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Finding the Limits of MMA Fighting

Newsletter 890

The Limits of MMA

I’m a big fan of MMA.
I am a critic,
however,
of those who believe that MMA is the only way,
who would speak ill of karate, kung fu, or any other art.
MMA is just a piece of the bigger pie,
a piece of the bigger martial arts
which includes all martial arts.
Which bigger art,
thanks to matrixing,
makes sense and is easily learned.

So,
I was teaching the other night,
got a kid who was a wild hair.
Now,
the kid is actually not bad.
He can freestyle,
and he can grapple,
but he can’t control his body.
Isn’t that interesting?
He’s actually a black belt.
Not a bad one,
but he can’t control his body,
and here is where we come to the limits of MMA,
and the tragedy of this particular martial artist.

When he learned jujitsu
his teaching stopped at the techniques of jujitsu.
So he learned how to freestyle,
to fill the gap.
To be competent both in fisticuffs and grappling.

So I asked him to do a simple move.
Something like a block and punch.
He mouthed off,
sulked,
laughed,
and looked like garbage when he finally tried the simple move.

His attitude was:
I know how to fight
so I don’t need to know that stuff.

So his art stops at flesh contact.
That was the art he learned,
jujitsu,
and when there is no flesh contact,
no wrestling,
he doesn’t know what to do.

What about his ability to fight?
All he can do is kick and punch,
destroy,
and while there is an art to destruction,
it is not the true art.

The true art lies in control.

To the degree that you can control your body…
AND OTHER BODIES
to that degree you have the true art.

To the degree that you canNOT control your body…
AND OTHER BODIES
to that degree you do not have the true art.

He can control his own body in the limits of wrestling.
He can control his body if it comes to kick and punch.
He CANNOT control another person’s body.

And here is a subtle but determining factor.
If you practice MMA,
without recourse to classical arts,
you practice beating people,
not controlling them.
And that puts a severe limit
on what you know
and what you can learn.
MMA is great,
but you have to know how to get beyond that one limit.

So I asked the kid to punch me.
He couldn’t.
Every time he tried to punch me I would simply shift,
slap his hand aside,
and control his body.

Then,
I applied a grab art,
tied him up,
took him down,
and said:

‘Would you like to be able to control other people like that?
Would you like to know the simple tricks I use?
It’s easy,
but you’ll have to work hard,
and you’ll have to think.’

He mouthed off,
sulked,
laughed,
and made himself scarce.

His attitude was:
I know how to fight
so I don’t need to know that stuff.

In spite of the fact that I had just proved it worked.

And here is the tragedy,
in a nutshell,
the whole thing of what was wrong with the kid,

He was scared of what he didn’t know.

He was scared of learning something.
Heck,
if he learned something,
it would prove that he didn’t know everything.
Can’t have that, eh?

And that’s true,
to a degree,
of almost every child,
and even of every adult.

I don’t want to learn
because it will prove I don’t know something.

I CAN’T HAVE MY IGNORANCE SEEN!

So,
the kid hangs around the dojo,
marginally useful,
as long as the task is simple,
but you can’t trust him to do any teaching,
as teaching is merely a way
for him to be dominant (read bully),
and prove to the world
that he knows something,
even though he doesn’t.
He only knows shadows,
and the light eludes him.

Here’s the true education right here.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/4-master-instructor-course/

How to have PERFECT form in seven simple steps.
How to have PERFECT techniques in six simple steps.
This knowledge is so powerful that people read it
and are totally changed.

Have you ever experienced something that was so true
it simply changed you?
A blink,
and you were different.
That’s what this stuff is.

have a GREAT work out!

Al

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One Fellow Solves the Martial Arts…

Newsletter 889

How Matrixing Brings Arts Together

School’s started for many,
so,
you students,
are you going to get a Matrix course,
have it done by summer?
Or even Christmas?

I have a LOT of good letters.
Just got the following,
and it really made my day.
Kurt has been a long time student of matrixing,
taken his time and done it right.
Here go…

Al,
Its been a while since I texted last. Back in January of this year I received the Create Your Own Art package. I finally completed it this week. The reason for spending so much time on it wasn’t one of laziness, I actually spent several hours on it every week. Once I received the package and viewed the Intercepting Fist segment I became intrigued and practiced and viewed it over and over again. Then when I viewed the Pa Kua disc, it really hit home how Matrixing came into play. As a result of this, I had to dig out the Butterfly Pa Kua disc and of course saw how the Ten Hands mimicked the Matrixing of the Intercepting Fist, it really hit home to me. I have been circle walking utilizing the 8 Animal Pa Kua for at least 2 years now and have found all the applications of my core art of Kenpo, in the Butterfly applications as well as the Intercepting Fist Circle walking. Of course this led me to take apart 5 Army Tai Chi and Matrix Tai Chi and find the same applications.

So I’ve spent the last 10 months practicing, experimenting, and rediscovering in the name of Creating My Own Art. And after all this I decided that I cannot create what has already been created. The best I could do is re-organize what already is. The Taoist Arts(Tai Chi, Bagua, Hsing I) have been around for a long time, and in the case of Tai Chi, (possibly the Mother of all Martial Arts), over 1500 years.

While Practicing with a friend, who has limited use of his left shoulder as result of an injury, I saw that he could not do the Intercepting Fist, or a simple Hi block or inverted block with that arm. Utilizing Pa Kua(Bagua) I was able to show him how to execute a circle walking direction turn and do a hi block with his good arm. he was elated and I was very full of myself! It was then that I decided to not create my own art but instead to re-task what I have learned as to fit the needs of people with limitations due to injury or handy-cap. I mean Dr. Paul Lam has done very well teaching Tai Chi to ease the pain of Arthritis. And many others teach Tai Chi to improve balance and range of motion in seniors. So this is my new calling and I attribute it to the Create Your Own Art Program. For this I thank you. It has really improved my skills and ability and hopefully I can help others as a result.

Finally,  I would like to add that the only thing missing from my practice of the Internal Arts is Hsing I Chuan. I have had some exposure to that art but have found (at my age) that learning the 5 element forms as well as the 12 Animal forms would be a bit much. However, I do see a need for more linier attack and defense. So, taking inspiration from Matrix Tai Chi, I developed 8 short “lines”, by which I walk
a straight line, performing each of the Pa Kua animals 8 times forward, starting turning slightly left, step turn slightly right and so forth for 8 steps, them kick and pivot 180 degrees and do the same stepping back to the starting  point, kick and pivot the perform the next animal(start with Butterfly Palm. Step the line changing palm left the, right etc.). It can also be done as a two man form, one advancing the other retreating. One attacking the other defending. This kind of rounded things out for me(if you’ll pardon the pun).

In closing, I apologize for the length of this email but after 9 months of this course of study I am very enthusiastic! But basically it boils down to me saying thanks!

Respectfully, Kurt A. Nelle’

Thank you, Kurt.
And for everybody,
Matrixing is quick,
you have realizations like crazy,
but it sets the stage for
some really long term learning.
At the end you understand
how the arts fit together.
You become able to shift from art to art,
create art as you need it.

There are just so-o-o many things you can do,
once you jump the fence,
put aside your limits,
and realize that there is nothing stopping you,
except your own self.

Matrixing opens the door.

Thanks Kurt,
and well done on your desire to help others.
That is the REAL art.

Here’s the link…

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/2d-create-your-own-art/

have a GREAT work out!

Al

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Publication of How to Create Kenpo!

Rerelease of How to Matrix Kenpo!

How to Create Kenpo is actually a rerelease of ‘Matrixing Kenpo.’ I ran into a few difficulties and had to rewrite and here is the new and better version.

There are actually three volumes, and they present a complete matrixing analysis of Chinese Kenpo. Likely, this version of Kenpo is the 2nd version taught by Ed Parker. It was taught in the 60s.

Matrixing is a form of logic, and provides the framework for the only scientific approach to the martial arts today.

The books contain in depth analysis of 150 techniques, a short history, a section on how to remake kenpo forms, and a section on how to matrix Kenpo and create a whole different viewpoint of Kenpo.

The purpose of the books is to ‘untangle’ kenpo, make it easier to learn, harder to forget, and do such things as make freestyle and techniques actually come together. This last has been a sore point, and a weak point, of Kenpo for decades.

There is a scurrilous article, and more information concerning the three books at kenponow.wordpress.com. The title of the article is ‘The Man Who Killed Kenpo.’

By scurrilous I mean that I go into some of the lesser known and not so honorable beginnings of Kenpo. You’re welcome to leave differing opinions, other data, or even hate mail in the comments section.

The books themselves are offered through Amazon.

Check them out let me know what you think.

About the Author: Al Case began martial arts in 1967. He has studied Kenpo, Karate, Shaolin, Tai Chi Chuan, Pa Kua Chang, weapons, and more. He was a writer for the magazines and had his own column in inside Karate. He currently lives at Monkeyland, a martial arts retreat in Southern California.

Learn Martial Arts Or Else!

Learn Martial Arts Or Else!

Learn Martial Arts or else, eh? Sounds grim.

Well, the tale is that I went to the post office. Nobody there except one, lone girl. She was a slender thing, intelligent face. Put a smile on her face and she could be in Hollywood. Put a frown on her face and she’s nobody.

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Put up your mitts and...GRIN!

And here’s the point: I remember being that young. I remember life being a thrill, and I wanted it to stay a thrill. Furthermore, I remember being that young and…healthy. I wanted to stay healthy. So I studied martial arts.

Sure, in the beginning there was probably some fantasy about being able to beat up the bad guys, but I got into a real martial art and learned that that wasn’t correct thinking.

And, in the end, I ended up healthy, and I ended up with a smile on my face.

Not a frown.

And here was this girl, young and healthy, looking forward to the rest of life…with a frown.

All she to do is take a martial arts class! Learn how to use her body! Learn how to use her mind! Instead…she wants to be grumpy.

So here’s the key. The universe is a mirror. It reacts to the thoughts we have. Grumpy thoughts = sour life. Happy thoughts = happy life. It is that simple.

That grumpy girl is going to end up a sour maid, old and wasted, bitter and sure that the world is against here. And…it is. The world is against her because she thought it was, and so it was. It mirrored her innermost thoughts.

So the universe is a mirror, and we are the only thing able to ‘swirl the waters’ of that mirror. Want to make it swirl faster? Really make the world cook and go the way you want it to? All you have to do is get other people to help you swirl it. And, here’s that key again, you smile at somebody, get them to smile, and you now have two people making the world happy for you, swirling the mirror, making life work the way you want it.

So smile at another person, and another, and within a short time you have a tribe of grinning fools, all making your life better and better.

Now, deserve that responsibility, deserve their good wishes, lest you lose them.

As for me, I decided the best way to contribute to that ever growing smile of mankind was to teach martial arts. Help people be young and healthy–help them learn how to ‘swirl the mirror.’ I decided to help people learn martial arts.

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