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Relaxing into the Original Style of Karate

Newsletter 893

The Original Karate

Thanks, guys,
Both the ten book series
‘The Biggest Martial Arts Lesson of All,’
Professional Martial Arts Instructor,’
are selling.

had a real interesting email the other day,
BW had some interesting observations and expeeriences,
regarding heat in the body,
chi circulation,
and so on.
So here is the skinny on all this…

Chinese martial arts have been around a long time.
they have evolved into Tai Chi,
among other internal forms.
All of which says…martial arts evolve.

When they begin,
they frequently use muscle.
Nothing wrong with that.
Except energy is more efficient,
much stronger.

Ever have a baby clutch your finger?
Won’t let go?
Their ‘strength’ is all out of proportion
to their size and development.
They haven’t developed muscles,
so they use energy,
which needs no development to use.

Before you go crazy on that last statement,
let me make a point:
when we learn muscles (as we grow)
we give up energy.
We simply lose that intuitive ‘chi strength’
that we are born with,
or at least know before we get muscles.
if we want energy,
we have to learn it all over again.
And this means attaining the understanding that a baby has.
What understanding does a baby have?
He understands how to relax.
of course,
flows better through what is relaxed.
Which brings us around
to the idea of Tai Chi.
Learn to relax.

BW was more concerned with experiencing heat in the body.
Karate was giving him much heat.
Here’s the difference…
Tai Chi is slow,
it is ‘suspended’ energy.
You suspend your body in space,
and that takes a very slow drool of energy
which I call ‘suspended energy.’

Karate explodes.
Both types of energy,
suspended and explosive
create heat.
But Karate creates it faster.

if you wish,
you can dedicate your TCC to the production of heat,
and your body can get amazingly hot.

we have two points here,
relaxing and creating heat/energy.
Let me get to the point.

When Karate came from China
it was taught with an eye to chi power.
People relaxed more in the form,
figured out how to make the tricks work effortlessly.
Then, as the martial arts grew,
people and schools lost that ability.
The Japanese in particular
were obsessed with power,
and that often meant muscular power,
and not chi power.
And example of this is actually given,
though inadvertently,
in the book ‘Moving Zen,’
by CW Nicol.
Mr. Nicol relates the story of a TCC man
who was pounding on a pillar under a huge house.
The house shook,
the karate men couldn’t make it shake with their punches,
and there is a conclusion in there.
But you have to have an open mind to make it.

speaking for myself,
How do I know that what I tell you here is true?
Because I learned a style of Karate called Kang Duk Won.
And it was only a couple of generations removed from China.
Byung In Joon to a couple of Koreans to Bob Babich to me.
Not a long time for it to get corrupted.
Mr. Babich, in particular,
was incredibly light and whippy.
He was like a father that weighed a thousand pounds.
The other people in our school used muscle,
and were in awe of Bob.
I watched Bob,
and tried to figure out what he was doing that was different.
I probably wouldn’t have figured it out,
except that I read a lot of books on zen.
And the secret was:



Doing nothing until nothing is left undone.

To relax,
even in the middle of form,
even in the middle of technique,
even in the middle of freestyle.

when you relax…
chi flows.
And Chi can create,
among other things…

the final thing I want to say,
give you a chance to grok all this,
has to do with being ‘on,’ or ‘off.’

BW observed the difference between his art
when it worked light and whippy,
and…other times.

When you relax your body totally,
when you make ONLY the fist tight,
then you will get a result snap that is incredible,
and different from the art
that all the power mongers out there
want to sell.

But it takes patience,
no resistance,
an emptiness of the mind.

It’s easy to do,
but so easy it’s hard.

Seems like there is always something there to distract you.

Okley dokely.
Nuff said,
I wish you success.
You can check out the Kang Duk Won in my book of the same name,
it’s on Amazon.
Or at the KangDukWon.com site.
Or you can check out what I’ve done with some of the forms here…


Temple Karate has an amazing amount of material on it,
including some data on how the art was really formed,
and what for,
and how it was really meant to be used.

So have a great work out!




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Reading Minds in Karate Freestyle

Newsletter 804
Matrixing the Thought of Combat

Time for a BEEYOUTIFUL workout!

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Bruce Lee did a good job of analyzing the motion of combat.
He took apart when,
for instance,
during the opponent’s punch,
you should attack.
You can find out more about this if you dig around at

nobody’s ever really tried to figure out
what happens at the moment of combat.
Not the moment of launch,
but the thought that must occur
before the launch.

to be honest,
nobody’s ever had the neutronics data,
so it is no wonder that nobody has ever done this.


the one thing to remember is that you have a thought,
and energy, and body,
follow it.
The odd thing in all this
is that thoughts go in only two directions.

Thoughts go out.
Thoughts go in.

This can be made complex,
if you stick on analyzing emotion,
emotion disguises what you are doing,
and so on.

the exact moment of attack,
should be when the opponent is,
for whatever reason,
not thinking out,
towards you,
but inwards,
towards himself.

If you understand this,
you understand the purpose of meditation:
sitting (or moving) and never allowing thoughts to invert,
to come back towards yourself.
In other words,
to watch the world
without having internal thoughts.

Here are the ways you can take advantage
of this momentary lapse of awareness.
The most important is distraction.

Distraction is when you point the opponent’s attention elsewhere.

He blinks because of a fly.
He looks because of a motion to the side.
He thinks when you tell him there is someone behind him.
He thinks because you trash talk.
He gets mad,
or otherwise falls to emotion.
And so on.

You can attack when any of these,
or other,
distractions occur.

You can attack after the thought of attack,
but that is not a good idea,
unless you are immaculate in your strategy and tactics.
The reason is attacks will collide,
mistakes can be made once you let him go into motion,
and so on.

the best time to attack a person?
Before he has the thought.

Doesn’t matter when he makes a decision,
or for what reason,
you simply attack before his thought.
At that point he has become victim,
as he is going to be responding to your attack,
instead of creating an original one of his own.

Here’s the thing,
people think you can’t see a thought.
But you can.
It takes an immense amount of discipline in classical martial arts.
It takes less time in matrixed martial arts.
Logic just allows you to study,
and therefore learn,

you see people thinking all the time.
You see the look in their eyes,
you read their bodies,
you feel their energy.
If you are good you actually perceive the thought.
But that level of good
depends upon how effective and sincere your training has been.

The lesson here?
Train hard,
train long,
matrix (make logical)
everything you do.
Make yourself a perceptive person
by looking out at the world,
and not inward to your own thoughts,

Here’s my personal martial art…


I created it after doing most of the matrixing courses,
it was my own understanding codified.
It should help you read thoughts faster.

Have a great work out!



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Martial Arts Religious Book

A Win for a Martial Arts Religious Book!

Here’s a win I received some time ago for prologue. It’s a little egghead, but dot let that put you off, the book is simple.

Prologue is the first book of neutronics, which is the science behind the science of matrixing. And matrixing is the science behind martial arts.

martial arts bookA martial artist can monkey see monkey do his way through the martial arts. Takes a while, but there are spectacular results.

A fellow who has matrixes the martial arts has mastered the martial arts, logically, in a short period of time.

A fellow who studies neutronics understands the martial arts.

These three levels can be equated to this:

a martial artist can drive a car.

A matrixed martial artist can fix a car.

A neutronicist can build a car.

Except we are talking about not cars, but martial arts specifically, and life.

Here’s the win.

Mr. Case,

I want to thank you profoundly for sending me that little book called Prologue. You may or may not have heard of an old fraternal organization known as The Golden Dawn but Neutronics in many ways reminds a great deal of the conclusions that you will encounter and discover within that system… but you reach them by an entirely different path. Very powerful stuff, life changing really.

Matrixing is phenomenal, as I read the concept began to unfold in my mind. The beauty, the simplicity, and the power of this way of thinking blew me away. I’ve had exposure to the concept before. In digital logic and more specifically boolean algebra what you call a matrix is used to explore the function and to simply digital circuits. In computer programming these are known as multi-dimensional arrays. In order to express multiple dimensions in a two dimensional way you have to use… a matrix. Except that you have taken this concept of manipulating computer storage and modeling three dimensional space out of the computer, out of the electronic circuit and transformed into a mode of human thought. This is an astounding breakthough, I believe you have unlocked the key to the human mind thinking in three dimensions and beyond. After all, a three dimensional concept of space would be a 1×3 matrix of height,width,depth and even time would be only one more element in the matrix… matrixing actually makes concepts vastly more complex than this simple.

Thank you for the karate and the power kicks as well. I look forward to encoding these arts within my mind in a nice neat matrix of neural connections.

You can pick up Prologue at Church of Martial Arts.

So, if you feel like looking, I won’t stop you. Have a great day, Al

How to Make Visualization Work in the Martial Arts

How to Make Visualization Work

This is the first in a series of articles on mental visualization using neutronic techniques in the martial arts, including such arts as karate, kung fu, etc.. The complete series is available at ChurchofMartialArts.com.

Visualization is the single most important factor in attaining your goals in life…and this visualization starts in the martial arts, and is brought to proper focus with neutronics.

Visualization is the process of creating a mental image (having a thought of what you want), and then using advanced procedures of mental visualization to attain that goal; to get that girl, happiness, perfect job, respect…whatever and anything that you want.

There is light visualization in day to day life. You imagine a sandwich for lunch, you make that happen. Or, you do your homework so you can attain the visualization of an A. Or you work for that dream home. And so on.

But these are very light aspects of visualization.

visualizing yourself picture

I can conquer the world, but it all starts with me!

True mental visualization, especially when it is kicked into gear by neutronics, is a powerhouse that will enable you to rule first your life, then the universe.

Now, to be truthful, there are many disciplines that will help you attain your goals, and will introduce you to Visualization. Joining the swimming team is good. Learning ballet is better. A course in Yoga is fantastic. But…the best method for learning and understanding the mental discipline necessary for mastering visualization techniques is learning martial arts. And if you matrix those martial arts you will get where you are going ten times faster.

There are a couple of reasons for this last statement.

One, there is discipline in these fields, and the discipline enables you to control first your body, then your mind. Thus, the point to be understood here is that you don’t need good grades, you need self discipline if you are going to control first yourself, then the world.

Two, the world consists of objects that fly through space. Living is nothing more than learning how to control and handle these flying objects. In the martial arts you have to confront flying objects in a very personal and survival oriented way. The fist, man, is going to hit your face, if you don’t learn to discipline!

So, the martial arts are a superior method for learning how to handle the universe, and that is why they are a superior discipline when it comes to handling the universe through visualization techniques.

Okay, if you haven’t studied the martial arts, then you might just as well bail now. You lack the discipline to make work what I’m going to tell you. Oh, okay, you can stay, but just be aware that after you read what I have written here you’re going to have to sign up for a course in the martial arts. Karate, kung fu, judo, whatever. Doesn’t matter as long as you start the journey to self discipline.

Continue this series of articles by clicking on 2 The Martial Arts are the Best Method for Achieving Visualization

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Mushin No Shin in the Martial Arts…the Final Word

Mushin No Shin, or, Mind of No Mind

I want to talk about nothing.

I mean that quite literally.

mushin no shinWhen you are learning martial arts

there is this thing called Reaction Time.

Let’s say a fellow comes in with an attack,

and you move back,

when the correct move should have been

to move forward.

But you can’t seem to move forward,

your instinct is to move back,

and that is your immediate reaction.

The reason you are training in the martial arts is not to reinforce reaction,

but to reach the stage

where you have choice.

Where you can assess the situation

and do the right thing.

In other words,

to get rid of reaction time.


reaction time,

to react,

means you are moving

because something else made you move.

You have to reach the stage

where you move

when and where

you want to move.

In other words,

instead of reacting,

you are moving

‘in the now.’


how do you move

‘in the now.’

This is where the concept known as

mushin no shin

comes in.

Mushin no shin


‘mind of no mind.’

In other words,

you don’t waste time having thoughts,

or reacting to survival patterns,



move ‘in the now’

and in the right manner

as dictated by your choice.

Not a reaction,

but a choice,

based on now.

Making decisions in the now,

and not…


or some other time,

based on some pattern made into ‘instinct,’

but which is really automatic reaction.

Let’s say you are with a friend

and you are watching

somebody do something,

and they do something stupid,

which is actually sort of funny.

You look at your friend

and he looks at you

at the some moment,

and you see it in each others eyes,

and you laugh.

That was a spontaneous ‘in the now’ moment.

Not the thing with the fellow made you laugh,

but the thing with your friend.

That moment needed no verbal communication,

no explanation,

you both got it,

at the same moment.


make your friend into an enemy with a sword,

and have that same moment,

where you look at him,

see everything that is happening,

and you do the exact right thing

when he swings that sword.

Not a step back in reaction,

not a flinch,

not a yell or attempt to move,

but the exact right and correct

and complete motion

that solves that moment.

When you say mushin no shin,

mind of no mind,

you are talking about that moment,

when you put aside thinking about something,

or having reaction,

and just do everything that is exactly appropriate

for that moment and situation.

You are talking about putting aside the mind.

Putting aside the thing that is cluttered with appointments and facebook and the need to go shopping and what your girl said to you this morning when she burnt the eggs and..

Put all that aside,


Just do,

and have that doing exactly right and appropriate,

based on now,

and not training patterns

or extraneous emotions,

or whatever.


you could also call this thing of

mind of no mind

by several other terms.

You could say

time of no time,

because it is based on a single thought

(as opposed to mental cogitations)

and it feels like you are in a place where there is no time.

You could call it

the emotion of no emotion


the motion of no emotion.

Or the place of thinking without thinking.

You could call it,

and here we stretch

without leaving the truth

motion of no motion


a notion of no motion


something else.

But what it is,

is when you don’t think,

even to rely on trained patterns

and just do

and that in the correct manner.

The really terrible thing is…

you have to train

to reach the place where you don’t rely on training.

You have to practice until you reach intuition.

I hope this explains mushin no shin

and why I am a classical martial artist,

and the benefit of the classical method.

Anybody who knows me

knows I don’t disparage the classical method,



merely wish to improve it.

Remember that URL I gave you.



have yourself a great and intuitive work out!


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The Martial Arts Zen of Billy the Kid

I often wonder about the zen martial arts of Billy the Kid.

Billy was rumored to have killed 21 people before he was 21.  That puts todays gangbangers to shame.

He was a rowdy, likable fellow, and he played the Robin Hood well. He managed to elude the law, and even make fools of them. He rustled freely, killed anybody who called him a cheater, and was popular with the folk…especially the Mexican folk, as they identified with a fellow who did the things they did. Simply, they were put upon and bullied, and they liked to see somebody fight back.

zen fightNow, to the point of this article…how good was Billy the Kid’s Martial Arts Zen.

Another way to phrase this would be…how aware was he during a gun fight?

In answer to this question, I read several histories of Billy the Kid, and one particular book seemed to shed light on the matter. This was the book on Billy by Patrick Floyd Garret. Pat, if you didn’t know it, was the fellow who killed Billy the Kid.

Now, one thing to understand before we start, Pat isn’t always the best source. According to him, he beat Billy the Kid to the draw in a darkened bedroom. But…he probably ambushed him with a shotgun. So Pat isn’t sterling when it comes to telling the truth.

That said, however, two tales in his book on Billy seem to offer interesting glimpses into the mindset and reality of Billy the Kid.

One, Billy told a tale of how he had been trapped by Indians, and how he outran them, got into a slot canyon, and shot them. The odd thing about this is that it sounds not like a real incident, but braggadocio. But was it bragging because of Billy’ description? Or was presented in bragging style, preenting Billy in a poor light, in Pat Garret’s writing? At any rate, it sounds ludicrous, and is valuable only in that it illuminates a certain type of writing style that reveals the author is writing, or relaying, an untruth. Thus the second tale in the book, by being ‘absent’ of this style, seems to be the truth.

Apparently Billy the Kid was in a small store and he ran into a rancher he didn’t like. So he jokes around, and when the rancher is distracted, he pulls his gun…and finds that the rancher has drawn with him, matched him, and is staring at him with steely, no nonsense eyes.

Billy puts his gun away, laughs and jokes some more, tries to make a funny thing out of it all. ‘I was just funnin’ with ya,’ type of stuff.

The rancher goes on about his business, and Billy sneaks up behind him and draws his gun again…and finds that the rancher has drawn his own gun and is staring him right in the face.

Billy tries to make a joke out of it, puts his gun away, and then tries a sneak draw when the rancher holsters his own gun…but the rancher has redrawn and is staring at him silently.

And this went on for a half dozen more attempted draws. Was Billy serious? Was it attempted murder? Put off only because of the rancher was more aware, more intent, than Billy the Kid?

I don’t know, and none will ever. But, when you read the description it is eery. And there is just the ring of truth to it. And in this ‘true’ anecdote we can look at the Zen in Billy’s mind.

He didn’t have any.

The rancher, however, was aware at all times, didn’t bother with reaction time, stayed in the moment, and yet didn’t leap to conclusion. It is the zen–it is the ‘wise’–of a person who has enough experience that he can defend himself, and yet doesn’t want to bother with doing something that is basically bad. wouldn’t you call that good martial arts zen?

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How to Have a Mental Breakdown With Martial Arts

The type of mental breakdown in the martial arts I am talking about is one you want.

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Zen there was me!

This is the breakdown, or loss, of scattered and shallow surface thoughts; thoughts that get in the way of the drive and desire to do the martial arts technique as cleanly and efficiently as possible.

I first noticed this in Chinese Kenpo back in 1967. In my first few kumite lessons I realized that I was launching the body, and my mind had nothing to do. So, in the space while I was waiting for the completion of technique, I had time to think. My mind would wander, I would wonder when this was ever going to reach conclusion, can’t this closing technique ever get any faster, maybe I should have done a side kick, and yawn, so on.

The solution, it seemed, was to make the body go faster. So I worked out harder, and made it go faster, but it didn’t work. Body go faster…mind go faster.

So the solution wasn’t a faster body, it was a slower mind. But slower only in the sense that I refused distractive thoughts. And here is where the blessing of the martial arts forms came in.

I could practice that kata, that shrot form and long form and so on and the book set and the two man forms, and…my mind became more comfortable with practice, I stayed focused, and surface thoughts went away.

I have to say, however, that the practice of the classical karate forms, seuch as the Heians (pinans), and so on, seemed more efficient. Of course, by then I had a kenpo base. So I can’t be absolutely sure. But…it sure felt like it.

Anyway, that is how i slowed my mind down, broke down the mental apparatus of compulsive having to think about something, and just observed reality. This observation of reality should happen in any martial art, but now that I knew what I was trying to do, I put together a more logical set of forms to make it happen faster. These are the matrix forms, and the techniques on the matrixing courses.

Pop over to Monster Martial Arts, check out some of the things having to do with slowing the mind down, have yourself a mental breakdown (grin), and I’ll talk to you later.

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