One of the more profound mysteries in the martial arts is the concept of Chi. Chi is a mystical energy that pervades the universe in mysterious ways. And, chi is supposed to be a mystical energy that after a lifetime, you can use to do superhuman things. Unfortunately, proof seems to be sadly lacking for these claims concerning Chi. Maybe there are a few people who can do things, but most people can’t, and just a few exceptions here and there don’t prove the truth of certain theories concerning the subject of Chi. Fortunately, there is a theory that will result in Chi, that is not mystical, and that will work. A motor is two terminals which result in tension. Everything in the universe can be defined as a motor. Every tension in the universe is the result of a motor. An atom has a proton and electron interchanging to create energy. A cell has sodium and potassium interacting to create energy. Everywhere in the universe that you find two terminals opposing, you will find energy, and you will find a motor. And, when you take a martial arts stance with the human body, you have increased your weight, and this causes energy to move between the body and the planet. When you shift the weight from leg to leg, from stance to stance, the weight moves up and down the legs, and this excites the tan tien, a spot two inches below the navel which generates energy for the body. Thus, there is energy, and the body is a motor, and you can call this energy chi. Here’s the problem: everybody concentrates on making the body strong, and so creates only the low level chi required to operate the body. What people should be doing is focusing awareness on the procedure. If you build the awareness it takes to create the energy, you will build the energy that will result in the ‘superhuman’ potential that people look to Chi for. Thus, do your form, build awareness, and concentrate not on the violence of action, not on building the body, but on becoming aware of what you are doing. Feel the energy going down and up your legs, feel the energy building in the tan tien, and feel your connection with the planet. Do this and you will shortly become aware of energy building in your body in a surprising way. Energy that tingles a body part just by thinking of it, energy that warms the palms upon mere thought. Energy that can be channeled throughout your body and into the various body parts, and can even be felt outside your body. Once you have started building energy in this manner, then you can start searching for more spectacular ways to use it.
Feeling depressed or down and you practice the martial arts?
Depression, especially in the martial arts, is one of those things that is so silly, yet it happens. The thing is, most people don’t recognize it.
Somebody gets their black belt in Karate, or Taekwondo, and the world is looking good, but that is the peak. After that they tend to slide down a bit.
Well, they have reached a goal and need a new one, that is one thing that can happen. No big thing. The solution is to find another school, or avail yourself of the internet and start learning more martial arts.
To stop learning the martial arts because you reached your goal, got your black belt, is to go cold turkey on a major experience in your life.
Now, there is another type of depression that is much more serious, and will slowly steamroll you through the rest of your life.
Most people study the martial arts, they get a black belt, they learn an art, and, for lack of better description, nothing happens. Their art wasn’t true, and they will just go on, bouncing through life.
For a few people, however, the martial arts are an enlightenment. They are unique individuals, or maybe they happened across a true martial art taught by a superior instructor, and they undergo enlightenment.
Now, enlightenment is a funny thing.
One practices a true martial art, the forms align the body, which aligns the mind, which causes the spirit to wake up and say, ‘What? Who? What just happened?’
And then they are awake.
Confused, after a zillion years of sleeping and pretending they don’t really exist, but awake now, and WTF?
Then where do they go? Then what do they do? They are awake, and the rest of the world is asleep, and the frustration starts.
To their awareness the rest of mankind is slow and stupid, and…there is nobody intelligent to talk to. Nobody who understands this concept of being awake. Nobody who understands what they really are.
And, the solution is tougher on this one. After all, psychiatry is designed to shock the earthlings, not deal with people who have woken up. No relief in psychiatry, or any of those other earthling based ‘sciences.’
So what do you do?
You practice the martial arts. What got you there, what put you in the mess, what woke you up, is the solution.
In other words…wake other people up.
I tell you, there is no bigger pleasure in the whole universe than sitting around with a bunch of people who are awake and know what is going on. The rooms seems to glow, everybody is talking with ESP, grinning and laughing, and suddenly you know why you are alive.
I tell you, teaching people how to be enlightened in the martial arts is the most glorious experience in the universe.
And that’s how you deal with depression in the martial arts.
If you liked this article about depression in the martial arts then you should definitely hie on over to MonsterMartialArts.com and look at the section on Case Histories.
The Best Martial Arts Kicks in the World!
I was okay with kicks
back when I was starting out.
Kicks were a new thing,
hadn’t ever used those muscles before,
but it was pretty easy to follow along in class
so I was okay.
as time progressed I noticed something,
there were guys in class that had GREAT kicks.
These guys were strong and fluid,
they could use their feet like delicate tools,
and knock you on your fanny!
So I went to one of the instructors
and asked why this one guy was so good with his kicks.
“He does 200 kicks per kick per side.”
I was doing ten kicks per kick per side.
I thought I was toughening
improving at a wild rate.
I was fortunate enough to have a job
where I sat on my butt and watched a machine.
Sounds funny to say something like that
that’s what I did.
So I got up off my butt
and I began doing 250 kicks per kick per side.
It wasn’t hard!
Took some time,
and some sweat
and the first few days my legs were pretty tired,
it got to be so much fun
I began doing it two and even three times a day.
And I began looking around for things to kick.
We had these big telephone cable spools,
and I would practice kicking them across the floor
so then I set up stations
and began practicing my multiple kicks.
it was fun!
the mystery of kicks suddenly resolved
and I learned something…
good kicks are just like walking.
If you walk ten miles a day
then your legs do ten miles of work,
they get used to it.
No big deal.
Same thing with kicks.
I learned something else,
‘Make the legs as flexible as the arms,
make the arms as powerful as the legs.’
Things were different after that,
I became a LOT more confident,
and I started doing a lot better at freestyle.
it changed my whole work ethic!
I started looking at stances differently,
trying to make them as simple as walking.
I began punching big cable spools,
knocking them across the factory floor
I even set up a punching station at home.
I tacked two carpet samples
to a 100 ft tall redwood tree.
It never fell over,
but I sure scared it!
I still work the kicks to this day.
Not as much,
I’m more into forms,
I make sure I do the following stretching routine
several times a day.
20 – 50 deep squats
20 leg raises front and side
20 single leg squats
(leg on a rail and deep bend with supporting leg)
20 single leg squats
(squat on one leg – stand – squat other leg)
Some jumping jacks to loosen it all up.
I’m all over the place
up here at Monkeyland.
It’s nothing to walk ten miles
checking the fence.
It’s nothing to take a twenty mile hike back into the BLM lands.
It’s nothing to hike up a mountain and down.
And I still do fast, snappy kicks,
strong enough to knock over a bull.
So this leg regimen I recommend
as a true fountain of youth.
Whether you want strong kicks,
or better stances,
do this routine
at the beginning and end of your work out
and the legs are king.
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…What a Modern Classical Karate Kata Looks Like
With the advent of Krav Maga, Systema, Sanshou, Jeet Kune Do and MMA people don’t fight like they used to, and one has to examine the functionality of Combat Karate Katas.
People are faster, more vicious, more likely to use power base kicks rather than simple jab type front kicks, and worse they like to go to the ground.
What does this mean for the traditional combat style kata? Does this mean they are useless?
Personally, I don’t think so. However, other people do.
While I do not suppose I can speak for him, Kancho Joko Ninomiya, the founder of Enshin appears to feel that kata are necessary but the old ones don’t quite cut it in the modern world.
If you are unfamiliar with Enshin, here is a quick run down on it. Kancho Joko Ninomiya won the 1974 All Japan Karate Championships (a Kyokushin bare-knuckle full contact championship). Then he moved to America and founded his own karate style, using his own bare-knuckle tournament to evolve the style.
When he started to create his own kata, he kept the traditions of kata, but made them fit the new style. He also didn’t bother with fancy names, instead the names are things like “shiro obi no kata”, or “ao obi no kata”, literally they are “white belt kata” and “blue belt kata” respectively. However, they include things that were heavily used in Kyokushin, but don’t exist in the original katas like Sanchin and Seisan, things like boxing style jab/cross combinations.
So, this is what a modern kata looks like, and following that are its bunkai (application).
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Traditional Kata Parameters
I’d like to talk about what makes a kata a “traditional” kata. I took Taekwondo for a short time, while I was doing so, the instructor told me that at one of the levels, the students had to create their own kata. I watched one of these student created katas, and I was amazed at the fact that they didn’t match any of the rules or conventions of traditional forms. When I asked about it, I was told that those rules don’t apply. I played the good student, and didn’t say anything further..
So what are these conventions and rules. Most items are conventions, but there are 2 hard and fast rules that can be counted on.
1. If done properly, you should end on the same spot you started. If you don’t, you screwed up.
2. No kata ever starts with a strike. It is always a block, or block and strike combination.
Conventions that can normally be counted out, include things like the following:
1. Generally symmetrical, this doesn’t mean that every technique is mirrored. Even in combat katas, like seisan, you will see a “balance” in the kata.
2. Will repeat some of the techniques, some times for no other apparent reason than simply repetition.
3. There will be a good mix of stance and footwork changes, and angles.
4. Generally you will not see entirely closed fists and spear hands especially in ancient kata, you will see many more techniques. Koi-no-shippo-uchi and bil-jee finger strikes are perfect examples.
But why does any of this matter? Remember martial arts are for defense, you can’t be on defense if you strike first, at least not for the most part. So blocking first, helps wire into your brain that you are being defensive. All part of becoming a better person.
Stopping where you started serves 2 purposes. The first and most obvious is practicality, if you are doing the form over and over and over, it is nice not to have to re-adjust every single repetition. The second, more important, reason is far less obvious it is “the measured step”. Kung-fu will often explain this far better than other systems. Each step should have a mathematical precision, if you are moving forward and back in the same stance, your stance height, width and depth shouldn’t change. Thus, 10 steps in one direction, and then 10 back, and you should end in the place you started.
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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.
Among 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”.
The Release of Matrixing Karate
It’s only Monday,
and I have already had a work out
released a five volume encyclopedia.
Not bad for a Monday morning,
Well, maybe I haven’t completely released it.
But I have started.
And this is not
The Ultimate Karate Encyclopedia,
which came out last month.
MATRIXING KARATE: THE SERIES
I rewrote Matrix Karate,
expanded the single volume on the course,
into five books.
Put more complete instructions in them,
detailed all the techniques of the matrixes,
and all sorts of other stuff.
if you have been a long time student of Matrixing,
you might not need it.
if you have been wondering,
scared you’ll get taken advantage of
by an internet charletan…grin.
Then here you go.
bite sized pieces.
More complete descriptions.
A whole new media to spread the word.
First book is out,
Matrixing Karate: White Belt.
But it’ll probably be a few hours till it shows up on Amazon.
If you know your way around createspace,
you might be able to find it,
but…probably Tuesday morning
it’ll be somewhere on Amazon.
as soon as it shows up
I’ll have links to it
from my websites.
over the next couple of weeks I’ll release the remaining books.
Matrixing Karate: White Belt,
deals with basics.
Some people think they know their basics,
good for them.
But I’ll tell you this,
after almost fifty years in the martial arts
I don’t worry about learning new techniques,
I just work on polishing my basics,
and this book should change the way
a lot of people look at basics.
there’s a lot of poorly understood information out there,
and this book will fix it.
The fact of the matter is,
there are no new and better techniques,
there are only better basics.
techniques won’t work
without better basics.
That’s the total truth.
the real matrixing starts with the next books in the series.
Green, brown and black belt matrixing levels
deal with making matrixes and applying them.
This will enable you to analyze techniques
so that you thoroughly understand them,
and know all techniques,
so there are no missing pieces
in your martial arts education.
I have missed the last newsletter,
that is because I was knee deep in this stuff.
There is a TREMENDOUS amount of work
that goes into publishing a book,
let alone five of them.
sorry about that,
but I think you’ll understand.
check it out on Amazon
probably tuesday morning,
and I’ll let you know
whent he other books come out.
Got to run,
I’m still knee deep here,
but I knew I had to write a newsletter
and let people know
I hadn’t dropped off the face of the earth,
and that good things were really happening.
Have yourself a GREAT work out!
Massive Karate Encyclopedia!
Hi Guys, I have released ‘The Ultimate Karate Encyclopedia.’
I began Martial Arts in 1967. I studied every martial art I could, became a writer for the mags, had my own column in Inside Karate, and over these years (nearly fifty now) I kept notes, compiled books, researched systems, and so on.
One of the things I did was go through an evolution of Karate. This included five specific martial arts, which are presented in the following five volumes.
Pan Gai Noon ~ From Kung Fu to Karate (Volume One)
Kang Duk Won ~ The Korean Contribution (Volume Two)
Kwon Bup ~ American Power (Volume Three)
Outlaw Karate ~ Secret of the One Year Black Belt
Buddha Crane Karate ~ The Birth of Matrixing.
During this time I experienced a variety of writing and graphic styles.
I actually began my first books when black and white photos were cheap, and I cut the photos out and pasted them by hand.
In Buddha Crane I used an Appleworks software program, which mean that I drew hundreds of figures using nothing more than lines and arcs.
And I traveled through a progression of Poser programs.
This will give each volume a distinctive, and sometimes historical flavor.
And, to be honest, a sometimes messy flavor. Sorry about that, but that’s history.
Martial Arts wise, I didn’t study those arts in that specific format. I studied them haphazardly, then put them together so that they made sense.
You will have seen some of the work in some booklets I published many years ago, but not too much. Most of this stuff has either been available only in PDF, and usually is bundled into one of the courses I sell at MonsterMartialArts(dot)com.
You will find that the material does progress nicely through form and technique, presenting an fairly accurate evolution of form and technique. It starts out with Kung Fu inspired Karate, and travels all the way through to Matrixing concepts.
When you look at the books, choose wisely. If you are a long time practitioner of Karate, for instance, you might find the Kang Duk Won interesting, but, then again, you might have done enough that it isn’t.
That all said, I recommend starting with Pan Gai Noon and moving forward. It is a solid start, and as you go through the books – and I expect you to do, not just read – you will find yourself evolving with the art, and understanding MUCH more about the martial arts.
And, I want to caution you, this is not an encyclopedia of form and technique. It is NOT, except where VERY pertinent, a bunch of talk.
As I said, five volumes, and taken together there are 820 pages, 79,000 words, and 1,618 graphics.
That’s a lot of writing, and a lot of information, and should keep you busy for a while.
You’ll have to look the volumes up separately on Amazon, I don’t have a central page for them all yet. Type in the name of the book + Al Case. For instance ‘Pan Gai Noon Al Case.’
That should work.
Have a great work out!
From Gung Fu to Matrixing
Thanks to all who have ordered Kwon Bup!
I appreciate the support.
And, let me explain about the books I am coming out with.
I mentioned it last week,
an encyclopedia for the faithful.
Five books of Karate,
from Kung Fu to Matrixing.
Pan Gai Noon
Kang Duk Won
Buddha Crane Karate,
these books have not been available in kindle,
as Kindle can’t handle large numbers of photographs.
they have been part of the courses I have offered.
Kang Duk Won, Kwon Bup, and Pan Gai Noon
are available in digital format
on the evolution of an art course.
Buddha Crane Karate,
because it has to do with Matrixing,
has been available on the
Create Your Own Art course.
Outlaw Karate has been available
on the outlaw karate course.
these books have only been available digital,
so I was pretty happy to start putting them in paperback form.
The warning is that if you have these courses,
you may have the books,
so make sure before you buy twice.
if you want the video that goes along with each book,
email me at aganzul.
They’re only $10 each
for the instant download.
I spent a good couple of decades researching and practicing,
and over the years I would write books
describing the system and techniques,
so these books were written over time.
You aren’t going to get a lot of philosophy,
except for the hard core matrix explanations.
You are going to get the forms and techniques.
This is an encyclopedia of actual practice.
Pan Gai Noon
deals with the Chinese influence,
the forms sanchin and seisan.
There isn’t much known about this system,
but Matrixing shows that sanchin (for instance) is not about
technique (Hangetsu version Japanese)
breathing (Goju version)
dynamic tension (Uechi version)
It is about building energy,
and while it taps into the subjects of the various versions,
it is not what those systems are teaching.
Those are taught so conceptually different,
that even when they coincide with my version,
they might as well not be considered sanchin.
And Seisan is the technique form.
Kang Duk Won has the least amount of theory.
It is a version from before Funakoshi,
possibly influenced by the gung fu of the fellow
who brought it to Korea
(Byung in Joon)
Kwon Bup is a very powerful and linear Karate.
It was designed by Robert Babich,
who is, I believe,
the only America to be able to do
the one finger trick,
which is to thrust a finger through a board,
and not break it,
but leave a hole.
Outlaw Karate is my attempt
to take KDW and KB
and put them together into one system.
I took the techniques that worked best,
aligned them in more logical and easy to learn forms.
Then I made my breakthroughs in Matrixing,
which brings us to Buddha Crane Karate.
My first attempt to matrix a system.
You can see the obvious matrixing concepts
and I write about them,
so it is a unique look into matrixing,
and the development of that science.
a couple of things.
The graphics are different from book to book,
because computer technology was changing.
On one book I would use a poser program,
on another you’ll see photos,
on still another
you’ll see the figures drawn out with an appleworks program,
thousands and thousands of sticks and curves,
compiled into human shapes
doing martial arts forms and techniques.
I look at that one
and I feel like I am studying hieroglyphics
on the wall of some Egyptian pyramid.
as one reader has correctly observed,
there is some need of editing.
The sad fact is that
it is difficult for a person to see his own mistakes.
since I am the one that says
‘Man learns best from his mistakes.’
But if there is a mistake in the artwork,
that software is long gone.
If the problem is with the writing,
I can correct it,
it takes a lot for me to recall a book, do the reuploading,
and so on.
a few mistakes,
but not as bad as one might think.
I was a professional writer,
I did do my own photography
when I worked for the mags,
the main point,
even if you do come across an error,
it does not stop the understanding.
You might blink when I spell reality railty,
or something stupid like that,
but it won’t stop you,
or obscure the understanding.
all the books are not in print…yet.
Over the next month or two they will be.
I will probably be fixing the covers
so they say ‘encyclopedia on them somewhere.
It’s just a matter of time
and having enough gigabytes.
Up here at Monkeyland,
while there is no shortage of…cow stuff,
there is a shortage of gigabytes.
Don’t get me started,
but did you know verizon charges $50 for 5 gigabytes?
And dish charges $25 for 10 gigabytes?
I am sitting right between two verizon cell towers,
so that means,
it costs twice as much to pick up a cell signal
as it does to bounce data off the moon.
Scream. Pull my hair.
Rant about corporate unfairness and gouging.
you didn’t come here to hear me rant,
but to get your mind wrapped
all around the martial arts.
not all out yet,
‘The Ultimate Karate Encyclopedia:
from Gung Fu to Matrixing.’
A true encyclopedia for the faithful.
get them before I have a chance to correct the covers,
and make them say encyclopedia,
and you might have a collector’s edition
in your white knuckled and gnarly martial arts mitts.
I wanted to give you this update,
give you the whole picture.
And thanks to Sandra for mentioning the editing.
I want you guys and gals
to have the most AWESOME workout
Talk to you later…
you can also find the books on Amazon, but here are the ‘createspace’ addresses.
Pan Gai Noon ~ https://www.createspace.com/4579584
Kwon Bup ~ https://www.createspace.com/4617449
Buddha Crane ~ https://www.createspace.com/4577595
Karate Encyclopedia Going Great Guns!
Got a new martial arts book out.
it was available in Evolution of an Art,
but I couldn’t get it on Kindle,
and I finally managed to get a real, live paperback version!
click on the side bar cover image on the Monster, or just go to
a few words about what Kwon Bup is.
When I went to the Kang Duk Won
it was pretty unique.
had walked on on tournaments,
caused a ruckus that did,
everybody wanted to push the tournament,
a lot of community spirit,
and Bob just stood up and walked out,
and all his students followed him.
Because it was bogus.
Decisions made by favoritism,
decisions made by people
who wouldn’t know a real technique if they saw it.
because of this and other things,
such as the fact that Bob taught outlaw bikers,
gave him a ‘bad’ rep.
And outlaw school.
a rogue school.
Only bad people go there.
on any good day,
you would see people from other martial arts schools
come down to see the class.
I was shocked,
when Ralphie Vallederez (sp, sorry)
the guy who had won the California Karate Tournament one year,
and who happened to be the big gun at my Kenpo school,
showed up to watch a class.
for those who think we were crazies,
unwashed and disrespectful,
Bob studied with Don Buck,
who happened to be Mas Oyama’s favorite American student.
And when you walked into the dojo,
you were polite,
and you never lost your temper,
It was quite the sight,
to see all these Hell’s Angeles,
standing so polite,
talking to Bob.
Not because he was a brutal a-hole who would knock the crap out of you.
But because when he started getting more polite,
you perked up,
something was wrong.
When Bob was upset
he would speak softer and softer,
could’t hear him,
but you suddenly felt like your bowels were going to loose.
I remember one time
I was on the left side of Bob
during a class,
and Mud Car was ont he right.
Mud Car was our resident crazy.
He was just loopy,
I’ll tell you about what a wacko he was some time,
during that class,
Bob really into it,
and every feeling the push,
getting the pure art
worked into their bones,
really in heaven,
and suddenly Mud Car says,
I have a pain right here,
on my shin.
Doesn’t hurt a lot,
but it comes and goes,
Do you know what I can do about that?”
The magic evaporated,
The plug was pulled and the intensity disappeared.
this really was a spiritual moment crushed.
And Bob turns to me and snarls,
“You could hit it with a lead pipe!”
He didn’t say it to Mud Car,
because it would have been wasted,
and maybe because Mud Car deserved to be knocked down,
and Bob wasn’t that kind of guy.
feeling the rage of that moment,
was absolutely frozen.
just so stunned I was incapable.
and I managed to somehow move,
not even knowing what I was doing,
just copying somebody,
stunned and brain dead.
I never wanted to see him mad,
that was the only time I ever saw the tip of that iceberg.
I saw him talk soft,
and that wasn’t so bad.
One time I used poor control,
after class he came up and spoke softly to me,
“Your control wasn’t good.”
I turned into a blithering idiot,
I could feel the weight of the world on me.
I got excited, I–”
He stopped me with,
“Don’t worry. Just watch yourself.”
I have watched myself for forty years because of that whisper.
I could go on and on,
really golden times,
After I left the Kang Duk Won
I started a project
of recording the art.
after teaching for a while,
and realizing certain things,
and coming across variations of the Kang Duk Won,
I realized that I had been learning two arts.
One was the Kang Duk Won.
The other I called Kwon Bup.
It was the art practiced by Bob,
developed by Bob,
and put into the Kang Duk Won.
it is said that only a person with several decades experience
can hope to make an art.
that person has to be of rare quality.
Bingo and bingo.
Aside from a politeness
that made gentlemen out of Hell’s Angels,
Bob had the most immaculate technique I have ever seen
and I have seen a lot in nearly fifty years of studying
every martial art I could.
So I wrote the Kwon Bup book.
It is the forms and techniques
of the best martial artist I have ever seen.
This is a guy who could thrust his finger through a board,
and not break it,
but leave a hole.
Very few people have ever done that,
and I don’t know of any in America.
now you know what I am pushing,
a very rarified realm of Martial Arts.
I’ve got a few more books coming out
in the next couple of months.
The ones I’m working on right now,
are in the vein of evolution of an art.
Pan Gai Noon for the china to Okinawan connection
Kang Duk Won for the pure Karate pre-Funakoshi
Kwon Bup for the American translation
Outlaw Karate for work I did on synthesizing KDW and KB,
and Buddha Crane for the Matrixing breakthrough.
A complete history,
not in talk,
but in technique.
An encyclopedia for the faithful.
there you go,
hope you like it…
while you’re looking at that,
I’m getting back to work.
Have a great work out!