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Defining the Energy of the Universe

The Real Thought Process Behind Matrixing in the Martial Arts

Good morning!
Another day in paradise.
Paradise being defined,
of course,
by your work out.

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The journey to Martial Arts Mastery

there were a couple of things I did to figure out energy.
and these things led to all sorts of discoveries.

I read the classics.
I read all the books on zen,
I read the tai chi classics,
I read every book,
scoured the library,
I could.

This was back in the late sixties early seventies,
no internet.
I had to do it old school.
there just wasn’t a lot of stuff out there.
We knew about judo,
Karate was the coming thing,
and Bruce Lee hadn’t even been heard of,
let alone tai chi,
or all the esoteric Chinese arts.

I just kept reading,
over the years,
and the data accumulated,
and an interesting thing happened.

All those mystical things I was reading
began to resolve for two reasons.

my experiences,
my work outs,
were accumulating.
I was gaining a real life data base
of experiences that were relevant.

I found that these experiences,
for the most part,
weren’t mystical,
they could be defined with physics.

Here’s the trick,
it took four or five years of doing forms
to discover the truth of grounding,
of sinking the weight.
Then the mystical explanations made sense.
And I could say things like ‘grounding,’
and now that it was a more accurate description
than things like
‘root like a tree.’

Mind you,
root like a tree was accurate,
but it was based on definitions
that were not physics,
and could only be described by
comparisons with nature.

The ancients knew nature,
they didn’t know physics.

The trick,
of course,
was to tie all this stuff together,
which I did with matrixing.

let’s talk about the physics.
The body is a thing.
An object.
It floats through space.
You can define it two ways.
You can define it from the inside out,
trying to make sense of the bones and veins,
the girders and hydraulics,
the nerves and muscles,
and so on.

That isn’t bad,
has to be done,
but it is only half.
it is a half that gets badly abused
because people want to go whole hog,
and forget (obscure) the other half.
They get too scientific,
and start limiting their body by science.

You can only do this much weight in that manner
because the scientific testing proves it.
And there is no mention of the importance,
and overriding intention
of the human spirit.

you can go from the outside in.
Everything is space,
your body is space,
and that is the other half of the equation.

The problem is that you have to go through the body
to discover space.
It’s hard to just start with space,
unless you want to just study zen or yoga.

So you study space,
and you find that space is much bigger than the body,
and that if you get big enough in space,
you can look back at the body
and figure out the correct way of working it.

Here’s a small progression I worked out
to illustrate this:

There is ONE individual awareness running the body.

There are TWO sides to the body.
(This can be extrapolated many ways:
top and bottom
right and left
inside outside
open or close
and so on)

There are THREE points to a triangle
(the triangle must be used to brace a base
and project energy…in other words,
to strike or block.
This is how you define how the body works)

There are major FOUR directions
(up, down, right, left
the compass points
four basic blocks
and so on)

There are FIVE elements that define the universe,
and which can be used to define a body
or motion (in one sense)
These five elements can from culture to culture

And i kept going,
using numbers to define the universe,
the properties of the universe,
and of the body,
and so on.

But all of this construction is worthless
unless one has first defined space.
Without space you can’t have all this.
Space is the context for things.
Space is the medium in which we have being.
Space is the truth of martial arts,
and of all life.

Of course,
there are different kinds of space,
but the main thing is that space enables us to have distance
which enables us to have perspective,
and suddenly we have life.

didn’t mean to go nuts there,
but thought you’d like to have the real meaning
behind the ‘empty’
in ‘Empty Hands.’

what zen is looking for.
Or what one must establish to do Yoga.
for that matter and especially,
Tai Chi Chuan.

Without an understanding of this stuff,
in some sort of structure,
your martial arts are useless.
They are fighting,
and they are not a method
for progressing to the truth of yourself.

I’ve talked enough.
There’s a few guys out there scratching their beans,
and they can feel free to email me
if there is something that doesn’t make sense.

My purpose is not to obfuscate,
but to elevate.

enjoy thinking about this stuff,
start writing it out and making diagrams if you will,
and if you want a little hands on martial arts
to back up what I’ve said here,
and in the cold, hard physics of matrixed martial arts,
try the Master Instructor course.


Have yourself a great work out!




Martial Arts Meditation…What Are You Really Doing?

I have looked at this thing called Martial Arts Meditation for a bit. Looked at it in various disciplines and modes of thought, and I am always surprised by how little people understand about it. Mind you, there’s some brilliant people out there, got the whole thing figured out. But most people, they are, not to be rude, clueless.

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Reverse Your Thinking!

The worst offenders are those that think the martial arts are nothing but calisthenics and muscle building. They do their forms with weights, augment their training with kettlebells, and so on.
Mind you, nothing wrong with those artifices, but they have nothing to do with the deeper levels of the martial arts training.
I got into the meditation thing by exploring zen some forty years or so ago. I found it of worth for the peace of mind–it is very soothing to take a sitting position and just sit there. To not think. To just observe whatever comes up.
And, the value to the martial arts was in that when I struck a posture I would hold it, zen it, and this is what the old Chinese call Pile Stancing, or some such. Just take a posture and hold it.
I found that this made me much more aware, and really set me up for the explosion. The difficult thing was acquiring deeper levels of relaxation even as I became more able to explode. This is matter of pushing two extremes to cultivate the middle ground.
The problem with this type of method is that it doesn’t go anywhere.
I suppose a pure zenist might observe that the desire to go somewhere is leaving zen. They would be right. But Zen martial arts requires one to go somewhere, and to figure out how to take the zen with him.
So I went into yoga. Yoga gave me more postures, more positions to relax in, more positions to extend my awareness from, more positions to explore the potential not for just exploding, but for flow.
I had become aware of the potentials for flow many decades previous, as I explored Tai Chi Chuan, and this had gotten quite zenny. But, as I observed previous, there was a limit to this. Flow stopped, and required more zen.
So the final runway looks like this.
Karate to explode.
Zen to make the karate explosion more pure.
Tai Chi to flow.
Yoga to extend the flow of zen through all martial arts.
Mind you, there is a lot more to it, and a lot less.
More if you want martial arts.
Less if you want to go neutronic.
Anyway, how people figure this out is variable, as they all have different experiences, different ways of relating to what I’ve done here.
The main thing, however is to start. To break away from Martial Arts as simply a way to enhance the body vehicle, and to learn how to use them to explore and navigate the true potential of the mind and spirit.
If you want to learn more about Martial Arts meditation and where it leads to, try poking around Monster Martial Arts. If you learn the fighting discipline faster, you will get to the end of the road quicker.