How interesting. I send courses and books all over the world, and every once in a while I get an order from a country that is, shall we say…unfriendly? For instance, I sent a Karate Course to Venezuela, and it disappeared for a few weeks, then showed up.
Why did it take two weeks to get to the customer? Not because of the mail, but because the government wants to inspect anything and everything that comes in to their country.
Isn’t that interesting? They don’t want people to learn Karate?
I sent a video file to a foreign country, but I couldn’t send it. I had to figure out how to mpeg it, put it on a site, and send the customer the URL for that video. Apparently a scholarly discourse on how to get healthy and learn self-defense is a big bugaboo for the mid-east
I sent a Master Instructor course to China, and I had to do so by mailing to somebody in the United States, who then repackaged the thing, told customs various things, and sent it along. Obviously, this fellow knew how to jump through the hoops. But, think about it, China doesn’t want any martial arts coming into their country. It’s almost a joke, you know?
I taught one fellow Karate here, and he was from the old Soviet bloc. He told me that the government only allows the military, the police, and the sons of politicians to learn martial arts.
Hmm. Do I detect a bit of paranoia on the side of the government?
And, of course, our own country is at risk. The regulations are growing daily, and it won’t be long before licenses and fees drive teachers under the radar.But, that is going to be in the near and dear future, and there is still a bit of hope for us.
You know, I can understand why the government doesn’t want people to learn the martial arts.
A fellow who knows Karate knows how to fight, and that means he is a hard breath away from knowing how to fight back. We know that the government doesn’t want us to fight back…they just want our taxes.
And don’t think I am one of these anarchistic, liberal, right wing extremists (I think that covers the whole range of politics), I know it is our fault. The problem is that I don’t want to stop practicing my martial arts long enough to get involved in politics. I mean, can’t those elected bozos ignore the wenches (gigolos), stop taking the bribes, put aside their criminal activities so that the people can go back to ignoring them?
Ah, well. I’ve gone a long way here, from Secret Karate to politics, but that’s okay. It’s all in a good cause, right? You guys and gals have a great day, and don’t forget to fdrop by Monster Martial Arts and pick up a free Martial Arts book.
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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