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Ladies Buttons and the Martial Arts!

Good morning to you!
No matter what time it is…it’s good.
Now,
we need a little more world peace,
so would you guys mind doing an extra work out today?
Thanks.
The world loves you for it.

Now,
I have a little mind work for you.
See if you can follow me on this.

First,
why do ladies button their blouse on the wrong side?
It was explained to me that ladies were dressed
by their maids,
so maids made blouses backwards,
because they were on the wrong side of the blouse,
if you get my drift.

Now,
I don’t totally agree with this.
I think it was more like
some lady was sewing her own blouse,
got upside down
or backwards
in her head
in trying to figure out the button arrangement,
and just got it backwards.
Probably claimed it was a plan,
and the world went along with it.
Makes more sense, eh?

Second,
it was explained to me
that many knife techniques
are arranged to slip inside the chinks
in a man’s armor.
A knife in the armpit would be classic.
But,
I’ve had people tell me
that it is the seam in the armor
that dictates which hand a man trains to stab with.
The overlap of the material
makes it so a stab with the right hand
can slip into the folds easier.

Hmmm.
I figured it was because 7 out of 8 people
are right handed.
But,
it is something to think about.

Do you see where I’m going?
This is just a little mind exercise
to make people think about
why techniques are right handed or left handed.
Probably the fact of more right handed people
takes things to the stronger arm,
but,
we all know,
a complete martial artist
will practice techniques on both sides.

So here’s something to think about.
I practiced my techniques on both sides.
And,
I practiced my forms on both sides.
We all do that.
good stuff.
Fun.
And maybe it does affect the functioning
of your right side/left side brain.

But,
I started doing my forms backwards.
First I started just doing the individual techniques in the forms backwards.
But it was too easy,
so I started working my motion backwards.
A left outward block became an uppercut
with an off angle inward block.

It made me think about whether motions would work
if they were reversed, and then I started thinking
about whether the original motion would work.
It created doubt,
and this would have been bad,
except for one thing:

doubt made me critique the form,
critiquing the form made me analyze the form,
and I started to think.
Critical thinking.
Ahhh.
So this idea of just moving the body backwards,
all the way through reverse motion backwards,
actually causes thought to happen.
how interesting.

So what?
You ask so what?

So what is that is when a fellow taught me push hands,
and I had no tai chi to feel what he was doing
I just reversed the motion of what he was doing
and he became my meat.

A karate form done backwards
enlightened me as to tai chi chuan.
how interesting.

Anyway,
I’ve decided not to get a Xmas tree this year.
They are just too forking expensive.
Instead,
I’m going to get a burrito.
don’t misunderstand me,
I’m not going to get a Christmas burrito,
I’m going to get a Hanakwanmass Burrito.

I can hang it on the wall
and play pin the tail on the burrito.
And,
when I’m done,
I can eat it.
Tell me that ain’t gonna taste better than a tree!

Now,
just to warn you…
the yearly rendition of
The Night Before Christmas
is coming.
Unwrap your concertina wire
and put on your body armor,
it’s coming.

and,
BTW,
do you have a copy of Matrix Karate
under your Hanakwanmass Burrito?
Twenty bucks,
and you’ll spend a few weeks learning the forms and stuff,
then you’ll have a few months of adapting your own arts
matrixing them,
and then, of course,
you can do it all backwards.
So Matrix Karate is going to last all year long.

Now,
forgive me my whimsical attitude,
it’s just that holidays are here,
and behind the frantic present throwing
people really do care,
and it’s nice to see.

And,
heck,
we can have world peace.
Might have to knock off all the politrickans to get it…
but hey,
why not?

HANAKWANMASS!

and have a great work out.
Al
:o)
Here’s the URL for that inexpensive gift for yourself….

Hanakwanmass to you!

Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth. ~Samuel Johnson

Martial Arts is the art of uniting violence with truth. ~Al Case

What we actually learn, from any given set of circumstances, determines whether we become increasingly powerless or more powerful. ~Blaine Lee

What we actually learn, from our incessant and never ending practice of form, determines whether we become increasingly powerless or more powerful. ~Al Case

Life is but thought. ~Sara Teasdale

I do Martial Arts to find thought. ~Al Case

Send me your wins!