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Congrats to Latest Student to Become a Tai Chi Chuan Expert!

Newsletter 616

New Tai Chi Expert!

Sigh of relief…
I get to work out!
How about you?
Every day this week,
a work out,
all right?

got a great win from Kurt Nelle’
on the Five Army Tai Chi Chuan course.

tai chi chuan expertI have been practicing Yang style Tai chi, both 88 form and 24 form for many years. So when I started your Five Army Program I skipped right to the Push Hands and applications, thinking I knew it all. Boy was I wrong. When I went back to Five Army, with my new found understanding and appreciation of Matrixing it was very easy to learn. The postures are as in Yang with the exception of the Butterfly Palm and Phoenix type fist you use in Butterfly Pakua. The difference is that Five Army translates better and easier to combat. …I treated every section as if it was it’s own short form and within two weeks the whole sequence (was) committed to memory. The applications are easy as they are prevalent in all your other programs including the Monkey Boxing which I call the Chi Na of your Five Army and Pakua Programs. The Push Hands section of the program is consistent with all my previous Taichi training.

…I do not have any credentials in Taichi but now, when I teach, or should I say share Taichi with my students and others, I do so with the authority that comes with greater knowledge of the subject. Again, thanks for all your hard work and practice as well as your willingness to share. Your programs have greatly enhanced my understanding of and ability in the martial arts.                                                                                                                 ~ Respectfully, Kurt

Thanks Kurt,
and well done!
And it looks like you’ve got credentials now.
Kurt is a Master Instructor,
has completed other programs,
so he is also getting certified as a higher ranking black belt.

While other systems give you more of the same old forms
to get higher ranked in a system,
I give you more arts.
This not only provides the polish,
but provides greater viewpoint,
larger perspective,
let’s you see how the arts work together.

So well done and thanks
to Master Instructor Fourth Degree Expert in Tai Chi Chuan Kurt Nelle’

let’s talk about matrixing.
Here are some numbers…
3, 5, , t, 4, 9, watermelon…
please count to ten.

Huh? What?
But all the numbers aren’t there!
And some of them aren’t even numbers?
How do you expect me to count to ten?

let me get personal…
would you send your child to a school
that larnt ‘em how to count to ten with these numbers?

Heck, no!
That would be crazy!
I would NEVER send my kid to a school
that teaches how to count like that!

So why are you teaching yourself the martial arts
in the same manner?

You have been learning,
it’s fun,
it makes sense,
but when you start to REALLY learn
then you suddenly realize,
those first three moves make sense,
but the fourth one is on the wrong side,
and that move in the form,
it’s a throw,
what’s a throw doing in this art for?
And at that place?

wait a minute!
Those are simultaneous moves,
there was no lead in!
How did we get to simultaneous moves?
let’s do stick hands.
With what?

This exercise isn’t in any of the forms!
Freestyle is totally disassociated from the forms!
What am I studying here?

You’re studying how to count with
3, 5, , t, 4, 9, watermelon…

here’s the cruel trick.
There is enough logic in what you are doing,
and it is so much fun doing it,
that you don’t see the illogic.
believe me,
you will.
One day you’re going to get tired of doing the martial arts.
Go on,
read through some of the wins on my websites,
there’s a lot of people who thank me
and say that it is like starting all over again,
that it finally makes sense.

People who quit.
Not because they were weak or stupid,
or even old!
But because the accumulation of what didn’t make sense
finally buried them.

you don’t even have to buy anything.
Read the newsletter.
See if it makes sense.
just pop over to the blog,
do a search on your martial art
see what turns up.
See if it makes sense.
See if I’ve dealt with your art fairly.

Oinkey doinkey.
I’ve said enough,
some will believe,
some will look,
and some won’t.
Way of the world.

But either way,
remember to have a GREAT work out,
and a lot of fun!



Still Yet Another New Martial Arts Master Instructor!

One More Martial Artist Makes it to Master Instructor!

Happy Work Out To You!
Please join in my exuberance,
as we have yet another Master Instructor!
Congrats to
Master Instructor Justin Harris,
here is his win…
Dear Al,
Got a new one for you. I have studied Yang Style Tai Chi for over two decades. Your Five Army DVD’s and the Master Instructor course have been amazing. I’ve not put in much time learning the form you present just looking at the apps and the pure push hands gold you have on there. I have corrected each and every posture in my form … and the form is totally different. It is no longer a strange dance that seems to be missing something but it is rather a powerful method of moving force throughout the body. I know what every movement in my form does now and exactly how to manifest the proper effect. I’m no longer dependent on the Master of the week coming along and selling me form corrections. You have helped me to uncover the real deal. It has also applied seamlessly to the Sun Style Tai Chi form I practice and the Sun Style Baguazhang. Massive power has been unlocked in each art. I’m currently working on the Shaolin Butterfly Course and it too is so easy to get right when you understand what you are looking for in the forms. The forms are a joy to do because they build skills now rather than being mindlessly choreographed sets. I also applied your theories to Zhan Zhuang standing using it to cultivate breathing, alignment, and grounding. I can use any stance for this purpose now. Amazing stuff. You only gave us the Grand Unified theory of all martial arts regardless of style and origin.
Many thanks Al,
Justin Harris
Thank you Justin,
you really made my day.
the Master Instructor course
is true for ALL martial arts.
It is the exact physics of the martial arts.
You have some fellow told you
how to do your form…
how do you know he is right?
Chances are,
he’s just doing what he was told,
and he doesn’t really know the real reasons.
I tell you this…
 only the classical martial arts
the ones done for thousands of years
unlock your true power.
But you have to do them right,
and not too many people know
the right way to do them.
Let me offer you something
so you can understand this.
My instructor in Kenpo was good,
but he had no chi power.
He was fast,
naturally talented.
But it was art on the level of muscles.
My second instructor,
Bob Babich at the Kang Duk Won
had incredible and massive power.
You could feel him walk on the mat,
his technique was so smooth
it was near invisible for effortlessness
yet when he punched
your whole body would vibrate
and threaten to puff away.
Massive power.
My first instructor
had a put together art
passed down by black belts of 3-5 years experience,
if that.
My second instructor
spent years as an assistant instructor,
first under Don Buck,
of Mas Oyama lineage,
and then he tossed that art
and did the Kang Duk Won.
He was roomies with a fellow
who had dozens of years experience,
making him essentially a live in student.
The point is this,
he had perfect form.
He never told me how to have perfect form,
he just kept making minor adjustments,
and after a half dozen years,
I started to groove,
to figure it out,
to feel the power.
he never told me,
he couldn’t,
because he didn’t know.
He was just monkey seeing and monkey doing
as has been done for a thousand years or so.
I don’t disrespect him for this,
I respect him for enduring
a long and confusing method.
the point is this…
I am a writer,
my father was an engineer
and my mother was an English teacher,
and between those two influences
and a lot of other things,
I managed to figure it out,
to put on paper
what perfect form is,
what perfect technique is.
So there is a Master Instructor book,
and a couple of DVDs of me
showing how to have perfect form and technique.
First time in history this has ever been done.
when people see the master instructor course
they invariably start going through everything they know
looking at each move,
each technique,
fixing it.
Justin’s words…
“I have corrected each and every posture in my form”
Go back and look at some of the other Master Instructor Wins,
many of them say the same thing,
they went back over their martial arts
and fixed them.
thank you to Justin,
and my apologies,
I probably should have said something
about the Tai Chi Chuan course,
his wins in that are massive,
but when I get a new Master Instructor
I tend to push that course.
So here’s the URL…
Check it out,
and have yourself a great and wonderful work out.
martial arts master instructor
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