The Tale of the Karate Book
Yes, I’m still here,
and my thanks to those fellows who have written me
and told me to get off my butt.
Kumar, Jerome, Michael,
you know who you are.
let me tell you what is happening and why.
And, before I start,
I’m going to be talking about
And if you’re not interested,
or wanted me to go heavy duty
on the art,
that’s next time.
This time I’ll tell you what my problem is
I’ve studied martial arts for over 50 years,
I’ve written probably a hundred books and training manuals,
thousands of articles,
been a professional writer,
so I know my way around a keyboard.
But this book…
this book has been a bugger.
And the problem is simple,
I’m trying to put too much in it.
I want to cover karate like it has never been covered.
That’s my base art,
and I want to leave it in better shape than I found it.
I want to show some advanced matrixing.
I want to show where karate can go,
and in the simplest fashion.
I want to fix karate,
and that means pointing out some serious problems with the art,
and show how to fix them.
I’m not focusing on matrixing,
except by the way.
the book is about 300 pages and counting.
it has been a true mess to figure out.
I get an idea,
I write it.
I write about as fast as I can talk,
books are usually done within three or four days,
and I’m off on another project.
The books I write are quick and easy and very logical.
Karate is not logical,
so it is like I am untangling this MASSIVE knot,
and retying it.
I have had a terrible time with formatting.
I am trying to write the book so it can be understood on the paper page,
but I want to format the thing differently.
I write the forms on the left page
and the techniques on the right.
I don’t do the form,
then show the techniques,
I show the techniques along side the form,
and this makes perfect sense
if you are scrolling on a computer.
But creating in this fashion
and for the paper page, too,
has been REALLY messy.
and I’ve reformatted it 4 times,
and rewritten it probably six.
I NEVER rewrite.
And now I am stuck in it.
not to bore you,
but that’s what I’ve been doing.
The good news is I actually called on a reader
and he has proven to be a good editor.
Think about it,
the guy was able to tell the arrogant Al Case
that his work is a mess
and I better get back to the drawing board.
I thank him,
and serve warning that it’s coming.
I won’t bore you anymore
with the trials and tribulations of writing
except to say one thing.
and this was a conscious decision I made over 50 years ago
to practice two arts this lifetime.
One is karate,
for the external.
One is writing,
for the internal.
A very yin and yang balance.
And they compliment each other wonderful.
I always tell people they should have two arts in their lives.
So if you have a physical job you love,
pick up painting or sculpting or poetry or something.
And if you have a mental job
pick up karate, yoga, dance, whatever.
my apologies for yakking on about
It will get done,
I seem to have the formatting fixed,
and my writing is taking on the normal flow again,
and I am hoping this project
becomes the most intense
and thorough examination of karate ever written.
Thanks for being patient,
and have a great work out!
And don’t forget to check out the interview
I’ve got nothing but five star reviews on
The Science of Government.
It’s really nothing more than applying matrixing to politics.
Matrixing + Politics = Sanity
I told you matrixing works with anything.
Here’s the link…