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Newsletter 1016

The Real Martial Arts Secret of the Universe!

What a day!

I just saw a duck walk past

with seven ducklings behind her.

Cool.

Okay, a real secret of the universe today.

Not one of those shabby, second rate secrets,

but the real goods.

Let’s set the stage…

What is the universe?

A bunch of objects floating through space.

Not much of a secret, eh?

Until you consider what this means to the martial arts.

A fist floats through space

it is aiming for your jaw.

Now,

two things may happen,

and only two.

The fist connects, 

or it misses.

And there is the secret.

What?

You don’t see it?

Okay,

sigh.

Here we go.

If the fist connects it is force.

If the fist misses it is flow.

And that’s ALL there is.

A guy connects with you,

or misses.

Force bad if his fist hits you.

Force good if your fist hits him.

Sort of.

Flow good if fist misses.

Flow bad if it wasn’t a fist,

but a beautiful girl

that was trying to ‘connect’ with you.

I know

thats too simple to be a real secret.

Let’s go further.

Without force the universe stagnates and dies.

Hey,

no punching,

but also no sex.

No resultant familes.

No civilization.

We’re all alone,

man IS an island,

and that’s all she wrote, brother.

So the universe needs force to survive.

Except,

here is the problem,

and this is starting to become secretive,

or at least,

you’ve probably never heard this…

The universe teaches force.

It’s got to to survive.

And the real problem here 

is not that the universe teaches force,

it is that man buys it.

And,

man never buys flow.

He has been trained not to.

The universe won’t reproduce

and give him all those nifty things

like cars and buildings and TVs and so on,

if he doesn’t buy force.

Which means,

anybody who buys into force too much

is only living half a life.

He is only living the force part.

The force part gives him

MMA,

wars,

cars,

diseases,

and so on.

The flow part gives him something else.

But to understand this

we must understand the benefit of flow.

Here’s some stuff to think about.

If you go away from something…it’s gone.

If you go towards something there will be impact,

with good and bad potentials,

and resulting vectors and new shapes and forms

and so on.

But if you go WITH something…

if you flow with them,

not colliding,

but encouraging harmony…there’s the other half of the universe.

there is art

and beauty

and love

and children playing in the fields.

Okay,

I hope this train of thought has encouraged

a realization or two,

and thus qualifies as a good secret.

Let’s go one step further.

The incredibly sad truth

is that a person can’t really understand truth and beauty

until he understands rot and ugliness.

And,

in the martial arts,

if you don’t learn how to maim and kill,

dismember and rip body parts off…

you won’t understand this thing called ‘Flow,’

and truth and beauty and all that sort of thing.

So,

God,

this is going to sound like a fortune cookie,

or a bumper sticker…

“You can’t learn the soft arts

unless you have learned the hard arts.”

This is a tremendous statement

with incredible ramifications,

and I know I have said it before.

Simply,

you must have yang to learn yin.

Funny,

the actual place I learned the concept,

to help me describe what I was understanding

through the discipline of arts

was in The Tao.

Something about…

‘there is no high without low.

There is no forward without backward.’

Okay,

this is sort of basic Neutronics,

for anybody who is interested,

but let me give you 

the obligatory advertisement.

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halfway down the page here…

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I wouldn’t have understood all these things

about jointlocks and pressure points

and balance and how the body works

if i hadn’t dabbled in the softer arts.

And,

let me tell you, brother,

these things are incredibly functional

if you have the hard to understand them.

Anyway,

the conclusion…

The universe teaches force.

Humanity teaches flow.

You have a wonderful choice and opportunity here.

Have a GREAT work out!

Al

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/five-army-tai-chi-chuan/

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Beyond Western Muscles in the Martial Arts!

How to Find this Ki Energy in the Martial Arts

When I was in 6th grade
I decided I wanted to be the world’s fastest runner.
Absolutely loved running.
So I started running,
and,
in class,
we had these human body charts.
They had pictures of the muscles,
the bones,
really laid out the human body.
And,
yes,
the page on sexual reproduction
was very worn.

But,
I took off my shoes in the middle of the class,
took off my socks,
and started looking at the pictures
and comparing them to my foot.
Very interesting.
Until the girls all said EW!
And held their noses.

Anyway,
I was obsessed,
and I started examining how the foot arched,
I figured out that the arch was a spring.
I looked at which sides of the legs the muscles were on,
and then angled my stance
so I could get the fastest start.
I pointed my toes,
so to make certain my feet
made the most
of muscles and springs.
I was careful not to run
on one side or the other of the foot.

And,
when I reached the seventh grade,
and decided I wanted to be
the best baseball player in the world,
I started the whole process over again
but analyzing which muscles swung the bat,
why you had to shift the weight with the swing,
how to set myself
so I could follow the ball
the best and easiest way possible.

And so on through a lot of sports.

In 1967,
I found Kenpo Karate,
and I did pretty good.
They made me an instructor,
I wrote an instruction manual,
and I thought I was the cat’s meow.
All that study of the muscles and the body and all that
helped me out pretty good.

Then I went to the Kang Duk Won.
Imagine my surprise
when they said,
‘Gonna take a couple of years.
You look good, but…’
But what?
Fortunately for me,
the martial arts were proving a lot harder
than sports.
I mean,
the muscles and the angles and all that
there was more to it in the martial arts
than any sport I had ever done.
And,
I started to realize something.
Being able to use muscles
had nothing to do with ki.
All of my American sports
were concerned with muscles.
Karate was concerned with…something else.
What was this ki thing?

So I went through Karate,
and then I started playing around with Wing Chun,
and found this extra sensitivity
in Sticky Hands.
Not reacting,
but sensing when somebody was going to do something
before they did it.
A mental telegraph through the arms.
An ESP that traveled through the body
when it was in contact with another body.
His mind was my mind,
as long as I had physical contact.
Cool!

Then I went to Aikido,
and I found something truly spectacular,
this extra sensory perception
didn’t need physical contact!

Now,
I had had glimpses of this phenomena
in Karate.
And I had experienced a more scientific method
and had several very intense experiences
in Sticky Hands.
And then figured out the truth about this stuff
in Aikido.

And I was slow,
because it wasn’t part of my culture.

But,
I was faster than most guys
because I had analyzed the body so thoroughly.

And,
here’s the funny thing,
you can figure this stuff out
in most any art,
if you understand how the body works.

But,
there’s a catch.
You don’t analyze the body
from the viewpoint
of the muscles.

That’s what screwed me up at the Kang Duk Won.
They wanted me to use mental energy,
intention,
ki.

I was used to using muscles.
But muscles are last in the chain.
They are reaction time.
Reaction time is action
after something else has happened.

It means you’re not in the moment,
but you are after the moment,
always responding to,
afterwards.

Think about it this way,
there is a rule in chess,
if two people each play a perfect game,
white always wins.
That’s because white makes the first move.
And that’s true in the martial arts.

So you can’t analyze the body from the viewpoint of muscles,
you have to analyze it from the viewpoint
of energy.
Second on the chain,
and closer to the moment,
to the thought that creates the action.

Now,
here’s the trick,
nobody has ever analyzed the martial arts
from the viewpoint of energy.

They haven’t.
That’s the truth.

So why do you think I get such great wins
from the people who take the Master Instructor course?
Because they have analyzed the muscles,
or at least used the muscles,
and then…nothing.
There is no place for them to go!
There is no second step!
And then they find the Master Instructor course.

The instructors of the martial arts
in the united states,
for the most part,
just sort of wallow.

The Master Instructor course,
however,
offers the second step.
When you go into the six secrets
and learn how to make any technique work,
then mysticism dies a quick death.
It is killed off by logic and physics.
But the real joy is when
you learn how to do your forms
from the viewpoint of energy.
I use a simple trick,
show how the body works,
and,
suddenly,
energy flows.
Instantly.

You won’t go back to the old ways,
you can’t,
because that would mean doing the martial arts wrong.
You can’t argue with what I’ve said,
because it is the truth.
Proven by the fact that it is simple,
and because it is different
than what anybody else is doing,
and the simple knowledge I present
makes it happen!

You can go become a doctor of sports medicine,
you can study nutrition and biomechanics and all that,
you can study the body till you’re blue in the face,
but it won’t tell you the extremely simple truth.

Oh, you’ll learn lots of little truths,
but they won’t have anything to do with energy and intention.

muscles are the first level.
Energy is the second level.
Intention is the third level.
Western science stops on muscles,
the body,
nutrition,
push ups and sit ups.

Then,
there’s no place to go.
I show you energy,
and,
a little work on that level,
and the third level,
intention,
the spirit,
the truth,
just opens up.

And you don’t have to struggle
and use large amounts of energy!
Rather,
you have to relax,
and learn how to use
smaller and smaller amounts of energy.
That’s how you open up the third level.

Okey dokey,
I’ve said as much as I can.
You can lead a horse to ki…

So,
got a new book out.
This is the book on Pan Gai Noon,
and you can check it out at the Monster,
if you simply click on the book cover in the right column.
Or do a search for Pan Gai Noon on Amazon.

Now,
this book is part of the evo of art course,
you can get it as part of that course,
but it will be electronic.

This is a real book.
Pages.
Print.
A neat smell to it.
I love books.

So,
two things you can do this week.
think about the Master Instructor Course,
it’s available at MonsterMartialArts.com
under the courses.

And,
get yourself a very interesting book
on Pan Gai Noon.

Remember,
PGN connects Karate to Kung Fu.
It is a connection to Chi.

So,
you guys and gals have a FUNtastic work out!
And I’ll talk to you later.

Al

Pan Gai Noon Instruction Manual