It is that time of year again, some old guy breaks into your house and leaves a bunch of stuff. And you’re supposed to leave him a cookie. Huh!
Well, I know how to celebrate Christmas, first off, you call it HanaKwanMass! Doesn’t matter what holiday somebody celebrates, you’ve got him covered, and you’ve managed to offend everybody at once! Ha!
Second off, a telling of the traditional Monster Martial Arts Christmas Poem, which you will find at the end of this short epistle.
Third, a big thank you to all who have purchased The Nine Square Diagram Boxing course. A lot of people asked for these videos, here’s a win from one of them.
Dear Mr. Case, The Nine Square Boxing (hard and soft)and two bonuses downloaded without any problems.
Watched some of the course last night. Started with the Q & A (glad you did that). After the Q & A I went through the first 5 segments of Part One. Plan on watching more today.
It’s been taking me a while to appreciate the nine square pattern. I’ve had the Shaolin Butterfly dvd since March and the Nine Squares paper book since July, but last night it finally sunk in while I watched the first five segments of Part One. I’ve have always preferred the simple 4 or 8 step basic kata (+ pattern) and drilling just one or two things, but I like the direction changes in the nine square more. I have a new favorite with the nine square. Don H
you know, just to let you guys know, wins are what really keep me going. Life gets tough, I feel out of sorts, and I just open up the 600 or so pages of wins and read a few. Takes me right to the top re-enforces my purpose, makes life worth living. such a simple thing, yet so important to me.
That said, here’s the link https://9squarediagramboxing.wordpress.com
And, there is actually a new release. I’ve actually been working on this for a while, and the release has given me an immense amount of satisfaction. Here’s the link…
Happy Covid! Hope you’re enjoying your vacation, and that all is well with your friends and families.
Haven’t been writing much lately, well I have, actually I’ve been writing 8 hours a day, but it’s been in other fields. Simply, I need to make some money.
That lame excuse out in the universe, let me say…
CONGRATS TO JUSTIN HARRIS Justin just earned his black in Shaolin Butterfly, which, with the other arts he has studied earns him a fourth degree black belt.
Now that’s a guy who takes advantage of the Corona crisis!
Okay, Since I haven’t been writing much lately, you can always catch up on old writings. First, the inexpensive way, just go to https://alcase.wordpress.com and start reading the blog. There’s probably a 1000 blogs there.
Or, if you want to go a bit more in depth, I compiled all my articles in a ten book series. The Biggest Martial Arts Lesson
That’s a lot of articles, near a thousand, and they cover EVERYTHING! Or, you could just start ordering courses, stop reading about and start experiencing.
You know, I came across an interesting question today. It was something to do with how many defenses you need to really protect yourself I started to chuckle, cause the guy had it backwards. You don’t worry about how many things you can do, you just worry about what he is going to do. If you are worried about what you will do you are introverting, and not looking out, to where the danger is. So look outwards and learn to analyze strikes.
Do you know how many punches there are? Six. That’s all. So let me cover this in more or less logical (matrixed) fashion.
There are two punches left and right There are two types of punches straight and circular There are two modes of punches snap and thrust
When you matrix these, and toss out things that don’t work (you don’t snap a circular punch, for instance) You end up with six possible strikes. Of course they could sail in fron odd directions, but still, only six…
left straight snap left straight thrust left circular right straight snap right straight thrust right circular
So, first, watch for the kick. No danger from punches or other strikes, maybe from weapons, but you will usually see if there is a weapon pretty quick.
Second, as you step in the kick gets jammed, easy to handle with a retreat or a turned hip, etc. Now you have to worry about the punch, but worry introverts, so you just watch him. I know some people say you have to train for punches from the rear, yes, but as soon as you turn to him he is in the front, so front training is where the punch is coming from.
Watch his feet to see if he is angling for a punch watch his shoulders to see if he is loading sidestep slowly, always being ready, and always moving so he can’t quite fix on you.
Third, don’t worry about knees and elbows, he has to close to use those, and that is so obvious it is ridiculous.
And there it is. Fighting is easy, reading an opponent is easy.
Of course, it all means nothing if you don’t spend some time hitting things so you can feel what it feels like practicing forms so your body is in top top shape, and just training like your life depends on it because, darn it, it does.
Anyway, that is sort of how you apply simple logic (matrixing) to fighting.
And, obligatory ad, you really should look into my courses, because they are all like this, simple and thorough, realistic and fun.
That all said, don’t worry about the Covid crisis, because worrying is introverting and life is out there. Instead, train hard and strengthen the immune system, best medical advice I can give you.
Have a great work out!
Here is ‘The Last Martial Arts Book,’ Best one I have ever written,
I am submitting this win for the Master Instructor Course in the hope that you deem it enough to award a certificate.
The first time I saw this course was probably more then 10 years ago, and I read through it and thought it was very well thought out, presented clearly, and made a lot of sense. At the time, I incorporated some of the things presented into teaching my students (teaching chinese systems). Some of the things in the course were the things that I found familiar.
But a lot of the things in the course – either elaborated or broke things down into their logical foundational pieces — and this was a tremendous help. In other words – you presented the material in a way — matrix-ed it, so that it covered everything. Which was more then I was taught before.
Not directly related to the Master Instructor Course – but more to related to the whole spectrum of courses you have – I don’t think I was aware of how much your courses helped me – until I re-read and went over a lot of your courses recently, after not picking them up for about 10 years. Actually some of the concepts and the way you had put things together – are much clearer now with another 10 years experience under my belt.. (about 30 years experience now more or less – I would have to do the math to be exact.. but I can see and appreciate the logic of the way you look at the arts a bit more now then I could 10 years ago… ) – almost like now I can see how everything is fitting together, how you have laid everything out.. it really is quite brilliant.
Back to the Master Instructor Course – re-reading and going over the course again now – there were several times I was thinking – “Oh, that’s were I got that from…”
That’s kind of the impetus – behind me seeking a certification now – I would like to be able to give you credit for the tremendous influence you have had on me.
Re-reading this course and your other courses, I have come to realize that matrixing – being exposed to it, has changed the way I look at everything, not just the martial arts. But just everything really. I find myself breaking everything down into the fundamental pieces, disregarding the fluff, getting to the core of things, the basics, to try to understand them. (see what they are, what part of the picture they cover, what is missing.. lol)
So far I have found your analysis of things to be impeccably thorough – to the point where I do not think I could add to it without taking away from it or modify it in a manner that would add anything of value to it. What you present – is really good!
it was also very good to be reminded again of rule number 3- the ideal instructor is defined as “one who gets others to finish what they start”
I need to do more of that — coming from many years in hard core Chinese martial arts now (even though I started in Japanese arts as a teenager – karate and aikido)– this is something that is neglected. The instructor doesn’t take any responsibility for the student getting it, that is all laid upon the student.. this is probably why there has been such a decline in the Chinese martial arts over the years…
hopefully I will be able to work on that (rule number 3) and have some success in achieving it…
Thank you for your work, it is truly appreciated.
Thank you, Master Instructor Fick. Thank you for that great win.
And for everybody, the secret of the martial arts is not some mystical boo bah out there, it is just being able to see what is simple and works.It is sticking to basics, and understanding them, and practicing them religiously.
The problem is that everybody thinks they understand the basics. They don’t. I haven’t had one single person tell me that they knew and understood the material on the Master Instructor Course since I put it out many years ago.
So thank you, Master Instructor Fick. And thank you for sharing your win with the martial arts.
Have a great work out!
Incidentally, I matrixed politics recently. The book is here…
It will help anybody understand why the governments do what they do, and why we are currently undergoing anarchy in the US. It’s not for everybody. Personally, I’d rather practice martial arts. But it is an interesting look at matrixing.
Wow! Two Things this week. First, a new Master Instructor Second, a new book. Great times, eh!?
Congrats to Master Instructor Akram Mashni I am a little late in announcing Akram, my apologies. Akram is from South America, makes it even juicier for me, I love it when Matrixing goes world wide. Well done Master Instructor Akram, and thank you. You have made the world a better Martial Arts place.
And, second, I just published…
The Last Martial Arts Book.
This book is really a tour de force. It really brings everything together. And, just to let you know, I began this book, actually, around 50 years ago. If you have the Crate Your Own Art course, the book on that course is the inspiration. After 50 years this is what I came up with. And, just to let you know, before I wrote it I filmed over 200 segments on Matrix Tai Chi Chuan The fellows who subscribed to the Monkey Boxing video newsletter have seen the whole sequence, and their reaction was quite good. I simply matrixed Tai Chi and went through every possible form, did all the applications. Took me over 200 segments, a couple of years. It was massive.
So, read the full write up, it uses matrixing to create a complete art. The art is done Tai Chi style, or Kung Fu style or Karate style. It is sweet and simple. It is taught modular fashion, so the 9 forms/techniques fit together and make the most logical and scientific martial art that has ever been created.
I have to tell you, I make more money on the digital, but I recommend the paperback. Every martial artist should have a complete library, and that library should not be prone to computer crashes, electromagnetic pulses, or any other such inconvenience.
Again, congrats to you, Akram, and everybody…GO GET THAT BOOK! One of the best things I have ever done. And don’t forget to give me five stars…it helps.
Wow! that’s all I can say is …’WOW!’ One thousand issues of this newsletter. And, my birthday. And, a new book coming out in a week or two. And…A New Master Instructor! It really all comes together, eh?
Okay, so let’s start with congrats to Master Instructor David Marco Here’s part of his win…
Sensei Al. Thank you for your Master Course. The program has a good amount of material. I most enjoyed the discussion of politeness and the importance of the instructor always being polite to the student. I think the best illustration of this is your teaching videos where you consistently demonstrate this behavior. This is an area that I have seen most instructors struggle with over my 14 years as a mixed martial artist. I will be using your … teaching technique with my students in the future.
He said more, but I was particular struck by something he said outside the win.
Again, great job on your Masters class. I think most instructors would benefit from it as the majority of sensei’s think it’s their job to beat up the students and then wonder why the student doesn’t return.
Very insightful, and something that every martial artist should commit to their soul. It’s not about beating people up, it’s about elevating people to their true potential.
Again, well done Master instructor David Marco.
Okay, a thousand issues of the newsletter. I remember writing the first one around my birthday in 2006. That’s 14 years! Zowie.
And, the cool thing, over the years I’ve had people say some pretty nasty stuff about me. I’ve been called a LOT of names. I’m at a 1000 newsletters… where are those namecallers? Well, that’s a truth. People who are nasty and mean, who call people names instead of trying to understand them, they go away. They talk big, but then they give up the martial arts and they end up being small people without much to offer to the world. Heck, all they had to do was look and ask, what is this stuff? But they couldn’t do it. Sigh.
So, it is my birthday, and any of you who have been reading this newsletter for the last 14 years know what I want. Forgive. If I’ve done something that irked you, please forgive. And forgive anybody else. Don’t hold anger in your soul, forgive, and you will find that people treat you differently. True.
Now, last but not least. I’m almost done with a new book. I’ve actually been thinking about it for the longest time. It’s based on Tai Chi Chuan and the Diagram Boxing art I put forth in ‘The Create Your Own Art’ course. i will tell you more in the next newsletter, but right now, 1000 issues of the newsletter, a birthday, a new master instructor, and a book almost here… time to celebrate.
Here’s the link to the Create Your Own Art course.
Good morning! I’m late on the newsletter. My apologies. I’ve just been working on books, and haven’t kicked my butt into gear.
So, the big news is… A NEW MASTER INSTRUCTOR! Congratulations to… Master Instructor David Barton!
Here is his win…
‘I wish I could have found the Master Instructor Course long before now. This course has not only taught me the truth of the martial arts, but also how to pass the knowledge to others. The more I read the material and the more I listened to the video presentations, the more enlightened I became as to the realization of martial arts, their intention, their roots, and their virtues. I highly recommend this course for everyone from beginner to master. It has definitely changed my workouts and applications for the better!’
DAVID L BARTON
thank you, David, and well done.
the point I want to concentrate on is enlightenment. David says:
The more I read…the more I listened…the more enlightened I became…
He didn’t have to beat up the world’s champ, or bruise himself till he couldn’t walk, all he had to do was take a simple course and…understand.
Interestingly, nobody really understands the concept of enlightenment. People study the martial arts to beat people up, to survive on the street, to be the best in the ring, and so on. But enlightenment is another game. According to the dictionary it is… ‘To be enlightened is to have or show a rational, modern and well informed outlook.’
To be smarter. Huh! How could exercising cause a higher intelligence? It can’t…unless it is matrixed and makes sense. Only studying something that makes sense will cause you to have more sense.
To tell you the truth, that is a very inadequate definition. Older definitions say things like, ‘To glow with light.’
So, do you want to beat somebody up? Or glow with intelligence and understanding? Interesting choice.
Now, if you study the real martial arts, and not just the beat ‘em up kinds of arts, you end up intelligent, and… glowing with light. Most people can’t see the light, but it is as if your spirit turns on. You just have a manner about you that comforts people and causes them to be more rational and intelligent.
In the beginning martial arts were just about beating people up. Do you think that warlord going to war cared if the peasants he conscripted were intelligent? Nope. He just wanted them to stick their spears in the direction he pointed. But we’re different now. The martial arts have evolved.
And, to tell the truth, people have evolved. People, intelligent people, want more intelligence. After all, beating people up, unless you happen to be one in a million, (talk about winning the lottery) is a short career. So would you rather study like a maniac for a few years, and end up with injuries? Or would you like to study like a maniac for a few years and end up with more intelligence, and the ability to study for yet another few years? And to grow even more intelligent.
To me it is a no brainer. And it starts with studying an art that is logical and makes sense. Lots of arts are good, but they could be great with matrixing. A fully matrixed art results in faster intelligence. Period.
Here is the Master Instructor Course, which according to David and a whole bunch of other people that I have announced over the years, causes that leap in intelligence.
Hi guys and gals! Happy Corona vacation! I hope you’ve made the best of it, learned an art or two, worked out every day, preserved your health and safety for your whole life. If not…okay, you’ve still got time.
One of the big mysteries in the martial arts is this thing called Chi Power, or ‘internal power.’ It is spoken of in Karate and kung fu, Aikido and Tai Chi and all manner of arts. Interestingly, MMA, and more modern arts, don’t speak of it. In fact, ‘chi power’ is often denigrated, held in poor repute. All that means is that people don’t understand it, and so bad mouth it. So, let me delve into the subject briefly. Before I do, however, you should know something. Most arts won’t generate chi power for the simple reason that the body is not structured properly. To make chi you first have to have resistance, and the body must be formed to take advantage of that resistance. you don’t make muscles, although muscles occur, in real martial arts. You generate awareness, and awareness becomes chi power. When you do the Master Instructor course you learn how to create resistance by structuring the body correctly, and that turns into chi power, but it’s not easy. It takes time and awareness, and most people are too interested in beating people up and so ignore the simple fact of awareness. When you do the Matrix Karate you learn how to structure an art, and that speeds everything up. No missing pieces in your path, nothing out of place or not making sense.
Okay, that all said, let’s talk about the two main types of internal power in the martial arts.
There are hard arts, karate and kung fu and such. Then there are soft arts, such as Aikido and Tai Chi.
Karate is a matter of analyzing the body so that it provides certain paths of resistance, and then using as little force as possible on these paths. Why as little force as possible? Because if you use force you build muscles. If you don’t use force, then you start to use energy. But the paths of resistance MUST be correct for the generation of energy to occur. If you turn your feet wrong you lose resistance. If your hips aren’t aligned you lose resistance. If your shoulders overthrow you lose resistance, and so on and so on. This is why the old guys who teach hard chi obsess on such things as the wrist not being turned properly. Even if you knock the other guy out…bad form.
Now, here is an interesting phenomena. Most karate teaches explosive power. It’s all in your ability to explode. If your form is correct you might make the transition and start to generate chi power. Most styles of karate, however, do not have proper form. they have been made into boxing, or the instructors haven’t understood what they are doing and the art has become tweaked and incorrect.
Actually, the proper way to teach hard chi is as follows. Push with the foot, feel the turn of the leg, feel the turn of the hip, feel the power go up the body, feel the corkscrew of the arm snap the fist.
This is described in many places, but the directions are poor, or they leave things out. The instructor doesn’t teach the student to stop tightening the whole body and to tighten only the wrist. Or breathing is neglected. Or the purpose of stances is not adhered to. (sink the weight into the ground to create a motor). But if you relax, breath correctly, feel weight and sensation course up through the body through exact configuration (spiral, unfold, pulse, etc.) then you don’t get chi power.
tell the truth, I had chi power from my study of karate. I had a teacher who taught a good art, and I obsessed on figuring out the best way to form the body. But I didn’t understand it, and wasn’t able to teach it effectively until after I had done Tai Chi. Tai Chi gave me the ‘emptiness’ that I needed to fulfill the ‘empty’ in ‘empty hands.’
Okay, having mentioned Tai Chi, let’s talk about the chi power you get from such arts as Tai Chi or Aikido.
Karate is an explosion. A ball of boom! Aikido and Tai Chi… they rely on getting ahead of the attacker just enough to unbalance them. Now, here is the secret. When you move with somebody, in harmony with them, you tap into more power. It is the simple fact of two motors (two bodies) working in tandem. More energy is created. And, harmony has more inherent energy than the fact of exploding.
Which is not to say karate or kung fu don’t have harmony. But it is constantly being upset by the need for power. If a person can stop lusting for power, learn to relax while punching, harmony breeds. Never as much as in Tai Chi or Aikido, but enough.
So these are the two types of internal power you get from the classical martial arts, arts that haven’t been corrupted by such things as politics, MMA, boxing, the need to pay rent, and so on.
But there are more types of internal energy. Much more. But the correct path would be to develop one, or both, of the types of energy I describe here, then let other energies develop. And they will develop. Every person is different, however, so it may be difficult to predict what kind of energy and ability you will develop, and it may not be what you were expecting. But whatever you get, it will be in keeping with your personality and your personal evolution of spirit.
If you want what I am describing here, I recommend
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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
In my entire experience twenty years as a student and an instructor since, no one has contributed more to my martial arts education than you have. I started following your works twenty years ago and although I was young then I knew you had the True Art it was obvious to me even then. ~ Charles C
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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.
Win from Matrix Aikido I just had to write to you to say WOW. Your INSTANT AIKIDO is great!!! ~ SD
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