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Outlaw Karate Training Manual Re-issued!

Outlaw Karate Gets a Face Lift!

‘Outlaw Karate: The Secret of the One Year Black Belt,’ was one of the first books on Matrixing. Actually, it was written before matrixing became ‘officialize.’

This is the first book to put forth the concept that people could actually earn a real Black Belt in Karate in a year of less.

This new edition includes a glossy cover. The original material,  five star rated on Amazon, is intact.

The glory of this book is that it goes belt by belt, describing all the experiences, detailing what the student should be going through, and showing all the forms and applications. Thus, the reader has a much better chance of getting through the material without error; it is actually possible to get to a Black Belt within one year.

The book is based on the author’s synthesis of two martial arts, ‘Kang Duk Won’ and ‘Kwon Bup.’ All duplicate material has been discarded, along with fluff material such as poser techniques, unworkable techniques, and so on.

The result is an extremely hard core, street workable system.

The book includes detailed instructions on such items as:

  • how to create power
  • six ways to translate a block into totally different techniques
  • promotional requirements for every belt
  • what a student goes through on each belt level and why
  • the actual written tests for each belt
  • and TONS more.

The book is 166 pages with 212 images. In includes the complete system, with all the forms, applications, and methods of freestyle.

To find out more about Outlaw Karate: The Secret of the One Year Black Belt, click on this cover…

you can get a black belt in less than a year

Click on the cover to go to Amazon and find out more…

This book is a complete system. It includes all the forms and form applications, along with methods of freestyle.

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How Long Does It Take To Become a Black Belt?

Students Ask, How Long Does it Take to Become a Black Belt?

The question, “How long does it take to become a black belt,’ is a good one. It is a valid question in any martial art, be it karate or aikido or taekwondo, or whatever. Here are some interesting facts I put together in answer to this question.

how long does it take to get a black beltThe United States army takes Joe Ordinary and makes him a soldier within two months. Two more months and Joe can be trained to be a technically trained specialist in a vast variety of fields. In addition to basic and rudimentary hand to hand combat training, the US military has extensive programs, applicable to the battlefield, and they don’t take decades to do.

The question of how long does it take to become a black belt apparently didn’t occur to Chuck Norris, and didn’t bother Korean Martial Arts Masters. While in the army he took Tang Soo Do classes in Korea. He earned his black belt in a year and a half.

One of the best tournament fighters ever, a fellow name of Mike Stone, didn’t bother asking this question either. He trained hard and long. He earned his black belt in six months.

One of my favorites for ignoring the question of how long does it take to become a black belt is Joe Lewis. Joe Lewis made black belt in a year. Actually, he earned black belts in three different styles in under a year.

The idea of taking four years or more to earn a black belt actually came to us within the last few decades. It was begun by Chinese Kenpo instructors who structured the art around automobile sales contracts. Before then it took a couple of years at most.

The whole idea of a belt system actually is relatively new to the martial arts. Belt systems were started by Jigaro Kano, the founder of Judo. He lifted the idea from a classification system for swimmers.

The above all being said, when you ask the Martial Arts instructor you are thinking about taking lessons from how long it takes, don’t think less of him if he has bought into this idea. Just throw yourself into your studies and get where you are going faster because you try harder. Education, hard work, a dedicated attitude, that is the real answer to how long it takes to become a black belt.

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Is a Black Belt More Experience or Knowledge?

When a person earns a Black Belt, how much is experience…and how much is actual knowledge? Interesting question, eh?

The reason I ask it is because when I realized how long it takes to earn a black belt, I started looking at how much of what the typical dan rank is depends on knowledge, and how much depends on experience.

Now, experience brings a certain degree of knowledge. But what if you could separate that knowledge and teach it purely…how much experience is really required?

The answer, surprisingly, is not a lot.

Let’s say a fellow trains for 3-4 years…when you break it down he has maybe three to four months of knowledge, and the rest is experience.

Yes, experience counts for something.
But, knowledge counts for more.

I found that when you give that three to four months worth of knowledge to a student, that student moves up to 60% to 70% of the three to four year black belt. And his progress gets even faster after that.

The unfortunate fact is that some of the three to four year fellow sometimes gets upset. Hey, he studied ten times longer! What he knows should be ten times more significant.

Well, fortunately, most martial artists see the logic here, and understand what I am doing. That’s part of the whole picture of the Black Belt, you see…having the mental strength to last three to four years breeds a smartness not experienced by people without that strength of discipline. So most Black Belts are interested in what I am saying, and can put aside any pettiness. If this question interests you, then drop by Monster Martial Arts and pick up a free book.

Barack Obama to Take the Black Belt Test!

I’ve said this before, got in trouble for it, actually, but…we should require our politicians to pass their black belt test before we even nominate them.

There is the common sense notion that people in public office, being generally disagreeable people, should learn to fight.

And, there is the lauded concept that instead of voting, we should just set up rings and let our elected officials fight for what they believe in.

Of course, then we would only have young men in congress, which is probably not a bad idea. After all, would you rather cheer for some young stud who is fighting for a purse, or for some old corruptionist who is cutting your purse?

You think I am being silly? Hey, it’s good enough for England. Contenders for the thrown are expected to have military service.

Can you see Barack passing his black belt test breaking a few boards with a well placed kick? Or how about Barney Franks learning how to choke out a mugger? If those guys could do that I might even think about trusting them. Maybe.

Anyway, head on over to Monster Martial Arts. Get your own black belt, and then we’ll talk.

How Long Does It Take to Earn a Martial Arts Black Belt

In Karate, Kenpo or Taekwondo there is a certain length of time that it should take to earn a black belt. These things are pretty much set in stone, but have been wildly abused by martial arts styles. Still, it is possible, if you understand certain things, to make your system easy to learn in a couple of years.

First, you should understand that karate, kenpo and taekwondo come from the same roots, and that is why there is a relative standard of time that it takes to achieve the first dan. Ed Parker learned and taught karate in the beginning of kenpo, and tekwondo developed form the eight houses, or Kwans, that were basically karate. Kung Fu based arts still rely on the same commonality of body motion, and thus are prone to the same rules.

There should be eight forms to black belt. These forms are usually the five pinans, or Heians, and have equivalent forms in taekwondo. Kenpokas, and other martial arts students will have to research this a bit to find eight forms that fit their art.

There should be about 72 techniques learned. This is the number of techniques that if practiced will cover the basics of the art, and will take a student to the intuitive state of mind that is necessary to be promoted to the dan ranks. More than this and it is confusing, less than this and there isn’t (normally) enough data.

The art should consist of a blend of forms, techniques, and freestyle. Blending martial arts kata, bunkai and kumite allows the concept of a perfect move to be constructed and bridged from theory to reality. Any art that doesn’t have all three should actually not be considered an art, as it will not give the benefits, no matter what anybody says, that are possible through these three practices.

The essence of the art should be always be towards good control. No matter how people proclaim that an art must be more real, it becomes less real as an art if it forsakes control. One must learn to control their body, their fellow man, and then the world becomes a better place where fights just don’t happen.

An art should be a balance of speed, power and technique. Speed can lead to power, but power doesn’t necessarily lead to speed, so speed is superior to power. Technique, however, is superior to both.

These factors all adhered to, along with a proper understanding of basics, and one can earn a black belt in as little as one year, though two years is probably the average time. To learn faster than that indicates that the person hasn’t spent enough time actually controlling his body, and so lacks the basics of controlling his mind. To learn slower is to waste your time.

These principles are adhered to in the courses offered at Monster Martial Arts.