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The Martial Arts and the Revolutionary War of 1776

Newsletter 876

Martial Arts and the Revolutionary War of 1776!

Happy Fourth of July!
Make sure you work out extra hard,
so you can say you deserve your freedom.
What do I mean by that?
Read on, brother and sisters…

Back in 1777 – 1778,
there was this place called Valley Forge.
General Washington was backed into a freezer,
the British were kicking back by the hearth and sipping rum,
and them silly colonists
were freezing their BUTTS off!
Seriously.

As the winter wore on,
Washington’s army starved,
their clothes rotted and fell off,
and their shoes gave way.
They wrapped their feet in rags,
and left bloody footprints in the snow.

So get the picture.
Old men with grey beards,
young men,
mere boys of maybe 12 or 13,
gathered around the campfire.
They put their feet to the coals,
and read this thing called ‘Common Sense.’
They weren’t an educated bunch,
so they had to explain things to each other,
while they massaged their feet,
and retied the rags around them.

If somebody had to go on guard duty,
they would throw their tricorn hats on the ground
and walk on the brims
stomping their feet to keep the circulation going.

Toes were lost,
frozen on the foot.
Limbs were lost,
sawed off without painkillers
and tossed outside a tent into a pile.
People died,
froze to death,
stacked like wood
to await a thaw
so they could be buried.

It was cold.

But,
when winter was over,
those colonists marched out of that frozen hell of a valley.
They weren’t afraid,
because they had survived
the worst mother nature could throw at them.
In fact,
they were hardened.
They were tempered.
They were tougher than the British
who had spent that winter sipping rum
and telling ribald stories
and making fun of those fools
a couple of valleys over
who didn’t know enough
to come in out of the cold.

That was the turning point of the revolutionary war.
There were lots of other things that contributed,
spies and Von Steuben,
citizens that sent guns and ammo and food,
but it was that frozen winter
when the farmer/soldier of the United States
found out what he was made of
that made the difference.
Death didn’t seem like much
after that winter at Valley Forge.

Fast forward to today,
you don’t have to freeze,
you don’t have to march through the snow without shoes,
all you have to do is go to class,
stand in the horse stance for a while,
practice punching people,
endure a few bruises and a black eye.
That’s all.

Because that little bit of ‘suffering’
reminds you of the real pain
that the revolutionary martial artists had to go through.
Understand that,
and you are deserving of freedom,
because,
let me tell you this…

If you fight to make yourself strong enough
and smart enough,
to retain freedom,
then you are deserving of freedom.

And that is the truth of this country.

So go here

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/3a-blinding-steel-matrixing-weapons/

and learn the truth about fighting with weapons,
make yourself as strong as a 1776 colonist
and deserving of freedom.

Now,
whoever you are,
wherever you are,
tomorrow is a celebration of freedom,
it is not just for the US of A,
but for any person in the world
who believes that man should be free
that life should be lived without encumbrance
and that the spirit of mankind should prevail.

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!
and have a great work out!

Al

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Raising Intelligence through Martial Arts Training

Newsletter 874

Intuitive Martial Smarts

Happy work out!
Who cares what day of the week it is!
Any day is perfect for a work out!

BTW
a black and white version of
The Professional Martial Arts Instructor
is coming out.
If you want a color copy at the low price, order it now.

That said,
let’s talk about smarts.

The martial arts are one of the few practices in the world
that actually result in higher intelligence.

Going to school doesn’t.
Going to school is a trick of how much you can memorize.
Not a lot of problem solving.
Heck,
ask any college professor…
Does college teach you how to run a business?
Nope.

Now that I’ve offended a whole heck of a lot of academicians,
let me tell you how the martial arts makes you smart.

Real intelligence is based on
how fast you can make connections.

Intuition is the fastest connection there is.
Martial Arts works on intuition.
today’s schools don’t even talk about intuition.
And,
if they do,
it is some ‘study of the paranormal.’
Silly.

A simple class in martial arts,
be it kenpo or karate or aikido or whatever,
teaches the individual to be intuitive.
You make decisions based on the moment,
not on memory.

Even the memory training done in the martial arts,
remembering techniques,
is for the purpose of eventually outgrowing the memorization
and doing the trick intuitively.

You can go to school for a thousand years,
and the hairs on tieback of your head
will never stand up
when somebody sneaks up behind you.
(This is not to say school is useless, it always helps to have a good and large database of information, which is what school provides)

A year in the martial arts,
however,
and you’ll be spinning and working techniques,
correct techniques,
when somebody even THINKS about sneaking up on you.

Now,
there is nothing more to be said.
The proof is in your martial arts class,
it is in you sticking to it.

BUT
I’ve said it before
and I’ll say it again,
you can get there faster,
you can get intuitive faster,
you can get decades worth of experience in a few months
if you just practice something like
Matrix Karate.

It’s got the basic rules of matrixing,
it’s got the logic and common sense,
all in the right order.

So,
here’s the link…

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/matrix-karate/

Have a great work out!

Al

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Nice way to Integrate Martial Arts

Newsletter 871

An Interesting Thought Matrix…

Happy every day to you!
The work out you do today will be special.
Gonna really rock.
Now get started!

Got an interesting email the other day,
Michael S. had this nifty way of looking at things…

I was talking to a friend earlier and it got me thinking about a couple of things. I wanted to pass along what I came up with and see what you thought.

Basically, my idea is that techniques have three main categories in relation to each other.

If we say your good friend Joe Blow has a strong jab, you might teach him a cross. Those techniques are friendly, meaning they work together in a very natural way.

Then you teach him a kick so he’ll be able to play that range too. This kick is complementary, meaning it isn’t exactly friendly with the jab but it serves to round Joe out.

Then he goes home and gets on to Youtube and decides to pick up a kimura. He doesn’t know much about grappling, he hasn’t learned any takedowns. The kimura is lonely. A lonely technique is one that needs friends to be really effective and doesn’t have them. If Joe goes down to the local BJJ school and starts learning the basics then that kimura is going to have lots of friends.

It goes without saying that this isn’t some kind of weird dig at BJJ (I know you’ll pick that up but I want to add some clarity in case this email gets shared). If a dedicated Judoka picks up a superman punch one day, then it’s the same situation. He’ll have to develop his striking base before that punch gets to ever really be effective.

One other thing I’d like to clear up about this paradigm is that some techniques can be alone but not necessarily lonely. These will tend to be straightforward basic techniques. As a matter of course, the techniques most likely to be lonely are advanced or complex moves when someone does not have a good grasp of the basics.

And of course, have a great workout.

I like the idea of grouping techniques
as friendly and lonely.
It makes science more user friendly.

Thanks Michael.

Okay,
thanks for all the orders for the
Professional Martial Arts Instructor.

Remember, if you are out of states,
meaning foreign or even Canada,
you need to order the PDF.
Postage out of the 48 kills me.

And,
here’s an interesting little phenomena…
Paypal insists on charging shipping for PDFs.
I have talked myself blue in the face,
but they make no sense.

Here’s their insanity.
I put 0 in the shipping and handling box.
They charge $4.
I complain,
they say I have to change ALL my buttons
to fix one.
What?
Are they crazy?
Why doesn’t $0 work?
They just keep repeating their insanity.
It’s a variation of
saying the same thing and hoping for a different answer.

So,
people are getting charged $4 extra on PDF orders.
Regular book is okay,
I’ve shifted to Amazon for that.
But,
I am now trying different things for the PDF,
and may be looking for a different company.
The problem is I would have to start on changing
hundreds of buttons.
Grrr.

So,
my apology.
I will try charging one penny,
if that doesn’t work,
I will try something else.

Just thought i’d let you know what is going on.

And,
I’m working on book two of the series.
Give me a month,
should have something big and great coming along.

Okay,
for those willing to confront
the PayPal insanity, (grin)
here’s the link

http://www.martialartsinstructortraining.com

Again, thanks Michael,
and thanks to everybody for helping me.

Have a great work out!

Al

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martial arts novelizations

Newsletter 865

Martial Arts in Books

Happy Santa Ana work out!
The Santa Ana’s are winds
that blow through LA
every once in a while.
80 MPH gusts,
trees are falling down all over the place.

Hey,
what a few people don’t know
is that I have a hobby of writing novels.
Got a truckload of them on Amazon.
And,
these novels usually have
some sort of martial arts them.

Monkeyland is the start of a five book series
where martial arts becomes crucial
to the survival of the human race.
And the style taught?
Monkey boxing.
What else, eh?

Machina,
big end of the world saga
pushes martial arts to their conclusion,
what would martial arts be like
taken to their extreme?
What powers would you really have?
This thing goes crazy.

But,
gratuitous ad done,
I have always found it interesting
how the martial arts are represented in novels.
There’s a few books that are cool,
but not many.

One of the first to come out was ‘ninja’
by Eric Lustbader.
He was trained,
but his writing style betrayed him,
he went for the mystical.

When I write,
even in the mystical,
I want the reader to know the technique,
to feel the flesh dent,
to feel the crack of bone,
to experience what a truly great punch or kick,
delivered with expertise at the exact right time
can do to some poor fool.

One novel that cracked me up was
Six Days of the Condor,
which was made into the movie
Three Days of the Condor
with Robert Redford.
This book was okay,
but when the big fist fight
between the hero and the villain occurred,
the villain was held up as the deadliest fighter alive…
a brown belt.
That’s right,
the author hadn’t even done enough homework
to know what the difference in belts was.

One of the most interesting,
be it in a useless way,
examples of martial arts in novels
was in the Laurel Hamilton books.
This was before she translated her novels into porn.
The first novels were great,
but when she described her heroine fighting the bad guys
it was totally obvious where she got her martial arts experience.
She went down to a kenpo school
signed up for a years instruction,
then lasted a month or two.
Her descriptions were like the ramblings
of an instructor trying to impress a newby.
Sigh.

But,
that said,
you can check out my books on Amazon,
just click on my name there
and you’ll find my authors page,
have some fun.

And,
that said,
I’m working on a big release.
A really big book is coming out.
Stay tuned,
and…

Have a great work out!

Al

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The Use of the Pinkie in Martial Arts Fighting

Newsletter 862

The Deadly Pinkie in Martial Arts Fighting!

Happy Easter work out!
I hope you find lots of colored eggs.

Hey,
I thought it was time to talk about
the deadliest weapon in the martial arts.
The pinkie.

Now hold on,
don’t get that look on your face,
let me explain.

If you grab somebody’s pinkie in a lock,
like holding the pinkie vertical with your thumb to the base,
and start applying a bit of pressure,
you hear an ow.

The fellow has been subdued by a pinkie.
He is in pain,
he is thinking of his pinkie,
well,
he is thinking of the pain where his pinkie used to be.
He goes up on his tip toes,
he dances,
and,
here comes the strange part…
if you threw his pinkie off a cliff,
he would go with it,
screaming and shrieking,
so glad that the pain has stopped…
and then he realizes he’s falling hundreds of feet to his death!

And it was his pinkie that did it.

Now,
there is truth to this.
Yes,
there will be the fellow who understands
and would sacrifice his pinkie
that his body might live,
but these fellows are few and far between.

The Pinkie Death Throw.
Moo hah hah!

But,
that leads to something else.

Take a pin,
stick it…HARD…into your finger.
You jerk back with a howl.
DAMN that hurt.

Isn’t that funny?
You would think that a small body part
would only hurt a little.
But your whole body seemed to feel the pain of the pinkie.

Now let’s turn this whole concept around.
What if you hit somebody in the nose
and smashed it like…it was a pinkie.

Weird.

But if you did it the right way
the whole body would feel the pain of the nose.

The trick is,
nobody does it the right way.
Everybody hits like they are trying to displace the whole body.
Move the whole body in space.
But what if you hit a small part of the body,
broke a rib…like it was a pinkie.
Hit somebody in the belly,
but only like you are…breaking a pinkie.

I know,
it sounds stupid.
It sounds like a comic book,
but…but there’s this little, niggling pice of WTF? in your mind right now.

So think about it like this.
If you hit somebody in the chest,
like you are trying to move their whole body,
then the whole body feels it,
and pushes energy into that spot.
Strike is negated.

But if you hit precise,
focus on a pinkie sized area,
AND IGNORED THE REST OF THE BODY!
It would be like breaking a pinkie.
The body couldn’t get behind it,
and yet the whole body would feel it.

That is focus in the martial arts.
Real focus.
Focus beyond tightening the fist in space…
focus of energy in a precise spot on the opponent’s body.

So what got me thinking about this?
I was watching youtube.
I was specifically looking for Heian Five techniques.
I came across this lady champ,
did her own series,
incredibly good looking kata,
and yet,
when she focused her punch,
it wobbled all over the place.

All the muscles in the body tightened,
but it was more like they spasmed.
Not like the whole body entered into her fingers.

And there were other things wrong with her form.
The back leg of her back stance pointed to far to the side,
like it was a half horse/half back stance.
There were timing gaps in her motions,
very significant,
but broke the CBM (Coordinated Body Motion) of her form.

And I thought about the way we did form at the Kang Duk Won.
Every move was a simple move from one place to another,
designed for use in a fight,
no timing gaps designed to impress tournament judges.

So, I was saddened.
Fantastic champ,
knew her stuff,
but the stuff she knew was wrong.

Don’t get me wrong,
I’m sure she gets all sorts of benefits from the forms,
and she is a champ,
probably knows her freestyle like crazy.

BUT, she will never understand perfection of form,
or even understand what perfection of form is,
or that it can be.

Well,
I’ve defined it for you in the various courses.
Shown the angles and motions,
described the how and why so it can work in freestyle.

But if you’re interested in classical karate,
which is a good base for ANY art,
then try Temple Karate.

Temple Karate is the old Kang Duk Won forms I learned
almost 50 years ago.
It was 90% perfect then,
and I’ve done little matrixing tweaks,
to bring it to 100%.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/temple-karate/

Okay,
I hope you all find a chocolate Easter Bunny under your pillows this year..
maybe a couple of Cadbury eggs.

And don’t forget to Work Out!

Al

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New Book on Matrixing Martial Arts!

Newsletter 855

The Science of Matrixing in the Martial Arts

Funtastic morning to you!
It’s fun for me
because I just released a new book,

The Science of Matrixing in the Martial Arts.

Let me lead into this book
by telling you about a comment I recently received.
The comment was on one of my videos.
It read something like:

‘You are a dope.
Matrixing isn’t new,
haven’t you ever heard of
Wing Chun, Karate, Krav Maga, Aikido… (etc.)
They all matrixed!’

I love stupid people,
they make me feel so smart.
It’s true that you will see a matrixing principle here and there,
I accumulated matrixing and organized it
as a result of examining the various martial arts.
But,
matrixing has never been seen.
And the fellow who wrote this scathing review
is a fellow who has never seen matrixing.
He saw a video
and made a judgement on all that I do.

Look,
there are two kinds of people in the world,
those with opinions,
and those with facts.

People with opinions are like Beavis and Butthead,
they speak without knowing anything about what they are speaking of.

People with facts get it right,
or at least are on the right track,
assuming that they continue to get facts,
and understand how to analyze and organize what they are getting.

So,
what is matrixing?
Matrixing is a logic.
And,
it is a science.
It organizes the martial arts,
and causes the matrixing student
to re-evaluate the martial arts.
To see the arts as a complete field of science.

Yes,
there is an art to applying the science,
but it is still a science,
and if one knows the science
it gets that much easier to apply the art.

The one thing that a writer tries to do
is to get the ideas from his mind
into the mind of the reader.

This is one of the most difficult things in the world.
It requires that the writer says what he says
in such a manner
that the idea of which he is speaking
duplicates itself in the reader’s head.

That is what I’ve been trying to do for over 40 years of matrixing.
That’s why I keep writing and writing.
some people get it,
but not all.
I need ALL people to get what I am saying with matrixing.
I need the idea of matrixing that I see,
to become the same idea in the reader’s heads.

An interesting problem.
But I think this book solves it.

In this book I simply took all the matrixes I have written,
and put them in an order,
from beginning to end.

So you see what the idea behind matrixing is.
You see the inspiration.
You see how it developed
from concept to concept
by inspecting the actual graphs of the science.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Each graph or matrix
represents an evolutionary step.
Each graph or matrix
represents a concept,
and the concepts are listed in scientific order,
from simple to complex,
with formulas discovered.

This is NOT a book of technique.
It is a book of concept,
and if you actually do it,
you will get the idea of matrixing.
You will see the exact sequence of ideas and steps
it took to develop matrixing.

And,
unless you are like Butthead,
like the fellow who wrote the wonderful and enlightened comment,
you will see the truth of the martial arts.

You will see
the total and entire concept
that matrixing is.

Then you just have to practice and drill and work your heart out.
Easy, eh?

So here is where you go to check it out:

https://www.createspace.com/6989804

I prefer this to Amazon
for the simple reason they pay more.
But if you prefer Amazon that’s okay.

Remember,
this is not a book on forms, techniques, and so on,
it is the straight goods
the actual matrix by matrix method
that defines matrixing as a science.
It WILL revolutionize your art.

Have an awesome work out!
Al

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What Bruce Lee Knew

Published a new paper on academia.edu. That’s an ‘upper brow’ type of website. I like it because I get thinkers there, and not the normal ‘low brow’ Beavis and Butthead type.

The paper is on What Bruce Lee Knew. Not actually, but the steps necessary to get his ‘mindset.’ It’s an interesting theme, with a lot of videos and graphs to back it up.

Here it is.

https://www.academia.edu/31518624/Would_You_Like_to_Know_What_Bruce_Lee_Knew

Enjoy. And hit the tweet and like buttons and all that.

Have a great work out!

Al