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A Martial Arts Ability That’s So Easy It’s Hard

Newsletter 920

Super Advanced Secret Martial Arts!

One of the things I really like
is when somebody understands what I’m talking about.
Hey, who doesn’t, right?

Some fellow writes and says:
‘I see it, the martial arts are all the same!
Karate, Pa Kua, Aikido, there’s no difference!’

within a fortnight,
this same fellow will be chuckling with glee,
looking at somebody doing an art,
and understanding what that fellow is doing.
He sees a move,
and the whole picture opens up for him.
‘Oh, that guy is doing Kenpo.
Here is the karate variation.
Here is the Tai Chi variation.
And so on.

Once somebody understands that all arts are one,
the door opens.
He learns just by looking.
If he has done his basic work in some art,
say a couple of years getting his basics down,
it is easy as pie
to shift those basics,
and understand entire arts at a glance.

I remember the first time I verbalized this.
I was walking through an outdoor mall with one of my students,
we were passing out fliers.
My student saw a fellow coming towards us.
‘Here’s somebody,’ he said.
I glanced at the guy,
and without thinking, I said,
‘Studies Kenpo.’
My student stared at me.
“Well, he does.”
More stare.
“Ask him.”
So we stopped the fellow and I said,
‘Hey, you study Kenpo, right?’
The guy grinned and nodded.
He had just gotten his brown belt the night before.

But my student couldn’t believe it.
“That was luck!”

Two guys were walking towards us.
“The guy on the right does kenpo, too.
The guy on the left is Taekwondo.”

So we stopped them,
and I was right again.

Now my student was freaked.
“How are you doing that?”

it’s sort of the way they walk,
each art walks differently,
but the real key is just a sort of attitude around them.”

I had about 30 years experience at the time,
I was hot and heavy into figuring matrixing out,
and knowing what people studied didn’t impress me.
I wasn’t impressed with myself,
It was just something I could do.
No biggie.

I had practiced the basics,
you see,
and the basics from a large enough variety of martial arts,
that I knew that all arts were one.
And I could see the flavor,
or the slant of a basic,
and I could see the flavor or slant
seeping into the way people walked,
how they talked and moved.
it was sort of second realization for me.
The first was just realizing that people were uncoordinated,
walked all wrong,
didn’t understand the physics
of how their joints worked,
how their muscles moved,
of how to move the body without muscles.

The funny thing is,
there’s a few of you out there thinking I’m wacky.
But there’s more of you out there,
who have studied some matrixing,
read the Master Instructor book,
done the course,
that you know exactly what I’m talking about.
you guys are my proof.

to tell the truth,
anybody who has done the real martial arts,
not the domination and bully stuff,
but the patient, mind cooling stuff,
can do what what I’ve described here.

The question here is why take thirty or forty years to get there,
you could take a few matrixing courses
realize that all arts are one,
and have this ability in a year or two.

You could get started on any of the courses,
but I like the Master Instructor course,
cause it goes into the right way to use the body,
right away.

Have a great work out!


Karate Proved to be Worthless!

Newsletter 919

Karate is No Good!

Here’s a beaut for you.
Freakin’ unbelievable.
I had a student come in the other day,
a young kid, and he says:
‘My cousins say my karate is no good.
They say that if you don’t use it in the ring its not a martial art.’

So what I had been doing for the last 50 years was no good.
I’m glad somebody finally told me.
Here I thought I was doing okay.

So I asked him if his cousins studied martial arts.
He said, ‘No.’
I asked him if they had ever studied any martial arts.
He said, ‘No.’
I asked him if he really cared about the opinions of people who didn’t know anything…he laughed and said…’No.’

And the point here is that these two bozos
had watched lots of MMA,
followed the UFC rabidly.
But they had never put on the gloves,
stepped on the mat,
even tried something as simple as a punch.

But they thought they knew everything.

You know,
most MMA guys have a history of classical martial arts.
And they don’t come out and say the martial arts are no good.
they take what they can,
move on to what they want to do,
and don’t bother bad mouthing anything.

karate has some great self-defense,
kung fu has some great strength building exercises,
aikido has some great sensitivity drills,
ta chi chuan has some great rehabilitative qualities,
and so on and so on.

So nobody has to feel bad
just because two VERY IGNORANT bozos
spout their opinion at the drop of their very light hats.

This is the course I taught write before matrixing.
Combined two arts,
shortened and streamlined forms,
the best applications of both arts,
and very hard core.

Have a great work out!

Beat Feet, Retreat, and Win with Martial Arts!

Newsletter 918

The Danger of Reverse Martial Arts!

there are three dangers here,
and one exception,
but first let’s answer the question…
What the heck is ‘Reverse Martial Arts?’
The answer is simple.
Backing up.
Retreating…and usually in disarray and with little hope!

The simplicity,
as you’ve no doubt heard,
is that there are three levels to a man.

If the body backs up,
if you are running,
can’t cope with the attack,
then the opponent can see it,
exploit it,
and chase you down.
By not holding your ground you become weak.

the body backs up because the mind has failed.
The mind is a bunch of memory,
and the memories we are speaking of
are those techniques
you’ve tried so hard to make
But if the attack comes too fast,
is something you don’t understand,
you flinch…
which is to say back up.
So the mind has to back up first,
then the body.

the mind backs up because the spirit has failed.
The spirit is you.
You set yourself a task,
you decide to ‘go forward,’
but something confuses you,
makes you blink,
and you let go your task,
and the mind shuts down,
and the body backs up.

You are in retreat,
and in retreat is the danger of losing.

there is an exception.
If your retreat is a plan,
if you realize something about the other person,
that you can deflate his presence,
depower his weapons,
confuse his strategy,
by a momentary retreat,
by ‘suckering him in,’
then you are not running.
You are setting the other fellow up,
or ‘attacking in retreat.’

that all said,
there is a cure,
a way to make sure that you never fail on any level,
and not on all three levels.
This is to keep the eyes open,
to study your mistakes,
to go forward with thought,
with consideration,
with analysis.
But that’s hard to do.
it is the key to superlative martial arts.

here’s the obligatory link…

if you can do this course,
if you can keep your eyes forward and steady,
unblinking and ready,
while doing this drill…
you are da man!

Have a great work out!



Congrats to New Master Instructor!

Newsletter 917

Congratulations to New Master Instructor!

Congrats to Michael Marcello
Here is his win…

The Master Instructor Course has inspired me and given me the tools I needed to finally start teaching. I’ve been in and around martial arts all of my life and I’ve been in over a thousand skirmishes while working in corrections and as a night club bouncer. Now at 56 years old, with the help of your MI Course I finally have the confidence to start teaching. Thanks Al.

Thank you Michael!
very impressed by your resume.
There are people who actually have to survive,
they have to know that their art is correct.
by the way,
is all of us.

I often think about
how a dozen years of learning
might boil down to a handful of seconds of life or death use,
and how valuable those dozen years were.

you never have to use the art,
and can live your life,
just appreciating your good health,
how you stay young while others grow old,
how you have more patience,
how easy it is to guide people towards the better things.
let’s not forget,
how darn much fun it is
to get out on the mat,
to sweat,
to play freestyle with others,
to learn nifty tricks that render an attacker silly.

thanks Michael,
and congrats.
for everybody else,
here’s the link…

Have a great work out!



Okinawan Masters Hide the Real Karate!

Newsletter 916

Theory of Secret Techniques Proven!

Thanks to Tom Jackson,
who pointed me.

So I write,
on the Matrix Karate page of,
about how Karate was passed down.
I write about the transmission of Karate
from Okinawa to Japan,
and I ask the question…
would the Okinawans really be willing
to teach the Japanese real karate
after the Japanese had ‘stolen’ their emperor?
I ask the question…
would the Japanese,
even if they knew the true karate,
be willing to teach the Americans,
who had just A bombed their cities?

Two important questions.
and totally justified,
considering the condition of Karate
in modern times.

And what is the condition?
I hold to the fact
that there are secret techniques.
There are techniques that haven’t been passed down.
There are things that were held on to,
and the real karate is a mere shadow in history.

This is a sometimes unpopular position,
especially when some people hold up the karate they learned,
and think they know it all.
Their sweat obscures knowledge.

the Tom J referenced at the beginning of this newsletter,
pointed me to a book

Hidden Karate:
The True Bunkai for the Heian Katas and Naihanchi
Gennosuke Higaki

In this book
(about page 65)
the author talks about ‘The Secret Pact.’
This pact was made between the Okinawa masters,
that the true karate should be taught.
That the real techniques should remain hidden.
There is a lot of information
concerning those ‘lost’ bunkai.
Including oral teachings,
reasons for techniques,
and so on.

It is really interesting,
I’ve been saying this for years,
then to have it totally validated
and by someone who’s credentials appear legit
is pretty cool.
Mind you,
the author apparently uses a pseudonym,
but he speaks of his training,
and the people he studied under,
and it sounds truthful.

what is also interesting,
I have claimed to to know
one of the most pure styles of Karate in the world.
From a line parallel to the Japanese methodologies,
from a classmate of Funakoshi’s.
Kanken Toyama.
In the book,
the examples of bunkai
are VERY much like the ones I learned.
The reasons are the pretty much the same.
So this book validates what I have been saying
about the purity of my style of Karate.

I could go on and on,
but if you are interested,
Temple Karate is the course which has
much of my old style updated.
and has a series of videos
on what the original self-defense technique were based on.
you could look at the Kang Duk Won book,
which is on Amazon.
(doesn’t have the special section
on original techniques)

this has given me much food for thought,
I’ll be doing a lot of research and cogitating on this stuff.
And a book,
of course.

just thought I’d pass it on,
there was a secret agreement
by Okinawan masters
to keep their art secret.
Which agreement has caused Karate
to become less than it was,
has degraded the art immensely.
But I don’t believe in secrets,
I believe you only learn through honest communication,
so stay tuned.

Here’s the Temple link…

Have a great work out!



A New Professional Martial Arts Instructor!

Newsletter 915

New Professional Martial Arts Trainer!

Congrats to Craig Ing!

Here is his win…

Hi Al,

Attached is my completed Professional Martial Arts Instructor test and here are my “wins”.

A little about myself, I am a Kinesiotherapist specializing in orthopedics, I have degrees in kinesiology and education, I am a personal trainer and a martial arts instructor/school owner. I completed your Master Instructor course in 2015 and loved the content. Although I use the seven corrections, CBM and the teaching format, I was intrigued by the concept of your Professional Martial Arts Instructor textbook and certification. Not with the hopes of getting a job, rather I was interested in continuing to grow and improve as a teacher.

I found the book to be full of great information. What’s more, there is a legitimate rationale behind everything in the text; each concept serves a purpose. It’s never about just doing something for the sake of doing something. I appreciate, and admittedly get a small sense of validation, in finding that much of what I am currently doing as a martial arts instructor is outlined in the book.

My first “win” comes from incorporating …. with my students.  In the past I used it with my own students but got away from it due to time constraints. Introducing it to my students now, I have found improvements in their forms and postures and better fluidity in their movements.

My big “win” however, comes from your (force/flow formula). This sums up what I have tried to impart to my students but have often struggled with. This little algorithm essentially simplifies the concept of yin yang as it relates to the martial arts, so much that I could almost see the proverbial light bulb go on for one student in particular.

Thanks for another great course.

Thanks to you,

You know,
I just want to point out something,
tying on the black belt is great,
but it really means
your education has just started.
You should pick up new techniques,
new arts,
find new drills,
practice things that you might have laughed at in the past,
because you realize that every system is unique,
every system has something to offer.

A real black belt has an open mind,
is protective of his Closed Combat Systems,
and is a student for life.

It works for Craig,
and every other GOOD instructor I have ever met.
I hope it works for you.

Here’s the link
if you want to see about actually making money
from your knowledge of the martial arts…

Have a great work out!



New Book on Martial Arts Released!

Newsletter 914

Release of New Martial Arts Book!

Hi Guys and Gals,
I get emails sometimes,
asking me what I teach.
I have a truckload of arts,
I have 50 years of collecting methods,
but what do I use on a day to day basis?

I teach different things for different people,
different arts for different groups.
what art do I teach in the perfect setting,
students who actually desire to learn,
and so on.

So I wrote a book presenting the series of forms I teach.
I included the three matrixes that I use for techniques.
I included lists of grab arts and where I teach them in the system.
I included lists of freestyle methods
and where I teach them in the system.

I’m pretty liquid.
People are different,
what they want is liquid,
so I adapt.
in this system
is my best efforts
at forms that are concise,
not so difficult they can’t be remembered,
let alone used.
At the sequence of techniques
that bring people to intuitive self defense.
At how and when to teach grab arts and freestyle drills.
the link is here…

check it out,
see if you get that feeling that speaks to you,
that this might be for you.

and have a great work out!


I just released this, so if links don’t work, any problems with the download, let me know at: