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Will the Real Karate Stand up?

Got an interesting email.

Fellow asked me which version

of the basic forms in matrixing

are the real ones.

The reason is that there are small differences

in the forms over the years.

And, he’s right.

So, what’s my excuse?

Aw, heck. I don’t have an excuse.

I just kept tweaking and tweaking.

The first version is going to be just as good as the last version.

So how can I say that about a science?

Because there is an art to the science.

I don’t break certain rules, 

the body has lines of energy,

the body must be mounted on a base,

and so on.

But I do things like tweak entries,

explore different set ups,

that sort of thing.

And I expect you to do the same.

Back in the fifties

Gichin Funakoshi made the remark

that he didn’t recognize Karate as it was done,

that it bore no resemblance to the art he had been taught.

Well, of course.

Young turks in the colleges took it and ran with it.

Power was more important to them.

To an old man like Funakoshi

technique would have been important.

This would result in a MASSIVE shift

in how forms and techniques were done.

And, 

I have said this:

that the karate I see in schools, on youtube, and so on,

bears NO resemblance to the art I was taught.

And it is obvious why,

I have spoken of this many times.

Karate has been adapted for tournaments,

for politics and children and vested interest.

Now,

ideally,

once people are done exploring the arts,

playing with this concept of styles,

once they undo the silliness of politics,

of being watered down for children,

and so on,

they will reach the same conclusion I did.

All martial arts are the same.

The physics of the body work only one way,

and so a body will eventually be tweaked to what works,

and what works is physics.

So much for the argument of which art is better.

They are all good,

but only as good as the man who

understands physics can make them.

All right,

One of the last versions of classical Karate I did was…

Temple Karate

Check it out.

It isn’t the perfect matrixed forms,

but it is classical karate

as seen through a physics filter.

Should make you think.

Okay

have yourself a great work out!

Al

And don’t forget to check out the interview

BTW

I’m always pushing my novels,

did you know I write other stuff?

If you want to know the truth about government,

you will find some startling matrixing going on in

THE SCIENCE OF GOVERNMENT!

The Rather Nifty Pubic Punch

An interesting type of Punch

I’m not much into hitting pressure points.
Oh,
they work,
but the skill required,
and the time required to master,
better spent perfecting your punch,
the angles of your form,
etc.

But,
there are certain angles which I pursue.
Passing a punch can I put a finger
on a fellow’s shoulder and take him down?
Can I body bump somebody so they fly away?
And,
one of my favorites,
the pubic punch.

You block,
then you place your fist on his waist
POINTING DOWNWARD…
and you push down.
His legs collapse,
just like they have no muscle at all,
and he falls all the way to the ground.

If you examine this move,
it’s almost like a low block,
which tells people that a block
can be a hell of a lot more than a block.

Now
A BIG AND HUGE WARNING.
Be careful.
Don’t punch,
don’t cause impact.
The top of the leg is a small bone
that fits into the hip ‘socket.’
If you break this,
we are talking BIG surgery
and 6 months before any walking.
So you don’t punch down,
you gently push down.
Unless,
of course,
you really want the guy’s lunch money.

I can actually use this in freestyle.
I’ve have used it.
Very difficult,
requires exact positioning,
and you have to know what the guy is going to do
before you do it.

And,
I call this
‘THE PUBIC PUNCH.’

But,
the good thing,
once you have this technique down
the skill required offers itself to other techniques.

Anyway,
try it,
let me know if it works for you.
And let me toss the obligatory ad in here.

There are a lot of cool things like this
in Tai Chi Chuan.
Tell the truth,
I ransacked TCC for techniques
to use in Karate.
Quite interesting,
very beneficial.
So,
here’s the course that shows
all sorts of subtle moves
that will really work in freestyle.

Five Army Tai Chi Chuan

Now…
have yourself a great work out!
Al

And don’t forget to check out the interview
https://anchor.fm/dale-gillilan/episodes/S1E10—Al-Case-e12e3np

BTW
I’m always pushing my novels,
did you know I write other stuff?
If you want to know the truth about government,
you will find some startling matrixing going on in

THE SCIENCE OF GOVERNMENT!

The Essence of Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune

I wrote

a couple of newsletters ago

about the essence of Bruce Lee’s Art,

Jeet Kune Do.

Let me expand just a bit on that.

Bruce was concerned with the initial point of contact,

the entry into the fight.

So he figured out that there were five places

where you could ‘attack an attack.’

And that one concept

really sums up

The Way of the Intercepting Fist,

right?

You can interrupt an attack before it starts,

you can stop an attack on the way in.

You can attack and attack at the point of contact.

You can attack when the attacker is on the way out.

You can beat an attacker after the attack.

Obviously, each one of these points

has certain considerations.

Number five, for instance,

attack after it is over.

That’s like saying start anew,

but i fully understand Bruce putting it

with the five points of attack.

Now,

his attack could be summed up 

with three steps,

kicking, punching and kneeing/elbowing.

So his basic drill was

kicking,

punching the pads on the way in

and closing for the knee elbow.

Now this is simplicity,

and it is genius for its simplicity.

So where do I differ from him?

I analyzed lots of arts like he did,

but I decided the essence of the martial arts

was not to obsess on attacking.

Yes,

you have to throw the punch

or do the throw,

but you should see it coming

before it happens.

This idea,

seeing something before it happens,

was a product of the karate style I studied.

It’s very zen.

I often wonder 

if Bruce had studied Karate,

I mean in a ritualistic setting,

he would have come up with similar idea.

Maybe.

But the point is this,

I decided that the time to handle the attack 

is when it reaches a certain physical point,

and that point would be when it enters ‘slapping’ range.

I structured Monkey Boxing around this idea.

Don’t charge in a fight,

rely on the sla[ping distance.

Part of it was that I’m 6 foot and 200 pounds,

so I encountered smaller guys

who were faster.

When I stopped trying to get them,

and relaxed and waited for them,

then I started winning.

I was no longer the big ‘sitting duck,’

but a guy who’s punches they ran into.

Now,

obviously,

there are many different ways

of looking at this matter of fighting.

Bruce isn’t right or wrong,

neither am I.

We’re just people with strategies,

tactics,

and preferred methods.

And the real point is that you

have to look into each art

and play with the techniques

until you understand the concepts,

then put what works for you together.

The martial arts are not a set in stone methodology.

They are a changing, adapting tactic.

Now,

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It sets you up for weapons, hands and feet and takedowns.

Check it out.

Okay,

one last thing…

I get wins from people all the time,

and ometimes I like to share them,

hope somebody else’s wins 

can inspire oyu.

So here is Justin Harris…

I just had a hell of a workout with my Matrix Karate forms plus House 1, House 2, and Moon form. The interesting thing about a matrixed form is how well it stays in memory. I hadn’t practiced these in a while but I busted em out today and let me tell you they are so natural and intuitive, they just flowed right out of me. I can’t remember many classical forms I learned years ago. But the interesting thing is that the logic of a matrixed and organized form sticks in the mind and body better than random stuff. Not saying classical forms are bad, I do quite a few of them sometimes but logic and a clear sense of how to make the art True makes things so much easier. 

Many thanks!

Sifu Justin Harris

Dragon Palm Tai Chi and Kung Fu

Thanks, Justin,

I appreciate the kind words,

and I love it when Matrixing works for people.

Now…everybody…

have a great work out!

Al

And don’t forget to check out the interview

BTW

I’m always pushing my novels,

did you know I write other stuff?

If you want to know the truth about government,

you will find some startling matrixing going on in

THE SCIENCE OF GOVERNMENT!

A NEW MASTER INSTRUCTOR!

Congrats to the latest Master Instructor…

Mr. Francisco Sierra de la Rosa

Here’s his win…

In my case, being a person who already practiced martial arts before, both Chinese and Japanese styles, the concepts I was looking for were not so much technical concepts as the possibility of learning elements related to teaching, body structure, and the science behind the movement of the body when practicing martial arts.

I consider that in the course there are really useful and important tools when it comes to martial arts and their application, very important is the lesson on grounding and how it affects the movement of our body and the ability of this to relate to an opponent.

Another concept very well treated in the course is the explanation to the student of concepts such as the generation of energy and the importance of dantien … or at least a simple way to understand the Chinese teachings on how force works.

I consider that one of the most interesting elements that I have learned is the importance of angles in martial arts, it is true that this concept I had dealt with before, almost without realizing it, but not with this clarity, applicable to different situations.

In short, if we are able to combine our physical structure, with the world around us, we find the practical application of lines, angles, circles and elements that undeniably build the world, the result of this I consider these concepts of the most important during learning in the course, and applicable in all systems that someone works, with their differences and details of each art.

Thank you, Francisco, and well done!

He’s really pointed out three crucial items.

teaching, body structure and…

the science behind body motion.

Teaching is easy to understand,

take something from your mind

and put it into your student’s.

But…so few can do it.

Body structure is another bug a boo.

It is crucial,

but nobody understands the six secrets

that will make ANY martial arts technique work.

The big item, however,

is what is behind motion.

Would you like to know what I was thinking,

when I wrote about 

what is behind the Martial Arts?

It’s real simple,

but unless you get it,

you don’t understand what is behind motion.

The best way to explain this is this…

You are looking through binoculars.

Who is looking?

You.

The binoculars are but a tool.

Okay, you are looking through your eyes.

Who is looking?

You.

The eyes are but a tool.

Now,

I have said everything,

that is the secret.

And to understand the martial arts,

the universe and life, 

all you have to do is understand one thing:

Who are you?

Okay, obligatory ad…

The Master Instructor Course.

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All the secrets

easy to understand,

easy to teach.

You’re welcome.

HAVE A GREAT WORK OUT!

Al

And don’t forget to check out the interview

BTW

I’m always pushing my novels,

did you know I write other stuff?

If you want to know the truth about government,

you will find some startling matrixing going on in

THE SCIENCE OF GOVERNMENT!

Getting Rid of Reaction Time

I had the most interesting letter the other day,

the fellow described his problem like this…

‘When I freestyle

these young guys dart in and punch,

then get out before I can get them.’

Now,

who among you hasn’t encountered this?

And it points up to a truth of the martial arts.

The purpose of the martial arts

is to deliver a force or flow

without receiving a force or flow.

In other words,

dart in and hit,

then get the heck out of Dodge

before you get hit.

Now,

what is the cure?

I know,

a lot of people will say,

‘train harder!’

And they are right,

but there is something else you can do,

that will make your training more efficient

and get you there faster.

Consider what time is.

I think I mentioned this a newsletter or two ago,

but…

TIME IS DISTANCE

Specifically,

time is used to measure distance,

or how fast you can go from point A to point B.

So these guys who are darting in and hitting

have ‘faster distance.’

I know.

It’s weird,

but here is the secret.

When people launch strikes,

they punch to where the person is,

and that is a HUGE mistake.

They should be punching where the person will be.

Think about it,

if you punch to where he is,

by the time your fist

travels from point A to point B,

the opponent has moved from point B to point C.

Your fist whistles through the space

where the fellow was.

And he hits you,

darts out,

and…sheeesh!

He gets the point

and you get the frustration.

Now,

let’s look at this problem a little.

The problem is not that he’s slow,

or that he needs oodles of training,

it is that he is punching to

where the fellow is when he gets hit by him,

and by the time his punch gets there

the guy is gone.

This is called reaction time.

And the secret of the martial arts is that you must train

until you don’t have it.

You move when he moves,

not after he moves,

and that means not to where he was

when he punched you.

I know,

it seems complex.

But if you think about it for a while

it turns really simple.

So here is what this fellow should be doing,

anticipate where his attacker is going to be

and punch there.

Anticipate.

Ah,

what a wonderful world.

What it means,

the function here,

is that you punch when the guy is moving forward.

Not when he sinks his weight and punches,

and certainly not when he is darting out.

Now,

this is incredibly simple,

but it hinges on something that nobody does.

Nobody actually looks at what they are doing.

They get in the game,

they build reaction time,

and they don’t lose reaction time

by…LOOKING.

Watch some people freestyle.

Study them, and see if you can tell

when they are going to strike.

Do they bounce a certain way to set up?

Do they dip their shoulders?

Do they sink their weight?

Do they shift the focus of their eyes?

There are a THOUSAND tells (hints, clues)

as to when a fellow is going to move.

So if you take the time to LOOK at somebody,

and learn what the ‘tells’ are,

then you can punch when they move in,

and they will,

at best,

run into your fist.

At worst,

they will become gunshy.

Remember,

they are darting in because they don’t want to get hit,

which is to say they are scared of getting hit.

On some level,

they are scared,

and you attacking without waiting

is going to rock their boat.

And,

a last word on this…

watch a boxing match,

or an MMA match where the opponents are into punching.

Study the moments

before the knock out comes.

Watch,

and you will see the guy who is going to lose

get tired,

or in some manner…

stop looking.

That’s the proof, right there.

And,

where did I get this idea?

From freestyling for over 50 years,

and I wrote a matrix for timing,

which is a matrix for distance,

in Matrix Kung Fu.

But the course is not about time and distance,

it is about jointlocks and takedowns and such.

But when I put these things together

I was faced with the problem of developing entries,

and that’s what started me on the path

of figuring out what to do 

with the simple equation…

time is distance.

Okay,

here’s the obligatory link…

MONKEY BOXING (MATRIX KUNG FU)

And,

have yourself a great work out!

Al

And don’t forget to check out the interview

BTW

I’m always pushing my novels,

did you know I write other stuff?

If you want to know the truth about government,

you will find some startling matrixing going on in

THE SCIENCE OF GOVERNMENT!

The True Path of the Martial Arts

In the next couple of months 

I’m going to be rewriting the website.

There are a lot of reasons for this.

I basically built Monster Martial Arts

as I progressed as a person.

This resulted in a specific path.

A True Way.

A method that works,

ties all the martial arts together,

and gets the student there FAST.

Unfortunately,

I was just plugging in stuff as I did it.

No rhyme or reason,

just putting it up 

and moving along

as fast as I could.

The result is that Monster,

while enlightening,

doesn’t present the path as I envision it.

So I’m going to fix that.

Following is a graphic that I will use

to restructure the website,

and present the art in the correct order.

Now,

the way this works is simple.

The boxes on the left side

are the arts in order.

The boxes in the middle are the courses 

specific to the arts.

Obviously,

you would simply do the arts

as I have listed them in the middle boxes.

The box on the right

are supplementary materials.

I will be drawing on those as I see fit,

as they fit into the line up of arts and courses.

Now,

there is much room for jiggling and joggling.

For instance,

just to name one specific,

which should come first?

Tai Chi or Monkey Boxing.

Technically,

Monkey Boxing would be the first.

But culturally,

Tai Chi should come first.

So I chose my order of arts,

but that doesn’t mean you are bound by it.

And,

what about weapons?

TEchnically,

it is at the end,

but we all know that weapons

can be plugged in anywhere.

So you can do the arts in any order you wish.

Although I always recommend Matrixing first,

as that is the core of the logic,

of the science,

of the martial arts.

So,

that is what I am working on,

and I will keep you posted,

and even set up a dummy site first,

and invite you to go through it

and offer comments and criticisms as you wish.

Now,

I know I’m not giving you

the secrets of the universe this time,

although one could say that offering 

a completely sane pathway for the martial arts

IS a secret of the universe,

but stay tuned.

The pearls are coming

so don’t be swine.

And,

that said,

here’s a little fourth of July gift for you.

http://churchofmartialarts.com/realstat/mtrixdictinry.pdf

I wrote this back in 2002,

and I put it on almost every course,

and it has even been pirated

and put on the internet,

and I never bothered invoking copyright

because it is so valuable.

The definitions illustrate matrixing,

and highlight the real science of the martial arts.

Now,

obligatory ad…

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Now,

have some great fire works and…

BLOW UP EVERYTHING!

Have a great work out!

Al

And don’t forget to check out the interview

BTW

Have you checked out my novel?

Monkeyland?

Supercharging Karate Strikes

There is one drill

I have never seen anywhere else.

We used to do it in the Kang Duk Won 

back in the sixties,

and it was part of Pinan Two,

and other forms,

but it has disappeared from classical karate,

one more example of the ‘dumbing down’ of the martial arts.

We didn’t have a name for it,

and I just call it ‘supercharging.’

It is used to increase the power of a punch, kick, etc.

And,

do it for a while

and you’ll totally understand and have chi power.

So here is a clip.

If the video doesn’t show up in this article/newsletter,

Put an H in your browser, then add the rest of this link…

ttps://youtu.be/PSeEBq21yjU

Once again Apple refuses to talk to other computers, so I had to list it this way. Sigh.

Now,

the way this technique works is simple.

You simply raise your leg

then stomp your foot as you strike.

The mechanics behind it are equally as simple.

Weight equals work equals energy.

(Wt = Wk = E)

This is why you do low stances,

so you ‘feel’ more weight,

and have to create more energy,

which energy can be directed into your strike.

But stomping the foot

(and not so hard that you damage your foot)

creates a quick shot of power,

the tan tien works harder,

more energy goes out,

and you simply synch the energy explosion with the punch.

Voila,

instant ‘chi power.’

Now, as I said,

it is in parts of the classical Pinan forms.

But you won’t see it today.

I have examined virtually every example

of pinan two on youtube,

and it isn’t there.

The technique is about the 5th move in the form.

You have just done the side to side blocks in the beginning,

and you are about to do a simultaneous block and kick to the rear,

then turn 180 degrees and do a knife block to the front.

In the modern version

the student simply turns and takes a stance with a knife block.

In the real version

you kick,

then,

you turn 180 degrees

and stomp the foot as you knife block.

It was hard to twist 180 while you were stomping,

but it taught a higher degree of body control.

There were other examples in other forms,

other ways of doing this ‘supercharging,’

and I have developed it over the years.

As you will see in the clip,

I use it for chops and punches and kicks.

The clip is from the course I put together.

The Nine Square Diagram R & D course.

That course is around 180 video segments.

It is a monster,

and it is FILLED with things like this.

And,

if you’re unsure,

it is a lot of money to invest,

you can always check out one of the other courses on the site

and make sure it is what you want.

If the link doesn’t appear correctly,

put an H in your browser, then add this…

ttps://youtu.be/PSeEBq21yjU

Here’s the link…

Now,

since I have told you the secrets of the universe,

and done the obligatory advertising,

there really is nothing more to say,

except,

of course…

HAVE A GREAT WORK OUT!

Al

And don’t forget to check out the interview

BTW

Have you checked out my novel?

Monkeyland?

Destroying a Karate Stance

Good morning!

I was out driving

and came to a stork crossing.

So I had to wait.

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While I was waiting I got out

and duplicated the storks motion.

Tried to figure out how

I could make a martial art out of it.

Nah. I’m just kidding.

Already been done.

And,

I believe in physics more than animal motions.

Which brings us to today’s enlightenment.

Have you ever heard of 

shiko dachi

It’s sort of like Kiba dachi,

a horse stance,

but the feet are turned out 45 degrees.

Weird.

Here’s a graphic I took from The MartialWay.com.au

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Now,

this stance is famous,

used in Goju a lot,

people swear by it,

tout it’s virtues,

and…

it points up how F’ed up karate can get.

Look, the physics of the matter are simple.

The purposes of the stance are two fold.

To grip the ground,

or to launch from the ground.

Examine the feet,

the arches of the feet are necessary for gripping.

If you turn the feet out,

as in shiko dachi,

it destroys the ability of the foot

to grip the ground.

Further,

it splits the intention.

Your knees are pointed in two directions,

but karate,

or any good martial art,

is based on the idea that the body must go

in one direction.

One direction and one intention.

Further,

look at the drawing on the right.

The lower back is bent.

The feet are pointing out,

which necessitates the hips moving in a certain direction,

which causes the back to bow.

But the back is supposed to be straight in karate.

It transmits energy better when it is straight.

So the point is this,

doing Shiko dachi destroys your balance,

ruptures your body mechanics,

and can even hurt the arches of your feet.

Yet people swear by it.

And,

when you examine various writings,

looking for a truth behind Shiko Dachi,

you come up with gobbledegook.

One fellow made a remark that

shiko dachi softens the back.

And he said it like that is good.

And he said it like it makes sense.

When it makes no sense at all.

What the hell is ‘softening the back?’

Another fellow claimed Shiko Dachi is a powerful stance,

then he showed all sorts of applications.

But his applications weren’t based so much 

on the power of the stance,

but on edging his body inward to upset balance.

Yes, the stance appeared to work,

but it was really the ‘body bump’ that worked.

And every application he did,

it looked awkward,

and would have looked better,

and worked better,

if he had used a classic horse stance.

The long and the short of this is this…

Shiko dachi is not a good karate stance,

and shouldn’t even be included with karate stances,

except to show how a stance shouldn’t be done.

Yet,

as I said in the beginning,

experts swear by it,

legends taught it (Yamaguchi, among others)

and it is obvious that they were doing something cool,

something maybe even based in other practices

than the martial arts,

and they had

NEVER EXAMINED THE PHYSICS OF THE THING!

But,

don’t believe me.

Try it for yourself.

Learn the physics of the body,

apply shiko dachi,

and see if you come to the same conclusion as I did.

Poke around TheMartialWay website,

they have a lot of good stuff,

it’s not all shiko dachi,

but you will find a lot of stuff written on shiko dachi.

And,

just a friendly disclaimer,

I post this analysis not to bad mouth anybody,

but to educate.

Nowhere do I get personal,

everywhere I talk about the structure of the body,

the intention of the spirit inside and outside of the body,

and so on.

And,

obligatory advertisement,

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they are in 

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I did that course in 2007,

have sold thousands of them,

and NOBODY

has ever proved me wrong.

And,

only two people have said

they knew the stuff on the course.

But both of those guys agreed that my course

was superior in teaching the concepts.

Here’s the link…

Master Instructor Course

Okay,

 I’m thinking about that stork I showed you earlier.

Maybe I don’t believe in mysticism,

but I sure believe in dinnertime.

Can you dig it?

Kentucky Fried…Storks!

Have a SUPER work out!

Al

Here’s the link again

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

And don’t forget to check out the interview

BTW

Have you checked out my novel?

Monkeyland?

Understanding Focus and Chi Power in the Martial Arts

The Direction of Energy in Your Arm in Karate

I was standing outside the other day,
the wind picked up,
really howled.
The sky got REALLY dark,
and the rain came.
Now,
here is the weird thing,
the rain was so light,
but more than a mist,
and it was striking me,
but it was so hot,
and the wind was so powerful
that i was standing there,
getting wet,
and drying off as fast as i got wet.
After five minutes of this being rained on
I wasn’t wet.
Weird.
I’m having a good time in Florida.

Now,
I’m going to talk about energy,
and it might get weird
but that’s good…
if you can handle it.
see,
after a lifetime of martial arts
I’ve sort of exhausted the normal,
I’ve seen and experienced all the stuff
people normally see and experience,
and so,
I tend to look a little deeper.
I don’t see the muscle and blood,
I see the angles and dimensions,
and now I don’t see the angles and dimensions
I see the direction of…stuff.

So,
you’re warned.
Let’s rock.

In the beginning I was told to tighten my whole body on impact.
I read a bunch of books
and the concept was called ‘focus.’
But, the interesting thing,
while focus was described by tightening the whole body,
the stuff I was reading said focus was not physical,
but mental.
And…
it was energy.
Over the decades I realized a few things.

My instructor didn’t say ‘focus,’
he never used the word ‘focus.’
He said…

‘Loose-tight.’

So what is the difference between focus and loose tight?
I didn’t know for the longest time,
but I did remember that my instructor moved like a whip.
Even with full power,
he delivered it in ‘whip’ fashion.
Okay,
easy enough to figure that out.

But he didn’t tighten his whole body on impact,
he only tightened his fist.
Which was weird,
and sort of went against the concept of focus,
as I understood it.
Or,
at least was different.
Sort of.

Now,
I’m a writer guy.
My best friend is a dictionary,
so I started looking up things like ‘focus,’
and ‘energy,’
and ‘power,’
and things like that,
and I found out something interesting.
Nobody understands what energy is.

There’s different fields of physics,
electricity and hydraulics and nuclear and so on
and each has their own way of expressing energy.
Heck,
in electricity we have
watts and amps and volts and…
and every field has that ‘precise’ confusion of terms.
Drives you crazy sorting through them.
I mean,
when a car has 500 ‘horsepower.’
what does that really mean?
If a 500 horsepower car can go 200 MPH
does that equate to horses pulling a cart?
WTF?

So I was dreadfully confused
by the concept of energy,
until I looked at the dictionary
and read a simple phrase.

ENERGY IS THE CAPACITY FOR WORK

Zingo Bingo,
that made sense.
It allowed me to grok all types of energy,
to appreciate them from different fields
and from different viewpoints.

BUT…
what was energy in the martial arts?
Well,
we can measure it through weight.
The amount of weight moved,
or,
in cases,
delivered,
or resisted.
Simple.
But that’s the definition physicists use,
and they are curiously blind
when it comes to the idea of chi,
which would be a type of energy
delivered by the mind.

Over the years,
following my instructor’s example,
I practiced loose-tight.
This was actually re-enforced
when I began tightening my whole body too much,
and causing myself pain.
Too much energy for the fleshy vessel to contain
and the result was ,
in my case,
whiplash.

And the realization,
flesh is temporary,
spirit is immortal.

And,
on the heels,
because of that realization,
muscles that deliver weight are temporary,
energy delivered by the mind (actually the spirit)
is forever.

Okay,
are we weird enough yet?
Well, stick with me,
go back and read this stuff again,
get yourself a dictionary and go crazy,
if you’re smart,
but…
here we go.

I began hitting people without tightening anything.
I would just sort of…
get out of my head,
have my awareness a little bit behind my body,
and I would throw the body,
like a child would throw a rock,
I,
the spirit,
would throw my body.

Oh,
it was all structured,
and I wouldn’t have been able to do that
without the discipline,
and this means forms,
of the martial arts.

It was like poking a watermelon with a stick.
Bodies flew away,
or,
I could feel it,
they were in danger of puncturing,
and I began hitting lighter and lighter,
but,
now that I was on the right track,
the lighter I hit,
the more damage I was capable of.
And now you know why
I am a bug on the subject of

CONTROL!

But striking people is not what the martial arts are about.
You’ve heard me say

There is an art to destruction,
but the true art is in control.

That is a true and absolute statement.

So,
now that I was capable of using energy,
I began to explore different ways to use energy.
I made massive gains,
which were,
in the context of chi power,
incredibly small.

An incredibly vain man,
found he was but an insect
in the ways of the universe.

So,
over the past couple of years
I have been encountering arthritis.
The good news is that I didn’t believe in arthritis,
so I was able to handle it.

I asked a doctor…
‘what are all injuries,’
she hemmed and hawed,
and I finally had to focus my question a bit better.

‘Are all injuries inflammation?’
The doctor brightened up.
“YES!”
(Whew! She wipes her forehead!)

You get a cut, a bruise, there is swelling.
You get disease and there is swelling.

Wait a minute!
What if you get a disease and there is no swelling?
There is swelling where you can’t see it.
For instance,
if an organ goes bad,
and can’t swell,
it might get…
dense.
I know,
weird,
but think about it,
an organ swelling
without being able to expand,
and the result is compaction,
and this can actually be perceivable
as a sort of dark massiness.

So I was getting arthritis,
and I was feeling this incredible pain,
and dark mass,
in my arms,
and around my body.

As I said,
I don’t believe in arthritis,
which enabled me to throw a punch,
and dissipate the black mass
that was the compaction of energy in my body.

Now,
the type of punch I do
is a bit different than tightening,
or evening loosening.
The type of punch I do these days,
is to open my hand
and flick it
like I am trying to flick water off a towel.
And the result is that I ‘flick’ condensed energy
out of my arms,
and out of my body,
and the arthritis disappears.

Now,
this has resulted in me doing the martial arts totally differently.
I only do the five pinans these days,
plus explore my own stuff,
Yep,
I do the nine square,
and monkey boxing,
and all that,
but I also hold to the classics.
My stuff is good for exploring potentials of body motion.
but I find that the classics have a slight edge
when it comes to moving energy around
inside and outside of the body.

Mind you,
I wouldn’t have understood the classics,
if I hadn’t gone through my matrixing,
and matrixed arts,
first.

So I do the Pinans,
oh, and Sanchin and,
every once in a while,
seisan.
But I do them making myself as loose as possible,
making my body so empty
that the flow of energy in my arms,
and I am talking about sensation
and which direction ‘tactile feeling’ goes.
Then I ‘flick,’
and energy is expelled.

And sometimes,
to make sure I am not wacky,
I close my fists.

But closing your fists stops the flow of energy,
Or at least isn’t efficient
in the ‘flicking’ I am describing.
So I invariably,
and usually pretty quickly,
go back to the open hand ‘flicking’ of the energy of the body.

And,
doing the arms this way
has totally changed
the way I do applications,
what some people call Bunkai.
And,
here’s the weird thing,
I have found a few moves
that are now totally understandable.
They weren’t before,
I was ‘monkey seeing monkey doing’
my way through the form,
in a certain sense,
but now am no longer being so blind.

Anyway,
I guess we’re about done.
And,
only one other thought,
I wonder how many people
have stayed with this essay this long?
My experience has been that a lot of people
hitting concepts they don’t understand,
go away,
even sneer and call me an idiot.

I’m up there in the clouds
with my stupid mysticism and all that,
you see.

But here’s the thing,
I speak from the 73 year old viewpoint,
from the over 50 years in the martial arts viewpoint.
And I understand what it is to get frustrated,
and especially to not have enough change,
as created by the martial arts discipline,
in your person,
to not understand something.
Believe me,
there’s more I don’t understand now,
than I ever dreamed possible.

But i do my best to describe it all to you,
and hope that you at least try to envision what I am saying.
After all,
you’re going to be 73 one day,
and you’re probably going to be having arthritis,
and other things happening,
and,
if i can say something here,
describe the martial arts in a way
that your journey is easier and more successful,
then…then…
then it’s okay that I lost a few of the fellows
who aren’t ready for this stuff.

I’m sorry for them,
I wish I could reach everybody,
but you can’t teach quantum physics to a first grader.

Anyway,
thanks for listening (reading)
and I hope that I’ve niggled an ‘on-off’ switch or two
inside your skull.

Now,
don’t forget to check out
Dale Gilliland’s great interview with me….

And,
by the way,
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Doing Yoga helped me understand a lot of this stuff,
and to work it out.
After all,
to be motionless will help you understand motion.
To just sit and look at the energy within
will help you understand the energy on the outside.
Here’s the link

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

Now,
it’s time for you to close this page
and go explore the things I’ve been telling you.

Have a SUPER work out!
Al

BTW
Have you checked out my novel?
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It’s on Amazon,
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The Original Concept of Karate

Okay,
the last newsletter should have warmed you up,
I’m about to throw a big fat pitch to you,
and I hope you knock it out of the park.
It is going to require a half hour or so of your time,
so clear your desk,
pour yourself a sodie pop,
put your feet up,
and get ready to invest in some real martial arts.

First,
for those who don’t know,
the first half of this little idea
of Concept Curves in the Martial Arts, is located here…

http://monstermartialarts.com/finding-the-true-heart-of-the-martial-arts/

So catch up with us,
and hurry back.

Now,
before I get rolling on this original concept of Karate
I want to know if you checked out
the original concept of Jeet Kune Do.
You can find it at the tale end of this video on youtube…

‘Jeet Kune Do’s Wing Chun roots with Guro Dan Inosanto’

And,
my question for you is this…
Did you see the mistake in the concept?
Did you see what was wrong with it?
Or at least what was wrong with the application of it?

It’s simple,
in the three distances being matrixed
trapping, punch and kicking,
the kicking and punching was being done
at the hand held bag distance.
Simply,
when the student punched or kicked,
he was punching and kicking the hand held pads,
and this is not the actual distance of a fight.
The body of the fellow holding the glove
is too far back.

Several things result because of this.

The student is training to punch and kick at the wrong distance.
And, the student is not focusing on ‘control,’
which is so crucial to learning proper technique.
The student is seeking power
and forsaking the right distance.
This is done in the name of reality,
but,
in one sense,
it may explain why JKD practitioners
don’t dominate something like the UFC.

Okay,
I actually wanted to say this,
point this error in JKD out,
just as an example of how arts degrade.
Bruce understood it.
He discovered it,
and he did an amazing job of
boiling the concepts down to workability.
But what he taught is not being
fully understood by his students.
Yes,
his direct students get it,
but not to the point where they will be able to
cement it into their student’s heads quite as efficiently.
And so the art becomes less,
and,
here’s something to think about,
can you see a day in the distant future,
where JKD will be done for health?
And will be derided because it’s not so good for self defense?
Hey,
that’s the concept curve of the martial arts,
so it could well happen.

Okay,
this is all just a sidetrack to the point I wanted to make today.
I wanted to get into the real concept behind Karate.
This will teach the ‘Concept Curve’ like nothing else.

In the beginning,
on Okinawa,
the teachers all knew each other,
traded techniques,
and one fellow put them into forms,
and another fellow ‘advertised’ them.
Caused a big ‘Golden Age’ of Karate.
But let’s look at one specific style of Karate,
it will probably be the best
for proving my curving concepts theory.
Uechi Ryu.

You trace Uechi Ryu back to Kanbun Uechi,
and Kanbun Uechi learned his art in China.
Specifically,
Uechi Ryu is supposed to have come from Pan Gai Noon,
and Pan Gai Noon is supposed to have been
a type of Temple Boxing,
I believe from the Fukien province,
and that linked back to the White Crane Kung Fu system.
Aand,
eventually,
in some areas it became known as
incense shop kung fu.
Not kidding.
Do a little research
and see if you can agree with me on all of this.

Now,
Karate done Uechi Style
is done with the whole body made TIGHT!
Lots of heavy breathing.
Lots of brutal blocking.

Read those three things again,
they are going to come back to haunt you
in the not so distant paragraph.

So,
do a youtube search for karate.
Generally speaking,
you will find those three items in all styles.
And,
in Uechi,
you will find these three concepts in spades.
These guys train like rocks,
bash on each other,
breath loudly and deeply,
and…that’s what they do.
Okay?

Now,
go youtube some White Crane
First,
I suggest this one…

Incense Shop Boxing – Southern Shaolin Luohan Fist

Or,
take a look at this one…

Incense Shop Boxing

Okay,
do you see what I see?
Uechi Ryu is HARD style.
But White Crane,
which Uechi is supposed to have come from,
is softer.
You still see some of the moves,
and some of the force,
maybe even some of the forms,
or at least moves
and there is still a somewhat violent expulsion of energy,
but you can see the energy is different,
a little more internal,
most important,
you can see the linkage of the moves between White Crane
and some of the Uechi form moves,
and even concepts.

And,
you can even see some tai chi type moves,
which may speak to the origins of White Crane,
or perhaps just the commonality of martial arts in China.

So in the beginning
Uechi was not hard.
But the people who brought it from China
didn’t understand it,
wanted the power without the deep thought,
so they made the art hard.

That’s point one.
Point two is going to be a killer,
and here the three items I spoke of
are coming back to bite you in the butt.

Point two is this…
White Crane was invented by a woman.

Yes,
women can be fierce fighters,
but they are NOT obsessed with power.
They are generally NOT brutal.
And they do not lock their bodies into rock solid stances.

Sure,
there can be exceptions,
but since we’ve already seen
that the soft of White Crane became the hard of karate,
why can’t we see that the soft of White Crane,
as demonstrated on these youtube videos,
came from an even softer,
even feminine source?

Now,
the lady who invented White Crane
had studied Shaolin,
so she was doubtless acquainted with hard.
But whatever she had of hard,
was handled by the necessity
of her NOT bashing bones with bigger,
stronger, brutal men.

She did kung fu like a lady,
slipping and redirecting.
And some of the stories I have read back this up,
and the theories I have come up with,
for instance that you have to know the hard
before you can learn the soft,
back this up.
Or
techniques become softer because of age,
(or in this case because of physical necessity)
and so on,
back this up.

And,
incidentally,
there is WONDERFUL parallel,
in that a woman developing Wing Chun.
The same ideas,
the same conditions,
result.

Now,
what does this have to do with the price of butter in Manchuria?
Simple.

The concept discovered and promoted by a woman
was degraded by people who didn’t understand her concept,
and wanted the power,
and didn’t want to think about what they were doing.
And these Chinese fellows passed it on to Uechi
and it degraded further,
victim to a lack of understanding,
and an obsession with power.

It’s funny,
we follow the old masters,
think the art was immaculate with them,
but that’s not the truth.
They made the same mistakes,
often greater mistakes,
and they passed down something and called it an art,
and nobody ever called them on it.

I’m not speaking of challenge matches and such,
but of calm, cool, clear, logical thinking,
I’m talking about people thinking through there concepts
and figuring out this soft thing,
this…curve of concept thing.

But it is THAT type of thought
that will enable you to get to the heart of the art,
and to master it.

Now,
disclaimer,
I am not telling you to give up harsh training methods,
I am asking that you understand them,
that you explore them,
and that you adapt them not just to force,
but to flow.
Learn how to use that outward block to ‘guide.’
Change that slam of the leg in that throwing technique,
into a subtle knee motion
that is difficult to see.

The truth is this:
There are three elements in the martial arts.
Speed…power…technique.

Of the three, technique is the most important.
Technique won’t require speed,
because if you study technique
you will gain foresight,
you will see attacks coming,
and you will not need speed.

Technique won’t require power,
but rather a subtle understanding of how leverage works,
of how joints can be manipulated with a touch,
instead of a bash.

Speed and power will diminish with age.
Or they will not even exist if you are weak and scrawny,
or (please excuse me for this one) ladylike.

Technique is what it is about.
When you seek knowledge
you don’t seek speed or power,
you seek the understanding of how the body works,
and,
ultimately,
how the universe works.

Okay,
I hope this makes sense,
it is a hard thing to put in words,
as simple as it is.
but I have tried.
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Yeah,
I know it’s not White Crane,
but it is soft,
woman soft,
and it will work,
and better than most arts.
But,
first you have to do it,
you have to look at it.
You must explore it until it does work.

And that’s the way everything in life is.

Look at, explore, master.

Now,
don’t forget to check out
Dale Gilliland’s great interview with me….

And have yourself a funomenal work out!
Al

BTW
Have you checked out my novel?
Monkeyland?
It’s on Amazon,
but you’ll probably have to look for it.
Amazon tends to hide the good stuff.