-chi, you might want to try a boxing school, if you do Wing Chun, try Judo or Jujitsu, etc.

You never know, you might might new friends, you might learn something new.  As I often say “more bodies, means more opportunity to learn, especially when they are doing something other than you are doing”.

How I learned The Shaolin Butterfly Gung Fu

The Shaolin Butterfly Kung Fu

I was getting nowhere studying Kung Fu.
I had twenty plus years of Karate, knew aikido and a bit of Wing Chuna nd Northern Shaolin, but I wanted the temple stuff!
I wanted the things you saw in those great Shaw Brothers movies!
I wanted unique training methods wherein Kung Fu would burst over me and I would suddenly know the secrets of the universe!
One day this fellow walks in, gives his name as Richard, and wants to take Karate.
But I knew he knew something. His attitude, the calm in his eyes…he knew something.
So we talked, and it turned out he knew Tai Chi and Pa Kua, and…Shaolin.
Real Shaolin. Fut Ga Shaolin, which is ‘Five Monks,’ and is so named after the five monks who escaped the burning of the Shaolin temple hundreds of years before.
Now, why did he want to study Karate?
Well, actually, he didn’t. I mean, a little, but what he really wanted was a place to work out.
So we ended up trading systems.
I taught him Karate, and he taught me Shaolin.
Form by form, we went through, and the ancient mysteries, well, they didn’t burst over me, they sort of dribbled.
Don’t get me wrong, it was cool, it was exciting, but, it was also not very logical.
Same as any martial art these days, and more than most (it had had a long time to get messed up), the whole thing was made up of random sequences of motion.
Not everything worked.
Took a long time to learn.
I was in heaven, of course, dribble or burst. But I kept looking for the key to the whole thing.
And there, in one of the forms, was a sequence of steps, and suddenly the dribble did burst.
Man, I took that footwork and began matrixing it. Worked it from every angle, and plugged in Shaolin concepts one after the other.
That opened the door, broke the dam, put fireworks in the sky.
I remember spending hours and hours, late at night, working out in the middle of the street. Didn’t have a dojo in the house, so I just went out in the street, stepped out of the way of the occasional car, and worked my way through Shaolin.
Now it made sense!
Now it was EASY to learn.
And I didn’t give up any of the ancient stuff. Same moves are still there, same techniques, but everything is rearranged so that it makes sense, so that the chi still comes from the moves, but the moves come slick and easy and logical, arranged in perfect order.
I renamed what I was doing The Shaolin Butterfly. The footwork, you see, looked like the wings of a butterfly.
And that is how one of the oldest and most respected forms of gung fu, Fut Ga (Five Monks), became upgraded, empowered, and matrixed.

Check it out at MonsterMartialArts.com, or just click the link below.

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How to Find The Truth of the Martial Arts

It’s a Binary Universe!

I just finished a book, Matrixing Karate: Master, which is number five, and the last, of a series on how to Matrix the Martial Arts. It should be up on Amazon ina couple of days or so.

One of the last things I wrote I figured I would share with you. Hopefully whet your appetite for more; for the precise method as to how to get to this level of thought.

You can’t speak and listen at the same time.
Go on, try it.
What you’ll get is a garbledegook where you have to rely on memory, or mocking up the confusion you just experienced, to describe what you ‘heard.’ And whatever you said was premade and ejected without thought.

So, in the martial arts, you can’t attack and defend at the same time.
Physically, by the technique, you can.
But the frame of mind leading up to the attack or the defense, you can’t assume both frames of mind at the same time.
You either have to be in the attack mode, or the defense mode. You can’t be in both.
Go on, try it. If you succeed, it will be because of mental gymnastics, and not because of clarity of thought and calmness of mind.

What this does is make the universe into a binary experience; it makes it black or white…depending on whether you can isolate the difference between speaking and listening.

And, for most of us, this means you have to shut up.
If you don’t have to shut up you are going to be classified a ‘beta’ personality by the people in charge of labels, and life is going to be a frustrating experience of you being a victim.
But, if you can be ‘alpha,’ and I mean while you are actually ‘listening,’ then the universe is going to peal back for you and give up its juicy innards.

Most people, you see, are so confused, so garbled, that they run around screaming and shouting mindlessly, and then wonder why everybody in the world is so stupid that they can’t listen.

So you have to do your forms, calm your mind through this ritual, through this pattern of circuitry (I know, a bit redundant, but it is better said that way).
And you have to make yourself not speak, except in the most gentle and precise sense.

When you go into a hamburger stand, don’t ask for no pickles and extra ketchup and could they toast the bun not so much…just ask for a number one. And whisper, so that the girl actually has to listen to you.

When you teach, don’t speak. Remember, teaching by speaking is not listening, speaking too much while teaching and you won’t have any idea of whether your students get it.

Instead, summarize the teaching in one sentence, a short sentence, and then watch, observe. Listen. See if the student gets it. If you have to use two sentences then your teaching is lacking.

Okay, that’s how you do it. Though, to be sure, I certainly recommend getting a course on Matrixing, and the five book series, available on Amazon, called ‘Matrixing Karate,’ and further divided into white belt, green belt, brown belt, black belt, and Master appellations, is the latest and best way to get where you are going.

And where are you going?
To the truth. If you can just shut up long enough to hear it.

Have a great work out!
Al from monstermartialarts(dot)com.

If you want to check out Matrixing Karate: The Series…just go to Amazon and type in

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Creating that Zen Stillness Within

Zen Stillness, Bruce Lee, and You

 

When I started the martial arts,

back in 67,

and had my first lessons in freestyle,

I quickly realized one thing:

right side or left side.

 

Is the guy going to attack right side or left side,

realizing that,

I realized I could,

by turning the body or shifting it,

make him go on one side or the other.

Which enabled me to predict

and allowed me to win most of the time.

 

But I started thinking,

and I asked myself the question,

is there a way to predict

without turning the body,

without moving,

without doing anything?

Was there a way to know,

before he moved,

without moving yourself,

which side he was going to go for?

Man,

if I could do that,

zingo bingo.

you know?

 

Now.

while I was in kenpo

I made no inroads on that question.

But when I got into the Kang Duk Won

the answer was sitting right there.

The answer was to be still enough.

 

Kenpo had the moves,

but not the discipline to make this happen,

Kang Duk Won had the discipline.

And the discipline had been honed over hundreds of years.

 

And I realized that

if you were moving,

shifting,

sliding,

looking for an angle,

then you were doing something.

And,

if you were doing something,

then you weren’t looking.

Even if I was only moving 1%,

it meant I was doing something,

and not actually looking.

And I realized this:

You can look out,

or you can look in,

but you can’t do both at the same time.

You have to achieve total stillness,

without and within

before you could actually see anything.

 

Interesting,

eh?

 

The only way to be able to predict

when and what somebody is going to do

is to look at him.

To be so still

that all motion could register,

and then,

you could see the thought behind the motion.

Thought comes first,

so if you could see the thought,

you could see what was coming,

then you could predict.

 

And I realized something.

The ‘gunfighter’ mode of freestyle

practiced by the Japanese,

was an attempt to get to this state of mind.

This silence

of standing and staring,

inching forward with only the slightest of motions,

was an attempt to be still enough

to listen,

to look,

to see the thought before the action.

 

Interestingly,

one of the events of the time,

back in the seventies,

that got in the way of this

was Bruce Lee.

Bruce had a thing about defeating the Japanese.

And he did it by being busy,

not by edging forward slowly

and building an intuition,

but by dancing and flicking,

and making sure that the gunfighter attitude

never had time to get started.

 

Now,

in fairness,

Bruce was quick,

he could see what was happening,

he could predict,

natural superior intelligence

couple with an astounding amount of hard work.

But he beat the Japanese not by playing their game,

but playing his own

and making sure that the Japanese couldn’t play theirs.

Clever.

Superior.

 

BUT

he didn’t leave a method whereby intelligence increased,

whereby the ability to be still increased.

And,

the method that did increase stillness within

began to wane.

People looked down on the gunfighter modes

in the traditional martial arts,

and they stopped looking for stillness,

for zen,

for increased awareness through discipline.

 

Mind you,

I am not judging the art of Lee,

or the students of Lee,

I am merely observing.

If you disagree,

leave a comment.

BUT,

I base my arts on the old discipline,

I don’t think one should throw out the ancient methods,

which worked,

but,

rather,

improve them.

 

Hard to improve them,

though,

when you live in a fast food society,

where gratification is an ipad away,

where you can google trinkets of information,

instead of earning the stillness

behind the information.

 

Okey dokey,

I sent out the second level user and password

in the last newsletter,

if you still have trouble getting past the second level of security,

on any of your orders,

email me at

aganzul@gmail.com.

 

And,

speaking of that,

I’m looking around for a better webhost.

I’ve tried web.com,

and webhostinghub,

and they were good in the beginning,

but I am spending more time fixing my internet

and less time spreading martial arts,

and my sites are taking too long to  load,

and so on.

Got to change all that.

So send me recommendations.

I’ve got a half dozen sites,

wanted to put them on share server,

unless somebody has a better idea.

And thanks in advance.

 

And,

if you want that old time discipline,

if you want the arts that are designed to increase stillness,

and increase awareness,

then try Temple Karate.

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

It’s a fantastic method

for increasing stillness,

building awareness,

and getting better at the martial arts.

 

Now,

have a funomenal work out!

Al