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Comparing Karate Over the Decades!

Hi guys and gals, 

I want to talk about the differences

between freestyle over the years.

But, first…

I am closing a few sites.

I’ll keep the monster up,

and a couple of others,

but I’ve got 7 or 8 websites that are going down.

Simply,

the webhoster is so incompetent,

and moving the sites and repairing them…

it’s just not worth it.

The KangDukWon.com website is gone.

If you are mid lesson, let me know.

And,

there is a bigger reason.

Advertising on Google is silly,

and I have found the best way to market my courses

is to change them into books on Amazon.

So I’ve got the How to Fix Karate books up there,

and The Shaolin Butterfly.

And I’ll have more,

but I’m making these changes

because the internet is changing.

And I will consider certificates for a couple of the courses.

The Matrix Karate course,

the Master Instructor course,

and a few others.

Okay,

Karate has degraded over the years.

Badly.

I do all arts,

but my base art is karate,

and this degrading of art is hurtful.

So this is what I want you to do.

Go to Youtube and find 1970 Karate.

That was when I learned,

and you can see hard techniques,

lots of good control,

and sportsmanship.

I knew a lot of the guys in this clip.

Then look for 1980s karate.

These guys are marginally better,

but they are dancing around more

(courtesy of Bruce)

and their control isn’t as good.

Then find

Old School Karate VS Modern Karate Tournaments

The music probably wasn’t needed,

it becomes a put down,

but the point is…

what happened?

Parents.

Children.

Politics.

Money.

protective gear.

Some other stuff, too.

Society has become drugged out,

education has become political indoctrination,

but I don’t really want to go into those things.

I want to discuss the big five.

Parents sign their children up to defend themselves,

but if there is an ‘owie,’

bang—those kids are gone.

I’ve taught classes to kids,

as soon as I get even the teensiest bit down and dirty,

the parents glare at me like I’m abusing their children.

Children.

If the kid goes home and complains that it’s too hard,

Bang—those kids are gone.

Parents have totally bought into the idea

that their little snowflake dumpling needs reassurance

and not hard work.

Politics.

People would rather talk than work out.

Whenever I had a talker I would focus on him till

he started working, or left.

I had no room in any of my schools for people 

who didn’t want to sweat.

Money.

To stay in business you need it.

But if you are lowering standards to keep people

you aren’t teaching karate.

Protective gear.

People think you need to hit harder,

or can hit harder,

so they give up learning control.

And control is CRUCIAL to the martial arts.

But people buy into protective gear because 

the school owners push it because

it makes them a profit

and they can stay in business

and lower their standards.

So,

what do you do?

Find a hard class that works hard.

Find the fellows that work the hardest and pair up with them.

Teach a hard class and take no prisoners.

I couldn’t believe it,

I was astounded,

I was actually shocked,

the first time a fellow stepped off the mat

so he could get a drink of water.

“But I was thirsty!” he explained.

And I said,

“In a real fight you’re going to stop everything

and get a drink of water because you’re thirsty?”

Want a real story of tough?

I was teaching a bunch of guys,

and my son was among them.

After some six months

Aaron complained of chest pain.

When I looked

he had an indentation on his sternum.

Somebody had actually punched a dent in his chest.

Doctor said to take a few weeks off,

it would heal.

I said, ‘Okay, you’re off for a few weeks.’

Aaron said, ‘No, I’m not.’

We argued and I put down the law.

I was a bit surprised when he showed up for class.

I said, 

“Get the F out.”

He said,

“You’re going to have to make me.”

Argh!

So I could have gotten physical

which would have caused damage,

or I could let him stay,

in which case he only ‘might’ get damaged.

So he stayed.

I was always proud of the fact

that he had the real spirit.

Willing to work

even to the point of injury,

and beyond.

Mind you,

I still don’t think he should have been in the class,

I believe in taking care of injuries,

but he was so tough

that I couldn’t stop him.

And that means he can’t be stopped in life.

Because the dojo is a microcosm.

It is a little life in which lessons are learned.

And when I watch these pattycake sessions

that people think are real Karate,

I feel so incredibly sad.

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HAVE A GREAT WORK OUT!

Al

And don’t forget to check out the interview

BTW

I’ve got nothing but five star reviews on 

The Science of Government.

It’s really nothing more than applying matrixing to politics.

Matrixing + Politics = Sanity

I told you matrixing works with anything.

Here’s the link…

How to Fix Karate! (volumes one and two)

volume one is at

And volume two is at…

Fighting Without Fighting!

I want to talk about 

fighting without fighting,

but first…

Thanks to everybody for making How to Fix Karate a Success!

It’s on Amazon.

Now then…

Fighting without fighting.

First, you have to learn to fight.

Nothing stops a fellow from trying to mug you

like him knowing you’re going to come out on top.

Get your black belt,

get zen confidence,

nobody is going to bother you.

You learned to fight so you don’t have to fight.

This is the crux of the second amendment,

for those of you who wondered.

So, 

somebody STILL wants to fight.

This is the one that it took me years to figure out,

and that nobody knows.

I figured it out while figuring out Neutronics.

In this universe there are only objects that move around.

So you’re sitting there peacefully,

and some guy starts moving towards you

and he wants to conk you.

I simply say,

‘you’re coming towards me.’

And he goes away.

Isn’t that weird?

His body is part of the universe,

and his motion has been detected,

and let me tell give you a little bit of data.

The guy that wants to hit you

doesn’t want to be hit.

Except for the truly insane,

nobody wants to be hit,

and the insane don’t really want to either,

if you dig into them a bit.

So you can defeat anybody

simply by observing that they are coming towards you.

They know you see them,

and they don’t want to get hit,

so they leave.

Now,

here is the truly amazing thing about this,

it works against almost any sentient thing.

I’ve used it when a dog wanted to bite me.

A couple of times.

I’ve used it against salespeople.

Isn’t that a kick in the head?

But salespeople who seek you out,

or are a little too much in their sales pitch,

are trying to bully you into something you don’t want.

you just look at them and say,

“You’re coming towards me.”

I’ve used it against people who were bullies.

I’ve used it against people who simply bugged me.

I’ve even used it against those most dangerous of souls…Karens!

However, 

it might not work if you haven’t studied martial arts

and gained that peace of soul

that is the end result of the real martial arts.

And I would be careful in a combat zone.

People in riot are not sentient,

take a look at the Kyle Rittenhouse situation if you doubt.

You can use deviations.

‘I see you’ is good.

And there are others.

But the main thing is to see them,

and let them know they’ve been seen.

Okay,

hope you have fun with this one,

and here’s the obligatory ads,

this for the two two volumes I just published…

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HAVE A GREAT WORK OUT!

Al

And don’t forget to check out the interview

BTW

I’ve got nothing but five star reviews on 

The Science of Government.

It’s really nothing more than applying matrixing to politics.

Matrixing + Politics = Sanity

I told you matrixing works with anything.

Here’s the link…

Neutronic Fighting in the Martial Arts!

Good morning!

Hi to Kumar and Jerome this week.

A quick announcement,

I’m not going to be issuing certificates any more.

Just don’t have the time.

In fact,

going to be changes around here,

and I’ll let you know of them in the coming weeks.

The book is done,

just waiting for proofs.

Proofs are copies just for the author

so he can see what the book looks like.

So, a couple of weeks and the book will be out.

Been a saga,

and I’ll talk about that on the official release newsletter,

but the thing that I want to talk about here

is more neutronic,

and how neutronic relates to fighting.

I believe I have said some of this before,

but it’s worth a second go around.

Neutron means nothing.

No weight, no mass, no intention, no direction.

It is the frame of mind you want to achieve.

And,

specific to the martial arts,

no emotion.

When somebody wants to fight you

they have to come for you.

I’ve actually stopped people from being aggressive with me

by simple saying,

‘You’re coming towards me.’

And who would come towards me in an aggressive manner?

The most obvious ones were people who,

when I was a teacher,

were upset about their child.

Parents can be really obtuse and mean.

But,

the thing is this,

there are actually two waves of attack.

Three if you count the idea of attack.

So,

first a guy gets the idea of attack,

second the guy has the emotion of attack,

third the guy attacks.

The thing that screws people up is this emotion thing.

Nobody understands emotion.

Especially not the psychiatrists

and the so called mental health ‘experts.’

Emotion is motion inside the head.

So the guy decides he wants to beat you up,

he throws rage at you,

then launches his body.

The rage is designed to intimidate you,

and to bolster himself.

The rage hits you

and you are slowed,

and the fight,

as your emotion starts to ratchet,

becomes a wallow through the currents of emotion.

I can’t tell you how to wallow through emotion.

That would be like telling somebody how to swim without water.

BUT,

you need to take emotion out of the equation.

Let the emotion wash past you,

not touch you,

observe without receiving his emotion,

or mounting any of your own.

This is one of the reasons people

should study such things as Yoga,

meditation,

or the martial arts concept of 

motion without having emotion.

(Mushin no shin ~ Mind of No Mind)

Don’t get angry.

If a guy throws a punch at you it is a gift.

He is communicating with you.

Rejoice,

look at it,

enjoy it,

handle it.

If you’ve got emotion going on yourself,

 it is difficult to handle other’s emotions.

Oddly,

I learned how to do without emotion by fighting.

I would do freestyle and focus on the opponent so hard

that I ended up in a sort of a tunnel,

looking at my opponent.

This put me out of my head

and out of emotion.

BUT…

I couldn’t have done that with fighting

if I hadn’t studied the forms first,

and learned the peculiar discipline that goes with that.

You can fight all you want and never get into the tube.

But once you dedicate yourself to learning about forms,

and about your form (your own body),

it becomes surprisingly easy.

It only took me about 20 years.

BUT…

with matrixing you can probably do it within a year.

Maybe even faster.

Matrixing aligns all the data,

arranges your understanding of incoming force

so that nothing surprises you.

Matrixing educates you as to how the body functions,

and about ten times faster than classical karate.

BUT…of course,

don’t give up that classical karate.

There’s gold in them thar hills,

especially once you have the pick and shovel of matrixing in your hands.

Here’s the obligatory ad…

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Okay, everybody,

I hope you’re working out every day this summer!

It’s the only way to get where you’re going!

HAVE A GREAT WORK OUT!

Al

And don’t forget to check out the interview

BTW

I’ve got nothing but five star reviews on 

The Science of Government.

It’s really nothing more than applying matrixing to politics.

Matrixing + Politics = Sanity

I told you matrixing works with anything.

Here’s the link…

All the Styles of Karate!

What’s with all the different styles of karate?

I get asked about styles every once in a while,

and this is a tricky question.

It’s tricky because there are no styles.

Oh, there is the appearance of styles, especially for a beginner,

but a kick is a kick,

a punch is a punch,

and they can be fixed with an accurate application of physics.

So what are all these ‘styles?’

They are different methods for becoming expert…

and beyond.

Up to the point of expert a person is often enamored

with styles and differences.

Past expert,

if he really is an expert,

he realizes that no art is better or worse,

there is only better or worse training.

There is only better or worse application of the self to training.

Methods,

or what we call ‘styles,’

are just the means by which we get to expert.

Or beyond.

This idea,

that there are no styles,

is mentioned by old masters,

especially in Okinawa before Karate was exported,

Kanken Toyama states it directly.

Also, Jesse Enkamp has a nice episode on the subject.

One time I was talking to my instructor,

Bob Babich,

He had just left the Korean Karate Association

and was no longer allowed to use the term ‘Kang Duk Won,’ 

so he changed the name to Kwon Bup.

I asked him what Kwon Bup meant.

He had a book on his coffee table,

written in Korean,

which language he couldn’t speak or read.

He pointed at the book and said that his instructor gave it to him

and that the title was ‘Kwon Bup.’

Which means ‘Fist Method.’

So he decided to relabel his art ‘Kwon Bup.’

I asked him what the difference was between ‘Do,’ ‘The Way,’

and a method.

He shrugged and said,

“Is there one?”

He didn’t care about organizations (politics)

or styles or labels…

he just cared about the most efficient way to learn the art.

I hope that illustrates what i’ve said here.

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Okay, everybody,

summer is around the corner, so start now!

HAVE A GREAT WORK OUT!

Al

And don’t forget to check out the interview

BTW

I’ve got nothing but five star reviews on 

The Science of Government.

It’s really nothing more than applying matrixing to politics.

Matrixing + Politics = Sanity

I told you matrixing works with anything.

Here’s the link…

Newsletter 1038

13 Reasons People Degrade the Martial Arts

You survived Thanksgiving!

And now it’s almost time for Christmas,

or as I call it,

HanaKwanMass!

Happy HanaKwanMass!

Okay, let’s talk about people who degrade the martial arts.

I’m not talking about people outside the martial arts,

we all know they are idiots,

talking about something they know nothing about.

I’m talking about people inside the martial arts.

People who say things like,

or hold the opinion that…

My art is better than your art.

That art sucks cause it wouldn’t work in the ring.

and,

of course,

the dreaded…

IT’S A MCDOJO!

So I was just sitting around

and popped out 13 quick reasons

why these people say bad things about the arts,

or other martial arts.

Here they are:

  1. people who have not studied it completely
  2. people who have not been able to make it work
  3. people who received inadequate training
  4. people who received an incorrect form of the art
  5. people listen to other people and aren’t able to think critically about what they hear
  6. people of low character (negative people)
  7. people who have been trained/influenced by negative people
  8. people who think you have to beat somebody up (joy of combat)
  9. people who have studied a little and think they know something
  10. people who have a need to be ‘the’ authority
  11. people who practice putting other people down to make themselves ‘bigger’
  12. people who are general malcontents (disgruntled)
  13. people who are ignorant and can’t think

Of course,

some of these reasons overlap,

and there are doubtless more reasons,

but they boil down to one basic thing.

People who speak ill

of others, of other arts,

are ignorant.

Go on,

read the list again

and you will find that common denominator.

Haven’t been trained enough so they ignorant…

haven’t gotten a true version of the art so they are ignorant…

can’t make it work so they are definitely ignorant.

Now,

what do you do about ignorant people?

What’s that old saying?

You can’t live with them but you can’t kill them.

So the choices you have are two,

and only two.

First,

if they can be educated

you can educate them.

Sit down, talk with them,

show them where they are wrong.

This one,

quite honestly,

doesn’t work.

First,

you are talking to somebody who is so ignorant 

they are holding on to their ignorance like it was a banner.

Here’s the thinking behind that:

I’m right and if you try to educate me

then you are attacking my rightness and I will kill you.

Go on, 

read that again.

If you try to smarten me I’ll hurt you.

That’s a mantra for idiots,

and yet it is prevalent in the world.

It is probably,

if you think about it,

political rule number one.

But don’t get me started on government.

So,

the first solution,

while it is the preferred,

is only rarely able to be applied.

And that leaves us with rule number two.

Now,

I’m going to speak French here,

just to let the easily offended know,

so they can plug up their ears.

But,

my personal solution,

the way I get through life while surrounded by idiots is

Stay away from assholes.

There it is,

I think this is the first time in over a thousand newsletters

that I have used bad language.

Sorry.

But we can transcribe that to English…

STAY AWAY FROM IDIOTS!

Simply,

if you rub elbows with idiots,

with the truly ignorant,

you risk getting their ignorance all over you.

You will get involved in all sorts of unpleasantness

as they hang on to their ignorant ‘rightness’

and try to hurt you.

Now,

why do I speak of this here?

First,

because people should learn how to survive

the stupidity of this world.

Second,

there might be an ignorant person reading this.

Right now.

And I am really hoping

that they scratch their head,

wonder if I could actually be talking about them,

and perhaps even start the arduous journey

to the land of critical thinking.

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And have a great work out!

Al

And don’t forget to check out the interview

BTW

I’ve got nothing but five star reviews on 

The Science of Government.

It’s really nothing more than applying matrixing to politics.

Matrixing + Politics = Sanity

I told you matrixing works with anything.

Here’s the link…

The Curve of Martial Arts Systems

I’ve been playing with this thought over the years,

it’s pretty firm now,

so let me shoot it by you.

If you study the martial arts long enough,

you will undoubtedly trip over a concept.

The guys who do this often become ‘founders.’

They ‘invent’ a system.

Maybe the concept has been discovered before,

but it’s new to the guy,

and he starts working it,

and he groups techniques around that concept

and he keeps discovering new things

and that all becomes his system.

Now,

he understands the concept.

And because he understands

that understanding translates into superior technique,

into being able to use it on the mat,

and so on.

And,

the guy may become well known.

And,

I hate to tell you this,

but we are talking about people who lived

thousands of years ago,

for the most part.

Hey,

there’s a guy in a village,

and he punches a tree long enough,

figures out how to step over roots and duck under branches

and he invents ‘Tree Fu.’

Now stop laughing,

I’m trying to make a point here.

And the point is that a version of Tree Fu

is being invented in a lot of different villages.

But civilization encroaches

and styles of Tree Fu agree or disagree,

we have fights and wars,

and even polite sit downs over tea,

but,

everybody agrees,

nobody can make it work

like the founders.

Okay,

the first students

of these ‘miracle Martial Artists,

they study Tree Fu,

and they have the direct hand of the founder

to help them understand the concept.

They do pretty good.

But the next generation

only has the first students,

so they understand,

and they get good,

but not as good.

And so on and so on

through the generations.

And the art becomes less understandable

the further away we go

from the founders.

Now the students aren’t even studying the basic concept,

they are being monkeys,

monkey see monkey do

And they get good over time,

but the days of miracle martial artists are behind them.

Finally, we reach a point where the art has become so diluted,

so monkey see monkey do,

so ritualized,

that it stops working.

For the most part.

Oh,

a few talented students can make it work,

but the rest of us,

we’re stuck in car contracts,

duped into believing that tournaments are important

(they are, just not as important as some people would believe)

and if we’re caught on the street

we’re going to get our muscle bound asses handed to us.

Do you see the curve here?

The art is invented,

the curve goes up for a few generations,

then it starts to go down

and crashes,

and it is linked to this one simple idea:

WHAT IS THE CONCEPT?

The concept behind Tree Fu was simple.

Step over the root

duck under the limb.

The concept behind Karate,

for instance,

is amazingly complex.

What block do I use when,

kicks over punches?

Why…why…?

point fighting vs full contact.

Is a bow respect…or something else?

Why is the horse stance?

Do you see all the garbage that are concepts…

but not THE concept?

And that is true for every art,

and ESPECIALLY for modern arts.

Modern arts,

for the most part,

are reworkings of concepts that have already had their day

and not are crashing and failing.

That’s why everybody says,

‘I take what works from everything,’

and never understand

that they are making a new garbage heap.

They are just making more kindling out of Tree Fu.

So,

what to do.

I mean what’s the point of this rant

unless I give you a solution,

or a way to get to the solution?

Right?

Okay.

Here we go.

First,

understand that there is a concept behind everything.

You have to look at a low block

until you understand the concept of a low block.

And the concepts,

from one version of Tree Fu to the next,

will often be different.

I believe the purpose of a block is to cut the line of attack.

Many people believe it is to ‘stop’ the attack.

Many believe label a block for a distance,

or for a specific attack.

Okay,

gather all the data,

make sure you understand it,

then

isolate what works for you.

Simple dimple, 

right?

That’s basic Bruce Lee.

Want the basic concept of Bruce Lee’s art?

Jeet Kune Do?

It is matrixing

kicking, punching and trapping.

Take a look at 

‘Jeet Kune Do’s Wing Chun roots with Guro Dan Inosanto’

on youtube.

Towards the end of the clip,

you’ll see these three concepts

form to make JKD.

All the rest is context,

to make that concept work.

What a lot of understanding Bruce Lee had.

What a lot of concepts he went through,

to find his basic understanding of the art.

Not saying he is right or wrong,

he was obviously right for himself,

but you need to do more than monkey see monkey do.

So work his concept until you understand it,

and go looking for more.

Anyway,

sorry for that aside,

no matter how enlightening it is,

but…

gather the data,

understand it from ALL viewpoints,

and search for the concept that ties it all together.

The central concept of Matrixing

is the Truth Table.

Go on,

Google that.

You’ll find the most confusing array of concepts in the world.

All abstract and weird and…

and underneath it is a simple concept.

A diagram of columns and rows.

So,

we come to the crux of the matter.

You are a student of a student of a student…to the Nth.

Even if you are studying a brand new system,

just invented,

it’s just another confusion of data

mixed up crap over the millenium,

and it would take a Herculean effort

to make sense out of all that garbage.

OR,

you can devote yourself to defining 

the simple concept behind each move,

each form,

ech art…

and the arts.

The concept behind the martial arts is simple:

hit without being hit.

But very few arts understand that.

Boxing you are expected to get hit.

Karate is a dance to get in and out,

which fails because (drum roll) people haven’t isolated concepts.

And so on for ALL arts.

The only art I know that tries to stay true to this concept,

and even that isn’t foolproof,

is Matrixing.

Anyway,

I could go on and on,

I’ve already probably gone on and on too much,

I mean,

how do sift through my garbage and find your truth?

Right?

But the thing to remember is this.

Isolate the concepts

work on the concept that is most true for you.

That is the way out of and to the top of the garbage heap.

That is actually the way to understand the martial arts.

Mind you,

I am not telling you to bad mouth arts,

or to give up your art,

I am telling you to work hard enough to understand what you are doing.

That is the secret of life.

Now,

the grim moment in time,

where I must lambast you with…

the obligatory advertisement!

(yea!)

I would say that the

Create Your Own Art course

is one hell of a step in learning

how to understand the martial arts.

The course is old,

the quality of the tapes is not great,

but it is definitely understandable.

The course leads to an understanding of footwork,

how to tie hands to feet,

and,

eventually,

how to conceptualize an art and create it.

And there is definitely NO other course like it.

It includes bonuses and complete arts

to make my points.

Here’s the link…

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Okay,

thanks for being there,

thanks for being martial artists,

and have a GREAT work out!

Al

PS

don’t forget to check out

Dale Gilliland’s great interview with me….

BTW

Have you checked out my novel?

Monkeyland?

It’s on Amazon,

but you’ll probably have to look for it.

Amazon tends to hide the good stuff.

A New Fourth Black Belt!

Newsletter 1003

Justin Earns a Fourth Degree Black Belt

Happy Covid!

Hope you’re enjoying your vacation,

and that all is well with your friends and families.

Haven’t been writing much lately,

well I have,

actually I’ve been writing 8 hours a day,

but it’s been in other fields.

Simply,

I need to make some money.

That lame excuse out in the universe,

let me say…

CONGRATS TO JUSTIN HARRIS

Justin just earned his black in Shaolin Butterfly,

which, with the other arts he has studied

earns him a fourth degree black belt.

WELL DONE!

Now that’s a guy who takes advantage of the Corona crisis!

Okay, 

Since I haven’t been writing much lately,

you can always catch up on old writings.

First,

the inexpensive way,

just go to

https://alcase.wordpress.com

and start reading the blog.

There’s probably

a 1000 blogs there.

Or,

if you want to go a bit more in depth,

I compiled all my articles in a ten book series.

The Biggest Martial Arts Lesson

That’s a lot of articles,

near a thousand,

and they cover EVERYTHING!

 Or,

you could just start ordering courses,

stop reading about and start experiencing.

You know,

I came across an interesting question today.

It was something to do with how many defenses you need

to really protect yourself

I started to chuckle,

cause the guy had it backwards.

You don’t worry about how many things you can do,

you just worry about what he is going to do.

If you are worried about what you will do

you are introverting,

and not looking out,

to where the danger is.

So look outwards

and learn to analyze strikes.

Do you know how many punches there are?

Six.

That’s all.

So let me cover this in more or less logical (matrixed) fashion.

There are two punches left and right

There are two types of punches straight and circular

There are two modes of punches snap and thrust

When you matrix these, and toss out things that don’t work (you don’t snap a circular punch, for instance) You end up with six possible strikes. Of course they could sail in fron odd directions, but still, only six…

left straight snap

left straight thrust

left circular

right straight snap

right straight thrust

right circular

So,

first, watch for the kick.

No danger from punches or other strikes,

maybe from weapons,

but you will usually see if there is a weapon pretty quick.

Second, as you step in

the kick gets jammed,

easy to handle with a retreat or a turned hip, etc.

Now you have to worry about the punch,

but worry introverts,

so you just watch him.

I know some people say you have to train

for punches from the rear,

yes,

but as soon as you turn to him he is in the front,

so front training is where the punch is coming from.

Watch his feet to see if he is angling for a punch

watch his shoulders to see if he is loading

sidestep slowly,

always being ready,

and always moving so he can’t quite fix on you.

Third,

don’t worry about knees and elbows,

he has to close to use those,

and that is so obvious it is ridiculous.

And there it is.

Fighting is easy,

reading an opponent is easy.

Of course,

it all means nothing

if you don’t spend some time

hitting things so you can feel what it feels like

practicing forms so your body is in top top shape,

and just training like your life depends on it

because,

darn it,

it does.

Anyway,

that is sort of how you apply simple logic (matrixing) to fighting.

And,

obligatory ad,

you really should look into my courses,

because they are all like this,

simple and thorough,

realistic and fun.

That all said,

don’t worry about the Covid crisis,

because worrying is introverting

and life is out there.

Instead,

train hard and strengthen the immune system,

best medical advice I can give you.

Sensei Case

Have a great work out!

Al

Here is ‘The Last Martial Arts Book,’

Best one I have ever written,

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/nine-square-diagram-boxing/

Martial Arts Master Instructor Win

Newsletter 1002
A New Master Instructor!

Congrats to Master Instructor Franklin Fick!

Sensei Case

I am submitting this win for the Master Instructor Course in the hope
that you deem it enough to award a certificate.

The first time I saw this course was probably more then 10 years ago,
and I read through it and thought it was very well thought out,
presented clearly, and made a lot of sense. At the time, I incorporated
some of the things presented into teaching my students (teaching chinese
systems). Some of the things in the course were the things that I found
familiar.

But a lot of the things in the course – either elaborated or broke
things down into their logical foundational pieces —   and this was a
tremendous help. In other words – you presented the material in a way —
matrix-ed it, so that it covered everything. Which was more then I was
taught before.

Not directly related to the Master Instructor Course – but more to
related to the whole spectrum of courses you have –  I don’t think I was
aware of how much your courses helped me – until I re-read and went over
a lot of your courses recently, after not picking them up for about 10
years. Actually some of the concepts and the way you had put things
together – are much clearer now with another 10 years experience under
my belt..  (about 30 years experience now more or less – I would have to
do the math to be exact..   but I can see and appreciate the logic of
the way you look at the arts a bit more now then I could 10 years
ago…  ) – almost like now I can see how everything is fitting
together, how you have laid everything out..  it really is quite brilliant.

Back to the Master Instructor Course – re-reading and going over the
course again now – there were several times I was thinking – “Oh, that’s
were I got that from…”

That’s kind of the impetus – behind me seeking a certification now – I
would like to be able to give you credit for the tremendous influence
you have had on me.

Re-reading this course and your other courses, I have come to realize
that matrixing – being exposed to it, has changed the way I look at
everything, not just the martial arts. But just everything really. I
find myself breaking everything down into the fundamental pieces,
disregarding the fluff, getting to the core of things, the basics, to
try to understand them. (see what they are, what part of the picture
they cover, what is missing..  lol)

So far I have found your analysis of things to be impeccably thorough –
to the point where I do not think I could add to it without  taking away
from it or modify it in a manner that would add anything of value to it.
What you present – is really good!

it was also very good to be reminded again of rule number 3- the ideal
instructor is defined as “one who gets others to finish what they start”

I need to do more of that —  coming from many years in hard core
Chinese martial arts now (even though I started in Japanese arts as a
teenager – karate and aikido)– this is something that is neglected. The
instructor doesn’t take any responsibility for the student getting it,
that is all laid upon the student..  this is probably why there has been
such a decline in the Chinese martial arts over the years…

hopefully I will be able to work on that (rule number 3) and have some
success in achieving it…

Thank you for your work, it is truly appreciated.

Franklin

Thank you, Master Instructor Fick. Thank you for that great win.

And for everybody, the secret of the martial arts is not some mystical boo bah out there, it is just being able to see what is simple and works.It is sticking to basics, and understanding them, and practicing them religiously.

The problem is that everybody thinks they understand the basics. They don’t. I haven’t had one single person tell me that they knew and understood the material on the Master Instructor Course since I put it out many years ago.

So thank you, Master Instructor Fick. And thank you for sharing your win with the martial arts.

Have a great work out!

Al

Incidentally, I matrixed politics recently. The book is here…

It will help anybody understand why the governments do what they do, and why we are currently undergoing anarchy in the US. It’s not for everybody. Personally, I’d rather practice martial arts. But it is an interesting look at matrixing.

Aikido and Kung Fu and Internal Energy

Newsletter 998

The Two Types of Internal Power (chi)!

Hi guys and gals!
Happy Corona vacation!
I hope you’ve made the best of it,
learned an art or two,
worked out every day,
preserved your health and safety
for your whole life.
If not…okay,
you’ve still got time.

One of the big mysteries in the martial arts
is this thing called Chi Power,
or ‘internal power.’
It is spoken of in Karate and kung fu,
Aikido and Tai Chi
and all manner of arts.
Interestingly,
MMA,
and more modern arts,
don’t speak of it.
In fact,
‘chi power’ is often denigrated,
held in poor repute.
All that means is that people don’t understand it,
and so bad mouth it.
So,
let me delve into the subject briefly.
Before I do,
however,
you should know something.
Most arts won’t generate chi power
for the simple reason
that the body is not structured properly.
To make chi you first have to have resistance,
and the body must be formed
to take advantage of that resistance.
you don’t make muscles,
although muscles occur,
in real martial arts.
You generate awareness,
and awareness becomes chi power.
When you do the Master Instructor course
you learn how to create resistance
by structuring the body correctly,
and that turns into chi power,
but it’s not easy.
It takes time and awareness,
and most people are too interested in beating people up
and so ignore the simple fact of awareness.
When you do the Matrix Karate you learn how to structure an art,
and that speeds everything up.
No missing pieces in your path,
nothing out of place or not making sense.

Okay,
that all said,
let’s talk about the two main types
of internal power in the martial arts.

There are hard arts,
karate and kung fu and such.
Then there are soft arts,
such as Aikido and Tai Chi.

Karate is a matter of analyzing the body
so that it provides certain paths of resistance,
and then using as little force as possible
on these paths.
Why as little force as possible?
Because if you use force you build muscles.
If you don’t use force,
then you start to use energy.
But the paths of resistance MUST be correct
for the generation of energy to occur.
If you turn your feet wrong you lose resistance.
If your hips aren’t aligned you lose resistance.
If your shoulders overthrow you lose resistance,
and so on and so on.
This is why the old guys who teach hard chi
obsess on such things as the wrist not being turned properly.
Even if you knock the other guy out…bad form.

Now,
here is an interesting phenomena.
Most karate teaches explosive power.
It’s all in your ability to explode.
If your form is correct
you might make the transition
and start to generate chi power.
Most styles of karate,
however,
do not have proper form.
they have been made into boxing,
or the instructors haven’t understood what they are doing
and the art has become tweaked and incorrect.

Actually,
the proper way to teach hard chi
is as follows.
Push with the foot,
feel the turn of the leg,
feel the turn of the hip,
feel the power go up the body,
feel the corkscrew of the arm
snap the fist.

This is described in many places,
but the directions are poor,
or they leave things out.
The instructor doesn’t teach the student
to stop tightening the whole body
and to tighten only the wrist.
Or breathing is neglected.
Or the purpose of stances is not adhered to.
(sink the weight into the ground to create a motor).
But if you relax, breath correctly,
feel weight and sensation course up through the body
through exact configuration
(spiral, unfold, pulse, etc.)
then you don’t get chi power.

tell the truth,
I had chi power from my study of karate.
I had a teacher who taught a good art,
and I obsessed on figuring out the best way to form the body.
But I didn’t understand it,
and wasn’t able to teach it effectively
until after I had done Tai Chi.
Tai Chi gave me the ‘emptiness’ that I needed
to fulfill the ‘empty’ in ‘empty hands.’

Okay,
having mentioned Tai Chi,
let’s talk about the chi power you get
from such arts as Tai Chi or Aikido.

Karate is an explosion.
A ball of boom!
Aikido and Tai Chi…
they rely on getting ahead of the attacker
just enough to unbalance them.
Now,
here is the secret.
When you move with somebody,
in harmony with them,
you tap into more power.
It is the simple fact of two motors
(two bodies)
working in tandem.
More energy is created.
And, harmony has more inherent energy
than the fact of exploding.

Which is not to say karate or kung fu
don’t have harmony.
But it is constantly being upset by the need for power.
If a person can stop lusting for power,
learn to relax while punching,
harmony breeds.
Never as much as in Tai Chi or Aikido,
but enough.

So these are the two types of internal power
you get from the classical martial arts,
arts that haven’t been corrupted by such things as politics,
MMA, boxing, the need to pay rent, and so on.

But there are more types of internal energy.
Much more.
But the correct path would be to develop
one, or both, of the types of energy I describe here,
then let other energies develop.
And they will develop.
Every person is different,
however,
so it may be difficult to predict
what kind of energy and ability you will develop,
and it may not be what you were expecting.
But whatever you get,
it will be in keeping with your personality
and your personal evolution of spirit.

If you want what I am describing here,
I recommend

the Master Instructor course
to learn how to structure the body correctly.

Matrix Karate
to learn how to structure an art
so there will be no missing pieces,
no out of place oddities.

And,
if you are a long timer
and understand all that I am saying,
you might like to delve into
Tai Chi Chuan.

Okay,
‘nuff said,
have yourself a great and wonderful Corona vacation,
and a super duper work out.
Al

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/five-army-tai-chi-chuan/

 

Modifying Your Education in the Martial Arts with Matrixing

Newsletter 989

The Odd Effects of Matrixing in the Martial Arts

Started matrixing back in the 80s.
Been a long time.
Formalized it around 2007.
Taught a lot of people,
but here’s the thing…
matrixing is VERY subtle.

You do the first courses,
maybe you get a blast of realization,
especially if you’ve spent some time in the arts,
have a good database that needs to be organized.
Then the real work starts.
Time.

Time passes
and the seeds gestate within.
The initial blast of logic fades a bit,
but it keeps working.
Sometimes you don’t realize it
but you are looking at the world differently.
logically.
Life becomes smoother.
things other than the arts make sense,
are made logical by the matrixing going on inside you.

When you go to school
you are told to shut up and learn.
It’s all behavior modification.
Teachers can’t control the classes
unless they can control the masses.
So shut up and do your work.
Doesn’t matter that the work isn’t logical,
doesn’t have much to do with life.
Shut up and do your work.

They even go after you after school.
Do your homework.
No rest.
Get trained (modified)
so you can be a cog in a factory.

And here’s the thing…
there isn’t much real learning.
Mostly,
it’s memorizing.
When was the battle of Bull Run.
Who cares.
Memorize that algebraic function.
Even though you will never use it in life.

And,
when a lot of people graduate
they are in one of two modes…
a robot ready to man a desk somewhere…
and learning sucks.

Yeah,
school teaches you that learning can be boring,
meaningless and stupid.
So people come out of school thinking that learning sucks.
I did.
And I’d probably still think that learning sucks,
if it wasn’’ for martial arts…
and then matrixing.

There are things in school,
underneath all the drivel,
that do mean something.
Learning how to write,
what all that grammar stuff is,
is incredible.
But they don’t spend a lot of time on that.
Better to modify your behavior.

Underneath that algebra,
is a whole method of learning and analysis
and critical thinking…
but they slide over that quick,
too hard to explain.

And speaking of critical thinking…
schools don’t go anywhere near that.
Kids might start thinking for themselves,
and then where would the behavior modifiers be?

I started learning when it came to the martial arts.
I wanted to understand it.
I wanted to figure it out.
And I started thinking.
I started analyzing it,
being critical in my thought concerning it.
I started doing things that school never prepared me for,
and never wanted me to do.

Matrixing.
A quick way to line up all the data,
to make sense of it
and apply it.
And the carefully arranged rigidity of my mind
started to shatter.

Unfortunately,
it doesn’t work that way for everybody.

I was lucky,
had a couple of good schools,
an instructor who didn’t say much,
but could do a lot,
but who wanted us to figure it out for ourselves.

I remember once,
when a couple of the students went to Bob (my instructor).
They showed him two techniques
and asked him which was better.
He said,
‘I don’t know.’
But it was obvious he knew!
But it was also obvious he wanted to think for ourselves,
to make up our own minds.
To look at the techniques,
try them out,
mix them up,
analyze them,
synthesize them,
and…
understand them.

That is something that almost no teacher,
in todays schools,
martial arts or otherwise,
wants you to do.

No critical thinking for you…
you have to stay a bozo.

Okay,
I’ve ranted enough,
and it’s up to you.
Be a carefully crafted
‘do what I say’ person,
or start looking.
Get critical,
get analytical,
start matrixing,
look for understanding,
and,
here’s the real deal…
start having some fun.

Guaranteed,
when you finally figure out what I’m saying
you’ll understand something that teachers may talk about
but don’t know how to make happen…
fun.

Here’s some real fun…

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/matrix-karate/

Hey,
hapy vets day to you!
and have a great work out!

Al

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/matrix-karate/