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Four Steps to Winning a Karate Fight

Four Simple Martial Arts Fighting Steps

To be victorious in a fight it is necessary to make the decision to win the fight. Without that decision, simply, there is no way you are going to win. Thus, you have to practice making the decision, and then implement a plan so that the decision becomes reality.

kenpo fighting bookThere are five decisions you must make to back up the decision to win a fight. This combat strategy is found in every fight. This is the strategy you must understand and master if you are going to be able to deliver the original decision.

The first decision, and the most important, is that there is going to be a fight. Interestingly, you don’t have to get in a fight if you refuse to make the decision to be in a fight. Even if the other person has made a decision, unless you agree with his decision, you don’t have to fight.

The second decision involves distances involved in the fight. You should understand , at this point, that a fight is going to collapse in distance. And, you must understand that if you can control this distance, and even change collapsation into expansion at will, you can control and win a fight.

The third decision has to do with which side of the bodies the fight is going to occur on. One out of eight people being left handed, a fight will usually occur with right hand, and the bodies will turn to fit the hands, and the fight will be on that side. If you can control that decision, as to which side the fight will be on, then you are going to win that fight.

The fourth decision is going to be whether you are on the inside or the outside. What this means is that if he punches with a right hand, you must block/push/whatever so that his right hand misses you on the outside, and you see the inside of his wrist. And, if he punches with the right, you must block/push/whatever so that his right hand misses you on the inside, and you see the outside of his wrist.

There are other decisions in a fight, there can be millions of decisions, literally. Do you wish the fight to be conducted at a specific distance, such as foot, or fist, or elbow, or whatever. Or, do you wish to control the decisions so that the fight collapses or expands in distance as you wish, from foot to elbow to knee to throw to fist to foot to whatever, your choice, and so on.

The point, however, is that to control all the other decisions, you must control the first four decisions. If you can understand and create drills to back up these decisions, then you can win any fight. Of course, as I said in the beginning, the first decision, that you are going to win that fight, is the most important.

The Author has nearly a half century of Martial Arts Fighting Experience. Here is a page on How to Fight Using Kumite, Chi Sau, Pushing Hands, and other martial methods.

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Learn How to Fight in Two Days!

How to Fight!

I received the most interesting email the other day.

I have an interesting question for you. And I go to you because you fixed how I view karate and many other arts. Matrixing is genius. It’s simplistic way of thinking makes even the difficult seem attainable. Sometimes people need to learn how to defend themselves within a short period of time. They have been threatened, they have moved to a dangerous area. Domestic issues, etc. Whatever the issue, they need self defense fast. My task is: can you come up with a concept, strategy, or martial art one can learn in a few days or weeks? Just wondering?

Thanks Kyle,

it is fascinating

and right up my aisle.

When I was figuring matrixing out,

I was really trying to get a person to black belt fast.

Not how to fight fast,

I didn’t care about fighting.

But,

of course,

I came up with several methods for fighting.

Check out the ‘How to Fight Course’

on the home page of Monster.

Check out the last newsletter.

Very interesting stuff.

The thing is,

I was always concerned more with

how do you keep a calm and aware mind

while training.

How to put the art into fighting,

or how not to lose the art.

how do you use fighting

to develop mushin no shin.

But,

what if I didn’t care about that?

What if a cousin came to me,

said there were bullies who were going to beat him up on monday

could I teach him to fight over the weekend?

Hmmm.

Yes.

No prob.

There are two things to consider,

one,

his basics.

Two,

enough actual fighting experience.

Depending on the situation,

I might focus on things like

poking somebody in the eye.

But,

maybe it’s a school situation,

and I don’t want him to come home

with a felony on his record,

so…

two days in which to train him

how to have a straight wrist when punching.

And I have to do it,

without wearing him out.

So you get a light ball

and throw it at him,

and have him punch it back to you.

Or kick it back to you.

If he punches it wrong it flies to the side.

So his timing must be

impeccable.

The other thing,

get him enough fighting experience.

So rhythmic freestyle

until it comes out of his ears.

That’s on the Matrix Karate course.

Get him used to moving,

blocking,

hitting back.

Slow enough so he doesn’t tire out,

and you can keep going

and going

and going!

And,

spice it up with hours of rolling fists,

right out of the How to Fight course.

Now,

those two things,

basics

and actual fight experience,

and then spice it up with lots of little things.

Work him for 15 to 20 minutes of freestyle,

then practice hitting him on the body,

on the  shoulders,

in the head,

in the face.

Very light,

very controlled,

slowly giving him the idea

of what a hit is like,

and let him practice not getting flustered.

Now,

I don’t particular like what I am saying here,

because I am training to fight.

I am not training for the long view,

for the peace of mind

that comes with learning the true art.

But,

this is the real world,

and somebody is not going to stick around

long enough to learn the real art,

if they are getting beat up on the street.

So it is valid

to make him survive,

and polish him up later.

But,

it is a severe second choice

to training him from the ground up

as an artist.

So,

you want to train somebody fast,

heck,

you have to train somebody fast,

or,

here’s a good one,

you want to train somebody to stay aware

in the middle of a fight,

what I have told you here

is the start.

Heck,

notice that on the front page of monster,

it is designated as second black belt material.

It is advanced,

on the fighting side of things,

very advanced,

but,

simple.

But that’s the truth of your studies.

If it is simple,

it is going to be easier to remember,

and easier to make work,

to use in a fight.

But,

I would prefer that you use it

to build on the classical.

As I said,

I don’t like it,

just teaching fighting,

but who cares?

Your life

is more important

than what I like.

Right?

Oinky dokey.

Remember the URL…

http://www.monstermartialarts.com/Learn_How_to_Fight.html

Now,

have a great week end,

a great work out,

and I’ll talk to you later.

Al

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Keep Your Wits About You in a Fight

Have Choice During a Fight

It’s the week end!

Call a bunch of friends,

head for a spot in the woods,

and…

work out!

Hey,

let me share a little freestyle with you.

There’s a few things I do,

that I don’t think I’ve talked about,

not on any course,

so let me share one of my freestyle methods with you.

Before we start,

let me say that when I teach somebody how to fight,

the first thing I do

is teach him how not to flinch.

Flinching is when the fellow cringes.

Basically,

he shrinks in spot,

and this immobilizes him,

makes him a better target,

and this even tends to

shut down his awareness.

Simply,

he thinks he’s going to get hit,

and becomes the deer in the headlights.

So I do the following exercise

so that he will not flinch or cringe,

so that he will remain aware,

and so that he comes to a quick understanding

that he has choice in freestyle.

Please remember that I don’t go too fast,

nor strike too hard.

I am interested in teaching,

not beating.

I tell Joe Beginner to stand in front of me.

I take a split bamboo sword,

preferably a small one,

but a big one will work.

I make an x pattern in the air

and I tell him that the strike is going to come

diagonally to his head.

I strike down at his head,

45 degrees,

and tell him to do a high block.

I alternate the strikes to his head,

right and left,

until he has the choice down.

Once he has the choice down,

I won’t necessarily alternate.

Right…left…left…left…right…left…right…right,

jogging the pattern until he can handle the block

no matter what side.

I don’t play with the timing much,

at least not yet.

I am not trying to fool him.

I am trying to teach him.

And,

again,

I do everything slowly.

I don’t want him to make any mistakes,

until I deem it necessary for him to make mistakes,

in other words,

when he has the block down,

then I can push him a little,

show him his mistake,

back off while he learns,

then speed up again,

until he makes a mistake,

back off while he learns,

speed up until he makes a mistake,

and so on.

Okay,

Joe Blow can now do a high block to the right or the left,

and it has only been a couple of minutes.

So I strike diagonally up towards his  ribs,

and I tell him to do low blocks.

I do the same training procedure for the low block

as I did for the high block.

A couple of minutes and he has the low block and the hi block down.

No prob.

So I now give him both head strikes and rib strikes,

I mix up the strikes,

and I make him choose between

right high block

left high block

right low block

left low block.

Remember,

I am going slow.

Letting him get the blocks,

pushing a little,

backing off,

and he only makes a mistake maybe every eight or ten strikes.

His mind is getting faster,

and he is already comfortable with the blocks.

The lesson has been going maybe ten minutes.

Time to do a change on him.

and before I get into this change,

I call this drill that I am telling you…

‘block and dodge.’

He has learned to block,

time to make him learn to dodge.

I take the split bamboo stick

and strike to his head.

I strike laterally,

from the side

and I tell  him to duck.

And,

it isn’t unusual that I clock him,

and he grins and rubs his head

because he’s getting into the game.

And,

he ducks effectively,

so I swing the stick along the ground

towards his feet,

and I tell him to jump.

Now he has to figure out whether to jump or duck,

and I mix up the pattern.

Duck…duck…jump…duck…jump…jump…jump…

and so on.

Then I tell him to step to the side,

and I swing the stick directly down upon his head.

He probably gets his shoulder bonked the first time,

but he gets it the second time.

I tell him he can only stand in one of two spots,

and that when I strike down on him

he must choose between the two,

not dance around from spot to spot

and make me chase him.

Okay,

within a minute

he can duck, jump, or step to the side.

I mix it up,

he is hard to hit,

and I make sure I barely push him,

only a mistake every eight or ten times.

If I make him make a mistake every time,

he doesn’t learn.

eight or ten is about right,

makes him feel good about himself,

but reminds him to be aware

and not let his awareness down.

He has to watch me constantly,

and never let himself

slide back into that unaware state

where he is just a deer in the headlights.

That is his unaware state,

the one the martial arts are going to cure him of.

Now,

he has got two exercises.

He can block with the high and low block,

and he can dodge with a duck, jump, or sidestep.

So we put them together.

He must not do both a block and dodge,

he must choose between the two,

and he must figure out

whether my strike is coming towards the head or ribs…

and block,

or whether I am going for the feet or the head or straight down…

and dodge.

And,

I go slow,

let him get used to the patterns,

and I gently push him into quicker and quicker decisions.

Now,

the lesson has only taken twenty minutes,

at the most,

but I have a student who doesn’t cringe or flinch,

and who can make decisions

right in the middle of the action.

I have increased his awareness

with no real bruises,

and a fair amount of sweat.

He can block or dodge at choice,

and he is MUCH more aware

than when the drill started.

And,

if you want to know my freestyle methods

past this quick introduction,

why…

grin…

I include freestyle methods on most of the courses.

I only do block and dodge a few times,

however,

then I move him into ever more realistic fighting,

but always trying to make him aware.

Now,

I know you fellows

probably have your own methods,

but maybe you can use this one,

or make up a variant

to go along with your own system.

But,

if you want an incredibly simple exercise,

that teaches one how to do advanced freestyle

in literally minutes,

check out the Rolling Fists course.

It’s here…

http://www.monstermartialarts.com/Learn_How_to_Fight.html

It boils everything down to six moves,

really fast freestyle

that can handle any type of attack,

no matter how frantic and unexpected.

Then,

when you get the Rolling fists exercise down,

get the Matrix Kung Fu course

and adding the forty techniques,

one at a time,

to the drill.

It gets weird,

you start to see ALL sorts of variations and possibilities.

Do I add the technique here or here,

Oh! good Lard, that certainly opened some doors!

Guaranteed,

your freestyle abilities

are going to go out the roof

when you add the Rolling Fists drill,

and especially when you add the forty techniques

of Matrix Kung Fu to it.

You are going to become MUCH more aware

and in just a few minutes.

Now remember,

diagonally down on the head for the high blocks,

diagonally up on the ribs for the low blocks

sideways to the head for ducking

sideways to the feet for jumping

straight down on the head for stepping to the side.

Five simple steps,

done gently to a mix and match,

and there you go,

an aware student

who wants more.

Not a beat up student

who is excited

and then drops out

because he is overwhelmed.

And the Rolling Fists,

for people who have freestyle experience,

is exactly that simple.

Talk to you later,

have a great week end,

and a great work out!

Al

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How To Win A Fight With Martial Arts

Win With Martial Arts!

Most people don’t have a real grasp of the exact martial arts strategy of how to win a fight. This is an arena of unarmed conflict that has served generations of martial arts students, even enabled peasants to defeat sword wielding samurai, and yet it is poorly understood. The point of this article is to discuss the strategy you need to utilize in order to win any physical conflict, and this method can be used by practitioners of any art, including jujitsu, Shaolin, Wing Chun, etc.

bruce lee imageThe first thing you need to do, if you’re going to prevail in a fight, is establish the range. This means more than just deciding whether the fight is to be fought at a certain distance. This means arranging the fight so that no matter what distance you are at, you are using weapons of your choice, and in a position to collapse the distance and handle him as you wish.

To do this you should assume a position, then shuffle forward until you step on the line between you and your opponent. This is an invisible line at which you invade his space, and he will noticeably flinch, or step back, or make some other motion when you step on that line. Once you have established this distance, you must do the things I am going to list in the following paragraphs, all while edging slightly forward and trying to get into his territory without him reacting.

Once you are controlling the range, you must establish the side you are going to attack on. Most martial artists stand with their right side back, but it doesn’t matter which side they choose. And, to be honest, it’s not really important which side you use.

Once you have each chosen a side to work with, you should begin a subtle circling motion, you should be moving to his open side, which will expose the front of his body, and removes you from the wedge of his body. Shifting in slowly, with an occasional jerk or two to make think he isn’t falling for it, you slide into his open space with the wedge of your body, this gives you more frontal area to strike and and more weapons to strike with, and he will have less frontal area and be facing more weapons.

You are now presenting him with two problems, as you are moving into his space with both forward and sideways motions. Moving like this, hold up your hands so that your opponent has to either go through them, or around them. So either hold them closer together, so that he thinks he can push around and through, or make them wider so that he will be forced to move through the center.

These three things, forward, sideways, and holding the fists wider or narrower, make an opponent easier to predict, and easier to fight. In a short time he will begin to believe he can take advantage of the opening he thinks he sees, and you are about to get a real opportunity to show him some hard knocks. The forward and back encroaching move, the circular side movement, when he finally attacks you will be moving out of his range even as he attacks, but you are going to have to be fast if you wish to take advantage.

Being quick means you have to see it coming, you have to set up the situation, and cause him to think he can get away with it. You see, a fighter won’t attack unless he thinks he can win. So you have to make him think he has the advantage, and then you have to time his totally predictable strike if you want to win the fight with martial arts.

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How to Fight; How to Beat the Crap Out of Somebody!

Learn to fight and beat the crap out of somebody!

 A fantastic day to you!
And you can make it so…
with a work out.
And that’s the truth.
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Learn how to fight the right way and take out the trash.

I think I mentioned this in an earlier newsletter,

but I want to go over it again.
The question is:
why does it take so long to learn how to fight.
I had had five lessons,
and I had signed a contract,
so it was time to introduce me
to the facts of life.
It was time for my first lesson in kumite
Oddly,
I don’t think they knew it,
but if freestyle had been my first lesson,
I would have signed a contract then and there.
Most people,
however,
would have run out the door
after a lesson like what I received.
So the instructor,
his name was Rex Blaine,
put me in a karate stance,
put my hands in the read position,
and told me to block what he threw.
Don’t try to hit him back,
I didn’t have any control,
just protect myself.
Sounds fair, eh?
Rex was like liquid lightening.
He was small and quick.
His favorite trick was standing a brick on a table,
and punching it with a half fist.
The brick wouldn’t break,
it would shatter,
almost explode.
And it was due not to his power,
but to his speed.
Well,
he went to work on me,
I was big and slow and lumbering,
and didn’t know anything,
and he cut me to pieces.
He punched me gently in the ribs.
He slapped me delicately in the face.
He chopped me in the neck and kicked me in the groin.
And,
as the lesson progressed,
he started hitting me harder.
Touches became bruises.
Slaps became welts.
He rocked my head with a punch.
The lesson ended when I struck him.
I know,
I wasn’t supposed to,
but the flow of energy into me was so great,
and suddenly I lashed out
and weak ass punched him in the shoulder.
He grinned and bowed,
I was confused,
he was pleased,
and that was the lesson.
Now,
I loved fighting.
I stayed extra late at night,
I worked out with other fellows after my classes.
I showed up an hour earlier
for the saturday kumite class,
and stayed an hour late.
I went to every tournament.
I broke bones in my hand
and insisted upon lessons while in a cast.
I broke bones in my feet,
and didn’t tell anybody.
I just wanted to fight,
and,
in my heart of hearts,
I wanted to get over the complete and utter humilation
of that first lesson.
I didn’t want to be somebody’s rag doll.
After two years
I was okay.
Not good,
but okay.
They told me I would be better
after I signed my next contract.
When I went to the Kang Duk Won
things were different.
I was made to do forms endlessly,
and to work on the techniques,
and,
at the end of class,
I would get to do a freestyle drill,
and then I was allowed to do ‘limited freestyle.’
The freestyle drill
was a same old same old drill,
a chop to the neck or the hip,
and I was expected to learn the difference between
a low block and a middle block.
The limited freestyle was
freestyle using only the right side.
freestyle using only kicks.
freestyle using only chops,
and that sort of thing.
But my opponent knew my limits,
so nobody won,
and,
like as not,
we just ran into each other
and caused arm bruises.
I stayed there because
it was a place of power.
Instructors came from other schools
and watched the classes.
Hells Angels and other outlaw bikers attended class.
When we did forms
you could feel the swoosh of energy
sloshing through that old building
like water in a bathtub.
And,
after two years
I was actually allowed to freestyle.
Interestingly,
I kicked ass.
Not in a mean way,
I had,
through two years of bruises and pain,
learned to respect my opponent.
Not to play a mindless game of tag,
but to focus myself in the moment,
to be aware,
to be polite.
When I went against the upper belts,
I still lost,
but I lost gently.
They would point me,
(with fists that could kill a bull)
and,
if it looked like I didn’t understand what they had done,
they would advise me politely and kindly,
and work with me
until I closed the chink in my armor.
A couple of years of this,
and I was near unbeatable.
I don’t say this with pride,
but with certainty
and a gratitude
for those who took the time
not to beat me,
but to educate me.
I had the opportunity to freestyle
with a fellow who attended my old school.
From the moment we bowed,
he was dead meat.
But I shifted away,
slapped his punches aside,
and gently placed my fist
on his torso.
And though I was polite with my advice,
I could tell he didn’t get it.
He still wanted to play the game of tag,
of gotcha,
of man beat man.
True freestyle is not man beat man.
True freestyle is an education for children.
So,
let’s return to my question.
Why does it take so long to learn freestyle?
It takes long because you don’t trust the fellow who is teaching you.
Simply,
you don’t want to input the data,
you don’t trust the data,
if it comes from somebody who is beating you.
Now,
I have explained this to people,
and watch their eyes glaze over,
and this is a classic case of
people are asleep dreaming that they are awake.
They think they trust their instructor.
But,
at heart,
they don’t.
But they are in a position
where they are committed
and end up lying to themselves
and living the lie.
Now here’s an interesting experience for you,
the guy who taught me push hands,
he was one of my students.
I trusted him
because I was better than him,
so I was willing to input the data.
It took me a half hour to learn push hands.
And now the question becomes,
how can I get somebody else to learn that fast?
Well,
I had matrixing,
but it is more than that.
Matrixing allows me to align the data,
makes it easy to understand and apply.
But what we are talking about here
is a filter
a person puts in front of himself
to slow or control the flow and input of data.
The key ingredient here
is to enable trust to occur.
To not beat somebody up,
to not get in the game of fighting,
to not let the student erect barriers and filters.
Once I understood what I was trying to do
it became incredibly easy.
The reason I was able to was simple,
I actually wanted to teach.
I didn’t want to fight.
I wanted to learn.
That was the core of my genesis.
So I came up with the freestyle methods I use,
and they were easier than two years of bone bashing bruises,
and they didn’t allow for people gaming people
over who was better.
Key to this method was one simple datum.
Don’t fight,
teach.
When I freestyle with a guy who has NO experience,
my directions are simple.
‘I want you to slowly strike me,
and teach me how to block.’
This one simple command
opens the door.
It reverse ALL the gamesmanship of fighting,
and makes the student
from the first second on the mat,
take the viewpoint and attitude of a teacher.
He becomes a person giving,
instead of a person taking.
Take a look at the pictures of the old masters,
the ones not posing grimly,
but laughing,
smiling,
loving life.
They got over fighting,
got into sharing their knowledge,
and they ended up smiling.
Not firm jawed talk of respect,
but knowing grins and laughter.
And that is what real freestyle training should be.
And,
if it was,
the world would be a kinder place.
Here’s the URL for Rolling Fists.
It is just one of the methods I use,
an advanced method for black belts,
but anybody can use it.
If you want to outgrow the need for beating people,
and get into the joy of real instruction,
of actually sharing the unique art that is you,
try it.
Okey dokey,
time to go out and work out,
so don’t forget that URL
And I will talk to you later.
Al
 Roman Emperor and all around good guy Marcus Aurelius said…
Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst.
I found it interesting, because if you conceal a flaw, your concealment becomes a blank spot, and the world will wonder, and imagine the worst, about that blank spot. After all, if you’re concealing something, it must be bad, right?
Okey donkey, who said this gem…
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
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Learn How to Fight Kung Fu Style!

Advanced  How to Fight Course!

There is a new course on How to Learn how to Fight.
This is actually an advanced course, taken from a second black shaolin course I was teaching. It is called Rolling Fists, and it is based on old Kung Fu drills, but taken to a whole new level. Guaranteed, you’ve never seen a martial arts fighting method like this.
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Nobody can Beat You if you know Rolling Fists!

The method used increases intuition ten times faster than any other martial arts freestyle method in the world.

There are twenty segments on the course (three hours), and they come on four disks.
Learning how to fight is crucial to your well being.
In a time when you don’t trust the government, when there are flash mobs and home invasions and perverts being released on the streets, every single person needs to know how to fight.
Heck, if Zimmerman had known how to fight, maybe he wouldn’t have shot Martin. You know?
At any rate, this course is cutting edge, it uses matrixing technology, which is a form of logic designed to fit the human brain.
Remember, if something is hard to learn (try memorizing five hundred kenpo techniques, or the 32oo martial arts techniques of Daito Ryu Aiki Jujitsu!) then it will be hard to use on the street. Just too much stuff in the mind.
This method doens’t pack the mind with junk, it clears out the mind and installs a simple concept based logic.
Really, it is a ‘no brainer’ way to learn how to fight, and in the best sense of the word.
Have a great work out, and be forever safe.
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The Karate Mind

The Karate Mind is a Powerful thing!

Speaking of the Karate Mind, a friend of mine recently stated that his mind was a mess. Knowing him, however, I knew that he had got it wrong.  You see, it’s the world that is a mess, and the mind is just reflecting it. Actually, his mind was doing a pretty good job of reflecting it.

So how do you get rid of the mess? People think they have to fix their minds. Uh uh. No way. My mind is fine, and don’t you go messing with it.

But, if you do want to make your mind reflect accurately, and without being disturbed by what it is reflecting, then you should study martial arts.

A good dose of forms and freestyle will go a long way. You learn to concerntrate, to focus the mind, and, interestingly enough, it starts to become immune to the mess that is the world.

You focus your attention, you still see the world as it is, but the world doesn’t matter. You get the power to say no to used car salesmen, yes to pretty girls, no to that one beer too many, yes to that job that is right around the corner and is going to change your life.

And, interestingly enough, as you change your mind, you will notice that the world, in some odd manner, changes along with you. The world, you see reflects you….once you take control of your mind.

So if you think your mind is a mess, I suggest you rethink. The mind is not the mess, it is the world that it is reflecting that is a mess. You can, however, gain control over your mind, and make it work better, by simply practicing martial arts, and this will change the world.

Sports are good, theater is fine, but only in the martial arts do you get close up and personal with real problems. You face that fist and learn not to blink. You feel that destructive energy, and you ward it off and wade on in. Now that is the way to handle life, the mind, and just about anything else you want to.

This has been an article on how to create the proper karate mind.

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First Time and Only Time I Ever Hit Somebody with a Karate Punch

How to Abuse a Karate Punch

A Karate punch can be an awesome thing. Proper Karate training and you can break slabs of ice, bundles of boards and bricks, and even kill 1000 pound bulls. You can also make mistakes, such as I will point out in this martial arts article.

I had been training for over twenty years, hitting the makiwara (punching board), practicing with friends, and even writing books on what I had discovered in the martial arts. Interestingly, in all that time I had never actually struck somebody. I knew I had a powerful punch, I had just never used it.

I was managing a hotel in Los Angeles in one of the poorer sections of town. One day I rented out a room to a pleasant fellow, and shortly discovered that I had made a deal with the devil. This fellow had a sideline of selling drugs. Now, aside from actual medical marijuana cases, because of my martial arts training I am pretty low tolerance on drugs.

One sunny afternoon I went upstairs and confronted the fellow, and told him that he had to stop selling drugs. At first he hemmed and hawed, tried to wiggle out, but I kept after him. Finally, he just laughed at me, “The police don’t care, there’s nothing you can do about it, so forget it.”

Stunned, I blurted, “I want you out of here, you’re evicted…now!” He laughed again. “It’ll take you months to evict me.”

I suddenly went calm, and that is a bad thing, for it meant that I had been pushed too far, and I had made up my mind. I sunk my weight into an hourglass stance, energy surged up my frame and pulsed out my arms, and I struck him in the chest with two hardened fists. What happened then was amazing.

Having never struck somebody I had no idea what it would feel like, or what was going to happen. First, I felt this enormous weight coming back up my arms and coursing down my body and into the ground…it was much more mass and resistance than I had imagined. Second, a perceptible second later–that’s right, there was actually time lag before the effects of my karate strike were realized–he began to launch.

He flew up and over the bed and into the wall, and he slowly struggled to his feet, rubbing his chest, his eyes wide, “You can’t do that!” That just enraged me more, and I started after him, then realized that he had told me something important, “Why not?” “Because there is somebody in the closet!

I went to the closet door and opened it, and a naked man stood there shivering in fright. That’s right, the drug dealer was gay, and he had a boyfriend, and…what the heck had I just done? In using my karate punch I had abused the martial arts, another human being, and was left with a very sick feeling.

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Karate Fighting…A Basic How To Do It Guide

Karate Fighting is Blast!

Had a student query me about karate fighting the other day, got me thinking. He wanted to enter a stickfighting tournament. Tournaments are fun, but they are different from the street, and the same.

Fighting on the street is chaos, a struggle for survival. It takes a while to cultivate the mindset that will stay calm in combat.

Fighting in a tournament is more controlled, you can focus on one opponent, and this requires a whole different set of skills.

First, you’re going to want to load your muscles for the forward and back motion. This is a constant adjustment of foot and leg angles to provide the best traction and the most leg thrust; you need to be able to go forward fasdter than he can block, and go back faster than he can hit; and you need to be balanced between them so you don’t get caught ‘flatfooted.’

Second, you need to hair trigger your mind. You aren’t going to go on reaction time here, you are going to have to go on your ‘reads.’

Third, there ain’t no third. Fighting is that simple. Well, maybe you should do a thousand hours of various training drills to cultivate the unique mindset required for controlled war. Or all out war, if you happen to be of the street fighting sort.

Oddly, I remember when karate freestyle became a corrupt game controlled by fighters with no respect, who just wanted to fight, who didn’t want to learn about themselves.

It was a tournament over in some small town above Richmond, California. This was back in the late sixties. I was fighting in the tournament, striving for pin point control, trying to get that moment of transition from thought to action into one blink. I looked over at the next ring, and the ‘Karate sensei’ was telling his white belt fighter to run across the ring and hit his opponent. And he did.

But this wasn’t Karate fighting, this was just fighting. It was the desire to win, with no appreciation for technique, and no way to better as a human being.

I didn’t fight after that.

And, after that fighting went full contact, and would eventually go MMA. Through all the years that impression, of the karate instructor just telling his beginning student to just hit his opponent, stuck with me.

I’m sure that white belt was abused, probably lost his teeth in some dark alley brawl, and has a gnarly opinion that people listen to. Unfortunately, that opinion is worthless, for it is based on fighting, and not learning how to get over fighting in your soul.

This has been about karate fighting.

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Martial Arts Flux Theory and the Real Reality

Man,
it is beautiful out!
And that means it must be beautiful within.
Don’t you love it when life works?

When we fight
it is a procedure of setting up barriers.
Guy wants to hit you,
you angle your body,
set up a mental trigger for when he moves,
and that’s your barrier.

Nothing wrong with that,
right?

Well,
hmmm.

what if the barrier to him
acts as a barrier to you?
I mean,
a fence works both ways.
Keeps things out,
keeps things in.

So that means while it might slow him down,
it might slow you down,
actually work against you.
After all,
if he has to get past the barrier,
then so do you.
Right.

Now,
what I’m about to tell you,
don’t get it wrong…
it is good,
perhaps even crucial
to know how to set up a barrier.
After all,
you can’t deal with them
if you don’t know how to make them.

So,
here’s the question…

How do you get rid of barriers?

How do you get rid of the hair trigger response
so that it does not get in your way,
as well as his,
without opening yourself up
to the slaughter?

Interesting question, eh?
How do you fight without barriers.
I mean,
if you can figure this out
you have it all figured out.
Right?

To fight without barriers is to unleash the real you.

So,
I’m going to go a little neutronic here,
but that’s okay.
Here’s the answer.

You are a being of awareness.
You look at stuff,
be aware of it,
and that is what life is.

Think about it.
You don’t know that the screen
you’re looking at is real,
you just know that your perception of it is real.
animal, vegetable or mineral,
they might not exist,
but your perception,
the fact that you are aware…
that perception is all you’ve got.
It is the real truth.

Now,
there are ‘real’ barriers,
fences, walls, a girl’s right to say no.

And then there are the unreal barriers,
the energy barriers
that we are all familiar with.
The hair trigger response
you build in anticipation of the attack,
that little voice in our skull that we always ignore (grin),
the hair on the back of our neck that goes up…

but what we are talking about,
the third level of this subject,
is the ability to look through, over, beyond a barrier,
and connect anyway.

Example,
you are riding in a car
and you look at somebody in the car in the next lane,
and,
for a moment,
your eyes meet,
and you see each other.
That is the moment of real reality.
That is when you agree that you both exist.

Example.
You are playing soccer
running along next to somebody
and you look at him
and he looks at you
and you guys are suddenly in your own universe.
You are separate from the rest of the universe.

Yes,
you still run on grass,
kick the ball,
past the stands,
but you are aware that
there is a connection between you.
You are immersed in the game
and yet you are beyond the game.
And you are now in the place where decisions are made.
You are in the real reality.

Now,
here is the key to it all,
can you..in the middle of freestyle…establish this reality?

If you can
you have transcended barriers,
and you’re at the peak of the martial arts.
If you can’t,
well,
you just need to practice your forms,
your drills and exercises.
You need to practice controlling yourself
until you can control the other person,
and,
find the real reality between you.

Now,
there is more,
of course.
Life opens up at that point,
and you are face to face with
‘now that the door is open,
what do I do?’
Seeing the other person is the start,
but how do you do something?
How do you create action within that moment?
Therein lies the real problem,
and the real solution
to everything in the universe.

And,
not to put in a shameless ad,
but Matrixing will get you there faster.
I mean,
why take a lifetime
to experience this reality
when you can just speed the heck up?

And,
that all said,
if you do understand this,
and can do it,
then you are at the top.
you don’t fight,
you merely grin a lot
and wait for the opponent,
no matter how hard he attacks,
to shake hands with your technique.
He is the fist,
and you are the glove,
and he is lying gently on the ground.
Heh!

So,
got a couple of URLs for you.
One is mine.

Temple Karate

These are the forms as i do them
after forty years.
My choice,
my translation,
lots of interesting things done here.
Karate to Kung Fu,
energy potentials,
applications taken to their m,
here’s a snip…

Have a great work out!

Al
=o)