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New Book on Martial Arts Released!

Newsletter 914

Release of New Martial Arts Book!

Hi Guys and Gals,
I get emails sometimes,
asking me what I teach.
I have a truckload of arts,
I have 50 years of collecting methods,
but what do I use on a day to day basis?

I teach different things for different people,
different arts for different groups.
what art do I teach in the perfect setting,
students who actually desire to learn,
and so on.

So I wrote a book presenting the series of forms I teach.
I included the three matrixes that I use for techniques.
I included lists of grab arts and where I teach them in the system.
I included lists of freestyle methods
and where I teach them in the system.

I’m pretty liquid.
People are different,
what they want is liquid,
so I adapt.
in this system
is my best efforts
at forms that are concise,
not so difficult they can’t be remembered,
let alone used.
At the sequence of techniques
that bring people to intuitive self defense.
At how and when to teach grab arts and freestyle drills.
the link is here…


check it out,
see if you get that feeling that speaks to you,
that this might be for you.

and have a great work out!


I just released this, so if links don’t work, any problems with the download, let me know at: aganzul@gmail.com



Pregnant Teens, Outraged Parents, and the True Martial Art

So there’s this girl that gets pregnant. She’s single and young, and her parents are all upset. Bunch of screaming and crying. Finally, the girl says, ‘It was the priest from the temple!

The parents head for the priest, there’s a bunch of screaming and crying, and the priest just says, ‘Is that so?’

The baby is born, and the parents hand the baby to the priest and tell him he has to care for it. The priest says, ‘Is that so?’

For a year the priest cares for the child. He feeds her, changes diapers, burps her, and does what he has to. After a year, however, the young girl can take it no longer. She admits that the priest isn’t the father, and that the real father is a young man who works in a local factory.

Abashed, the parents ask for the child back, and the priest hands the one year over and says, ‘Is that so?’

Every person you meet is like the parents, full of rage and opinion and a solution for the world. The martial artist experiences no rage, takes life as it comes, and solves it as he must. This is something that most arts don’t teach anymore, for they have been corrupted, sold for a convenience, or for a trifle. Study the true art and you will realize that this is so.

Click here to go to the home of The True Art.

Win #1 From When I First Taught Matrix Karate

When I first began teaching Matrix Karate I got some incredible wins. This was one of the first.
Third Lesson
Structure, form, mechanics, these are limitations of incomparable magnitude.
The trouble one can get in is trying to make form contain the spirit.
the real form, real martial arts, begins when one blows through form, body limitations, and pictures of ‘how to do,’ and just begins ‘doing.’ What fun–how nice to GLOW!
Rick Thatcher
The interesting thing is that the martial arts have to do with physics, the angles of the body, how to set up geomtery for techniques, things that you learn in school, but never put together with a study of the real martial arts.
Anyway, this Matrix Karate win was one of the first, and wins like these really got me going on Matrixing. If you want more data, just pop on over to MonsterMartialArts.com

The Difference Between Kung Fu and Karate

It’s odd that we would think in terms of differences when it comes to Kung Fu and Karate, for there are more similarities than one would suspect. They are both combative arts, after all, and karate is actually descended from kung fu. To really understand the differences one needs to consider the arts as a whole, and how they evolve.

In the beginning, those beautiful, refined kung fu forms were most likely developed by peasant conscripts who were given spears and told to fight or die. Training methods were evolved, and eventually workable routines were established. Is it too much to swallow that certain of the warriors, weary and tired of war, would find their way to the Shaolin temple, where the art blossomed?

From the Shaolin Temple the arts flowered, spreading across China, and manifesting concepts and taking on different shapes. This was the genesis of such arts as wing chun (vin tsung) kung fu, Long Fist (Choy Lee Fut, Hung Gar, and so on), and the various animal styles (mantis, monkey, dog fist, five animal, and so on). And, of course, Shaolin styles most likely provided the genesis for such soft style arts as Pa Kua Chang and Tai Chi Chuan.

Basic history aside, we can see a certain tendency in this evolution of art. Hard, workable techniques tend to become softer, more flowing, and people discover that the art can be learned without over reliance on kung fu of the muscular variety. Thus, the arts evolve from hard fist techniques to slipping and sliding, turning and flowing, whole body techniques.

Oh, sure, every once in a while you will see a resurgence of old, hard style kung fu. You will have Chinese boxers, full of vim and vigor, wanting to return to the good, old punch in the face philosophy. For the most part, however, the people who espouse such a return are young and don’t know better, are half trained and overwhelmed by data from other systems, or otherwise guilty of youthful exuberance.

For the most part, however, you will see techniques become more polished and, eventually, making a transition to a softer, easier to work technique. Thus, hard style karate, even such as shotokan or kyokushinkai, will become more liquid, require less effort and require more intelligence. It is an interesting concept, that the hard core karate of today will transmogrify into the flowing style of shaolin kung fu tomorrow.

Or, and here’s a kicker, that the extreme combat karate style of today will become combat wudan style of tomorrow. Could that bassai dai and bassai sho form of today eventually translate into the bassai tai chi of tomorrow? Could those young men doing their makiwara training eventually become like the old men of Chen village tai chi chuan, doing their shuto uke and mae geri as if they are being filmed in slow motion?

This writer believes it is so, and it is inevitable. The effects of age slow men down, and the effects of wisdom make men look, and it is this combination of factors that will translate the hard into the soft, the karate into the kung fu, and the overzealous into the temperate. Now, if you’ll pardon me, I have to go practice my sochin kata slow style.

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