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Advanced Lessons in the Martial Arts

Learn Some REALLY Advanced Martial Arts…

Good Almost Weekend to you!
I’ve been working out all week,
anticipating this weekend,
because then I get to work out!
And some people say there is no heaven on earth.

Just finished a novel,
and it is sort of unique
in that it gives a VERY advanced lesson
in martial arts.

What happens when you lock somebody up
throw away the key,
and he has got nothing but silence,
no light,
in which to do his martial arts?
in fact,
has to do martial arts
just to stay sane!

You get ‘the ethereal bodyguard,’
which is the name of the novel.
it is only on kindle
for now,
but I am working on putting it in paperback,
and I’ll let you know when.

But you can find ‘The Ethereal bodyguard’
if you go to amazon and type in
‘ethereal bodyguard al case.’

Cool, eh?

let’s go egghead.
Let’s go Plato,
when somebody says martial artists are just dunderheads,
you can quote Plato at them
and make them go away.

this guy Plato was spouting what I am about to tell you
thousands of years ago,
and it is heart and center of the martial arts.

Plato had this thing called ‘the Theory of Forms,’
or ‘Theory of Ideas.’
In it he claims that abstract forms,
or ideas,
are the highest reality.

in the martial arts we do forms.
What are we trying to do?
We are trying to find the idea behind the form.
as we break forms apart
through examination,
we are looking for the idea,
the perfect idea,
behind a technique.

Plato uses ‘form’ and ‘idea’ interchangeably.
He says that everything,
a book,
a dog,
a man,
a karate technique,
is first an idea.

the interesting thing is that he claims you can’t really see the idea.
That’s a common myth.
You can’t say the word ‘God,’
all the way to Harry Potter,
‘He who’s name cannot be spoken.’
You see,
they are right,
but they are wrong.
You can’t see the perfect idea with the senses.
You can’t say the name of god with your voice,
but you can be aware of such things.
It is awareness that we must cultivate.
Awareness to see what is,
to penetrate the form
and find the idea.

So that is what you are trying to do when you are doing you forms.
You are trying to cultivate sufficient awareness
to see a form for what it is…
to see the idea behind the form…
to see reality as it is…
an idea.

Pretty smart guy,
this Plato,
and Aristotle and all those other guys.
Their problem is that they were just talking,
while we are doing.

We will understand,
through the doing of martial arts forms,
what they could only guess at.

I don’t recall Plato,
or any of his partners,
speaking about
the experience of enlightenment,
such as Morihei Ueshiba had.

So they guessed,
without the experience.
They were scholars,
and we are the do-ers.

of course,
you know what is coming now.

It is very difficult to find an idea
with a less than perfect form.
it is very difficult to see through the bushwah
without a matrixed form.

A matrixed form is a perfect form.

It is relatively easy to find the idea of a form that is perfect.
It is very difficult to find the idea of a form that is…a random sequence of techniques.

you can matrix your body with the Master Instructor Course,
you can matrix the martial arts,
all arts,
with Matrix Karate.
as you progress through a variety of martial arts
you can see ALL the forms,
ALL the ideas,
and get the total picture of the martial arts.

You can get the whole idea.

Now that is enlightenment,
and I mean big time.

So if you want to have a perfectly functioning body,
if you want to know the truth about your arms and legs,
what their real purposes are,
how to make your body have absolutely perfect form,
how to make any technique work…perfectly,
then you go to the Master Instructor Course.

If you want to perfect your martial art,
then a take the first step into Matrixing with Matrix Karate.

Perfection of form…
perfection of art…
means perfection of character.
And if you have perfection of character,
then you have the ability to see past the forms of the universe,
and see what the universe really is.

Okey dokey.
I have said all that I can say,
the rest is up to you.
You will either strive for perfection,
or you will settle for the same old same old.
Either way,
I wish you the best durned work out in the world,
and a hanakwanmass!




Basics and Advanced Martial Arts Theory…Timing Your Space!

When I was first starting out, I used to do this basic that led to advanced martial arts theory.
This was at Rod Martin’s Chinese-American Kenpo Karate School
it was years before I finally asked myself the questions…
is it Chinese or American?
Is it Kenpo or Karate?)
when I was starting out at RMCAKKS
I used to stand in the front room,
take a stance,
a front stance,
execute a front snap kick,
and return to the front stance.
Sometimes I would vary the stance,
or the kick,
but I would always pick that one spot in the front room.
In spite of the people walking by the front window.
That spot.
Because the biggest mirror was there.
The best lighting was there.
what was I doing?
I was timing my space.
Timing your space,
sounds weird, eh?

The first stage of this thing
was how fast can I do the stance to kick to stance cycle.
Just a drill.
it is interesting,
because it takes you a long time.
Not just subjectively,
but in real world, stop watch time.
And here’s the funny thing.
It takes ⅜s of a second to react.
By that I mean,
if the guy in front of you puts on his brakes,
from the moment you see his red taillights,
to the moment you are actively braking,
it takes 3/8s of a second.
That’s Joe Normal.
Joe Karate
(or Randy Kung Fu,
or Tommy Aikido)
is going to go faster.
Just like anything,
you train in something
and you get better.
You train in reaction time,
you’re going to have better reaction time.
first step,
train in reaction time.
get faster than 3/8s of a second,
get fast enough
that you can use that technique
to survive a real fight.
here is where it gets interesting,
after doing that for a year or so,
I noticed the collusion between
the space in my mind
and the time of the kick.
At first it was just relax.
the constant doing of the one thing
pried me loose from reaction time,
and pried me loose from my body.
I was starting to move back
out of my body
just a wee bit.
Not noticeable,
just enough to see
what was important
in this time thing.
Not just to relax,
but to tell the mind to jump back a bit,
to get out of the way,
to get out of the equation.
This is what I call
timing your space.

How much space can you create
around a technique.

I started doing that with energy
later on,
when I was studying at the Kang Duk Won.
But the KDW
built energy.
Kenpo didn’t build energy,
but it did build speed,
and speed relates to time,
and so,
between the two arts
I learned about
timing my space
spacing my energy.
all this just kept nudging me out of my body.
I suppose the breakthrough came,
though I didn’t know it at the time,
when I started looking at the world
and not knowing where I was looking from.
I would look at this,
this fact of me
trying to look at where I was looking from.

We are awareness,
but where are we aware from?

We give off light,
but at what point in space
is the projector located?

Weird, eh?

didn’t mean to take you down
bizarre alley,
I know some of you know exactly what I am talking about,
and I know a few of you…
the lights are going on,
something is clicking in the head,
this explains this thing about you that is…different.
Different from other people.

you’ve just been timing your space,
or spacing your energy,
or coming to an appreciation
for yourself as a human being
through the martial arts,
and it makes you different.

Well done.
You are different,
we are all different,
if we can just wake up enough
to appreciate
the glory of
our uniqueness.

that’s spirituality.

let me tie this into my courses,
and why they are.

The purpose of Matrix Karate
is to speed up the learning procedure.
What took me a dozen years to figure out,
I want you to figure out in one.
it doesn’t stop there.
All the power and glory
of the classical martial arts
should open up for you.
Once you understand,
once you have the matrix point of view,
the martial arts should open up
like a flower in stop motion sequence.
Click, click, click…
the thoughts and concepts of the arts
explode through your mind.
You suddenly find yourself faster,
more intuitive,
backing out of your body,
gently and with authority.
The space of your time,
encompasses the world.
The space of your energy,
surrounds you,
touches the people of earth.


So that is why I put forth Matrixing,
to clean you out,
and make you able
to take advantage
of the millenniums of work
those who have gone before
did for us.
Everything the masters learn,
you can learn,
and in one tenth the time.

I’m not kidding.
And then move into the more classical realms.
They will make so much more sense.
think about your own personal work out,
and make sure you devote a bit of time,
to timing your space,
or spacing your energy.
Do this,
until your whole art glows.

Talk to you later




I like the following quote, because it is wrong.Theory is not useless, unless it is the wrong theory. And after you’ve practiced the theory is not obvious, or somebody would have discovered matrixing long before this…

Before you’ve practiced, the theory is useless. After you’ve practiced, the theory is obvious. (David Williams, Ashtanga teacher)

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