Why I Wrote About Martial Arts and Indian Stealth Skills!
Happy Friday! Time for a great weekend! Time to work out!
Recently, I finished a five part series on Indians and their stealth techniques. I thought you might be interested in why I wrote that series. Not much martial arts in this newsletter, but an interesting story.
Members of my family lived in Arizona last century, during the time of Geronimo. One summer Geronimo went on the warpath. White people left their ranches, headed for town, and waited for the military to come.
On my family’s ranch there were two hands. These fellows were named, and you will chuckle when you understand the relevance of this, ‘Red’ and ‘Baldy.’ Seriously. Red had a full head of hair, Baldy had only a bit of hair.
One night the family heard the Indians in the distance. They decided to turn out the lights, and travel to town the next day. Red and Baldy, minimum wage workers, decided the heck with that, ‘We’re gettin’ out of here now!’ and the heck with the family, which included a couple of young girls.
So the family put out the lanterns, and acted like the ranch was deserted. Red and Baldy saddled and skedaddled.
All through the night the family huddled in fear, listening to the sounds of marauding Indians. Somehow, they survived, and the next day they got in the wagon and headed for town.
Who should they find, just a couple of miles down the road, but Red and Baldy. Red was no longer red, and Baldy was much more bald.
Anyway, it was being told this story, as a young child, that encouraged me to write the series on Indian stealth. That, and the fact that the Indian warrior truly was the finest light infantry and light cavalry in the entire world.
If you want to be the best, learn from the best, so I’ve always had an eye and ear on American Indians, and especially the Apaches.
You can find five articles for Indian skills here… https://alcase.wordpress.com
The word Apache, incidentally, means ‘enemy.’
The word was apparently coined by a neighboring Indian tribe and stuck.
Apaches used weapons, and here’s the Matrix way of using weapons.
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Happy Heat Wave! Happy Work out! The only way to beat the heat is to work out, get so hot that reality is cool. It’s true.
I remember when scientists tested Koichi Tohei and he sped up and slowed down his heart. Just sat there and thought about it, and the scientist couldn’t believe their instruments.
So why not convince yourself it’s cool?
Let’s talk about matrixing.
I often say I invented matrixing, but the truth is I stumbled across it. Another way of saying it is I made so many mistakes, there was nothing left but the right way. True.
Initially, I used a truth table out of Boolean algebra. Lot of fun. Lot of work. Made everything fit. Analyzed motion until there was logic.
But you won’t see all the hoops I jumped through when you order a course. The martial arts are separated in specific geometries. So you just order a course, and the data is perfectly laid out, and you go through a few arts, and you have it. All the geometries.
I have provided a few records of what I did. One record, for instance, is ‘Matrixing: The Master Text.’
This shows a few of the matrixes I drew, and you can see the exact progression of steps I took.
Still, if you want the absolutely nut that grew the mighty oak, you have to read Neutronics. Philosophy, you see.
And here is where it really all came from.
One day I was sitting in my back yard, tapping a piece of rebar on the cement, Ting, ting, ting. And, suddenly… TONG it was like a giant gong went off. I could see all reality. I understood reality, and a simple phrase jumped into my head.
‘For something to be true, the opposite must also be true.’
That was it. From that simple realization and verbalization, I grew neutronics, which manifested in Matrixing. But you would have to read some books on Neutronics to understand that process.
Okay. the reason I tell you all this is that there’s a lot of newbies to the newsletter. And I know I’ve sort of said it in a quick nutshell, but they need to understand that there is more to this stuff than a gimmick.
When somebody says, ‘Oh, that Al Case, he’s a quack…’
Ask if they’ve read the testimonials at MonsterMartialArts.com
When somebody says it’s a trick, ‘you can’t learn the martial arts that fast,’ Ask if they’ve ever seen me take a guy to black belt. I do it in three months, and the thing was recorded on The Three Month Black Belt Course
Why would I recommend those? Because those three forms focus on grounding, and dedicated hand motion. All three forms teach one how to move in any direction, and yet keep your ground, and use that ground in your hand techniques. There is a tremendous swirl of energy up the body in those three forms. And, the energy is easily manifest in the hands, and the hands, almost perfectly fit the ‘slap-grab’ concepts which are outlined in Binary Matrixing.
This is not to say the forms of classical Karate aren’t good, they are, but they are ten, and the request was for three.
And, this doesn’t mean Shaolin isn’t good, but Shaolin spreads out over a number of concepts.
And, why not Matrixing? There are three forms in Matrixing? Because the purpose of matrixing is to put logic in the martial arts. What good is all that knowledge if you can’t apply it to a variety of martial arts, to more than three forms?
So I was sort of caught, hoist with my own petard, I believe it is called. I wanted to say matrixing more than anything, but if you only had three forms, then those are the three. They give more internal energy, contain more face to face, hand to hand combat.
And, I can’t resist, I would recommend the iron horse (kima shodan/tekki 1) as a fourth form. Just because it causes oodles and oodles of pure energy.
Anyway, that all said, the reason the question was so good, so appropriate, was because when I write a book I always think it is the best. You have to, or why write? So I think a book is the best, but it may or may not be, I have to wait to see what people say.
And the idea that one could study only three forms, aligned with my purpose in the Tiger/Butterfly book. My purpose, as always, is to put together a better martial arts system. Each time I sit down to write, I am thinking, how can I make this better, how can I formulate what I’ve done, into better and better art.
How can I give people the purest information to cause them the quickest progress, and the most profound experience in the martial arts.
So if the question had been, what seven forms, then I would have rejoiced mightily.
But… three forms. Zowie. What a question. You guys feel free to consider your choices. Put them in the comments for this newsletter at monstermartialarts.com.
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New Karate Black Belt
Good morning! Wonderful morning. I just did a whole bunch of forms, I feel like a million.
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Hey, there’s lots of stuff happening, so let me start with… CONGRATS! to Peter Carmody
Peter passed his Matrix Karate Black Belt test.
The test was done on video, and Peter went through having to repeat the test, doing all the corrections, and making all the matrix karate material work.
And he made it look good!
Video testing is interesting. You could probably film yourself on an iPhone, don’t wear black against a black wall, white against white, and so on.
Have some sunlight, or a few bulbs glowing.
You don’t need lots of space as long as I can see your whole body.
Have a partner.
Be willing to fail once or twice, at least.
And here’s the thing, Matrix Karate is pretty darn unique. You see, most karate systems were developed for specific reasons, bodyguarding, the element of being grabbed, having to deal with weapons, etc.
Not saying you won’t encounter these things today, you need some awareness of these things, but the real factor is that we are a fist culture. If you are in a fight the usual weapons will be fists. Then something that can be used as a cub, then a knife, etc.
But fists are the base of it all. And, if you can handle a fist, it is just a short step to a knife, if you have enough brains to adapt.
Anyway, Matrix Karate is designed around the structure of the body, it is a complete art, taking into account all angles of attack and defense. But it is SIMPLE! Because the posing and the unnecessary techniques have all been weeded out.
You have to learn about mistakes, but the essence is in the logic where one move leads to the next, with no circus moves.
It’s funny, I remember one of the first wins I ever received, this was about ten years ago. The guy wrote that he had gone to a martial arts school, and the first technique they taught him was a cartwheel into a jump kick. Not how to block and punch. Not even the basic kicks, but a jumping kick off a whole body contortion.
Can you see why matrixing was so desperately needed? A little common sense? And every system, no matter how classical or developed, benefits from the direct infusion of logic that matrixing provides.
Anyway, well done to Peter, and I recommend Matrix Karate and the Master Instructor Course (you need both of them to test). Whether you are accomplished and have a black belt, whether you are a raw beginner, whether you are just in the middle and need to get going, Matrix Karate is the easiest, the best, the most efficient and completely rounded karate on the planet. Period.
Defeating Distractions to Find the True Martial Art
Good afternoon! Special day tomorrow, I’ll tell you about it down the page, but before we get to it, remember this: the only way to celebrate this special day is to… work out!
Okay, hope your interest is piqued, but before we talk about that special day, let’s take a moment to talk about emotion.
Ultimately, you don’t want to have any emotion in your martial arts. You don’t want to cry, or feel fear, or anger, or any kind of emotion.
Emotion is a distraction. It gets in between the thought of what you are going to do, and the reality of what you do.
There is this thing called emotional content, Bruce Lee mentions it in ‘Enter the Dragon,’ but even that, ultimately, is a distraction.
To get to the pure state where you can read the mind of the attacker, see what he is going to do before he does it, and move with perfection, you must get rid of ALL emotion.
There is a problem, however. The problem is that nobody really knows what emotion is.
If you can stick with me through a couple of points I can help you understand, which is to say that I can help you understand something that nobody understands.
Here’s the dictionary definition for emotion: a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others: she was attempting to control her emotions | his voice was low and shaky with emotion | fear had become his dominant emotion.
But that doesn’t tell you what emotion is. That is like saying electricity goes through wires, but there is no mention of where electricity came from, what a generator is, or how electricity ‘flows’ through a wire.
It is an inadequate definition.
Here are three more definitions: 1 she was good at hiding her emotions: feeling, sentiment; reaction, response. 2 overcome by emotion, she turned away: passion, strength of feeling, warmth of feeling. 3 responses based purely on emotion: instinct, intuition, gut feeling; sentiment, the heart.
Again, these don’t tell you where emotion comes from, what has generated it, and how it really works.
So, here we go, here is what emotion actually is.
Emotion stems from motion inside the head.
And here is a truth, there are only people in this universe. Everything else in the universe, all the objects and non-living things (or ‘low living’ like animals) are the effect of motion in the universe.
A bug sits on a stalk, a frog sees the swaying stalk and must flick his tongue. A coyote sees the motion of the tongue, and is compelled to eat the frog.
The universe happens like dominoes. And, the ONLY thing in the universe that can upset the dominoes, can change the path of the falling dominoes, can change cause and effect, is a human being.
A human being has choice, and that ability, that decision making ability, is apart from the universe, and can cause the path of the universe to change and change and change.
So a human being can change the universe, but how does he change it? by having a thought first. So he thinks, and does what he thought about, and what he thought about comes to be.
But, in between the thought and the accomplishment, is emotion. Think about it:
A man wants to accomplish something, he sets out on the task, then he gets angry, or fearful, or otherwise emotional, and his ability to make accomplishment is lessened.
He was distracted.
Which brings us to the crux of the matter, why does man create these (his own) distractions? Why does he create emotion and waylay himself? Why?
What happens when you squeeze an lemon? Juice squirts out. Gets in your eye and you cry.
So a man creates emotion when he is squeezed, like a lemon, and ‘things’ squirt out.
things like fear, anger, hate, and so on.
And these things disrupt the mind, cause distraction, and obscure the basic thoughts that one may have.
When I was a child I was spanked, which is to say I was squeezed. I experienced fear, and pain, and anger, and that stuff, because I didn’t know what it is, it stayed with me for a long time.
It would even be fair to say that, like dominoes, certain of those emotions caused me to study martial arts. How weird.
So when you feel pain and anger and all those unpleasant things just say ‘no’ to them. Just refuse them. Refuse to dwell on that emotion, refuse to have motion inside your head, refuse to feel the lingering effects of being squashed (squeezed), and go about your life. Refuse the distraction and accomplish your thoughts.
Of course, it is not always easy to do that. Sometimes what is big in your head is greater than your ability to ignore.
That is where the martial arts come in.
The martial arts train you to accomplish an attack, no matter the distraction, and the heck with emotion.
No other practice on earth does this more efficiently or to greater effect.
You face your partner on the mat. He growls, people yell, you are tired, but because you have endured training, and pain and other distractions, and gotten to your black belt, you are able to ignore the distractions, move forward, and accomplish the thought of the strike, or the lock, or the takedown, or whatever.
You simply train yourself to ignore the motion inside your head, to ignore anything in the universe that tries to stop you, and you accomplish your thought.
Here’s a cruel trap, people who start the martial arts, then quit, were distracted. They let something squeeze them, and they quit. And the cruelty is that if they had kept going they would have found the ability that would have enabled them to ignore distractions, and accomplish their thoughts.
Catch 22. Yes?
One last thing I want to say about this. There are many people who fail, and, there are many people who are studying something thinking it is a martial art, when it isn’t.
You have to study the true martial arts. You have to find forms that work, and you have to make them work. You have to cleanse your techniques so they become pure and can show the thought that created them.
That path creates the discipline.
Just fighting does not. Fighting teaches you to fight. Doing the real martial arts, practicing techniques until you can make them work, that is the discipline of ignoring distractions and getting yourself to the point where you can make your thoughts work.
The best method, because incorrect movements (which are distractions) have been removed, is Matrix Karate.
Okay, that special day I was talking about. For me it is the most important day in the universe, for it is when I decided to have physical presence on this planet. Birthday.
And, if you have been following this blog for the last couple of decades, then you know I always ask for one, specific present.
Forgive me. If I have sent out the wrong order, didn’t answer an email, didn’t answer an email quickly said the wrong thing, didn’t understand something, failed in some way, if i have done ANYTHING that might have offended you, or caused you ANY sort of distraction…
Help me clean up my universe, help me not have the distractions of bad service, poor communications, or ANYTHING else.
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.
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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.
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.
Newsletter 796 Sleight of Hand in the Martial Arts
Good morning! It’s a balmy day out here in LA, absolutely perfect for working out. You just let the wind push you into the next move.
Hey, here’s something interesting, did you know that people don’t know how to use their bodies? They do sports, various gimmicks, and they catch the ball cool, but they are using the body at about 1/100 of its potential. True.
And, interesting enough, I am not talking about instances of high adrenaline as being the optimum.
In fact, you should be using less energy to create more effect.
Here’s the neutronic low down,very simple, on this phenomenon.
If you study math, the very first thing you learn to do is measure the universe. After a couple of years of working with this fact, which is used because it is undeniable, you can’t argue with a ruler, you learn to think in abstracts. You learn to follow formula, and you leave the necessity for measuring.
So, two specific stages, measure the universe, follow formula. The devising of new formula is considered the higher, most creative mathematics. That is what every professor shoots for.
Okay, understanding this, let’s discuss how it parallels the martial arts.
The beginner is taught to measure himself. How fast he can run from point A to point B, how much he can lift, and so on. This is the first stage, the measurement stage, the stage where you measure yourself in universal terms.
But you are not the universe, you are awareness, and to realize your true potential you have to find the abstracts of motion.
Here is a very simple example of an abstract of motion.
The magician holds up the deck of cards, you choose a card, insert it back into the deck, and the magician, even though he doesn’t know what card it is, pulls it out. Whoa! As Po would say.
But the magician has only used sleight of hand. He has trained his hands to make a motion that escapes the eye. He doesn’t measure himself, he grades himself according to how many people he can fool.
Can Joe Blow do this mystical faster than the eye can see motion? With practice. But here’s the point: What if you trained your whole body to move faster than the eye can see. There are ways, you know. Here’s one. Practice walking the circle out of Pa Kua for a few years, until you feel the ‘lightening’ in your legs. When somebody punches, you move your hand in one direction, and step down and under in the other direction. It will be as if you disappeared.
I first heard of this disappearing act when my instructor was being checked out by a high ranking Korean stylist. The Korean did a series of stretches, then, noting that Bob was just standing and sipping a drink, asked when Bob would be ready (for a proposed freestyle match). Bob put his drink down and faced the Korean. “I’m ready.” The Korean jumped into the air with a perfect spinning kick. When he came down Bob was nowhere to be seen. In fact, when the Korean turned his back Bob just walked behind him, in conjunction with the spin. The Korean was shocked to find Bob behind him.
I was not as fast as Bob, I have a bigger body, but I found that by moving my hand in one direction, and my body in the other, just as I described earlier, that people would follow my hand and lose sight of me.
This is simple stuff, but it takes immense practice. And it takes a dedication to graduating from the simple measurement of self into the abstract of measuring the other person.
It takes concentration, focus of mind.
And, in my case, in addition to all the karate I did, it took decades of Tai Chi and Pa Kua to understand the enrages involved.
But, with matrixing, it doesn’t take that long. It takes intense effort, but if you understand what you are trying to do before you do it, then you can cut the time down by MUCH.
Mind you, the path is different for everybody, because everybody is different, bodies are different, and the mind and spirit is definitely different. But, if you understand what I have said here, and are willing to dedicate yourself to the work, then you can go beyond the measurement of the universe. You can go into these things that, before matrixing, were considered mystical and reserved for special people.
There is no reason why, with understanding the matrixing concepts, and a little hard work, you can’t be special. There is no reason why you can’t use your body to its full 100% potential.
Here’s the Pa Kua page for any who wish to choose that as a part of their journey.
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.
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Where was this information 24 years ago? This course is one of the best things to ever happen to me. Thank you Al Case for the gift of knowledge! Be blessed my teacher, ~ Rev. Ernest R
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I purchased your course on "Create Your Own Martial Art" and absolutely love it. I believe that your matrixing system is very unique. ~ DW
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Win from Master Instructor Course Let me start out by saying thank you. Thanks from all the martial artists who asked why. Al, I'm in the Security and Law enforcement field and carry Instructor credentials, so effective methods in combat and teaching them is what I constantly look for.
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My students have started coming up to me after class telling me how much more they are enjoying it, and that the classes have stopped being so ridged and now flow in a kind of give and take between me and them. I have stopped being a task master and started having fun and letting them teach me as well.
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