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Raising Intelligence through Martial Arts Training

Newsletter 874

Intuitive Martial Smarts

Happy work out!
Who cares what day of the week it is!
Any day is perfect for a work out!

BTW
a black and white version of
The Professional Martial Arts Instructor
is coming out.
If you want a color copy at the low price, order it now.

That said,
let’s talk about smarts.

The martial arts are one of the few practices in the world
that actually result in higher intelligence.

Going to school doesn’t.
Going to school is a trick of how much you can memorize.
Not a lot of problem solving.
Heck,
ask any college professor…
Does college teach you how to run a business?
Nope.

Now that I’ve offended a whole heck of a lot of academicians,
let me tell you how the martial arts makes you smart.

Real intelligence is based on
how fast you can make connections.

Intuition is the fastest connection there is.
Martial Arts works on intuition.
today’s schools don’t even talk about intuition.
And,
if they do,
it is some ‘study of the paranormal.’
Silly.

A simple class in martial arts,
be it kenpo or karate or aikido or whatever,
teaches the individual to be intuitive.
You make decisions based on the moment,
not on memory.

Even the memory training done in the martial arts,
remembering techniques,
is for the purpose of eventually outgrowing the memorization
and doing the trick intuitively.

You can go to school for a thousand years,
and the hairs on tieback of your head
will never stand up
when somebody sneaks up behind you.
(This is not to say school is useless, it always helps to have a good and large database of information, which is what school provides)

A year in the martial arts,
however,
and you’ll be spinning and working techniques,
correct techniques,
when somebody even THINKS about sneaking up on you.

Now,
there is nothing more to be said.
The proof is in your martial arts class,
it is in you sticking to it.

BUT
I’ve said it before
and I’ll say it again,
you can get there faster,
you can get intuitive faster,
you can get decades worth of experience in a few months
if you just practice something like
Matrix Karate.

It’s got the basic rules of matrixing,
it’s got the logic and common sense,
all in the right order.

So,
here’s the link…

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/matrix-karate/

Have a great work out!

Al

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Nice way to Integrate Martial Arts

Newsletter 871

An Interesting Thought Matrix…

Happy every day to you!
The work out you do today will be special.
Gonna really rock.
Now get started!

Got an interesting email the other day,
Michael S. had this nifty way of looking at things…

I was talking to a friend earlier and it got me thinking about a couple of things. I wanted to pass along what I came up with and see what you thought.

Basically, my idea is that techniques have three main categories in relation to each other.

If we say your good friend Joe Blow has a strong jab, you might teach him a cross. Those techniques are friendly, meaning they work together in a very natural way.

Then you teach him a kick so he’ll be able to play that range too. This kick is complementary, meaning it isn’t exactly friendly with the jab but it serves to round Joe out.

Then he goes home and gets on to Youtube and decides to pick up a kimura. He doesn’t know much about grappling, he hasn’t learned any takedowns. The kimura is lonely. A lonely technique is one that needs friends to be really effective and doesn’t have them. If Joe goes down to the local BJJ school and starts learning the basics then that kimura is going to have lots of friends.

It goes without saying that this isn’t some kind of weird dig at BJJ (I know you’ll pick that up but I want to add some clarity in case this email gets shared). If a dedicated Judoka picks up a superman punch one day, then it’s the same situation. He’ll have to develop his striking base before that punch gets to ever really be effective.

One other thing I’d like to clear up about this paradigm is that some techniques can be alone but not necessarily lonely. These will tend to be straightforward basic techniques. As a matter of course, the techniques most likely to be lonely are advanced or complex moves when someone does not have a good grasp of the basics.

And of course, have a great workout.

I like the idea of grouping techniques
as friendly and lonely.
It makes science more user friendly.

Thanks Michael.

Okay,
thanks for all the orders for the
Professional Martial Arts Instructor.

Remember, if you are out of states,
meaning foreign or even Canada,
you need to order the PDF.
Postage out of the 48 kills me.

And,
here’s an interesting little phenomena…
Paypal insists on charging shipping for PDFs.
I have talked myself blue in the face,
but they make no sense.

Here’s their insanity.
I put 0 in the shipping and handling box.
They charge $4.
I complain,
they say I have to change ALL my buttons
to fix one.
What?
Are they crazy?
Why doesn’t $0 work?
They just keep repeating their insanity.
It’s a variation of
saying the same thing and hoping for a different answer.

So,
people are getting charged $4 extra on PDF orders.
Regular book is okay,
I’ve shifted to Amazon for that.
But,
I am now trying different things for the PDF,
and may be looking for a different company.
The problem is I would have to start on changing
hundreds of buttons.
Grrr.

So,
my apology.
I will try charging one penny,
if that doesn’t work,
I will try something else.

Just thought i’d let you know what is going on.

And,
I’m working on book two of the series.
Give me a month,
should have something big and great coming along.

Okay,
for those willing to confront
the PayPal insanity, (grin)
here’s the link

http://www.martialartsinstructortraining.com

Again, thanks Michael,
and thanks to everybody for helping me.

Have a great work out!

Al

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What Bruce Lee Knew

Published a new paper on academia.edu. That’s an ‘upper brow’ type of website. I like it because I get thinkers there, and not the normal ‘low brow’ Beavis and Butthead type.

The paper is on What Bruce Lee Knew. Not actually, but the steps necessary to get his ‘mindset.’ It’s an interesting theme, with a lot of videos and graphs to back it up.

Here it is.

https://www.academia.edu/31518624/Would_You_Like_to_Know_What_Bruce_Lee_Knew

Enjoy. And hit the tweet and like buttons and all that.

Have a great work out!

Al

Defining Closed Combat Systems in the Martial Arts

Newsletter 849

Here’s How Closed Combat Systems Work

Hey!
An EXCELLENT morning to you!
And a great work out!

Gonna talk about Closed Combat Systems,
or…CCS.
But first…

You may have noticed that the site was down for a couple of days.
My host server moved me to a newer computer,
and lost my site.
Couldn’t believe it.
I kept calling them,
even getting nasty,
which is something I don’t do.
They finally got it back up,
but,
man,
I was actually irritated.

I don’t usually get angry,
or even irritated because when things happen,
that’s life.
You solve it.
You don’t let emotions get in the way.
Anyway,
it’s back up,
so let’s talk about CCS,
or ‘Closed Combat Systems.’

There used to be nothing but CCS in the martial arts.
That’s because martial artists tended to be paranoid.
Didn’t want to talk to the competition.
So the growth of the arts was slow,
and things tended to…here comes the word…
‘circuitize.’

To understand this word consider:
a move in the martial arts is a series of small steps.
A simple punch,
for instance,
consists of:

sink the foot,
push with the leg
turn the hip
rotate the shoulder
extend the arm

And,
aside from these five basic points,
there are ALL sorts of minor points,
minor points that are ABSOLUTELY crucial to a good punch,
to a REAL martial arts punch.

breathing to the tan tien, breathing as if into the strike, turning the wrist or not, focusing the eyes, focusing the energy, turning the limbs so that proper alignment is achieved, coursing energy the right way, and on and on for everybody part every motion every notion.

A good martial artist will be aware of ALL these things, and conduct them,
just like an orchestra conductor conducts a 100 piece orchestra, and all in a split second.

To make this all happen the martial artist visualizes,
and causes to come into being,
a ‘circuit.’
That is,
a sequence of awareness impulses that drive the nerves,
muscles and bones of the body machine.
And there is a lot more to it than that.

Now,
some people think it is all ‘muscle memory.’
Muscle memory is a small part of it,
and the term isn’t even accurate.
For it is not the muscles that remember,
it is the spirit setting up a circuit of awareness.

Setting up a ‘robot action,’
as it were.

The point behind all this silliness and significance
is that one practices a move until it becomes intuitive.
Until he doesn’t have to be aware
of all the little pieces.

And one practices these moves until the individual aware pieces disappear
and one is left with…
intuition.

So one establishes a circuit
just to make it disappear.
One piece at a time,
through endless practice,
the circuit becomes an intuitive move.
The circuit disappears.
The student is left with himself,
and is now n expert,
on the way to becoming a master.

Now,
the point of this is that…
old arts, because they didn’t change,
became heavily circuited.
Changes occurred in small increments,
and the whole art could absorb them.

Fast forward to the twentieth century.
Books, magazines, internet.
Tournaments every week,
Dojos on every corner.
The appearance of LARGE corporations!
Heck,
these corporations would even enlist
people from OTHER schools
to fill the demand as they expanded.

And…
systems changed.
Ed Parker went through multiple organizations,
five different systems,
hundreds and hundreds of schools,
and he was just one of the thousands of people
causing havoc to the CCS.

The CCS method broke down.
The art changed.
The age old method that caused intuition ceased functioning.
And…
the quality of black belt went down.

I know because I was there.
I started martial arts in 1967,
studied MANY different arts,
wrote for the mags and saw TREMENDOUS evolution.

Now,
let’s be honest,
there were a few problems with the CCS.
It wasn’t efficient,
but it did work.
But it was replaced by something less efficient.

People who put aside forms entirely and taught fighting.
People who put tournaments above individual awareness.
Vested interest aimed at slanting the art for making money.
A nationalistic bent that caused SEVERE tweaking of styles.
And,
of course,
the utterly despicable rise of politics.
And so on.

So the CCS died.
And that brings us to me.

Interestingly,
I had a fellow who wrote me the other day,
asked me what my purpose was.
Purpose is an interesting thing.
I am speaking,
of course,
of the purpose of one’s life.
Why a person exists.
Why one would choose to have boringness in this universe
on this planet in this geography at this time.

We all have purpose.

I laughed when I was asked the question,
and I responded.

‘To make a science of the martial arts.’
And,
I further said,
‘I accomplished my purpose,
now I’m just playing.’

And it’s true.

Look,
let me give you a little perspective on me.

My father was an engineer.
I grew up reading such mags as
popular mechanics,
popular science,
all sorts of ‘how to do’ mags,
and,
a little bonus,
my father was a golfer.
So I read all these mags with the most fascinating pics.
Pics of men with planes placed over the body
to show how the hips moved
to swing the club
to drive the energy
the analysis of the blade of the club
on the dimple of the ball.

I applied this to the martial arts.

In fact,
when I picked up my first martial arts book,
(Super Karate Made Easy!)
I was stunned at the lack of clarity.
hundreds of drawings,
showing moves and techniques,
self defense situations,
AND NOT ONE PIC SHOWED HOW IT WAS DONE!
No planes through the body,
no analysis of how the hips joined to the legs to the feet
to sink the weight
to provide torque to the shoulders,
so the wrist could snap at the right time,
and…
the moment of impact.

THERE WAS NOTHING,
NOTHING AT ALL,
WRITTEN ABOUT HOW THE ART WORKED.

So there came my purpose,
to put the ‘how to,’
the REAL, PHYSICS INSPIRED how to.

And,
as my life passed
I realized that I was obsessed with putting science
into the martial arts.
Something NOBODY had ever done.

Now,
I succeeded.
Got over 600 pages of testimonials
letting me know that I succeeded.
And I didn’t pursue these testimonials,
they came out of the blue.

So I succeeded.
I’m not famous,
not rich,
don’t care.
Because money and fame is not the purpose of life.
The purpose of life is to become competent in something,
and to share that competence.

So I succeeded when I sold my first matrixing course.
I succeeded because that fellow,
whether he bought into my scheme of arts or not,
was putting science into HIS OWN art.

And he was going to pass that science down
for one simple reason:
it was true.
It worked,
and you can’t argue with the universe.
Only a fool would want to.

And,
heck,
people can disagree with me all they want about art.
Art is subjective,
it is the expression of the person,
and every person is different,
but…
NOBODY
has ever disagreed with matrixing.
Matrixing is the logic,
and it is an analysis of,
and is based upon,
cold, hard science.

Not the limited science of the colleges and western influence.

A science that includes such things as chi power,
and all manner of ‘sixth sense’ phenomena.

So,
now you know what CCS is,
and,
for what it’s worth,
you understand what drove me,
what inspired this obsession of mine,
and how it all worked out.

But,
of course,
there are a few loose ends here.

The main being…
what do you do to reinstate CCS.
And that,
interestingly enough,
is where we come to matrixing.

With matrixing you go through certain evolutions.

First,
you realize how to make your system work.
You apply the principles,
start to streamline your art,
and therefore create your own CCS.

Be sure,
you will learn 10Xs faster and more efficiently,
heck,
1000Xs faster and more efficiently,
if you create your art.

When you take apart the art you learned,
be it Taekwondo, Aikido, or whatever form of Kung Fu…
and put it back together,
you are involved in a form of creation.
You are the artist.
You are no longer
‘monkey see monkey do.’
You are the one making something that is unique to you.
Even though it is based upon other arts,
it is unique to you.

Second,
you start to create your own art.
You finish aligning the systems you learned,
and you start expressing yourself,
creating an entirely different martial art
than anything you’ve ever learned.

This is the ultimate stage of CCS.

Yet…
you never close your mind to others.
Matrixing won’t allow you to.
You learn a system,
you IMMEDIATELY start figuring out
how to make that system mesh with everything else you know.

Matrixing IS a CCS.
Matrixing allows you to put ALL arts,
all the pieces,
into one ‘picture.’

But,
of course,
it requires you to obsess.
Just as it required me to obsess.
But,
just as I said the purpose of my life was to put science to art,
and as I said the purpose of life itself is to become competent,
the purpose underneath it all is…
to put order to everything.

You put order to the tools in your garage.
You tune your car so it is in order and can run.
You talk to people at work
to make sure you are on the same page,
thus putting order to your work.
Everything…
EVERYTHING…
requires order,
and it is the obsession of every right thinking human being
to make that order happen.
On that scale it becomes almost religious.

And,
let me say one…last…thing.

As I said,
I have achieved the purpose of my life.
I achieved it when I sold my first matrixing course.
And I achieve it when you buy my course.
And,
at the end,
when you have achieved your purpose…
you play.

That’s what is at the end of Matrixing.

Not fame and riches,
not dominance and subjugation,
not corporate ownership and king for a day,
but the single and sole ability…

TO PLAY.

So get a course,
start the journey,
and come play with me.

Have a great work out!
Al

PS,
any trouble with courses,
any questions about anything,
drop me an email at:

aganzul@gmail.com

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Update on Monkey Boxing Video Lessons!

Newsletter 842

Monkey Boxing Update

Excellent!
You survived Thanksgiving,
now all you have to do is make it through Xmas!
Or,
Hanakwanmass,
as I call it.
Remember,
the best way to make it through anything,
is to work out every single day.
Nobody can beat a guy (or gal)
who is in top condition!

monkey boxing video course

Click on the Monkey to find out about Monkey Boxing!

Okay,
time for an update on Monkey Boxing.

Before I start,
let me say that the main focus of this newsletter
is matrixing.
Monkey Boxing will come up every couple of weeks,
but,
believe it or not,
there are a few people who don’t want personal lessons
from a guy with 50 years experience,
they don’t want to tap into the mind
that created matrixing and neutronics.

And,
believe it or not,
that’s okay,
I have nothing against people
who choose to remain ignorant.
Good people, them,
and future customers.

To them I recommend Matrixing.
Good place to start
before you jump into my world.

So,
that said,
Monkey Boxing is doing excellent!

About 20 videos were released this month.
They deal with the whole spectrum of Monkey Boxing,
from warm ups to kicks
to the incredible ‘Rolling Fists’ exercise,
to techniques and forms…
lots of stuff.

And here’s something to think about…
everything has my stamp on it,
been matrixed up the yin yang,
very scientific,
very thorough,
very intuitive,
but…
nobody has ever seen,
except maybe through a quick mention,
or an obscure video,
such things as
‘The Circle of Blocks’ (Monkey Boxing Style)
Monkey in a Box
Circle of Blocks and attacks
The Flower of Blocks
Grab Hands
The Monkey Blast

Never been seen,
or almost never been seen.

Monkey in a Box will build your shoulder strength
and help flexibility
like gangbusters.

Grab Hands is a VERY heavy zen drill.
BUT…you have to do it right.
Here,
you see it right.

The Flower of Blocks will build hand speed,
and leg strength,
if you do it while in a horse stance,
like nobody’s business.

The Circle of Blocks opens up total new vistas of ability.

These things haven’t been seen,
or only briefly referenced or described.

They are…NEW!

New martial arts.
Stuff developed for Monkey Boxing,
and never been seen in ANY other martial art.

Something to think about.

And,
that all said,
the coming months are going to be fantastic.

I’m writing a complete book,
a freebie for the Monkey Boxers.

Dozens and dozens of unique and original
(which is to say ‘never been seen’)
exercises and drills.

The frustrating thing about all this is that
I am gearing this off a real class I am teaching.
People from the ground up,
very little experience,
so I jump around.

I’m writing a Monkey Boxing book,
(freebie to subscribers)
and the book will help in this.
It will be ready in a month or so,
and provide a massive overview
and work out schedule.

But you will be picking and choosing,
and trying to make sense out of this for a couple of months.

The good news is that in jumping around
I am referencing things
that haven’t been seen for a LONG while.

Grab Hands,
for instance,
you might have actually seen,
but never the martial arts side of it,
never the zen side of it.
And it is TOTAL dynamite.
Calms the mind,
gets rid of twitches and flinches,
and zeroes you in
like a lazier guided rocket!

Okay,
enough of the good news,
let me give you some bonus good news.

Every month will be archived once past.
BUT,
I can’t sell an empty page to somebody
on the first few days of the next month.
So,
the first week of the month,
the videos from last month will remain up.
After the first week,
the previous month will get archived,
but,
for that first week,
if you are smart…
sign up and the previous month is still there.
Watch,
download,
save your own personal copy,
(but, please, don’t give my stuff away).

What this means is that you will have a window,
about 7 days,
when you can actually get two months for the price of one.

Remember,
once a month is archived
you will have to purchase separately.

Subscribers will,
of course,
have access to every month since they began subscribing.

Okay,
that’s it,
back to Matrixing next time,

AND GET READY FOR HANAKWANMASS!

Remember,
a work out every day of the month
is better than anything
Santa can bring you.
So start working out now,
and give yourself the best present ever!

Al

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American Indian was the Ultimate Ninja!

Newsletter 837

The Truth of Martial Arts and Indian Stealth Skills!
part five

Good celebration!
I hope it’s a celebration,
because it’s election night.
Quick,
work out,
make the election go right!

lop sau rolling fists freestyle drill

Making Kenpo Karate unique to every individual.

SPECIAL NOTICE:
Major announcement will be released in the next newsletter.
It is so major,
that you will probably be getting another newsletteer…
TONIGHT!

But,
right now,
let’s focus on the fifth part
of the series on Native Indian stealth tactics.

This is the fifth part of a five part series.
Subscribe to the newsletter to read the other parts

In the first four articles
we have discussed how and why the American Indian
was possibly the finest light infantry in the world.

I know that I lost a few people with the last article.
Logical,
real,
and yet some people are so out of tune with themselves,
of who they really are,
that they pounded on the back button
once they read my last article.

That said,
I want to sum up
and mention a few odds and ends.

First,
the American Indian was possibly the finest light infantry in the world.
And when the European introduced the horse,
he became possibly the finest light cavalry in the world.
I haven’t mentioned this before,
but it is true.

The reason the Indian was so good
was because if he wasn’t…he starved.
In fact,
he wasn’t beaten in combat by the white man,
so much as infected with disease.

The Indian was raised to be a warrior.
At the age of six he was turned over to the braves,
and he was taught,
under the strictest circumstances,
how to be silent,
how to walk and hunt with extreme silence.
This teaching included a profound respect
for the spirituality of the world.

Here’s a few things I didn’t mention.

Watch your posture.
From the tips of your toes throughout your entire body,
there is a correct way to move.
Find the way.
(Hint: The Master Instructor Course)

And,
another hint,
when I was a wee lad,
back in the dark ages,
my grandmother would not let me slouch.
When sitting it was demanded
that I sit with my back straight.
Proper posture,
no slouching allowed.
Period.
Take this attitude towards every part of your body.

You need more leg strength.
In a society filled with chairs and slouches,
you need to cultivate your ability to move,
and this means,
starts with,
strong legs.

Breath deeply,
but silently.
Breath so that every cell in your body benefits.

Cultivate the ability to be still.
When you are still you can better emanate
(and learn to focus)
awareness.

Dress with an eye to blending with the environment.
Wouldn’t you love to see a camouflage dress suit?

Be aware of where you stand.
Don’t create a shadow,
blend with the shadows.
Take advantage of light.

Check the wind.

Here is a not so funny story.
I read of a fellow in Viet Nam
who claimed he could smell the enemy.
He insisted on basing his motion in the bush
on what he could smell.
The members of his squad quickly learned to trust him totally.
He was always right,
always spotted the enemy,
and he and his squad (those who followed his nose)
came home.

Others
who had no sense of smell,
didn’t come home.

To be truthful,
I think there is more to a sense of smell
than just smell.
It is said a shark can smell blood in the steer
from a mile away.
But a bit of blood
CANNOT travel a mile through water.
So what is the shark sensing?
Might this not be an ability we know nothing about?
A ‘spiritual’ sensing of energy
in spite of water?

And there are other examples of this thing
that might be smell,
but might be something else,
in nature.

Okay,
that’s it.

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The Greatest Strategy in the Martial Arts

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What’s with All the Bowing Stuff in the Martial Arts?

“Politeness is the greatest strategy.”
Al Case

The most polite man i have ever met
was my instructor in the Kang Duk Won.
He was also the best martial artist I ever saw,
which leads to an interesting possibility:

Politeness goes hand in hand with competence.

Think about it,
if you are polite,
honestly polite,
then you won’t be scared,
you won’t have hidden demons driving you,
the martial arts will have expunged you of all that.
You will be honestly competent.

So practice politeness
as well as seek competence.

Now,
with that in mind,
what is the purpose of bowing in the martial arts?
Aside from my little diatribe on politeness,
why should people keep bowing and bowing all the time?

On one level,
it is a sign of respect.
I respect the work you’ve done,
the level you’ve reached.
And under that is the implied question:
will you teach me.
And the teacher bows to show respect
to those who have come seeking his instruction.

On another level,
it is merely saying hi.
hi to everybody in the school.
Hi to everybody who contributed to the school,
even if they are passed on,
a simple greeting to your friends.

With those two viewpoints in mind,
here are the times you would bow.

Bow when entering the school.
Bow to senior classmates.
Bow to junior classmates.
Bow when stepping onto the mat.
Bow to the instructor,
especially when asking a question.
Bow after receiving instruction.
Bow at the beginning of class.
Bow at the end of class.
Bow before you engage in any drill,
be it sparring, form, etc.
Immediately disengage and bow
if an injury has occurred
as a result of something you’ve done.

AND,
bow to a classmate outside of school,
or,
if not considered appropriate,
give him/her some sign of greeting.

AND,
whenever entering another school,
always bow,
show that you have studied the martial arts,
and that you are aware of martial etiquette.

Sounds like a lot of bowing,
yes?
Well, it is,
but let me offer an insight.
I can’t imagine not bowing,
I strive to bow the most,
to set the best example of being polite.
I am constantly running into students
who are surprised when I bow to them.
But,
it encourages them to bow.
And,
it makes you feel good.

Imagine walking into a school gymnasium,
or an auditorium,
with 500 people present.
Imagine yelling out…
HI EVERYBODY!
And having them all yell to you…
HI, AL!

After near 50 years in the arts,
that’s what it feels like to me
when I bow.

And I like to think
that maybe I’m as competent as I am polite.
One can hope.

Here’s a link to the martial arts
I have been studying for near 50 years.
Take a look,
and see if I’ve made any inroads,
if the changes i have made from the classical
have value.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/temple-karate/

have a great work out!

Al

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