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The Hands On Transmission of Martial Arts!

What a great day!
Think about it,
there is no alternative.
There is only a great day…or the art has failed.
if it looks a little gloomy,
you do a work out,
then you can unfail the art,
do it–work out.
The cure for absolutely everything.

I know that sound a little quirky,
but I was thinking about something.
I was thinking about wearing my first gi.
A shabby, short,
thin, yellowish thing.
Shortly was sweat stained and ugly.
when I got my first real gi,
I think it was a tokkaido,
I was pretty proud.
I wore it out.
took this canvas thick uniform,
and worked it till it unraveled.
I actually wore out my first black belt that way.
It was too short, so I pulled it harder to get the ends out,
and after a while it just came apart.
Isn’t it funny how things come apart,
and bodies grow stronger?

But what I really want to talk about is
‘hands on transmission.’
When you get the real art
it has to be by a direct
person to person
transmission of data.
Because you need to get up sweaty and personal,
you need to feel the techniques
until your uniform falls apart
and your belt frays into threads.

I’m not saying it’s impossible,
because somebody had to discover the art,
anybody can discover the art.
But I doubt it will happen,
unless you wear out a few uniforms,
and make strong a few bodies.

But here’s the deal.
When I was teaching kenpo,
some forty years ago,
I was not giving a hands on transmission of art.
I was showing moves,
but I didn’t have the art.
It had not been forced upon me
and collected in my soul.
I had not sweated
until the elixer had ignited my ki.

the guy in charge of the kenpo school,
could he give a hands on transmission.
He was phenomenal,
but he hadn’t studied enough arts.
He even held other arts in disrepute,
laughed at the militaristic shotokan boys.
I had a friend who studied shotokan,
surely he could get the hands on transmission…
the shotokan instructors used to laugh at kenpo,
called them ‘magic finger boys.’
Of course this was long ago,
and one would hope that all have matured.
where do you get the hands on transmisson?
From somebody who has the true art.
Who has sweated until he no longer makes fun of his fellow man.
I got it from a runty, little fellow who…
never spoke ill of anybody.
Who was the most polite person I had ever met,
who had sweated the forms until his black gi had turned grey,
and then come apart.

I’ll tell you something tragic.
Almost nobody has the true art.
The true art was corrupted
by people who made fun of others,
who weren’t polite,
who held other schools in disrepute.
It was corrupted by people who wanted to fight
instead of learn.
It was corrupted by people
who wanted trophies and glory,
domination and money.
Some of these corrupters were even well meaning,
especially if they never had the art,
but were trying as hard as they could,
teaching people even while thinking that they had it…

there are artists out there,
and they can be true artists.
Another ounce of sweat,
the data I offer in the courses,
on the site,
in this newsletter,
and they’ll make it.
This is a hands on transmission,
you see.
A few hints,
a direction to go in,
most important,
what this newsletter is about…
work out.

If you work out
it’ll happen.
If you ‘shabby-ize’ your gi,
if you tie that belt until the threads quit,
then you’ll make it.
Some of you already have.
Some of you have to work out a bit longer,
pay attention to the first thing I say in this newsletter,
work out.
Pay attention to the last thing I say,
work out,
and you’ll have it.

I might plug a course here and there,
might even sell one,
but that’s not the point of it all.
The point is just to keep you jacked up,
and tell you one thing…
that work out you’re about to do…
it is the most important thing in the world.
do it.
Work out,
and give yourself a ‘hands on transmission.’
You are your own teacher,
you know,
all you have to do is open your eyes,
and that will happen if you just keep working out.

Guess I’m ranting.
That’s okay.
It’s a good cause.
you guys have the most special week in the history of the world.
and the most fantastic work out ever.

If you want the accurate data
as to what the true art is,
check out this link…

Master Instructor Course

work out.



The article on me in Inside Kung Fu should be out any day. Supposed to be the 24th, but there’s always some leeway.
Feel free to buy five copies, and write to the editor and tell him you want more.
If they get a sell out, and letters from across the country from a wide variety of people, they are going to do more.

To hold another art in disrespect, even though its tenets be improper and its practice be a sham, is worse than foolishness, it is like holding your hand upon the head of a child and saying, “You will never grow to be a man.

Send me your wins!