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Finding that Secret Martial Arts Karate Technique!

When I was young I wanted to learn secret martial arts. I wanted to know those mysterious tricks that would enable somebody smaller to smash somebody taller. I wanted to know that tae kwon do or kenpo or whatever that would enable me to really trash the bad guys.
I began my study of Kenpo, and the secrets were at my fingertips. In those whirling limbs were hidden fist martial arts, invisible dragon concepts, and down and dirty, take ‘em apart fighting secrets. I reveled in the endless forms and techniques…but I couldn’t quite figure out the secrets.
From Chinese Kenpo I made the jump to classical Karate. There was a secret Karate had, I was sure of it, and I drilled the karate kata until my stances trembled. In the end, I could grip the mat with my toes, and throw that classical power with the best of them, but there wasn’t any real secret to it all.
After Karate I went to Kung Fu, with all those styles there had to be a secret Kung Fu that would make me just plain unbeatable! I threw myself into Shaolin Kung Fu and Kung Fu fighting and…I felt like a whirling dervish on steroids! But, in the end, I didn’t find that secret that would make me superman!
Okay, not just Shaolin, but maybe a specialized type of secret Shaolin! So I went looking for Bruce Lee Wing Chun…I wanted to be a Wing Chun grandmaster! I began beating that wooden dummy like he was yesterday’s eggs, doing the wooden dummy training until he needed bandages…but…I was just working hard, there was no secret gimmick that I could use, there was no…sigh.
So, not some sort of secret Wing Chun, but maybe a secret Wudang…that had to be the path! I explored Wudang Tai Chi, searched for secret Pa Kua Chang, and spiraled through the world of mystical martial arts like a rocket through the sky. And, great stuff, I could sink chi to the earth’s core, and spin like a planet full of magnetic needles, but…where was that secret martial arts I needed so bad?
I did it all. Meditations on the secret of internal energy that fueled the mystical tan tiens and enlightened the glowing chakras of the greater macrocosmic orbit that led to enlightenment in samadhi when I ascended from my skullular brainpan in the higher realms of paradaisical existence. But, and I say this with a bit of disgust…I can’t find the secret!
I’m old now, and in great shape, gonna last a long time, and I know there is a secret out there. And I can do martial arts fighting with the best of them, slay hordes of secret ninjas if I have to, so nobody can stop me from getting to that secret martial art…if I could only find it. Please…somebody tell me…what is the secret?

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The Exact Length Of Time, Kata And Applications, That It Take To Master Martial Arts!

Whether you want to master Karate, Master Kung Fu, Master Aikido, or any other art, the fair question is…how long is it going to take? I am going to tell you the answer, but it may not be what people want to hear in this fast food society. For the serious practitioner it does take a while to master the martial arts.

The common wisdom handed down to this author when he was trying to become karate master, and this was prior to the establishment of such organizations as the World TaeKwonDo Federation or the Kenpo Karate Association, and their official ‘rules’ on such subjects, was that it took three lifetimes. Apparently this concept had been passed down from shaolin kung fu monks. Glad to say, the rule is not ironclad.

Now, whether you are studying goju ryu karate, or James Mitose Kenpo, or some other type of art, the real facts are that you have to repeat a form one thousand times if you are going to master kata. In this writer’s experience, the rule holds true, and this whether you are trying to master tae kwon do, or master martial arts in whole. Simply, you don’t know a form until you have done it a thousand times, and…there are some who hold to a ten thousand rule, which we will get back to in a moment.

To Master Karate is one thing, but what if your art isn’t form oriented? What if you are trying to master aikido self defense? What if you are trying to master kenpo self defense, as put out by various kenpo karate association?

If you are trying to master only techniques, then you have to repeat the techniques a thousand times. If you have 500 techniques in your system, then you have to do 500 times 1000, or 500,000 repetitions of techniques. If you can do 5 techniques a minute, this comes out to 100,000 minutes, or 1667 hours of techniques.

1667 hours of techniques, divided by the number of years you wish to take to master kempo karate (without forms), or aikido martial arts, or any other ‘formless’ martial arts, will tell you how many hours you have to work in a year…or a day. If you were to do martial arts techniques for an hour a day it would take you nearly 5 years. You have to be quite serious in your practice.

To return to form based arts, which will give you time to shadow techniques through the forms, you should be able to master the art faster. If you practice 15 forms, and it takes a minute to do a form, it will take you 15,000 minutes to master your art. Of course, what if the 10,000 times holds for all your forms, as long as you practice a fair amount of form related techniques at the same time?

Considering the last statement, form based arts, including Ed Parker Kenpo and Wado Ryu Karate, need only take 10,000 minutes divided by 60, and you can master martial art within 166 hours, or three years at an hour a week. Nah. You’re going to have to do 15,000 reps of forms, equal time for the applications, and equal time for the freestyle…that’s the only way to be sure that you are going to master Karate.

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How Can You Call Yourself a Martial Arts Master? (Part Two)

A Martial Arts Master Has to Know Control

In part one we discussed that a person has to know something, and not just in the general monkey see monkey do attitude of the current crop of so called masters. This article has to do with the second and even more important lack upon the part of todays masters. This article has to do with the amount of knowledge a master has.

Yes, a fellow can study an art and say he has mastered that art. He can get so good at karate, for instance, that nobody can beat him. That, however, doesn’t make him a master.

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The journey to Martial Arts Mastery

To be able to destroy somebody using a particular art is very limited. Destruction, you see, is very short sighted. While there is an art to destruction, the true art is in control.

How do you control somebody? You must learn more than one art, and this means you must learn both the destructive arts, and the arts which espouse control. You’ve got to learn force and flow, which is another way of saying you must be able to bash something, or control it.

Destroy something and it is gone. No more authority or power over that. True mastery is a perpetuating state whereby you can sustain your power and authority.

In the first article I said you had to know something. In this article I am telling you have to know it all, and one other thing. I am telling you that you must have power and authority over people.

Having power and authority over not just things, or an art and all its moves is not enough. You must have power and authority over people. You must not just know the moves, you must be able to apply them, selectively, your choice, at any time and any place over any person.

Now, having defined a master, consider those who call themselves a master. Can they just hurt and destroy people, and especially those who subject themselves to their teachings? Or have they studied a wide range of arts, and can apply those arts, the technique of their choice, to anybody at any time?

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