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Here’s the Right Way to Teach Kenjutsu

Newsletter 931

Teaching Matrix Kenjutsu!

All right!
The disk button is working!
And thanks to all those who have purchased!

http://monstermartialarts.com/matrixing-kenjutsu/

Now,
lets talk about why we should teach.
Because if we teach…we learn!

When you are a beginner somebody is showing,
and you are working your way through the confusion.
When you are no longer (quite) so confused…
you turn around and show somebody else.
This is teaching.
You are not just doing the other side of ‘copy catting,’
you are looking at the art from a different viewpoint.
You are ‘outside’ the technique,
learning what you looked like
when you were learning,
seeing things that you are doing that,
no matter how long you practice,
you will never see as just a student.
But as soon as you have to take control of somebody else’s body,
then you get the other half of the viewpoint,
the other half of the martial arts,
and you start to understand the whole technique.

You see,
martial arts aren’t just things we copy,
they are things we have to look at,
analyze,
understand.
And,
inside that all of that is the fact that you are…
‘controlling another person’s body.’
And what better way to learn how to control another person’s body,
than to teach.

I’ll tell you,
I almost feel sorry for those fellows,
who punch the bag,
and think they have worked out.

They have,
but only to the halfway mark.
They’ve worked out their body,
but not much is happening inside their mind.

So that’s why I wanted to present the Matrix Kenjutsu
from the teacher’s viewpoint.

Now just have you copycat me,
but see what student’s do,
see mistakes,
and learn from them,
sometimes without even having to make them yourselves.

Okeyly Donkey
Have a Stupendous Work Out!

Al

http://monstermartialarts.com/matrixing-kenjutsu/

Here’s a link for an article about when I first started doing this book.
I intended to finish it quickly, but it’s actually been five years!
https://alcase.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/new-book-about-the-samurai-sword-is-coming/

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New Course on How to Matrix Martial Arts Weapons

Newsletter 930

Matrixing the Samurai Sword and Staff

One of the things that people have asked for
ever since the first matrixing course hit,
is for me to matrix the sword.
Specifically, the Samurai sword.
So I done it.

You can find a Matrix Kenjutsu box on the monster,
or there is a link down below.

The course is based on the book
‘3rd Level 6th Sense Sword Fighting.’

I actually wrote that book back in the 90s,
and I always received the best comments on it,
so it was time.

Now,
the course consists of 2 parts.

First is the Matrix Kenjutsu part.
I simply filmed each of the cuts, blocks,
how to do directions, and all that sort of stuff.
And I felt it was too simple.
I needed to predict any questions people might have.
The segments were too short.
The whole thing is only an hour long.

I always want to give people more than their moneys worth.
So I filmed a second part.
Teaching Matrix Kenjutsu.
In Teaching Matrix Kenjutsu
I filmed about 20 segments,
long segments,
in which I teach Matrix Kenjutsu to a student.
This ended up being over three hours of instruction,
showing not just the art,
but how to teach it.
You’ll see the mistakes made,
the questions asked,
the ‘what ifs’ that arise,
and so on.

Now,
if you do this course,
and have done the Master Instructor Course,
and send me a video of yourself doing the art,
just showing the strikes, the footwork, the two man defenses,
I’ll be happy to certify people.

And,
I’ll tell you right now,
you can teach this as a seminar to get people in your school,
or as a complete course along with whatever other art you teach.

I am about helping people become competent,
understand the truth of the martial arts,
and this really entails making teachers.

So,
the door is open,
whether you just want a new art,
an expanded viewpoint of matrixing,
or something to teach,
Matrix Kenjutsu is the real deal.

I’ll be talking about it over the next couple of weeks,
but for now,
head over to the monster page

http://monstermartialarts.com/matrixing-kenjutsu/

and check it out for yourself.

And,
just put it up,
so if anybody encounters any problems,
in ordering or the downloads themselves,
let me know at
aganzul@gmail.com.

And,
for now it is just Instant Download.
Sorry,
my printer is refusing to print disks,
so until I get that fixed,
instant downloads only.

Okeyly Donkey
Have a Stupendous Work Out!

Al

http://monstermartialarts.com/matrixing-kenjutsu/

Here’s a link for an article about when I first started doing this book.
I intended to finish it quickly, but it’s actually been five years!
https://alcase.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/new-book-about-the-samurai-sword-is-coming/

Learning Tai Chi Sword Secrets

The Tai Chi Sword Illuminated

As far as swords go, it is a loser. It is skinny and thin, not able to take the bashing of force like a sabre. It only has curve at the tip, not able to slice through armor like a samurai sword.

Yet, in the skinny is the strength. And in the lack of curve is the art. Indeed, the tai chi sword may be the ultimate weapon.

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Skinny, it is light and quick, more like a knitting needle than a sword. Yet a knitting needle carves the most beautiful garments. And to watch knitting needles in the hands of a practiced granny is to see the twinkling of art come alive.

Down the length of steel the tip curves, a mere inch of cutting surface. Yet, who among us has not experienced the scratch of needle tip. Indeed, a mere scratch can leave jagged wound that is unwilling to readily heal.

The real point here is that such a delicate instrument is not meant for bashing or massive slicing any more than a doctors scalpel. It is meant for reaching in and tipping. It is meant for the delicate move which slides in under, over and past the basher and the cutter.

A delicate insertion, a quick flick of the wrist, and art is attained. This art is an appreciation of the space around the practitioner. This appreciation of space is at the heart of the art.

Cutters and bashers are fence painters, splashing indiscriminately, and ruling by force. The wielder of the tai chi sword, however, is a an artist, a sculptor, a doctor. He rules by intelligence.

For he who holds the tai chi sword must hold sway by exercising the intelligence to perceive, and thus undo, the force of the basher and the ruthlessness of the cutter. He must undercut brute force with intelligence to prove himself. Therein is the striving, the accomplishment, and the art, for the true artist to behold.

Matrix Tai Chi Chuan is the quickest and most combat ready Tai Chi Chuan art in the world.

Mad Dog Knife Fighting!

Knife Attacks if You Don’t Know Anything!

Good Lord…
I am living in the Dojo in the Sky!
That’s what it is up here at Monkeyland,
and I wish you could all be here!
But,
if you can’t,
make sure you work out!

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Your body is the temple,
so make sure it is pure
and deserving of you!

Okay,
I’ve got the samurai sword book on hold.
It’s just too busy,
too many things happening,
so it will be a few months.

I’ve got an author signing
coming up end of May
down in Santa Maria.
Gonna be fun.

And,
I’m trying to get my books in Barnes and Noble,
that is taking some work,
so I’m too busy to do the sword book.

Heck,
you can’t just snap out a book on
how to handle a samurai sword.

So,
that said,
let me at least talk about knife attacks.
I just wrote a guest blog
for SwordsoftheEast,
and I go into how to handle a knife attack
if you don’t know NUTTIN’

So here are the salient points.

First,
if somebody comes at you with a knife,
back up!
Create some distance!
Throw stuff at him,
knock stuff over so he has to step around,
and YELL.

Especially if he says not to say anything.
Heck,
if somebody tells you not to yell,
they are scared of yelling,
so…YELL!

Second,
if you can,
wrap something around your arm.
Your jacket,
a shirt,
even just hold a pillow.
The idea is you want the guy to cut that,
not you.

Third,
there are many ways to hold a knife,
but the two basic ones are:
with the knife coming out of the ‘thumb end’ of your hand,
the sharp edge down.
Could be down or up,
but down is better for any
up and down motion of the hand.
And:
with the knife coming out of the bottom of the fist,
the sharp edge facing away from your knuckles.

The idea here is to slash back and forth,
as you try to get away,
and if you need to use the knife,
you can just punch,
and the blade is projected as part of the punching motion.

I know,
there are a lot of holes here,
but the idea is to cut without being cut,
to get away,
and remember,
I am offering this
as if you are a novice.

Okay,
here’s the important stuff.
If you can’t yell or avoid,
and if you see the knife fight is going to happen,
then you have to change your mental attitude.

DO NOT become a victim.
Spit in his eyes,
throw the change in your pocket at his face,
and when he flinches,
kick him.
And when he lowers his hands,
poke at the eyes.
And when he protects the eyes,
kick him,
and so on.
Go up and down,
do what he doesn’t expect,
set him up,
and get…MAD DOG!

You have to offset the idea
that he is more deadly
because he has a weapon.
You have to.
So mount some viciousness.
Go after him.
Bite him.
Get…MAD DOG!

I knew a fellow once,
he was jumped by three fellows
while he was moving out of his apartment.
He grabbed a dish,
A DISH!
and he went after those suckers,
screaming and yelling,
chased them down three flights of stairs and down the street.
In his mind,
he was angry,
enraged,
and his dish became larger than their knives!

And that’s what YOU have to do!

Remember,
one fellow doing right in his life,
is worth ANY number of people
who are doing wrong.
That is ethical,
and it is right,
and you have to be willing.

Got it?

Okay.

And,
the last thing…
if you plan for something,
it probably won’t happen.

I can’t tell you the number of people I’ve taught,
who said they were scared,
were in situations,
and after they started,
those situations stopped happening.

So go learn something.
Educate yourself.
Take a class,
even a seminar,
on knife fighting,
or other weapons.

Educate yourself.
That will get you to the frame of mind you need,
to the techniques and body condition that you need
to survive.

And,
take it from me,
a guy or girl like you deserves to survive.

And,
if you want to check it out,
Blinding Steel is my course on knife fighting.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/3a-blinding-steel-matrixing-weapons/

Now,
that all said,
you guys and gals have a great week.
It’s Easter,
you know,
so it is time to go ninja,
find all the eggs,
and do an extra week of spring break work outs!

Take care.
Al

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/3a-blinding-steel-matrixing-weapons/

Now,
‘nuff said,
you guys and gals have a GREAT work out.

Al

From Scholar to Martial Artist…and the Roots of Motion

How to Get Smarter In and Out of the Martial Arts

All right!
A great day for a work out!
So stand up and throw a few punches,
stretch those legs,
do a few forms,
and welcome back!

A long workout is great,
but if you don’t have the time,
just shoot for that frame of mind
that results when you really dig into yourself.
After all,
there is no reason you can’t go through a day
without feeling your best!

Here’s a couple of things I’ve done
which made me a better martial artist,
or didn’t.

Mind you,
they are from the scholars point of view,
so they might not be for everybody,
but maybe they will,
even if you’re not a bibliophile (book lover),
inspire you in some way.
I mean if something makes no sense,
tweak it around
until it makes sense.
Come up with something new in your work out.

And,
before I start,
let me recommend book larnin’.
Yes,
you can get a lot off the net,
but you can get more out of books.
Think of it this way.
How much will you get off a tweet?
You will get something like
140 characters. Maybe a hundred words.
How much are you going to learn from that?
So you go to a website,
but,
chances are,
that website is dedicated to selling something.
And,
if it isn’t,
what is the quality of information?
That’s a real loaded question!
I hate to say something crass,
but smart people try to get money,
to improve themselves,
and become better human beings.
That includes selling themselves,
selling products to improve their lifestyle,
and so on.

And,
if you disagree,
then think about the fact
that every time you meet somebody,
every time you offer a grin and a handshake,
you are selling yourself.

Anyway,
if you buy a magazine,
the articles are short blurbs.
They are a brief look at something
a titillation to get you to buy the magazine
month after month.
The information in a magazine is concise,
but it is brief,
only presents the subject.

Now,
if you buy a book
(or, better, a course)
then you get the whole thing.
Not just a blurb or a sum up.
You get the real information.
All the information.
So that is why I believe in books.

Simply,
the more information,
the more knowledge,
the better you are.
The better you can solve the world.

So,
remember I was doing the things
I am about to tell you
not just as a martial artist,
but as a writer.
The two complemented each other wonderfully,
very yin and yang.

I wrote a book in two days.
It was terrible,
a piece of $%^&*(,
and I immediateluy threw it away.
But,
I forced myself to do it because
the longer the work out,
the more exhausted you get,
the deeper you get into yourself.
I really came out of that experience
a harder, smarter person.

So why not get together with a couple of friends,
and make the agreement
that you are going to do forms for a solid day.
Maybe 9 to 6
with an hour for lunch.

It would be tough!
Your body will want to quit by 11.
But,
you keep doing it,
even if you are moving slow.
You make sure you stretch constantly,
and drink water,
and dedicate yourself to being
the ultimate warrior you can be!

Okay,
while you’re thinking about that…
I read the dictionary.
Took me two years.
I ended up with a two hundred page book
of words that I didn’t know.
Mind you,
I was selective,
I was only looking for
verbs or adjectives or nouns
that were directly related to me as a writer.

Now,
two things.
First,
I ended up stupider when I was done.
I had a glut of information,
and I didn’t use it all,
and it clogged my mind.
I just couldn’t remember as efficiently
when I was done.

Two,
while a massive info glut overload isn’t good,
it is good to research and define
the history of your art.
You don’t have to speak a different language,
but I found it helpful to learn as many forms as I could,
and study how they morphed into one another
over the generations.

So,
there are things to be careful of,
and things to learn.

I taught myself to speak Latin.
This was one of the smarter things I ever did.
I had tried to learn Spanish,
had a rough time,
quit.
I tried a few other languages,
ditto.
Then,
for whatever reason
I picked up a course on Latin,
and I freakin’ loved it!
I studied that thing every night for several years,
going out and buying other books,
researching,
and…I was smarter.
I grew to understand languages.
Latin is at the heart of several languages,
and suddenly I realized
why I had failed to learn Spanish
and other languages!
Ii was missing the roots!

Man,
this was a bizarre turn around for me.
I mean,
I never expected!
And,
one day I went to a museum,
and they had a bunch of Latin books on display,
from several hundred years ago,
and I was reading them!

But,
the point,
I now understood language,
how it came about,
how it was structured,
and I was SO-O-O-O much smarter for it.
Really effected me.

So,
when you study the martial arts,
if you try to figure out how it all developed,
you are going to be better at it.
Like I said,
you don’t have to study language,
my examples of language here
are more because I am a writer,
and those things helped me as a martial artist.

But the martial arts are motion.
So study the motions.
Analyze the techniques,
see how that kenpo might have come from
karate…or kung fu…or whatever.
Take a look at that Aikido
see which techniques are actually adapted
from sword holding techniques.
Examine whatever art you study,
or even come across,
and search for the roots of motion.

Okley Doggie,
time to wrap it up,
and encourage you to turn off the computer
and get to working out.
So,
before you shut off this thing,
remember to slide over to Monster Martial Arts.
One of the most concise studies of motion
ever invented,
is the Blinding Steel Course.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/3a-blinding-steel-matrixing-weapons/

If your martial art doesn’t have weapons,
or is weak in them,
this course will TOTALLY change that.
And,
if you are an aficionado of weapons,
and know everything,
then maybe you should examine this course,
and go deep into yourself,
and discover the basics of motion
that are behind all weapons,
and even all martial arts.

Guaranteed…
you are going to be SO-O-O-O much smarter.

Now
Have a great work out!

Al

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/3a-blinding-steel-matrixing-weapons/

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New Book About the Samurai Sword is Coming

 

 

New Samurai Sword Book!

I’m working on a new book.
How to Matrix the Samurai Sword.
Should be ready in a week or so.
It requires odd graphics on my poser program,
so it might take a wee bit longer,
but,
a couple of weeks is still my guess.

In my software program,
the hard thing is making a samurai sword.
I could go buy a jpeg,
but I hate getting things that way.
I’m on a budget,
you know?
And then I would still have a rough time turning it in 3d.

So what I do is take a line,
and make it into a pole,
and use the pole for the sword.
The hard thing is moving the pole around
and not having it shape shift on me.
Graphics are not my strong point.
But,
that said,
let me tell you something about graphics.

First,
I have delved into every software program in the last 25 years,
looking for ways to represent the martial arts.
One of the funnest,
but most tiresome,
was just drawing stick figures
with an appleworks program.
I wrote a whole book,
drawing hundreds of stick figures,
all the forms and self defenses,
and it was bizarre,
and it was cool.
And that was only one of the weird things I did,
in the weird world of graphics.

Second,
working on all these programs,
writing all these books,
enlightened me as to one simple fact.
Fortunately,
I figured this out early,
and it made my researching and searching all the easier.
Here is that one simple fact:

Every weapon is a straight line.
Now,
the first thought,
when considering this,
is that it isn’t true.
A samurai sword is curved,
and what about a chain?
Or a sickle?
Or a bullet that drops to the ground because of gravity?

But,
a samurai sword is a straight line that is bent.
A nunchuk is a straight line with a hinge in it.
A bullet falling to earth is a straight line being bent by gravity.
And so on.

I know,
sounds like a quibbling point,
doesn’t it?
But consider what is behind the weapon.
A human being.
Consider how a human being thinks when trying to destroy.
A straight line through the object to be destroyed.
So every weapon follows the thought of the human being wielding it,
every weapon then becomes a straight line at heart.

A sword slashed in a circle.
I am at the center of the circle,
extending a straight line,
and turning.

A bomb.
There must be a trajectory,
a straight line
(often acted upon to create this illusion called a curve),
and when the bomb explodes…
it is straight lines in all directions.

Now,
I don’t discredit other geometries.
But I consider them secondary, and made of straight lines.
A circle can always be cut into smaller and smaller segments,
until it is nothing but straight lines betweens points on the circle.

Weird, eh?

Now,
if you disagree with me,
that’s okay.
You see,
that’s what works for me.
And if you decide to believe that the universe is nothing but circles,
and you can make that work to make your martial art work,
how can I argue?

But let me tell you the real thing behind me telling you all this:

to make people think.

Most people have never considered the structure of a weapon,
let alone the geometry of the weapon,
except in the most cursory
monkey see monkey do manner.

But now you are thinking.

Straight line?
Circle?

And that difference will lead you into deeper considerations
of how to use a weapon.

Okay,
that said,
let me explain something about this new book
that is a coming.

Back in 1976
my father died,
and the house went into legal entanglements,
and I had to live there for a year
while the thing got settled.
And,
I was out of work.
The company I was at was under investigation
for using certain cancer causing chemicals.

I tell you,
it is weird to be working next to somebody
who is apparently in great health,
young and full of it,
and have them fall off a ladder,
and be dead the next week
because of some kind of cancer that works in a week.

So,
I was out of work,
living rent free,
got a little social security,
and…
what was I to do?

I decided to learn the sword.
I had haunted the movie houses around the area,
from San Francisco to San Jose,
seen all the one armed swordsman movies,
all the baby carriage movies,
all the things that that people
who only saw Bruce Lee
missed.

So I went to Chinatown and bought a sword.
It was a cheap piece of stuff,
but it did for me.
I began drawing the sword,
and cutting,
and thrusting,
and had friggin’ clue at all
as to what I was doing.
I tell you,
you would have laughed.

But,
I had a solid base in Karate,
and I understood the value of basics,
and the foundation of matrixing was in my mind,
so,
after a couple of months,
things weren’t looking so bad.
Then I came across the suburitos,
and things changed.
The suburitos (spelling?) are a series of basic exercises,
and I started matrixing them,
making long lists of potential techniques,
considering them against other weapons and methods
(straight line v circle?)
and just looking for the logic of it all.
And then I started coming up with foot patterns,
and principles that guided me into complex moves,
and,
by the end of a year,
I knew the sword.

Oddly,
it wasn’t that tough.
Matrixing, you know,
but the main thing was you had to forget a lot of other martial arts,
and let the shape of the sword guide you.

To state it Neutronically:

The secret of the sword
is in understanding the exact notion
that constructed the weapon.

Yes.

Okay,
this has all been interesting stuff,
unless,
of course,
you have no interest in weapons.
But if you do,
I would suggest checking out Blinding Steel.
Get the knowledge of ALL weapons,
and get ready for the extreme specialization
of the samurai sword.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/3a-blinding-steel-matrixing-weapons/

I don’t care if it is a pencil in your hand,
or a ten foot long can opener,
when you learn blinding steel,
you learn the truth about extensions of yourself.

Now,
have a great week,
and a great bunch of work outs,
and get ready for Hanakwanmass.

Oh,
you don’t know what hanakwanmass?
Well,
stay tuned,
I’ll tell you next newsletter.

Al

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/3a-blinding-steel-matrixing-weapons/

Space Age Materials in Ancient Martial Arts!

Ancient Martial Arts Weapons Department

I’m always fascinated by weapons.
It’s so nice to think that you can stand back and defend yourself
without ever getting your hands dirty.
The problem is that I don’t like many of the weapons out there.

I like the Chinese sword.
It is delicate and quick,
like a knitting needle.

I like blow guns,
they are silent,
foldable,
you can make poison darts.

I like two sticks,
they are fantastic for training.

And I like a few others,
but most of them are too heavy,
or confined in their motion.

Now,
that said,
I probably never told anybody this,
but my father was an engineer.
Actually,
he made prototypes.
At first he worked for a small company named Ampex.
He was responsible for materials and machining
for the original tape recorders
back in the fifties.

In the sixties he went to Memorex,
became the prototype engineer,
again,
responsible for machining exotic materials.

Now,
let me bridge this to the martial arts.

In his spare time
he used to play golf,
and he started putting together weird golf clubs.
By weird,
I mean that he had access to space age materials.
And he started making golf clubs
with titanium shafts,
fibre glass shafts,
heads made out of…whatever,
and so on.

He probably invented a couple of things,
but he never bothered with patenting,
the companies he worked for
were pretty obsessive about patents,
so he didn’t bother.
He knew if he patented a golf club
one of those companies
would claim it was theirs.
Seriously.

Anyway,
the reason I bring this all up
is that I don’t see any martial arts weapons
using space age materials.

There’s a couple of things out there,
especially knives,
and there’s some other oddities,
but when is the last time
you saw a sword made out of some exotic material,
kept a better edge,
even if you used it to pound in spikes?

I know there have a been a few things made,
but not a lot.

Wouldn’t it be cool to have a staff
as light as fiberglass,
but virtually unbreakable?

A sword that actually bends?

Now,
I can see problems with some of these things,
for instance,
something might not have the weight,
and you do often need weight in a weapon,
but if you put an exotic metal blade on the end,
it would be as quick as a knitting needle,
but longer than a Chinese sword,
and it might put a whole new slant
on fighting with weapons.

Man,
I can think of all sorts of problems,
but it would be fun to make something like that,
see what the probs are,
then reinvent it again,
and eventually focus
on something better.

The whole thrust of war
has been for better machines.

The machine gun revolutionized warfare.
Then along came the tank.
The submarine,
the blimp…and the plane.

So why not the martial arts?

Think about it,
a heat seeking nine section chain dart.
Or,
a laser guided samurai sword…

Well,
perhaps I’m going a little too far,
but if necessity if the mother of invention,
imagination is the father of invention.

All right,
let me share a win…

Al,
I just wanted to say that I think that your Blinding Steel program is a great addition to my students escrima training. I have been teaching them the Heaven Six patterns and found that your concept of the Circle of Blocks is a great way to enter into these patterns. The ability to flow from the circle to the heaven patterns is a great way for the students to learn movement, striking and blocking with ease. The nine square concept made it very easy for them to see the angle of attacks that can be delivered at any given time. It also is a great way to remove the fear of being struck during the disarm section of Blinding Steel. Excellent info once again. Well done Al, well done. I just want to say thank you and keep up the great work.
Michael G

Thanks Michael!

And for everybody,
my programs,
and especially the Blinding Steel,
are martial arts by themselves,
but their real purpose
is to clarify all martial arts,
and you can use them
with your martial art
no matter what martial art it is.

Anybody who teaches martial arts weapons,
should consider implementing blinding steel.

Anybody who teaches Karate,
should start of with Matrix Karate.

And the Shaolin Butterfly
should be taught before traditional Shaolin.

Don’t you understand?
These are unique and whole martial arts by themselves,
but they expose and clarify
and give a big, whomping, huge,
kick in the butt
to all the traditional martial arts.

I haven’t re-invented the martial arts,
I have just figured out better ways to teach them,
how to make them work together,
how to figure out the lost (concealed) pieces,
and so on.

It’s like putting space age material,
on ancient weapons,
and getting something better.

Oinkey Donkey,
here’s the URL…

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/3a-blinding-steel-matrixing-weapons/

have a great weapons work out!

Al