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The Strongest Martial Arts Weapon that Beats EVERY Other Weapon!

Newsletter 957

The Secret Weapon of the True Martial Arts

You know,
there is a Neutronics principle I never mentioned.
Strongest thing in the universe,
and nobody talks about it.
They just do their forms,
without innovating,
never looking for hidden techniques,
never doing them right side, left side, backwards, upside down.
Never investing them with spirit.
Doing a form like a tiger, a snake, a piano.
Never jiggling,
moving left inside of right,
never questioning the authority of the form.
These people don’t have the secret weapon of the martial arts.
They don’t have…
IMAGINATION!

Some people think muscles are important,
but there is always somebody stronger.
Some people think speed is important.
It is,
but good technique beats speed.
Some people think your will,
your desire, your intention,
is what’s important.
Sure it is,
but imagination is stronger.
A fellow throws the strongest punch in the universe at your face,
you simply imagine yourself sidestepping.
A fellow grabs you and decides to throw you on the ground,
you imagine yourself sinking your weight into a stance.
A fellow points a gun at you,
you imagine somebody behind him,
you point and say, ‘OMG!’
then,
while he turns to look,
you run away.
Imagination,
the strongest thing in the universe.
No matter what faces you,
imagination can beat it.

Of course,
it helps if you practice.
Practice your forms and techniques,
your freestyle.
And,
most of all,
PRACTICE YOUR IMAGINATION!

How do you practice imagination?
Practice doing the opposite.
If somebody says you can’t do something,
you wonder…
Why?
Why not?
Why can’t I?

If a cop says you can’t turn left and leaves…
turn left.

If a parent says ‘go to sleep,’
stay up all night.

If a teacher says you’ll flunk if you don’t get your homework done,
flunk.

If a sensei says to do the form this way…
do it the other way.
The other side.
Backwards.
Like an animal.
Like an angel.
Like a devil.
Like a barking dog.
Like whatever you want.

Whenever somebody tells me that life is this way,
I automatically think of the other way.
Why should I live like a cop,
parent, teacher, boss, preacher, bum, doctor, lawyer, politician
tells me to?

Why should I let somebody else live my life?
Why can’t I make my own mistakes?
After all,
every mistake is a lesson,
so shouldn’t I be able to learn my own lessons?

It’s all possible through imagination.
It’s all possible if you just close your eyes for a moment,
then open them,
and then do the opposite of whatever whoever told you.

I got tired of kids doing push ups with their butts in the air.
So I make them hold ‘downward dog.’
Zingo bingo,
they is larnin’ yoga!
I got tired of them sagging in push ups,
you got it,
‘upward dog.’
more yoga.

I have them do
the gator, the monkey, the rabbit, the frog,
AND THEY LOVE IT!
Now it’s more than a work out,
it’s a game,
it’s play.

So remember,
every mistake is a lesson,
but only if you have the imagination,
only if you open your eyes and look,
only if you do the opposite.

Remember
the Neutronic principle.

For something to be true
the opposite must also be true.

Have imagination,
do the opposite.
Never be bound by someone else.

And whatever you do,
I’m telling you you have to,
if you don’t you will be a bum!
You have to do what I say,
never mind all that imagination stuff,
you have to…
CLICK HERE!

Have a great work out!
Al
http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/2d-create-your-own-art/

A WIN!
Hello Mr. Case. I recently purchased the Create Your Own Art course from you. As I have told you in the past I studied Hsing-i quan. Lately I have been having lots of trouble in my practice. At one time I had what I called the Hsing -i “kernal of power” but as of recently I have been unable to do it correctly. The power was bleeding off somewhere in the transitions between stances. I looked at your book Buddha Crane Karate book and I noticed that you have the foot in an elevated position much like the Seven Star stance of Northern Mantis before the step and strike. Well on a hunch I jumped up and ran in the other room and tried it in the Pi quan form and presto! All the power was back.

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.
Bruce Lee

Learning Tai Chi Sword Secrets

The Tai Chi Sword Illuminated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Martial Arts Matrixing Win Plus Annoncements

Three Important Martial Arts Announcements!

All right!
Three work outs tomorrow.
Not long,
but have to be done.
And really throw yourself into them
so that you aren’t doing them
to get them out of the way,
but are just focusing on what you want to get out of them.
Perfect balance.
Focus,
proper breathing,
whatever.

Now,
three things today,
and first things first,
hanakwanmass.
Every year people say season’s greetings.
They don’t want to say Merry Christmas,
or Happy Hanukah,
or something else
that is specific
and therefore politically incorrect.
Well,
my feeling is that if somebody doesn’t like a well wishing,
the heck with him.

So what if I say Merry Christmas to a Jew,
or Happy Hanukah to an Arab,
or whatever.
It’s the happy thought that counts,
but you have IDIOTS going around
saying happy tim, or season’s well wishes,
or whatever,
and they are afraid to offend somebody.

Heck,
my motto is…
offend everybody
and let God sort ‘em out.
Right?

So Hanakwanmass stands for
Happy Hanukah, Kwanza, and Merry Christmas.
I figure at best,
i get to offend two out of three,
right?

So,
Hanakwanmass to you,
and if you don’t like it,
let’s freestyle,
grrr!

that bit of pleasantness aside,
second thing…
let me share a win.
This is from Will,
who is on the Black Belt course,
I coulnd’t see his video on youtube and said yikes,
and he said…

hi sensei Al
I laugh my head off. when I read yikes, I thought wow, is my technique that bad??? lol oops, I thought like hmm, I am I that far off? I mentally pictured you throwing up  over the screen…screaming in agony, blinded by the experience… stumbling out of the starbucks…nearly hit by a bus, cursing my name…lol.
well, I did repeat down/upward block  after I thought I wasn’t breathing and leaned into the strike rather than transition. I could have reshot it, but I thought what the heck, least you see me correcting myself for whats worth it. I donated 2$ to monkeyland only to discover to my horror, you played santa claus and I found many gifts under the tree. wow, thank you, that was one heck of a pleasant surprise. videos over videos, book after book, I am a kid in the candy store. speaking of over delivering, you have what is called at Darden Business school operational excellence. I was able to matrix now everything I do in martial arts, even managed to start to matrix a complete escrima system out of the basics of blinding steel. you were right, it is a totally different understanding of matrixing, once you mastered/understand matrix karate. the matrix blocks gave me a lot better insight into wing chun as well. mainly from the mini matrix. that was one heck of a revelation. I hit 3 flies in one go. I understand karate, wing chun and escrima now a lot better and was able to extract that out of the material. thank you very much. I really enjoy the way to the goal now.
whatever happens, I am extremely grateful and indebted to you, sensei Al.

Thank you, Will.
I love wins better than anything.
It means that not only did I have a great work out,
but somebody else did,
and sharing wins means that even more people
are going to have a great work out!

You can find Blinding Steel on Monster Martial Arts under courses.

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

You can find The Road to Monkeyland
under ‘donations’ on Churchofmartialarts.

http://churchofmartialarts.com/donations/

Plus,
there is another little gem
on the donations page.
How to Fly on the Ethereal Plane.

And,
third things third,
I am going to release a novel in a day or two,
I’ll send you a newsletter
when it happens.

This is a very significant novel,
and while it is action and adventure
with some good martial arts,
it describes things
at the top of the martial arts,
way beyond black belt,
and it will give you a new reality
on what’s at the end of the tunnel,
or,
perhaps I should say,
at the top of the mountain.

Very advanced stuff,
but put in novel form.
It was a very interesting experience
to blend highest level martial arts,
an actual lesson
for those who have matrixed
and are going neutronic,
in novel form.

Now,
got to go.
It’s freezing up here at Monkeyland,
and we have to chase off the cows,
chip ice out of the pond,
and a thousand and one other things,
just so I have the time to do an actual work out.

But,
man,
what work outs they are.
Envy me.

And,
have a great work out!
Al

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

Tai Chi Sword v Samurai Sword…Which is Better?

I was asked, the other day, which I preferred, the tai chi sword (jian), or the Samurai Sword Katana).

Now, stabbing is fun, but it is a linear move which holds the body in place, and presents it as a target.

And slashing is fun, but it requires a slight sidestep to create the best angle.

In the case of stabbing the working part is the tip, in the case of slashing the working part is the whole blade.

So, while I love the whole body movement of striking to the four corners with the samurai sword, I think I prefer the Taiji sword. The reason is that I have to move less weight around, so I can angulate easier. Thus, I believe I can use the tip of the TCC sword to more advantage. A slight side step and I can angle the slice of the long sword, no matter how vicious, then use the tip like a knitting needle and insert to neck, armpit, or whatever.

This is, of course, predicated upon the fact of the situation presented being one of personal combat. For armies, get big, heavy weapons that will last the bashing.

But, getting older, having to rely on intelligent rather than force, and, of course, seeing the benefit of extending the awareness to the tip of the Chinese weapon, that is my personal choice.

There’s lots of info on weapons fighting at Monster Martial Arts, but you may have to look around for it. Blinding Steel basically matrixes weapons. There’s an extremely scholarly treatise in ‘3rd Level Sixth Sense Sword Fighting,’ which is in the Master Books, and so on.

Have a great day.