Another fantastically rainy day,
another chance to work out.
Inside or out…
you have to work out.
Make sure you wear your galoshes,
when you try to perfect that wheel kick.
one of the most fascinating concepts
I have ever come across,
involves the reflection of the moon
in a pond.
If the water is distorted,
you get an imperfect reflection.
If you can still the waters,
you can suddenly realize
that it is a moon you are looking at
and you suddenly realize the source of the reflection,
and you look up
and there it is.
But the waters that need to be stilled are in your mind.
It is your thoughts that have to be stilled.
If your thoughts are stormy,
then you see life imperfectly,
and you react to it,
hurt the ones you love.
The martial arts still the thoughts.
it is just the rigor of the work out,
you get too tired to stir the waters,
and you experience a moment of calm.
You actually feel this concept…satisfaction,
and it is something that doesn’t just happen,
you can make it happen.
you start to realize that it is not just a work out,
it is not just getting too tired to be contentious,
it is the fact that you can control the ebb and flow of your mind.
You don’t have to get angry when somebody wants to insult you.
You’ve faced some pretty big monsters on the mat,
the biggest of which was yourself,
and now you look at the insult
as if it is a really odd thing.
You just ran into somebody
who is the way you used to be.
Causes one to think.
you realize the sheer and utter joy
of just looking at the world.
No thoughts at all.
Just a true and accurate perception.
Just sitting there,
and the world is.
That is when you become the moon.
That is when you achieve enlightenment–
you are the source of perception,
and that makes you the source of life.
God is love?
That’s a good one to describe you.
I like that.
The thing that has happened here,
is that you have reversed yourself.
And therefore life changed.
The key to it all is to reduce thought.
Do your form without a single thought.
Just do it.
there are concepts of creating energy,
tractoring the feet,
launching lightening bolts,
and all that sort of thing,
but they are concepts you are fulfilling.
They are not original thoughts,
they are just prescribed actions.
Can you do those actions without any thought?
Just fulfill the action?
Just be the thought inside the form,
and not have any thoughts of your own?
to wonder when the movie is playing,
to think about whether tacos are better than burritos,
those are just surface thoughts,
entertainments without meat.
A thought is actually a moment of inspiration,
like as not,
that inspiration will give rise to a sequence of prescribed actions.
the method of the martial arts are a sequence of prescribed actions.
If you can fulfill the prescribed actions without any ‘surface thoughts,’
then you have found the true martial art.
You have found yourself,
you are not a reflection in the water,
you are the moon,
and there is no wind that can disturb you.
the yearly rendition of
The Night Before Christmas
will be in the next newsletter.
Pull on your camouflage socks,
put thumbtacks in your muzzle loader,
we’re gonna take no prisoners!
My present to you.
$5 off any course.
I don’t have any buttons or coupons set up.
this is how you do it.
Select a course.
Let’s say it is
Butterfly Pa Kua Chang.
Cost is $29.95.
Go to paypal and send me (firstname.lastname@example.org) $24.95
then send me an email
telling me you want the Pa Kua course,
and that’s it.
I just realized that I not only gave you five bucks off…
I took care of the shipping!
Am I some kind of guy, or what?
only until Xmas.
Past the 25th,
you send me your order on the 26th or beyond,
and I will send you nothing.
here’s an URL
but only use it
if you want a punch
that’ll knock the fat off an elephant!
Hanakwanmass to all!
Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos – the trees, the clouds, everything.~Thich Nhat Hanh
You betcha! ~Al Case
There’s something amazing about the passion of youth and its power to sustain. If there’s a more powerful energy source, I don’t know about it.~Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata
There’s something amazing about the passion of youth and its power to sustain. If you want to sustain this power source, simply do the martial arts. ~Al Case
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.~Carol Burnett
Only I can change my life, and martial arts makes the change so incredibly enjoyable ~Al Case
Send me your wins!