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On Creating Your Own Martial Art

You Have to Create Your Own Martial Art…

or you don’t really know the martial arts.

A True Martial Art is an act of creation. A simple statement with far reaching effects.

Art is the break down and synthesis of the old into the new.

The funny thing is that most instructors frown on the act of creating anything new. The most popular method of teaching is to have the student copycat, exactly and without deviation, what the teacher says and does. But a fight is always new and original, and requires creativity to win.

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When are you going to fight back? When have you had enough? Maybe soon, if you read this frightening novel.

creation of martial artThus, if you are going to win a fight, it behooves you to learn how to be creative. Interestingly, nobody has ever written a course or book on how to be creative. Isn’t that interesting, a whole art that has no creativity in it?

To be creative one has to break apart the current method of teaching one is engaged in. Thus, one method for being creative would be to simply take the moves of the forms and interchange them. Take a sequence from classical karate, say the first set of specific movements in pinan three, and then do the second specific set of movements from pinan four, then the third set of specific movements from pinan five…and so on.

The first thing you will learn is that these things don’t fit together. So, how can you make them fit together? How can you adjust the footwork, and the geometry of the arms, so that the movements fit together and even make sense?

Another thing you are going to learn is that things don’t always work. Doing the blocks in this order would never fit a normal attack. So, explore not normal attacks, and, tweak your movements until they do fit a normal attack.

Another thing you will find is the impulse to do different things. Simply, you are going to start to create. Your mind is going to start exploring channels that normally would have been closed to you.

As I said in the first paragraph, art is the fact of creation. Honestly, people should drill you to death, help you make every movement your own, instill art in you. But, even more honestly, if you don’t start taking the movements apart and reconfiguring them, all that drilling is going to be about as good as a death knell, so you’d best seriously consider this concept of Creating your own Martial Art.

You can find the Create Your Own Martial Art Course at MonsterMartialArts.com.

How to Teach Martial Arts to Yourself!

Teach Martial Arts to Yourself!

The benefits of work outs accumulate.
Each day,
you just add a little more,
after a while
you suddenly notice that you are different.
I am reminded of the old story
of the father who wanted his son to practice Tai Chi,
durned kid wanted to go play.
So the father started yelling at him.
The grandfather steps in,
says he’ll handle it.
He asks the kid to do one thing.
The kid does it.
The grandfather tells him to go play.
The kid is bewildered,
and he shows it.
The grandfather says,
‘You did an inch of Tai Chi today.
Maybe tomorrow you’ll do another inch.
Maybe two inches.
Let it build,
and it will be what you want.’
So,
work out.
An inch,
a foot
or the whole durned nine yards.
You’ll get where you are going
if you take the long  view.
Now,
speaking of the long view,
did you know that I offer
around fifteen separate and complete
martial arts?
And I studied a lot of different arts
to accumulate those.
Let me outline the arts briefly,
and then tell you something interesting
about how long it takes to learn an art.
I was in Kenpo for a couple of years,
long enough to become an instructor
and write the training manual
for the school I was at.
Then I researched the five different arts of kenpo
that Ed Parker created,
and some three others besides.
I studied Kang Duk Won for some  seven years,
which was the forerunner for Shotokan based arts,
of which there are several.
I researched probably a hundred different forms
from every variety of KArate I coudl find
to make sure I understood
this karate thing.
I studied Northern and southern Shaolin
I studied Tai Chi,
probably a dozen different variations
definitely included
Chen, Yang, Wu, Sun,
and I think there was another Wu in there.
And,
I did a lot of PRC.
And,
I did Aikido, Wing Chun,
and I went through as much Silat and Arnis
as I could find.
The problem here
is that there weren’t a lot of teachers
when I was starting out.
So I would have to talk to people
go places,
read books and see tapes,
and just drive myself nuts
trying to figure all this stuff out.
Being a writer for the magazine helped,
got me in a couple of doors
which would have remained closed.
When people found out that I wrote articles
that the magazines trusted what I wrote,
they tended to open up.
It was fame of the cheapest kind.
But,
here comes the interesting stuff,
If I had gone the traditional route
I would need a couple of hundred years of training.
Three to five years per art,
man…
that’s a long time.
So I figured out short cuts.
I figured out ways to accumulate the data
to organize it,
and,
this is important,
to cross section it.
Now,
I don’t think I could do that
in today’s martial arts.
There’s too many people
too willing to talk
saying it is going to take so long
and make sure you pay your monthly dues.
The glut of information
is overwhelming.
But when I was researching everything
there wasn’t a glut,
and I had to fill in the pieces.
And I got very creative,
made a few mistakes.
But I think I’ve fixed them all.
That’s what Matrixing does,
after all,
it fixes mistakes.
So how long does it take to learn an art?
As fast as you can get the motions
and make them work.
Here’s the trick,
some good instructor gets you there,
then insists on polishing your moves.
But time will polish your moves!
Another person will just get in the way!
In the true art,
you see,
you reach a certain point
and you realize certain things
and you become your own teacher.
A guy reaches black belt,
then he quits.
Why?
There was still eight levels of black belt to learn!
Because he had reached the point
where he had to teach himself,
and something inside him
told him that
teachers would actually slow him down,
get in the way,
make things harder,
confuse everything.
And this can happen before Black Belt,
it can happen as soon as the fellow reaches a point
where he understands the moves
and can make them work.
Here’s something interesting,
I read a book on Tai Chi
it didn’t make any sense.
I did the form in the book,
tried to understand it,
but it made no sense.
It was the Modified Tai Chi
by Lee Ying Arng,
for those of you who are interested.
So I put the book aside,
went ahead and learned more kung fu,
did some aikido,
did all sorts of other things.
One day I was moving,
looked through a box of books
to see what to throw out,
and there was Modified Tai Chi.
I opened it up,
I read it,
and I understood everything.
It was so simple
I actually started to laugh
at certain things.
But,
don’t you see?
I hadn’t been studying Tai Chi,
so it wasn’t doing Tai Chi
that made me understand it.
It was studying ALL the martial arts.
It was figuring out the geometries
and how they related.
It was doing applications from all angles.
It was the fact that I didn’t have a teacher
and so had to teach myself.
So a beginner can learn from my courses.
Pretty easily,
too.
I’m a good writer.
Good descriptions.
The videos are pretty easy to understand.
But,
it is the guys with years of experience
who are really going to benefit.
I’m going to undo
all the teachers they had
that got in their way.
I’m going to undo the glut of information.
I’m going to make it all simple and logical
and easy to understand.
Yes,
I took some short cuts.
No,
I didn’t shortcut the physical side of it.
I’ve done all the forms,
I’ve walked the circle
until the universe walked around me.
But,
the point here is this,
take the long view.
An inch at a time.
Learn one art,
then the next,
then the next.
Figure out how they fit together,
understand the geometries,
be able to make the moves work
no matter what angle.
Anyway,
I seem to be ranting.
But I hope it gave you something.
Even if only an extra inch.
You guys have a great work out,
and here’s something to think about.
There are three different arts
(small but different)
in the Butterfly Pa Kua Chang.
And,
there are three different arts
in the Evolution of an Art course.
Big hefty doses of diehard Karate.
And,
there are three different arts
in the Create Your Own Art course.
More,
if you count the bonus I’ve thrown in
(Buddha Crane Karate)
So any of those courses
should give you your money’s worth.
Think about it this way.
Three years per art,
that’s nine years,
at $50 a month (cheap)
we’re talking $1800 worth of instruction.
And it is instruction aimed
at people who can teach themselves.
That’s a pretty powerful inch of martial arts.
You guys and gals have a great…
WAIT A MINUTE!
What am I doing?
Look,
you want a real deal?
That’s a hundred bucks for the lot.
Right?
So go here,
and I’ll offer you all three courses,
that is nine different and complete arts,
for…well,
go and find out.
right here
Have a great work out.
Al

Five Secrets of Japanese Goju Ryu.

Move quickly.

Sound, calm mind.

Be light in body.

Have a clever mind.

Master the basics.”

– Gogen Yamaguchi

Who You Should Teach Martial Arts To and Why

Interesting question. Lot of nut cases out there, and you don’t want to waste your time, so who do you teach martial arts to?

I have one rule that I follow. I look for people who smile, who make jokes, who don’t take life too seriously.

I’ll teach anybody who has the desire, mind you, but I look for the happy people.

Life is up or down. And you take it up or down.

You are on your way to happy, or you are going in the other direction.

Martial Arts can reverse the downward direction, and make a happy person, and I don’t deny that to anybody.

But I look for happy people to teach. People who smile. They are the ones I concentrate on finding.

Life is a choice, and I made mine, and that’s how and why and who I teach martial arts to.

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The Six Best Methods to Learn Martial Art

There will be preferences if you want to learn Martial Art, but there are also a couple of things that are fairly obvious, and that we will be able to agree on. Interestingly, I came across this data many years ago, and have used it myself. It deals with analyzing the value of media in transmitting data.

The worst method for absorption of data is the movies or TV. This is because the martial art techniques that you will see on the screen, whether it is the art of Bruce Lee, Jet Li, or whoever, has been altered for the camera. Yes, it may look good, but stuntmen and camera cuts are making it look good.

Almost as bad as movies, and it might even be considered a toss up with these two, is the internet. While there can be gems out there, the dreck is abysmal. Dial into the internet for the purpose of actually trying to learn something (as opposed to just surfing for fun) and you dial into a common brain that doesn’t know any better, pseudo experts, massive amounts of data with no real instruction or even organization of data, what’s cool, advertising that hasn’t and can’t be tested for worth, and so on.

The third weakest method would be to read magazines. Now, this is not to be discounted, it does give you an overall viewpoint of what’s happening–and not just in the traditional arts–and can afford a good education as to what is out there. Good writing and the eye of the magazine to find out what the reader is really interested in, and the tendency of the worthwhile ads to stay, makes this a viable source of finding out about different martial arts.

Fourth weakest would be martial arts DVDs. Now, I should say weakest, but third strongest, because one can dial into a specific art, delve into that art in detail, and really get some great instruction. Honestly, it’s a toss up between this and the next item on the list, almost a tie, but I settled on the order you see because there are just so many bad DVDs out there–it’s just too easy to string some fighting techniques together, slap a pseudo scientific label on it, and use internet marketing to blast it past common sense.

Second best,status, when it comes to the learning procedure goes to martial arts books. With books you might not get the visual, but if you have any instruction in a dojo, books will work. Furthermore, you can get the most detail, the best theory, the most thought out concepts in books–and if you can get a DVD to go along with it then you really have something.

The best method for learning the the combat discipline is to take a martial arts class at a good dojo, one where they teach not just the blood and guts, but the heart and soul. You’ll find friendships that mean something, systems of combat that have been proven over thousands of years, and some pretty darned good times. Add to that that you can ask a question about the most minute detail at any time, and the worth of this method is undeniable. People study according to their opportunity and means, thus, none of the methods I have mentioned can be totally discounted. And, the smart student will do a mix and match and educate himself so that there are no weaknesses in his arts.

In the end, every man is self made, and learning Martial Arts is the best method for making oneself. If you want the absolute best when it comes to learning martial arts at home, head on over to MonsterMartial Arts. Most courses are a mix of book and video, and the instruction is the absolute best in the martial arts world.