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The Death of the Martial Arts

The Martial Arts Died in San Francisco in 1969…

Good morning from Monkeyland!
Fog is thick everywhere up here…
except in my brain.
My brain,
because of the martial arts
is like a steel trap!
Doesn’t rust at all!
That is what a martial arts work out does for you.

You know,
thinking about what I just said,
I have always believed in motion
as a cure.
You put your body in motion
blood circulates,
everything gets rejuvenated.
It’s true.

let’s talk martial arts.

I saw the death of the martial arts.
When I was in Kenpo,
this was back in 1969,
I used to love to go to tournaments.
there were only a few schools in the area.
Maybe 20 for the whole SF Bay Area.
So tournaments were big deals.
I remember going to the big one
the National Karate Championships,
and there were only 500 people there.
That’s not many.

loved to fight,
went to tournaments,
and the quality of fighters varied.
Some bad,
some good.
But there was an immense amount of respect.
Even when instructors were in direct competition,
they knew each other,
and looked forward to getting together.
There just weren’t that many of us,
you know?

So the last tournament I went to,
there was a fellow
and he would run across the ring
and start hitting his opponent.
Not the point technique,
where people acknowledged good form,
but he literally ran across the ring
and started whaling away.
Punching with all his might.

he was a white belt,
didn’t show ANY martial arts at all.
No stance,
no technique,
just ran and punched.

instructors just sat there and stared.
Nobody complained about lack of control.
Nobody said anything.
So the judges,
instead of calling fouls for loss of control,
started awarding him points,
and matches.
And he just keep beating people.
Made it up to the semi finals
before somebody started fighting back
and clocked him a good one.

here’s the point.

Last tournament I ever went to
because I saw what was happening.
People were questioning whether the art worked.

Sure enough,
within a year or two
point karate was dead,
full contact was in,
people wore protective gear.
Even people like Chuck and Superfoot and so on
they went to full contact.
At least for a short while.
Then they quit,
it just wasn’t fun,
and people were getting beaten up,
instead of sharpening their art.

Here’s the thing,
that guy was encouraged to fight
by his instructor.
You could hear his instructor talking to him,
telling him to hit harder,
go for the face,
kick the knees,
all sorts of things.
All sorts of things that weren’t considered fair back then.

the big mistake here was this:
he should have been placed in the black belt category.
He didn’t come there to learn,
to trade technique,
he came there to fight,
to beat people up.

Different from the art.
In a sport you beat people up.
In an art you refine your technique.

The black belts had experience,
they wouldn’t have been cowed by his onslaught and attitude.
They would have cleaned his clock.

I mean,
the guy didn’t know any martial arts!
He walked into a school,
started fighting,
beat a few guys up,
so they figured he was good to go.
They could win some trophies,
and nobody ever thought about the effect on the art.

I remember watching that match to this day,
and knowing,
what the result was going to be.

shortly after that I went to the Kang Duk Won.
No tournaments.
No pads.
You learned control,
or you got bounced around.
Kindest guys in the world there,
unless you lost control.
They were all old school,
and they knew that the art was based on
how much control you could learn.
And that there is no end to the amount of control,
if you just kept at it.


this is a new generation,
very few remember the bad old times,
and maybe that is good.
After all,
the art never dies.
It gets forgotten sometimes,
but then it just gets remembered again.

if you want to learn control,
it starts with learning how your body actually works.
Not the physics of the apple falling on your head,
but the physics of energy,
the physics of how things work on the deeper levels.

Did you know that physics defined is…
how matter and energy relate?
the odd thing is that chi is energy,
but western physics has never defined it.

I do.
Many ways,
but the main thing is that
in The Master Instructor Course,
I tell you how to use this energy.
Very simple.
It’s the seven simple principles,
which I go into
each and every one,
with explanation,
and video.
I show you egg-zackly
how energy runs through the body,
and how to make it run more,
and how to use it.

Okley donkey,
time to rock and roll,
turn up the music,
turn up life,
and have a good time.
You know…
work out.
So have a great work out,
and don’t forget to check out
The Master Instructor Course.



Martial Arts Equipment Needs to Be Eliminated

Martial Arts Equipment To Be Tossed in Trash

I was there when the first martial arts equipment appeared in the dojos of America. I strapped on the brand new protective pads the Martial Arts gear pushers had brought over, and I experienced the difference between reality and martial arts protective gear.

The first thing we students noted was that the stuff didn’t work. In fact, the karate pads we strapped to our shins and forearms and feet and hands and bodies caused heavier impact. In actual fact, we began to accumulate more injuries. Guys were bruising heavily, and there were even a couple of breaks.

martial arts equipment

Martial Arts gear that hurts, doesn’t help, should be tossed out!

The reason for this is simple, when you hit a guy with Karate pads on his forearms or rib cage you think it isn’t going to hurt, so you hit harder. This offsets the pad effect, and the result is heavier impact and injuries.

In addition, there is a false sense of security, and the person being hit doesn’t make his body as tight upon impact. This undercuts the whole effect of having Martial Arts gear, but, more important, it undercuts the purpose of the martial arts!

The martial arts, you see, teach one control. But once you put on martial arts equipment that is protective in nature, you are taking away the need for control, or at least lessening it.

The point to be made here is that Martial Arts equipment, including shin pads and forearm pads and all the other martial arts gear that is protective in nature, should be eliminated. People should be made to understand what a block or punch feels like, how it has the potential for hurt, and then they will immediately begin to learn control.

I know that what I have said here goes against the common belief, and I know there will be parents and martial arts supply house that take objection to this. Parents, however, are ill informed and need to be educated. The martial arts equipment pushers are making money, so their objections should be ignored.

Now, to be sure, I realize that there may be certain exceptions to this. Wrapping an injury may be useful to protecting that injury from further trauma. And I know that a fellow with injured knees, or some such, should possibly wear something to shore up the knees. And when it comes to Martial Arts weapons, real ones should not be employed and full martial arts gear should be implemented.

The few exceptions are rare, however, and the best martial arts instructors are going to be helping students with exercises that will strengthen weaknesses before they put that student out on the dojo floor for a little karate kumite, or whatever your brand of martial arts freestyle.

The point of this article is simple: if we eliminate martial arts equipment, and demand better instruction, we will have less injuries, and not more, and the Martial Arts will be pushed to higher levels.

Don’t like what I said here? Feel free to come to Monster Martial Arts and give me a piece of your mind!