How to Achieve Instant Zen Through the Martial Arts!
It is absolutely stark raving mad
that people don’t delve into this zen thing
especially in the martial arts,
because the martial arts can make it so simple.
Let me note a couple of things,
and then give you the EXACT exercise
that will transform you as a martial artist…
and as a human being.
First, a precise definition of the term.
Zen is Japanese for ‘meditation,’ from…
Chan, which is Chinese for ‘quietude,’ from…
Dhyana, which is ‘Sanskrit’ for meditation.
I have been told that it is an ancient word for…
Zen has been with us for over 5,000 years.
Why would it still be here if it didn’t work?
the reality of Zen is…
a moment of clarity.
A moment in which there is no before and no after.
A moment in which you understand yourself,
what you are and where you came from.
In this moment you become able to move
without earthly restriction.
To understand this think of a movie.
You enter a theater and sit down,
and they have so many Fing commercials
you forget to watch the movie.
You are stuck in the flashy moments
of sating yourself with popcorn
and never really see what is happening.
You wander through the snack bar,
buying things for your belly,
things that do not nourish
and only serve to distract.
the movie plays,
life goes on,
and you miss it.
‘BUT I WENT TO THE MOVIE!’
No, you didn’t.
You only thought you did.
You really just went to the snack bar.
That is what your life is
until you experience zen,
and hopeful a real zen moment.
how do you break out of this trap?
How do you ignore the distractions
and perceive what is really happening?
How do you get out of thinking you are alive
and really become alive?
Here is the method.
designed EXACTLY for martial artists,
that will change the way you freestyle,
the way you do forms,
you can’t just read about it,
you have to do it.
And, before you do it
I should tell you that this method
is actually in a book
in the Matrix Karate course.
The book is called
‘The Master’s Handbook,’
and it is one of the first
martial arts books I ever wrote.
Here are the exact instructions from that book
THE ZEN STICK DROP
Sit facing your partner, each of you with your legs folded in the zen kneeling position. One of you holds a small stick about the length of a pen and the thickness of a broom handle. The stick is held slightly below eye level by a horizontal and gently curving arm. No attempt at concealment is made, and the stick is just barely held by the tips of your fingers.
Sit silently for a period of time. The stick is dropped by the one holding it, and is caught by the one opposite.
Don’t try to build a rhythm for dropping or try to fool each other. Just sit. Let the static in your mind subside as you concentrate upon watching your opponent. Create silence and observe one another. Realize that no amount of tensing will make the stick easier to catch, but that relaxing will.
As you do the exercise you will have ample opportunity to still the jerks and twitchs of your muscles and mind. You will get to go through the pain in your legs. You will get to still the jerks and twitchings of your partner. You will get to still yours and his tendency to guess at when the stick will be dropped.
You will get to still the ridges of readying muscles and energies and you will get to still the focus of the catch. You must reach out and hold the falling stick in one position in space. There should be no slapping or grabbing or sudden tightening of the muscles. There should be the same naturalness and amount of insignificance as when you lift a glass ot turn on a light switch.
The application of the can be very interesting. This would be the practice of not ‘telegraphing your motion.’ This means that you stay perfectly still before a movement, no leaning or drifting in any direction before moving. You must stay in one place and let the stillness build and explode without forethought. Have fun.
Here is the illustration…
here is the question…
how long will it take?
If you have a lot of discipline,
which comes from a lot of martial arts practice,
real martial arts
and not the watered down crap sold today,
then it probably won’t take long.
A few hours
a few hours should be enough
to cook your brain
and enable you to break through.
Let’s say you are a newbie,
not much discipline.
Might take a year or two.
But the more you practice the martial arts,
the more discipline you cultivate,
the sooner you break through.
what does it feel like.
people may feel different things,
but here’s what I perceived.
I did not reach,
I was unaware of muscles,
my hand just nonchalantly
spurted forward and held the stick.
I didn’t grab,
it was more like I picked the stick out of space.
Prior to doing it right
I sort of forgot about the exercise,
it just sort of happened.
I was profoundly happy.
I was aware that I,
the being that was Al Case,
was what was true,
and that the envelope that was my body,
Al Case is a temporary vehicle,
for an eternal spirit.
I advise you right now…
when you achieve the zen moment I speak of
there is absolutely NO mistaking it.
and you blink,
and you slap your head
and blurt something like…
The moment is so stark it can’t be mistaken for anything else.
It is the difference between snoring peacefully
and suddenly being the sun.
understanding life as you never have before.
And yet anything I tell you
will be a severe understatement
of the real thing.
And, a few things to provide context.
Old texts on zen were correct,
but I lacked the cultural background to understand the words.
Bruce Lee talks about being formless.
Zen teaches us to be formless.
This idea of being formless permeates the martial arts,
but what the heck is it, really?
To be formless is to be in the moment,
actually moving in concert with an attack,
and not in response to an attack.
It means you don’t react,
you don’t move in specific ways,
but rather in unspecific manner,
adapting to the motion of your opponent,
and not moving in specific manners
your training has dictated.
Here’s the problem,
there are total idiots out there
who hear about being formless,
and think that because they don’t study anything,
and especially a classical art,
they are formless.
they are idiots,
trying to make their lack of learning
more than it is.
here we go,
here is what it means in ways you can understand
and even adapt to your work out.
To be formless is to be like water,
pour it into a glass and it assumes the shape of a glass.
Pour it into a bowl,
and it assumes the shape of the bowl.
So it doesn’t mean you have the no shape
of somebody who knows nothing,
it means you are smart enough
to shape yourself to the attack.
Somebody punches and you block?
That’s a response form Karate.
Somebody locks you go with the lock
and figure your way out of it?
That’s a response form Jujitsu.
And freestyle is just reacting,
it is fighting,
no pouring yourself into a shape
that fits the attack.
Let’s say somebody pushes you.
How do you react?
Do you brace, then attack?
Do you grab and throw?
Those are specific responses
created by studying specific arts.
If you were formless
you would adapt to the push,
shape your body around it,
and that might entail blocking or grappling…
or unbalancing or shifting or…or…
but it would be unique to the situation…
WITH NO LOSS OF AWARENESS.
you would have more awareness,
because that is the result of the martial arts training…
if done properly.
If you do not study a martial art
you are certainly formless,
and a victim to the forces of the universe.
If you do study a martial art,
and then another one and another one,
you eventually become formless…
and the universe is victim to your desires.
So these fellows who study something and say,
‘I stopped studying so I could break out of that art
and become formless,’
are total and utter idiots.
They have exchanged their inabilities
for the right to sound stupid.
The BEST way to be formless
is to study an art,
maybe karate or kenpo or something,
then another art,
maybe Aikido or tai Chi or something,
and then another art…
and so on.
Eventually you learn ALL the options
for forcing or flowing an attack,
Then you have choice,
actual AWARE choice,
within the structure of the fight.
And that would be formless.
I put Tai Chi here because most people study hard arts,
or arts requiring great effort,
and the best way to achieve formlessness
is to study an art that take little effort,
and which makes you think
and figure things out.
Make sure you check out the video halfway down the page.
Were the Indians Masters of Their Own Brand of Zen?
What a GREAT day!
if you don’t work out,
you probably don’t really know what I mean.
This is the second of a five parts series.
Subscribe to this newsletter to get all five parts.
Last newsletter I made the point
that the American Indian
was probably the finest warrior in the world.
To back this up,
simply consider their attitude towards that great zen concept…
In zen you create a silence so absolute
that your spirit can manifest,
that the truth of you becomes apparent.
Indians had this zen attitude towards silence.
The mere fact of walking,
as described in the first part of this series,
can be used to create silence.
But that is only the first stage.
Perhaps some of you remember an old adage
that only fools whistle?
A bit harsh,
a happy person should whistle,
but when you are hunting game,
or sneaking up to a battle,
you can’t whistle.
you have to master the sounds of nature,
the tweet of a bird,
the call of a wolf,
the actual sound of shifting sand,
or wind in the rushes.
To master such sounds requires an appreciation of silence itself.
Consider this bit of zen:
it is not the sound you must hear,
but the silence.
as I am fond of telling students,
a candle in a coal mine
is brighter than the sun at noon.
Consider this when you are doing Tai Chi,
and don’t make a sound.
Consider this in Aikido,
and don’t let your circles make a sound.
Consider this in Karate,
or Tai Chi,
or other arts,
and quell the sound of your motion,
of your technique,
it is not just wasted energy,
but it distracts the mind
from the silence necessary
to manifest the spirit.
Here’s a link to Tai Chi,
which is a great art for pursuing silence.
Good evening! Heck, great evening! And have a great late night work out. When everybody is asleep, go out in the middle of the street, or the field, or whatever, and feel the silence. And let your emotion fill the silence. All of it, all the way to the moon.
I got in a discussion the other day, with a very smart fellow. He was telling me about these things, I think he called them ‘zombie loops.’ Zombie loops are memories, that condense in the brain, or condense the mind, or something, so you can break through to true artistry.
The problem was, he was telling me that zombie loops are the result of meat, and the body is meat, and inspiration is meat, and spirit is the imagination of the meat body, and when you die there is nothing more.
So I told him he was wrong. I asked him who was looking through his eyes, I told him that this was awareness, that it couldn’t be measured, and it was spirit, that he was a spirit, an ‘I am.’
But he was solid. He believed in zombie loops, and art as a manifestation of meat.
So we argued, and discussed, and I couldn’t convince him, and the reason was simple: he had never done the martial arts. He had never stared at a man on the mat, watched the eyes until he could see the thought behind the action. He had never sweated himself beyond what he thought he could accomplish. He had never experienced himself.
Himself apart from his body, as an awareness that is not the eyes, but looks through the eyes.
He was spiritually void.
And it really is a shame.
These people who believe in science, to the exclusion of the spirit, you have to ask yourself…’why?’
Why can’t they understand spirit? And belief and imagination and all of that sort of thing?
Instead, they use their imagination to conjure reasons and belief systems, as to why man has no soul, thus negating themselves.
That all said, I thank all you martial artists out there.
Thanks for being part of something that enhances the human spirit, improves the spirit, addresses the soul.
Thanks for being artists. Thanks for delving into the discipline until you find yourself.
Now, a couple of words…
I haven’t been sending out newsletters because I’ve been working so much. When I came down from Monkeyland I had to start everything over. No job, no place to live, had to start from scratch.
So I’m pretty busy.
And, second thing, new book is almost out. ‘How to Matrix the Martial Arts… and the Universe and Life and Everything!’
It is a recounting of the exact method I use to matrix.
I’ve told people, over the years, that I really wanted to sum up the matrixing science and experience. And this is the closest I’ve come.
You’ll have seen parts of this book here and there, in some of the courses, but this is more, this is the whole thing, and you’ll understand more about how the courses are arranged and why, and you’ll see the exact mathematics I use, and the exact geometry I use. So stand by, I’m doing the final few readings, working on the graphics, and it should be ready in a week or two. Cross your fingers.
Now, again, thanks. And here’s the link for a list of my books. Check it out, see what you don’t have, see what grabs you, and check them out on this page, which will likely put you through to Amazon, which has more info on them.
How Neutronics Works in the Martial Arts
Happy June Gloom Work Out!
Here in Los Angeles it gets foggy and misty,
but it is a breath of coolness
time to work out,
because it is going to be hotter than the devil’s zipper
in a short while.
this newsletter courtesy of Rick T.,
a master instructor,
one of my original students from way back when.
if I recall correctly.
Rick told me to shut up and talk about Neutronics.
He says I always back off,
and I do.
The reason I back off is because most people
need the discipline of the martial arts
for this stuff to make sense and work.
If you don’t have some kind of discipline,
it just rolls off,
becomes meaningless words.
Say three hail mary’s and call me in the morning
type of stuff.
If you do have discipline,
the world opens up.
Words open a reality unbelievable,
and the universe becomes simple dimple.
Anything you want you can have.
You know the truth.
And the only thing stopping you is you.
Neutronics is the study of you.
You find you by finding the motionlessness inside the motion.
By finding the awareness that is you
that causes all motion.
I remember one fellow who had lots of experience,
and he wrote back after doing Neutronics,
that he couldn’t stop thinking about motors and the universe
and how it all worked.
He was awake,
and couldn’t stop.
And so many people get nothing.
or the discipline they had
was not matrixed,
just a general mish mash of physical work out
without the awareness being engaged.
So let me tell you one simple thing
as to how I use Neutronics.
This is REALLY simple,
but has immense effect,
once you understand it,
and can use it.
There isn’t a person among us
who hasn’t experienced somebody coming towards them.
even an outright threat.
Maybe it’s a boss who got up
on the wrong side of bed.
Maybe it is a mate
and you left the lid up.
Maybe it is a drunk,
enraged because he thinks you’re someone he knew
ten years ago,
and is still pissed at.
So what do you do?
How do you handle it Neutronically?
Here is the simple,
one sentence response,
which pulls the plug,
and puts you TOTALLY in control.
You simply say the following phrase:
‘You’re coming towards me.’
This is a shocker,
takes the juice out of him,
and of the situation.
Or it doesn’t,
and you now know you have to strike first,
or at least reposition yourself.
Here’s why this works…
The universe is filled with objects,
these objects have a direction
The direction is flow.
If an object collides with other objects,
you have force.
So all there is in the universe
is force and flow.
And to handle the universe
all you have to do is handle force and flow.
so that any force that happens,
is as you want it.
When you tell a person he is coming towards you,
he is suddenly spotlighted.
All attacks will be fruitless.
He can’t get close.
He can’t sneak punch.
He can’t chest bump you.
He is spotted,
his trajectory is plotted,
and his aggression is notted.
if he keeps coming,
if he doesn’t care that he is illuminated,
then his insanity is on display,
and you can consider that he means you harm.
You can side step.
if the situation is dire,
hit him first.
you are sane,
he is not,
so who should survive?
and I mean it.
there is a LOT more to it than this.
This is just the sneak peak.
The heads up,
something you can use and verify.
it won’t work if you don’t have the discipline.
here’s a trick,
you have to tell the bozo who is coming at you
without your voice going in any direction.
You must not have emotion.
You must not lean away or towards him,
or even be side stepping.
And this is incredibly hard to do.
It is easy when you have a real black belt,
especially one backed up by matrixing.
But if your art is tilted and slanted,
skewed by power or money
or any kind of belief system,
it won’t work.
It might even make the situation worse.
But if you do have matrixed discipline,
then it works,
and every time.
When it works the situation always devolves into talk.
But that’s okay.
and aggression disappears.
I’ve written a half a dozen books on Neutronics,
giving principles and examples,
explaining how things like motors work
and what are the three parts of the universe
and so on and so on.
nothing but words.
With Matrixed discipline,
as in the martial arts,
it totally changes you.
And if it doesn’t change you,
you simply need more matrixing,
more martial arts.
If you like what I’ve said here,
if you get some of the books
and like them,
hit the like button,
I’ll write more.
If nobody says anything,
it all just goes into the sunset,
sinks into the waves,
to await a day when people are more disciplined,
are ready to realize their true potential,
are ready to be able to do anything they want.
The Real Thought Process Behind Matrixing in the Martial Arts
Another day in paradise.
Paradise being defined,
by your work out.
The journey to Martial Arts Mastery
there were a couple of things I did to figure out energy.
and these things led to all sorts of discoveries.
I read the classics.
I read all the books on zen,
I read the tai chi classics,
I read every book,
scoured the library,
This was back in the late sixties early seventies,
I had to do it old school.
there just wasn’t a lot of stuff out there.
We knew about judo,
Karate was the coming thing,
and Bruce Lee hadn’t even been heard of,
let alone tai chi,
or all the esoteric Chinese arts.
I just kept reading,
over the years,
and the data accumulated,
and an interesting thing happened.
All those mystical things I was reading
began to resolve for two reasons.
my work outs,
I was gaining a real life data base
of experiences that were relevant.
I found that these experiences,
for the most part,
they could be defined with physics.
Here’s the trick,
it took four or five years of doing forms
to discover the truth of grounding,
of sinking the weight.
Then the mystical explanations made sense.
And I could say things like ‘grounding,’
and now that it was a more accurate description
than things like
‘root like a tree.’
root like a tree was accurate,
but it was based on definitions
that were not physics,
and could only be described by
comparisons with nature.
The ancients knew nature,
they didn’t know physics.
was to tie all this stuff together,
which I did with matrixing.
let’s talk about the physics.
The body is a thing.
It floats through space.
You can define it two ways.
You can define it from the inside out,
trying to make sense of the bones and veins,
the girders and hydraulics,
the nerves and muscles,
and so on.
That isn’t bad,
has to be done,
but it is only half.
it is a half that gets badly abused
because people want to go whole hog,
and forget (obscure) the other half.
They get too scientific,
and start limiting their body by science.
You can only do this much weight in that manner
because the scientific testing proves it.
And there is no mention of the importance,
and overriding intention
of the human spirit.
you can go from the outside in.
Everything is space,
your body is space,
and that is the other half of the equation.
The problem is that you have to go through the body
to discover space.
It’s hard to just start with space,
unless you want to just study zen or yoga.
So you study space,
and you find that space is much bigger than the body,
and that if you get big enough in space,
you can look back at the body
and figure out the correct way of working it.
Here’s a small progression I worked out
to illustrate this:
There is ONE individual awareness running the body.
There are TWO sides to the body.
(This can be extrapolated many ways:
top and bottom
right and left
open or close
and so on)
There are THREE points to a triangle
(the triangle must be used to brace a base
and project energy…in other words,
to strike or block.
This is how you define how the body works)
There are major FOUR directions
(up, down, right, left
the compass points
four basic blocks
and so on)
There are FIVE elements that define the universe,
and which can be used to define a body
or motion (in one sense)
These five elements can from culture to culture
And i kept going,
using numbers to define the universe,
the properties of the universe,
and of the body,
and so on.
But all of this construction is worthless
unless one has first defined space.
Without space you can’t have all this.
Space is the context for things.
Space is the medium in which we have being.
Space is the truth of martial arts,
and of all life.
there are different kinds of space,
but the main thing is that space enables us to have distance
which enables us to have perspective,
and suddenly we have life.
didn’t mean to go nuts there,
but thought you’d like to have the real meaning
behind the ‘empty’
in ‘Empty Hands.’
what zen is looking for.
Or what one must establish to do Yoga.
for that matter and especially,
Tai Chi Chuan.
Without an understanding of this stuff,
in some sort of structure,
your martial arts are useless.
They are fighting,
and they are not a method
for progressing to the truth of yourself.
I’ve talked enough.
There’s a few guys out there scratching their beans,
and they can feel free to email me
if there is something that doesn’t make sense.
My purpose is not to obfuscate,
but to elevate.
enjoy thinking about this stuff,
start writing it out and making diagrams if you will,
and if you want a little hands on martial arts
to back up what I’ve said here,
and in the cold, hard physics of matrixed martial arts,
try the Master Instructor course.
Matixing and Neutronics in the Martial Arts
another work out,
Another chance to be
smarter, stronger, nicer.
Another day to find…
the real you.
I’m going to tell you something really important about you,
about what you really are,
about what you can really do,
and how this relates to the martial arts.
The real you is not your body,
even your mind.
It is that part of you that looks out.
Figures things out.
It is you…the awareness.
Your real body is not flesh or mind,
it is as far as you can imagine.
One of the things that I have said,
that causes a few people to gripe,
is that you can only go in one direction.
go to San Francisco and New York at the same time.
Can’t do it.
Can’t even think about it.
When you try to think about it,
you are thinking of San Francisco,
or New york,
but you can’t think of both of them at the same time.
you can pu a thought of one in your mind,
and hold it there while you think of the other,
but that is like writing one on a blackboard,
while you think.
It is not going to two places at once.
You can’t go to two places at one.
Which leads us to an interesting,
and even FASCINATING concept…
you can’t think outwards and inwards at the same time.
you can’t attack and erect a defense simultaneously.
And here is where a few people take objection.
They think that if they do a simultaneous block and counter,
they are doing two things.
They are attacking.
They are not blocking.
Think about it this way.
You are either going towards someone,
or parallel (maintaining distance).
Parallel is not doing anything.
it is doing nothing.
Going towards or away is doing something.
You are either hitting them,
or you are not getting hit.
what is the value of knowing this,
of holding to this,
of making this work?
you become aware of distance,
and he who controls distance controls the fight.
When you get past learning the blocks and strike and throws and all,
this become THE crucial aspect of the martial arts.
It is REALLY important.
many people don’t understand this
until they have reached a certain point of discipline,
until they have realized the importance of themselves
you will find that you can control any situation
without using strikes or blocks or etcetera,
you can control ANY situation
simply with very subtle movement towards or away from.
This extends not just from opponents,
but to anything,
the offer or retraction of your presence resolves any situation.
Your presence is that strong.
a lot of people don’t get this,
it is usually figured out,
past the time when you become
aware of your ability to control a fight by controlling distance.
The real example of this,
I used to LOVE doing this,
I would freestyle students,
and shift towards or away in the smallest,
most minute fashion,
and it would totally disrupt their thoughts,
and any hope of techniques.
They would find that they couldn’t even attack me,
because they couldn’t mount a thought.
And you MuST have a thought before an action.
I would shift when the thought was mounting,
and that would unfix me in space,
and they would have to try to figure it out again.
the students knew what I was doing,
they would understand and see,
other students could tell EXACLY what I was doing,
but they could’t deal with it.
I simply controlled distance better than they could.
and this is probably crucial to you now,
but will be crucial to you forever.
To control distance
is to control intention.
And intention is the ‘arm’ of the awareness.
you are an ‘I am,’
but howdy you ‘do?’
How do you accomplish things in this life?
So you study martial arts,
to hav the discipline to locate ourself in space as an ‘I am,’
and then you function as an ‘I am,’
by using intention,
in this specific,
deals precisely with…
control of distance.
How close are you to an object (body),
how far away.
this is sort of an advanced lesson,
and it is a lesson in neutronics.
I figured all of this out
simply by using matrixing
until I was aware of myself as an awareness,
and since then I use neutronics.
you know what I’m going to say now,
get yourself a matrixing course,
and start figuring out what I am saying.
figure out what I am doing.
Don’t just read these words
and think you understand,
for even if you do,
it takes too long,
and how are you going to get somebody else to do this stuff,
unless you have the better and faster method
Matrixing is a method for locating yourself as an awareness.
Neutronics is a method for functioning as an awareness.
And when you use these tools,
you are different,
the world becomes easy,
you get the things you want out of life,
and what else is there?
if you happen to prefer Shaolin,
or whatever else,
check out the website and find the matrixing approach
that works for you.
guys and gals,
you never read anything like what I have said here.
It simply hasn’t been said before.
Martial Arts are good,
they are great,
but they take too long,
and have too much risk of being misunderstood.
So look at the alternative.
Look at Matrixing and Neutronics,
and think about really finding out
the truth about yourself.
the truth of Matrixing and Neutronics…
it is all about you,
finding the real you,
and using the martial arts to do so.
It is about you,
and what you can really do.
that is a LOT!
a short word,
I will be having an operation on my shoulder in four weeks.
I will be out of action for a couple of months.
That means I will do my best,
but my output will suffer.
It will be be difficult to do things.
I will let you know more
once I have a specific date set up.
what can you do to help…
If you have been meaning to get a course,
please do so.
Your $20 or $30 will help out immensely.
If you have all the courses,
start thinking about neutronics.
and in a way this is even more important,
help spread the word.
Go through my articles and websites,
and click the ‘Like’ button.
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help people find out about matrixing and neutronics.
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That’s all you have to do
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And I will be needing your help.
After working out every day for near 50 years,
I am going to be motionless,
that is going to be one of the toughest things I have ever done.
But your help will get me through.
So thanks in advance,
and I’ll give you all the exact details
over the next couple of weeks,
as I become aware of them.
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about controlling distance
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Thanks for being martial artists,
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2) People who are insane want to be wrong and different.
3) Criminals want to be wrong and the same.
4) Geniuses want to be right and different.
Most martial arts classes are more interested in behavior modification, in making everybody the same. This is the same old same old of point one above, and has driven society for a zillion years.
A true martial arts class doesn’t care about behavior modification; they understand that to be right is to be different. This is in accordance with point four above.
The point here is to make the same old same old martial arts classes change into classes of true martial arts.
To change the same old same old martial arts classes one need do one thing: teach what works without judgment.
This means you don’t tell people they must behave, protect society, be good citizens, say the pledge of allegiance, promote one country, and so on; one must teach the art only so that it works, AND TRUST THAT ART TO EFFECT THE STUDENT!
If the art doesn’t effect the student, then it either wasn’t true, or the teacher offered judgement upon his students, or, at the very least promoted opinion over workability.
I have taught insane people. It resulted in a high degree of frustration for the insane, because I teach a true art which resulted in an effect on the student. This effect is described in the following paragraph.
The insane student, under my instruction, did not become sane, but found himself/herself face to face with themselves; they began to understand the difference between right and wrong, and between being the same and being different. And now their struggles began.
They did become less dangerous to others.
While wholly insane they couldn’t see choice, and were willing to do wrong because they were right.
Once they reached the point of seeing the difference between sanity and insanity, which is to say once they found themselves having choice, they were in a constant struggle between right and wrong, and between being the same and different.
A person who teaches behavior modification only teaches how to be right and the same.
the true martial arts teacher, by relying on the art to teach, and not offering opinion nor judgment, let’s the student find his choices, and it is this path that results in the journey to point four above.
If you really want to understand what all this means, and not just from the viewpoint of a martial artist, but as a martial arts instructor, you have to delve into a study of neutronics.
Neutronics is available at ChurchofMartialArts.com. It is suggested one starts out with the simple book ‘Prologue.’ It will answer all your questions, and open your mind for more.
All of this won’t much sense, or have impact, unless you study martial arts, and the martial arts should be matrixed. Matrixing is available at MonsterMartialArts.com.
back in 1967,
we are still the best of friends,
and he came up to my b-day party,
and gave me a gift.
A couple of comic books.
not Donald Duck,
or some Ninja stuff,
he gave me
Zhuang Zi Speaks.
This is the most amazing collection of art
illustrating zen concepts.
it’s probably ‘Chan,’
the Chinese root of the tree
but the concepts are the same.
Music in nature,
usefulness v uselessness,
all sorts of incredible illustrations
truly defining zen,
the human experience,
and what it is all about.
And this stuff really relates to the martial arts.
reading this stuff,
clearing out the mind,
let me go over what happens in the martial arts
in relation to the zen existence.
This is going to be neutronic,
so shake your head and blink a few times,
stretch the jaw,
and get ready to input some real data.
The body is a machine.
The mind is a bunch of memories.
You are the source of it all.
If a problem comes to you,
and you use the mind,
then you are using memories.
You are trying to use data that may have been useful some year,
but may not actually relate to the now.
The point of the martial arts is to bypass the mind.
To focus on the movement in the universe,
and see that movement as it is,
and not how the mind (memories) translates it.
You do this by focusing on one thing,
whatever it is you are doing.
You focus and do not let yourself be distracted.
You watch the fist flying towards your face,
and you do not let the mind panic
and try to solve the problem
through the use of memories.
here’s where it gets interesting.
Probably the most important thing to be handled
in this thing of controlling the mind
so it does not run amok when your survival is at stake,
is to control emotions.
There is no actual definition for the word emotion.
Look in the dictionary,
you will see something like…
Maybe an egghead bunch of blather like…
‘the subjective experience.’
But that doesn’t tell you what emotions are.
There is actually no definition for emotion,
not even a good description.
So here is the neutronic truth about emotions…
Emotions are energy
generated by a human being.
They can be the result of being overwhelmed,
or experiencing strong sensations
and so on.
The energy of emotions are generated
in response to motions inside the head.
there is a motion somewhere in the universe,
something coming towards you,
and in response,
you generate a motion inside the head.
Perhaps you see the immediate future,
and what will happen if a fist collides with your beak,
perhaps something else.
The actual sequence goes like this…
a fist flies at your face,
the motion of the universe
causes you to ‘think,’
and you experience motion inside the head.
Then you generate panic,
or fear or rage or hate,
or some other useless wavelength.
Something that doesn’t necessarily handle the problem
of the real motion in the universe,
and even gets in the way of the real solution.
Maybe there was a purpose once,
for a feeling like panic,
maybe the result would be fight or flight,
or some other kneejerk response,
but there is no purpose now,
not for the human experience.
Emotion does nothing more than get in the way
of an actual and calculated response.
So you practice martial arts,
until you don’t experience motion inside the head
as a response to the motion of the universe.
You get rid of the distractions
that are generated inside your own head
and then you can see the world as it is.
You don’t blink when the fist comes at you,
but engage in an intuitive but calculated response.
some people claim that you can use fear,
that an emotion can be used to spur your responses.
But that’s the wrong way to go.
That is using a cluttered head,
to render a decision.
But the BEST decision
will come from an uncluttered head,
a mind empty of emotion,
a mind that is not searching for memories,
a mind able to perceive the world as it is,
a mind that is not kneejerking in response to
motion in the universe.
there is emotion when you copy an animal,
perhaps do a form.
But that is art,
an expression of self.
That can be good
because you are learning to use emotions,
instead of being used by emotions,
and that helps you control the motion inside your head.
here is the summation.
The body is a machine,
the mind is a bunch of memories,
if you want to unleash all your potential,
you must not look to the past
as a solution to what is happening now.
you must learn to focus,
to not become distracted,
to be in the moment.
This is how the simple act of learning self defense,
discovers the truth of the spirit,
of the real you,
that is operating the body.
That is learning the real martial arts.
if you like this stuff,
if it makes sense and you want more,
go to ChurchofMartialArts.com.
If you don’t,
there are many ways to approach the martial arts,
next newsletter we’ll probably discuss
the best and most efficient way to kick testicles.
got to see a man about a front snap kick,
talk to you later,
and have a GREAT work out!