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Karate Self Defense Applications From Heian Three

The karate self defense movements from the ancient forms are sometimes odd. By this I mean they are hard to figure out, and sometimes to make work. The problem is that they are unique situations having to do with specific instances of combat, and not arranged in any particular sequence or order.

karate mysteriesWhen one studied the ancient karate kata methods, the sequence of forms themselves was out of sequence. That martial arts arrangement method was taught for the longest time before the forms were finally put in the right order. In particular, I am talking about the switching of Heian one and Heian Two.

That point made, this article is about the first move from the next form, pinan three. This karate kata opens up with basic movements that should be, perhaps taught earlier. The problem is that the self defense application is hard to apply.

In that martial arts kata the footwork pattern begins with a simple outward block done from a back stance. The kata then moves into a set of double blocks executed with the feet married. To say that the feet are married is to mean that they are placed with toe touching toe and the heel touching heel.

To make this form application work in real life one should use the back stance–or perhaps, if one is feeling aggressive, a front stance–with the double blocks. This enables one to move the whole body into the attack. This aggressive behavior pushes the attacker backwards.

So the attacker steps forward with a right punch, and the defender jams him with block and stance. A simultaneous outward block and punch to the pubic area will duplicate the moves of the karate form. Being aggressive in this manner one should be aware of the placement of the knee, and how to move the attacker’s knee in or out.

One could also take advantage of the other arm position in this Martial Arts pattern. In this secondary self defense movement the attacker would again step in with a punch, but perhaps angled a little lower. The defender would again step in aggressively, but this time do a downward block (or parry) and an uppercut to the chin.

To sum up, these ancient forms really do work, they have all manner of techniques hiding in them. It is up the student to study those kata so that every single possible self defense application can be understood and made to work. These old forms should be studied, analyzed, and inspected, for the Karate self defense moves within them are what the martial arts are all about.

If you wish to view pictures of the <a href=”http://learnkarateonline.net/karate-techniques/karate-self-defense-moves-pinan-three/”>Karate Self Defense</a> Moves I have explained here, head to Learn Karate Online (dot) net.

Military Martial Arts…What Would Happen If You Matrixed Them!

Speaking of military martial arts, here’s my newsletter speaking of this intriguing subject.

matrixing karateAll right!
Time for a work out!
Drop everything you’re doing and punch somebody!
maybe you shouldn’t get that carried away.
maybe you should?

I remember when I was young and doing martial arts,
I lived in apartments
with guys filled with testosterone
and we punched each other all the time.
Cooking the eggs and throwing out blocks.
Kicking somebody so he had to drop the towel
when he came out of the shower,
just fun, fun, fun.
But that’s how you know
you’re doing the real martial arts.
It’s fun.

Speaking of which,
let’s talk about the real martial arts.

The universe is just a bunch of stuff
flying through space.
Sometimes something flies at you
and you have to handle it
before collision occurs.
Isn’t that what the martial arts are?
Fists and feet,
whole bodies flying,
coming at you,
and you have to handle them
before collision.
So when you are doing the martial arts
you are just practicing
how to handle the whole universe.

That’s why martial artists are superior,
you know.

While Joe Blow sits on the sofa
and watches reruns of Happy Days
Jim the Martial Artist
is practicing handling
the whole darned universe
one fist at a time.

Jim the martial artist gets so good,
that he can handle anything in the universe,
he is calm,
and in charge.
No wonder the martial arts are fun.

I didn’t mean to go all philosophical on you.
It’s just that
a fist to the face
is so beautiful
that it brings a tear to my eye.

I received the greatest win.
I love wins
that come out of the blue,
they blind side me.
I’ll be running full tilt,
trying to get the job done
Big old win
knocks me sideways,

win deleted…sorry

You can see why I love this win.

I love a compliment,
I really love a compliment to the matrixing method.

Thank you, Dan,
for those kind words.
Thanks to you and the guys and gals
for being America’s muscle.

one of the things I look for
is people from different systems.
You see,
I am always saying
that Matrixing works
for every system.
While I have presented it as a martial art,
and shown it working in a variety of martial arts,
it is really a method for organizing data.
Doesn’t matter where the data comes from,
all that matters is that it is put in order.

here’s something for you to think about.
What if you took a soldier
matrixed his training,
matrixed his way of operating on the battlefield.
This would be a quite an undertaking,
because the modern soldier
is more than a march and shoot boy,
he is a technical wizard
with a variety of disciplines to use
before he gets to march and shoot.
the question remains,
what if you matrixed him?

he goes into battle
and he will know what his teammate is doing,
will have an intuition about it,
even if he can’t directly see or communicate.
He will be working off the same data base of knowledge,
a streamlined and simplified data base,
and he will know what his team mate is doing,
how he is responding,
just from the sounds,
just from the knowledge of where the bombs are dropping,
and the lines of fire.
He will know
and he will know how his team mate will respond,
and he can adjust his actions
so that he
and everybody in his squad,
and even company
are totally in synch.

that would sure make a sergeant’s job easy.
You know?

Okey dokey,
just thought I’d throw that out.
A lot of orders have gone to men and women
in the military,
and I sometimes think about
what would happen
in a matrixed world.

you know?

next week is thanksgiving,
so I need you to
break out the ax,
throw a rope over one of those turkeys
and get ready for
the yearly turkey slaughter.
Never thought of it that way, eh?
But it’s true.
It’s us against them!
Who will win…
read blooded ‘muricans,
or them thar turkey busturds!

I think we know the answer.
throw another log on the barbie
make sure you have lots of adult beverages
and someplace to hide the keys
until you sober up.

I just thought I’d put out a public service announcement, okay?

while you are thinking and drinking,
think about this:
if you ordered Matrix Karate,
or any matrix course from Monster,
right now,
you could have it in time
so you could practice it over the holidays!

Think about it,
lock yourself in a room
with a DVD player
and a change of underwear,
and you could learn a whole art!

You think you can’t?
That was one of the things I did with a fellow
when I was first discovering matrixing.
We locked ourselves in the dojo for a week,
and we worked out,
and a week later…
he knew Karate.
And he eventually became a third dan
in a Japanese system.
Just walked in their door,
freestyled their boys,
and received his belt.

True story.

put your order in now,
change your life,
handle the universe,
learn an art over the holidays.

I mean,
what’s the alternative?
Reruns of Happy Days?

You guys and gals have a great weekend,
and I’ll talk to you next Monday.

Click here to check out the Matrix Karate Course.


“So the important thing in a military operation is victory, not persistence.”
~ Sun Tzu

That’s what Sun Tzu, the greatest military mind in history, thought of when he thought of military martial arts.

A Sergeant in Iraq Is Sure Glad He Knows Monkey Boxing!

Karate Black Belt

Monkey Boxing is the best Way to Learn Weapons!

Sergeant Nathan Robertson knew he was going to catch heck. He was supposed to be back with the convoy at the checkpoint, but the Lieutenant had insisted on keeping him late to translate. Now he had a two hundred yard walk through the darkest of Bagdad’s alleys.
He moved swiftly, keeping to the growing shadows, hoping not to be noticed by any hostile.
Funny, when they first arrived they had been treated like heroes. Now they were hated. Money from Washington was drying up, the bought Arabs didn’t want to stay bought, and every extra day spent in this sandbox was fraught with more tension, more confrontations, more danger.
Well, so be it. His was not to whine and cry, he had a job to do and if the ragheads (he knew he wasn’t supposed to call them that, but darn it!) wanted them gone he was more than willing to hop on a transport and–
Two shadows appeared in the mouth of the alley.
Nathan started to backtrack, then stopped.
An Arab was closing up behind him.
The three men wore robes over camos, were unshaven, and eyed him like a jackal eyes discarded dogmeat.
Damn! he thought, I didn’t want any trouble!
He estimated the situation. It was further to go backwards than forwards. Two in front, one in rear. And then he saw the long curved blade the one in the rear was carrying. A scimitar. One of those old cutting tools the Bedouins loved.
Nathan made up his mind and started to move forward.
Once in motion, Nathan Robertson was a tank. He wasn’t built like one, but his mindset made him pretty formidable.
The two Arabs in front tensed and got ready, and the one in the rear ran to get in on the action.
The only thing going through Nathan’s mind at the moment was I hope that Monkey Boxing Stuff works!
Nathan’s kid brother had gotten a hold of a Monkey Boxing Course, and they had had a ball while on leave. They had gone through the locks and holds, and practiced the weird freestyle drill for hours. It was great fun, a chance to hang with his bro, and now the proof was in the pudding. Outside of the Monkey Boxing, Nathan only had the normal military hand to hand stuff, and he didn’t think that was going to be enough for this situation.
At the point of impact Nathan drew back slightly, the Al Qaeda on the left dove in with two hands in an attempt to grapple.
Sure, as if Nathan would survive a three on one grapple.
Nathan smacked the man’s hands down and brought a knee up. The Arab’s nose exploded in red and he fell on the ground. Fortunately he fell in front of the other Arab, because the knee shot had hurt Nathan’s knee.
Darn, reality could hurt!
But, hurt or not, Nathan had no time, nor inclination, to whine about it. The second raghead–damn political correctness, there are honorable Arabs, and then there are raghead terrorists like these idiots–swung a club at him.
Nathan locked the arm, and just like it had shown on his brother’s Monkey Boxing DVD, he two stepped and whirled the terrorist into the man rushing from the rear.
The two men collided like uncoordinated lovers. The smack of their faces smashing into each other was like somebody popping a paper bag, and the one in the rear dropped his scimitar.
Nathan couldn’t help but grin. Two Monkey Boxing techniques and three bloody noses. And Sore heads when the saps woke up.
Well, that Monkey Boxing stuff had worked fine, and he was glad he knew it. And, so thinking, he exited the alley and ran for the checkpoint.

If you liked the story, you should look into Monkey Boxing. I recommend the page on Blinding Steel at Monster Martial Arts. That’s where you start. And don’t forget to pick up a free martial arts book on the home page.

Finding the Real and Ultimate Truth of the Martial Arts through Working Out!

Karate Side Kick

Martial Arts Work Out!

Here’s some things about working out.
Where do you work out?
I’ve worked out (taught)
in alleys filled with debris,
basements littered with broken furniture,
rooftops with pipes and wires running everywhere,
rooms with only the space to stand in,
warehouses with dark rows of boxes,
on a fence,
on a tire,
in a tree,
in a cage (old LA zoo),
and on and on and on.
I’ve worked out in the ocean,
in rivers,
in the desert,
in snow,
on hillsides,
and on and on.

Every time I worked out
I learned something unique about my environment
and how to fight in it.
How do I set the feet so I don’t slip,
how do I turn the stance for best launch,
what types of stances work best for what situation,
how do I lift my feet so as not to trip.
And on and on.

I remember reading Carlos Castaneda
and he spoke of how to run in the desert at night.
Lift the knees high,
and I could feel my radar working
as I gave myself up
to trust my world.
how could I apply this to martial arts?

When you think about it,
it makes sense
to try all these places,
because you don’t know what kind of terrain
you will be attacked on.

I was in the army,
sitting on a bunk naked,
and some guy wanted to fight,
and fight me right then,
before I could get dressed.
What a unique learning experience.
I didn’t let it happen,
but to this day,
I think about it,
and what would I do…
home invaders while I’m in the shower,
I jump out,
dripping wet,
slipping on the tiles,
searching for a weapon.

Martial means war,
and so many techniques come from war,
rolling in the mud,
the freezing snow,
in the darkness,
trying to stab
before you are stabbed.

So many techniques are altered by armor,
what techniques do we do that are useless now
but were worth something
when men wore armor?
And what techniques would be good for a fellow in kevlar?

You can see the potentials here.

Can you fight
in any terrain
any clothing
any weather…
of course you can,
if you have to.
But it’s best to seek out those odd environments
when you don’t have to.
Do your learning
before the fit hits the shan.

My favorite years of training were in the dojo,
I simply loved the camaraderie.
I loved sampling the different shapes and sizes
of my opponents
and learning what worked when and for whom.

Those lessons learned,
I expanded on them as you see in this newsletter.
And here’s something to think about…
if all the martial arts came from one technique,
what would that technique be?

When you travel back
through the influences of war
and environment and living conditions
when you think through your martial art
and find the core concept that grew it,
what core concept is there,
what one single technique was there
that made it all work,
that grew the whole thing?

This is a fair question,
and an important question.
Answer it,
and you have plumbed to the depths of your art.

In Aikido,
what technique do you think
turned it all on
for Morihei Ueshiba?

In Karate,
what move tweaked Funakoshi’s mind
and opened it up so he could really learn.
And by learn
I mean create
and absorb and synthesize and….

In tai chi,
in Mantis,
in drunken…
what single technique unlocked those doors,
beckoned the student in,
changed the world.

It is a simplicity that lies beneath all arts,
and even beneath the combination of all arts.

If you come up with one,
let me know.

if you come up with one,
don’t let me be the devil here,
do you think it will be the same one
that your fellow student would have come up with?

That all said,
I want to thank all for the help you gave me
after last weeks newsletter.
If you didn’t take advantage of that offer
in last weeks newsletter,
find it,
use it.
If you can’t use it now,
save it,
use it when I least expect it,
just remind me of it when you do use it.

Help is always appreciated.
The Monster says thanks.

to continue what we were talking about,
to find the truth of your art,
you must matrix.
Matrixing explores the terrain of your mind.
Matrixing explores all the arts,
all the moves,
and puts them in order.
This puts order into your mind,
and the computer up there
really works.
Works better than you ever would have thought.

Here’s the world famous URL…


Go there,
find the art that inflames you,
get it,
and seek the peace of yourself.
It’s there
inside you,
if you just turn the key (work out)
open the door (work out some more)
and walk in (work out even more)

you guys have a day special beyond compare,
and I’ll talk to you later.


The weak can overcome the strong and the yielding can overcome the hard.
This all the world knows but does not practice.
~ Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu