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One Fellow Solves the Martial Arts…

Newsletter 889

How Matrixing Brings Arts Together

School’s started for many,
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…

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.

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have a GREAT work out!




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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.’
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.
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.
I did a lot of PRC.
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.
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,
that’s a long time.
So I figured out short cuts.
I figured out ways to accumulate the data
to organize it,
this is important,
to cross section it.
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.
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.
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,
I’m a good writer.
Good descriptions.
The videos are pretty easy to understand.
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.
I took some short cuts.
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.
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.
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.
there are three different arts
in the Evolution of an Art course.
Big hefty doses of diehard Karate.
there are three different arts
in the Create Your Own Art course.
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…
What am I doing?
you want a real deal?
That’s a hundred bucks for the lot.
So go here,
and I’ll offer you all three courses,
that is nine different and complete arts,
go and find out.
right here
Have a great work out.

Five Secrets of Japanese Goju Ryu.

Move quickly.

Sound, calm mind.

Be light in body.

Have a clever mind.

Master the basics.”

– Gogen Yamaguchi

Can You Make a Living Off a Martial Arts School

Making a living from a Martial Arts School

Interesting question, making a living off a martial arts school. So many want to do it, so few succeed. So what are the barriers to success in teaching martial arts as a living?

bruce lee school

Bruce Lee started out teaching in a garage in Oakland!

First, sad to say, you have to treat it like a business. This means keeping track of students, reminding them on the phone, doing all the paperwork, collecting money, and so on.

The difficult thing isn’t getting students, the difficult thing is keeping them. Most people, in this enlightened age, are flakes. They get excited over something they’ve seen on TV or the net, and then something else comes along, and so very few people actually make a plan and stick to it.

You, as a martial arts instructor, have to sit down with the student from day one, and get him to make a plan.

And, on day two, you have to resell him on the plan.

And, on day three, you have to resell him on the plan.

And so on.

Someday he’ll ignite, start following the plan on his own, but it will take a lot of work to get him there. Heck, just getting students to turn off their cell phones during class can be a lot of work.

Interestingly, I estimated it takes about an hour a week to keep a student interested. So forty students would take forty hours, and then you get to spend maybe ten hours teaching them.

Of course, as time goes on, and you build a rep, and students actually start realizing what you are doing is good for them, these figures change. But, it takes time.

In the business world they say you have to run a business for a year at a loss before it starts to pay. This isn’t an absolute, but it does take an immense amount of work.

I know these things I’ve said here to be true because I have had a half a dozen different schools over the last few decades. And scores of classes at gyms and YMCAs and that sort of thing.

Anyway, I’ll write more about this later, address any specific points. If you have any questions or thoughts, use the comments below.

This has been a page about running a martial arts school.

martial art school

Save Money in your Martial Arts Classes

I am constantly amazed by how much money you can save in your martial arts classes once you start matrixing.

Let’s say you spend 50 bucks a month, study for four years, and end up paying $2400.

With Matrix Martial Arts you can cut that time down to a year, and spend only $600.  That’s three years saved. $1800 saved. You become a quality martial artist now, instead of waiting.

That’s of course, if your instructor is open to the idea o you learning as  fast as you want, and not according to some arbitrary time line he has set up.

And the times are arbitrary. They have to be that way because the arts are arbitrary. They are put together checkerboards without scientific reason.

The point is that you can learn faster, save money, get to where you want to go quicker, become your own boss, drive a cadillac, and…well, maybe you won’t drive a cadillac. but you might…grin.

Hey, check out the Monster Martial Arts website, and see if what I am saying is right. What’s the worst you can lose…a couple of thousand bucks for martial arts classes? that’s a good thing. Think about it.


How to Make People Do What You Say No Matter What!

There was a fellow who walked into a martial arts dojo, and he was not nice. He was proud, arrogant, and, truth, had come to put forth a challenge.

Watching a class, the fellow suddenly stood up and said, “You get these guys to do what you want because they respect you. But how can you get a fellow who doesn’t respect you to go along with all you’re saying?

The Sensei sized up the arrogant fellow quickly. He responded with, “I could show you, but you’d have to come out on the mat and stand here.”

The bully swaggered out on the mat and stood on the designated spot.

“Actually, this is not a good spot. I think I could show you better if you were to sit in that chair over there.”

“Oh yeah?” sneered the bully. And he swaggered over to the chair and sat down in it and folded his arms insolently.

“First I made you come out on the mat. Then I made you go sit in a chair. And now you have seen how I get people who don’t respect me to do what I want them to. Please excuse me now, I’ve got a class to teach.”

Thus, the bully was left with an open mouth, and never realized that the instructor had used the greatest strategy to defeat him: politeness.

I politely thank you, and humbly request your presence at Monster Martial Arts.

And have a great New Year!


Do You Turn Back in your Martial Arts Lessons?

Speaking of martial arts lessons, there was a  famous zen priest, name of Gudo. One night, during a violent storm, he took refuge at a house. The man of the house was out catting around, and the wife was despondent. Gudo said he would help.

The husband eventually came home, and Gudo fed the man, shared his wine, and then meditated over the sleeping drunk.

When morning came the drunk husband was ashamed, for he realized that Gudo was no less than the zen instructor of the emperor.

In attempting to make amends, he carried the Zen masters baggage for a few miles. The few miles became a few more miles, and Gudo turned to him and told him to go home.

The man responded that he was never going home, that he would follow the zen teacher for the rest of his life.

The husbands name was Mu-nan, the man who never turned back.

So you read these words, have you studied the martial arts and quit?

Or, worse, do you lock yourself into one style and never look elsewhere?

If you quit, no matter how old you are, you must start again. You began the journey, you saw the awn rising over a new road, and you must finish the journey.

If you never look outside one art, then you are walking the same path over and over. You must walk on new paths if you are to see the entire world of the martial arts.

At the end of life you don’t want to have to say I’m Sorry because you didn’t finish your journey.

The journey is one of self discovery, after all, and if you don’t complete it, then you will not have discovered yourself.

Thank you.

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