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How Does a Hummingbird Kung Fu Fight?

Hummingbird Kung Fu?

Top of the mountain to you!
Should be top of the morning,
but when you’re on top of a mountain…
the whole world is yours.

You know,
for the next few months
anybody can come up here and stay for free.
Just bring enough food for yourself,
a sleeping bag,
and we’ll let you nose around,
and learn.

I’ve talked price,
but we’re not there, yet.
open door,
if you’ve got an open heart.

Okley dokely,
how does a hummingbird fight?
Interesting, eh?
Because you don’t recall the Hummingbird form
from your Shaolin studies.
They didn’t teach you that one, did they?
durn secretive monks!
here at Monkeyland,
you’ll find we don’t have much in the way of secrets.
Got a lot of hard work,
but no secrets.
everything is written down in the books,
shown on the courses.

how does a hummingbird fight?
I mean,
it’s small,
one of the smallest of birds,
measuring in at a hefty 5 inches…
that’s after a lifetime of sucking nectar,
to the tune of 12 times their body weight every day?
Let’s see,
if you are 150 pounds,
you would have to eat 1800 pounds of food a day!
back o the fighting capability…
they are fast, 35 MPH,
they can fly backwards,
but…they are so small!
So how do they fight?

We have a hummingbird feeder on the porch.
I was sitting there watching these vicious, little scamps,
as they clustered around the feeder.
Suddenly the sheriff arrived.
He wasn’t bigger,
but he was louder.
A LOT louder.
Whilst a hummingbird flaps his wings up to 80 times a second,
and makes a hum,
this one sucker was making a roar!
He was loud!
And all the other hummingbirds scattered.
He drifted in, looking side to side,
and sucked his fill.
Then flew away.
The others returned.
And every time they returned,
he would be back right after them.
Roaring his wings,
scattering them,
not letting them drink their fill.

i don’t know about the socio dynamics of the hummingbird tribe,
but I do know one thing…

Spirit shout.

I hear these people on TV
and they yell loud,
but it is not a spirit shout.

A spirit shout comes from the tan tien.
It is a gut roar,
and it is definable not by being loud,
though it is.
It is definable because it fills space.

I was walking down the street on day
and a belligerent bum asked me for a quarter.
I said no.
I got about ten feet further on and I heard…
It was a nasal whine,
an angry mock,
and I turned around.
he said, ‘What are you…some kind of pussy?’
The bum started walking towards me,
threatening me,
and I went into…kiai.

‘No!’ I roared,
and I filled the street with spirit.

He stopped,
and his hair literally flew out behind his head.
I mean,
his hair was horizontal,
and his body was trying to run out from under him.

But he was frozen,
and I advanced towards him,
yelling at him.

I stopped,
stood a couple of feet from him,
facing him,
and he tripped backwards,
managed to turn,
and stumbled away.

of course,

Years later I would come across the story by John Stevens,
I believe I rewrote it on my RealAikidoDojo site.
It’s about the greatest samurai,
the fellow who taught Morihei Ueshiba,
Sokaku Takeda.

He beat up some gangsters,
with a towel, I believe,
and they decided to beat hell out of him,
so a crowd of gangsters marched down the street
towards the inn he was staying at.
Sokaku grabbed a sword and stepped out on the balcony.
He filled the street with spirit,
roared down at the gangsters,
and said,
‘The streets will run with your blood!’
Or something like that.

A minute later the gangsters were gone.
scattered like hummingbirds when the sheriff comes to town.

it is one of the most important tools you will ever learn in the martial arts.
It is when you,
the spirit,
the ‘I am,’
makes himself heard.
It comes from the tan tien,
and you get it not by yelling loud,
but by grunting out from the tan tien.

Of course,
you’ve got to be doing your forms right,
if you are going to get it.

Matrix Karate…


Learn this art,
apply the things you learn to your art,
learn how to emit enegy from the tan tien,
how to channel that energy into sound,
that is just one of the tools you get
when you learn the true art.

I meant what I said,
come to the top of the mountain,
before it’s officially open,
It’s in Southern California
45 minutes from Santa Maria.
I’ll eventually have something up on the ChruchofMartialArts site
regarding what you need to bring,
but right now it’s enough food to sustain yourself,
and an appetite for knowledge.

Believe me,
there is absolutely nothing like this place.
A real piece of heaven.

Talk to you later,
have a great work out!

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Dragon Kung Fu Next Step After Tiger Kung Fu!

Dragon Kung Fu After the Tiger

Dragon Kung Fu refers to internal martial arts training, and tiger kung fu refers to external martial arts systems.

Dragon Kung Fu would include such Chinese martial arts as Pa Kua Chang, Tai Chi Chuan, and so on.

dragon kung fu

Official Symbol of Kung Fu at Monster Martial Arts

Tiger Kung Fu would include such systems as Hung Gar, but would go outside the Chinese to such systems as Shotakan Karate (Tiger Emblem), Kyukoshinkai, and so on.

The main difference between the hard and the soft, or the external and internal martial arts systems, is emphasis on muscles in the hard, and emphasis on the growth of Chi from the Tan Tien in the hard.

Though, to be honest, do the Tiger Kung Fu styles long enough, and you will morph into the harder Tiger systems.

Now, most people consider that all you have to do is gear your training to development of tan tien based martial arts, and that will transform you into a dragon kung fu stylist. And this is true. But, there is an easier way, one that works more in conjunction with Tiger Kung Fu styles.

This means that if you do what I am about to tell you, you can easily transform your hard style into a soft style with just a little shift in your training.

To make the transformation from tiger kung fu methods to dragon, first learn how to make grab arts out of the self defense techniques you practice in the forms.

This can be easily done, and probably the best example of this is the Matrix Aikido method.

Now, here is where the change really starts. You must learn how to use less and less force when doing those grab arts.

Instead of slamming with the hips, learn how to nudge and unbalance, and let the unbalancing technique take its course.

Now, I could tell you dozens of things, but I shant. It would turn into a complex discussion, instead of a conceptual principle.

Heck, take apart those techniques by the thousands, get complex, but always refer back to this principle of using less and less effort.

And that is the way you transform Tiger Kung Fu into Dragon Kung Fu.

Here’s a great article on how to make Dragon Kung Fu out of Tiger Kung Fu, and here’s an interesting online martial arts course on the subject.

Matrix Martial Arts Animals

The Matrix Animals!

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and a tip top work out to you!
To stretch, to warm up, to work out…
to be glowing all day long!
That’s what a work out is all about!
thanks to all who have purchased
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Your contribution to the Great Matrixing tour is appreciated.
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there ain’t no second,
let’s get into it!
Matrixing is based on geometry.
I always heard people say geometry is worthless,
but I found it pretty valuable.
The basic geometry is
force with force
force with flow
flow with force
flow with flow
if you just realized
that you have seen the sum total of the martial arts
described in a basic face to face confrontation
that results in geometry,
It breaks down like this…
force against force
force against flow
flow with force
flow with flow
this is the theory,
and if you want the actual breakdown of technique
the resulting geometries,
the strategies that become manifest,
just take a look at Create Your Own Art.
This will give you an analysis
that will open your mind.
I wouldn’t advise it.
It would be far better
to do the other matrixing courses first.
You see
Karate is force against force
Kung fu is force with flow
tai chi is flow with force
aikido is flow with flow
the problem is that
as I have listed the arts here,
they doesn’t exactly fit together.
It’s close,
but it isn’t perfect.
it doesn’t take into account a lot of other arts
or even styles of arts.
if you do the courses
you will see how to smooth out the edges,
make the arts fit together seamlessly.
The problem,
you see,
is that the arts weren’t created with the whole picture in mind.
They weren’t created to be part of one geometrical whole.
we can fix that.
Matrixing will unslant the art,
unbias the concepts and make them pure,
and then the concepts,
and the whole martial arts,
will fit together,
and make one nice
easy to make work picture.
it is still tough,
your mind is going to have to tweak and adjust,
but you can do it.
You just have to throw yourself into matrixing,
overcome the influences that tweak the arts out of true,
and make it happen.
Lot of work.
as you know with the martial arts
this just means a lot of fun.
I started studying in 1967,
and every single art I have studied
has been nothing but fun.
this brings us to the question
of the title of this newsletter.
What are the matrixing animals?
The tiger represents karate
the crane and the snake represent tai chi
the butterfly represents kung fu
the dragon represents tai chi chuan
Those are the five animals of matrixing.
I do have certain animal symbols I like and use.
there is a certain trade off with the five original kung fu animals,
and I do use the Monkey,
especially with weapons and takedowns and such.
the trick is this…
animals represent emotions
and modes of motion,
and matrixing is not about animals,
and emotions
(though we use emotions when appropriate)
but about analyzing motion.
So the animals are a convenience,
a method for enhancing and embracing certain geometrical strategies.
They are not a mythology.
whether you wish to view matrixing
from an animalistic viewpoint
or a geometrical viewpoint,
or a logical or philosophical or even religious viewpoint
doesn’t matter.
All that matters is that you throw yourself into it.
It is a field of study,
a science,
and while you could enter it
from the viewpoint of any art,
you can’t just study a piece of it
and think that is all there is,
or that you know it all,
or something like that.
You need to eat the whole thing.
Just like the snake eats the yin yang in my monster symbol,
or the tiger pounces on the yin yang
or the instructor holds the yin yang…
you have to look for the whole picture of all the arts,
and break it down into matrixing concepts.
let me give you a real heads up on this thing
of studying ALL of matrixing.
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and it is a $75 dollar button.
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Onkey donkey,
bout done.
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