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Classical Martial Arts are Better than Street Fighting Methods

Classical Martial Arts Have the Edge!

Street fighting methods are aimed at survival on the street, and the classical martial art is aimed at evolution of the individual.

Interestingly enough, the street defense is better…for a while. Then the classical kicks in and becomes better.

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The reason for this is simple, the higher purpose will hold sway.

Survival is important, but to seek a higher existence is more important.

How long a while before classical becomes a better fighting method? Depends on the system and the individual, with a third but slightly minor factor being the instructor.

Think about it this way: street fighting self defense systems are aimed at survival on the street, beating somebody else up so that one is not beaten up themselves.

But classical methods are designed to evolve the character of the individual until there is no fight, not on the street, and this because of the enhanced ability of the artist to transform even a substantial altercation into no fight.

Have a great work out! Al Case from MonsterMartialArts.


Check out Al’s methods for teaching classical martial arts…they are truly different.

The Problem with Split Timing in Martial Arts

Split Timing Improves Martial Arts Freestyle

When I say split timing in the martial arts I am talking about somebody punching, and you coming in over the punch.

Not reacting, but going through the door at the same time he has, but with better angles.

This is actually the kind of thing that Bruce Lee taught. You can see Anderson Silva doing it in his fights. the other guy punches, and Anderson is not blocking and punching, but rather slipping and punching right over or around the other guys punch.

Classical martial arts trains with block and counter methods, which is not split timing, but a definite tick, tick, tick of the clock. This is reaction timing, or reaction training.

The problem is that reaction, to react, is to when you move because of something else, and it means he did something, he made an action, which caused your action. But that means that you are fighting after the other guy. You are always playing catch up.

And the problem is that this type of training method is prevalent in MMA, or Mixed Martial Arts. You will see fighters in strikeforce or the UFC, and they will punch after the other fellow punches. That puts them a full count behind. they need to split the count,to split the timing,and punch while the door is open.

Let the other guy open the door, but punch at the same time, or right over, but with better angles.

The reason this is so difficult to get is because of the reaction timing built into so many training methods.

But those methods are for beginners.

Advanced is split timing.

Advanced is not reaction, but seeing what is going to happen, and ating before, or at least in concert with.

When the other guy goes to punch, you should already be in motion. You should have seen the lean of the body at the very least, and, if you are an advanced martial artist, then the lean of his mind.

If you do the classical methods long enough you will see the though happen before the action. Once you see it, once you have reached a point of awareness where you see what is going to happen, you have to construct striking methods that take advantage of the window of opportunity.

This is one of the things that is possible through matrixing. Through making the art logical, the person can better reach the point of awareness of seeing what is going to happen before it happens.

He can move out of reaction time and into time ‘inside the moment.’

Not after, but before, or, at least, during.

If you are interested in developing this advanced freestyle ability, if you want to learn how to strike during or before your opponent’s strike, you should look for Martial Arts courses which have ‘lop sau’ in them, such as Matrix Kung Fu or the Shaolin Butterfly.

How to Knock Out the Bad Guys with One Punch!

One Punch Knock Out Secrets Revealed!

One of the reasons Karate waned while Mixed Martial Arts grew was that people couldn’t knock people out or even down with a Karate punch. This does not signify that Karate, or kung fu or other classical martial arts don’t work, it just means that the knowledge on how to knock a person out with one punch has been lost.

The above noted, if you want to knock somebody out with one punch, it is going to take a bit of work. Even Mohammad Ali (Cassius Clay), relied on luck for his famous ‘phantom punch,’ which knocked out Sonny Liston. But there is a precise technology to make this stunning knock out punch work. The technology is in the martial arts, but has largely been forgotten.

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One Punch Knock Outs are Possible!

Back when I started Karate training, in the sixties, the knock out punch was known and sought by martial arts students. They practiced the technique endlessly. And, in the non contact tournaments of the time, when accidents happened and contact was actually made, people went down.

The actual physics of the punch are quite simple.

First, the the punch must be a snapping punch. The student should work as hard on the retraction of the fist as the explosion outward. The reasoning behind this was that if a punch was extended and left out, if it was a thrusting punch instead of a snapping punch, the force would come back down the arm.

But, if you throw a snapping punch, then the impact was left in the body, as the force didn’t have time to come back down the arm.

And that’s all there was to it! Uh, almost.

As simple as that sounds, it does take fanatical practice to make work, and there is one more element that a person should consider.

There was an incident on a university medical campus where a student had taken a cell culture and was walking across the campus. He stumbled, dropped the culture, and it broke on the ground. All the cells in that culture, of course, died. Oddly, all the cells in the original culture also died.

So cells are connected. Well, of course, anybody knows that. If somebody steps on your toe, your whole body reacts.

So, if somebody hits you on the outer layer of skin, but hard enough to jar the cells themselves, the whole body is going to react.

What we are talking about is depth of strike.

You don’t have to hit deep, as, again, the arm will absorb part of the shock of your punch. You just have to hit right, snapping, and with the intent to leave all the trauma in the cells. And, of course, it helps if you hit a sensitive area. Hit the jaw just right, with enough snapping force, there is going to be reaction, and the body is going to crumble. Hit the testicles, or an area in which a pressure point is located, and you are going to have success…your opponent is going to go down.

The problem is that people don’t trust this method unless they have trained long years in it. And, people lack the intention, the idea behind the punch, which is one of the things that long years of practice will build up in the student.

Anyway, whether you study karate or kung fu or any other classical martial art, that is how you knock somebody out with one punch.

And, if you don’t study the martial arts and want to knock somebody out with one punch…then maybe you should head down to check out your local karate class or kung fu class.

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Extreme Martial Arts That Are Real and Brutal and Hard Beyond Belief

Extreme Martial Arts are Built During War!

Extreme Martial Arts are a top Google search these days. People, especially those interested in MMA training, are going outside the traditional martial arts academy to learn martial arts training methods that are ever more brutal.

The funny thing is that if they studied their history, immersed themselves in the classical martial arts, they would find all the brutality they would ever want.

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Martial Arts taught for Extreme situations!

If you want extreme martial arts you need look no further than taekwondo some sixty tears ago. I am speaking, of course, of the early taekwondo–Korean Karate, actually– taught in Kwans during the Korean War.

To begin with, Korea is a brutal place. Cold sweeps down from Siberia and the Arctic, monsoons sweep across the peninsular country, and during the summer there is blood boiling heat.

Add to that, a war, and you have the most brutal conditions possible for learning your basic self defense.

Imagine standing on a dojo floor. It is built of rough planks that are filled with splinters, and you have bare feet. There is no heater, and you must rely on body movement to stay warm. Then, of course, you have the sound of distant gunfire.

‘Pinan Five!’ the martial arts instructor yells over the din of approaching shell bursts.

Students move fast enough to stay warm in near freezing weather.

‘But Sensei,’ asks one of the younger students, one who has just begun this extreme martial arts training and who doesn’t know better. ‘The shells are getting closer! Shouldn’t we be leaving?’

There are snickers through the class, and the Instructor asks for quiet. Then he turns to the younger student. ‘We are a hard target, and those shell bursts aren’t even a mile away. When they get to a half mile, then we leave. Now, take your mind off the coming death by concentrating on your forms!’

And, when the front is a half mile off, the old instructor tells the students to lift up the floorboards and leave.

Lift up the floorboards?

Yes. There was a shortage of all materials, and a dojo floor, even one rough cut and filled with splinters, is of extreme worth.

Dutifully, the students put on their shoes (snow filled from sitting on the front stoop) and carry the floor of the dojo away. They will hide it, and when the fighting has moved on, they will reassembled and learn martial arts again.

Now, as I said, people are looking for more extreme martial arts. They want fitness and self defense, and they tend to look towards Mixed Martial Arts Training methods, and to forget classical martial arts like Kung Fu and Taekwondo and karate.

But beyond the extreme martial arts youtube supplies and the octagon brings, there are the movements honed during war most violent and brutal. Remember that, the next time you put on the pads and drink the designer water; remember, the next time you want something that makes hard the body even as it uplifts the spirit; remember, even as you merely sweat what only feels like blood and guts.

There is a huge difference between fighting for gold and glory, and between fighting for one’s life, and this is the core of extreme martial arts training that makes up the classical styles of today.

Outlaw Karate is a wonderful example of an extreme martial art that remembers the brutality of its beginnings.

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Your Martial Art Sucks Because Mine is Better!

On Sucky Martial Arts!

I like getting comments on the martial arts articles and blogs I write. I like to know what people are thinking. Recently, however, I received a notice that somebody had commented on one of my blogs. I clicked over to the blog and examined the comment.

It was something to the effect of, ‘Yeah, your art sucks, it’s the kind of art that was losing back in the UFC 1 – 5.’

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Take this, trash mouth!

I grinned.

This was what I call the Beavis and butthead martial artist. Now, I am going to say a couple of mean things, so don’t take them out of context, or blow them up.

These fellows have little control over language, usually using ‘dude’ or ‘bro’ freely.

These fellows think whether a man is a man is decided in the ring, and no where else, and any of that zen crap is just that…crap.

And, these fellows usually have read all about Bruce Lee, and they are free thinkers (study everything) but don’t have the discipline to make anything work…they lack the incredibly discipline that Bruce Lee had.

And, these fellows talk trash. A lot of trash.

Now, I love MMA. I love to watch it, I love to watch the training methods, and I have opinions on who is going to win a fight or not.

But I don’t speak ill of MMA. Heck, there’s too much to learn, and it is too darned fun.

And, the really MMA fighters don’t usually speak ill of classical martial arts. Many of them have studied classical martial arts, and they know there is a dividing line here. That go to more reality is a decision of the person.

Of course, there are exceptions. You will have the trash talk before a match. You will have people that actually don’t like each other. But I ignore that. It’s about the art, you see? And I would like to think that, underneath it all it is about exploing and finding superior training methods.

Not just a human cockfight, but a deeper purpose. A point wherein the human being stops trying to beat people up, and starts looking for the truth of himself.

Now, does my art suck because it didn’t win at UFC 3 or whatever?

Nope. It just means that Beavis and Butthead are grinding axes with what goes for brains.

This has been a page about Mixed Martial Arts and sometimes unfortunate attitudes of the mentally challenged.

Go to Monster Martial Arts if you want to see some martial arts that result in increased intelligence.

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Old Doctor Uses Karate to Beat up MMA Fighter!

Karate MMA Beatdown!

I just love a good headline, especially when it shows the classical martial arts in such a good light.

I say good light, because I always get people trying to tell me that Karate doesn’t work, that it didn’t work in the MMA Octagon, and why should people study it.

Now, before I go on, Karate is about self discovery, finding out about yourself, living to a ripe old age. But, the medical doctor in the clip gets himself put in the ring, and he shows what karate fighting is really all about.

Notice that he is not dodging and dancing like a boxer. He sets, then goes forward. When the MMA fighter takes a kick or punch, the good doctor flits back out of range, waits his chance, and takes care of business.

Look, this is what you do in Karate. You don’t fight…you analyze the situation while you move forward and scientifically and efficiently dismantle the attacker’s body. This is how we used to fight back when I was training in the sixties.

Now, we didn’t have much grappling, but it’s nice to see that the doctor used simpe stance work to avoid being taken down, and when the MMA fighter tried to grapple, and failed, he simply fell on him and, again, took care of business.

I have been saying Karate here, because I recognize his motions. I’m pretty sure the old fellow has karate experience, though, to be honest, he could have picked up his fighting abilities in a variety of arts. They would have to be classical arts, though.

You see, MMA is conducted like a rooster fight, and everybody gets obsessed with being big and tough, putting on tattoos and talking trash.

You’ll notice that the doc doesn’t say much, is, in fact, polite. That is what it is all about.

Anyway, feel free to disagree, or if you have some thoughts about the kind of fighting this old guy is using, leave a comment.

Have a good day, and don’t forget to check out Monster Martial Arts and some of the pages I have on Karate. And don’t forget to pick up a free Martial Arts Book (top right home page).

This has been a page about an old doctor using karate to beat up an MMA fighter.

Old Time Karate Is No Longer!

The Death of Classical Karate

When it comes to old time Karate, I was there. By that, I mean that I was learning Karate back in the late sixties and early seventies, and modern karate bears almost no similarity to that old style of martial arts.

And, I should say that I studied other arts, and what I have just said is true for virtually every other martial arts I have seen.

Mind you, this is not always bad. Sometimes arts have become more efficient, training methods have been shared to the improvement of all, and people are often getting a high quality martial art.

Unfortunately, sometimes the opposite is true, arts have become talk the talk things, and lost structure and speed and strength and all manner of things.

The real point that I am making here is that the old time martial arts were what we called ‘closed combat systems.’

In a closed combat system there is a specific end product, often a state of mind, a spiritual advancement, enlightenment, whatever you want to call it.

The result was often the manifestation of sixth sense abilities, of the ability to use the martial arts, to appreciate the martial arts, on levels far beyond the simple brutality evidenced by some karate schools in modern times.

The Martial Arts are more than just how to kneecap little Johnny because he doesn’t want to share his lunch money, they are an evolution of spirit.

Unfortunately, too  many people want to watch thuggery matches whereby people’s arms are jerked out of the socket, teeth are dislodged, and blood flies.

Yes, you have to be able to do that stuff, and efficiently, but shouldn’t there be a higher purpose to what you are doing?

Shouldn’t there be a state of mind which, instead of proposing violence as the solution, presents peace as the end product?

This, incidentally, is one of the important points of matrixing the martial arts, and of neutronics.

It is not just about survival, it is about seeking existence as.

As what, I will leave to you, but the hint lies in the study of the old time karate, and the classical martial arts.

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Classical Martial Arts Originated in Life or Death Combat!

Had a guy say something interesting today, he said that MMA originated in the ring, as a way to beat people up under certain conditions.

His point was that Classical Martial Arts, Shaolin or Karate or Aikido or whatever, originated under life and death circumstances.

Check out the video, it’s my classical take on the Iron horse form, and then I’ll finish up this point.

The priest had to defend against cutthroats with knives.

The Samurai had to fight armored men with long swords and spears on the battlefield.

Aikido was born of Aikijujitsu, which was from those same Samurai battlefields.

Life and death, rolling in the mud, training for all manner of weather, all manner of terrain.

Sometimes traditional martila arts get the razz, but the truth is, dig a bit, uncover the origins, and you have something with much more potential than a mouthpiece and referees.

No offense to anyone, there’s some tough guys out there, and tough arts.

I just prefer the Classical Martial Arts. Love the tradition, the training methods, and the idea that there is a zen beyond war.

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Losing Your Reaction Time Through Classical Martial Arts Training

I saw an interesting TV show today, a couple of fellows were discussing how to achieve faster reaction time through traditional martial arts training. The odd thing is that they were obsessed with training the muscles. The conclusion they reached is that you train the body to react so fast that there is no reaction time.

But to have a body is reaction time. If you conduct your self defense through a body then you have to have the time it takes to activate that body. It’s going to be there no matter what you do.

Unless, of course, you perceive what is happening and move with it. Or, better, move before it. You simply observe reality and predict what is going to happen and insert your body into the desired place.

Training in Martial Arts forms is going to help you do this. You make a plan, and you carry out the plan. Eventually, what you are doing becomes able to be predicted, eventually this carries into life, and life becomes something you can predict.

Of course, those that don’t believe this have there own method for doing things. An MMA specialist or UFC fighter trains his body to react, but the other fighter is also training his body to react, so what you have is two virtual robots bashing their bodies together, and this will result in less awareness. This is not getting rid of reaction time, it is increasing the beast, once you have been bashed enough.

You have to ask yourself the question, what is reaction time, if you are going to to undo it. You are acting after. After what?

Well, you are acting after reality has bid you act. That’s right, you are making your body do something because of something that has already occurred, and thus you are already behind the times, and thus you are a victim. You have to be a victim if you follow this path of muscle memorization, because moving after something has happened means you are moving after somebody else.

If you don’t want to be the victim, you have to study arts which do not have muscle memorization, and which lessen reaction time. While classical martial arts practice (if you can find a true school, and an teacher who knows what he is doing) doesn’t provide the glory, and sometimes seem a bit odd, the fact of the matter is that they have been expressly designed to get rid of reaction times. Reality fighting may draw in crowds of people, but you will gain faster reaction time through traditional Martial Arts training.

Should you want to know more about getting rid of reaction time, head to Monster Martial Arts. Pick up a free ebook while you’re there.