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The Secret About What the Martial Arts Really Are…

Newsletter 899

People Don’t Understand What the Martial Arts Really Are…

A way of fighting? Yes, but no.
A form of exercise? Yes but no.
And the answers come and go.
Here’s the truth:
the martial arts are a tool.
They are a tool for discovering oneself.
This totally destroys the idea that one art is better or worse than another.

We used to go to my instructor,
Bob,
and ask him which art was best.
He would say:
‘There are many roads to the top of the mountain.’

Or we would ask him which technique was best.
He would say:
‘They’re both good.’
But that didn’t answer our question!…we thought.
It was the right answer,
but we were too shallow to understand it.
No art is better than any other art…
they are different tools for plumbing the depths of a man.
No technique is better than another,
they are just different ways of finding out what works for the individual.
Different techniques work for different individuals,
so how could one be better?
You have to understand all the techniques
so you have the right tools
to teach everybody
according to how they need to be taught.

So I teach a dozen different arts.
I have to,
because an aikido technique might be perfect for one guy,
but another guy might need that technique translated into kung fu,
and for another guy that technique won’t work until he’s seen the karate variation.
And so on.

Which is better?
Depends on what you’re doing.
Who is better?
that’s the question of an immature person,
a person who isn’t even a real black belt.
Here’s an article on what a real black belt is.
http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts-articles/black-belt-you-might-not-be-one/

And here is a link to Tai Chi.
http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/tai-chi-chuan-package/
I didn’t understand karate until I studied Tai Chi.
I understood Tai Chi instantly because I had studied karate.
So what tool is best for you?
What art?
Go ahead,
choose one,
study it until you are numb and enlightened and thoroughly educated,
but don’t think you understand it
until you have studied some other art,
or two.
Or three or four.
That’s just the way it is.
A guy who teaches ballet doesn’t understand hip hop
A guy who teaches hip hop won’t understand ballet,
and vice versa.
But once one has a few dance styles under his belt
he will understand dancing.
Have a great work out!
Al

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Absolute and Total Control of ANY Fight with the Martial Arts

You Can Walk Through a War Zone with Martial Arts and Never Fight!

One of the things I realized, after 22 years in the martial arts, which was almost 30 years ago, was that there must be a thought before there can be an action.
Now, while you’re grokking that, let me take it to the logical conclusion: a fight cannot occur unless you make the decision that it can so occur.
Lots of people are going to argue with this, but that is simply because they don’t see thought before action, and so can’t understand what I am saying. They have invested too much time in fighting, and not enough time in the martial arts.
I have, just for the heck of it, walked through a riot without receiving a ding. Nor even a curse word, Nor even a bad look. I did this shortly after the Rodney King riots.
I was simply curious concerning what had happened, but more important, I was curious about my ability to walk through a ‘war zone’ without being attacked.
So I drove down to South Central Los Angeles, sauntered across Normandy and Florence (the flashpoint of the riots), drove around, got out and examined businesses that had been destroyed and so on.
No problem.
Simply, I hadn’t made the decision to get in a fight.
Even if I had run into an insane person…I was safe. An insane person, you see, can’t have an effective thought (before an action). They can’t plan. Period. That is part of their insanity.
And, to tell the truth, I had played with this concept before this occurrence.
Once, in the army, I had a fellow stand in front of me, totally enraged, and tell me he was going to beat the holy you know what out of me.
I said, “No thanks,” and watched him.
He didn’t hit me, he just got madder, and louder, and finally some other fellow in the barracks got pissed at the noise and came over and fought him. While they were rolling around on the floor I went to the movies.
Now, this brings us to the most important point of this little epistle. How do you reach the point of being able to make a decision, or not make a decision, concerning people beating you up?
People who practice fighting, and think that that is martial arts, don’t see the thought before the action. They just get mad (frustrated) when I say things like what I have said here.
People who practice the martial arts, which includes forms (concepts) techniques (plans) and freestyle (translating perfection into chaos), can reach the point of being able to see the thought before the action. They usually don’t, however, because though their art is classical, it is random. Not logical. It hasn’t been matrixed.
So the classicists who achieve this ability of being able to see the thought before an action are few and far between. They usually end up being virtually worshipped. If they make the decision to get worshipped. Usually they prefer to live a quiet life. It is just so much more efficient and pleasurable.
When you matrix your art you put it in logical order.
Never been done in any martial art in the history of the world.
A few people have pushed concepts, and that tends to align an art, and that gives people a chance to break through. But the pushing of the concept usually dies with the founder, and the art becomes a legend, and the movements of the art become rote, then confused, then dispersed.
That’s just the way it is. Logic brings one to a pinnacle, but without the concept of logic (which is different than the concepts in the martial arts) the art descends, and usually pretty rapidly. It is not uncommon to see an art self destruct within a generation of the death of the founder.
So this matrixing thing, this logic, is of crucial importance.
It will not only align your art, make it logical and intuitive, but it will safeguard against the destruction of your art.
Watch, the simple drills and forms I developed through matrixing are going to be around forever. They can’t be improved on because they aren’t so much martial arts as a perfection of logic. People will discover them, do them, and find that, while they are an art unto themselves, and incredibly effective, the real joy is in seeing how the art one does, apart from Matrixing, suddenly rears its head and achieves the goals…and concepts…of the original founders.
And, the only other thing I have to say on this matter is this: it is important to learn an art solely so one can create one’s own art. If one doesn’t create their own art, they really haven’t learned the martial arts.
And all this, seeing the thought before the action, creating your own art, understanding the arts as one art, is only possible through learning the logic of matrixing.

The Hidden Science of the Martial Arts

Newsletter 898

Old Martial Arts Technology vs New

Good afternoon!
Let’s talk about the old martial arts technology,
and what it may be doing to you.

Old technology is drilling until your feet fall off.
Until your bones shake with fatigue
and your bone bruises are turning into calcium deposits.
Grrr.

Now,
to be truthful,
I like this method.
Heck,
I love this method.
I love to start a work out
and drive myself until I am ready to drop.
Like a tired dog my head droops,
and I know my teeth work just fine…

BUT,
what is new martial art technology?
Well,
let’s consider a few things.
A couple of hundred years ago,
there was no public education in China.
People learned how to talk by duplicating their parents,
and that was it.
No math,
except what you needed to barter.
And,
if you did get an official education,
in China it was the five excellences.
calligraphy, painting, poetry, t’ai chi, and medicine
No math to speak of,
nothing like physiology, grammar, science, physics,
etcetera, etcetera…
And the really rich people sent their children to western schools to get educated.
Sure,
I’ve probably overstated it,
but not by much.

So,
martial arts were learned by monkey see monkey do,
and nobody ever thought to examine other sciences
to see where they overlapped
and how those other sciences could be used
to understand martial arts.

When I matrixed I began using a form of logic,
a form based in Boolean algebra.
I compared body motion to angles and stresses in physics,
such things as building bridges,
flying airplanes,
and so on.
Of course,
at the core,
I still push the hard work out,
the do it till you drop dead approach.
But I propose that people understand what they are doing
BEFORE
they work out.
Understanding is the prime ingredient.
Would you become a world class musician if you copy catted
your favorite rock stars?
No.
You would just become good imitations,
at best.
If you want to become a good musician
you have to study such things as harmonics,
scales, and understand how vibrations work,
and so on.
Would you become the next Einstein
if you hand copied all his books and notes?
Nope.
Nothing new there,
just a repeat of what has been done.

To be a real artist you must be able to create.

So why don’t people do this in the martial arts?
And they really don’t.
They argue that their style is best,
without experiencing other styles.
They see a guy work out,
so they assume they know what he is doing.
Heck,
I even get people get upset with me.
They get angry when I show them a different way of doing things.
They are so regimented in old styles,
so ingrained with monkey see monkey do
that they cannot learn.
They can’t actually compare and contrast data.
They can’t see how the body can be made to support energy like a bridge,
using the same principles.
They believe in chi as a mystical thing
that people get when they get old,
if they are faithful copycats,
and they never see that chi
is a subject with scientific rules.
They can’t apply science to chi.
But they hold on to their last promotion
because it makes them an authority,
without having to really understand anything.

Now,
here’s the thing,
you doubt me.
Words like ‘snake oil’ come to mind.
Internet scamster,
another get rich quick scheme.
And so on.

I began selling martial arts by mail order
in magazines back in the 80s.
I went internet in 2002,
check the ‘wayback machine’
if you doubt.
I have a solid rep,
and offer a complete money back guarantee.
If a course is not as I describe it,
you get your money back.
Period.

Since the 80s I have refunded money maybe five or six times.
That’s all.
Not once or twice a year…
BUT ONCE OR TWICE A DECADE!
Now that is a statistic!

So,
check out the Matrix Karate page.
Read it carefully,
then order the course.
You will get more than you paid for.
You will get more than you expect.
You will get something you NEVER expected:
a scientific approach
that makes the martial arts ten times easier to learn.
You will get a way of looking at the martial arts,
that makes sense of ALL martial arts.

The alternative,
what you get if you don’t check out Matrix Karate,
and all my other courses,
is the same old same old,
that people have been grinding at for hundreds of years.
Sure,
you will get better.
Slowly and surely.
And you might even achieve mastery
before you get too old.
Maybe.

The course is here…
http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/matrix-karate/

Have a great work out!
Al

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A New Master Instructor Tells the Truth About Teaching…

Newsletter 897

A New Master Instructor Speaks!

Congratulations to Master Instructor Pat Cluse!
Here’s his win…

Dear Al.
I thank you for developing the Instructor’s Course. As an instructor, I invested in your course because you had said a few things that were of help to me, and I never miss an opportunity to learn.  I figured the price was worth any ‘risk.’
It did not take me long to accept that I had more than my monies’ worth.  Yes, many points you covered are not ‘new’ but were very refreshing and presented at a different angle.
I have modified how I teach, and consider your course notes as a prime reference.
The “SSD” drill has had the greatest impact on myself and students.  Of course I have done 1 on 1 many many times but the pull of other students in the class has impacted on the quality (of my teaching).
In the recent 2 months I have had a senior student run some combinations while I spent time with individuals.  With no ‘external’ pulls I found the process invaluable.  Not only showing the technique in mind, but able to get the student totally attentive, to be able to find/understand the words used, and also to incorporate more fruitful body alignment,  body movement coordination with the techniques, and points of power stress with immediate relaxation. In this short time, none of the students have reverted to pre-“SSD” drill.  The big thing is they now understand what I am teaching.  So I have improved as an instructor…
Thanks, Pat
Thank you, Pat,
and well done.
The drill Pat is referring to,
the “SSD” drill
is an incredibly simple drill,
yet no one ever does it.
It was used a little bit in Kenpo,
then it was dropped by the wayside.
In the Kang Duk Won
the whole system was set up around that drill,
without ever showing what that drill was.
Yet,
it you use that drill in your teachings,
the results are incredible.
Students get what you are saying instantly.
Nobody yawns,
everybody gets how the martial arts work and why.
Students become instantly better,
it speeds up your teachings,
stops people from dropping out (due to confusion, etc.)
and helps create a true art,
that is,
an art with proper alignment,
an art that is usable,
an art that works.
And it is only one drill,
in a course packed with info, data and usable gems.
And it is all scientifically based.

Well enough.
Again,
well done Pat,
and well done to your students…
The course is here…
http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/4-master-instructor-course/
Have a great work out!
Al

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Cobra Kai Karate is Coming for You!

Newsletter 896

The Revenge of Cobra Kai Karate!

Great news item,
a remake of the Karate Kid
starring the original Ralph Maccio (Daniel LaRusso)
AND
the villain you love to hate,
what was his name,
the bad guy kid Ralph beats up
in the final tournament?

Yeah, you can’t remember his name,
even though he was a great villain.
The character’s name was Johnny Lawrence,
the actor who played Johnny to perfection was…
William Zabka!

Now,
can you see it,
the characters should be about 50 years old,
fighting one last tournament
for the rights to Geritol.
No,
I’m kidding,
Johnny has fallen on bad times,
and reopens the Cobra Kai,
and falls afoul of Daniel.

Interesting.

So let’s look at this thing.

Daniel works out in solitude,
patient,
thinks about what he does.

Johnny gets in street fights,
cultivates anger,
runs on emotions,
is a loser.

Hmmm.

Daniel waxes on and off,
searches for whatever the heck Miyagi meant,
and becomes a winner.

This was the premise of the original Karate Kid,
and it worked.
Not because it was real,
but because it played to the victim in all of us.
We are all alone in our hearts,
we all want success and friendship,
and therein lies the movie.
The movie plays to our basic wants and needs.

It actually is a superior piece of film making.
As an advice to martial artists…hmmm.

No,
if you want to beat people up,
you have to practice beating people up.
That is the point of the kata and freestyle and techniques.

The mistake of the Cobra Kai
was in the admonishment to …
KILL! KILL! KILL!

So,
has Johnny learned his lesson?
Or is he about to get a new one?
I think we know the answer to that.

But,
will millions of kids be convinced,
or maybe I should say
will millions of 50 year olds be convinced
to find a Cobra Kai
where they can vent 50 years of failure and rage?
Or will millions of 50 years,
tottering on the brink of old age,
be convinced to at last kick a bag,
explore the patience of their minds,
discover how the body really works,
and enter old age with a new heart and body?

The answer,
of course,
is going to be in what kind of school they sign up in.

The odd thing is this:
We all remember the name ‘Copbra Kai!’
Does anybody remember the name of Daniel’s…uh, school?

Interesting.

So,
here’s the course you should take to start off your journey into geriatrics…
http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/matrix-karate/
Check the page out,
it’s got a real bit of unbelievable history on it,
history that will explain all sorts of things about Karate
and the martial arts in general.
And if you’re really hurting,
start off with the Tai Chi on that page.

See you at #MartialArtsmovies!

Have a great work out!

Al

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New Martial Arts Master Instructor Offers Insights…

Newsletter 895

Congrats to New Master Instructor

Congratulations to new Master Instructor
Garren Lockhart.

Here’s his win…

Mr. Case,
I have received the Master Instructor Course, read it multiple times and have wondered…where has this information been and why is this not required for all instructors that have the care of their students entrusted to them? I was amazed at the principles of Matrixing and how they can take any martial art and develop it into one practicum.
I am a great believer in your “The Three Rules”. I have developed a sort of climate survey for my students to have input on the quality of instruction. I also have another survey for my instructors to evaluate themselves and each other.
(I have deleted a couple of paragraphs here, the material would give away too much of the course…Al)
The most obvious observations I made is that my students seem to “lose” their breath while training. By demonstrating the breathing techniques that you share in the course, I was able to assist in redirecting their breathing patterns.
I look forward to introducing more of your principles into the classes. I have ordered the “Matrix Karate” course and anticipate a great learning and training experience, with it.
Thank you, Mr. Case
Garren Lockhart
Thank you,
Garren,
and well done.
Garren is taking the material
and using it right on the spot
with his students.
Exactly what one is supposed to do in the martial arts.
How do you think people learned before structured classes were invented?
They searched people out,
talked and traded.
Sometimes they fought,
but fighting tends to establish pecking order,
and often people aren’t willing to listen (learn)
to people who have beaten them in such fashion.
Look at your own instructors.
Sure,
they could beat you,
but if they are mean,
you don’t hang around long.
You only listen to people you like.

Anyway,
sort of went on a rant there,
but the point is this…

When you teach, when you share something,
it is as if it leaves a space in your mind,
you have poured out,
and something needs to get poured in.
If your intention has been pure,
if your heart is right,
what comes to you will probably be the next step.

I have found that to always be true.
When I figure something out,
I immediately share it.
Give it away,
talk and teach,
and suddenly I am learning something new,
figuring something else out.
It is a never ending process
that makes your life mean something.

Anyway,
if you want your life to mean something,
get a copy of
The Master Instructor Course.
http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/4-master-instructor-course/
Guaranteed,
as Garren says…
‘…why is this not required for all instructors that have the care of their students entrusted in them?’
Thanks, Garren.
And to all,
Have a great work out!
Al

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A New Black Belt in Temple Karate

Newsletter 894

Congrats to Temple Karate Black Belt

Congrats to Shayne Guthrie.
Here are parts of his win.
Meijin Al,
I found that if you do the material while concentrating on the basic basics and the Master Instructor course, your form and understanding are greatly enhanced and makes the material easily understood.
I dedicated the last 7 yrs to studying everything that you have written and I chose the Temple Karate program, with your entire Monkey Boxing course, simply because everything you teach, is in these personal system of yours. The Karate, the Shaolin, the Pau Kua and the Tai Chi.
I believe the forms were good due to these two courses. The 40 monkeys really showed and allowed the bridge to be seen from application to actual combat. And, the temple forms, in the way that you structured them just made the Karate I learned in my 20’s make more sense. An example is the second movement in Pinan 3, where the double block ends, in the classical movement, you expanded that motion with a step slap grab motion…which when I was first learning it I always thought there should be something else. This is one of the reasons that I decided on Temple Karate, it was here that I knew I had found a True Art.
Thank you and I hope you do not mind me addressing you as Meijin…I have a friend who is fluent in Japanese ( a fellow MA) and I was discussing some of your teachings and he commented Meijin and when I asked him what that meant he said this:
Meijin Literally “brilliant  man,†a rarely used title for only the oldest, most dedicated and most skilled of instructors in a system.  The title carries with it a  sense of genius in the martial arts, and may also imply attainment of a high spiritual level.

I thought it described you very well!

A Humble Bow Meijin

Thank you, Shayne,
and it is I who am humbled.
To be called Meijin,
quite an honor.
I don’t think anybody has ever said that before,
so I thank you,
I hope I deserve such a compliment.

And,
for all,
it starts with Matrix Karate,
proceeds through the kung fu courses,
goes into Monkey Boxing.

But just because you have done Matrix Karate,
doesn’t mean there isn’t more karate.
The fact is,
classical karate isn’t really understood
until you have done that first matrixing course.
then it opens up,
and goes a lot of places
That is the intent of Temple Karate.

Here’s the link.

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

Again,
thanks Shayne,
and to all…

HAVE A GREAT WORK OUT!

Al

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