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The True Language of the Martial Arts

Newsletter 751
Matrixing is the Rosetta Stone of the Martial Arts

Simply gorgeous day.
Perfection is a work out away!

I know it’s been said before,
but not as importantly as it should be.
The Martial Arts arts are a language.

Without even going into Matrixing,
let me explain something that happened to me.

I went to school,
I was bright and energetic,
thought I was going to get smart,
and didn’t realize that I was already smart,
and that the real purpose was
to make me socially acceptable.
Which means…
do what you’re told.

So I signed up for a language.
This was when I was in sixth or seventh grade.
A summer school program,
and I was really excited1
I was going to learn a while language!
I went to class
I sat there and learned how to count,
the teacher made remarks about how the mouth
has to be a certain shape,
and I rapidly became incredibly bored,
and I floundered,
and my excitement disappeared
faster than sheep
at a convention of wolves.
Didn’t like languages,
didn’t want to learn languages.
Stupid stuff.

if that wasn’t bad enough,
I tried again in high school,
and it was worse,
when it came to college…
the hell with it.

So what happened?
What happened was a simple matrixing problem.
When you see your first matrix,
and this is in Matrix Karate,
you see how the matrix is used
to find out the things you didn’t understand,
the things that you didn’t even know were there.

When you learn language,
or just about any other subject in school,
there is no matrix,
so hidden at the edges,
and often in plain sight
are all the things you don’t understand.
And this confuses the things you do understand.

Here’s your new language,
call it Alioffstupe.
Count to ten.
The numbers are
one, dos, elebong, ta ta, 6, (blank), xxx.
Well, the numbers aren’t all there.
And the ones that are aren’t totally understandable,
or seem out of place,
by the way,
your mouth is in the wrong shape so you’re wrong.

Still feel like learning my new language?
I don’t think so.
It is stupid,
and it doesn’t make sense,
so nobody in their right mind
would want to learn Alioffstupe.

you know where I’m going with this…
when you are taught to learn the martial arts,
you need to count in another language.
The concepts are badly mangled zen,
and the teacher says you’re the wrong race!
Maybe in three or four lifetimes you can learn it,
but…not now.
Now the best you can hope for
is to bow extra low
to those who are shaped better than you.

So the martial arts are a language,
a move is a letter,
a technique is a word,
a form is a sentence,
and so on.
but without a matrix,
the letters are from different cultures,
the words are from different languages,
and the forms are…silly and don’t make sense.

you can’t come across a forum today
where some fellow doesn’t lambast forms.

all it means is that he doesn’t understand a language,
he was culture warped,
and he is protesting,
and trying to rationalize something he didn’t understand.

Look at that last sentence,
‘rationalize something he didn’t understand,’
right there,
that is the problem,
of all the martial arts.

And here’s the sad thing,
even if you are smart,
and get through the mess,
you don’t have a method for teaching
that will bypass what you had to go through!
In other words,
without matrixing you’re passing on the martial arts
in the same unintelligible fashion
they have been passed on for millennium.
it makes sense to you,
You made it through,
you didn’t see any problem,
and you don’t understand what is going on in the student’s mind.

And the problem is this:
if you don’t have matrixing,
you are lost in a jungle of bastard languages,
and don’t even know it.

Can you give up false learning,
to learn true learning,
and then make all that you have learned true?

Can you learn matrixing,
and save all your students?

Interesting question,

And here’s the obligatory link…


Hope to see you there.

have a GREAT work out!
And I’ll talk to you later.




Creating that Zen Stillness Within

Zen Stillness, Bruce Lee, and You


When I started the martial arts,

back in 67,

and had my first lessons in freestyle,

I quickly realized one thing:

right side or left side.


Is the guy going to attack right side or left side,

realizing that,

I realized I could,

by turning the body or shifting it,

make him go on one side or the other.

Which enabled me to predict

and allowed me to win most of the time.


But I started thinking,

and I asked myself the question,

is there a way to predict

without turning the body,

without moving,

without doing anything?

Was there a way to know,

before he moved,

without moving yourself,

which side he was going to go for?


if I could do that,

zingo bingo.

you know?



while I was in kenpo

I made no inroads on that question.

But when I got into the Kang Duk Won

the answer was sitting right there.

The answer was to be still enough.


Kenpo had the moves,

but not the discipline to make this happen,

Kang Duk Won had the discipline.

And the discipline had been honed over hundreds of years.


And I realized that

if you were moving,



looking for an angle,

then you were doing something.


if you were doing something,

then you weren’t looking.

Even if I was only moving 1%,

it meant I was doing something,

and not actually looking.

And I realized this:

You can look out,

or you can look in,

but you can’t do both at the same time.

You have to achieve total stillness,

without and within

before you could actually see anything.





The only way to be able to predict

when and what somebody is going to do

is to look at him.

To be so still

that all motion could register,

and then,

you could see the thought behind the motion.

Thought comes first,

so if you could see the thought,

you could see what was coming,

then you could predict.


And I realized something.

The ‘gunfighter’ mode of freestyle

practiced by the Japanese,

was an attempt to get to this state of mind.

This silence

of standing and staring,

inching forward with only the slightest of motions,

was an attempt to be still enough

to listen,

to look,

to see the thought before the action.



one of the events of the time,

back in the seventies,

that got in the way of this

was Bruce Lee.

Bruce had a thing about defeating the Japanese.

And he did it by being busy,

not by edging forward slowly

and building an intuition,

but by dancing and flicking,

and making sure that the gunfighter attitude

never had time to get started.



in fairness,

Bruce was quick,

he could see what was happening,

he could predict,

natural superior intelligence

couple with an astounding amount of hard work.

But he beat the Japanese not by playing their game,

but playing his own

and making sure that the Japanese couldn’t play theirs.





he didn’t leave a method whereby intelligence increased,

whereby the ability to be still increased.


the method that did increase stillness within

began to wane.

People looked down on the gunfighter modes

in the traditional martial arts,

and they stopped looking for stillness,

for zen,

for increased awareness through discipline.


Mind you,

I am not judging the art of Lee,

or the students of Lee,

I am merely observing.

If you disagree,

leave a comment.


I base my arts on the old discipline,

I don’t think one should throw out the ancient methods,

which worked,



improve them.


Hard to improve them,


when you live in a fast food society,

where gratification is an ipad away,

where you can google trinkets of information,

instead of earning the stillness

behind the information.


Okey dokey,

I sent out the second level user and password

in the last newsletter,

if you still have trouble getting past the second level of security,

on any of your orders,

email me at




speaking of that,

I’m looking around for a better webhost.

I’ve tried web.com,

and webhostinghub,

and they were good in the beginning,

but I am spending more time fixing my internet

and less time spreading martial arts,

and my sites are taking too long to  load,

and so on.

Got to change all that.

So send me recommendations.

I’ve got a half dozen sites,

wanted to put them on share server,

unless somebody has a better idea.

And thanks in advance.



if you want that old time discipline,

if you want the arts that are designed to increase stillness,

and increase awareness,

then try Temple Karate.


It’s a fantastic method

for increasing stillness,

building awareness,

and getting better at the martial arts.



have a funomenal work out!


How Karate was Ruined 60 Years Ago!

Martial Arts Horror Story!

Hello and Good morning!
A wonderful work out to you!
That’s what it is all about…
working out
day after day
letting the results build up
until you become unstoppable!

It’s true.

ruin karate

Do you know this Okinawan Karate Master?

Okey donkey,
want to talk to you about what karate is.
as you read this,
that you could well be asking
what kung fu is,
or what taekwondo is,
or any other martial art.
All martial arts have their own horror stories.
This happens to be the Karate version.
one of the karate versions.

Karate was invented in Okinawa.
Came to Japan in the 20s – 40s,
caught on with the rest of the world,
and everybody started assuming that Karate was Japanese.

Karate is Okinawan,
and it has roots in China,
but techniques were taken from everywhere
put together in Okinawa,
and became one of the most powerful
closed combat systems ever.

People could shatter bricks with a punch,
twist green bamboo until it splintered,
and sorts of other things.

the most powerful political Japanese Karate association
is the JKF
Japanese Karate Federation.
They decided that Karate should
be done in gis,
should adhere to a belt rank system,
systematized terminology
set up a competitive format
and so on.

Some of these things are good,
some are bad,
some are mixed.
so let’s talk about the Shitei kata.

Shitei means ‘specified’ form,
and these kata are required
before anybody is allowed to be in any tournament.
You must do them in a certain way,
with specified technique, rhythm, stances, timing, and so on.
There is NO room for personal interpretation.
The shitei kata are

Seienchin & Bassai Dai (Shito-ryu)
Jion & Kanku Dai (Shotokan)
Saifa & Seipai (Goju-ryu)
Seishan & Chinto (Wado-ryu)

So these kata have shaped and formed Karate
for quite some time.
Not just the kata,
but doing them EXACTLY as you are told to.

Here’s the interesting thing…
in 1981
20 Okinawan masters complained about the forms.
These were the best Karate masters in the world,
and they wrote a letter to the JKF
and said such things as
‘the forms were in miserable condition’
‘weren’t pure and traditional’
‘were done for sport and competition’
‘took too long to master’
‘no Okinawan master had ever been consulted on the forms’
‘were incorrectly named’
and so on.

The letter was politely stated,
and ignored.
there was a response,
but it was basically
‘we know better,’
f u very much.

the buzz is up
because the forms were finally discarded.
After some 60 years somebody realized
that these forms were nothing but
some wannabe Japanese masters favorites.

And for some 60 years
Karate has been shaped along these lines,
and stupid people bowed and went along with it all.
Here it is 2012,
I am so glad I studied the Kang Duk Won
and never studied the bastard versions
of that incredible art.

you heard me.
Bastard versions.
Versions without parents.
Versions that ignored
the hard work of hundreds of years
of collecting and perfecting
a closed combat system
of incredible power.

here we are now,
and I ask you…
what is true Karate?

Matrix Karate is the truth.
It is based upon logic that cannot be argued with.
It is simple and easy to remember,
it is easy to learn and apply.

How many of you have studied systems
with dozens of forms
hundreds of techniques,
and no logic.
Just put together whimsical stuff.

you can still feel the power,
20 years to learn?
Where’s the joy?

not just karate.
The People’s Republic of China
from the ground up
Kung Fu.
All Kung Fu.
You would be hard pressed to find
real Kung Fu these days.

you can still feel the power,
but unless you have roots
to systems outside the PRC,
from people who fled the communists,
you aren’t doing real Kung Fu.

And every system is like that.

What’s the solution?
Study Matrix Karate,
or Shaolin Butterfly or whatever Matrix course interests you
from the basis of logic,
you can see what has been done to your system,
and you can rewrite it
so that it is true to the original.
Sometimes better than the original.

If you want to know the real martial arts,
if you want to know what the masters were doing
back when they first came up with this stuff,
you have to matrix.
You just have to.

I had to write this stuff,
sorry for the heavy handed ad,
but the news that JKF is
at last
admitting that they might have gotten it wrong…
that is powerful news
and deserves to be passed along.

If you want a good article
on one technical fix
for Karate,

‘the back stance mistake that ruins karate’

You’ll get an idea of what I am talking about in this article
and how you can fix karate.

the URL for Matrix Karate is…


You guys and gals
have a great work out
and don’t forget to party hearty this weekend!

Happy Labor Day!

Talk to you later.


martial arts horror

Black Belt Movie is Filled with Excellent Japanese Karate Techniques!

Good Japanese KarateIt is Japanese Karate that actually popularized the Black Belt, and it is appropriate that the Japanese make a movie concerning the significance of that rank.
To be sure, the Black Belt in question is an heirloom being passed down, and which of three students should inherit it?
One student is too feisty, one student won’t fight, and the other student is injured.
All of which makes for a good allegorical plot.
Not a good plot, but a good allegorical plot.
There are evil men selling girls, evil generals ignoring the emperor, and…well, that about covers it.
And, there is character conflict that is, uh, wooden and unreal.
But, darn it, there is excellent Japanese Karate!
Good forms, one punch kills, techniques that shrug an attacker to the ground, pressure point strikes that render a villain senseless, and techniques that render a sword wielder…broken.
You munch popcorn through the acting, chuckle a bit, and then the crisp, clean karate techniques blast off.
Don’t confuse them with kung fu, or MMA, or something else. The movie is ‘BlackBelt,’it is available on Netflix, and it is good Japanese Karate, done by good Black Belts, and they the movie is definitely worth while.
Dron by Monster Martial Arts. We have lots of good Karate courses there.