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Who Invented the First Martial Arts Matrix?

Matrixing as a Way of Life!

I was reading Black Belt Magazine, and I came across a letter to the editor in which a fellow, Jerry Beasely, claimed that he coined the term JKD Matrix back in 1988. Interestingly, I have him beat.

I came up with the first graphs for matrixing in the late seventies. I made ‘the’ matrix graph, about 1980. I used it to teach a karate class in San Francisco in probably that same year.

matrix martial arts graph

Does this describe the original Matrix?
Click on the man in the box to find out more.

I used the word Matrix because I was looking for a concept/method that would be the ‘mother’ of the martial arts. I decided upon the word Matrix because it was used to describe a cage used to hold a female wolf for breeding purposes in ancient Rome. Thus, it referred to the term ‘mother,’ and it described the actual table I was using to develop mymatrixing concepts.

Now, the matrix that Mr. Beasely is talking about probably has to do with selecting a sequence of weapons according to distances and preferences. The reason I surmise this is because he mentions that the matrix is different for every person. But if this is so, it is a guideline,and not a science.

In my Matrixing I used a table taken from Boolean Algebra. Boolean Algebra is used to describe three dimensions on two dimensional surfaces. Thus, you can describe space flight, or how objects contort three dimensionally, on TV or on a computer.

I used the table, however, to help people understand every single potential of motion in the martial arts.

This helped people organize their martial arts, discover things they didn’t know, learn faster, and become much, much better as martial arts.

And, because the table never changes, is the same for all people and all arts, it presents not just a guideline, but a complete science.

Interestingly, as time went on, I found that I was able to use the Matrix not just for Martial Arts, but for virtually every field of knowledge. And, most surprisingly of all, I found that when people used my graph for even a short length of time, the data of the field it was being applied to not only became more logical and easier to understand, but the people themselves began to think in more clear fashion.

That’s the exact story concerning the term itself. For more information about what a Matrix does, and how you use one, go to MonsterMartialArts.com.


Matrixing Wannabes in Black Belt Magazine, in Jeet Kune Do, and on the Internet

People who fake Matrixing to take your Money

There are some matrixing wannabes in the world.

Nothing serious,

just a misrepresentation,

people trying to sell things using the matrix brand,

that sort of thing.

First instance is some guy on the net

is advertising matrixing.

His website is slick,

and obviously he is doing

internet marketing.

You know the kind of guy I mean,

the kind of website I mean.

‘I beat up four Hell’s Angels

in a barfight

using spetnatz techniques

taught to me by

Lieutenant X.’

The guy calls you friend,

tells you how he was picked on as a child,

until he discovered

the secret scientific method

where you knock bullies over

with mystical techniques.

Now the interesting thing about this internet guy,

was that he said,

‘writing a matrix is cool,

you can plug in techniques

and create all sorts of stuff!’

That was the point wherein be became

an idiot of godzilla proportion.


you can do that,

but you end up trying to put together techniques

that don’t fit together,

and it makes you think,

but it doesn’t simplify the martial arts

and make them truthful and easy.

You end up thinking more,

and not thinking less.

And thinking less is what you want to do.


if it is hard to remember

and hard to learn,

it will be hard to apply.

Figuring out all sorts of new techniques

doesn’t resolve the mess,

it makes it bigger.

The guy is using Matrixing

to go the wrong way.

Instead of solving the martial arts,

he is going to make them a bigger problem.

Good luck,



the other guy pushing Matrixing

was in the pages of Black Belt Magazine.

The guys name is Paul Vunak,

and he is pushing Matrix Jeet Kune Do.

I’ve been aware of Vunak for years,

seen some of his tapes,

and he’s an impressive guy.


he has no clue about what a matrix is.

He is talking about slicing up pieces of systems

and putting them together.

I wrote about that in one of my articles

Read this

and you’ll see that he is doing something

I wrote about in passing,

a couple of decades ago,

and you might see

some of the things he is doing wrong.

The real problem with Vunak

and you’ll see this if you watch his tapes,

is that he believes in barroom fighting

and MMA

as the measuring stick of a successful art.

At the end of the article

he says his art is the only true art,

and this based upon MMA bouts.

So if you can beat people up

you have the best art.

I warn about people

who teach arts based on that,

and how they slant the whole martial arts

for their personal bias.

This is one of the things that matrixing cures.


the true art is unique to each individual,

and matrixing can help each individual find it.

But you have to know how to write a matrix,

how to use the graphs I show you in the courses.

You can’t just matrix a bunch of techniques,

you’ll end up with an unresolving mish mash.

You have to matrix your arts

using certain basic techniques,

and then you have to let them evolve in a certain way.

Doing a matrix the way Vunak,

or this internet marketer proposes,

and you will create the problem of the martial arts,

and not simplify them into a workable truth

that is unique to you.


I wish them luck,

but I wish they hadn’t used my terminology.

I expected such a thing to happen,

I am not surprised,

but I am sad because there will be a few people

who buy into their bushwah.


I taught my first matrixing class back in the eighties,

twenty years before the movie,

and thirty years before these fellows

tried to use it as a gimmick.

It is based upon certain principles

which have not changed over thirty years.

It is a science.

It is not the latest buzzword

so somebody can sell something over the internet.

When I sell a course on matrixing,

I am available.

You can write and ask me any questions you want.

I get people who can’t matrix their art,

and I get into long discussions with them,

I teach science,

and the end result is that I’ve got over 500 pages of wins,


wherein these people

figure it out,

understand the martial arts in new lights.

I am not here to get rich quick,

I want to change the martial arts,

revolutionize them,

and get people to understand them

the way they’ve never been understood before.


what can I say.

You believe me or you don’t.

You fall for the hype,

or you don’t.

Just understand this.

The true art isn’t how many people you can beat up,

it’s the unveiling of the unique spirit

that is you.

You are the True Art,

and that is what Matrixing is all about.

Here’s the URL for Matrixing: The Master Text.

Look at the pictures on the right side of the page.

That’s 180 full size pages (8 ½ by 11)

page after page of charts, of tables, of graphics,

of forms and techniques and theory.

This is not a selling technique,

it is a body of knowledge.

Remember that when you read these fellows

trying to use my matrixing material

for buzzwords and quick sales.

Have a great weekend,

and a phenomenal work out.

drunken tai chi chuan