Good morning! Good morning! I made it to Clearwater, Florida, and am advertising for students. Yippee! Back in the saddle again.
So how are you guys doing? Do you work out every single day? I do. Can’t stop. Even if I’m beat and battered, then I simply work out slowly, tai chi style. Tai Chi is a wonderful art, and outside of matrixed martial arts, it is one of the two most powerful classical arts I know. (the other is karate)
Unfortunately, most people think it is for health, and old people, and not much use for self defense.
I’ll tell you something interesting, I don’t think I really began to truly understand martial arts and self defense until I began to delve into Tai Chi.
Oh, I could beat people up. But not if they were better and faster than me. But once I learned Tai Chi I began to relax in combat, to see what people were going to do before they did it.
The trick, of course, is to develop the patience. When you are first doing that slow ‘ward off’ move, you ask, how can this work? Aside form being slow, it doesn’t have much application. But the secret of learning is to keep looking at something until you understand it.
So I looked and looked and went slower, and…here it comes… FORCED MY MIND TO SLOW DOWN!
Yes, your mind is an errant child, throwing distractions at you. But if you MAKE yourself move slowly, and MAKE your mind accept a different mode of thinking, then everything becomes understandable, and even those weird moves suddenly make sense. And you find the applications. And you find out that there is a vast world of balance and sensitivity of perception and appreciation.
Unfortunately, if you don’t do this, if you don’t MAKE your mind behave, you miss out on all this wonder. And you actually miss out on a lot of the true meaning of the Martial Arts.
So here’s the Tai Chi Package. Will help you look, will help you MAKE your mind behave, will show you some of the incredible self defenses, that other arts miss out on.
How I used Martial Arts against an Intruder on Christmas!
HANAKWANMASS! And a great work out to you!
Yes, the martial arts killed Christmas. In fact, it was me, with my martial arts that killed Christmas. Killed it dead. Dead a poisoned rat in a trap dropped in a well. Here’s how it happened.
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Back in 1974, I had just gotten my Black Belt. I was in phenomenal shape, the martial arts had turned on all sorts of abilities for me. I had a sixth sense open up, I could feel when people were going to do things, I could sense things around me, I moved through the world a warrior unbound.
My wife and I lived in a small house in Redwood City. There was an upstairs and a downstairs. It was so compact that the bathroom was under the stairs.
One night I awoke, felt the need to relieve myself. Half asleep, stumbling through the dark, I descended the stairs. I turned through the living room and headed for the bathroom.
Suddenly, a shape rushed at me! It was dark, but I could feel the motion. I spun into a classical move, and chopped with perfect form. The intruder crashed against the wall. One chop, and he was down and out! Now that’s good martial arts, I thought, and I turned on the light.
The Christmas tree lay a ruin. Every ornament was flung from the tree, little bulbs lay in shards, scattered across the floor
The lights, needless to say, no longer worked.
The cheery, little angel that had topped the tree was smacked against the wall and lay in ruins.
Half asleep, I had snagged the Christmas tree cord with a foot, and pulled the ‘intruder’ down upon myself.
Still, I had defended myself rather adequately, don’t you think?
I remember a time in an Aikido class, when the instructor had talked about using the sixth sense to protect oneself, but not being so violent, that Grandma had to worry, when she walked up behind you and tapped you on the shoulder.
Well, I understood that one. And I understood that I had a lot more to go, a lot more to learn, past black belt.
Heck, getting a black belt is just the start. That’s like graduating from high school, and there’s all sorts of college ahead of you, advanced studies in rare fields.
A lot to look forward to.
Unfortunately, there are those that quit the martial arts after getting their black belt. They have nothing to look forward to. Or at least didn’t, until the Matrixing courses came out.
Now, even if it’s been a few years since you worked out, you can jump back in the game, study those rare fields of knowledge. Learn Shaolin, figure out this ‘chi’ business, study weapons.
And you can do it logically, without all the mystical bullstuff that infects most martial arts.
Well, up to you. It is Christmas (HanaKwanMass) however, so you might think about getting yourself a nice present. A present like a whole martial art. How about Shaolin?
The new site, Monkey Boxing Now, is going great guns. Thanks to all.
And, I should, before we get back to matrixing, explain a few things.
Matrixing is the science, the logic, the whole martial arts.
Monkey Boxing is the art I developed, after decades of practice, for true self defense.
In Matrixing I go into the real reasons behind the martial arts.
In Monkey Boxing I go into Monkey Boxing for self defense, for reality and combat.
In Matrixing I impart the knowledge of the martial arts.
Monkey Boxing is for fighting.
But that doesn’t mean Matrixing is not for fighting. Don’t get that wrong.
Matrixing can be applied to all martial arts, bring them together, allow one to see the truth behind their martial arts, and fix them if need be.
Monkey Boxing is the art I developed for fighting. It is how I teach, How I apply myself to combat.
You will find pure knowledge in matrixing and be able to apply it to any martial art, and therefore fix that martial art.
Monkey Boxing develops speed, power and technique, in the realm of combat applicable martial arts.
Both are real.
You’ll find more drills and exercises in Monkey Boxing, and the drills and exercises are aimed at improving speed, power and technique.
Matrixing will give you drills and exercises, but the drills and exercises are aimed at building a complete art, no mistakes or hesitations, no problem dealing with arts other than yours, because you understand how all arts work.
Monkey Boxing is the fastest way I know to take out a suicide bomber, disarm a Jihadist, or just handle somebody protesting in the streets and who got carried away.
I hope this makes sense to you.
Both approaches are valid, both have fantastic impact.
But they are for different purposes.
Let me put it baldly.
If you want knowledge, if you want to see the martial arts as a whole picture, if you want the understanding of how all arts fit together, if you want to understand self-defense and fix your art, go do matrixing.
If you done all the matrixing, or, you just don’t give a darn about all that stuff, and want to learn the fastest, quickest, most efficient way of slaughtering an attacker, of rendering a thug to the mud, of unconsciousizing a terrorist, do Monkey Boxing.
Yes, you can do both at the same time, but that isn’t the point of this newsletter, the purpose of this newsletter is just to delineate the arts, to separate Matrixing from Monkey Boxing.
I will be announcing Monkey Boxing releases in this newsletter, but I will probably be putting that info into a side panel. Or you will have to periodically check in with
The main thrust of this newsletter is Matrixing.
Monkey Boxers will get their own newsletter.
Here’s the Monkey Boxing site…
Okay, any questions, you can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
So special I am issuing two newsletters on the same night!
So special… there is NOTHING like what I am about to do.
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First, don’t get me wrong, people need Matrixing. They need to understand the science of the martial arts. It is the only way they will gain true understanding, and true understanding is necessary for true mastery.
Second, I have provided many paths for people to master the martial arts.
What could be better than that is if I gave you personal lessons for as little as $2.50 per week.
Monkey Boxing is MY art. It is not the scientific analysis of art, as in Matrixing, or matrixed courses, but it does, of course, follow matrixing principles.
Monkey boxing includes the following courses, which are offered on MonsterMartialArts.com.
Blinding Steel. Matrix Kung Fu Rolling Fists
tied together by The Master Instructor Course. (What? You thought I would teach you something without using The Master Instructor Course?)
Further, you will get snippets and tidbits from ALL my courses, because I have to give you all the drills, and tell you where they came from, and how they were developed. And ALL my drills and exercises. And Forms and Freestyle. And everything else.
And you can ask me questions. I will respond by email, or, if necessary and appropriate, on video.
Thus, I draw on everything in my 50 years experience, to teach you my art.
Now, the drawback is that there isn’t going to be a specific order to all this stuff.
I am teaching people Monkey boxing, as I teach the video course. I draw on material I need, as I need it.
So I don’t organize it, I just teach it in an intuitive sequence based on what my students need.
But, don’t worry, I will be releasing, sometime in the next few weeks, a study guide of some sort, to help you order all the material, so you will understand the order, and be able to focus on that order.
Don’t get me wrong, this course DOES NOT replace matrix ing. Matrixing is the ultimate science, it is the martial arts in order.
But this my art, the art that has come out of me because of all my experiences, because I need to express myself.
Okay, here is the special announcement website…
Go there, poke around, and see if it is for you. have a great work out!
Happy fall work out! Cooler weather, hotter work outs Yippee!
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Hey, did you know there is a learning curve to the martial arts? Of course there is. There is a learning curve to everything. And the curve can be sharp, low and slow, wiggly waggly here and there. But here are two things that your mommy never told you, and a different way of looking at the learning curve inherent in mankind.
One, most people don’t want to learn. They know there is a curve, but they don’t want to apply it to themselves. They are satisfied accepting what some so-called authority tells them, and they never look at what they are really doing. They work out and don’t think. Mindless exercise.
Two, and this somewhat extrapolates on the first point, and shows what the scale of learning in the martial arts actually look like.
At the bottom we have the people who want to fight. They just like the freestyle, the reality, they are often quite vocal always backing up opinion with the offer to prove what they say with their fists.
Near the bottom we have the physical cultists. They work out to get a good body, maybe impress people. No thought of what the martial arts does for mind/spirit
In the middle we get most people. They talk about chi, and research what has gone before, but they don’t look into the future, they are not scientific about what they do.
Above the middle we get dedicated artists. These are people who sense what is going on, and are pushing themselves forward, and making inroads as to what the martial arts are really all about.
At the top you get the matrixed martial artists. These are people who realize that there is a truth behind the martial arts, And that there is a scientific way of getting to that truth.
To sum up this learning curve and the people embedded in it…
domination image and symbolism pseudo intelligent but bad data dedicated artists attempting to rise above logic and science as a method
Now, that all said, here are a few examples.
At the bottom are the people who want to dominate. Who inhabit chat rooms only to put down, who insist that arguments can only solved by fighting.
Above the bottom are the idiots who listen to the dominators and actually believe them. These guys are mindless drones, wanna be dominators, on their way down, but not there yet.
In the middle are people, people like you and me, but with one large problem. Their data is wrong. No matter how hard they work out, they are cursed. Simply, they accept methods that, even if efficient, are so couched in ancient terms that they are near useless. They learn Japanese because you can’t understand Karate unless you speak Japanese. They meditate without any idea of what meditation is. They are firmly ensnared by the classical, and have never picked up a dictionary, or done anything to translate the mass they are stuck in.
Above the middle are people who have felt the energy, who are exploring concepts, who are trying to resolve the mass of unordered data that is the martial arts. I can’t tell you how many of these people have written me, are aware that matrixing has given them the final order, has propelled them, has uplifted them.
At the top we have you, the matrixer. The fellow who has seen the order of the martial arts, has experienced the logic, who has started to speed up, has seen the sure and steady path into the real ability of the martial arts.
So, where you? I know not only do matrixes read my stuff, but sometimes others, low and almost low, sometimes looking and sometimes not, read things i’ve written. So where are you?
Are you stuck on the downward path? Trying to dominate others? Or are you on the upward path, finding the real education in the martial arts, opening up your abilities as quickly as you can?
Here’s the most important link a martial artist can ever find.
Good Afternoon! Heck, GREAT AFTERNOON! And a workout is what makes it great. A workout makes you stronger, mentally sharper, calms you down, makes a better you.
Got an interesting email today. Michael S shared a win. Here go…
So, odd story tonight. Contains mildly explicit textual content, just to give you fair warning. I was on the subway earlier tonight and there was a guy harassing a young woman. They were both standing by the door and he poured a beer out right next to her. She walked away and stood between me and him. Then he pulled out his penis and muttered but didn’t get any closer. I got the cops on the line. Sure enough, she got out and he followed her. I followed him. At this point I suspect he realized what I was up to because the 911 phones are garbage and I was having to yell his description and location into mine in order to be heard. He started walking in circles and generally trying to shake me but he didn’t want to get too far from the subway since he’d probably gotten off before his stop to do his creeper thing. At one point he went up to the station platform and walked back down with me at the stairs. After this I decided to call it a night. The police contacted me about twenty minutes later to ask where he had been heading when I last saw him. I told them but the trail was cold. Now I would like to give out some advice. If you are a creep, please don’t be. If you are a bystander, involve yourself. If you are a target, look for help. Put as much distance between yourself and the aggressor as you can. If you see a guy glaring daggers at him, get on the other side of that guy. Don’t be afraid to call the police. They take a long time to get there but calling in the first place can be enough to settle the situation. If I hadn’t called the cops, the guy might have tried to fight or intimidate me. Just being on the phone was enough to keep him from even wanting to be within a block of me. If anyone is still reading this, I’d like to thank Jorge for teaching me a thing or two about keeping my wits about me on the subway.
You know, getting involved doesn’t have to be bloody. It can just be smart.
Weapon attacks are no big thang with the Blinding Steel art!
You’ve got to understand that bad guys don’t want to be caught, so the slightest show of attention does them in. You don’t have to challenge them, just pull out your wallet and pretend you’re talking into it. They’ll freak, won’t even perceive what you are doing.
And the cops do appreciate it. Crimes stopped is what they are about. It’s no fun mopping up the mess afterwards, much better to stop the creep.
And, for everybody, the common citizen is not very brave. They don’t know how to fight, when things go different they freak, so it is up to you. It is up to the guy who does know how to fight. It is up to the martial artist who has trained. And what better use for your training, eh?
Thank you to everyone who has purchased the Tiger and Butterfly Martial Arts System.
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Okay, here’s some stuff about martial arts drills.
When somebody is training a person, maybe to close distance, they might set them up a few feet from a bag/wall/whatever, and have them practice shuffling forward.
You shuffle and shuffle, people get tired and go do some boxing.
Hey, it’s true. People don’t understand the classical, get tired of the grind, they want to fight, so they go somewhere where people do more fighting and less drilling.
But the drilling is crucial. The martial arts are like a wall, the bottom bricks need to be firmly in place before a student can build the wall higher. So you have to practice these basic drills, and build the basic building blocks.
So, you are drilling, practicing closing with the wall, trying to get the time from launch to impact to disappear. And you are making a crucial error.
There are two directions to a line, and no matter which direction you are going, both directions are important.
Watch a person start to walk from a standing still position. chances are they lean backward so they can push a foot out. It’s true, they unbalance themselves, so they can fall forward. They go in two directions to go in one. A most inefficient method for starting the motion of walking. But, if you watch the martial arts, you will see the most amazing examples of similar inefficiency. People just don’t know how to get started.
The correct method is to bend the legs slightly, and cause yourself to lean forward, into the motion, by thinking about it.
And, if you are going to close distance in the martial arts, you need to set your stance so the ‘wave’ of your legs can be properly unleashed, and every part of the body can contribute to the forward motion.
CBM, Coordinated Body Motion, put to work in the simple act of walking.
Now, if you are not guilty of unbalancing yourself to walk, if you are already engaged in CBMing to walk, then let me give you a further example.
Do both the hard and the soft!
I had a group of students attempt to close distance. They would shuffle and punch, and they were abysmally slow. And they didn’t even like it.
So after a few minutes of springing forward, I had them play a game. I had them move forward, extend a forearm for the grabbing, and spring back when their opponent grabbed.
This put a whole new excitement into the drilling. This made the student think backwards, even as he was going forwards.
Then I had them do the original exercise, and they were shocked at how they had improved at closing distance.
Try it for yourself. Drill one way, then set up the opposite direction, then go back to the original direction, it won’t be long before you are faster.
And, the drill can be used quite gloriously when it comes to freestyle. You can set up different targets, move them into range, retreat with verve, and, here’s a kicker, set up a counter to attack. And you will be most excellent at the counter, because you are adept at moving in both directions. You haven’t gotten bored with going only in one direction, which breaks the concept of yin and yang, of opposites in the universe, and have become adept at the whole motion.
This drilling, incidentally, is the product of neutronics.
Matrixing provides logic. Gives understanding to the whole picture. But who is doing the martial art? You. That is what neutronics is about. And in this case, you are taking advantage of the two directions of a line, and training in both directions, to fully understand one direction.
Most people only train in one direction.
Here’s a neutronic datum for you:
The purpose of the martial arts is to deliver a force or flow while avoiding a force or flow.
How are you going to accomplish that purpose if you don’t understand the martial arts in, at least, two directions? How are you going to master the hard, if you don’t understand the context of soft from which it comes? And how are you going to master the soft, if you don’t understand the contact of hard from which it comes?
So, I say it again, if you know Karate, or TKD or Kenpo, or some other hard art, then you need to learn Aikido, or TCC, or some other soft art. Only if you understand two directions, will you master one.
The new Martial Arts book is called ‘Tiger and Butterfly,’ and it’s pretty darned good.
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If you look at the title, and you have done any matrixing, then you can see that I have used portions of the Matrix Karate course, and portions of the Shaolin Butterfly.
This was interesting, because I didn’t want to fall into the trap of having systems disagree. I wanted the concepts to build on each other, not work against each other.
In a way, there is a certain similarity between Tiger and Butterfly and the MCMAP books I wrote.
The similarity is in the arrangement of material. This had to be, because when you make a system, certain things have to be done, certain rules have to be followed, certain principles have to be included, and all the way up the belt levels.
One of the reasons I wrote this book is because I visited a few schools, and I saw how the modern schools have let forms and techniques fall by the way. They work on freestyle, on fighting. The students get better, but they can’t do certain things. For instance, they don’t understand how to take a punch. And, they have limited knowledge concerning what happens when you complete the circle (cycle) of a technique.
The system has eight belts, white yellow orange purple blue green brown black
There are no degrees. Each belt is designed to be done in about three months. Brown belt might take longer, but the material on the brown level is pretty advanced.
When done, the student will have those liquid kicks, those floating kicks that look so light, but knock down a elephant. They should be able to take any kind of a punch. They will be able to freestyle with authority, and make a grab art out of any technique. They will have knowledge. Real knowledge. Not just the fast reflexes of freestyle, but a complete body knowledge, how the body is constructed, how to tweak it for more energy, how to construct it for total effectiveness.
I want you to think about something. When you study matrixing, there are several courses, and I recommend that you do them all, that you get the complete picture, from striking to locking to guiding to manipulating to predicting to taking down… and more.
But, I can’t reach everybody, and some people don’t understand just how big the martial arts are, and that you have to understand them as a science. They are locked in ‘hit and punch,’ ‘ground and pound,’ and don’t see or understand the bigger picture.
This book is for those people. Hopefully it will get them excited for the big picture. But even if it doesn’t, it will afford a massive education, and do a lot towards bringing these people who are studying arts that have degraded over time into the real art. They will appreciate it as science.
And, even if they don’t, if they do the book, not just read it and say… ‘oh, I knew that,’ or… ‘we have that in our system,’ but actually do the book, all the drills and techniques, all the forms and fighting drills, then they will be doing the true art. Whether they were stupid and didn’t even understand what I am talking about, if they do the drills and exercises, they will end up doing the true art.
For instance, at a certain point, a certain belt, I teach a type of kick. It’s a floating kick, then you turn the hips over and slam the energy down into the ground as you strike. The point is… you can’t do that kick unless you use the tan tien in a certain way. You simply can’t. So they will practice it, get it, and stumble over the concept, whether they understand what is happening or not, and they will end up with classical power in a certain mode. And the whole system is constructed so that one mode leads to the next.
Okay, spoken enough. Simply go to Amazon and enter ‘Tiger and Butterfly,’ or ‘Tiger and Butterfly martial arts’ or ‘Tiger and Butterfly Al Case,’ or something like that, and watch it pop up.
Remember it is unique, matrixing brought one more step forward, and it is REALLY potent! It is a COMPLETE martial arts system.
Speaking of matrixing, the martial arts, and evolution… I came across an interesting thought the other day I was reading some old yogic scrolls, and the claim was made that an hour of yoga caused a thousand years of evolution in the person doing the yoga.
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And, it’s not right, though it does act like it is right.
After all, when you evolve, you are not growing, you are reclaiming yourself. So it’s true, but…not really. Which brings us to Matrixing.
When you study a martial art that has been matrixed, the art is logical, and therefore the you accept it. you like things to make sense, to be logical.
when you matrix a martial art you accept this logical method of looking at and handling the world at a much faster rate.
The difference between studying a martial art, and matrixing it (making it logical through your own efforts) is the difference between driving a car and building a car. The fellow who builds the car will understand that car far better than the fellow who simply drives it.
Mind you, in the end, you get to where you are going. But the fellow who makes his own vehicle will, in the end, get there faster.
Now, that said, there are several things that will happen, as you matrix, that will occur. I don’t think I have ever laid out these results, described this path, so here goes…
First, you will tend to look at the world in a logical manner. You will become better at solving problems. You will become a better worker and boss. You will become an artist.
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Everybody sort of knows this, most martial artists experience this, so let me take you where most people don’t know.
Second, you must put aside emotion. This is an interesting thing. People will put emotion on you, and you will feel the need to respond with emotion. But the Neutronic definition of emotion:
emotion is motion inside the head.
Thus, you must still the emotion, stop the motion inside your head, and not respond with emotion,
BTW, there is good emotion, love, happiness, etc. And there is bad emotion, hate, fear, sadness, etc.
So the specific emotion you must not respond to is the bad emotion. Good emotion okay. Bad emotion you must uncreate from even beginning.
Think about it, emotion is merely the automatic response of one who is overwhelmed. You must not become overwhelmed, you must view the world in logical terms, so that nothing can surprise you, nothing can overwhelm you.
Third, you must defeat the distraction of memories. You must not respond because any conditioning you may have received. This includes any familial conditioning, any educational conditioning, any conditioning of any kind. Instead, you must create yourself in the moment.
For instance, your father laughed at certain types of jokes before you, do you laugh at the same kind of jokes? Don’t you realize that he laughed at jokes in his moment? And that you have an entirely different moment? That will change the type of jokes you might laugh at.
For instance, school might train you to think like a physicist, and you will analyze the world as a physicist, when you should analyze it as a unique being, not trapped by an education.
(Mind, I am not saying you can’t be a physicist and be in the moment, too)
For instance, do you view the world through a religious viewpoint? It would be much better to study all religions, to understand all religions, than to choose one religion over all others.
Don’t become the only thing in the universe willing to kill over a belief system.
This is simple after you have evolved a few hours…
Fourth, you must separate yourself from other people, without losing your humanity. Simply, you must be immune to the attitudes of your fellow man, but you must love your fellow man all the same. This one is incredibly tough. No matter how far you evolve, there will always be some idiot telling you what to do, thinking he is smarter than you, and so on. Can you accept and even use this fellow? And put aside your certainty that he is an idiot? Interesting problem, eh?
Fifth, and this one is a toughie, don’t view the world as a fantasy. This is probably the toughest, for you become enlightened through the things I have previously mentioned, then you might think that, because you are so smart, the world should be as you say.
For instance, you make a battery powered car, to save the world from pollutants, and don’t ever consider that someday the battery will have to be disposed of, and that the battery might be worse than all the oil pollutants of a gas car.
Oddly, this is one of the most dangerous things you will ever to confront on your way to self-sufficiency as a spiritual being… on your way to your ultimate evolution… on the way to the ultimate truth of yourself.
Though people haven’t discovered the earlier truths, they don’t know how to look at the world logically, or control their emotion, or control their responses to people, they will still try to rule the world through their fantasy.
Have you ever met a fellow without an opinion? And yet I am asking you to be one. Toughest problem you will ever encounter.
Anyway, this is the truth of matrixing and where it leads to.
First, you learn to look at the world logically through the matrixing method. You put aside the distraction of memories, then you put aside emotion, other people’s thoughts, and even fantasy.
Then you find the truth of yourself, and you start manipulating the universe the way it should be manipulated.
The truly odd thing is that this path often starts with a simple motivation: the desire to defend yourself. The wish to become physically safe through simple exercises and drills.
Where this path leads, though, is sublime.
Now, the one caution: People think they can do this through any martial art. Yet nobody has ever succeeded.
Indeed, the people who think they have are merely manifesting their fantasy of the world. They are still mired in the muck, and don’t understand that they have no logic. They have only the fantasy of logic. They have only an opinion and no facts.
So it has to be a matrixed martial art. It can’t be a Chinese fire drill of a martial art, it has to be a logical (matrixed) martial art. Then it will work, and then you can experience something like… a thousand years of evolution through a simple hour of exercise.
Okay, Matrix Karate starts the matrixing process. Study the courses as you need to, until logic outweighs fantasy in your mind. Then you will be off and running.
And if you’re not ready for Matrix Karate, then at least check out the ‘Binary Matrixing in the Martial Arts’ book, or the ‘How to Matrix the Martial Arts’ book. They are available on Amazon. (leave a good review!)
The first time I ever actually hit someone I was shocked. I had trained for 20 years, and I actually had no idea what it was like to hit somebody for real. Then I had to, and it totally changed me.
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Here’s the deal: to understand what I am about to say you have to understand one thing: what is a punch?
People say it is how hard you hit somebody, they say all sorts of things, but I haven’t heard anybody tell me the one thing that I experienced on the day I actually had to hit somebody.
Go on, google it, see if you can find out the truth of what it is like to hit somebody. I’ll wait… . . . . . Okay, you’re back, here’s the truth of a punch. A punch depends on the transference of weight from one body to the next. It’s not how hard you hit. It’s not how fast, or anything else like that. It’s how much weight you deliver. Now, those other things can enter the equation. But, the truth is… how much weight can you put on the sucker’s body? Can you put so much weight the other guy’s body breaks? Can you control the weight so it is a push and not a punch? Are you stuck in push, instead of punch? Does air punching really work?
Interesting questions, especially once you have tried to do a real punch.
When I struck this fellow I felt weight go through my wrists. Because I was grounded he flew back, went over a bed and hit the wall. Thank God for grounding. Thank God I had practiced aligning my bones, because if I hadn’t I might have broken my wrist, I might have flown away from that guy from my own punch! I just didn’t understand.
BUT, that one punch, and I understood. So, try this special exercise. We used to do it back in the sixties, had no clue what it meant, and it wasn’t until I actually had to hit somebody that I understood what the drill was for.
Assume the push up position. Go from the hands to the fists. Just a little push, like you’re going to clap your hands, but then land on your fists. Palms, fists, palms, fists.
Don’t do too many at first. Build up a little. Do it from a knees down push up at first, if you have to.
What happens here is that you get the sudden shock of weight going through your fists and wrists, and that is what it is like to hit somebody. A sudden shock of weight in the wrists… and through the rest of the body. You ground, you root your stances, so that you are braced upon the earth, and he will fly away, and not you. You have a straight bone line in your wrists so you can absorb the weight.
The actual weight here is going to depend on who weighs the most. If he weighs more, you will fly back. But, even if you weigh less, if you ground, if you are braced upon planet earth, then he will fly away. Or, if you punch with speed and snap, the impact will ripple through his body (imagine slapping a pond of water with your hand) and cause great damage.
Here’s a matrix Karate Kick
Try that, adapt it to other parts of your practice, and let me know what happens.
And, got something else to talk about here… new book coming out. This one, the working title is ‘Tiger and Butterfly’ is a condensation, a blend, of Matrix Karate and the Shaolin Butterfly. The story behind it is interesting.
I walked into a martial arts school, asked the guy if I could help, and he said yes. The school is pretty good. Probably real good, but they were teaching martial arts without forms, specializing in freestyle. The freestyle was, depending on which class was taught, points, MMA, or Jujitsu. Quite interesting.
So I started helping, and eventually came up with an interesting idea: how to teach with fewer, smaller forms. I used the shorter Butterfly forms, and the Houses from Matrix Karate.
So far, it is REALLY working.
Mind you, I always advise the complete art, in this case the complete Matrix Karate, or the complete Shaolin Butterfly, but considering that the school was established, considering that I didn’t want to change things, just enhance them, you can understand what I was doing.
Anyway, the book should be out in the next week or so. Tiger and Butterfly.
Keep your eye out for it, and, in the meantime, check out this book…
It’s one of the most important books ever written. It describes what the martial actually are, how they are grown, and ties together all sorts of loose ends. It should definitely change the way people think about the martial arts.
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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