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Winning with the Martial Arts

Newsletter 803
Make Your Day with a Martial Arts Win!

Great Afternoon!

I was teaching this morning,
and it is almost impossible to describe
how wonderful one feels
after sharing the martial arts.


I thought I’d share a win.
I get wins all the time,
and if I’m a little busy,
so what…
I can still share a win,

Before I do,
google is figuring out
how to send newsletters into Spam folders.
So put me in your contacts,
or just go to
and sign up.
The newsletters always end up there.

here comes a win from Jason W.

I’ve trained on two continents officially hold 1 black belt, and unofficially am that level in 2 others. I am currently working through the purple belt level in your Kang Duk Won course. I have to say that the workout is as tough as anything I did in Hapkido, but I am slowly getting there. The KDW material is filling in all the holes I had in my training. It’s really amazing how much stuff the instructors leave out or don’t even know. About a year ago I was at the place where you started in developing matrixing. I was looking for ways to bridge all my training into a logical system apart from the individual styles. I am lucky I found your site. I saved myself about 40 years of headaches! Just keep up the good work.

Thanks, Jason.
I appreciate kind words,
I love your win.

Jason is doing the course at

I wrote it in attempt
to keep alive all the material
I learned at the original Kang Duk Won.

have a win,
and share the arts,
and if you have a win,
send it in.

If you want to beat the blues,
read the wins.

Okley donkley,

you guys have a GREAT work out,
and I’ll talk to you later.



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The Real Purpose of Blocking Exercises in the Martial Arts!

The Importance of Blocking in the Martial Arts

When I was doing the Kang Duk Won
we had a blocking drill called
The Eight Step Blocking Exercise.

I never minded the 8 step blocker no matter how much it hurt,
but that was because I never questioned anything I was doing.
Very interesting,
you get further when you don’t question,
than when you do.
When you take classes,
or teach classes,
where the students are not allowed to ask questions,
you really learn the art faster.

Think about it,
asking a question is a form of expressing doubt.
I know,
it is supposed to be a quest for information,
but it doesn’t always work that way.
doing the forms in silence
answers all questions.

I would do this eight step blocking exercise,
a simple thing,
low blocks both ways,
the middle blocks both ways,
and the pain would start.
I mean,
you just bash your forearms,
again and again and again and…

I developed these bone bruises all up the length of my forearms.
You can still feel the bumps on the bones.

Nowadays people don’t like to block.
They either attack the concept of blocking as unworkable in a fight.
And they are pretty right.
Blocking isn’t for a fight.
If you are blocking,
then it is too late.

So we come to the question…
what is the real purpose behind blocking.

I realized the real purpose one day
many years after the Kang Duk Won.
I used to ‘run the line.’
I would line up everybody in my school,
last part of the class
and I would do the eight step blocking exercise with each person.

And suddenly I realized that pain was in my mind.
If I didn’t believe it hurt,
then it didn’t.

I looked through old books I had written,
and I saw that realization written down before.
So how many times do I have to go through the pain
until it finally sticks.
you know?

I had to go through it until it finally
‘wrote itself on my bones.’

using this realization
I never broke anybody’s bones,
like others in my school did.
But I did dislocate a student’s wrist.
Happened once,
and then I started going softer,
I didn’t like hurting my students,
but that didn’t do much good.
Once I had that realization
something changed in me.
The softer I went,
the more my blocks and strikes hurt.
I ended up doing my techniques like a whisper,
watching my partners carefully.
I went through a period where I became intensely aware
of what the other person was doing,
trying to make my focus at the exact right time
and in the right manner
that I didn’t hurt anybody.

I gave up focus.

I still use it in solo practice,
but when I practice with people
I rarely focus,
I just let them hit my unfocused arms.
Even that is enough to cause pain,
but at least it doesn’t dislocate their bones,
or break them.

You know,
if you want to get that power
there are two places to look.
If you want it in striking,
then The Punch is good.
More thorough,
is Matrixing Chi.

It’s a sloppy book.
Very untidy,
not like my usual stuff.
I wanted it to be more stream of consciousness.
I wanted it to be like I was actually talking,
right there,
giving instruction on the mat.

With matrixing chi you get the power
in a more thorough manner,
without all the bashing.
You get it through form,
and you learn how a form actually generates power,
and how to move the body so that it swirls and condenses chi power.

Mind you,
you may have to read it a few times,
like I say,
it is a little sloppy,
but the gold is there.
I worked really hard on that book,
because I knew there weren’t any others like it.
No other books that actually instruct in actual chi power.
the ones that try are all mystical,
and just misunderstood.

Here’s the URL for Matrixing Chi…


Oakley Dongi!
Got to get that first work out of the week in
so have a great work out yourself,
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Why People Can’t Understand Matrixed Martial Arts

Why People Don’t Understand Matrixing

I have people asking me, every once in a while, for an example of Matrixing in the Martial Arts. This is something I don’t want to give, and there is an exact reason for me refusing. Let me explain this reason.

The mind is a bunch of memory. That’s all it is. An animal mind has very short span. A goldfish forgets within three seconds. That’s it. Simply, the goldfish is a being that lives within three seconds, and then moves on.

matrixed martial arts

From this…

Man is a rather longer memoried beast. It would be nice to go into this more, but this is not the time and place. So let it suffice to say that you can remember virtually anything. This lifetime alone, you can recall the most minute memories.

Now, mental abilities are something else, and they have absolutely nothing to do with the mind. Mental abilities, such as the ability to create problems, intuition, telepathy and telekinesis and all that sort of thing, that are not born of memory…they are what the awareness of the individual can do.

Separate them: mind is memory, and mental ability has nothing to do with the mind. Mental ability is what you, the human being, can do in your wildest dreams.

martial matrix

…to this!

When you do the martial arts you memorize patterns. You memorize techniques. You memorize muscle motion.

You put all this into your mind.

But what can you do?

Well, you can do whatever is in your mind, but that has nothing to do with what you, the human being, can do in your wildest dreams.

You see, all this stuff you memorize into your mind is nothing more than…circuits. Just like an electrical circuit, bound by nodes and boards and such…everything is on a set path.

But you can only trap a human being so long. Eventually, be it a few seconds or a million years, the human being is going to say, ‘wait a minute! I recognize this place! I see what I’ve been doing! I see this memory!’

At that second the circuit is blown, the pattern disappears, and you become free.

Now freedom is relative, and that’s an absolute, and this is another one of those things I should skirt during the course of this essay.

So the point is this, when you blow a circuit you enter into mushin no shin. Mind of no mind. Or…a place where there are no memories telling you what to do.

Here’s a couple of things that go along with that phenomenon.

Mushin no shin can be achieved through the necessity of the moment…because of the need for survival. A fellow on the battlefield may experience it. Time slows down, he develops other perceptions rather instantly.

I remember reading of one fellow who survived Viet Nam because he could ‘smell’ Viet Namese. We could argue whether he actually detected by odor, or whether the human being sensed and attributed this ability to his nose, but the fact remains, he survived through an ability ‘grown’ for the moment.

Mushin no shin might last for a brief instant…then the memories come flooding back in. Still, that experience, that ‘aha’ moment, will open up a human being and let him or her know that there is a lot more to him, and life, than is ever written in a book, any book, in western society…or eastern.

Indeed, it is near impossible to describe this moment except in general and almost cartoonish terms.

The world glows. You understand God. You can see forever. These are descriptions of something that cannot be described.

And there are other phenomena connected with mushin no shin, or as I have segued into…enlightenment.

The difference between mushin no shin and enlightenment may be merely one of degree, or perhaps depth of understanding. Or perhaps the type and size of circuits blown.

But let’s return to the martial arts and why I don’t give examples of matrixing.

The martial arts are a series of memories. They are patterns. They are circuits implanted in the mind through hard work. And here is the bugaboo.

If the martial art is sufficiently illogical, there will be no mushin no shin, except by the severest accident. There will be no enlightenment.

One example of this is boxing. There are no examples that I can think of where a boxer suddenly threw off his gloves and said, ‘I understand that the essential nature of the universe is a golden vibe which we call God.’

There are a few boxers who have been pounded into believing in God, but this is not enlightenment, this is worship by the beaten.

Another example would be kenpo.

To be plain, I love Kenpo, I have loved it since I encountered in 1967, but I was not able to matrix it for a variety of reasons.

It doesn’t create a connection with the earth through serious stance work. It is a put together, a real conglomeration, of everything Ed Parker encountered and thought about: it is the memories, jumbled and reconstructed in a desperate effort to make sense, of one man. It is five evolutions of thought as one man went through life without ever encountering mushin no shin, or an ‘aha’ moment.

Nothing against kenpo, it just best exemplifies illogic in the martial arts.

And what it specifically exemplifies is the basic training method, which is memorization, or implantation of training sequences in the mind.

When I developed matrixing it seemed like an accident, but it was really my search for logic in a universe that is rather slipshod and haphazard and put together by whim and shamble.

Why me, why the martial arts, why the million and one experiences that set me free, I don’t know. Call me a cosmic accident.

But the fact remains, I tripped over a form of logic, described briefly in Boolean algebra, that puts order to ALL the jumbled up strings of random motions that we have been memorizing and calling the martial arts for a zillion years.

Now, if I could, in one word, or simple sentence, describe matrixing, I would, but you wouldn’t understand it.

Here is that sentence:

For something to be true the opposite must also be true.

Doesn’t make much sense, does it?

But it will if you do a few hundred hours of logical work in the martial arts.

Mind you, you could do a few thousand hours of work, a few million hours of work, and get nowhere. You would merely be trying to make sense of the insensible, the stored up memories in your mind.

You see, without the logic, without matrixing…the mindless mass of memorized circuits that are the martial arts just won’t make sense.

And, without the martial arts, with only the logic, you are left with:

For something to be true the opposite must also be true.

A simple phrase that means everything, and nothing, and is sort of like a zen koan, and doesn’t describe any sort of logic you have ever experienced.

So, it is impossible for me to give you an example, your jumbled up memory of a mind just won’t accept it. You will translate it into gibberish.

And, here is a cruel trick, when somebody gets close to understanding they say, ‘Oh, we’ve got that in our system.’

Simply, they have latched on to some simple point, and they do have it in their system, but their mind has slid right off of Matrixing the way teflon slides off bacon and eggs.

So you are caught. You are trapped in your own hard work, trying desperately to justify it, and refusing any example of real logic I could give you.

And your only real solution is to dig into the martial arts, and dig into matrixing that you might hope to understand the martial arts.

And, nobody really understands the martial arts.

True. Sad, but true.

They think they do, and they explain the martial arts by saying something like, ‘a punch is just a punch,’ or, ‘a kick is just a kick.’ Or some other pithy saying after a few decades in the martial arts.


That’s just more teflon sliding off the pan.

The real martial arts are a thought.

Not meat, not mind circuits, not even freedom.

They are a simple thought.

And the only way you will ever understand the thought that is the martial arts is through matrixing. I say this because the martial arts have never been understood in the history of mankind. Never. Not on any planet, not on any plane of existence.

If they had been understood they would have, like one of those circuits, disappeared, and we would have a civilization without war.

This essay has been written by Al Case, the discoverer of Matrixing. You can read more concerning matrixing and martial arts at Monster Martial Arts. If you are more interested in the type of thought process described in this essay, you should go to the Church of Martial Arts.

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Using Martial Arts to Raise Awareness

Awareness in the Martial Arts


let’s talk Martial Arts.

Let’s say somebody goes to hit you.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get him to stop his punch,
in the perfect place
so you could precisely wack his arm?

martial tube

Add water and Martial Arts…grow bigger!

Interesting thing is…
that is what happens when you do martial arts for a while.
You see,
you practice your timing
and practice and practice,
what is timing?

time is the measurement of the universe.
Time is when you measure how long
it takes something at point A to reach point B.
Measurement of motion in the universe.
That’s all time is.

I laugh when I hear these egghead types talk about time
being the fourth dimension.
Of course it is,

You see,
there isn’t a machine that can slow down time,
so the knowledge is useless.
awareness can slow down time,
and here’s where the martial arts kick in.

discipline increases awareness.
Martial Arts discipline is probably
the most efficient discipline in the universe,
so it increases awareness the most and the fastest.

You look at a punch hard enough,
and you start to see the pieces.
It’s sort of like watching a baseball cross the plate.
You stand there and hold the bat,
and you focus your awareness on the ball,
over time,
you start to see things.
The stitching,
slowly turning.
And you watch and you watch,
and you see faded blue ink on the ball.
And you watch some more,
and the ink says…
‘made in China.’

You had to force yourself to stand and watch,
to focus your awareness on the ball.
That took discipline,
in the end,
you got more awareness.
will it help you hit 300?


And that is the value of awareness.

in the martial arts you watch the punch,
and watch and watch,
and the punch slows down so you can wack it!.

One of the most worthwhile exercises for a newbie
is to just let them stand there,
and have somebody punch as hard as they can
and stop on their nose,
and have the newbie just watch it.

the newbie will stop blinking.
And that means he has used discipline
to overcome his automatic response.
He can now stay aware in the face of danger.
He can stay aware in combat.
He can stay aware,
and thus focus his own technique.

He has,
in essence,
used awareness to slow down time,
to see the ink on the fist…
‘made in rage.’
And rage won’t scare him again.

he will reach the point where the fist comes
and he will slip between the moments of time,
and strike the arm that holds the fist
as if it was standing still.

He has used awareness to stop time.

you want to know something interesting?
There is a video on youtube
of Steven Seagal teaching some MMA guy,
I think it was Anderson Silva,
and he is actually trying to get Anderson to see this,
to stay calm and aware,
and just put his fist out there
in between the slices of time.

Go ahead,
find and watch,
see if you agree.

Mind you,
Seagal shows amazing prowess in understanding this,
and much awareness,
the difference is that it took him decades of Aikido
to see this,
and he can only show it to people
who are already superior in understanding their sense of timing
and the mechanics of a fight.

the sad thing,
MMA will not enhance a persons ability in this matter.
If you obsess on beating somebody else,
on subduing awareness,
then it subdues your own awareness.
What you do is what you get.

The only way to get this ability
is to gain the discipline to enhance your awareness.
Doing martial arts forms and techniques does this.

Here’s the funny thing.
Do a bad art and the discipline is weaker,
do a strong, well organized art
and the discipline really kicks in
and the awareness really grows.
go ahead,
stand in one spot and have somebody punch with all their force
and stop on the tip of your nose.
It won’t be long before you’re almost bored,
and then you’re going to start looking at what is happening,
and examining the fist,
and the motion of the fist,
and you’re going to see all sorts of things,
and you are going to find yourself a little out of your head
when you start practicing your techniques.

Do it a lot,
and it won’t be long before you understand
what it means to slow down time,
to slip your technique ‘between’ time.

Your opponent will think you are magic,
but you’re really just aware.

all this happened to me because of the Kang Duk Won.
I became able to teach it because of Matrixing.
I had the same trouble Steven Seagal had
in getting others to understand what I was doing
until I established matrixing.
Matrixing is,
in essence,
a new language,
a language designed to enable people
to understand these things that I am talking about.
Not mushin no shin,
a loosely defined Japanese term
meaning mind of no mind,
but a method to get rid of distraction
and experience the vast ‘space’ of awareness
that a human being really is.
Not people getting stupider through life,
but using discipline to grow awareness.

that all said,
please take advantage of the low prices.
I have to support Monkeyland,
and that means I have to raise prices.

Here’s the URL for the new site again…


Don’t forget to check out the Seagal video,
and don’t forget to practice having
somebody punch to your nose
and learn to stay aware.
And don’t forget to go to the Kang Duk Won site.

And I’ll talk to you later.
Have a Great Work Out!


How and Why Matrixing Works in the Martial Arts!

The Secret of Matrix Martial Arts

A lot of people read my site, or articles on the web, and they raise their eyes and say, ‘Oh, right. A guy can learn Martial Arts in a few months? Ha!’

Lot of cynicism out there, and I understand it. Some fellow studies for years to learn Karate or Kung Fu or whatever, and I come along and say, ‘You could have learned it ten times faster.’

That guy is going to be upset! He’s going to think I’m full of it, just because if he doesn’t, then it invalidates all his years of training.

But, when somebody actually does matrix their martial art, and this works for Aikido and Kenpo and whatever, then they find that I am not invalidating all they have done…I am making it count! I am organizing their data, making it more accessible, and that means their martial arts are sharper, quicker, more intuitive…and so much more!

So how do I convince the doubter?

Try these facts on for size.

Take two pigeons and put them together for 6 weeks and they will mate for life.

6 weeks, and you cam MAKE a pea brain MAKE a life altering decision. Doesn’t even matter if Mrs. Pigeon is ugly.

Now this is a stupid fact, but it tends to open the door to facts more pertinent to you and the Martial Arts.

The US army takes a common, garden variety man or woman…and MAKES them into a soldier in three months. Another three months and we’re talking about a high tech soldier, able to use a computer, or some other complicated device, right in the middle of a firefight!

That’s a good fact. It speaks highly of dedicated, factual training.

Here’s another one: there are ads on TV that claim you can MAKE your body into a lean, mean muscle machine in three months. Three months and you no longer have a beer barrel, but, instead, have a six pack!

So the point here is this: if you are smarter than a pigeon, then you can change your mind and change your body in three months.

Or, in other words,

You don’t even have to believe! You just have to get a course and do it!

So now we come down to choice.

Do you want to sit around and tweet one liners…or do you want to join a brotherhood that has lasted for thousands of years…the brotherhood of the Martial Artist!

Do you want to be sweet meat for that home invader? That mugger? That guy who wants to take your girlfriend?

Do you want to watch Bruce Lee movies and think, ‘How cool!’ Or do you want to BE like Bruce Lee?

Okay. Nuff said. I hope I’ve changed your mind, gotten you to get up off the coach, inspired you to do something that will give your life value forever!

So take a look at Monster Martial Arts, check out the courses, and decide what you want to do.

Remember, the only person stopping you from being more than you…is you.

This has been a page about the martial arts, and how you can learn them in a matter of a few months.

What to Do When You Run Out of Ammo!

Running Out of Ammo!

Happy work out Tuesday to all!
I’m a day late,
but I have something interesting to say.
So get ready to work out!

I was reading a survival newsletter
and the big deal in this letter
was that the guy was only allotted one box of ammunition.
Seems everybody is sold out.
Government has bought up all the ammunition.

Sort of funny,
the government doesn’t trust the people,
so homeland Security buys more ammo
than was used in World War 2.
And the people don’t trust the government
so they want to buy ammo!

if it does come to a civil war,
I’m going to keep my head down.

the point of all this is this:
what do you do when you don’t have ammo?
this question can be rigged several different ways.

What do you do if you run out of ammo?
If your gun jams?
If you can’t get to your gun?
If you don’t have a gun?
If the other guy has more guns?
Has the drop on you?
If there are too many to take out with a gun?
When you can’t get he gun out of the safe?
can’t get the child proof lock off?
And so on and so on.

I am setting up a scenario here,
and the scenario is quite real…
when a fight happens,
and when it progresses,
what are you going to do when guns are no longer a factor?

This is an interesting question,
because most fights will have,
if not guns,
then some weapons involved.
A mugger will with you with a club.
A home invader will come at you with a knife.
A burglar will…
and so on.

And the point is this…
you have to understand weapons.

Now when I first started martial arts,
back in the middle ages (of last century)
we did have weapons.
I practiced the staff set in Kenpo.
I learned the double stick set in Kwon Bup.
I learned the aikido jo form.
And I used to get books
and I practiced from them the
single sword,
rope dart,
so on.

And I was less than enthused with all of them.
seems the guys I worked out with
always liked weapons,
got all excited about them,
but i found them…
less than useful.

The Kwon Bup double stick form,
for instance,
I found it difficult,
and even opposed to the basic principles of the system
to try and focus a stick.
Seems like you should let it swing through,
make circles,
like I later learned was in escrima styles.

And the aiki pole,
I knew there was stuff there,
but I had the thought,
this is extraneous,
this takes more than one form,
I am dabbling here.

I will say,
that the suburito exercises,
which I learned from an Aikido book (Saito?)
were quite excellent.
I spent a year focusing on them,
and they taught me a lot,
and probably the best stuff
up until I put together the Blinding Steel.

The Suburito provided me with basics that I was lacking.

the reason I put the Blinding Steel package together
was because I was unhappy with weapons training,
and because weapons needed matrixing.

I am always a believer in quick and fast methods
that rely on logic.

I never like systems
which take too long too learn,
or are unrealistic
such as in the methods I mention above.

I wanted a system of weapons
that I could be learned (taught)
within a month.

Blinding Steel is not system of techniques,
especially once you come to the disarms part,
you will find some rather intriguing techniques.
It is a system of geometries.
Perfect geometries.
that blend together
and mix and match
with anything
an opponent has to offer.

Blinding Steel is set up in eight modules,
each module is very slightly more difficult,
but is also a logical step.

Do the modules in order,
and the first four are learned about as fast as you can read.
Maybe a week
if you went through the modern school system (grin).
Then it starts to get a little more difficult,
but I would say three to four weeks.

So a month,
and you can use anything as a weapon,
and you are well grounded
as to how to take a weapon away from somebody
which means to disarm and lock them up.

you could bash the crap out of anybody,
there is a section on how to translate the art into striking,
but I like the grab arts.
I always hold that taking somebody down is more difficult
and more artistic.

While there is an art to destruction,
the true art is in control.

I was thinking about this the other day,
there is no end to the degree of polish you can accomplish,
in striking or throwing,
but there seems to be more polish in throwing.
After all,
you reach a point where you can kill somebody with a strike,
and you could keep polishing,
but…but he’s already dead?
So what’s the use of more polish?

as you get older,
you find softer ways to takedown,
different tricks and variations
on dropping somebody with a finger.
It gets interesting.

I always recommend that people learn the hard,
they learn how to kick and punch and block
with the best of them,
then focus on the grab arts,
on the flow and control of the martial arts.

the point of this newsletter
is that you need to understand weapons,
cause you might be out of ammo some day,
and you will need to go to sticks and clubs,
if you don’t even have a stick or club,
and the other guy does,
then you need a system
that will teach you how to deal with weapons
while you have none.

Blinding Steel.
quicker than fast to learn,
easy to absorb
because you are not memorizing random strings of moves,
but rather learning a logical geometry.

So think about it.
Do some weapons.
My favorite training device
was to just pick up a staff,
or hold some swords or knives,
and just do my forms.
when you get tired of that,
just check out the Blinding Steel course.


Oinkey Doinkey,
that’s about it.
Hope I’ve made my points about weapons here,
and you guys and gals
have a great work out!


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The Secret of Sacred Sweat

Good evening!
And a happy, hot, muggy work out to you.
I remember working out way back in the seventies.
San Jose dripping with sweat.
The gi became utterly and totally soaked.

Now here’s the odd thing.
It didn’t smell.
I don’t mean to gross you out here,
talking about body odor,
but there’s an interesting phenomena here,
and I want to explain it.

ki energy

Martial Arts Chi Power!

The first few years,
when I was doing Kenpo…
the karate gi smelled.
I would work out,
and it would need heavy washing and drying.
Even then,
there was an odor that built up over a year.

Then I went to the Kang Duk Won,
and the gi stopped smelling.
I was working harder,
sweating more,
and this was the time I would work out
and the gi would be as if dipped in a pool of water,
dripping with my perspiration.

But it stopped smelling!

Now how could that be?

I didn’t have the time nor funds
to explore the odor saturation points
of a Karate uniform.
So I just kept working out.

A decade or two later,
(time flies when you’re having fun!)
I was working out in Los Angeles,
and I was doing Pa Kua Chang.
And my perspiration was silvery.
I would look at my arm,
not water,
but silver water.
It was absolutely fascinating.

These days
I don’t sweat much.
I sweat a little,
I don’t work as hard.
My body is not tense,
I don’t use the muscles,
I use energy,
and that is the trick.

When you are first starting the martial arts
you think it is all muscle.
You pump iron
and cross train
and do body weight calisthenics,
and you work hard!

After a while,
the muscles are in tune
and the body is doing what it is supposed to,
and you’re getting a little older,
and you figure out the easier way of doing things.
You use energy.

what does it take to use energy?
Less effort.
The less effort you do
the more energy you have.
Isn’t that an interesting equation?

< e = + E

If you read the old Taoist texts
you’ll come across this phenomena.
My favorite saying
is from the Tao.

‘Do nothing
until nothing is left undone.’

Can you see how Laotse is talking about energy?

Use less energy,
and less energy,
until you are using no energy.

How fascinating.

Of course,
it was a mystery
until I had plumbed it,
done enough martial arts,
but now I am what he is talking about.

How weird.
It’s worse than old age,
and quite a bit better.

to go on,
when I put out that candle
on the Matrixing Chi page,
how much energy do you think I am using?

I am actually using less energy
than I have used
for anything in my life.

It’s true.
I use the motions of the body,
to stir the energy,
but I use the mind
to project it.

I wrote all about this procedure
in Matrixing Chi,
and I threw in the Candle book
to help out.

I wanted to make sure that everybody knew that it was easy.
That they would get it.

Projecting Chi is the easiest thing I have ever done,
but I had to go through a lot of sweat and discipline
to still my mind,
so that I could actually project a thought.

here’s the link…


have a GREAT fourth of July!
Extra work outs all around!
And don’t forgot to hoist a suds
(or soda if you’re under age)
to freedom,
and the ability to be the best you
that ever practiced a Martial Art!



The Real Reason Karate Kata Are So Valuable in the Martial Arts!

The True Value of Karate Kata

There are several reasons why Karate Kata are so valuable to the martial artist. Mind you, we are including many forms of Martial Arts, kung fu patterns, taekwondo forms, whatever.

The first reason Karate Kata are so good for you is purely physical. Simply, if you are doing a form, you are doing body weight calisthenics. Many people over look this, but when you do the first form of Karate, Heian One, or Pinan One as it is sometimes referred to, you are doing approximately 20 squats on the front leg. If you do all five of these karate kata you are doing over 100 knee bends, and these calisthenics shape and power the legs in a multitude of ways. Simply, the leg is completely and fully powered up.

karate kata steps

Jackie Chan said he knows enough Martial Arts to start his own style! Why not you?

The second reason Karate Kata are so great for you is that they teach you control.

This starts with control of the body. You learn how to hold your body in a particular position in space, how to move to another position in space through the quickest and most efficient manner possible.

This fact of control progresses into technique, and here is where kata really shine. When you are doing a technique you are learning to take charge of another person’s body. You control it no matter how violent it is, and you learn to handle it without using effort.

Mind you, there are more efficient ways of learning fighting. You could punch a bag as in boxing for hours and hours, and not learn anything new about yourself body. And, to tell the truth, this author finds that method slightly boring.

So Karate Kata might take a bit longer to learn, but you are not learning to just destroy, you are learning to control, both your own body and somebody else’s body. Very valuable stuff. And that brings us to the third reason martial arts forms are good for you.

To control the body takes concentration, and thus you are learning to take charge of your mind.

Did you know that people who learn real karate, or real kung fu, usually do better in life? That is because they have learned not to just to control bodies, but awareness. They have learned to control thought.

And a person who can control thought can control the universe. Thus, the importance of martial arts forms, karate katas, or whatever you call them, cannot be underestimated.

Here’s a really good article on the secrets of the Martial Arts forms, or, you can always take a look at this online karate kata course.

Another Martial Arts Master Instructor

congrats to Master Instructor Luke Warhurst!

Here is his win…

Hi Al,

I’ve just finished going over the material contained in the Master Instructor course – there’s a lot of profound material to digest, but I wanted you to know how amazed I feel. As such, this is as much of a “Wow!” as a “win”.

The wonderful thing about the Master Instructor Course is not that it teaches you new things, it’s that it enlightens you to the truth of your own martial art, and through this it enables you to achieve your potential as an instructor.

It takes what you know, drilled into you through countless years of often only half-understood repetition and copying, gives you a short, sharp slap to the intellect, and says, “take a look at what you’ve been doing, no, take a look at what you’ve really been doing, and see why it works… and why it doesn’t.”

To use an analogy, it’s like looking at a house and rather than seeing the place as a vague “house shaped mass”, which is what most of us do, instead, at a glance, noting every brick, every joist, screw, nail and timber that, working together as a unified whole, makes that house specifically, intimately, uniquely what it is.

Look, I studied Shotokan for many years, I’ve studied Shorin-Ryu Karate, I’ve studied American Kenpo Karate, I’ve studied the theories behind all sorts of martial arts, I’ve even gone straight to the source and lived in China for a while, but it’s only now that I understand the universal theories that define each movement, form and function of the arts that I’ve studied. I find myself looking at sequences in kata that I previously struggled to find an application for and thinking, “Yes! I get it now! … I can break this down into its core components, analyze how they work together and ways that they can be modified to work better. And I can do the same for an opponent’s attack to better neutralize it!”

Shockingly, I find that I can take the various martial arts that I’ve learned and blend them into a unified, consistent whole, seemingly without effort. This makes me a better martial artist, which is itself worth the price of admission, but even better, this is knowledge that I can share with others, to impart what I’ve learned more effectively than I could ever have hoped to do before.

Thanks, Al, you’ve opened my eyes to the true potential of martial arts, and my future students – and my martial art, itself – will be all the better for it.



Thank you, Luke,

thanks for making my day.


I want to thank you

for describing what happens

on the master instructor course.

It isn’t just a house,

it is a precise and accurately measured construction.

But how do you measure it?


perhaps it would be more accurate to say,

which tools do I use

to build it?


there are

all sorts of tools.

But which precise ones

do you use in the martial arts?

There are,

to be factual,

only half a dozen tools,

that’s all.

But nobody has ever described them accurately.



people know about them,


they don’t understand how to use them in the martial arts,

except in blurriest manner.


there are only a half dozen ways

to construct the body

in the martial arts.

That’s all.

No more.

And nobody has ever told you about them.

Except to describe them in mystical terms.


if they have told you,

they have told you of only one or two,

and not all of them.


surrounded by missing data,

they become mystical.


here is the rather astounding thing.

There is ONE,

and only ONE

concept when it comes to teaching.

When you read that one concept

on the Master Instructor Course,

and see the simple way to apply it.


You’re an instructor.

And you know that

you’re only as good an instructor

as you apply that one concept.

Not a dozen years of uchi deshi.

Not a doctorate in body-ology.

Just one concept.

And I’ve got about 70 master instructors

that have that one concept

and are actually teaching with it.

Seventy fellows

most of whom have TONS of experience,

who are actually spreading the True Martial Art.

Everybody else is sort of teaching.

Doing the monkey see monkey do,

trying to stuff decades of learning,

into a rather stunned student.

Everybody else is arguing about which art is best,

or fighting their fellow man.

But I’ve got almost 70 fellows out there,

who actually believed me

when I said,

I know something that makes it all work.


as Luke said,

it makes it all work together.

One art.

One unified martial art.



thank you again,


And for you guys and gals out there,

take another look at his win.

Read just one paragraph at a time,

think about each paragraph.

The Master instructor course can be applied

to ANY person

to ANY art

It makes ALL arts fit together

it gives you the truth of the martial arts

it makes you a real instructor

The Master instructor Course

is the pure knowledge of the martial arts.

Whatever art you study,

no matter how long you intend to study it,

you need to understand

what it is

you are actually doing.

Okey donkey

and nuff said.



the downloads are up on the Monster,

everything is back to working.

I still have to work on the instruction manuals,

many of them work,

but a few don’t,

but I can email those out

no problem

once I get an order.


I’m looking into a password system for the manuals.

Everything should be totally fixed

within a week.


I’ll start putting the rest of the courses on instant download.

People like it,

I like,

I don’t get eaten up by postal fees,

or risk losing something in the mail.

It’s fast and quick,

if there is a prob I can handle it through email.

What could be better, eh?


got to get back to work now,

and you have to get to your work out.

We have to make our bodies perfect,

clean out our minds,

define and manifest our spirituality…

and what better time to do it

than right now.


Have a great work out!


zen martial arts

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Three Types Of Martial Arts Discipline

Opinion Vs The Hard Punch of Facts!

I say Martial Arts Discipline, but actually only one of these ways is the fighting styles. The most important of these three things, however, has to do with studies like Kenpo, Jujitsu, Hapkido, and so on. In life, this is the only one that really matters.

The first method is going to be life itself. You do something wrong, and life comes up and knocks you on your fanny. Go on, don’t bother getting up and heading off for work, hungry comes fast around here.

The second method is the fact of discipline, and here we should say something. What we are talking about is not somebody making you do something, for the subject can’t be forced. What we are talking about is you making you do something that you know is good for you, and if you’re smart you’ll pick something you like.

Now, that said, methods for controlling the self range throughout all endeavors and activities. Simple sports, like football, ping pong, running, whatever, they all call for one to order one’s existence and activity so that one gets somewhere. And, this idea of being in control of oneself extends through flower arranging, learning to be polite, cooking, any activity at all.

So, we come to the martial arts, be they wu shu, silat, tang soo do, or whatever. The question here is why are they so darned significant, why are they so much better for a person than simply ordering activities like pounding a drum or playing the guitar or learning the proper way to mount spearheads? The answer is that they have to do with handling people, and with handling the things that actually happen in life.

In Karate you have a fist coming at you, just like life hands you a problem, and you have to solve it. This means you have to calm yourself down, make yourself function even under threat or duress, and find the right solution. This is a far higher degree of control, and much more akin to what happens in life, than learning to sit for hours and play checkers.

In Aikido you have to move through masses of people and harmonize with them. In Arnis you have to sort through stick patterns and penetrate them. In the UFC you have to decide whether to wrestle or punch, and then have the dedication and commitment to do that no matter what.

Life is dedication and commitment and learning how to get where you are going. It is not just sweet talk and apple pies. Martial Arts discipline, no matter whether it is from shito ryu or praying mantis or Systema, is the only truly effective way of facing up to life so that you are the winner.

Time to make your life happen? Head on over over to Monster Martial Arts. Pick up a free martial arts book at the top left of the home page.