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The Curious Path of Immortality Through the Martial arts

Newsletter 969

What is an Immortal in the Martial Arts?

This is one heck of an interesting question,
knowing the answer can actually change your martial arts,
and your whole darned life.

In many ancient cultures humans could become Gods.
Probably started with some king pumping up his image.

In ancient China there were a couple of hundred Gods,
with a total of maybe 1000 lesser deities.
Interestingly enough,
in todays culture these immortals
are often depicted as knowing martial arts.
Well, duh.
wouldn‘t a God know everything?
But that brings us to an interesting question…
how do the martial arts make one into an immortal being?

The answer is simple,
yet the solution brought about by this answer
is incredible and daunting and more than most people can handle.

The answer is when you work out so hard
that you go out of your body.
I know,
sounds a bit crazy.

The first time I went out of my body doing martial arts
was my third lesson.
I was standing there,
listening to some fellow in cool, black pajamas
describe some technique,
suddenly the world glowed gold,
The clock was timeless,
the floor was an ocean forever,
I could see individual motes of gold
suspended in the air,
I looked at the instructor,
my first thought was:
he doesn’t know what is happening (to me).
My second thought was:
I’m going to do this (karate) the rest of my life.
Then I became a meat body again,
and the lesson continued,
but with me paying profound attention.
Before that moment I was a stupid school kid,
with no direction in life.
After that moment I was possessed
as if by a devil…
knowing exactly what i wanted to do my whole life.
To a certain degree
I was immortal.
I had gone outside my body
and experienced the truth of myself.

I didn’t,
to be honest,
really understand what I had done,
what I had experienced.
It would take years for me to understand,
and I would have to study Zen,
and Taoism,
and certain other religions.

But at the time, for the next few years,
I studied the martial arts more and more,
and I experienced being out of body several times,
very interesting stuff.
But the real icing on the cake
came about the time I received my black belt.

I had been in the martial arts close to 7 years.
I was doing them 7 days a week.
Working out,
helping with teaching,
writing and shooting my first MA books.
One day I was in my back yard,
sitting on a cinder block
and tapping on the pavement with a piece of rebar (a type of metal bar).
I had just been working out
and I listened to the tink of the rebar on the cement.
Tink, tink, tink.
Tink, tink, tink.
Tink, tink, TO-O-O-ONG!

I listened to that last tap of the rebar
as if it was a golden bell echoing forever.
Music was playing,
but there was no source.
It was ‘The Horse with No Name,’
and it came from everywhere.
The world glowed golden,
and I had a thought:

‘For something to be true
the opposite must be true.’

I was enlightened.
It wasn’t just the world that had glowed,
it was me.
I understood all manner of things.
I understood myself as a spiritual being,
apart from my body.
I understood that I was responsible for my life,
all the good and all the bad,
I was responsible for creating my life.
I understood that every other person in the world
is also a golden being,
capable of the most amazing things.
They just didn’t know it.
They hadn’t worked out for seven years,
committed themselves so totally to the martial arts
that they had left their body.

So what is an immortal?
An immortal is somebody who knows who he is,
not just as a body,
but as the mote of awareness directing that body.
In knowing who he is
he knows who he was before he was born,
and who he is after he dies…
an immortal soul.
A mote of awareness that travels through this universe
being this and being that,
playing games with the idea that he doesn’t know who he is.

We’re all immortal.

to be honest,
in the ancient world
there were four specific paths to immortality.
Traces of these four paths still exist,
though in such watered down form,
that nobody understands them,
and usually doesn’t become immortal through their practice.

The martial arts were my path.
and I know they are not for everyone.
They are only for those who are willing to commit themselves.
And when it comes to the type of commitment I am talking about,
who is willing to do the martial arts
not because they are cool,
not because they make people look at you with awe,
not because you can use them to get in the movies
or become some sort of ‘icon’ to the world,
but simply because every time you do them
you experience a profound joy
as if emitting light from your very soul?
Who can change their mind about bruises,
until each bruise makes you shiver with delight and ecstasy
as you realize:
oh, that feels so good!
That bruise taught me so much!
That bruise is like a kiss from a beautiful woman!

Who can change their minds like that?
If you can,
you can become immortal.

one last thing…
what is the significance of an immortal?
To the immortal…not a lot.
He is still the same old schmuck,
making mistakes and living through them.
To others,
he is the same old schmuck,
making mistakes and living through them.
But doors have been unlocked,
he has more abilities,
unending abilities,
and he is now capable of bigger dreams,
of living a life unfettered,
of creating something that will have lasting benefit to his fellow man.

Am I a good immortal?
I don’t know.
But I do know that if the accomplishments of my life
are effecting mankind a thousand years from now,
then I did pretty good.
It doesn’t even matter if people
a thousand years from now
know who I am.
I know who I am,
and what matters is if,
in a thousand years,
people are using matrixing as a tool.

The thing to remember is this:
in a thousand years I will still know who I am.
The person who is not immortal
who travels through lifetimes as first one person,
then another,
and another…
doesn’t really know who he is.
He is still locked in the education of the day,
the careers chosen for him,
the mannerisms of his parents and friends,
doing the same old same old
again and again and again.

But martial arts can help that.
Matrixing returns the martial arts path
to a more true path to immortality.
The way it was when it made immortals,
the way it was meant to be.
Of course,
you’re still going to have to commit yourself.
People who aren’t willing to work out
until they are out of their body,
until they are no longer a body
will not make it.

Here is the first step on the path…


Have a super phenomenal work out!


Hey Al
At the moment my body isn’t well (at first I was going to say I AM not well…which isn’t true).  Both you and another one of my mentors talk about awareness and I am finally getting it.  I’m becoming more aware of my body each day…posture, how my body moves and when my body isn’t functioning properly.  It’s frightening and enlightening at the same time.  What you aren’t aware of is outside of your control.  That point has been driven home to me on a visceral level.  I’m going to do some black belt yoga tomorrow. ~ Jerome

“The word ‘superstar’ is an illusion.”
– Bruce Lee

Now Starring Black Belt Yoga!

Now Starring Black Belt Yoga!


because you get to work out!

Saturday, Sunday and forever…

you get to work out!

Is that a big you,

or what?


I told you this Friday was going to bring something big,

and it is.

I am now releasing

for broad, public consumption

Black Belt Yoga!

That’s right,

I’ve pretty much completed the matrix on Yoga,

and I’ve restructured the thing,

made it logical and easy to do.


I’ll tell you all about it,

but let me point out something first.

I know this is martial arts,

but it is body we use to do martial arts.

And there are ALL sorts of reasons to study Yoga,

because it is REALLY good for the body.


to warm up and cool down,

which will keep your muscles working,

and your body free from injury,

so you can work out more

and longer

and harder.


if you have injury,

Yoga is often a good place to start rehabilitating.

Once the bone is knit,

or the illness conquered,

once the doctor visits are done,

you are going to want to rehab yourself,

seek your good physical conditioning,

and Yoga is a GREAT place to start.


this is a tough one for some people to get,

your body is going to thank you

for all those cool downs and warm ups,

for rehabbing,

and for just enhancing your physical condition

with spiritual awareness.

You may not think much of this now,

but come forty years,

you are going to offer blessings.


Black Belt Yoga.

When you read the web page I wrote,

it sounds so simple,

but you guys,

especially you fellows who have been following the newsletter for a few years,

know that it ain’t simple.

At least,

it ain’t simple until the matrix is complete.

Once done,


looks like anybody could do it.


in the middle of it,

holy moly schmoly

brain busting excedrin headache number 89!


I ain’t gonna whine for myself.

I’m just going to explain what I did.

I matrixed the postures

and put them to belt levels.

Now you can simply do 15 postures,

and when you can do them,

you move on.


you can slice and dice them,

and look into them seven ways from go,

but…smaller steps.

Easier bites.

And…better progress.

Faster progress.

If you have done a matrixing course or two

you know I mean business.

I don’t hand you a form and say ‘Work on it for a year.’

I hand you an art and say,

‘See you next month!’

So you can do Yoga quicker and faster.


in the martial arts

the problem is doing enough work

so that the muscles buy into it

and intuition starts up.

In Yoga

there is the same problem,

you have to do it,

not talk about.


to be impolite,


(I know some of my personal students are grinning widely now!)


‘more important than muscles

is the problem of Awareness.


having less motion,

is concerned with more awareness.

So the bigger problem was not just structuring the postures,

the bigger problem was translating awareness.

Have you ever heard of the Patanjali?

Patanjali is the name of the fellow who,

a few millennium ago,

collected all the sacred books on Yoga

and compiled them.

Not the postures,

but the awareness,

the concepts of light and dark,

what a human being is,

what the universe is

how to get out of your body,

end obsessions (with things like drugs, sex, and so on),


ALL sorts of stuff.

He collected this information in four books,

and this collection of works is called after him.



too many people who study Yoga

are mere contortionists.

They study the thing so they can have good bodies,

so they can run around and enjoy eating,

have better sex,

and so on.




if you read the Patanjali

things get different real fast.

Patanjali is the actual straight goods.

It is the truth about you and the universe.

Here’s the problem,

just like the martial arts,

the Patanjali has been

twisted through barriers of language,

mangled by transference to other cultures,

invested with self interest,

and so on and so on.


at the heart,

if you can understand it,

it is the truth,

and it has massive and deep effect,

changes you forever,

makes you more you,

opens you up to your true worth and potential.


I translated the Patanjali into logic.

That’s right,

I used Neutronics principles

to understand the thing,and I rewrote it so it makes sense,

no mysticism.

No bushwah.

The truth.


maybe I’ll sell the thing someday.

I mean,

it sits in my computer and gathers electronic dust,


why not.


until that day,

I have used Neutronics

to splice the Patanjali

into Black Belt Yoga.


you get the matrixed viewpoint of Yoga,

and you get the actual awareness that results from doing Yoga,

belt by belt

translated from the original source,

the Patanjali,

and inserted into Black Belt Yoga.


it reads simple,


let me tell you,

it warn’t.


I have to pat myself on the back.

I did a good job.

It meanders a bit,

but consider what I was doing…

matrixing, martial arts, patanjali, neutronics, yoga…

I was doing a lot of stuff,

but I succeeded,

and the book works.

Yoga has been officially matrixed.


you all know that I am putting together a temple.


Church of Martial Arts.

And Black Belt Yoga,

accompanied by ‘yogata: The Yoga Kata,’

will be a definite part of the curriculum.


one doesn’t have to do Yoga to get into the temple,

to do the classes,


I usually do Yoga

in some form

to start the classes.

And I help people do it if their body needs it for some reason.


I encourage people to study the subject on their own.


I am about the martial arts.


the simple truth,

Yoga enables one to do more martial arts,

better martial arts,

to have a younger body longer,


to gain a certain and massive amount of wisdom.

So I do Yoga

to help my martial arts.


Yoga and martial arts,

hand and glove.


I put Black Belt Yoga up on a site you may not know about.

I have been working on this for a while,

and you will find it quite interesting at:


Look around,

check out the posts,

visit the pages,

go to Yoga resources,

scroll to Black Belt Yoga,

and there you go.


I have a separate page there

for people with medical probs,

and I have offered a couple of deals,

to encourage you.


it isn’t the postures,

it isn’t the forms,

it is the knowledge.

I am proud of pointing out

that you can order my courses and get forty years of knowledge.

Not just the body moves,

but the knowledge that doing those body moves

for forty years

 can bring.

I offer the same thing in Black Belt Yoga.

A faster method for doing the discipline,

and the actual and exact knowledge that doing that discipline brings.


here is the exact URL…



look around,

and I hope you recommend it to some friends

(I’m still working on the social buttons)

Buy or not,

at least get the viewpoint

and take advantage of the basic info on the site.

The book is over 250 pages long (Whew! Wipe the brow.)

40,000 words, 130 graphics.

And an entry into the COMPLETE discipline of Yoga,

Yoga restructured so it really works…and works FAST!

And, a way to REALLY enhance your martial arts,

or just fix up your body from those injuries over the years.

You guys and gals,


and have a GREAT work out!


The Man Who Threw Pebbles At The Moon

A man saw the reflection of the moon in a small pond. He began to throw rocks in the pond, and he smiled at how the image of the moon rippled and distorted and even winked out. A martial arts sensei from Monkeyland walked by and saw what the man was doing, and said, “Look up.”

Pebble in hand, the man looked upwards. The glory of Earth’s celestial neighbor washed over him, and his eyes opened. Stunned at the truth of what he saw, he dropped the pebble and stared at the heavens.

Many of us journey through life, throwing pebbles at what we see. Maybe the pebble is in the form of a harsh word or an unjust rebuke. Maybe it is just a lack of kindness and consideration in a word blurted too fast.

The result of our thoughtless word stirs emotions, and suddenly we have caused ripples of unhappiness, and our friendship with our fellow man is distorted, perhaps even winks out for a second.

How do you take back the pebble? How do you undo the ripples that confound and obfuscate our perception of our fellow man? How do you make the waters return to the stillness that allows for an accurate reflection of life, and of our fellow man?

And, how do you know when to look upward, as opposed to being fixated on the reverse image of the moon? Reverse image? You didn’t know?

You see life and it is backwards, for it journeys through perception to that which perceives. Realizing that life is backwards is the clue. Realizing that we are the perceivers, and all reality is merely a reflection of what we have created is the key.

This is the secret that the martial arts sensei from Monkeyland knew, and that he gave to the man throwing rocks. When you cast stones they might hit something, so be careful where you throw them. They might hit the moon, and then you would have nothing to see.

If you wish for the moon go to Monkeyland. If you desire the reflection head to Monster Martial Arts.