Category Archives: Tai Chi Chuan

I Just Received the Ultimate Martial Arts Insult!

Newsletter 750
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

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

Defining the Energy of the Universe

The Real Thought Process Behind Matrixing in the Martial Arts

Good morning!
Another day in paradise.
Paradise being defined,
of course,
by your work out.

martial arts master

The journey to Martial Arts Mastery

Now,
there were a couple of things I did to figure out energy.
and these things led to all sorts of discoveries.

First,
I read the classics.
I read all the books on zen,
I read the tai chi classics,
I read every book,
magazine,
article,
scoured the library,
I could.

This was back in the late sixties early seventies,
no internet.
I had to do it old school.
And,
truth,
there just wasn’t a lot of stuff out there.
We knew about judo,
Karate was the coming thing,
and Bruce Lee hadn’t even been heard of,
let alone tai chi,
or all the esoteric Chinese arts.

Still,
I just kept reading,
over the years,
and the data accumulated,
and an interesting thing happened.

All those mystical things I was reading
began to resolve for two reasons.

One,
my experiences,
my work outs,
were accumulating.
I was gaining a real life data base
of experiences that were relevant.

Two,
I found that these experiences,
for the most part,
weren’t mystical,
they could be defined with physics.

Here’s the trick,
it took four or five years of doing forms
to discover the truth of grounding,
of sinking the weight.
Then the mystical explanations made sense.
And I could say things like ‘grounding,’
and now that it was a more accurate description
than things like
‘root like a tree.’

Mind you,
root like a tree was accurate,
but it was based on definitions
that were not physics,
and could only be described by
comparisons with nature.

The ancients knew nature,
they didn’t know physics.

The trick,
of course,
was to tie all this stuff together,
which I did with matrixing.

Now,
let’s talk about the physics.
The body is a thing.
An object.
It floats through space.
You can define it two ways.
You can define it from the inside out,
trying to make sense of the bones and veins,
the girders and hydraulics,
the nerves and muscles,
and so on.

That isn’t bad,
has to be done,
but it is only half.
And,
it is a half that gets badly abused
because people want to go whole hog,
and forget (obscure) the other half.
They get too scientific,
and start limiting their body by science.

You can only do this much weight in that manner
because the scientific testing proves it.
And there is no mention of the importance,
and overriding intention
of the human spirit.

Or,
you can go from the outside in.
Everything is space,
your body is space,
and that is the other half of the equation.

The problem is that you have to go through the body
to discover space.
It’s hard to just start with space,
unless you want to just study zen or yoga.

So you study space,
and you find that space is much bigger than the body,
and that if you get big enough in space,
you can look back at the body
and figure out the correct way of working it.

Here’s a small progression I worked out
to illustrate this:

There is ONE individual awareness running the body.

There are TWO sides to the body.
(This can be extrapolated many ways:
top and bottom
right and left
inside outside
open or close
and so on)

There are THREE points to a triangle
(the triangle must be used to brace a base
and project energy…in other words,
to strike or block.
This is how you define how the body works)

There are major FOUR directions
(up, down, right, left
the compass points
four basic blocks
and so on)

There are FIVE elements that define the universe,
and which can be used to define a body
or motion (in one sense)
These five elements can from culture to culture

And i kept going,
using numbers to define the universe,
the properties of the universe,
and of the body,
and so on.

But all of this construction is worthless
unless one has first defined space.
Without space you can’t have all this.
Space is the context for things.
Space is the medium in which we have being.
Space is the truth of martial arts,
and of all life.

Of course,
there are different kinds of space,
but the main thing is that space enables us to have distance
which enables us to have perspective,
and suddenly we have life.

Anyway,
didn’t mean to go nuts there,
but thought you’d like to have the real meaning
behind the ‘empty’
in ‘Empty Hands.’

Or,
what zen is looking for.
Or what one must establish to do Yoga.
Or,
for that matter and especially,
Tai Chi Chuan.

Without an understanding of this stuff,
in some sort of structure,
your martial arts are useless.
They are fighting,
and they are not a method
for progressing to the truth of yourself.

Okay,
I’ve talked enough.
There’s a few guys out there scratching their beans,
and they can feel free to email me
if there is something that doesn’t make sense.

My purpose is not to obfuscate,
but to elevate.

So,
enjoy thinking about this stuff,
start writing it out and making diagrams if you will,
and if you want a little hands on martial arts
to back up what I’ve said here,
and in the cold, hard physics of matrixed martial arts,
try the Master Instructor course.

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

Have yourself a great work out!

Al

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

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

Turn Up the Heat on Chi Development

Newsletter 740
Turning Up the Chi Heat

Listen,
here’s a bit of data that not many people know,
and don’t understand if they do.

The word tan tien,
the hieroglyphics that make that word,
have to do with a fire giving off heat.
Some linguist can take me to task,
but that’s my understanding.
The tan tien is an oven giving off heat.

New Gung Fu book! Click on the Cover!

New Gung Fu book!
Click on the Cover!

Now,
here’s the funny thing,
most forms of martial arts
do not cause the tan tien
to generate heat.

It’s true.

Yes,
a little heat.
But there is so much emphasis on correct posture
that people miss the ‘incorrect posture’
that is necessary for giving off heat.

I know Karate is that way,
most Kung Fu styles are that way,
and I know that even I
sometimes misrepresent it.

But the reason I misrepresent this fact
of the tan tien giving off heat
is because learning proper alignment
is more important.
At least,
in the beginning.

So let’s assume you aren’t a beginner,
and want to learn about
the real alignment necessary
for your tan tien to give off heat.

Be subtle when you do what I am about to tell you.

Tuck the hips,
and round the back.

In pa kua I refer to this as
‘turtle backing.’

And,
you will find this posture
in arts such as pa kua and using i.
Not so much Tai Chi,
though some instructors will note it,
but not normally the Yang instructors.

Now,
do your form with tucked hips
and rounded back.
Make sure your body is relaxed,
and you tighten only your fists.
Make sure you are properly grounded with your feet.

After doing a half dozen forms,
or repetition of a form,
go sit down somewhere and wait.

Sure enough,
if you’ve done it right,
you will feel a sensation of heat
rising up through your body.

And,
the sensation can get QUITE strong.

So,
what do we do with this?

Well,
heat is a manifestation of energy,
so if you are generating heat,
you are generating energy.
Simple dimple.

Now all you have to do is think of your fists
when you strike from that ‘back rounded’ position,
and the energy will start to go into your fists.

And,
a note,
proper body alignment,
taking into account
that it is now okay to round the back
and learn how to line energy through it,
will increase energy to all parts of your body.

Okay.

Want more?

Check out
Matrixing Chi
on the Monster website.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/4c-matrixing-chi-power/

And,
a good bet is the book on
The Punch.

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

Okely dokely.
I’ll try to get in some kind of groove here,
I’ve been late and missing on putting out the newsletter,
but I can only get better,
eh?

Now,
have 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

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

New Master Instructor and More About Tong Bei

Master Instructor and New Book on Tong Bei

Good morning!
Bright and shiny,
isn’t it?
Perfect day
for a perfect work out!
Start!

New Gung Fu book! Click on the Cover!

New Gung Fu book!
Click on the Cover!

Lots of things happening,
but let’s toss out everything
but the truly important.

Congrats to new Master Instructor
Craig Ing

Here’s his win!

Mr. Case,

I’ve finished your Master Instructor course and I have to admit, I am beyond impressed.  I found your concepts to be well organized and described in such a manner that one has no choice but to gain a better understanding of the martial arts.  In studying the course material, more than once I found myself inspired by the simplicity yet completeness of the principles presented.  For me however, the real proof of the efficacy of your work came when I [used your material to correct] my own students’ stances.  Doing so enabled many of them to understand how to correct their stances and their own alignments.

I wish I had studied your course sooner.
Thank you,

Craig Ing

Thank you Craig,
and well done!
The key here is that
his students were able to
correct their own stance and alignment.

Do you get it?
By themselves!

How would you like to be able to take your students
and get them to understand what they were doing,
and why,
so well that they could fix themselves?

Man,
this simple thing.
So difficult.
Yet…
then you can move your classes into
advanced teaching,
and know that everybody truly understands
what you are saying.

That is the essence of teaching,
you know,
to get the idea out of your head
and into his head.

Used to be
you had to drill a guy for three to four years
before he got it.

But using the methods Craig just used
you can do it easy.
One shot teaching.
No need to repeat yourself endlessly,
waiting for the guy to get it.

Once you have this down,
then you can move into advanced stuff.
Start teaching other arts,
show things like one finger takedowns,
intention throws,
and so on.

Thanks, Craig,
for showing the way.
And here’s the link
for those who want to understand the martial arts,
and especially for guys and gals
who want to streamline their teachings,
and make their art and students perfect.

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

Okay,
one other important thing I should be saying.
The Tong Bei book.

You can find it in the store on Monster
if you want to save a couple of bucks,
get it instant download PDF.

BUT,
if you want the book,
here’s the amazon link…

http://www.amazon.com/Matrixing-Tong-Bei-Internal-Gung/dp/1507869290/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423672907&sr=8-1&keywords=tong+bei

I like books.
I haven’t gone to ereading yet,
I know it is the wave of the future,
but I love the feel of a book.
I like to know that I can’t lose it
in one computer blip.

You can read the intro to the book
if you go to the store on Monster.
But,
of course,
there’s more to the story
than what I politely say.

Tong Bei is very well known in China,
not so well known in the US.
The thing that I stress
is that it is a concept.
A bunch of concepts
tied together
and it results in the most
efficient motion possible.

The first time in my life
that I ever moved efficiently,
I was bowling,
and I saw a pencil rolling off one of those slant desks,
and I grabbed it.

Except,
I didn’t lurch forward and flail,
I somehow moved out of my body,
and watched my hand
move faster than it had ever moved before,
and it was lie I was moving outside time,
nothing stopped me,
or slowed me down.
It was me moving my body
without adverse influences effecting me.
An anomaly,
didn’t know how I had done it,
until decades later,
through matrixing and martial arts.

But,
the point here is…
‘Adverse influences.’
Never heard that one,
at least not in this respect.
So here goes.

Your body is prone to influences.
Things that effect it from within and without.

When you’re a kid,
you aren’t effected,
your motion is free,
but your body is not formed
and so you don’t understand how it works.
You grow,
your body matures,
and…it slows down.

The cruel trap is that at the same time
you come into a fully functioning body,
the adverse influences kick in.

So,
what are a few of these adverse influences?

Well,
each muscles connection to each other muscle.
That’s a big adverse influence.
Simply,
you go to physical education class,
and you struggle in contest,
baseball or wrestling or whatever,
and your body learns to resist.
And the exercises are designed to build muscle
and not to work the muscles
as one coordinated unit.

You end up resisting yourself.

That’s a heck of an adverse influence.

Here’s another biggie.
Gravity.
Yes,
you move against gravity,
and the constant repetition of struggle,
of getting tired for exercising
over and over again,
it teaches the body to struggle against gravity,
and it trains it to act in a certain
‘gravity resistant’ mode.

And there are other things.
Perhaps incidents,
like you get clocked in a fight,
and your body doesn’t want to fight again,
so it resists you.

And so on.

So when I finally found out
what some of my roots were,
and came across the tong bei connection,
I was interested.

When I started doing the exercises
I list in the book,
I felt a thrill go through me.

These simple exercises,
they worked directly against
adverse influences.
Not by being complex,
but by being easy.

For instance,
in an exercise I might give a simple instruction
mentioning gravity.
You do it,
and you feel what I’m talking about
and you do the exercise,
and a few weeks later,
bingo,
you are minus one adverse influence.
By addressing gravity in a certain way,
you are suddenly shed of the adverse influence of gravity.

I started doing the exercises,
and within couple of weeks
I found my arms loosening up,
moving at speed.
And I realized that
some of the methods I had used
to achieve freedom of motion,
were bypassed
and made inefficient
by these tong bei exercises.

Look,
major concept here.
As I say in the book,
the body is compacted every day.
Gravity
(and that’s just one influence)
hammers it
so that you are an inch shorter
at the end of the day.
Then you elongate during the night,
while you lay horizontal
and the body stretches back out.
So your intent
is to find exercises
which will undo gravity and other influences,
and return the body to its
more efficient mode,
to when it could move quick and easy
unhindered by things lie gravity.

Okay,
I know I’ve been babbling a bit.
It’s that way when I am trying to put things into words,
that aren’t commonly known,
aren’t currently in
the database of human understanding.

So forgive me,
but get the book.
Good Lard,
it ain’t much more than
the price of a MacDonalds meal.

It isn’t a bunch of egghead stuff,
it is simple instruction.

And,
BTW,
there are a lot of matrixes.
I show a lot of the matrixes I used
to understand motion,
how the body is used,
and especially how I finally broke through
and understood internal power.

Okay,
nuff said.
Here’s the link

http://www.amazon.com/Matrixing-Tong-Bei-Internal-Gung/dp/1507869290/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423672907&sr=8-1&keywords=tong+bei

Check it out,
get yourself a real book,
with real knowledge,
and get rid of some of those
adverse influences.

And,
that all said,
once again
WELL DONE CRAIG!
Now 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=1423672907&sr=8-1&keywords=tong+bei

Publication of Tong Bei Book

Newsletter 733
Announcing the Release of Tong Bei!

Hi guys and gals!
A happy work out to you!
Every morning and every night,
and even in between.
That’s the secret of getting somewhere
with your work outs.

matrixing tong beiSo, busy week,
second book published.
This one is called
Matrixing Tong Bei Internal Gung Fu.

In the past
I’ve matrixed chi power,
set up various forms
for your edification,
but this is something unique,
even for me.
So I’m not going to yak your ear off,
I’m just going to send you to the page.
Here go

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

So check it out,
see if it is something you might be interested in.

Remember,
this is the download deal,
a couple of bucks off,
that I offer people
who follow the site,
take the newsletter,
and so on.

The paperback version will be out
in a couple of days
on Amazon.
I’ll give you the link
as soon as it is available.
Maybe write an article or something on Tong Bei,
give you more information.

But,
for right now,
have a great week end,
and I’ll talk to you later.

Al

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

PS
if the order doesn’t work,
or the download messes up,
let me know at

aganzul@gmail.com

Dead Martial Artists Speak!

What do Dead Martial Artists Say

Okay, speaking of dead martial artists, a nurse who tends the dying observed that her patients had five specific regrets. So let’s put these in context of the martial arts and see what happens. And if you’re not a martial artist, that’s okay. You can always go start a class in Karate, of jujitsu, or tai or hung fu or whatever.

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Number one,  they wished they’d had the courage to live the life they wanted, and not the life expected of them by others. This is interesting because there are actually a large number of people out there who see the martial arts, watch Bruce Lee movies, and they just shake their heads and don’t do it. They’d prefer to be couch potatoes, not enough strength and courage to get up and walk out the door and down the street to the nearest dojo.

Number two, they wished they hadn’t worked so hard. In other words, they never took the time to smell the flowers, or to appreciate the opportunities that they had, like walking out the door and down the street to a dojo. Heck! They could have been the next MMA champ! (Insert) I coulda been the champ!

Number three, they wish they’d had the courage to express their feelings. That’s something that martial artists don’t worry about. After a night of jousting and freestyle they are pretty laid back, say whatever they want. Oddly, they are so zen empty they almost always say the right thing.

Number four, they wish they’d stayed in touch with their friends. That is true. I remember all the fantastic people I’ve crossed fists with, wrestled with on the mat, traded ideas and done martial arts drills with…but because the martial artist has done it so intensely, and because he’s reached the depths of himself, he never lacks for friends and good times.

Number five, they wish they’d let themselves be happier. This is a no brainer for a martial artist. If a guy has the courage to get up and go learn something, to become healthy and calm and find all his fantastic attributes, if he is willing to plumb to the depths of himself, to work himself to the bone to get that coveted black belt, then he is happy. A lot happier than ANYBODY who hasn’t done the martial arts. And that’s the truth.

About the author: Al Case has been having no regrets since he walked into a dojo in 1967. You can tap into his source of happiness, you can get up off that couch and start the journey in your own living room by checking out his home study martial arts courses at MonsterMartialArts.com.

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The Secret of a Long Body in the Martial Arts

Secrets to a Long Life in the Martial Arts

I did Tai Chi in the fog this morning.
Oddly, a warm fog.
But spectacular.
I close my eyes
so I can better not see my body,
Until it feels like I have no body
and am pure me.
Pure ‘I am.’
Finally,
lower the hands
and the rest of the day
is filled with light and energy.
I recommend it to you.

survivalist martial artLet me tell you a couple of secrets…

First,
you don’t need much sleep.
Eight hours sleep is what mothers foist on their children
so they can have a little peace and quiet.
Thomas Edison got by on something like four hours a night,
and a catnap during the day.
So only sleep when you are tired,
not because the clock says to,
or everybody else is.
I get some of my best work done
when everybody else is sleeping.

Second,
while you should gear yourself towards organic foods,
you can pretty much eat what you want to…
IF YOU ARE WORKING OUT EVERY DAY!
Man, let me yell that again.
Have you ever noticed that the people
who hang out in health food stores
are often gaunt and ill shapen?
They are eating the right things,
but without the exercise
it doesn’t mean much.
My general rule is to stay away from synthetics
(pesticides, hormones, additives,
wax, coloring, GMO, etc.)
but I can eat what I want
because working out every day
detoxes me naturally.

Third,
make your muscles long.
Here’s the trick,
your body is compacted all day long.
Gravity pushes on it,
you push on objects,
push, push, push.
So pull it.
Elongate it.
Lengthen it.
Your body elongates a half inch or so while sleeping,
it shrinks a half inch or so
while walking around during the day.
When your body is injured
it is often because it has been compacted
(hit upon and forcibly shrunk)
So stretch it out.
Here’s the thing,
a body that is compacted
does not react as fast.
It loses fluidity of motion.

Now,
here’s something most people don’t consider:
working out doesn’t make your body long.
There is impact, there is force,
and the body compacts.
Gets healthier for the work,
but the muscles don’t get long.
So you stretch before class.
But…do you stretch after class?
Do you stretch at odd times during the day?

Now,
there’s a lot more to be considered,
meat vs veggies,
more sleep after injury
what type of martial art gives the best work out
and so on and so on.
But,
these things have to do with balance
and finding your personal path.
The three things, I have mentioned here,
forget obsessing on sleep,
eat what you want as long as you work out,
and have long muscles,
are the key to it all.
Do these things
and you will find your body getting
strong and stronger and stronger.

Okaly doggaly
let me give you my recommendation
for making long muscles.
Yoga.
Now,
oddly,
Yoga is harder to do than martial arts.
That’s if you get into the deep postures,
focus on the hours long meditation,
and so on.

But if you just take the basic postures
and flow through them tai chi style,
maybe holding each posture for a breath cycle or two,
then yoga actually works a lot better
than some of the more extreme methods.

You just sit or stand or lie down,
and let the body stretch.

And here’s something I found interesting:
what muscles are you using when you stretch?
To stand and just extend the arms towards the alls,
what muscles are you using?
I mean,
the muscles are connected to the skeleton,
and the muscles are all ‘pulling’ muscles,
So how do you ‘pull’ the body longer
when the muscles are on the inside?
Weird, eh?

Anyway,
the program I designed for Yoga
is called Yogata,
Yogata stands for
‘Yoga Kata,’
and it does what I describe here.
Lengthens and relaxes the muscles,
easy to do,
more flow,
and it REALLY works.

Excellent for edging around injuries,
finding extra balance in the body,
and it DEFINITELY makes the muscles longer and stronger.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/yogata-the-yoga-kata/

Now,
I know most of you guys are in great shape.
But if you have an injury you want to fix,
even and especially an old injury,
if you just want some more stretch
so you can get higher kicks,
or you just want the extra speed that longer muscle gives,
then check Yogata out.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/yogata-the-yoga-kata/

Now,
one last thing.
I forgot,
I actually forgot,
my yearly New Year’s request.

Forgive me.
If I have messed up an order,
said something you didn’t like,
done ANYTHING else that require it…
forgive me.

This is a hard world,
and life works better,
for you and for me,
if we forgive.
If we grant a little kindness,
realize that that stubbed toe isn’t all that bad,
that life is better if we ease up a bit
and forgive.

Thanks.

I appreciate it.

And,
that all said…
have a great work out!

Al

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/yogata-the-yoga-kata/

The Five Secrets of Martial Arts

Five Secret Martial Art Concepts

One,
practice listening.
Two,
say only nice things about people
Three,
always give more than you get.
Three refers to work for pay.
If somebody gives me something bad,
I just walk away.
and that’s it.
Three secrets of life,
easy squeezy.

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Which of the Five Secrets is is this guy not doing?

Okay,
let’s talk martial arts.
When i was a white belt
I had an obsession.
I would sit back in my head,
and watch my motion,
and it seemed to take forever.
From the start of punch to the stop,
I felt like I could write a 500 word school report.
Slow.

As time went on,
my speed picked up,
but there was always this thing
of being in my head,
and being slow.
I was easy to block.
The funny thing was that
I did okay at freestyle,
so I was fast enough,
but my perception of myself
really ate at me.
I decided upon a punch,
I didn’t want to see it lollygag.

Time kept passing,
and one day I CBMed.
I achieved Coordinated Body Motion.
And suddenly things were different.

Let me change tack to explain this difference.

I went to my instructor,
shortly after I CBMed,
and asked him if he had ever had
anything mystical happen to him.
He knew EXACTLY what I was talking about.

He said,
“I was practicing forms once,
and suddenly I was looking down on my body
through a tube 60 feet long.”

Now,
that wasn’t what I experienced,
and it may be different from other people’s experiences,
but it was the ‘mystical’ experience that defined
when he stopped thinking about doing things
from the viewpoint of being inside his head,
and when he CBMed,
when he lost reaction time,
and started doing things as an aware human being,
and not as a piece of meat type body.

Well,
where did you think the martial arts were going to take you?

Anyway,
Once I broke throughI had a plethora of experiences like this.
All unique,
all expressions of myself
beyond what meat body humans lost in reaction time,
and not possessed of intuitive abilities,
expect,
or understand of themselves.

So,
if you have waded through the mystical of what I just said,
let me give you the EXACT formula
for doing what I have just described:
achieving CBM,
seeing yourself through a tube from 60 feet away,
losing reaction time and becoming intuitive,
or whatever.

One,
breath.

Two,
relax.

Three,
ground.
(sink your weight into the ground)

Four,
fix your body alignment.

Five,
CBM.

Now,
I tell people this in almost every book I write,
it is the one thing I am redundant about,
and thank God,
for it is the secret of the martial arts.
Here’s the problem.

Everybody breathes,
but usually not to the tan tien.

People don’t relax,
unless they are beaten into it.
Unless they are worked so hard
they give up being tense.
Good reason for those big classes.

Usually only the wudan arts
(Tai Chi, Pa Kua, etc.)
understand how to sink the weight.

Nobody understands alignment.
They achieve proper alignment only by accident,
they are victims of the forms that have been passed down,
and the bad teaching that have promulgated with those forms.

Nobody understands CBM,
except in the mystical.
The closest they come is,
‘Use the body as one unit.’

Consider the matrixing definition of CBM.
To start all parts of the body at the same time;
to stop all parts of the body at the same time.
There is more to it than this,
but you can see the scientific bent here.
Not mystical,
something that might happen,
sometime,
if you are lucky,
but something that can be understood,
worked on,
mastered.

Anyway,
those five rules are the secret of it all.
Now,
for whatever reason,
I obsessed on those five things.
I figured them out from reading
ancient martial arts writings,
and translating everything into English concepts.

I would read and think about
‘use your body as one unit,’
until I figured out…
start every part of the body together,
stop every part of the body together.

And I did this for ALL the concepts.
So I broke through the mystical barrier,
and matrixing is my attempt to bring others along.

Now,
if you’re interested,
do the Master Instructor Course,
everything is in there.
A short section on the five secrets I give you here,
but then we start rocking.

I give you the actual rules of alignment,
how to make your form perfectly aligned.

How to align your techniques so they ALWAYS work,
the real physics of technical application
that are the ONLY rules that can be followed,
if you want perfect techniques.

How to CBM so that you achieve internal power.
True internal power,
through a step by step method.

And there’s a LOT more.

That’s why I always insist that people do The Master Instructor Course
before I will video test them.

People who don’t have this data
look sloppy
are inefficient,
and don’t understand why.

People who have this data
self-correct.
instantly.
They become their own teachers.

They get the course,
and suddenly they change those old forms,
and they start moving differently,
and you can feel the power POP out of them.
Just from having the correct information
on how to do the martial arts.
Information that has been unknown,
or done by accident,
throughout the history of man.

And,
here is the funny thing.
Why do you think I teach so many arts?
Because people start learning so fast they NEED more arts.
True.

Anyway,
don’t mean to rant on you,
but here’s the link to The Master Instructor Course,
so you can check it out for yourself.

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

Check it out,
get it,
make your own body start functioning right,
get out of your head,
start fixing those old martial arts
so they work the way they are supposed to.

Okely doggy,
it’s time to start the party,
time for my first work out of the day,
so you have a great work out, too.

Al

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

Learning Tai Chi Sword Secrets

The Tai Chi Sword Illuminated

As far as swords go, it is a loser. It is skinny and thin, not able to take the bashing of force like a sabre. It only has curve at the tip, not able to slice through armor like a samurai sword.

Yet, in the skinny is the strength. And in the lack of curve is the art. Indeed, the tai chi sword may be the ultimate weapon.

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Skinny, it is light and quick, more like a knitting needle than a sword. Yet a knitting needle carves the most beautiful garments. And to watch knitting needles in the hands of a practiced granny is to see the twinkling of art come alive.

Down the length of steel the tip curves, a mere inch of cutting surface. Yet, who among us has not experienced the scratch of needle tip. Indeed, a mere scratch can leave jagged wound that is unwilling to readily heal.

The real point here is that such a delicate instrument is not meant for bashing or massive slicing any more than a doctors scalpel. It is meant for reaching in and tipping. It is meant for the delicate move which slides in under, over and past the basher and the cutter.

A delicate insertion, a quick flick of the wrist, and art is attained. This art is an appreciation of the space around the practitioner. This appreciation of space is at the heart of the art.

Cutters and bashers are fence painters, splashing indiscriminately, and ruling by force. The wielder of the tai chi sword, however, is a an artist, a sculptor, a doctor. He rules by intelligence.

For he who holds the tai chi sword must hold sway by exercising the intelligence to perceive, and thus undo, the force of the basher and the ruthlessness of the cutter. He must undercut brute force with intelligence to prove himself. Therein is the striving, the accomplishment, and the art, for the true artist to behold.

Matrix Tai Chi Chuan is the quickest and most combat ready Tai Chi Chuan art in the world.