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Sword Fighting for Blood

Newsletter 937

Using a Sword for Real!

There was one time I used a sword for real.
Sort of.
At any rate,
I used swordsmanship to cut open an attacker’s chest.
Lot of blood on that one.

I was working in a door factory,
big, noisy warehouse,
and a couple of the fellows there knew I knew martial arts.
One of them asked me,
quite seriously and with respect,
how to use a sword.
We went into the back of the warehouse,
one of the badly lit areas,
and picked up a couple of metal runners for sliding doors.
They were about the length of swords,
no edge,
but a nasty and poorly cut end.
So I showed him how to hold it,
showed him a couple of cuts,
and suddenly I felt a huge hand,
much bigger than my body,
grab my body
and pull my sword back.
For some reason,
I didn’t know why,
I pushed the sword sideways.
It went sideways slightly,
then back down,
and then cut through the chest
of a fellow sneaking up behind me.
Poor Eddie.
Blood all over the place,
didn’t know what had hit him.
Figured it was an accident,
and life went on.

But I was profoundly effected by the incident.
I asked Eddie,
after we had him all patched up,
what he had been doing.
‘I was sneaking up on you.
I was going to grab you.’
And I knew what he was thinking,
‘I’ll show him this karate crap doesn’t work!’
So I asked him what he was thinking.
He said, ‘Right before you cut me,
I thought…
Then I cut him.

There was the thought that made me move.
It was strong enough to wake up the art,
and the art doesn’t mess around.
If I hadn’t pushed,
with all my might,
that sword would have cut right through his face.
Marked him up for life.
But somehow I managed to resist that energy
that had grabbed me
and was moving me.

Some people don’t believe in this stuff.
Don’t believe in ‘chi,’
think superhuman stunts are BS,
nothing more than vivid imaginations.

But I had experienced it.
I felt like a little puppet
in the hand of the true art.

So what was it?
What was this energy that moved me?
Some mystical Kung Fu god come to help me out?
Maybe just a bigger version of me?
The ‘me-spirit’ that operates this body called Al?
None of the above?
All of the above?
I know…but there’s no way I can describe it,
other than through the incident itself.
It’s something that happens subjectively,
can’t be proven in real universe terms,
can’t be proven by physics.
it doesn’t matter.
I just know,
in solid terms proven by experience,
that the martial arts enabled me to create this experience.
The martial arts protected me.
And if you study the martial arts. intensely enough,
you’ll experience it, too.

So why don’t others experience this kind of thing?
I think lots of people do,
but since there’s no way to explain,
they don’t want to sound like a kook,
so they don’t say anything.

But I get letters from a LOT of people,
and a LOT of people tell me things that happened to them,
that are similar,
in some way,
to my experience.

So why don’t more people experience this kind of thing?
Because they stop too soon.
The martial arts tend to be a long path.
If I hadn’t stuck to it,
obsessed on it with this matrixing thing,
I might not have experienced it.
And here’s something I do know…
Matrixing will speed up your progress.
It will speed up your evolution as a martial artist.
And maybe that is the key,
to get to a certain point,
to live enough life
to where you get to that signpost of ability,
that experience of something greater
than the so-called ‘science’ of mankind.
I certainly hope so.
I don’t want people to go fast enough
so they get ‘done’ with the Martial Arts…
I want them to go fast enough to reach the real martial arts,
that area where mystical things happen,
where abilities pop out,
where the true art protects you no matter what,
and in the firmest of terms.

got to give you a link.
You know where to find matrixing,
the Monster,
and here’s the Matrix Kenjutsu link,
which is what I was showing the fellow
when the big hand turned the heck out of me.

Have a great work out!



Mr. Case,
I have received the Master Instructor Course, read it multiple times and have wondered…where has this information been and why is this not required for all instructors that have the care of their students entrusted in them? I was amazed that the principles of Matrixing and how they can take any martial art and develop it into one practicum.
The most obvious observations I made is that my students seem to “lose” their breath while training. By demonstrating the breathing techniques that you share in the course, I was able to assist in redirecting their breathing patterns.
I look forward to introducing more of your principles into the classes. I have ordered the “Matrix Karate” course and anticipate a great learning and training experience, with it.
Thank you, Mr. Case


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13 Assassins is the best Samurai Flick Ever!

perfect aikido techniqueWent and saw 13 Assassins, and it is undoubtedly the best Samurai flick ever made.
First, it is a remake of a 1960s film. Haven’t seen the original, butnow it is on my list.
Second, the movie is in the vein of The Seven Samurai, but jacked up, on steroids, and with all the benefits of modern technology.
Speaking of modern technology, except for a few places, you don’t see it. When the gates close (you’ll understand when you see the movie) is about the only place, but that sequence doesn’t detract from the movie. You’re so pumped by then you just wallow.
Now, the first part is a careful, but not slow, buildup. The second half is more bodies, more blood, more finely tuned sword swinging than you could ever imagine. On a scale of one to ten, it’s an eleven.
And, speaking elevens, the dialogue is in your face, delicate, and makes the point ever time. The characters are careful, crafted, yet infinitely bold.
And the filming, ahhh. The director, takashi miiki has done ‘Ichi the Killer,’ and ‘Audition,’ and a LOT of other work. In this film he demonstrates that he is on a level with Kurosawa, easily.
Anyway, if you want that good, old fashioned Samurai ethic thrown in your face, find a theater showing this magnificent film and knock yourself out. I say it again…13 Assassins is the best Samurai film ever made.

A Martial Arts Sword Thrust Finds the Keyhole of the Universe

I never thought, in my Leave It to Beaver Beginnings, that a Martial Arts Sword Thrust would unlock the universe.
I had studied Kenpo for a couple of years, was an instructor, wrote a training manual, and then I moved on to the Kang Duk Won, learned some wing chun, some aikido, but I really wanted the enlightenment of Morihei Ueshiba.
All my experiences, and I couldn’t find it.
Enlightenment. What the zen priests talked about. The source of a culture far beyond the western.
Then came the year I didn’t work. Didn’t need to. And I devoted myself to the martial arts. In particular, the sword.
My dojo consisted of a tree, a tire, a small circle, and a big, heavy wooden sword.
I practiced my cuts, matrixing reality so I would encompass all geometry. I bounced that tire this way and that, spun it and stop spun it. And…I thrust the sword through the circle.
As I recall, the circle was an inch cut off the thick cardboard tube they put in rolls of rug.
Day in, day out, I followed this regimen. I got stronger, pretty efficient at moving a tire, but enlightenment escaped me.
One day I went out to the car, sat down and inserted the key into the ignition. It was dark, no light, late at night, and…the key slid in like it was oiled. And suddenly I realized something.
I took the key out, got out of the car, closed my eyes, and got into the car and slid the key into the ignition.
If anybody had seen me, they would have thought I was crazy, getting into and out of the car, eyes closed, no lights, late at night, sliding the key into the ignition.
But I had realized that I didn’t need senses, eyes, ear, nose, and that sort of thing, to know where I was…what I was doing.
I knew everything about the car, I could get into it blindfolded, and I knew where this tiny little slot that fit to the key was.
The next day I went out to the tree, held the sword, closed my eyes, and inserted the sword through the circle.
I knew whee it as. I didn’t need eyes…nor ears…nor anything.
I didn’t even need my body.
The key to the universe was realizing that I could be outside my body, in my imagination, and using my body, inserting it into the problems of th universe as easily as a key fits an ignition.
And that is how a Martial Arts Sword Thrust finds the keyhole of the universe.
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Unique Training Method is the Key to Learning Immaculate Sword Fighting!

Happy Impending Hanakwanmass!
Like a blanket of cheer,
it hangs over our head.
The Hanakwanmass burrito stuck to the wall
to remind us,
Underneath the skin,
behind the shape of eyes,
beneath the color of hair
we know…
I am.

This ‘I am’
is in everybody.
It is us.
We are not one,
that wouldn’t be any fun,
but we are one in the sense
that we are all possessed of…
‘I am.’
That’s the point of the martial arts,
you know.
To realize our uniqueness.

let’s talk about martial arts.

Immaculate swordfighting.
Nice phrase, eh?
Just BTW
I was watching a documentary on Musashi the other night.
Now that guy was immaculate.
he had to kill 60 people
to get there.

we can get there
without killing people.
All we have to do is
put the key in the lock.

to put in the key is easy.
You can start when you get in your car.
close your eyes,
and insert the key in the ignition.

open one eye and peek,
that wasn’t so hard.

in the beginning,
it might be.
Even though you know where you are sitting,
and you know where the ignition is,
you keep missing the sucker.
The key,
you see,
is to make your knowingness work.
You know the key,
you know the ignition,
to close your eyes,
don’t use your senses,
use what you know.
That is pure martial arts.

With practice,
you stop fumbling.
are you ready for the sequence of training?

Hit a garage sale
find a lock and key and buy it.
Take the lock home and mount it on the wall.
Place the key between your knuckles,
Punch slowly,
and place the key in the lock.
Oh criminey,
oh jeepers,
a while later,
you have it.
Now close your eyes and do it.
Oh S***!

eventually you have it.
This knowingness stuff is weird.
You’re starting to feel the form of it,
but it is a form operated by what you know,
and not what you see, hear, smell,
and so on.
it gets very interesting walking down dark alleys,
late at night,
no lights.

You know,
I work out almost every single day in my house
late at night.
All the lights out,
eyes closed,
I do my forms,
feeling the walls and the doors and the furniture
without using my senses.
I just use what I know.

you ready to jump the exercise up a notch?
Get a foot long hunk of closet pole.
Cut a slot in the end,
and attach the key.
insert the key
into the lock.
I won’t even bother swearing for this one.
We’re far beyond that.
Time passes.
We reach the point where we close our eyes.
More time passes,
and we cut a longer pole.

So how long a pole can you use
to turn the key?
Measure your progress by feet.
Set up a ranking system.
Six thrusts in lock at one foot in sixty seconds…black belt
Six thrusts in lock at six feet in sixty seconds…master
Fill in the blanks for colored belts and gradations of black belt.
What a game, eh?

you should do other stuff to accompany this type of thing.
Sword fighting consists basically of…
striking up, down, from the sides
in four directions,
with the four basic footworks.

I discovered this matrix back in about ’75.
I was laid off,
and I had a year to myself.
Father had died so I had a house,
and I decided to teach myself swordfighting.
Got the books,
saw people,
collected data,
figured it all out,
and did it.

while I got an immense value from my little program,
it is is terribly outmoded.
If you want to see state of the art,
you should check out
The Blinding Steel Program.
Now THAT is a mofo
of unprecedented proportion!
That’s the stuff I use on the vid here…

it’s called Blinding Steel,
and it’s on the home page of the monster,
you just have to look for it.

there has been some interest in hanakwanmass,
and I should probably explain some of the rigamarole
surrounding this International Monkeyland Holiday.
It’s actually the first holiday
respected by Monkeyland.
the second.
My birthday is first.
Hanakwanmass combines three holidays,
so you have to buy three times the amount of gifts,
and send them to Monkeyland,
care of Al.
As trees are an endangered species,
it is considered tradition
to hang a burrito on your wall.
Ornamentation consists of drawing arms and legs
for the burrito
on the wall.
Maybe giving it a happy face.
when the burrito turns a proper shade of green,
it is considered appropriate to eat it.
there is a segment of the population
that insists on not eating
until the burrito is served,
which can mean starvation for a couple of weeks,
which means
there is usually some fighting
over the scraps.

Seriously though,
I have noticed that people in my neighborhood
have started shouting hanakwanmass at me.
I saw where Sam,
out in Arkansass
wished all a hanakwanmass
in his own newsletter.
This heartens me,
as the real purpose of hanakwanmass
is to celebrate not just individual religious holidays,
but the joy of the individual spirit
which lives in all of us.

If everybody realized the ‘I am’
that motivates their particular
color of skin,
shade of eye,
tint of hair,
speech pattern,
eating preferences,
or whatever…
we actually would have world peace.
Total and utter world peace.
We just have to have enough people
who realize that they are unique,
and that each and every person
in this whole world is unique,
and that we can enjoy each other.

So practice your martial arts,
make them uniquely you,
and share them with the world.
‘I am’ to us all.

And don’t forget to check out
Blinding Steel.

Hanakwanmass to all,
and have a great work out.

A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg. ~Samuel Butler

A kata is only a martial artists way of making war…without making war.. ~Al Case

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia. ~Charles Lindbergh

In martial arts I sense the miracle of life, and using matrixing the miracle happens faster. ~Al Case

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

Look deep into your nature with the martial arts, and then you will understand everything better. ~Al Case

Send me your wins!