Good Lard…it’s summer! And absolutely perfect for learning another art. So which art do you want to learn this summer? A hard art to go with the soft? Soft to go with the hard? Weapons? Tai Chi? I mean, why not? what else do you have to do? And there is nothing else that is better for you.
Click here to get the whole story on Matrixing the Martial Arts
Okay, every once in a while I like to go over what Matrixing is, and suggested methods of study.
Matrixing is a system of logic. It is based upon analyzing potential motion. It is applicable to any art, and to any system.
But here’s the thing… the martial arts are put togethers. As such they are conglomerations of what worked for individuals. But these are all based on what an individual prefers, or works for his body, or the culture he has grown up in, and so on.
The result has been a lot of mystery, which is hidden by calling it mysticism.
So if you apply matrixing to your martial art, it becomes logical, and thus easier to learn, and there won’t be hidden spots. No more mysticism. Just hard core science.
That is matrixing in a nutshell. You can find out a lot more about it by subscribing to the newsletter, (alcase.wordpress.com), and just thinking about how it can be applied to your art.
Okay, recommended ways of studying matrixing.
Each course looks at the martial arts from a specific viewpoint, from a specific art or concept. If you have a specific weakness in your system, say…no weapons, or too hard, or something like that, you can just study the art that will take care of that weakness. Guaranteed, the logic on the art you study will start to seep into the rest of your arts.
BUT, the best way to study is probably to just follow the arts as they are listed on the site (MonsterMartialArts).
For instance: Matrix Karate analyzes the hard arts and classical blocks. Matrix Kung Fu analyzes locks and throws Matrix Aikido analyzes learning by concept. The Master Instructor Course analyzes the body Shaolin Butterfly analyzes footwork Butterfly Pa Kua Chang analyzes the transition from soft to hard Five Army Tai Chi Chuan analyzes soft takedowns And so on.
But each art can be taken apart by a sequence of matrixing courses.
If somebody wanted to learn karate, for instance, and from the ground up, I would recommend the following courses: Outlaw Karate (inspiration) Buddha Crane Karate (modular studies) Matrix Karate Making the art pure) Temple Karate (what old forms actually mean) and so on.
So there are many ways to study matrixing. But the fun of it all is this: you learn multiple arts…fast. Which is why I said, at the beginning of this newsletter, what do you want to learn this summer? Heck, you could learn three or four whole martial arts all within a year. That would be a high state of mastery.
Anyway, Here’s the Matrix Karate page, because that is the one that started it all, that is the one with some pretty crucial matrixing data on it.
Good summer to you! It’s almost here, and do you have a plan? Have you selected what martial art you want to master this summer?
Hey, I was talking to this fellow today, He was a pilot, used to push B1s around. that’s right, he was carrying the biggest bullets known to mankind.
We talked about a lot of stuff, and veered into politics, and it was refreshing. He was from Arizona, told me about gun laws there, concealed carry, the incredible border war that is going on and that the news media doesn’t cover. I told him about sanity.
He made the remark, the old saw about:
insanity is when you keep doing the same thing over and over, and expect different results.
I told him that sanity was when you could observe reality. He blinked, and said I was right. Never thought of it, but I was right. And I am.
When you do the martial arts, you practice for some guy coming down at your head with a knife, and you have to observe the exact reality of it all. Observe something other than a knife coming at your head, and you get cut. Blood spurts. You know?
And here is what it all means, most people deal in opinion. Opinion is talk without the facts.
Most politicians do this. They pay no attention to the fact that every state that has fewer gun laws, has less crime. They call for more gun control, which, if you observe the reality, is asking for more crime.
Simple but true.
So on one side we have the relative insanity (all sanity and insanity is relative) of opinion. On the other side we have the relative sanity of observation.
The thing is, it is actually pretty easy to be sane. Just practice your forms, and practice the techniques in your forms, and toss out the bushwah, the stuff that doesn’t work.
But, and this is an example of insanity, many people don’t do that.
Look at the chat rooms, everybody has an opinion. One or two have the facts, and the other 98 or 99 has an opinion.
That, incidentally, is why I don’t bother going to chat rooms, and have even, thus far, eschewed a chat room of my own.
So, here it is again, if you can observe what is real, you can be sane, and the martial arts help you observe what is real.
If you can’t observe what is real, you can only speak in opinion, and the more opinion you have, the more insane you are.
Newsletter 800 What is Actually Happening With Matrixing and the Martial Arts
Good morning! The sun is shining, and then it is raining, and shining and raining, and so on. that makes it THE day for working out!
To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.
I just received several emails. Some fellow was bashing me on his blog. He was a long time martial artist, quoted me, then proceeded to ‘dissect’ me. And, if anybody spoke up for me, he bashed them. Nice guy.
Anyway, I thought this made for a wonderful opportunity to explain about bad people in the martial arts, what really makes them, what you do about them, and…what is really happening with matrixing. So here we go.
Here is a scenario. You are in the seventh grade, and you are charged with teaching a fourth grader, you have to teach him how to multiply. You lay out the problems, you show him, and show and show him, and he just doesn’t get it. You get mad. Stupid kid. Teacher comes up, she doesn’t get mad, she just sort of straightens everything out. Now, here is what happened: you had never taught anybody. You didn’t know all the tricks. The teacher has seen it all, she knows all the tricks.
Now, the people who attack me, who attack matrixing, they are like seventh graders. They have done some martial arts, but they don’t know all the tricks. Or, in this specific, they don’t understand how all the arts fit together. They don’t understand the underlying principles, the real philosophy behind it all. So, they get mad.
And, think about it, they have spent their lives doing martial arts, and here I come along and say: oh, that’s not right, you should do it this way.
Man, am I a threat. So they strike back against what is threatening them, threatening their carefully cultivated view of themselves, of their construct of how the world works.
And, here is a proof for what i am saying: If they knew the truth they wouldn’t get mad. I don’t get mad…because I know the truth. I know how the arts fit together, I know all the tricks, the gimmicks and methods, the way it all works, so I don’t get mad when these fellows speak ill of me on blogs and chatrooms and so on.
If you know the truth you don’t get mad, you can look down to their level, and see what it is they don’t understand.
The problem is… you can’t make them understand if they don’t want to understand, that is to say, if they are holding to the small bits of truth they did manage to accumulate, to the methods and things that they constructed to try to make sense out of the martial arts which don’t always make sense.
Now, the specific fellow who was attacking me, was dissecting one of my Kenpo books. And it gets very interesting.
For instance, he claimed I wasn’t a serious student of Kenpo, which, in the book, I explained that i wasn’t a serious student of Kenpo, that I was applying matrixing principles to what i had learned decades ago.
For instance, he said my work needed more depth, which, in my book, I set forth the idea that this was a beginning, and that somebody should come along and exploit my principles to look deeper.
Do you get it?
He was saying things I had already pointed out in my book.
He was criticizing me using points i had already used to criticize myself.
Not very creative, especially for so called critical thinking.
But, here’s the kicker. in his attack he made an interesting statement, he said something to the effect that he had read my books, and that at a certain point he came face to face with
a different way of seeing things.
This was the effect of matrixing.
And he immediately pushed it aside, which is to say, he held on to his carefully constructed world, and was unable to evolve.
And, I will say something else. In my books I tell people, very plainly, that they can’t just read the books, they have to do the techniques, then they will understand, then they will get what I am talking about.
I gauran-forking-tee he did not do this. He was a seventh grader, thinking he was a teacher, and he read the book without doing ANY of the techniques. Without experiencing what I was really saying.
If he had done the book, instead of reading it like a comic, he would have been changed, that different viewpoint would have popped out, nice and neat and gently overwhelming, and he would have evolved.
His art would have evolved. He would have become a teacher, a real teacher, instead of a seventh grader thinking he was a teacher.
Now, I know what I have just said is the absolute truth, because I have seen it work over the last ten years.
There are thousands of people who have DONE the material I have written. Who have DONE the forms and techniques. Who have DONE the drills. And my wins book is packed with their stories. Over six hundred pages of thanks yous. Of ‘how did you ever figure this out?’ Of ‘OMG, I am making my own art, and it all makes so much sense!’
So that is the point i want to make here. You can read about, or you can do. But don’t bother criticizing what I’ve done until you have done it for yourself.
Don’t be a seventh grader, thinking you know it all, when you only know what a seventh grader knows. Don’t settle for that.
And, that brings us to where this matrixing thing is going. Let me make a few points. I love the martial arts. There is nothing i love more than doing the forms, working out with people, it is all a ball. But, I left the fighting part of the martial arts decades ago. I lived in a time that has passed where i was able to accumulate all the data, and make sense of it, and I was able to put fighting aside.
And, the point of matrixing is to help you do this, too. To learn how to fight so well, that fighting stops being a game of chance, and becomes a scientific endeavor, where you analyze and handle people like you are a teacher, and they are seventh graders.
We are talking about actual evolution here.
If you lived fifty years, you would have fifty years worth of knowledge. But what if I could give you that knowledge in a year or two? where would you be in fifty years then? You would be at a hundred years, because you would have my fifty, plus your fifty. And here is the interesting thing, the martial arts accelerate beyond that, once they are matrixed. It is not just about getting my fifty years of knowledge, it is about getting thousands of years of knowledge, all the knowledge accumulated by the ancients and passed down, and finally made sense of.
Let me ask you a question: what step of evolution is it where you don’t get mad?
You watch the world and everybody gets mad. The politicians lie and get mad, the corporate bosses, for all their success, cheat and steal, and get awfully mad. People on the street, they get mad in their cars, they flip each other off, they have road rage, they beat each other up with baseball bats. Husbands and wives get mad, they snipe at each other, and the next thing you know the man punches out the wife, the wife does a Lorena Bobbit, and…
do you get it?
From the playgrounds of our ‘educational’ institutions to the prisons, to the businesses and politicis, we are a raging, wild beast.
I don’t get mad. And I am telling you exactly why, because I have done the martial arts so much that I have given up fighting. Because I understand what frustrations all those seventh graders are having out there.
Do you want to get ‘unmad?’ Do you want to give up anger? Do you want to understand, not like a seventh grader, hopped up on GMO and vaccines and testosterone and all that, but like a calm, patient teacher?
Do you like a world where you are out of control? Where you travel from one conflict to the other, and never partake of the chocolate cake in-between?
That’s what I am selling, that’s the truth of what Matrixing does. That’s where you would be, if you could suddenly ‘evolve’ yourself. If you could leap past all the minor frustrations of a society that is dedicated to killing itself.
Now, the interesting thing is this: I have often thought about taking all the books off the market that are attempts to apply matrixing to other arts. It just seems to cause so much anger. People think I am trying to destroy their construction, instead of enhance it. They think i am attacking their art, when I am only trying to make it bigger, better, more logical. When all I want is to take them to the end of one street, and show them a thousand other streets. When I just want to evolve them.
My consideration is simple. Are my books causing anger among those unable to understand because they cannot do more than read, because they cannot do, because they cannot understand the instructions?
Something to think about, eh?
I’ve also thought about, and even begun work on setting up lines of endeavor which can be closely watched. I made an attempt at Monkeyland, and still think about the mistakes made I made, and how i could fix them.
I’ve thought about setting up a website dedicated to taking people step by step, but not allowing them to purchase the next step, until they have completed the previous step.
And there are reasons I haven’t done this yet, though I have made half starts. Reasons like I don’t have the time and wherewithal. Not very good reasons are these, I admit, but…that is where I am.
Okay, hope I didn’t bore you, hope I actually made some sense with this ranting, but let me just say this… the most important course I’ve got is the Master Instructor Course. I push it more than any other, because it lays out the way energy works in the martial arts, it presents how techniques work. And it tends to divest one of ALL the false reasons behind the actual martial arts. It tells you the information you need to instruct. It opens the door to the way of becoming a calm, patient teacher, and not a seventh grader. Here go.
How Ignorant People act in Kenpo and Karate and Other Martial Arts
March, what a wonderful month. I’m going to work out every single day, right into April. You do, too!
I was checking my stats on Amazon, and reading the reviews people write about me. Interesting reading. But crazy. Let me explain.
I’ll get two reviews for a book, one is a five star review,
VERY Interesting.. and I like the “creation” theories and methods… JUST what I was looking for. and one is a one star review.
Waste of time if you are a serious martial artist…poor illustrations…bad
The five star talks about interesting ideas. The one star just says ‘stupid.’ Hmmm.
How could one book provoke two such dissimilar reviews?
Well, let me tell you.
I received an email a while ago, the fellow said: I don’t understand all the writing, but when I see the pictures (videos), then I get it.
Well, of course, a picture is worth a thousand words. BUT the real key here is that he didn’t understand the writing.
Here are some frightening statistics.
50% of adults can’t read at 8th grade level. 45 million people are functionally illiterate. and, one that is very important, 6 out of 10 households don’t buy a single book in a year.
Let’s consider the implications of these statistics as they relate to my books.
Out of the 50% adults that can’t read at 8th grade level, there are going to be a substantial number who are passionate about the martial arts. They are going to read what some people see as five star material, but because they don’t understand it, because there aren’t enough pictures, they are going to perceive it as worthless. At best, they are going to sense that something just passed them by, and they are going to be pissed. Pissed enough to give one star.
Out of the 45 million that are functionally illiterate, some are passionate, they live in blogs with small words, and they are, again, angry. A rich life is passing them by, and though they feel that something is happening, they can’t see it.
But here’s the kicker, 6 out of 10 don’t buy a book in a year. But they do read on the computer, and they are vocally upset, when they don’t understand what somebody has said.
This is the defense mechanism of the ignorant: get upset when you don’t understand something.
Now, why do I bring this up. Because I get a few low reviews, that discourages others from buying, and the vey valuable knowledge that is in my books, is then removed from the hands of the consumer. The intelligent consumer who needs to know, but is being waylaid by the ignorant.
Feel free to give a review. I prefer nice, but honest will do.
When you see a bad review, especially if you have read the book, and disagree, answer them. I can’t, but you can. Set the record straight.
And, make sure you are literate, that your children are literate, and that knowledge can be passed down.
This world is not Rep v Dem, it is not haves v have nots, it is ignorant v intelligent, and if the intelligent don’t set the ignorant straight, then the intelligent lose. So do you want the world to get more intelligent? Or more ignorant?
Here’s the book which received the reviews I listed above.
Newsletter 798 The Importance of a Black Belt in the Martial Arts
Good afternoon! Absolutely stunning day. Absolutely perfect for a work out.
Hey, I had somebody ask me, the other day, what belt I was. It’s a legitimate question.
I received my black belt in 1974. It was in a classical karate system, the Kang Duk Won.
And, a few years ago, a bunch of my black belts decided I should be an 8th black belt. I had some forty years training at the time. But it was sort of interesting. we had a wall, and everybody who made black belt got a plaque on the wall. We had a dozen or so plaques, and somebody noticed there wasn’t one for me. So they got together and got an 8th black plaque for me.
The funny thing is I didn’t notice it for quite some time.
Here’s the deal. I’m proud of my black belt. But, shortly after I received my belt, I lost all interest in belts and promotions and such. (Though I did appreciate what my black belts did)
Simply, I became addicted to the information, the the art, to the development of myself in a spiritual sense. But that’s me. For those who have just begun, you should be very concerned with earning a legitimate black belt.
A legitimate black belt carries with it the realization, the knowledge, that you have just begun to learn. If you earned a black belt, and you didn’t get that thought, then there is a good chance that you aren’t legitimate. You haven’t CBMed, made the art into yourself, inverted your viewpoint of the world, haven’t understood that reality is the illusion, and yourself is the projector.
Now, the real point of the martial arts is this: Does it work.
First, does it work as self defense. Can you defend yourself?
Second, does it make you grow spiritually? Do you understand your worth as an ‘I am,’ do you see yourself as a point of awareness, do you understand how your thoughts control the universe?
I suppose, analyzing my own preferences, that is why I prefer Karate first, and Tai Chi second.
Karate works. It makes my bones hard, puts snap in my muscles, and gives me long life.
Tai Chi works also. It makes me sensitive, removes me from illusion, and gives me long life.
And, interestingly, Tai Chi, learned effectively, is one of the most incredible self defense styled martial arts I have ever experienced.
And, they provide me with a ‘hard and soft’ progression of art. After you do a bit of matrixing, you can see how karate can become tai chi. And how tai chi enhances Karate.
All very interesting.
If you are experienced with the hard, I recommend the soft. If you are experienced with the soft, I recommend the hard.
It’s the only way to be sure that you really understand all aspects of the martial arts.
The trick, of course, is to make sure you matrix BOTH martial arts.
One of my work out partners, way back in the Kang Duk Won, decided he was going to do Tai Chi Chuan. He figured it would be easy, because of his karate conditioning. He threw his back out so badly it took him two years to recover.
Soft, flowing Tai Chi Chuan, and it was too tough for a young karate guy. What’s wrong with that picture, eh?
What is wrong is simple, when Bruce, my friend, did Tai Chi he thought he could just do a karate kick slowly. But karate is fast and explosive, the leg is out and back, in Tai Chi the muscles have to strain to keep the leg up. And I mean a whole sequence of muscles. Bruce’s muscles, though karate powerful, couldn’t support the leg for an extended period of time, and the result of his attempting to do such a thing disrupted the muscles all the way back to the spine..
Now isn’t that interesting, tai chi chuan has more ‘weight lifting’ in its moves. Karate has the fast explosion, and the muscle tightening (focus) builds the muscles. But those muscles are built at the beginning and end of the move. In Tai Chi the muscles must support the weight, throughout the move, for a long(er) period of time.
A simple difference, but it leads to an important concept.
Karate is explosive energy. Tai Chi is suspended energy.
The difference manifests in movements, in timing, in focus of concentration, in emptiness, in energy.
Now we could actually analyze these differences from different points of view. But what I’ve said here is probably the best point to start.
Not speed, not sensitivity, though those are important, but defining how energy is actually used. Because how energy is used defines the other terms. This concept is core.
This is not to discourage you from trying, but to caution you, and help you make the transition.
If you do your karate forms slowly, and round out the edges of your motion, you can get Tai Chi power. Just take it easy when you begin.
If you do your Tai Chi forms fast, you can find Karate power, and pretty easily. But you do have to adapt to a different mind set.
Explosive and slow two sides to a coin, two sides to the martial arts. And there are many more sides that these concepts can lead to.
Here’s the link to the Five Army Tai Chi Chuan course.
How Master Instructor Knowledge in the Martial Arts Transcends Time and Language
Good morning! Fantastic morning, actually, for I not only get to work out, but there is A NEW MASTER INSTRUCTOR!
Congrats to Garib De Kwaadsteniet
Hello Master Al
My name is Garib, I am a Bujinkan Taijutsu instructor from Amsterdam, as well as studying Matrixing thru the master Instructor course, and the Monkey boxing system with my Master Instructor, Will Sess. A lot of the finer points that you mention in the course, were subject in passing in my old system, without being explained the reason behind them, whereas just thru your solid and clear and concise explanations, the reason /concept or theory behind them became immediately obvious and a lot of the random data, as collected thru the various techniques, started to fall into place and made sense from a pragmatic point of view. What I have learned from matrixing is to look at every conceivable angle, to look for the universal truth/reality in any given motion, be it passive (evasive) or active (advance/attack/counter). By that i mean if it is a balanced, body natural motion which contains all the elements of the basic basics…in alignment. Technique over strength, mobility over forced movement, softness over hardness, working with the whole body (Taijutsu),… this way, just a minimum effort, is enough for maximum protective efficiency. Those are the elements i have taken from the master Instructor lessons, which makes my approach to movement now a whole lot more scientific based, than the randomly collected heap of techniques i was taught before. In other words, Matrixing is the art of getting to the heart of the matter, in a much shorter time than it would take with the traditional or common way of Instruction. I compare the matrix method to a compass, not only because of the directions (angles) but also because it gives me a starting point, a reference from where i can easily spot and connect the energy lines, in harmony with my opponents motions and intentions… Thank you very much for this really compact and comprehensive block of Instruction on how to execute and transmit movement and energy, in alignment and under pressure, as well as making the theory behind them clear. Sincerely, Garib De Kwaadsteniet
Thank you Garib, and well done! Your win is a very concise and excellent summation of matrixing.
Garib was assisted by Master Instructor Will Sess, and I believe he is non-English speaking, which makes this win all the sweeter. It proves that matrixing goes beyond language, that it is a concise set of scientific principles that transcend speech.
It is the way the universe works.
So thank you again, Garib, well done for your hard work, and thanks to your instructor Will Sess.
Okay guys and gals, wouldn’t becoming a Master Instructor be the greatest HanaKwanMass present you could ever give yourself?
Do the course and submit your win, and you have made it, you have gotten that knowledge, that martial artists from around the world, and throughout time, have wished to get… You have gotten the ultimate knowledge of the martial arts you have gotten the knowledge that is on The Master Instructor Course!
Good Evening! Feel tired after a long day’s work? Go stand in the ready stance. Don’t burst into motion, just wait. Let your body fall into the first move. then the second. Soon you will be working out full bore, and feeling tremendous amounts of energy. Just don’t push it… let it happen.
Okey dokey! I was talking with a fellow this past week end, and an interesting subject came up. Revenge.
I don’t know why. We were just talking, and then…revenge.
Now revenge is very over rated. if you want revenge, then you have already lost. Already been beaten. So get over it.
But, that said, if you are the kind of fellow who dwells obsessively on all the things that people have done to you… the best cure is hard work, attention to details, and dedicating yourself to the goal. In this case, the goal of revenge. Of beating him. Of teaching him a lesson.
And that brings us to an interesting saying.
‘Revenge is a dish best served cold.’
You probably heard it in a Steven Seagal movie, ‘Hard to Kill,’ I believe is the name. The one where he goes through a seven year coma only to wake up and kick ass, and have revenge.
So this old saying an oriental saying and… except it is not oriental. Do a google, and you’ll find it is French!
That’s right. French. And, there is some argument as to which novel it appeared in first.
But, it sounds oriental. It sounds like them evil slant eyes with their insidious plots, said it.
I mean, it even sounds sort of…zen!
But here is the trick, it doesn’t really mean what you think it means.
Everybody think it means you take twenty years craft a glorious payback, and laugh evilly over the dying foe.
Nope. That’s downright silly. It’s silly because in 20 years a lot can happen. The guy might die. Your plan might fail. You might evolve and realize that he was right to win, and he isn’t such a bad guy.
But assuming he is a villain of Darth Vader’s stature… why would you want him to enjoy himself for 20 years? I mean, get your revenge and get it while the getting is good! Right?
So here is what the saying REALLY means. Mind you, this really is going to be zen.
Served cold refers to having a calm state of mind.
If you laugh maniacally as he lays dying, then you have become him. You have become the evil. And where is the enjoyment, when the mind is fevered? You aren’t enjoying, you are giving in to your own base urges. But, if you can have a calm mind, then you have beaten him, not just with your revenge, but you have ‘out-evolved’ him.
So, don’t wait, get your revenge as quick as you can, but cool your mind down so you can actually enjoy yourself.
Of course, as for myself, I think I would rather dedicate myself to training before I lost, before I ever needed a revenge. Win the first time. That’s the real key.
Have a great work out and HanaKwanMass!
BTW here’s a course that will help you take control of your hot to trot, fevered, out of control mind.
Okay, my apologies, I should have announced Jim a few weeks ago, but this durned Al’sheimers really gets me.
So, Congrats to Master Instructor Jim McElroy!
Dear Mr. Case Something I want to say: I’ve studied martial arts for many years (1977-) and never had them explained as clearly as your courses do. I cannot thank you enough for these courses. Sincerely Jim Elroy Now with that said here I go: Some Wins and realizations that i have gotten from your (Master Instructor) course:
And, sorry to say, I can’t tell you the rest of Jim’s wins. The reason is that he goes through the material, point by point, explaining exactly how it works, and how he understands it.
This tells me that he really understood the material, which means that he will be able to use it, but… if I tell you the win then I will be giving you the contents of the course.
Shucks, we don’t want to do that! Grin.
But here’s the thing, this is the only course in the world that people read, and understand the material well enough to transform their martial art. Just by reading!
Oddly, it is simple stuff, but it is not talked about commonly in the martial arts, or, if it is spoken of, then only in mystical terms that reveal a fascination for what is being said, but no understanding.
This is important, this thing of mysticism vs understanding.
Three blind men came across an elephant. One said, ‘it is like a wall!’ The second said, ‘it is like a little snake,’ the third said, ‘it like a fire hose with two big teeth!’
Each has a different viewpoint, and they pass these viewpoints down until everybody argues what the elephant is like.
Then you come across one yourself, and you are not blind, and you see how each blind man misunderstood, and you are the only one that truly understands.
This is what matrixing does. And it does it not by passing down my viewpoint, but by giving you the actual physics of the martial arts. Not the western world version of physics, but the physics that takes into account things like chi energy, how the body is constructed for the martial arts, and so on.
Things that people have rarely heard, and then only in mystical terms.
So, again, my thanks to Master Instructor Jim Elroy. Well done for that great win. And my apologies for being so late in announcing you.
And, now the news, the next book, ‘How to Matrix the Martial Arts (and the universe and life and everything else),’ is almost ready to go. I am actually working on the physical version, just a couple of things to do, and then it will be here.
And, for everybody… it is fall. Fall has fallen, so have you picked an art to dedicate yourself to this winter? Are you going to know a new art by Summer?
Think about it, do it, and let me know how it goes.
…but you’ll be protected by the invisible force field around your body!
The one thing that gets me concerning the Martial Arts, and it shouldn’t, but it does, are ads like the one right below.
I Couldn’t Believe I Froze Up … What’s Really Ridiculous Is That I’ve Been Trained In 13 Martial Arts Since I Was Only Four Years Old, So I, Of All People Should Have Been Able To Do Something, But I Couldn’t – I Didn’t Know What To Do In This Exact Situation, Even Though I Practiced Many Similar Situations. This Was A False Sense Of Security.
This ad is off the internet, it’s part of a big pitch designed to empower people with ‘invisible force fields’ that enable them to handle multiple attackers with their bare hands, to tear apart whole mobs, and without any martial arts training.
Or, as in the case above, the guy had studied lots of fighting disciplines, but they didn’t work.
Okay, so let’s look at the real facts here.
Fact Number One: I doubt if the guy studied Karate, or Kenpo, or Aikido, or even a smidgeon of Shaolin. But if he did, he better ask for his money back because…They weren’t the real thing, they weren’t real fighting disciplines.
Fact Number Two: In spite of the hype of ads like this, ads which actually degrade the real martial arts in favor of making money for some bum who studied no martial arts, or martial arts that weren’t real, there is no substitute for learning a real martial art.
A fake, comic book, internet scam martial art is a handful of tricks that look neat, but have little relation to each other.
A real self defense method is a LOT of tricks, tied together with effective theory so that everything relates, and which then can work on you to change your mindset and make you a better human being.
Consider this: a real art, like Karate or Gung Fu or Krav Maga develops intuition. It develops a sixth sense. Let me tell you this: if I was that guy I wouldn’t have awakened when the bad guys so much as stepped on my property. The hairs would have stood on my neck, I would have been wired, I would have been more alert than Defcon Five! Because THAT is what a real fighting discipline does to you. It wakes you up, it makes you intuitive, it gives you that sixth sense.
Consider this: when you study a real discipline, like Jujitsu or Wing Chun or good, old Karate, when somebody holds a gun on you…you instantly wake up! You are more alert than you have ever been, and you can’t stop the scenarios from enfolding in your mind. I can do this, I can do that, and you sort through them and wait, because you know, when the time comes, that you won’t be thinking, you will be doing.
Concerning the above two considerations, the above two chapters, I speak from personal experience. This is not a hype, or a war story, or some whimsical comic book supposition.
So the conclusion is this: if you don’t know a real form of self defense, a classical method that’s been formed through the centuries, then you are a sitting duck. You have no discipline for emergencies, you have no plan, and you likely don’t even have the conditioning.
Yes, sometimes a form of self defense like Karate or Kung Fu might have some mistakes in it, maybe defenses against weapons that are no more, maybe a poser technique, but even these problems tend to make you think, condition your body, give you alternatives in the extreme. Everything is an education, and it really all depends on what you do with it, whether you make it real enough to save your life.
And, here is the truth: don’t bother with the hype, don’t bother with comic book ads. Only seek out real martial arts, real forms of self defense. Learn them fast, and learn more than one, because what one doesn’t teach another one will.
To do less is to stand on the street in the middle of the mob holding hundred dollar bills and scream ‘Don’t take my money!’
You’ll end up in the gutter faster than fast, and it’s your own fault for not being prepared, for not getting in shape, for not giving yourself a real Martial Arts education when you could have.
About the Author: Al Case has studied Martial Arts since 1967. He is the originator of Matrixing Technology, which is the only science of the martial arts in the world. People who learn Matrixing can absorb classical martial arts three times faster, and make them work three times better.
If you want to learn a real method of Self Defense, the best place to start is Matrix Karate
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I did the Master Instructor Course and it hit me. The Basics that are so concisely communicated in this course including the Matrix principle IS the solution. It doesn’t matter what “style” I call my art, because all styles follow these same principles. It doesn’t matter how hard I train or how many repetitions I do if I don’t train the right way. And I would never become a master if I didn’t know how it all fits together. Now I do! I can honestly say that I am now on the path that I have always sought as a martial artist. Thank you Al!
I conducted a Matrix Aikido training class for a Security Team at a local manufacturing plant. I tailored the training according to their Use Of Force policy. As you know they need control and takedown skills. I knew Matrix Aikido would be the answer. The training plan you shared was boss. The class went so smoothly. The participants learned very quickly. By the end of the class you could see techniques of Monkey Boxing coming through. They were also able to create their own techniques. There was one female officer in the class who asked to become my private student. She was throwing, locking and taking down guys twice her size. The Security Supervisor wants me to come back and with more participants! I'll keep you posted. ~ L M
Have found your books and dvds excellent. My background is mainly in medical qigong but I practice Sun Style Tai CHi, BaGua and HsingI as well as Eagle Claw, Snake Style Kung Fu and several Wudang weapon styles. This is the first time I have had the underlying principles so clearly explained and in a way that they are immediately workable and demonstratable. I have worked through the Master Instructors Course, Aikido and Butterfly Bagua and have started to breakdown the Sun Hsing I using your matrix method. I was even able to teach a 70 year old friend of mine with no martial arts background your instant aikido where she was able to do some very accomplished locks and throws after the first lesson