Whenever you get this it is good,
because you know
you are about to have the best work out of your life!
if you keep doing work outs,
the work outs get better,
and that’s the big secret.
it has been an interesting weekend.
I took out an ad on Martial Talk,
one of the forums on the net.
You’ll see it in the karate section.
I’ve stayed away from forums in the past,
because they tend to be collecting points for people with opinions
who want to talk down on you.
there is a wealth of information available,
a huge resource of knowledgeable people,
if you can avoid the bully boys.
it took me a week to figure things out,
and I’m still blurry,
but I figured I at least knew enough
to get my feet wet.
So I said hi,
and got attacked for spamming,
being a gimmick,
and so on.
I know there is suspicion on the net,
One should always be suspicious of anonymous masses,
but there are people there,
underneath the masses.
And it is people,
who do the martial arts.
I know that anybody who attacks me
doesn’t understand what I’m doing,
I didn’t understand what I was doing
when I first set foot
in my first dojo.
We all start somewhere,
So I think I’ve got things fairly defused,
hopefully I’ve avoided the mob mentality,
and am making an impression on the individuals.
We shall see.
The point is,
and I thought about this time and time again,
over this weekend,
traditional is fine,
as long as it doesn’t bind.
If it binds,
you must set it aside.
This is almost a point of personal sanity.
I want you to think about it,
if you guide yourself
only by the words of dead people,
you are as good as dead yourself.
It’s an art!
Where is your create?
You’ve got to create
to keep it an art!
But I know some of these fellows
are just holding on to the structure
that is traditional art
a little too tightly.
They aren’t bad,
and all I have to do is be polite,
and keep putting forth correct information.
The structure of the martial arts is tweaked,
good information is all it takes
to reset the structure
so that it keeps pumping out
the best martial artists in the universe.
I’ll keep you updated,
It’s a lot of fun,
and reading the threads,
it sounds like people are willing to look
beyond the words of a few critics
who are attacking
when they haven’t even taken a course.
Cross your fingers for them.
let’s move into some martial arts.
Got a letter from a fellow,
said he had trouble remembering forms.
When forms haven’t been matrixed to make them true,
and related to functioning techniques,
they can be downright bizarre.
Not to mention weird and odd.
I think forms are important.
I think forms,
are a prayer.
if you have trouble with forms,
start with the easiest form you know,
and just do it,
don’t try to learn anything else,
just do that one form.
Do it until you can do it backwards.
Not the reverse sequence of blocks and such,
but the actual reverse flow of the motions of the body.
Don’t try to learn something complex.
the mind doesn’t like complex,
learn something simple,
and learn it on an intimate basis.
The Iron Horse (Tekki, Kima Chodan, etc.)
is a simple form,
but the founder of karate spent some ten years learning it.
if you want a simple form,
look through the articles section of the Monster and find House.
That simple form
done forwards, backwards, right, left, on the knees, with a stick,
and so on,
can be done two man,
with steps, in place, and
with other geometry.
But it is simple,
and you must hold to the simple.
The reason the mind likes simple
is because when you boil down the motion
you will find a simple concept.
One of the secrets of advanced martial arts,
is the ability to reduce all motion
to simple concepts.
Find the idea behind what you are doing
and it will make sense,
you can get rid of it with clear conscience.
a couple of things,
newsletter is getting big.
I’m probably going to start putting it out on two days,
break it down to two groups,
and keep google from messing with me.
If I put out the newsletter,
even though I stay within their parameters,
they frequently shut down my mail.
I don’t want to go to servers
who specialize in newsletters quite yet.
When I expand to the Monkeyland Gazette,
I probably will,
Right now I am pinching pennies,
doing whatever I can
to get enough money set aside,
so I can get a truck and camper,
and set out on the Great Matrixing Tour.
I need to come see you.
(If you want,
I ain’t gonna show up on your doorstep,
less you got the mat out,
and let me know.)
I don’t want to be in your face,
I respect anonymity,
and who the hell wants some old man
telling you stuff?
On the other hand,
have you ever heard of somebody who sells you a thirty dollar course,
and then travels across the country
in a vast conspiracy of quality control?
I MUST be nuts!
I have people from Colorado,
Maryland and Arkansas,
Might take me a while
to get out to Maryland,
but I can start hitting the close places.
Here’s a link,
it is for Matrix Karate,
which is the template for matrixing,
sets forth the simple forms
that resurrect the mind and heart
and set one on the true path
of the true art.
You guys have a great work out,
you will get where you are going
by working out,
so take two steps,
and work out twice.
PS–If you want a great article that leads on to real power in striking, try googling, The Secret of Three Depths in Striking!
Maybe you are the “cool” generation If coolness means a capacity to stay calm and use your head in the service of ends passionately believed in, then it has my admiration.
Kingman Brewster, Jr.