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How to Break Boards with Your Head Really Good!

Okay, before we get into breaking boards with your head we need a warning, like check with a doctor before you do this. Or maybe a psychiatrist. Or maybe just make sure you’ve backed up your brains on hard drive.

Back in 1968, I had just start Kenpo Karate, one of the Ed Parker offshoot branches, and the head instructor decided to put on a breaking seminar. I don’t know what he was thinking, I don’t think he had a side business selling insurance. At any rate, the potential for mayhem was lurking.

We entered the dojo and stacks of pine boards were waiting for us. As a group we were taught the theory of focusing, of punching through, and so on, and we were all excited. Then we started breaking the boards, one at a time, as the head instructor watched.

One of the guys, a fellow named Jeff, asked if it was possible to break a board with your head. The answer was yes, but it shouldn’t be attempted until one was well trained. We then went into another room to break boards, and none noticed that Jeff wasn’t with us.

We were in group discussion, and suddenly there was a tremendous thocking sound. It was such a unique sound that we all stopped what we were doing and stared at the door to the other room. The other room, where the sound came from, where Jeff had remained behind.

Suddenly, Jeff appeared at the door, he was standing aslant, and the look in his eyes was like little birdies singing. We all held our breaths as Jeff crossed the room, walking aslant, the birdies circling his head in a neat, little circling pattern. Jeff settled, well, sort of plonked, into a zen seated position, and the head instructor, with an eye on Jeff, continued his speechifying.

Now, if you’re going to break a board with your head, and I don’t care if you study Goju or Kyokushinkai or Hung Gar or whatever, work up to it. Start with thin boards, even an eighth of an inch, through a quarter, through 3/8s, and so on. Heck, even wear a football helmet the first few times, the potential for injury is that great.

Oh, and at the end of that seminar that I was at? Jeff came up to the head instructor after it was all over and asked, is it possible to break a board with your head. Maybe he should have worked on having the hardest punch instead of just a hard head!

Three Ways of Understanding Matrix Martial Arts

To understand Matrixing one must understand that Matrix Martial Arts is a science. It is logical applied to any martial discipine, including Karate, Hapkido, or whatever. Fortunately, the effects of logic on the martial arts are beneficial.

The reason matrixing is significant is because the oral tradition of learning the martial arts has resulted in thoroughly mixed and muddled disciplines. People memorize random strings of data, and this leaves vast areas of unexplored technique. The random strings of data thus become confused, hard to extract for use, and the intution takes decades to cultivate, if it ever is.

The first analogy of matrixing was one of numbers. Learning an art, be it karate or kung fu or whatever, was like trying to learn how to count when you had no 2, 3 was upside, 7 is put before 1, which is inverted, and there were no more numbers except…what is that shaved cat doing in there? Matrixing laid out the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9…and then anybody could find 10, and 11, and so on.

The second analogy of Matrixing was of a language. Use the Matrix Technology and you could learn an art quickly and easily, and this because there was an alphabet, and even a set of phonics. The martial arts could then be constructed with techniques as words, forms as sentences, and whole systems as simple books.

The third analogy of Matrixing is a simple three dimensional model of all the arts. With Matrixing, you see, you can establish the geometry of each art, and matrix that geometry for all potentials of motions, and, literally, define each art on separate sheets of paper. One then merely places the sheets of paper in a box.

Thus, the individual arts are defined by surface concepts, and a student can change arts simply by selecting the right sheet of paper with the right matrix on it. This puts all the martial arts in a specific and logical order. Depth of art then is not mysterious, but rather a straightforward process of descending through the sheets of paper, through the correctly ordered and inter-related geometries of the martial arts.

Several things happen when one breaks through to this level of matrixing. Intuition kicks in hard and fast. Students learn faster, for the mind will not reject simple concepts when they are presented in the right order.

Of course, students are different, and how much matrixing it is going to take is a variable. A high number of students make the breakthrough on the first course, a few students need all the courses, and there are going to be one or two students who are going to need all the courses…and a kick in the pants besides. However much matrixing it takes for the martial mind to kick in and take off, and for the student to enjoy all those fabulous, advanced abilities that students of The True Art enjoy, the journey is well worth it.

Why Students Drop Out of the Martial Arts the First Month!

This is sort of an interesting question. Nobody has ever come up with a good answer for it, and yet people have tried virtually everything in the world to keep those errant students. I mean, they were doing good, they were blown out and excited, and then they disappeared.

The answer for this question, and a way to keep enrollment high, and to even improve it, is possible through something called Matrix Martial Arts. Matrixing is a science that was designed specifically for the martial arts. The fact of discovering why students drop out became known sort of by the way.

To understand this problem of student drop out we must understand that there is a problem with the martial arts themselves. I don’t care what you are teaching, be it karate or kung fu or wudan or that rare form of Kenpo, the fact of the matter is that you are teaching by having students memorize random strings of data. With respect, I offer that this is the most inefficient method of learning that there is.

Memorizing random strings of data is the oral tradition, good in ancient times, when people couldn’t read nor write. Now, how ever, the written word is supreme, and people can avail themselves of such things as computers, mind mapping, and good, solid logic. This thing of logic comes to fruition when one utilizes Matrix Martial Arts.

Matrixing is the analysis and handling of force and direction. It is a method for laying out a gridwork of martial arts problems, and being able to quickly and efficiently sort through the mess until you have the exact and only answer. It is so efficient that people who learn the matrixing method achieve intuitive martial arts within months, not years, as is common with the traditional arts.

When matrixing methods are established, when students are enabled to view all the martial arts in logical fashion, one thing becomes plain, there are a lot of blank spots in the martial arts. No matter how many random strings of data one memorizes, it can’t compare with being able to see all the data. And, obviously, students who could see all the data were able to progress much faster.

And, students who left early in their training, in that first month, were found to be confused by the blank spots in their education. Learning the martial arts were like learning languages without a recognizable alphabet. They simply couldn’t absorb the illogical data, the blank spots left by letters that should have been, and left.

The truth of the matter is that people don’t want to be around what they don’t understand. No matter how exciting it all is, the brain rejects the data, the hardware ejects the software, the student refuses the martial arts, simply because it is confusing, and has not been made logical and simple. In a word, no matter whether you teach karate or kung fu or that rare and esoteric form of shotokan, you will not be able to keep students unless you matrix your art, and matrix your students, and, the fact of the matter is…you are at risk yourself of being ejected from the martial arts.

I Used Karate to Get Out of My Body!

Turn up the mysterious music, burn a mystic for Christ, we are about to get out of our bodies. Oooo, floating motes of intelligence, able to float into bedrooms and bank vaults everywhere! And it is all possible through a common place martial arts drill, common in systems of Karate and Kung Fu, and especially wudan arts.

If you can turn down the Twilight Zone music for a moment, I’ll explain. The out of body experience I am talking about came from something called Kima Chasie, or, Horse meditation. In this article I am going to tell you exactly what happened, which will include exactly how to do it.

Back in the early seventies I was working on my black belt, and I was frustrated with this horse meditation thing. We would stand in the horse stance, one hand in a high block, the other hand in a horizontal, hooked back beak hand. We would concentrate out awareness on our clenched fingertips until our legs shook and sweat burst forth upon our innocent foreheads.

Yet, I knew the two minutes we were doing was insufficient. I had heard the stories of guys who would stand in the stance for two hours, and how they became superhuman. And, not to reveal my adolescent dreams, I wanted to be superhuman.

The way to be superhuman, to be honest, is just to go ahead and do it. So I began doing Horse Meditation during evenings. I would stand in horse meditation until the ache became too great, and then break, and know that I had failed.

I decided that I had had enough, I was going to make it. I was going to become the most incredible, superhuman martial artist in the world…uh, other than Bruce Lee. I mean, I would be a God, but…Bruce is Bruce, you know?

So I took the horse stance, and when the pain started, I told myself one thing…it isn’t going to kill me. Sweat, shakes, dire thoughts of having my legs disfigured for all time. But, having made the decision that I was going to make it or die…POP…I was out.

I floated above my head, disembodied, the world brilliant and forever, the source of immortality revealed. I had succeeded in using the martial arts, call it karate or kung fu or whatever, in realizing that I was a spirit, and that I was immortal, and that bodies were temporary things that you put on or take off as simply as one puts on a coat, or takes it off, or pants, they go on or off, too, and shoes, and socks, and…I was myself. Then, after a few minutes that seemed like an eternity, I decided to get back into my body, so I did, and I lost control, my stance fell forward, and I couldn’t figure out how to move my body quickly enough, and I fell right, smack dab, square…on my face.

The Brain Crash Behind the Martial Arts

There is a huge problem with the martial arts. This problem, to be plain, is the result of lowered intelligence. And this problem can, if not addressed, result in the lowered intelligence of the practitioners.

Having said all that, let me say that I believe that the martial arts are the greatest invention since anything. Done properly, they result in high levels of discipline, increased morality, and a calm viewpoint of life that reassures society on all levels. And, not to be ingenuous, they are butt kicking!

Now, having properly protected myself against the occasionally rabid practitioner, let me describe that huge problem. The problem is one of power and hard headedness. Simply, once one becomes an authority in the martial arts, one tends to squash anyone who threatens that power.

You’ve all heard the fellow in the ring who threatens to behead his opponent with a ax kick…just because he really dont like him. This is the heart of spectacle, this is the gladiator gone amuck, creating his own ratings, causing the crowd to cheer for him, inciting to riot all in the interests of a corporate deal. This is the lesson of classrooms such as the WWE, yet brought into all other facets of sport where a buck is to be made.

Now, once the ignorant lout becomes ‘champeen of the wurld,’ he continues his career through seminars, and even his own chain of schools. And in this career he continues his world class example by bad English, manners and morals. Any student who asks a question is apt to receive his answer in headlocks and armbars, and not through the scientific reasoning of levers and fulcrums.

Now, thank the stars, this is not all instructors, many instructors are intelligent, joyous beings. But, what do we do about the, for lack of a better word, louts? I mean, I don’t think the various sporting commissions will require a sixth grade education as necessary for a fellow who has dynamite in his fists.

Well, the answer lies in education, but not necessarily of the world champion. The answer lies in educating the masses. And this answer is possible through the education of the school systems.

Yes, it is about time to lay the smack down on, apply a head popping leg scissors to, wrench the arm right out of the socket of…boards of education everywhere. Time to take them teachers out and bash them in the heads with their own books. You want to fix the martial arts, start earlier, and pick the right target, next time your kid comes home with an F, head down to the local teacher store, and take a good dose of knuckle knocking, slobber knocking common sense, and convince them idiots that they better not to fail yer kid, or else!

Monster Newsletter #280–The Birth of New Legends!

Hey guys and gals!
Good morning,
and good work out.

Funny,
I always say the same thing,
wake up and work out,
and I never stop.

And why should I?
I mean,
there isn’t anything better,
so why not
wake up and work out?

Now,
got a lot of new people
seeing the newsletter for the first time,
welcome to you,
and let me explain something about Matrixing,
And,
for you old guys
if you’ve already heard this,
then just put your hands over your ears
and go
‘La la la!’
Grin.

Okey doke,
first off,
I’m Al Case.
started the martial arts back in ’67,
studied everything that came along,
became a writer for the mags,
and discovered this thing called Matrixing.

That’s the short story.
The medium story is that you can find me on the net.
Google Al Case and just about any art,
and one of my articles will pop up.
And,
youtube aganzul,
and you can see me.
Interviews,
doing forms,
showing techniques,
and lots of other stuff.

And here is something interesting.
I don’t claim to be the greatest.
I’m just a martial artist who got an idea,
who considered the martial arts a puzzle,
and put that puzzle together,
and started yelling,
‘Hey!
It’s over here!
Look at this!
This makes sense!
LOOK!’

And,
the truth of the matter is that
while I’m not the greatest,
you are.

You look at Matrixing,
then you use matrixing to look at the martial arts
and…
zingo bingo,
things are different.

Simply,
there’s no mysticism.

One of the earliest wins I ever received
was from one of my personal students,
and he said,

What’s interesting about Al Case’s writings and teachings is there isn’t any emphasis on ‘the unknown’ or ‘mystery’ behind martial arts. Al will slam this information in your face! Quite frankly the data isn’t hidden, you’ll find you’re blind.
With Matrixing you will find
that you are no longer blind.
There will be no mysteries,
and,
in their place,
you will have a cold, hard logic.
A science.
Matrixing.
And you will understand the martial arts.
The how and the why.
The whole thing.

Now,
here is the long story,
and this is why I say
that you are the greatest.
Not me.
You.

Look.
you are the one that is going to make the difference.

With my courses
you have over forty years of experience to tap into.
You have the benefit of whole arts,
and a way of learning all that data
faster than anybody has ever learned anything
on this planet,
ever.

People talk about those great masters of ancient times.
Huh!
They only knew an art or two,
worked for decades,
for lifetimes,
for what you can get in a few months,
through a few courses.
And then,
what are you going to do?

Teach people.
It’s that or beat them up,
and I think I know what you’ll choose.
So you teach,
and the world explodes with light.
People suddenly understand what they are doing,
They will understand why and how that technique really works,
they will see the truth behind those forms.
They will hit harder,
yet have more compassion,
and the martial arts will have entered
the true golden age.

It isn’t those old guys from a thousand years ago…
it’s you,
and the legends that you are about to create.

Look,
let me tell you something certain.

If you have one year of martial arts experience,
and the matrix karate course,
you are a bigger master
than any that have come before.

You simply know more.

It all makes sense.
And the fact that you are a no bushwah,
hardcore martial artist
becomes instantly and obviously plain
to any who cross fists with you.

So,
that’s the whole story.
Me.
Matrixing.
And you.

I planted a seed,
but you grew it,
and you harvested it,
and the whole world is about to be different.

And I thank you.
The Great Ones.
The Ones Who Made the Difference.
The ones who opened up the martial arts
and changed a planet.

Thank you.

Now,
for anybody who hasn’t actually taken the first course,
here’s the address.

Matrix Martial Arts

Go there,
order the course,
and have a great work out.

And,
oh yeah,
you guys with your hands over your years?
You can take your hands away now.
And shut up with that ‘la la la-ing!’
Grin.

Al
:o)

PS–For my latest article, try googling, Real Karate Does Not Look Like Karate!
And please leave a comment after you’ve seen the article. This always helps my statistics.

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
C. S. Lewis

I Used Karate to have the Strongest Mind in the World

Zowie! The Strongest Mind in the Whole World! Able to get any girl and beat up any villain, and…sounds a bit too good to be true, doesn’t it?

Oddly, what I did worked, but not in the way I thought it would. So let me tell you what I did, no charge, and see how you do. Are you ready?

I once read that a man who can concentrate on one thing for three minutes can rule the world. The point was that to stay focused on one thing, to put it simply, blows up the brain power. Having read this, and wanting to have the most fully functional brain allowed, I decided to do it.

I was doing doing Karate at the time, and exploring side avenues of Sticky Hands from Wing Chun Gung Fu, and various other martial things, and I really thought that I had the mental horsepower to pull anything off. I did my forms, I could remain calm during combat, and I had the discipline. Now all I had to do was apply that discipline to seeking enlightenment, pursuing Nirvana, or whatever you want to call it.

I decided to use a rock as my vehicle for the ultimate concentration and the resulting explosion of pure mentality which, I hoped, wouldn’t shatter the universe too badly. A rock, after all, was what the planet was, and the shape was round, like the universe, and it seemed so appropriate. So I went into a nearby orchard and selected a well shaped but ordinary rock, and prepared to enter Nirvana.

I sat down under a tree, placed the rock before me, and focused on it. I tried not to think, I tried to just be aware of the rock, and to ignore all those silly little surface thoughts, like what was for lunch and what the latest movie was, or what I was going to do that weekend. I was, after all, going to shatter down the doors to heaven, so what use could such mundane thoughts have for me, right?

After three minutes I tossed the rock away, stood up, and started walking away, totally disgusted with how boring the whole thing was. I mean, to think that I was going to enter the ultimate paradise just through being able to think at a rock, how stupid, how boring! Suddenly, I was jerked to a stop as a sudden thought washed over me.

It wasn’t the rock that was boring, it was me. All that boredom was being generated by me, and I realized something…I would never be bored again. And I suddenly realized, in this moment of self revelation, the thing had worked, but not at all how I thought it would.

Real Karate Does Not Look Like Karate!

This concept, that working Karate does not resemble the Karate that people are taught, is actually true throughout the martial arts. Shaolin done in combat does not look like classical wu shu. Kung fu doesn’t resemble kung fu, and so on.
The reason for this is that there is pretty, and then there is functional. A fellow teaches, or learns karate, and the instructor shows him something that looks good. Once one starts applying force to the technique, however, the technique must sometimes change to work.
Take a look at the classical wu shu back stance. The stance is so low on the back leg that the ankle is twisted and unable to support the weight of most attacks. Thus, one must change the shape of the form in order to make it work in real life.
Or, take a look at the common middle block in Karate. It swings sideways, and there is no structure, body or real weight behind it. The correct way to do this block is to shoot it out from the tan tien, which would put the weight and structure behind the thing.
The examples I have just given you, incidentally, represent the reasons why many classical arts fall apart in the Mixed Martial Arts ring. The artists have been trained to look good, and not to make it work. To make something like Karate work in the MMA, or the UFC, one is going to have to change the whole structure of the thing.
Changing the structure of a martial art is not bad, if it makes the art work. Unfortunately, many teachers will scream, and one has to wonder why this is. After all, the fact that an art now works should be proof and satisfaction all in one.
I suppose what is at the heart of some teacher’s inability to change is the love of the mystery. What is happening in their minds is that they don’t understand what they are doing, but they have become convinced that if they just keep doing what they are doing, they will, eventually, understand it. Thus, they become blind to change, to what works, and, sadly, the potential of the true art.
The good news is that most martial artists I have encountered are willing to change. I show them basic matrixing principles, for instance, and they are glad to change. Thus, hold to the old only so long as it works, change to the new if it doesn’t, and watch the True Martial Arts explode across the face of this planet.

Monster Newsletter #279–Why Every Form is a Prayer!

Hello to everyone!
I feel your joy
and am humbled.
Thank you for working out.

You’ve heard me say
that every form is a prayer.

When you do a form,
you are following a pattern,
within the pattern is awareness.
You seek the awareness
and you have silence.

The comfort of knowing something.
Competence.

Oddly,
it could even be done wrong,
and you would receive something,
and that is why
the martial arts have lasted
so darn long.

But,
with matrixing,
the form strives for perfection.

Straighten out the odd angles,
put in the grounding,
fine tune your motions,
apply CBM
(Coordinated Body Motion)
and,
finally,
the form resembles the perfection
indeed,
even manufactures the perfection,
that exists within you,
that is you.

Do you understand
how the form
done over and over
is merely a vehicle for finding you?

Being in a body is like being in a prison.
You lurch back and forth
within the body,
and the body starts to move,
back and forth,
and,
finally,
the prison bursts,
and you step forth.

That is what happens when you do a form.

If only people could see what you have done.
But they can’t.
They can’t even see the shards of your prison.
And the only proof you have to offer
is an added zest for life,
a grin that is true and open
and reveals the spirit that is you.

Now,
it starts with you trying to move your body
like your instructor.
duplicate his motions,
and not understanding,
but,
there is such a good feeling
about taking your body
and making it do things.

It’s not like physical education
which is social conditioning,
but a real,
live
you
moving your body.

So you move it,
again and again,
and energy starts to shoot
through your limbs.
Others are doing push ups,
you are doing…
something different.

You are using the body
the way it is supposed to be used.
As a real,
live
energy shooting machine
where imagination unlimits,
and the universe becomes yours.

You know,
one of my fondest memories
is from back at
the Kang Duk Won.

During the summer,
the heat of the bay area
would be pushed back into San Jose.
San Jose would be like
the mouth of a funnel,
the heat building,
unable to get through,
and
in the dojo,
a 100 degree day
would turn into 120 degrees.
And we would sweat.
Pushing through the heat,
becoming immune to the heat,
treating the heat
as an accomplice.

Such joy.

Then
after class,
we walked a block to a hamburger stand.
We would still be sweating,
caked with perspiration,
exhausted and bruised and beaten,
and,
yet,
victorious.
We all ordered big orange drinks.
We didn’t care about the sugar in the thing,
we were rulers of the world,
immune to mortality,
secure in ourselves.
Made so by our art.

And we would guzzle that sweet stuff,
and the look in our eyes,
the sheer pleasure in our hearts and souls…
one cannot duplicate the feeling of heaven
that possessed us.
Truly,
we had burst out of our prisons,
gone beyond
what people expected of us,
we had de-limited ourselves.

Now,
I know you know
exactly what I mean.

Maybe it wasn’t a big orange drink for you,
but,
what ever it was,
it was sweet.
It was delicious.
And it was pure you.

The best darn thing in the whole MF universe.

Now,
that is what a work out brings.
That is why
every form is a prayer.

But,
the experience is that much sweeter,
when you matrix your form.

A form is not perfection,
unless you make it so.
And your work out is not perfection,
unless you make it so.

So,
here’s the link.

Master Instructor Data!

This is the Master Instructor Course.
No matter whether you are a beginner,
or a high ranking dan,
the Master Instructor Course
has the data
which results in
perfection of form.

I could offer you a thousand dollars
to disprove it,
and you couldn’t.

The data is true.

You guys have a great work out now
and remember,
every form is a prayer.

Al
:o)

PS–If you want a great article, try googling, Matrix Martial Arts Enables One to Read Minds!

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.
Paul Valery

A Real Reason for the Development of Classical Karate!

The very first move of Karate, as taken from the first Heian or Pinan form, is a step to the side with a low block. But Karate was not designed for blocking. Yes, there are blocks in the art, and it can be adapted to blocking and striking modes, but it was not designed for blocking except by the way.

Karate was designed for imperial bodyguards to guard the king of Okinawa. These bodyguards were supposed to use their art in a room filled with warriors from different countries. Warriors who would have different weapons and ways of fighting, while the Okinawans had to remain unarmed.

Thus, would you block a samurai sword? Would you try to deflect a bullet? Because these were the real weapons that the bodyguards had to face.

Consider also that the first command a general might give his troops, if they were to attempt to kidnap the king of Okinawa, would be to restrain the bodyguards. This means that samurai would step forward and grab arms, perhaps preparatory to tying the hands of the bodyguards, or merely herding them from the room, or otherwise controlling them. And this means that the first defense of the bodyguards, as described by the first technique in the first form, would be to step in, dropping the weight and arm, thus escaping from the technique, and possibly head butting those who tried to grab them.

That’s right, an escape from a grab, then a violent step forward to close with and punch and shove the samurai, or whoever the warriors were. This would cause chaos and confusion. This would allow the king to escape.

Now, examine the form, look at it. This is the only way it makes sense. This is the start of what the bodyguards who created the art had in mind.

If the samurai drew a sword, the bodyguard had to rush the samurai. This is the reason for the big steps in the form, to enable the bodyguards to get close enough to maim and destroy. This explains the moves of forms that, otherwise, don’t make sense.

If a samurai attempted to grab, charge into them, head butting, then push them. This is the secret of the first technique, and this is how the art was designed to work. Thinking about the techniques in this way reveals an art that is true beyond belief, but you are going to have to put aside the way you were taught, and take further steps down this path if you are going to find the true art of karate.