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Relaxing into the Original Style of Karate

Newsletter 893

The Original Karate

Thanks, guys,
Both the ten book series
‘The Biggest Martial Arts Lesson of All,’
Professional Martial Arts Instructor,’
are selling.

had a real interesting email the other day,
BW had some interesting observations and expeeriences,
regarding heat in the body,
chi circulation,
and so on.
So here is the skinny on all this…

Chinese martial arts have been around a long time.
they have evolved into Tai Chi,
among other internal forms.
All of which says…martial arts evolve.

When they begin,
they frequently use muscle.
Nothing wrong with that.
Except energy is more efficient,
much stronger.

Ever have a baby clutch your finger?
Won’t let go?
Their ‘strength’ is all out of proportion
to their size and development.
They haven’t developed muscles,
so they use energy,
which needs no development to use.

Before you go crazy on that last statement,
let me make a point:
when we learn muscles (as we grow)
we give up energy.
We simply lose that intuitive ‘chi strength’
that we are born with,
or at least know before we get muscles.
if we want energy,
we have to learn it all over again.
And this means attaining the understanding that a baby has.
What understanding does a baby have?
He understands how to relax.
of course,
flows better through what is relaxed.
Which brings us around
to the idea of Tai Chi.
Learn to relax.

BW was more concerned with experiencing heat in the body.
Karate was giving him much heat.
Here’s the difference…
Tai Chi is slow,
it is ‘suspended’ energy.
You suspend your body in space,
and that takes a very slow drool of energy
which I call ‘suspended energy.’

Karate explodes.
Both types of energy,
suspended and explosive
create heat.
But Karate creates it faster.

if you wish,
you can dedicate your TCC to the production of heat,
and your body can get amazingly hot.

we have two points here,
relaxing and creating heat/energy.
Let me get to the point.

When Karate came from China
it was taught with an eye to chi power.
People relaxed more in the form,
figured out how to make the tricks work effortlessly.
Then, as the martial arts grew,
people and schools lost that ability.
The Japanese in particular
were obsessed with power,
and that often meant muscular power,
and not chi power.
And example of this is actually given,
though inadvertently,
in the book ‘Moving Zen,’
by CW Nicol.
Mr. Nicol relates the story of a TCC man
who was pounding on a pillar under a huge house.
The house shook,
the karate men couldn’t make it shake with their punches,
and there is a conclusion in there.
But you have to have an open mind to make it.

speaking for myself,
How do I know that what I tell you here is true?
Because I learned a style of Karate called Kang Duk Won.
And it was only a couple of generations removed from China.
Byung In Joon to a couple of Koreans to Bob Babich to me.
Not a long time for it to get corrupted.
Mr. Babich, in particular,
was incredibly light and whippy.
He was like a father that weighed a thousand pounds.
The other people in our school used muscle,
and were in awe of Bob.
I watched Bob,
and tried to figure out what he was doing that was different.
I probably wouldn’t have figured it out,
except that I read a lot of books on zen.
And the secret was:



Doing nothing until nothing is left undone.

To relax,
even in the middle of form,
even in the middle of technique,
even in the middle of freestyle.

when you relax…
chi flows.
And Chi can create,
among other things…

the final thing I want to say,
give you a chance to grok all this,
has to do with being ‘on,’ or ‘off.’

BW observed the difference between his art
when it worked light and whippy,
and…other times.

When you relax your body totally,
when you make ONLY the fist tight,
then you will get a result snap that is incredible,
and different from the art
that all the power mongers out there
want to sell.

But it takes patience,
no resistance,
an emptiness of the mind.

It’s easy to do,
but so easy it’s hard.

Seems like there is always something there to distract you.

Okley dokely.
Nuff said,
I wish you success.
You can check out the Kang Duk Won in my book of the same name,
it’s on Amazon.
Or at the KangDukWon.com site.
Or you can check out what I’ve done with some of the forms here…


Temple Karate has an amazing amount of material on it,
including some data on how the art was really formed,
and what for,
and how it was really meant to be used.

So have a great work out!




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Secret of the Square,the Triangle, and the Circle!

Merry June Fool’s Day!
Summer has officially started,
and you should make a goal…
a whole summer with one or more work outs
every single day!
I mean,
dedicate yourself!

I’m shooting the Shaolin Butterfly with EW,
and it is a blast.
We work on the karate a little every day,
smooth out his form,
make him not just intuitive and efficient and powerful,
but pretty.
Ooh la la!

The real fun though,
is when we get into the Butterfly.
You see Karate is a hard art,
establishes power,
makes a person solid.
But there is a lot more.
What do you do with power?
How do you refine it,
use it in different ways?
How do you roll it into your belly
and send out a little zap
that will knock a guy down?
You know?
So we’re having fun.

the interesting concept came up today,
the square, the triangle, and the circle.
These are the three shapes
which define the entire universe.
So how are they used in the martial arts?

The square is karate.
You make a solid base,
create a foundation.

The triangle is Kung Fu,
you learn to angulate,
to slip and slide
to create small and subtle changes
which small changes
create big changes,
it is a total strategy
that opens the world.

The circle is obviously going to be Pa Kua.
Though it could be Aikido.
Not much to be said about that.
the use fo the circle in those arts
is pretty obvious.

if you study the circle without the square,
you are missing a fundamental piece of it all.
And most kung fu’s don’t really delve into the triangle
to the degree thy should.
This is a matter of arts being corrupted.
And this hold true for all geometries.
You must learn them all,
and how they fit together,
or you only have a piece of the art.

let’s say a guy learns Karate,
is well based,
he needs to learn how to shade that karate,
which can be done with triangles,
and then translate it into circles.

to say it a different way,
the body is flesh and bone,
the triangle is energy
and the circle is awareness.

You use Karate to create the energy,
thus moving from body to energy.
Then you use energy to create awareness.

I know,
it sounds a little weird,
but consider it this way.

The body uses muscles.
The body likes to bash against other bodies.
karate properly done,
changes that,
it makes you aware of energy.
The body is not aware of energy,
only you are aware of energy.
so we must use energy
but the body doesn’t use energy,
you use energy,
so in figuring out what to do with energy
we make more you.

I know,
simple as mud.
And it is.
Now the trick is to go through the martial arts
and figure out how to apply what I have said,
to learn the systems,
and go through the experiences,
to realize awareness.

Where I started was
by drawing simple geometric figures
over photos of myself.
I would do a side kick,
and draw a triangle using the feet and the tan tien as the major points.
I would do a stance,
and draw a box and fit myself into it.
I would examine a punch,
and figure out how the circle became a spiral
with the forward motion.
And so on.
This was incredible valuable to me.
Here’s an example.
You can see my mistakes,
and learn from them.

You can establish
or fix your karate
by using this method.
if you are ready for energy,
the Shaolin Butterfly is the way to go,
and the course should be ready in a couple of months.
that all said,
take care and have a great work out.

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Have a gr-r-r-reat Day!


Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Snake Oil Kung Fu Lessons

Now it could be Taekwondo Lessons, or Karate Instruction, or online Kenpo classes, or any number of odd beasts, but it is all the same. It could be the inside cover comic book ads or late night infomercials, but you know what I am talking about. You can have the power to destroy eight tat covered gangbangers with a single never before revealed secret technique!

Now, the weird thing is, some of these things you see on the web actually have worth. Some of them are the product of dedicated martial arts senseis. The sad truth, however, it is still a ‘buyer beware’ game out there.

The plot line for these magic courses is pretty predictable. First build some common feeling with the reader. Since everybody grew up and has been picked on, telling the crowd that you used to be picked on by bullies is a pretty good tale.

Now, you’ve put the idea of being picked on in the rube’s head, the second step is to give him a solution. You’ve got to convince him that if he studies your method he will be capable of beating up the bullies. This magic formula, if you think about it, is at the heart of every kung fu movie ever made.

Now, except for the taking his money part, you’ve basically got it figured out. It is all that simple. Sell him a problem, give him the solution, take his money. Or, if you want to get egghead, suspend his belief, lead him to a fantasy, take his money.

Now, let’s be honest, some products actually have some great worth, and some should be avoided like smelly, day old toilet seat covers, and the way to figure out the difference is easy. If the pitch follows a certain predictable line, you might want to avoid it. A guy who follows an exact script has done his homework, and he is trying to build his bankroll on your back.

The better alternative is the guy who doesn’t follow a script, but who actually talks to you. It is not a selling format, but a voice that has substance and belief. It is a guy who believes in what he is practicing, and is selling out of compassion and love for what he does.

This is not to say that there isn’t sometimes some great deals in some of the Snake Oil Kung Fu Lessons, or Karate Instruction, or Kenpo Online. Be it prison fighting or ghetto blasting, or secret CIA techniques taught in secret by an ancient vodun priest…there could very well be some juicy stuff, or even a new way of viewing things. Sometimes, you know, Snake Oil is what you need!

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