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Linking Martial Arts Forms for Faster Learning…

Newsletter 883

Interlinking Martial Arts Forms

Here’s an interesting little trick for you,
one that will open your eyes and expand your art by ten…

I did Kenpo back in 67,
I noticed right away that the forms
were built simple to complex.
simple to hard to understand.

You learned your basics with the first two forms,
then everything went haywire,
the forms were lists of techniques,
no real logic behind the sequence of the forms,
or even the relationship of the forms to themselves.
Mind you,
it was fun,
but it was HARD to really learn anything.
You ended up just memorizing,
and doing the martial arts like a dance.

Then I went to the Kung Duk Won
learned the classic Karate forms.
It was still a list of techniques,
but the forms had more meaning,
the arrangement from basics to complex
took on a different meaning.

Before I go on,
here’s a clip from Pinan Five
Give you an idea of how some of this karate stuff works…

before we were so rudely interrupted by the video…
I noticed there was a general trend,
from white belt to black belt,
and the trend went like this…

block then counter
two block and counter
three block and counter
block and counter simultaneous

Do you see the progression?
While it looks like a progression of numbers of blocks,
it was actually a progression of time,
but you might have to see the actual techniques
to understand that particular thing.

One of the things I did
when I started ‘pre-matrixing,’
was make huge lists
of all blocks and counters,
and arrange them according to belt level.
did that make things easy.

there was something else I noticed at the Kang Duk Won.
The forms expanded on the footwork,
and there was a link between the forms.
Pinan two and four were similar in certain ways.
And Pinan three and five were similar.

I utilized in matrixing.
Not just arranging the numbers of blocks and counters,
but sequencing the blocks and counters in time,
and then…
arranging the forms to accurately represent this linkage.
Zingo bingo,
there was the roots of real matrixing.

go ahead,
do it.
Take your forms,
ask yourself about simplicity and workability,
arrange the techniques,
then arrange your forms,
or rather,
as you will probably have to do,
create new forms to contain
the much more logical and easy to teach techniques.

you’re going to twist your head on this stuff,
it took me decades to figure this out,
of course,
I didn’t have the simple things
that I have laid out for you here.

there is an easy way.
Instead of pounding your head in frustration,
instead of doing something with your head
that heads are not well built to do,
just take a gander at

Matrix Karate.

It’s all there.
The linkage of techniques,
the linkage of forms,
freestyle methods to go with belt levels,
with the forms,
the techniques,
and everything in logical order.
all the distractions of other arts,
arts that do not match up with the basic concepts of karate,
have been eliminated.

Makes for a VERY pure path.
And a very QUICK path.

But don’t believe me.
Twist your head for thirty years,
and then come up with what I already did.

Here’s the link.


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Finding the Perfect Martial Art

Newsletter 859

Finding the Perfect Martial Art

May you have Perfect Art
in your Perfect Work Out!

Interesting concept.
After you read this newsletter
it will be easy to attain.
If you can count every blade of grass in the field.

Perfection means
free from flaw or defect.

Most people don’t even know what a flaw or defect is in the martial arts.
They hit and focus on how hard they hit.
Or they box and exult when they make a good punch.

These things are not even close.

When I was doing Aikido
way back when
the instructor said an interesting thing.

The perfect circle has no corners.

The context he was talking about,
the technique we were involved in,
was a simple shoulder roll.

We would roll,
following instructions as best we could
and we would hit a hip,
or flop a foot at the end,
or find any of a thousand other ‘corners.’

So we worked and we worked until our rolls were silent.
A silent roll is a perfect roll.

Interesting concept.

But how do you apply that to the rest of the martial arts?

In aikido it is easy,
if you have impact with your partner
while doing a technique,
you knock him out of harmony,
you knock him out of the perfect arc of the technique,
instead of merging with his lunch,
you nudge it out of true
and the technique fails.
The technique has corners.

you can apply the concept of silence to this,
a silent technique has no flesh slapping,
no bones knocking,
no collisions,
either with each other or the floor.

But that’s aikido.
How do you apply this technique to other arts?

You look for silence.
Don’t slap the feet on the floor.

Don’t ‘collide with an arm when blocking,
rather cut it effortlessly.
You are silent…he goes ow!

there are times when you will make sound.
Say you hit the floor with your foot to supercharge a technique.
There is sound there.
But is the sound of the foot hitting the floor the only sound?

Is the sound of the kiai,
when you deliver a punch,
the only sound?

Does your fist hit and create sound?
But sound is excess energy
thrown out from a technique that isn’t truly pure.

Can you see where I’m going with this?

The interesting thing is trying to move with no sound.
I sometimes work out late at night,
everybody asleep,
and I try to work out with no sound
except those that are part of the technique.

When you can punch somebody with no sound
the impact is pure,
the transference of weight from one body to another
is pure.

So think about it.
I wouldn’t worry too much about it in class,
it’s one of those work on it…in silence.
By yourself,
exploring how little you can do
to do a lot.

probably the best art
for learning to create silence in your technique is Tai Chi Chuan.


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Lop Sau Kung Fu Video Snippet!

got a little treat for you here.
Here’s a lop sau kung fu video snippet of
myself working out with EW.
It’s a Quicktime format,
so give it time to download,
and let me know if it doesn’t download properly.
I can always change the format.


EW and I are working on the material
for his second black belt.
a bunch of little things you should know.

Lop Sau is a freestyle shaolindrill in many arts,
but I took it and matrixed it
and made it logical
so that it is ten times easier to learn.
You will see it on the Shaolin Butterfly Course,
but also on the Monkey Boxing (Matrix Kung Fu) Course,
and other places.
It’s simple,
but you need to get the right pieces
and in the right order
if you want to get it fast
with no mistakes.

This is a complete training method
that you won’t find
outside of Matrixing.
I built it,
and it is because of drills like this
that I am able to get people to learn
up to ten times faster.

that said,
let’s talk about EW.

He got his first black belt in three months,
my intent was not to make a guy who could beat people up,
but rather
to get him to understand power,
and to turn on his intuitive way of thinking.

If you have intuition
you tend to lose your reaction time.
That means you are in the ‘Now.’
It means that you are actually in mushin no shin
mind of no mind,
which is the combat mode
where you are not reacting
but causing.

some people could argue
that EW didn’t know enough forms,
wasn’t pretty,
but that isn’t the point,
the point is to change the mind,
to enable it to ‘think’ intuitively
and in the moment.

That said,
we set about the second phase,
getting him to second black belt,
and here’s the kicker…
intuition having set in
he’s learns differently.
He absorbs data,
as opposed to picking it up piece by piece.
I don’t give him a move and work him,
I toss him a whole concept
and he wallows for thirty seconds,
and then it is absorbed.
He’s got it.

he’s getting prettier,
but who cares?
Competence is what it is about,
pretty comes with time.

now that power has turned on
we can refine it,
so that he hits easier
and causes more impact.
we can shade his timing and angles.
And we don’t have to go through a whole art
piece by laborious piece,
we just toss him the exercise,
(and the other exercises and stuff on this level)
work it,
and he gets it.

People who learn by intuition
absorb whole chunks.
They don’t have to get spoon fed.

I have written all about this concept
of how people learn in different and accelerate modes
once the intuition turns on
in the Neutronic books.
It is a whole theory,
logically constructed,
and it works in the real world.
With Matrix Martial Arts
people don’t learn like a child,
linear piece by piece,
but by the absorption of whole fleets of images.

That’s what EW is doing.

I want you to think about something.
If you were studying at a normal school,
after thirty lessons
you would be at week fifteen.
You would be working on the material
to test for your first belt.
You would have memorized
a basic form or two,
maybe memorized
70% of the techniques you have to know,
and you would be struggling
to not forget them.
You would be making mistakes,
trying to sort through the material
and having a hell of a time
because it is all out of order.

After thirty lessons,
slightly over four months,
I have EW standing in front of me
handling anything I can throw.
He isn’t having a rough time with conditioning,
and any mistakes he makes
we fix his data
drill the fix for the mistake two or three times,
and he’s fixed.

by the time six months rolls around,
he will know TWO arts.
And he will know them well,
and he will be ready for three.

on this second art,
the Shaolin Buttterfly,
he is learning how to condense energy
and flick it out
so that it hurts more
than a full power
karate punch.

We are refining,
you see.
because he has the karate,
he has the power,
I don’t have to give him the power in Shaolin,
I just ‘borrow it’ from Karate
and we transform that power
into a delicate thing
that kills elephants
with a flick.

the one serious hesitation he makes
in the video snippet here
is at the end.

You see,
I didn’t follow the exercise,
I did something not in the exercise,
and there was a very slight hesitation,
then he fixed it on his own,
he did the right thing,
and he did it with body weight, hip power,
and subtle motion.

So his mistake is the lesson.
Every other school,
a mistake is a mistake,
so they work uphill,
trying to undo the student’s natural instincts.
When the method is logical,
which is to say matrixed,
his mistakes are a natural progression
into what is right.

the course we’re working on is the Shaolin Butterfly.
I do recommend you work the Matrix Karate
(Three Month Black Belt Course)
(The Shaolin Butterfly
the Second Black Belt course
will be out in a couple of months.)

Get the power,
turn on your intuition,
because the second black belt level
is a whole art,
and it is not just a different art,
it is a logical progression
into such things as
condensing energy,
making whole body movements subtle,
and all the other concepts
that go along with chi generation
and manipulation
on an advanced level.

please note,
there will be a third course.
and more.
And if you don’t get the things on the first courses,
you are going to be hard pressed to figure out
the subtle nature
of the things we do
on the advanced courses.

Okey dokey,
I want to thank you guys for being there.
If I didn’t have martial artists around me
at all times,
I would be in a looney bin.

The world would put me there
because I’m doing things
that society doesn’t want to happen.

The human being learning
not like a monkey,
but by absorption,
whole chunks of intuitive data transfer.
That’s something that scares the people in charge of the world.

But this is the future,
Matrixing is the future,
and because you have the ability to fight
in your nature,
because you haven’t let it be ground out of you
by education and politics
and all that garbage,
you are the ones.
You are the cutting edge.
You are the ones
who change the world.

Thanks for letting me be,
and I’ll talk to you next time.
Have a great work out.


Here’s the URL
for the three month Black Belt.


“Traditionalists often study what is taught, not what there is to create.”
– Ed Parker