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Karate Proved to be Worthless!

Newsletter 919

Karate is No Good!

Here’s a beaut for you.
Freakin’ unbelievable.
I had a student come in the other day,
a young kid, and he says:
‘My cousins say my karate is no good.
They say that if you don’t use it in the ring its not a martial art.’

So what I had been doing for the last 50 years was no good.
I’m glad somebody finally told me.
Here I thought I was doing okay.

So I asked him if his cousins studied martial arts.
He said, ‘No.’
I asked him if they had ever studied any martial arts.
He said, ‘No.’
I asked him if he really cared about the opinions of people who didn’t know anything…he laughed and said…’No.’

And the point here is that these two bozos
had watched lots of MMA,
followed the UFC rabidly.
But they had never put on the gloves,
stepped on the mat,
even tried something as simple as a punch.

But they thought they knew everything.

You know,
most MMA guys have a history of classical martial arts.
And they don’t come out and say the martial arts are no good.
they take what they can,
move on to what they want to do,
and don’t bother bad mouthing anything.

karate has some great self-defense,
kung fu has some great strength building exercises,
aikido has some great sensitivity drills,
ta chi chuan has some great rehabilitative qualities,
and so on and so on.

So nobody has to feel bad
just because two VERY IGNORANT bozos
spout their opinion at the drop of their very light hats.

This is the course I taught write before matrixing.
Combined two arts,
shortened and streamlined forms,
the best applications of both arts,
and very hard core.


Have a great work out!



Why Martial Artists Have to Be Mean

Why You Have to be  a Mean Martial Artist

It’s true, you do have to be mean, so let me explain how this thing works.

My instructor was the most polite person I have ever met. Haven’t met anybody so polite and caring…ever. Period.

Interestingly, he taught Hell’s Angels, Gypsy Jokers, and other outlaw bikers, and when they were in class they became polite. Imagine 20 outlaw bikers spread out through a class, all being polite, being careful of stepping on toes, saying ‘excuse me,’ and thank you,’ and other such phrases.

Getting along in the middle of one of the most violent martial arts classes I have ever seen.
They were polite not because they were scared, but because they were met with politeness and respect from Bob, the most polite martial arts instructor I have ever met.

Bob didn’t talk rough, never swore, looked at you with a level and honest gaze, and treated you like a human being. And you wanted to respond to that because it was the best feeling you ever experienced: to be treated like a human being.

Bob never told anybody to be polite. He never raised his voice. He just talked to you.

Compare that to today’s martial arts, which are either about violence, or behavior modification.
Violence if they are heading towards MMA, or military training, or some such.

Behavior modification because they went main stream, and became politically correct.

So let me ask you, if you have some thug come out of an alley with a club swinging at you, are you going to be polite?

If you have been trained to be polite in a school, then you are going down.

But if you have become polite because you want to treat people like human beings, then you will retain the ability to be violent as necessary.

If you have been trained to be polite, then you have been trained to be politically correct, and you will not have enough violence in your soul to survive.

If you have retained violence, and made the choice to be correct, then you are a larger human being with extra abilities.

And the ability to be violent, or mean, or impolite is an important ability.

I have different methods than Bob, my instructor; I am a different person. If I find somebody being too polite in class, trying to do the right thing, I will swear at him, bully him, throw him down and choke him, because I can’t have him learning to be polite.
It is sometimes a shock to people when I do this, but I make it all right when I explain that they must become polite by choice, not by indoctrination.

And, though my methods are different than my instructors, they are working, because I have some of the politest students you will ever want to meet.

The last thing on this: when I achieved my black belt,back in 74, I had a realization. Actually, I had a ton of realizations, life was forever changed, but the specific realization I had concerning politeness was this.

‘I can really hurt somebody!’ which was following by the decision: ‘I don’t ever want to hurt anybody.

So I cultivated politeness, not because my instructor, or my school, or my peers demanded it, but because I wanted to be a human being.

It’s a pretty nice place to be: I can kill somebody with a punch or two, but am so polite I never get in a fight.

I am a tiger without a cage.

I am a human being.

Al Case has been doing martial arts since 1967. If you want more than 45 years martial arts experience, check out Monster Martial Arts.

Karate is Best for Real Fighting Proven by Statistic!

Karate and Real Fighting

I came across these statistics somebody compiled about actual street fighting, and they are pretty interesting.

First, 80% of all fights had a clear winner. This is interesting because it means that four out of five real fights were taken to the point where one person was incapacitated. This means that people should be studying martial arts which are effective. Tournaments are fine, and one has to learn how to do kumite, but one also has to understand how real a confrontation can get.

10% were broken up and 5% were outright draws. This means that once a real fight starts, it’s not likely that somebody is going to come and save you.

Second, 10% ended up on the ground. Well, there goes the big hype for MMA and Jujitsu and the argument that combatants are likely to end up on the ground. This means that one would be better served by learning a stand up martial art like Karate or Kung Fu.

10% of real fighting started with a punch. But that means that 90% started with…a push? A weapon? something else? But not a kick, as we will see below. Again, the need for combat oriented karate or something that is specific to punching distance, yet adaptable to other types of attacks.

80% of first punches were with the right hand. And, follow this statistic up with the fact that 95% of the right hand punches were to the head. So you have to prepare for a right punch to the face.

And, finally, only 10% of the fights had a kick in them. This statistic deals out Taekwondo.

Now, I have made a few remarks about the statistics here, and I should probably offer some sort of explanation so that there is no misunderstanding. So here’s the conclusion:

Fights can start with anything, but they don’t usually go to the ground, and they don’t contain much in the way of kicks. Thus, you need some knowledge of grappling and kicking, but not a lot. There is grappling and kicking in Karate, but not to the exclusion of other distances or ranges.

These are the statistics of real fighting, not the rare atmosphere of cage fighting, or tournament fighting, or any other organized sort of match, and since the average person will get in three fights in his life, it behooves Joe Average to start a study of Karate. I say Karate because it deals with kicks, does have some ground work, but is heavy on fists and blocking punches. Makes it perfect for a street altercation.

Probably the fastest and most efficient way to become competent enough to survive real fighting, be it on the street or anywhere, is at Learn Karate Online. You can get some Free Karate Lessons starting here.

Probably the fastest and most efficient way to become competent enough to survive real fighting, be it on the street or anywhere, is at Learn Karate Online. You can get some Free Karate Lessons starting here.

Spreading the True Martial Arts

How to Teach the True Martial Arts!

This newsletter I want to talk about something,
not everybody might like it,
but it has to do with growing the martial arts,
and growing your income.

here is the straight skinny,
the country is having probs,
incomes are down,
and wouldn’t you like to have a few extra bucks?
wouldn’t it be nice if those few extra bucks
came from teaching martial arts?

teach martial arts

How to teach martial arts to anybody!

It’s one of my pet projects,
encouraging people to teach.
The thing is
there are a lot of teachers out there,
many aren’t really qualified.
They might have credentials
from big name organizations,
but that doesn’t mean they have the knowledge.
It takes a precise knowledge
of how to teach martial arts.
I discovered this with one of my first black belts.
He went out and started teaching,
and when I got over to look at his class,
he was teaching calisthenics.
There were a few martial arts thrown in,
and he was good,
but he opted for teaching…calisthenics.
Push ups, sit ups,
a few kicks,
running around the room.
as an after thought,
he might teach a self defense move.

why he did this,
I don’t know.
But I do know that I checked on his school a couple of decades later,
when it was under one of his students,
and it had gone to full contact karate.
fighting and…calisthenics.

I understand that martial arts change,
especially when people don’t understand the underlying reasons.
I can only conclude
that the degradation of his school
was my fault.
I taught him,
I was young,
I hadn’t figured it out,
I taught him well,
he was good,
but…he didn’t understand the underlying reasons,
so his school degraded,
didn’t die,
just degraded to the point
where it was teaching people how to fight.

I offer underlying reasons,
and I try to fix schools that have degraded.
I encourage people to teach martial arts.
I know that the people who have done my courses
are going to understand why a technique is,
how it works,
more important,
how to get the student to understand.

Want to know something interesting?
I’ve got a book
‘How to Start Your Own School,’
and when somebody write me and asks me about teaching,
I usually give them that book for free.
It’s part of the Master books,
I could sell it Kindle for a few books
(and I probably will)
but I give it away to people who say they want to teach.

the difference between man and beast is the fact that man understands.
Animals don’t.
They just fight,
and make up a reason for fighting.
Silly animals.

the point of this rant is that if you are hurting economically,
a victim of the money crunch happening in this country,
you can do something about it.
You could order the Master Instructor Course,
do it,
know that you know more than ANY martial arts instructor on the planet,
and then you could head down to the YMCA,
see if they need an instructor.
You can put up cards at a local gym.
You could gather a bunch of neighborhood kids.

You can start out low,
$10 a month for kids,
you can go high,
charge good bucks at the gym.

Be it Karate or kung fu,
aikido or pa kua,
or whatever,
and using the data that is inside
The Master Instructor Course,
you could teach that art better than it has been taught
since whoever founded it was teaching.

Spare time.
Saturday afternoon.

You could build it into something large!

Do you understand?
The martial arts are a blessing.
They make people better.
They make strong bodies,
increase awareness,
and they are a fist in the face of the bad guys.
But we need people who understand what they really are.

Oinky Donkey.
I hope my rant has helped.
I don’t want you poor,
and I want everybody healthy and happy,
So…think about it.

Let make a couple of other announcements
before I close off.

I’ve got a new site up.
It’s about Bruce Lee.
Can you find it through google?
It’ll be tough,
but it’s out there.
Next week or two
it’ll be easy to find,
but right now…
can you find it?

we’re waiting on word of escrow
for Monkeyland.
120 acres on a hilltop,
and start building a temple.
And I will let you know as soon as this thing comes true.
Pics and everything.
you’ll be blown away.
incredible site.

I almost forgot.

If you have a website,
or a functioning blog,
let’s trade links.
I’ve got three different sites
that are chunking pretty traffic,
a link might bring you a little traffic,
and google likes links,
so they might send you traffic.
Just email me at aganzul@gmail.com
and ask about linking up.

now that is it.
You guys and gals
enjoy the heck out of this week.
Have lots of work outs,
do what you want to do,
and live life like you were meant to!


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Committing the Real Martial Arts to Memory

One of the accepted datums is that the real martial arts take years to learn. It’s wrong. You can learn to get hit in the face in one second, and that means that you have one second to learn the martial arts. One second, and the lesson is learned, and you will be different next time.

You think about getting hit in the face, what it was like, the pain, the frustration afterward that borders on rage.

You think about ducking, putting up your hands, a weapon, kicking, jumping back, letting the arm pass, hitting the other guy first…and on and on.

I’m going to tell you a secret in a second, one of my never fail teaching secrets that makes instant martial artists, but first, read the win right after the video snippet of Pan Gai Noon.

“Already seen both DVDs and I think the material is excellent. Sure makes my martial arts training have more meaning. I am going to study in more detail (kind of like a second phase with me) the manual and DVDs this week, and thus send it to my “long term memory.”

Okay, here’s what I do when I get one of these idiot softies who wants world peace without paying the price (learning competence and self-reliance and all that sort of stuff)
I place my fist on their cheek and push through, and I tell them that is the path a punch will take.

I then tell them I’m going to hit them lightly, not hurt them, and I want them to look at what happens. I punch softly and lightly through their face. No real pain, just a grunt of surprise at the collision of flesh.

I then stand back, and tell them I am going to hit them and hurt them, unless they can slap my fist out of the air. I then punch, but I make sure I punch at a speed they can slap my fist.

If I get through, I pull the punch a little, but I still hit them. Then I tell them I’m going to do the same thing again, and that they must learn to slap the punch out of the air. Usually they don’t miss at all. But, if they do, they learn pretty quick.

Voila! Instant martial artist! HAH!

And then we get into angles and follow ups and what ifs and all the fun of real training.

Be careful with this technique, only use it with the people who need it, but can still assimilate it. Obviously, I don’t wish to go MMA, or abuse the art. I just want to open eyes to reality, and introduce certain kinds of people to the real martial arts.

If you want more hints, and some real die hard training concepts, drop by Monster Martial Arts.

Win #47

Win #1 From When I First Taught Matrix Karate

When I first began teaching Matrix Karate I got some incredible wins. This was one of the first.
Third Lesson
Structure, form, mechanics, these are limitations of incomparable magnitude.
The trouble one can get in is trying to make form contain the spirit.
the real form, real martial arts, begins when one blows through form, body limitations, and pictures of ‘how to do,’ and just begins ‘doing.’ What fun–how nice to GLOW!
Rick Thatcher
The interesting thing is that the martial arts have to do with physics, the angles of the body, how to set up geomtery for techniques, things that you learn in school, but never put together with a study of the real martial arts.
Anyway, this Matrix Karate win was one of the first, and wins like these really got me going on Matrixing. If you want more data, just pop on over to MonsterMartialArts.com

Using Matrix Martial Arts to Learn Real Martial Arts

Matrix Martial Arts to learn Real Martial Arts…sounds like a gimmick, doesn’t it? But if you told a Swahili tribesman, a couple of hundred years ago, that there were such things as wagons, well, he’d probably turn you over to the witch doctor for ‘treatment.’

Head getting too big…ideas all wrong…shrink head quick…squeeze out all ideas!

Here’s a truth that most people who study the fighting disciplines shudder at…if you study martial arts, you’re studying mysticism. You’re involved in trying to figure out what the witch doctors of Karate or kung fu or aikido, or whatever, are doing.

Now, I’m being confrontational so far, and that really isn’t what I’m about. So let me explain myself. I’d rather smooth talk you into jumping on my bandwagon…than bash you for being mystical

The combat disciplines are a language. Same as English, same as math, same as any set of ‘symbols’ that describe concepts. The language is a body language designed for handling incoming force and flow.

Here is how the language sets up.

basics letters
technique words
forms sentences
systems books
all systems encyclopedia

There’s more, of course, but that should illuminate you.

The problem is that somebody has mixed everything up. Basics from one technique are interjected into another technique, and the result is a word that is hard to pronounce, difficult to understand, and is…mystical.

No, it’s not mystical…it’s just a mish mash of opposing tongues. Or, conflicting languages.

Here’s the analogy, I’m going to give that Eskimo 100 verbs in the French language, and say that he knows French.

Huh! That’s not even mysticism, that’s bushwah.

The point of matrixing is to unmix the mish mash. To separate and isolate the different languages so that they make sense.
This has actually never been done before. There’s been a lot of ‘my art is best,’ or ‘my art is the only art,’ but nobody has ever taken the martial arts apart, and put them back so that they become a logical construction.

Sure, people have recognized that the arts are a language, but nobody has ever delved into that language and matrixed it. Never.

Some interesting things happen when you matrix a martial art.

The first thing is that the arts start making sense. Things that mystified previously no longer mystify. They are simply (and I do mean ‘simply’) logical and understandable.

The second thing is that people start learning faster.

Then start the other abilities. People start to think intuitively. They analyze and reach conclusion at a glance, and there is no longer any need to ‘figure things out.’

We are opening the door here, not just to fighting, or real martial arts, but to whole fields of knowledge. The joy is that people don’t have to give up what they are studying, they just have to learn a few simple tricks concerning how to study. They have to stop thinking they are learning everything, when they are studying but one simple art, and use matrix martial arts to logically understand their art, and then use their art to logically understand all the arts.

Learn more about Matrixing the Martial Arts by going over to MonsterMartialArts.com. Pick up a free ebook while you’re there.