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Overcoming Pride in the Martial Arts

My martial arts hubris, and how I overcame it

Guest blog by Alaric Dailey

In my other articles I started that my original karate dojo may have been the best thing that ever happened to me.  If you haven’t read them you might find them interesting, especially the ones on Dojo-kun and Do vs Jitsu.

karate internetAmong other things that I rarely see in other schools, each belt test consisted of kata, punching and kicking, hojo-undo etc, but they also included reading a book and a verbal book report.  The very first test was, like many styles, a yellow belt.  I will never understand having a rainbow of colors that DON’T get darker as they go…

That first test was quite an eye opener for me though, Sensei had added his own requirement, because he was not about making money, nor was he interested in having half-hearted students, nor students that would leave.  He wanted people that were going to forever be changed, and continue to practice for the rest of their lives.

The requirement he added?  Go to another martial arts school, and take a minimum of one class with them.  Give a verbal report.

This requirement, was a bit baffling, why take anyone just starting in your school, and require them to go try another school and possibly lose them?  Because it makes sure you are in the art that you will stick with.

For my yellow belt test, I took a 3 day introductory course to Tai-Chi, knowing nothing about any other martial art I made the mistake to trying to compare it to what I knew.  To give you some idea of what kind of apples and broccoli I was trying to compare, I was taking Pangainoon, and the first form you learn is Sanchin and the school I went to was doing Yang Tai Chi.

I made all sorts of uninformed, biased assumptions, I loved karate with a blind passion, and wanted to impress upon my sensei how much karate meant to me.  Thus I took the classes looking for what I perceived to be flaws and weaknesses in the art such as

* no application of technique – never did I get any instruction of “this is a block, this is a strike, this is what you are defending against”
* the stance was too wide – I was not given any explanation for a neutral bow, or why it would be a good stance.  In my mind Sanchin was the ultimate fighting stance.
* No power in their techniques – I had no understanding of chi power, even though Pangainoon teaches it, I hadn’t really even gotten an introduction.

I wilfully and with eyes open wide walked into a trap that ensares so many others.  I blinded myself to the benefits of other arts.

I was lucky that I didn’t entirely discount everything I learned. I continued to keep in contact with the Sifu, and shortly before he left for China, I had the opportunity to witness him do Tai-chi very fast, it was amazing.  Suddenly all the soft flowery techniques appeared to have power, and were obvious as to blocks and strikes.  At this point, I had also had enough Pangainoon to understand some of the techniques and chi.

I was lucky for many reasons, I was lucky that my Sensei had the confidence to send us other places. I was lucky that I choose a school that was so different that I was forced to re-evaluate what I was learning (even if it was only in the back of my mind).

Luck aside, my own belief that my karate style was the only “good” style, quickly crumbling down.  I wouldn’t have been able to overcome this false pride, had I not had these opportunities.

If you run a school, you will do your students a massive favor if you encourage them to go practice with other schools.

If you are a martial artist of any style, you can benefit from swallowing your ego and practising at other schools, especially those that are radically different than yours.  For example, if you do Tai-chi, you might want to try a boxing school, if you do Wing Chun, try Judo or Jujitsu, etc.

You never know, you might might new friends, you might learn something new.  As I often say “more bodies, means more opportunity to learn, especially when they are doing something other than you are doing”.

Advanced Lessons in the Martial Arts

Learn Some REALLY Advanced Martial Arts…

Good Almost Weekend to you!
Man,
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.
Fools!

Okay,
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,
emptiness,
no light,
in which to do his martial arts?
And,
in fact,
has to do martial arts
just to stay sane!

You get ‘the ethereal bodyguard,’
which is the name of the novel.
Now,
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?

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

Truth,
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.

Now,
in the martial arts we do forms.
What are we trying to do?
We are trying to find the idea behind the form.
Or,
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,
whatever…
is first an idea.

Now,
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.

And,
of course,
you know what is coming now.

It is very difficult to find an idea
with a less than perfect form.
Or,
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.

So,
you can matrix your body with the Master Instructor Course,
you can matrix the martial arts,
all arts,
with Matrix Karate.
And,
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.
http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/4-master-instructor-course/

If you want to perfect your martial art,
then a take the first step into Matrixing with Matrix Karate.
http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/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!

Al

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

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

You don’t Know Advanced Martial Arts Until You Know Matrixing

There is a very interesting thing called advanced martial arts.

Usually, people are saying that they have gone through a boot camp, or trained with some ‘legend,’ or that they have mastered ‘advanced forms,’ advanced katas, if you will, and there is the implication that they know more.

They know more because they have done longer. That is the truth.

The other and more unpleasant truth is in the forms.

Virtually all forms, except the first couple you learn, are advanced, and they are so advanced that nobody knows what they mean.

Oh, five or six years down the line some fellow has an inkling, he can make guesses as to what the moves he is doing mean, but he doesn’t really understand the forms.

These forms were built for a different kind of combat, life and death, sword and spear, that sort of thing. We don’t use those things much now, and we certainly don’t wear the armor or type of garb that goes with them, and thus we don’t really have a firm grasp on what the forms mean.

Karate, kung fu, shaolin, pa kua, whatever, except for a rare few people, people with intuitive understanding and intense training of the never say die kind, nobody really understands the forms.

But they teach them, and then they say…now you are an advanced black belt.

Memorizing a random dance doesn’t make somebody understand something. No matter how ‘advanced’ that dance is.

Matrixing explains the why. The correct why.

Not how, though that is in there, but why.

If you don’t understand why, and can’t put it to use no matter what technique you are learning, then you aren’t advanced. You are just struggling with the basics.

I know, I’ve offended somebody.

Boo hoo.

Get angry at me. But don’t remain in your ignorance.

The answers, all the answers, are in matrixing.

If you know matrixing you can solve every riddle in any martial art ever made.

Period.

You can pick up a free ebook which will explain Matrixing at the top left of  Monster Martial Arts.