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Teaching a Karate Class to Read Minds

 Karate Class reads minds

I was teaching a matrix karate class the other night, and the subject of reading an opponent’s mind came up. Rather, I told the guys to shut up and read minds.

There was a bit of surprise. The students all wanted to talk and ask questions…the exact opposite of what I had just told them.

So I said, “Shut…in silence you can read minds. You can’t read minds if you are talking so much that all you can hear is the talking.”

The noise level went down a wee bit.

“Look,” I said, “you could do forms and techniques and fight for thirty years…or you can follow my instructions and read minds in a couple of hours.”

After a minute of waiting for them to focus more on their forms and less on my words, I began to talk softly and unobtrusively. I wanted them to be able to do their techniques and input my data at the same time. They were all good enough, had reached a sufficient level of intuition, to do that.

“There is the body, and there is the mind, and there is the spirit. Discipline the body, and the mind starts to get disciplined. Discipline the mind enough, and the spirit starts to get disciplined.”

I changed directions to surprise them and give them example and make their minds retain the lesson.

“It is true that the eyes are the windows to a man’s soul. Once you are disciplined enough you can look into the eyes and you will see thoughts. If a car was careening towards you, would you look at the car, or would you look at the driver?”

One student said, “I’d dodge the car.”

I made the buzzer sound. “AHHH! Roadkill!”

Another student said, “Look at the driver?”

“You live,” I told him. And I looked at Mr. Roadkill and grinned. “You’re still dead.”

The class chuckled ruefully at the death of one of their own.

“The car is an object, and you must look at that which thinks the car along its path. The body is a meat object, and you must look through the windshield of the eyes and see that which thinks the body along its path. Stop listening to me and do your techniques without the distraction of my voice. Don’t be fooled by the flesh…search for the spirit; search for yourselves.

The Karate class concentrated on their martial arts training, and I knew that though their minds were blinking, they would soon turn off, and the blessed silence of their spiritual nature would shine forth.

This technique only works with fully matrixed forms. I recommend starting with the Matrix Karate course at Monster Martial Arts…that is the surest way to learn to read minds through the martial arts.


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Martial Arts Classes and Surviving a Mob!

Interestingly enough, it was during my martial arts classes that I learned how to survive mobs.
I went to a dirty, dingy school in San Jose. Karate hadn’t gone big time yet, and we still learned in hole in the walls. No big mirrors, now windows, no designer water breaks in the middle of class.
The room was maybe twenty feet long, maybe 15 feet wide. And you had to be careful of the chairs at one end, and the boxes of sand at the other. On one side there were planks lining the walk back to the dressing room, and the other side…ah, a wall. Just a wall.
Anyway, we would get twenty or thirty guys in that space. Big guys. And some of these guys were rough. I would have a Gypsy Joker on the right, a Hells Angel on the left, and when we went through forms as a group, let me tell you I watched where I put my big clodhoppers. Can you imagine the gore and splatter if I tripped over one of those big, hairy, beefed up SOBs?
Oddly, I was surprised to find out, one day during a conversation in the dressing room, that they were trying to be careful where they were putting their big feet!
So we would run through the basic forms, then start the classic Pinans (Heian) forms. The guys in the back row were beginners, and they were safe with their Pinan One routine. The guys in the front, however, were doing twists and jumps, flying through the air, and…maybe it wasn’t that safe after all in the back.
But we learned, and we learned well. If there was a trip, it was rare, and an accepted accident. Nobody got pissed, nobody cared, we all just kept going, feeding the room with energy, building ourselves up as a group as well as individuals.
Still, those were hard karate classes…yet I know that if I am caught by a mob running down the street, overturning cars and smashing buildings, I won’t step on anyone’s feet.
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