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Sword Fighting for Blood

Newsletter 937

Using a Sword for Real!

There was one time I used a sword for real.
Sort of.
At any rate,
I used swordsmanship to cut open an attacker’s chest.
Lot of blood on that one.

I was working in a door factory,
big, noisy warehouse,
and a couple of the fellows there knew I knew martial arts.
One of them asked me,
quite seriously and with respect,
how to use a sword.
We went into the back of the warehouse,
one of the badly lit areas,
and picked up a couple of metal runners for sliding doors.
They were about the length of swords,
no edge,
but a nasty and poorly cut end.
So I showed him how to hold it,
showed him a couple of cuts,
and suddenly I felt a huge hand,
much bigger than my body,
grab my body
and pull my sword back.
For some reason,
I didn’t know why,
I pushed the sword sideways.
It went sideways slightly,
then back down,
and then cut through the chest
of a fellow sneaking up behind me.
Poor Eddie.
Blood all over the place,
didn’t know what had hit him.
Figured it was an accident,
and life went on.

But I was profoundly effected by the incident.
I asked Eddie,
after we had him all patched up,
what he had been doing.
‘I was sneaking up on you.
I was going to grab you.’
And I knew what he was thinking,
‘I’ll show him this karate crap doesn’t work!’
So I asked him what he was thinking.
He said, ‘Right before you cut me,
I thought…
Then I cut him.

There was the thought that made me move.
It was strong enough to wake up the art,
and the art doesn’t mess around.
If I hadn’t pushed,
with all my might,
that sword would have cut right through his face.
Marked him up for life.
But somehow I managed to resist that energy
that had grabbed me
and was moving me.

Some people don’t believe in this stuff.
Don’t believe in ‘chi,’
think superhuman stunts are BS,
nothing more than vivid imaginations.

But I had experienced it.
I felt like a little puppet
in the hand of the true art.

So what was it?
What was this energy that moved me?
Some mystical Kung Fu god come to help me out?
Maybe just a bigger version of me?
The ‘me-spirit’ that operates this body called Al?
None of the above?
All of the above?
I know…but there’s no way I can describe it,
other than through the incident itself.
It’s something that happens subjectively,
can’t be proven in real universe terms,
can’t be proven by physics.
it doesn’t matter.
I just know,
in solid terms proven by experience,
that the martial arts enabled me to create this experience.
The martial arts protected me.
And if you study the martial arts. intensely enough,
you’ll experience it, too.

So why don’t others experience this kind of thing?
I think lots of people do,
but since there’s no way to explain,
they don’t want to sound like a kook,
so they don’t say anything.

But I get letters from a LOT of people,
and a LOT of people tell me things that happened to them,
that are similar,
in some way,
to my experience.

So why don’t more people experience this kind of thing?
Because they stop too soon.
The martial arts tend to be a long path.
If I hadn’t stuck to it,
obsessed on it with this matrixing thing,
I might not have experienced it.
And here’s something I do know…
Matrixing will speed up your progress.
It will speed up your evolution as a martial artist.
And maybe that is the key,
to get to a certain point,
to live enough life
to where you get to that signpost of ability,
that experience of something greater
than the so-called ‘science’ of mankind.
I certainly hope so.
I don’t want people to go fast enough
so they get ‘done’ with the Martial Arts…
I want them to go fast enough to reach the real martial arts,
that area where mystical things happen,
where abilities pop out,
where the true art protects you no matter what,
and in the firmest of terms.

got to give you a link.
You know where to find matrixing,
the Monster,
and here’s the Matrix Kenjutsu link,
which is what I was showing the fellow
when the big hand turned the heck out of me.

Have a great work out!



Mr. Case,
I have received the Master Instructor Course, read it multiple times and have wondered…where has this information been and why is this not required for all instructors that have the care of their students entrusted in them? I was amazed that the principles of Matrixing and how they can take any martial art and develop it into one practicum.
The most obvious observations I made is that my students seem to “lose” their breath while training. By demonstrating the breathing techniques that you share in the course, I was able to assist in redirecting their breathing patterns.
I look forward to introducing more of your principles into the classes. I have ordered the “Matrix Karate” course and anticipate a great learning and training experience, with it.
Thank you, Mr. Case


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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,
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.
that said,
let me tell you something about graphics.

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.

working on all these programs,
writing all these books,
enlightened me as to one simple fact.
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.
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?

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.

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?

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?

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

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.
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.

I was out of work,
living rent free,
got a little social security,
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

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.

I had a solid base in Karate,
and I understood the value of basics,
and the foundation of matrixing was in my mind,
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,
by the end of a year,
I knew the sword.

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.


this has all been interesting stuff,
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.


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.

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

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



Martial Arts Survival When the World Ends

The Simplicity of Survival.

Do you know how life works?

Life is a process of yes or no choices.


it becomes simplicity itself

to live life

and to survive

in a grand manner.

A guy confronts you,

is he going to punch you…yes or no?

If the answer is yes,

find the next yes or no question.

If the answer is no,

find the next yes or no question.

Let’s say he is going to punch you.

Right hand or left hand?

Figure out the answer,

and move to the next yes or no question.

Once the decisioin to punch has been made

no need for choices,

you simply become the fist to his fist,

or the glove to his fist.

In other words,

you either hit him

(preferably first)

or you accept his motion

and let it pass

in some manner.

Here’s one,

have you ever heard of


I don’t know how to pronounce it,

so I just say titwacky,


The End Of The World As We Know It

An atom bomb goes off in your city.

Do you stay or go?

If you elect to stay,

find the next yes or no question.

If you elect to go,

find the next yes or no question.

If you elect to stay,

the question might become

how do you protect yourself from fall out?

Do you sit in your front yard and enjoy the atomic rain?

Or do you gather supplies

and hide in your basement?

Do you see how simple life is?

In fact,

the only time it becomes confusing

is when you can’t break the problem down to yes or no.

An atom bomb goes off

everybody starts moaning and whining,

and you say

hide in the basement.

Four other people start saying things like:

hide in the attic,

bug out,

where’s the car,

I’m scared.

They don’t understand that you must break

every problem down

to two choices,

and only two choices.

I know,

you think there might be a situation

where there are legitimate three or more choices.


You are standing on the street

and four fellows come at your

each from a different direction,

but you don’t have four choices to make,

or four solutions (directions)

to choose from.

Your choice is move or don’t move.

which becomes

do you handle the person closest to you,

if yes do so,

if no then act upon why the closest person wasn’t the correct choice.


this entire universe is built upon twos,

not threes or fours,

and your ability to survive may well hinge upon your ability

to reduce the universe to simple and therefore easy choices.

Basic Neutronics says

a motor is tension (push/pull) between two terminals.

It is your duty to realize that your body is one terminal,

and whatever is coming towards you is the other terminal

and then to handle one or the other of the terminals.

Which means to move or don’t move,

destroy or don’t destroy,

right or left,

up or down,

and so on.


you bet I am going to try to sell you a Neutronics book now,

yes or no.


Neutronics is for people who are ready,

who have felt that intuitive call,



I am not using reverse psychology on you,

I mean it.

Don’t mess with Neutronics

until you have done some Matrixing.

As simple as it sounds,

without the discipline of the martial arts

Neutronics won’t be effective.

You need a matrixed,



Not just a discipline,

as of any martial art,

but a matrixed discipline.

A matrixed discipline is ten times better

than an illogical,

non-matrixed discipline.


I will recommend a matrixed discipline.


I recommend Blinding Steel,

and for a simple reason.

In the event of titwacky

you will encounter starving and desparate mobs,

home invasions by people you used to trust,

even police using their authority

to ransack your home,

and here is the point…

When titwacky happens

the desperate mobs will use weapons.

Desperate for food,

starving and sick,

the person who did not prepare

will use a weapon,

make a spear,

have a homemade knife,

use the kitchen cutlery

and they will come for you.

And you,

silly fool,

only know weaponless arts.

They are good,

they are excellent,

but the situation has escalated.

So I recommend Blinding Steel


It is simple,

it comes in interchangeable modules,

a person can learn how to handle a weapon,

any weapon

with a week of hard training

in Blinding Steel.



I don’t think the world is going to end,

but if we do have economic collapse,

a solar pulse,

a terrorist attack,

you should be prepared,

to the degree that you are prepared,

to that degree the world won’t end,

it will just change gears

and you might have to scamper a bit to catch up,

but you will make it.

First line of defense?

Blinding Steel.

And maybe we’ll talk about some titwacky things

in the coming weeks.

Things are getting wacky out there,

and the only solution

is for you to be solid and stable inside.

Okey dokey,

guys and gals,

I’ve given you a choice,

be prepared or not…

and the next question is

Blinding Steel or Not…

May you have a grinning week

and a laughing weekend.

zen martial arts

Unique Training Method is the Key to Learning Immaculate Sword Fighting!

Happy Impending Hanakwanmass!
Like a blanket of cheer,
it hangs over our head.
The Hanakwanmass burrito stuck to the wall
to remind us,
Underneath the skin,
behind the shape of eyes,
beneath the color of hair
we know…
I am.

This ‘I am’
is in everybody.
It is us.
We are not one,
that wouldn’t be any fun,
but we are one in the sense
that we are all possessed of…
‘I am.’
That’s the point of the martial arts,
you know.
To realize our uniqueness.

let’s talk about martial arts.

Immaculate swordfighting.
Nice phrase, eh?
Just BTW
I was watching a documentary on Musashi the other night.
Now that guy was immaculate.
he had to kill 60 people
to get there.

we can get there
without killing people.
All we have to do is
put the key in the lock.

to put in the key is easy.
You can start when you get in your car.
close your eyes,
and insert the key in the ignition.

open one eye and peek,
that wasn’t so hard.

in the beginning,
it might be.
Even though you know where you are sitting,
and you know where the ignition is,
you keep missing the sucker.
The key,
you see,
is to make your knowingness work.
You know the key,
you know the ignition,
to close your eyes,
don’t use your senses,
use what you know.
That is pure martial arts.

With practice,
you stop fumbling.
are you ready for the sequence of training?

Hit a garage sale
find a lock and key and buy it.
Take the lock home and mount it on the wall.
Place the key between your knuckles,
Punch slowly,
and place the key in the lock.
Oh criminey,
oh jeepers,
a while later,
you have it.
Now close your eyes and do it.
Oh S***!

eventually you have it.
This knowingness stuff is weird.
You’re starting to feel the form of it,
but it is a form operated by what you know,
and not what you see, hear, smell,
and so on.
it gets very interesting walking down dark alleys,
late at night,
no lights.

You know,
I work out almost every single day in my house
late at night.
All the lights out,
eyes closed,
I do my forms,
feeling the walls and the doors and the furniture
without using my senses.
I just use what I know.

you ready to jump the exercise up a notch?
Get a foot long hunk of closet pole.
Cut a slot in the end,
and attach the key.
insert the key
into the lock.
I won’t even bother swearing for this one.
We’re far beyond that.
Time passes.
We reach the point where we close our eyes.
More time passes,
and we cut a longer pole.

So how long a pole can you use
to turn the key?
Measure your progress by feet.
Set up a ranking system.
Six thrusts in lock at one foot in sixty seconds…black belt
Six thrusts in lock at six feet in sixty seconds…master
Fill in the blanks for colored belts and gradations of black belt.
What a game, eh?

you should do other stuff to accompany this type of thing.
Sword fighting consists basically of…
striking up, down, from the sides
in four directions,
with the four basic footworks.

I discovered this matrix back in about ’75.
I was laid off,
and I had a year to myself.
Father had died so I had a house,
and I decided to teach myself swordfighting.
Got the books,
saw people,
collected data,
figured it all out,
and did it.

while I got an immense value from my little program,
it is is terribly outmoded.
If you want to see state of the art,
you should check out
The Blinding Steel Program.
Now THAT is a mofo
of unprecedented proportion!
That’s the stuff I use on the vid here…

it’s called Blinding Steel,
and it’s on the home page of the monster,
you just have to look for it.

there has been some interest in hanakwanmass,
and I should probably explain some of the rigamarole
surrounding this International Monkeyland Holiday.
It’s actually the first holiday
respected by Monkeyland.
the second.
My birthday is first.
Hanakwanmass combines three holidays,
so you have to buy three times the amount of gifts,
and send them to Monkeyland,
care of Al.
As trees are an endangered species,
it is considered tradition
to hang a burrito on your wall.
Ornamentation consists of drawing arms and legs
for the burrito
on the wall.
Maybe giving it a happy face.
when the burrito turns a proper shade of green,
it is considered appropriate to eat it.
there is a segment of the population
that insists on not eating
until the burrito is served,
which can mean starvation for a couple of weeks,
which means
there is usually some fighting
over the scraps.

Seriously though,
I have noticed that people in my neighborhood
have started shouting hanakwanmass at me.
I saw where Sam,
out in Arkansass
wished all a hanakwanmass
in his own newsletter.
This heartens me,
as the real purpose of hanakwanmass
is to celebrate not just individual religious holidays,
but the joy of the individual spirit
which lives in all of us.

If everybody realized the ‘I am’
that motivates their particular
color of skin,
shade of eye,
tint of hair,
speech pattern,
eating preferences,
or whatever…
we actually would have world peace.
Total and utter world peace.
We just have to have enough people
who realize that they are unique,
and that each and every person
in this whole world is unique,
and that we can enjoy each other.

So practice your martial arts,
make them uniquely you,
and share them with the world.
‘I am’ to us all.

And don’t forget to check out
Blinding Steel.

Hanakwanmass to all,
and have a great work out.

A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg. ~Samuel Butler

A kata is only a martial artists way of making war…without making war.. ~Al Case

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia. ~Charles Lindbergh

In martial arts I sense the miracle of life, and using matrixing the miracle happens faster. ~Al Case

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

Look deep into your nature with the martial arts, and then you will understand everything better. ~Al Case

Send me your wins!