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.’


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.


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,




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,


He gets the point

and you get the frustration.


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.



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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


here’s the obligatory link…



have yourself a great work out!


And don’t forget to check out the interview


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


there is much room for jiggling and joggling.

For instance,

just to name one specific,

which should come first?

Tai Chi or Monkey Boxing.


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.


what about weapons?


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.


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.


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.


that said,

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

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.


obligatory ad…

Got an injury?

Want to get more flexible?

Try this…


have some great fire works and…


Have a great work out!


And don’t forget to check out the interview


Have you checked out my novel?


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.


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…


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


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.


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,


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.


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…


Here’s the link…


since I have told you the secrets of the universe,

and done the obligatory advertising,

there really is nothing more to say,


of course…



And don’t forget to check out the interview


Have you checked out my novel?


Destroying a Karate Stance

Good morning!

I was out driving

and came to a stork crossing.

So I had to wait.


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.


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.


Here’s a graphic I took from The



this stance is famous,

used in Goju a lot,

people swear by it,

tout it’s virtues,


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.


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.


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.


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.


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



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.


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.


obligatory advertisement,

if you want to learn the real and actual physics of the body

they are in 

The Master Instructor Course.

I did that course in 2007,

have sold thousands of them,


has ever proved me wrong.


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


 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!


Here’s the link again

And don’t forget to check out the interview


Have you checked out my novel?


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.
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.
I’m having a good time in Florida.

I’m going to talk about energy,
and it might get weird
but that’s good…
if you can handle it.
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.

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.
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…


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.
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.
at least was different.
Sort of.

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.
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?

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


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

what was energy in the martial arts?
we can measure it through weight.
The amount of weight moved,
in cases,
or resisted.
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,

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

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

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,
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,
the spirit,
would throw my body.

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,
I could feel it,
they were in danger of puncturing,
and I began hitting lighter and lighter,
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


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.

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.

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.
(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…
I know,
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.

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.

this has resulted in me doing the martial arts totally differently.
I only do the five pinans these days,
plus explore my own stuff,
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,

So I do the Pinans,
oh, and Sanchin and,
every once in a while,
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.

doing the arms this way
has totally changed
the way I do applications,
what some people call Bunkai.
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.

I guess we’re about done.
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,
if i can say something here,
describe the martial arts in a way
that your journey is easier and more successful,
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.

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

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

by the way,
obligatory ad…
you might try this book


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

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

Have a SUPER work out!

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

The Original Concept of Karate

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.

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

So catch up with us,
and hurry back.

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’

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.
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,
in one sense,
it may explain why JKD practitioners
don’t dominate something like the UFC.

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.
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,
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?
that’s the concept curve of the martial arts,
so it could well happen.

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.
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.
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.

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.

do a youtube search for karate.
Generally speaking,
you will find those three items in all styles.
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.

go youtube some White Crane
I suggest this one…

Incense Shop Boxing – Southern Shaolin Luohan Fist

take a look at this one…

Incense Shop Boxing

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.
techniques become softer because of age,
(or in this case because of physical necessity)
and so on,
back this up.

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

what does this have to do with the price of butter in Manchuria?

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.

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.

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,
how the universe works.

I hope this makes sense,
it is a hard thing to put in words,
as simple as it is.
but I have tried.
obligatory advertisement time.
I hate to have to tell you this,
but my white-haired granny’s dog needs medicine.
Poor thing. (Sniff, sniff)
So you simply must consider looking at

Matrix Tai Chi Chuan

I know it’s not White Crane,
but it is soft,
woman soft,
and it will work,
and better than most arts.
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.

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

And have yourself a funomenal work out!

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

The Curve of Martial Arts Systems

I’ve been playing with this thought over the years,

it’s pretty firm now,

so let me shoot it by you.

If you study the martial arts long enough,

you will undoubtedly trip over a concept.

The guys who do this often become ‘founders.’

They ‘invent’ a system.

Maybe the concept has been discovered before,

but it’s new to the guy,

and he starts working it,

and he groups techniques around that concept

and he keeps discovering new things

and that all becomes his system.


he understands the concept.

And because he understands

that understanding translates into superior technique,

into being able to use it on the mat,

and so on.


the guy may become well known.


I hate to tell you this,

but we are talking about people who lived

thousands of years ago,

for the most part.


there’s a guy in a village,

and he punches a tree long enough,

figures out how to step over roots and duck under branches

and he invents ‘Tree Fu.’

Now stop laughing,

I’m trying to make a point here.

And the point is that a version of Tree Fu

is being invented in a lot of different villages.

But civilization encroaches

and styles of Tree Fu agree or disagree,

we have fights and wars,

and even polite sit downs over tea,


everybody agrees,

nobody can make it work

like the founders.


the first students

of these ‘miracle Martial Artists,

they study Tree Fu,

and they have the direct hand of the founder

to help them understand the concept.

They do pretty good.

But the next generation

only has the first students,

so they understand,

and they get good,

but not as good.

And so on and so on

through the generations.

And the art becomes less understandable

the further away we go

from the founders.

Now the students aren’t even studying the basic concept,

they are being monkeys,

monkey see monkey do

And they get good over time,

but the days of miracle martial artists are behind them.

Finally, we reach a point where the art has become so diluted,

so monkey see monkey do,

so ritualized,

that it stops working.

For the most part.


a few talented students can make it work,

but the rest of us,

we’re stuck in car contracts,

duped into believing that tournaments are important

(they are, just not as important as some people would believe)

and if we’re caught on the street

we’re going to get our muscle bound asses handed to us.

Do you see the curve here?

The art is invented,

the curve goes up for a few generations,

then it starts to go down

and crashes,

and it is linked to this one simple idea:


The concept behind Tree Fu was simple.

Step over the root

duck under the limb.

The concept behind Karate,

for instance,

is amazingly complex.

What block do I use when,

kicks over punches?


point fighting vs full contact.

Is a bow respect…or something else?

Why is the horse stance?

Do you see all the garbage that are concepts…

but not THE concept?

And that is true for every art,

and ESPECIALLY for modern arts.

Modern arts,

for the most part,

are reworkings of concepts that have already had their day

and not are crashing and failing.

That’s why everybody says,

‘I take what works from everything,’

and never understand

that they are making a new garbage heap.

They are just making more kindling out of Tree Fu.


what to do.

I mean what’s the point of this rant

unless I give you a solution,

or a way to get to the solution?



Here we go.


understand that there is a concept behind everything.

You have to look at a low block

until you understand the concept of a low block.

And the concepts,

from one version of Tree Fu to the next,

will often be different.

I believe the purpose of a block is to cut the line of attack.

Many people believe it is to ‘stop’ the attack.

Many believe label a block for a distance,

or for a specific attack.


gather all the data,

make sure you understand it,


isolate what works for you.

Simple dimple, 


That’s basic Bruce Lee.

Want the basic concept of Bruce Lee’s art?

Jeet Kune Do?

It is matrixing

kicking, punching and trapping.

Take a look at 

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

on youtube.

Towards the end of the clip,

you’ll see these three concepts

form to make JKD.

All the rest is context,

to make that concept work.

What a lot of understanding Bruce Lee had.

What a lot of concepts he went through,

to find his basic understanding of the art.

Not saying he is right or wrong,

he was obviously right for himself,

but you need to do more than monkey see monkey do.

So work his concept until you understand it,

and go looking for more.


sorry for that aside,

no matter how enlightening it is,


gather the data,

understand it from ALL viewpoints,

and search for the concept that ties it all together.

The central concept of Matrixing

is the Truth Table.

Go on,

Google that.

You’ll find the most confusing array of concepts in the world.

All abstract and weird and…

and underneath it is a simple concept.

A diagram of columns and rows.


we come to the crux of the matter.

You are a student of a student of a student…to the Nth.

Even if you are studying a brand new system,

just invented,

it’s just another confusion of data

mixed up crap over the millenium,

and it would take a Herculean effort

to make sense out of all that garbage.


you can devote yourself to defining 

the simple concept behind each move,

each form,

ech art…

and the arts.

The concept behind the martial arts is simple:

hit without being hit.

But very few arts understand that.

Boxing you are expected to get hit.

Karate is a dance to get in and out,

which fails because (drum roll) people haven’t isolated concepts.

And so on for ALL arts.

The only art I know that tries to stay true to this concept,

and even that isn’t foolproof,

is Matrixing.


I could go on and on,

I’ve already probably gone on and on too much,

I mean,

how do sift through my garbage and find your truth?


But the thing to remember is this.

Isolate the concepts

work on the concept that is most true for you.

That is the way out of and to the top of the garbage heap.

That is actually the way to understand the martial arts.

Mind you,

I am not telling you to bad mouth arts,

or to give up your art,

I am telling you to work hard enough to understand what you are doing.

That is the secret of life.


the grim moment in time,

where I must lambast you with…

the obligatory advertisement!


I would say that the

Create Your Own Art course

is one hell of a step in learning

how to understand the martial arts.

The course is old,

the quality of the tapes is not great,

but it is definitely understandable.

The course leads to an understanding of footwork,

how to tie hands to feet,



how to conceptualize an art and create it.

And there is definitely NO other course like it.

It includes bonuses and complete arts

to make my points.

Here’s the link…


thanks for being there,

thanks for being martial artists,

and have a GREAT work out!



don’t forget to check out

Dale Gilliland’s great interview with me….


Have you checked out my novel?


It’s on Amazon,

but you’ll probably have to look for it.

Amazon tends to hide the good stuff.

Martial Arts Technique Number One

Hey guys and gals!

We’re into summer now

and I hope you decided to pick an art

and learn the whole darn thing before fall.

I mean,

why waste time?

I wanted to get into ‘The First Technique,;’

or ‘Technique Number one.’

I think I may have written about this before,

but it bears repeating.

After all,

nobody in the world understands this.

I’m serious,

nobody in the world knows what technique number one is

or why it is number one.

So, here we go.

A fly is buzzing in front of your face.

Do you do a high block?

Smash that fly with a high block?


You swat it.




in many arts,

and should be in all arts,

there should be a ‘preparatory’ slap

before you do the block.

That slap is technique number one.

Think about it.

You have NEVER seen a high block done in freestyle.

It’s a worthwhile block,

teaches all sorts of things about structure and timing,


it is never used.

But the slap is used constantly.

It’s used in boxing,


virtually every other art.

So the slap is Technique Number One.

After Number One you move your hand towards the block,

but before you actually block

you grab.

Grabbing is second.

Then, finally,

you block.

Blocking is the third technique.


it is important to learn blocking.

Like I say,

it teaches a little reality,

it teaches timing,

it teaches you how the body is structured

and how energy runs through the body.


slapping is first.


you have various patterns,

and drills coming out the wazoo,

but EVERYTHING is based upon

that simple slap.


can a slap do damage?

Well, yes,

but that’s not the essence of Monkey Boxing.

If you put the steam on it,

you can break bones and even split skin with a good slap.

I especially advise people to learn

all about iron palm techniques

and how to slap the crap out of

a good, old bag of beans.

The purpose of the slap in Monkey Boxing

is not so much to do damage,

though that can EASILY happen.

The real purpose of the slap

is to guide the attack into a grab.

You see the slap is first,

but before you even start trying to to get to technique two,

or three,

you guide the attack into a simple grab.

A guy punches,

you slap softly,

so softly he doesn’t feel it,

and then he slides his arm right into your control.

You break, you guide,

you unbalance, you lock,

if you must,

you hurt him.

But try to control him before you have to hurt him.

So there you go,

a punch is slapped,


and finally blocked.


you either try to stop something,

going man to man,

or you slip it,

guide it,

and control it.


I have said it before:

While there is an art to destruction,

the true art is in control!’


i would be sadly remiss,

and miss my chance for obligatory advertising,

if I didn’t tell you that there was a  whole art

devoted to slapping?

It’s Monkey Boxing.


And Monkey Boxing is completely taught

in the Blinding Steel course.

Here’s the Monkey Boxing Link…

Have a GREAT work out!


don’t forget to check out

Dale Gilliland’s great interview with me….


Have you checked out my novel?


It’s on Amazon,

but you’ll probably have to look for it.

Amazon tends to hide the good stuff.

Newsletter 1018

The Secrets of Martial Arts Grab Arts

A couple of things this issue.

First, I sat down for an interview.

The interview is with Dal Gilliland,

a long time practitioner of the MA,

and a hell of a wisdom.

The link is here

Podcast with Dale Gilliland and Al Case

The essence of the podcast

is that Dale is researching and presenting

viable paths to mastery of the martial arts

through interviews with accomplished people.

We had a lot of fun,

and hopefully our excitement comes through.

Check it out.


you wanted to talk about the grab arts.

Grab Arts is the term my instructor used for locks,

throws, takedowns, joint manipulations, and so on.

By that definition it covers all martial arts.

When I did the Matrix Aikido course,

I originally called it ‘Instant Aikido,’

I was showing how to teach, and learn,

through defining your concepts.

The video succeeds well,

but…it stops.

Well, everything stops.

But the Matrix Kung Fu course went further.

After all, I had given the concept,

so where did the concepts go?

That is what the Matrix Kung Fu (Monkey Boxing) is all about.

But this led to an extreme realization.

When I looked at what I had done,

i actually slapped my head.

The truth was right in front of me all the time,

and I had had no clue.

Now bear with me through this next part,

it might seem a little confusing,

but stick with me,

there is something very brilliant on the other side…


let me ask you a question…

what is time?

Let me stall for a second

while you actually think about that.

Tick tock.

Tap the foot.


Yeah, yeah.

Okay, did you come up with an answer?

Do you know what time is?

Okay, here goes…

drum roll…




Al, maybe you’d better get back on that horse quick.

You must have landed on your head and—

No, no.

I’m serious.

Time is a measurement of distance.

How fast can you run 50 yards?

10 seconds.


Then 50 yards is ten seconds long.

Do you see it?

That’s what time is for!

To measure the distance,

either of the universe,

or of the distance between one event and another in the universe.


read it again if you have to,

figure it out,

and then let me tell you

what this has to do with the martial arts.

There is the time it takes for a punch to reach the jaw.

We take a stop watch and click click.

Very useful,

this attribute of time.

This is the ‘regular’ time of the universe.

This is the time standard that we all agree upon,

that we set our watches to.

Then there is ‘timing,’

Where one starts messing with

the distance between techniques

in order to confuse somebody.


this is cool.

then there is the time

—God, I’m almost afraid to explain this—

that is agreed upon.

We agree a foot is a foot.

We agree that a second is a second.

That is the ‘regular’ time of the universe.

But have you ever had somebody punch you,

and time actually changes?

I used to see this all the time.

My original instructor,

Bob Babich,

could change his agreement of time

and suddenly he was faster than us…



for those of you who are still around,

let me explain.

Bob would go out of agreement with our sense of time.

We were stuck in ‘regular’ time,

the time of the universe,

but he had his own sense of time.

and he could impinge his sense of time over our sense of time.

But our sense of time was the ‘robot’ time of the universe.

His sense of time was magnetic,

and magic,

and much more alive than the grind of tick tock.

Every individual has his own sense of time,

and that individual time can be changed,

and override the time of the universe.


I know you’re going to be chewing on that for a while,

so let me slip something in

while you’re starting your few years of cogitation.

I realized that the martial arts has six general distances.

Weapons, kick, punch, knee, elbow and takedown

I didn’t bother with weapons because

time is best appreciated by a sense of the body.

Go outside the body and time loses some impact.

You’re in the universe of ‘regular’ time now.

I didn’t bother with grappling

because that is a stuck distance.

Once you’re in grapple distance 

distance can no longer collapse effectively,

and therefore time can’t ‘change.’

But if you go from

kick to punch to knee to elbow…

you are collapsing distance,

therefore you are collapsing time.


this broke the universe open for me.

Suddenly I could see the problems with training methods,

how different arts could be stuck in certain times,

and so on.

Really blew my mind.


what do I do when my mind is blown?


the mind is blown for one real reason,

it has been overwhelmed by data.


to put the data to logic,

I drew a matrix.

A matrix of distances,

which was a matrix of time.

And that put an order to the massive data

that was overwhelming me.

And I mention all this because

when I wrote the Matrix Kung Fu course

there was one big problem.

I was putting technique to the Matrix Aikido concept,

and there were no entry techniques.

I would apply the concept to the jointlock,

come up with the technique,

and there was no way into the technique.

Talk about pure data.

It was data so pure that I ended up with a static,

and a static is the quickest way to die in the universe.

So I ended up matrixing distance,

which gave the entry techniques to the Matrix Kung Fu,

and wound up somewhere in the stars,

wondering about time,

and trying to cork my head back together.

Quite fun, really.

You know,

on the interview I did with Dale,

which I mentioned earlier,

I said a smart thing.

I said,

‘Martial Arts are for smart people.’

They are.

They aren’t for dummies.

Dummies get trapped by the human cockfight,

or the desire for violence,

or the lust for trophies,

or domination,

or whatever.

But the real martial artists,

the ones that last for a lifetime,

and longer,

they think.

They figure things out.


it’s a kick to feel the adrenaline

and to live for freestyle,


when you are old,

will you have any wisdom for all that?

It’s a fair question,

and I hope this newsletter puts you down the path.

So take what I said about time here,

wiggle it,

drop it in the acid,

figure it out.

Understanding this universe,

and time is what makes this universe last,

is what life is all about.


obligatory advertisement.

Feel free to examine

Matrix Aikido

and Matrix Kung fu.

Examine my concepts from the inside out,

from the viewpoint of one who does,

not one who just talks.

I think you’ll have a lot of fun.

Here are the links…


let me glance around,

I want to make sure nobody hears this,


If you order one course right now,

I’ll give you the second one free.



don’t fall over.

I know I never do this,

but I just passed my 73rd birthday

and I’m officially senile now.


until July 1,

two for one,

the Matrix Aikido and Matrix Kung Fu only.

Past July 1…and you missed out.

So that’s it, kids,

don’t forget to check out

Dale Gilliland’s great interview with me….

and have the best F-ing work out in the world!



Have you checked out my novel?


It’s on Amazon,

but you’ll probably have to look for it.

Amazon tends to hide the good stuff.

Newsletter 1017

How to Achieve Instant Zen Through the Martial Arts!

It is absolutely stark raving mad

that people don’t delve into this zen thing

especially in the martial arts,

because the martial arts can make it so simple.

Let me note a couple of things,

and then give you the EXACT exercise

that will transform you as a martial artist…

and as a human being.

First, a precise definition of the term.

Zen is Japanese for ‘meditation,’ from…

Chan, which is Chinese for ‘quietude,’ from…

Dhyana, which is ‘Sanskrit’ for meditation.


I have been told that it is an ancient word for…


Zen has been with us for over 5,000 years.


Why would it still be here if it didn’t work?


the reality of Zen is…

a moment of clarity.

A moment in which there is no before and no after.

A moment in which you understand yourself,

what you are and where you came from.

In this moment you become able to move

without earthly restriction.

To understand this think of a movie.

You enter a theater and sit down,

and they have so many Fing commercials

you forget to watch the movie.

You are stuck in the flashy moments

of sating yourself with popcorn

and never really see what is happening.

You wander through the snack bar,

buying things for your belly,

things that do not nourish

and only serve to distract.


the movie plays,

life goes on,

and you miss it.


you protest…


No, you didn’t.

You only thought you did.

You really just went to the snack bar.

That is what your life is

until you experience zen,

and hopeful a real zen moment.


how do you break out of this trap?

How do you ignore the distractions

and perceive what is really happening?

How do you get out of thinking you are alive

and really become alive?

Here is the method.

Sure fire,

designed EXACTLY for martial artists,

that will change the way you freestyle,

the way you do forms,



you can’t just read about it,

you have to do it.

And, before you do it

I should tell you that this method

is actually in a book

in the Matrix Karate course.

The book is called 

‘The Master’s Handbook,’

and it is one of the first

martial arts books I ever wrote.

 Here are the exact instructions from that book


Sit facing your partner, each of you with your legs folded in the zen kneeling position. One of you holds a small stick about the length of a pen and the thickness of a broom handle. The stick is held slightly below eye level by a horizontal and gently curving arm. No attempt at concealment is made, and the stick is just barely held by the tips of your fingers.

Sit silently for a period of time. The stick is dropped by the one holding it, and is caught by the one opposite.

Don’t try to build a rhythm for dropping or try to fool each other. Just sit. Let the static in your mind subside as you concentrate upon watching your opponent. Create silence and observe one another. Realize that no amount of tensing will make the stick easier to catch, but that relaxing will.

As you do the exercise you will have ample opportunity to still the jerks and twitchs of your muscles and mind. You will get to go through the pain in your legs. You will get to still the jerks and twitchings of your partner. You will get to still yours and his tendency to guess at when the stick will be dropped.

You will get to still the ridges of readying muscles and energies and you will get to still the focus of the catch. You must reach out and hold the falling stick in one position in space. There should be no slapping or grabbing or sudden tightening of the muscles. There should be the same naturalness and amount of insignificance as when you lift a glass ot turn on a light switch.

The application of the can be very interesting. This would be the practice of not ‘telegraphing your motion.’ This means that you stay perfectly still before a movement, no leaning or drifting in any direction before moving. You must stay in one place and let the stillness build and explode without forethought. Have fun.

Here is the illustration…


here is the question…

how long will it take?

Totally depends.

If you have a lot of discipline,

which comes from a lot of martial arts practice,

real martial arts

and not the watered down crap sold today,

then it probably won’t take long.

A few hours

a few hours should be enough

to cook your brain

and enable you to break through.

Let’s say you are a newbie,

not much discipline.

Might take a year or two.

But the more you practice the martial arts,

the more discipline you cultivate,

the sooner you break through.


another thing…

what does it feel like.

people may feel different things,

but here’s what I perceived.

I did not reach,

I was unaware of muscles,

my hand just nonchalantly

spurted forward and held the stick.

I didn’t grab,

it was more like I picked the stick out of space.

Prior to doing it right

I sort of forgot about the exercise,

it just sort of happened.

I was profoundly happy.

I was aware that I,

the being that was Al Case,

was what was true,

and that the envelope that was my body,

was temporary.

Al Case is a temporary vehicle,

a label,

 for an eternal spirit.


I advise you right now…

when you achieve the zen moment I speak of

there is absolutely NO mistaking it.

It happens,

and you blink,

and you slap your head

and blurt something like…


The moment is so stark it can’t be mistaken for anything else.

It is the difference between snoring peacefully

and suddenly being the sun.



understanding life as you never have before.

And yet anything I tell you

will be a severe understatement

of the real thing.

And, a few things to provide context.

Old texts on zen were correct,

but I lacked the cultural background to understand the words.

New texts on zen were absolute garbage.

They were papers on what people

‘interpreted’ zen to be,

they were not by people who had experienced zen.


can you do it?

Can you have the permanent thought

that you can transcend your body

and understand what you actually are?

Can you forge the discipline

to sit and do this simple exercise?

Can you travel through the boredom?

Can you take charge of your life?

They is right here.

So…can you?

And, obligatory advertisement,

if you don’t have it already

you might consider 

the Matrix Karate course.

That course,

and the other early courses,

have a lot of stunning bonuses on them.

Here’s the link…

Okay, guys and gals,

have a great zen!



My novel, Monkeyland,

is on Amazon.