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Black Belt in Karate, Black Sash in Tai Chi Chuan

Newsletter 798
The Importance of a Black Belt in the Martial Arts

Good afternoon!
Absolutely stunning day.
Absolutely perfect for a work out.

Hey,
I had somebody ask me,
the other day,
what belt I was.
It’s a legitimate question.

I received my black belt in 1974.
It was in a classical karate system,
the Kang Duk Won.

And,
a few years ago,
a bunch of my black belts decided
I should be an 8th black belt.
I had some forty years training at the time.
But it was sort of interesting.
we had a wall,
and everybody who made black belt
got a plaque on the wall.
We had a dozen or so plaques,
and somebody noticed there wasn’t one for me.
So they got together and got an 8th black plaque for me.

The funny thing is I didn’t notice it
for quite some time.

Here’s the deal.
I’m proud of my black belt.
But,
shortly after I received my belt,
I lost all interest in belts
and promotions
and such.
(Though I did appreciate
what my black belts did)

Simply,
I became addicted to the information,
the the art,
to the development of myself in a spiritual sense.
But that’s me.
For those who have just begun,
you should be very concerned
with earning a legitimate black belt.

A legitimate black belt carries with it
the realization,
the knowledge,
that you have just begun to learn.
If you earned a black belt,
and you didn’t get that thought,
then there is a good chance that you aren’t legitimate.
You haven’t CBMed,
made the art into yourself,
inverted your viewpoint of the world,
haven’t understood that reality is the illusion,
and yourself is the projector.

Now,
the real point of the martial arts is this:
Does it work.

First,
does it work as self defense.
Can you defend yourself?

Second,
does it make you grow spiritually?
Do you understand your worth as an ‘I am,’
do you see yourself as a point of awareness,
do you understand how your thoughts control the universe?

I suppose,
analyzing my own preferences,
that is why I prefer Karate first,
and Tai Chi second.

Karate works.
It makes my bones hard,
puts snap in my muscles,
and gives me long life.

Tai Chi works also.
It makes me sensitive,
removes me from illusion,
and gives me long life.

And,
interestingly,
Tai Chi,
learned effectively,
is one of the most incredible
self defense styled martial arts
I have ever experienced.

And,
they provide me with a ‘hard and soft’ progression of art.
After you do a bit of matrixing,
you can see how karate can become tai chi.
And how tai chi enhances Karate.

All very interesting.

If you are experienced with the hard,
I recommend the soft.
If you are experienced with the soft,
I recommend the hard.

It’s the only way to be sure
that you really understand
all aspects of the martial arts.

The trick,
of course,
is to make sure you matrix BOTH martial arts.

Here are the Matrix links.

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

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/2ba-matrix-tai-chi-chuan/

Have a great work out!
Al

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The Difference Between Tai Chi Chuan and Karate

Tai Chi Chuan vs Karate

One of my work out partners,
way back in the Kang Duk Won,
decided he was going to do Tai Chi Chuan.
He figured it would be easy,
because of his karate conditioning.
He threw his back out so badly
it took him two years to recover.

Soft, flowing Tai Chi Chuan,
and it was too tough for a young karate guy.
What’s wrong with that picture, eh?

What is wrong is simple,
when Bruce, my friend,
did Tai Chi he thought he could just do a karate kick slowly.
But karate is fast and explosive,
the leg is out and back,
in Tai Chi the muscles have to strain to keep the leg up.
And I mean a whole sequence of muscles.
Bruce’s muscles,
though karate powerful,
couldn’t support the leg for an extended period of time,
and the result of his attempting to do such a thing
disrupted the muscles
all the way back to the spine..

Now isn’t that interesting,
tai chi chuan has more ‘weight lifting’
in its moves.
Karate has the fast explosion,
and the muscle tightening (focus)
builds the muscles.
But those muscles are built
at the beginning and end of the move.
In Tai Chi the muscles must support the weight,
throughout the move,
for a long(er) period of time.

A simple difference,
but it leads to an important concept.

Karate is explosive energy.
Tai Chi is suspended energy.

The difference manifests in movements,
in timing,
in focus of concentration,
in emptiness,
in energy.

Now we could actually analyze these differences
from different points of view.
But what I’ve said here is probably the best point to start.

Not speed,
not sensitivity,
though those are important,
but defining how energy is actually used.
Because how energy is used
defines the other terms.
This concept is core.

This is not to discourage you from trying,
but to caution you,
and help you make the transition.

If you do your karate forms slowly,
and round out the edges of your motion,
you can get Tai Chi power.
Just take it easy when you begin.

If you do your Tai Chi forms fast,
you can find Karate power,
and pretty easily.
But you do have to adapt to a different mind set.

Explosive and slow
two sides to a coin,
two sides to the martial arts.
And there are many more sides that these concepts can lead to.

Here’s the link to the Five Army Tai Chi Chuan course.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/five-army-tai-chi-chuan/

Have a great work out!
Al

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Zombie Loops and the Martial Arts

Martial Arts Spirit Revealed

Good evening!
Heck,
great evening!
And have a great late night work out.
When everybody is asleep,
go out in the middle of the street,
or the field,
or whatever,
and feel the silence.
And let your emotion fill the silence.
All of it,
all the way to the moon.

I got in a discussion the other day,
with a very smart fellow.
He was telling me about these things,
I think he called them ‘zombie loops.’
Zombie loops are memories,
that condense in the brain,
or condense the mind,
or something,
so you can break through to true artistry.

The problem was,
he was telling me
that zombie loops are the result of meat,
and the body is meat,
and inspiration is meat,
and spirit is the imagination of the meat body,
and when you die
there is nothing more.

Pretty grim.

So I told him he was wrong.
I asked him who was looking through his eyes,
I told him that this was awareness,
that it couldn’t be measured,
and it was spirit,
that he was a spirit,
an ‘I am.’

But he was solid.
He believed in zombie loops,
and art as a manifestation of meat.

Weird,
eh?

So we argued,
and discussed,
and I couldn’t convince him,
and the reason was simple:
he had never done the martial arts.
He had never stared at a man on the mat,
watched the eyes
until he could see the thought behind the action.
He had never sweated himself
beyond what he thought he could accomplish.
He had never experienced
himself.

Himself apart from his body,
as an awareness that is not the eyes,
but looks through the eyes.

He was spiritually void.

And it really is a shame.

These people who believe in science,
to the exclusion of the spirit,
you have to ask yourself…’why?’

Why can’t they understand spirit?
And belief and imagination
and all of that sort of thing?

Instead,
they use their imagination
to conjure reasons and belief systems,
as to why man has no soul,
thus negating themselves.

That all said,
I thank all you martial artists out there.

Thanks for being part of something
that enhances the human spirit,
improves the spirit,
addresses the soul.

Thanks for being artists.
Thanks for delving into the discipline
until you find yourself.

Thanks.

Now,
a couple of words…

I haven’t been sending out newsletters
because I’ve been working so much.
When I came down from Monkeyland
I had to start everything over.
No job,
no place to live,
had to start from scratch.

So I’m pretty busy.

And,
second thing,
new book is almost out.
‘How to Matrix the Martial Arts…
and the Universe and Life and Everything!’

It is a recounting of the exact method I use to matrix.

I’ve told people,
over the years,
that I really wanted to sum up
the matrixing science and experience.
And this is the closest I’ve come.

You’ll have seen parts of this book here and there,
in some of the courses,
but this is more,
this is the whole thing,
and you’ll understand more about how
the courses are arranged and why,
and you’ll see the exact mathematics I use,
and the exact geometry I use.
So stand by,
I’m doing the final few readings,
working on the graphics,
and it should be ready in a week or two.
Cross your fingers.

Now,
again,
thanks.
And here’s the link for a list of my books.
Check it out,
see what you don’t have,
see what grabs you,
and check them out on this page,
which will likely put you through to Amazon,
which has more info on them.

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

Now,
have a fantastic work out!

Al

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Why You MUST Learn Two Martial Arts

Why You Should Learn a Second Martial Art

What a way to start the week!
A great work out,
that is the only way.
So go do it,
and I’ll tap my toes until you’re back.

Welcome back!

Hey,
let me explain why you should learn a second martial art.
I know,
many of you already understand,
especially if you have already learnt other arts.
But here goes…

black belt yoga styleflykickFirst,
if you know a hard martial art,
there is TREMENDOUS benefit
in knowing a soft martial art.
Honestly,
it changes the way you think about your hard art,
and improves your abilities at your hard art.

For instance,
if you know Karate,
the highest realm of karate
is done with softness.
You still snap your blocks,
but you use less energy to create more impact.
You may not understand this
if you only learn a hard art,
but it will likely become obvious if you learn a soft art.

And if you know a soft art,
you should learn a hard art.
So many people can’t make their soft arts work,
but if they do a hard art,
they learn ALL sorts of things about reality,
about impact,
about what a punch really is,
and then their soft art works so-o-o much better.

And even things like health benefits
work MUCH better
if you understand how your art really works.

Now,
that is the obvious answer,
a simply hard to soft, soft to hard concept.
But,
let’s talk about ALL the arts.

One reason for learning as many arts as you can
is that it improves your understanding
of the different ranges of the martial arts.
Taekwondo might give you feet,
Karate might give you hands,
jujitsu might give you throws,
and so on.

Blending all these arts will make you
a more complete martial artist.

There is also the geometric aspect to the arts.
Each art describes different geometries,
or ways of manifesting and handling energy.

Karate is a hard line with impact.
Kung Fu is more circular with impact.
Aikido is circular with no impact.
Tai Chi is circular but with soft impact.

And so on.

Now,
obviously,
my descriptions are going to be liquid.
Different people will see and absorb
different arts in different manners.

But this is a start.

Here is an article in which I discuss some of this stuff…

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts-articles/american-martial-arts-are-going-bad/

And,
the above all being noted,
let me offer one other thing.
Matrixing is the only thing that will allow you
to combine martial arts
so they come together smoothly.

For instance,
shotokan is a solid stance platform
that does not support the circular hands of Kenpo.
Yet,
enough matrixing,
and you will see how to do this.

And there are examples of this ‘non-meshing’
in virtually every possible combination of arts.
But matrixing willg et you through it
so it all makes sense,
and so that all arts become one.

Okay,
here’s a package that will save you money.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/5-core-package/

And there are other packages at MonsterMartialArts
that will save you money,
and make you into a more complete martial artist.

Remember,
the more complete your arts are,
the more complete you are.

Have a great work out!
Al

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Yoga Fixes Body Easily!

Yoga (The Yoga Kata)

Yoga has been around for thousands of years. Yoga asanas, or postures, were being done by people for this period of time for one simple reason: they work. The interesting thing is that they work, in spite of the fact that they are, for the most part, being done wrong.

I stumbled across this fact as a result of my studies in the martial arts. I studied martial arts for years and years, for decades, and finally realized that I was trying too hard. I was using all my muscles, all my energy, and it was a waste.

New Book on Yoga. Click the cover!

New Book on Yoga. Click the cover!

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It was a waste because how tense your muscles are doesn’t have much to do with how hard you hit. What matters is how relaxed you are. For when you are relaxed you can deliver the punch more efficiently.

If you are tense you are actually working against yourself, against your own body and mind. You are locking up muscles and actually stopping the flow of energy that results in efficient motion.

The problem was that nobody understood this. Instead, karate instructors would train people and wait for them to get tired of using so much effort, would wait for them, after some years, to start relaxing when they executed the moves.

Waiting for a student to get tired is not very efficient. Especially when compared to instructing them on when and how to relax.

In Yoga people are put in postures, and they stay that way, and the instructors, often sadistic animals, chuckle as the student undergoes the effort and the strain and the pain. Heck, we’ve all heard them chuckling and expounding on how easy it is.

But they don’t tell people how to make easy. Even if they do understand, they are often so filled with their own cleverness that they don’t take the time to make the simple explanations.

It’s one of those things of: ‘We’ve always done it this way!’ And no real understanding.

The truth is that effort, strain and pain can actually result in injuries.

The correct procedure should be to encourage the student to relax. Not to put him in difficult poses and wait for a year or two until he finally relaxes, but to educate him as to how to relax individual muscles.

When an instructor does this the student suddenly gets better. He enters more and more difficult poses not by trying harder, but by relaxing his body, by learning that his muscles are fighting, and he must give them commands to relax.

The interesting phenomena is that the student’s mind will not clear out until he has relaxed.

Well, of course. A straining mind is not empty, is not clear of distractions, it is filled with one, huge distraction.

The author will tell you more at Yogata.

What Matrixing Actually Does in the Martial Arts

Newsletter 755
The Source of Matrixing

Good morning!
The sun is shining
and it is THE day for working out!
Think I’ll start with Yogata,
then the warm ups from Tong Bei
and
finally
I’m going to work on blending the Tong Bei
into Monkey Boxing.
Gonna be fun.

Okay,
The Bruce Lee Book is out
check it out here…

http://www.amazon.com/Bruce-Lee-Classical-Martial-Arts/dp/1511910585/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1430584062&sr=8-2&keywords=bruce+lee+vs

Interestingly,
I’m still playing with the title.
I can’t find something that I like,
that sums it up,
so I put it up for a few days
change it,
and I’m thinking of changing it again.
But the title doesn’t mean much,
it is the matrixing and analysis inside,
that stays the same.
So I’ll keep you updated.

Now,
here’s a great win I thought I’d share…

Hey Al, I just wanted to give you an update on my progress and of course to say hello. I have been spending a lot of time going over your material DVD’s. At least five years and every time I go through the Matrix Karate material, I always get a another peace of knowledge. Even though I have read the same sentence a thousand times. I do have just about all of your courses,  missing just on or two. Matrix Karate is really the core, it is where the knowledge of the physics, concerning the martial arts, can be understood and where you can really experiment with your own structure. It enables you to move so fluidly from technique to technique effortlessly. As a matter of fact, there was a time when I would do the Matrix form one and then slip into form three. At first, I thought it was my Awareness slipping into unAwareness, I have also been studying Neutronics as well. But, something interesting happened, even while maintaining the focus, I found that I had purposely slipped into form three. There was something during the accidents, that felt as if the energy had intention. Since I was focusing my intention, I realized I had slipped into the energy flow. Now, what came of this, was  understanding the motion through space and that, at that time my intention was directed towards the thought of effortlessness, enabling me to find the energy that emanates from me and flow along those intentions.. That was two years ago and I have sense continued on with my studies and have gone thru KDW and Butterfly. Love the Blinding Steel course. I am currently working thru Pa Kua, enjoying it tremendously.
Well, I have yaked  enough. I just wanted to give an update and to say thank you, really. Your teachings have improved many aspects of my life. A humble bow Master Founder.
Michael
Thank you, Michael,
and a humble bow to you.
Well done.
The is to delve deep enough to understand
martial arts as a manifestation of energy.
Not blocks and counters,
not how fast you can beat up somebody,
but yourself,
the energy you manifest as an artist.
Well done.

And,
now that Michael has brought it up,
it is called Matrix Karate for a reason.
Do you know what a matrix is?
It is a mathematical grid.
Most people don’t know where on the grid they are.
So they don’t tap into any of the energy they truly possess,
they just do blocks and punches,
get all excited as they skim the surface of their potential.
But that is all they are doing,
skimming the surface.
Once you matrix,
once you locate yourself on the ‘grid,’
so to speak,
everything changes.
You start to understand the rest of the grid,
and then you start to slip from move to move intuitively.
Logic has made that intuitive.
And the matrix,
the grid,
that I am speaking about is not
a physical chessboard you are standing on,
it is the visualization of potentials unleashed.

Matrixing is a logic which reveals all your potentials
and allows you, pushes you, into intuitivity.

It is different than anything else.

Sometimes it is subtle,
sometimes it is lightening in a bottle,
but it constantly and consistently changes you,
because it keeps uncovering new potentials.

As I said in the original ads…
If I gave you 3, 6, w, watermelon, and 8,
how long would it take you to count to ten?
But if I gave you 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
how long would it take you to count to ten?
And that is what Matrixing does,
it provides the logical structure,
puts the martial arts in the proper order,
and then you can’t not count to ten,
and then you can’t stop yourself
from finding new ways to use
the ‘numbers’ of the martial arts.
Which is to say the basics and technqiues,
making new forms,
and all sorts of other stuff
that is obscured by the classical method.

And the start is in Matrix Karate.
That is the crucial course.
So go read the page on it…

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

Now,
again,
I thank you Michael,
for setting such a great example,
for being dedicated,
for sticking with it.

And for everybody…
have yourself a great work out!

Al

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The True Language of the Martial Arts

Newsletter 751
Matrixing is the Rosetta Stone of the Martial Arts

Simply gorgeous day.
Unbelievable.
Perfection is a work out away!

Listen,
I know it’s been said before,
but not as importantly as it should be.
The Martial Arts arts are a language.

Without even going into Matrixing,
let me explain something that happened to me.

I went to school,
I was bright and energetic,
thought I was going to get smart,
and didn’t realize that I was already smart,
and that the real purpose was
to make me socially acceptable.
Which means…
do what you’re told.

So I signed up for a language.
This was when I was in sixth or seventh grade.
A summer school program,
and I was really excited1
I was going to learn a while language!
I went to class
I sat there and learned how to count,
the teacher made remarks about how the mouth
has to be a certain shape,
and I rapidly became incredibly bored,
and I floundered,
and my excitement disappeared
faster than sheep
at a convention of wolves.
Didn’t like languages,
didn’t want to learn languages.
Stupid stuff.

And,
if that wasn’t bad enough,
I tried again in high school,
and it was worse,
then,
when it came to college…
the hell with it.

So what happened?
What happened was a simple matrixing problem.
When you see your first matrix,
and this is in Matrix Karate,
you see how the matrix is used
to find out the things you didn’t understand,
the things that you didn’t even know were there.

When you learn language,
or just about any other subject in school,
there is no matrix,
so hidden at the edges,
and often in plain sight
are all the things you don’t understand.
And this confuses the things you do understand.

Here’s your new language,
call it Alioffstupe.
Count to ten.
The numbers are
one, dos, elebong, ta ta, 6, (blank), xxx.
Well, the numbers aren’t all there.
And the ones that are aren’t totally understandable,
or seem out of place,
and,
by the way,
your mouth is in the wrong shape so you’re wrong.

Still feel like learning my new language?
I don’t think so.
It is stupid,
and it doesn’t make sense,
so nobody in their right mind
would want to learn Alioffstupe.

Okay,
you know where I’m going with this…
when you are taught to learn the martial arts,
you need to count in another language.
The concepts are badly mangled zen,
and the teacher says you’re the wrong race!
Maybe in three or four lifetimes you can learn it,
but…not now.
Now the best you can hope for
is to bow extra low
to those who are shaped better than you.

So the martial arts are a language,
a move is a letter,
a technique is a word,
a form is a sentence,
and so on.
but without a matrix,
the letters are from different cultures,
the words are from different languages,
and the forms are…silly and don’t make sense.

Heck,
you can’t come across a forum today
where some fellow doesn’t lambast forms.

But,
all it means is that he doesn’t understand a language,
he was culture warped,
and he is protesting,
and trying to rationalize something he didn’t understand.

Look at that last sentence,
‘rationalize something he didn’t understand,’
right there,
that is the problem,
ALL THE PROBLEMS,
of all the martial arts.

And here’s the sad thing,
even if you are smart,
diligent,
and get through the mess,
you don’t have a method for teaching
that will bypass what you had to go through!
In other words,
without matrixing you’re passing on the martial arts
in the same unintelligible fashion
they have been passed on for millennium.
AND YOU DON’T EVEN SEE THE PROBLEM!
Heck,
it makes sense to you,
You made it through,
you didn’t see any problem,
and you don’t understand what is going on in the student’s mind.

And the problem is this:
if you don’t have matrixing,
you are lost in a jungle of bastard languages,
and don’t even know it.

Can you give up false learning,
to learn true learning,
and then make all that you have learned true?

Can you learn matrixing,
and save all your students?

Interesting question,
eh?

And here’s the obligatory link…

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

Hope to see you there.

Now,
have a GREAT work out!
And I’ll talk to you later.

Al

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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