Justin Earns 4th Black Belt!

Newsletter 1003

A New Fourth Black Belt!

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.

WELL DONE!

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.

Sensei Case

Have a great work out!

Al

Here is ‘The Last Martial Arts Book,’
Best one I have ever written,

Nine Square Diagram Boxing

Congrats to A New Martial Arts Master Instructor

Newsletter 1002
A New Master Instructor!

Congrats to Master Instructor Franklin Fick!

Sensei Case

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.

Franklin

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!

Al

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.

The Last Martial Art Book Released

Newsletter 1001
THE LAST MARTIAL ARTS BOOK

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 really did a good thing here.

If you want it paperback the link is…

If you want the digital download…

Nine Square Diagram Boxing

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.

Have a great work out!

Al

Big Matrix Martial Arts Party!

Newsletter 1000

Matrix Martial Arts Celebration!!

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.

2d Create Your Own Art

Again,
congrats to you,
David,
and everybody have a great work out!

Al

2d Create Your Own Art

To Be Master Instructor in the Martial Arts

Newsletter 999
Congrats to new Master Instructor!

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.

1d Master Instructor Course

Again,
congrats to you,
David,
and have a great work out!

May everybody have a great and smart work out!
Al

1d Master Instructor Course

Internal Chi Power: Karate and Tai Chi Chuan

Newsletter 998

The Two Types of Internal Power (chi)!

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

the Master Instructor course
to learn how to structure the body correctly.

Matrix Karate
to learn how to structure an art
so there will be no missing pieces,
no out of place oddities.

And,
if you are a long timer
and understand all that I am saying,
you might like to delve into
Tai Chi Chuan.

Okay,
‘nuff said,
have yourself a great and wonderful Corona vacation,
and a super duper work out.
Al

2c Five Army Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi reality and a Special Offer

Newsletter 997

What Tai Chi Really is and Means!

Before I get started,
remember that I have a couple of specials
available on my site.
Matrix Karate is discounted,
There is a two for one offer on that page
Read this blog for details.

Corona Kung Fu Special!

I do this because lots of people
can’t go to the dojo,
and you need to keep practicing.
A hardy body/immune system
is crucial to beating the Kung Flu.

Okay, let’s talk about Tai Chi Chuan.

Tai Chi Chuan means
‘the grand ultimate fist.’
Some bozos think it is proud brag,
that it refers to Tai Chi being better
than all the other arts.
Nope.
Not the meaning at all.
It’s much more than that.

First,
I have over 50 years in the martial arts.
Probably 45 of them studying Tai Chi.
Lots of Tai Chi.
All the styles.
Read all the books,
and so on.

When I first began Tai Chi,
back about ’74,
I came across a wood carving.
It was old,
a couple of hundred years,
and on it was a bird’s eye view
of the top of a mountain range,
and it looked like a yin yang symbol.

I was like,
what the heck?
How did this carver know what a bird sees?
Well, he was supposed to have studied Tai Chi.
That one concept,
that a person could get so out of his body
that he could look down on the highest mountains,
guided my Tai Chi.
I always had that in mind.
For many years it was just an idea.
Cool, but no progress.
But I persisted.

But changes occurred,
and eventually I began experiencing
what that wood carver must have experienced.

I was doing Tai Chi the other day,
standing in the middle of a road
doing my versions of Tai Chi.
I was higher than the road,
looking down on it
as if from a rooftop.
I mean it was like I was standing
on top of a bowl
that was upside down.
The world just curved away and down from me.
I was up,
the world was beneath me.

So let’s talk about this phenomena.

There is no proof that the world exists.
It’s all just sort of…assumed.
Or,
as I prefer,
imagined.

I mean…you are,
and that’s about all you can say.
But you can’t prove that you are to anybody else.
And,
to be honest,
everything in the whole universe
might be a figment of your imagination.
You know?

BUT…
When you do the Tai Chi form
you push awareness through your body,
which validates your body,
and,
more important,
validates you.

You are the center of the universe,
and by doing the Tai Chi form over and over
(I’ve probably done it 20 or 30 thousand times in 45 years.)
you become aware of this.

Awareness is the crux of reality.
Reality doesn’t exist except as you are aware of it.

Do you understand?

And,
over the years,
Tai Chi makes you more and more real
as the center of the universe.
After all,
it is your awareness that is making your life happen.

This is how a wood carver
hundreds of years ago
can be higher than the mountain tops.

But,
I tell you from personal experience,
it takes time and effort and hard work over time.
And I mean to be redundant.

So,
get started now.
Tai Chi takes less effort than say Karate,
or harder forms of martial arts,
so you can do it longer.

It has direct effect on your body systems.
You will have less colds,
more immunity,
and the hell with this Corona crap.

And,
to help you out,
let me make a special Corona offer.

Order Five Army Tai Chi Chuan
on this page

2c Five Army Tai Chi Chuan

then send me an email

aganzul@gmail.com

and tell me you want the Matrix Tai Chi course, too.
I will do it.

Download or disk,
you get both courses for the price of
the Five Army Tai Chi course.

Okay guys,
hope to see you over the mountain tops,
and…

Have a great work out!
Al

2c Five Army Tai Chi Chuan

Corona Kung Fu Special!

Newsletter 996

Two for One Corona Martial Arts Special

Hey! hey!
How you all doing?
Lot of people got some time off
and you know what that means…
Training Time!

It’s funny,
I get people who ask me
if I’m worried about the Corona virus.
“Why?” I ask.
“You’re over 70!
You’re at risk!
One out of 10 people over 70…DIE!”

I’m gonna die,
okay,
I’ve known that all along,
everybody dies…
so what?
What is important is not that I’m going to die,
but the quality of my life before I die.

Did I work out every day?
Did I use the lessons of the martial arts?
Was I polite?
Did I make friends instead of enemies?
That’s the important stuff.

And,
news flash for the bozos
who want to get into the death stuff…
after working out every day
for more than 50 years,
I’m in fair good shape.
In fact,
I would put me in the 10-20 age group for risk.
That’s what happens when you work out.
That’s what the martial arts do for you.

So,
let me ask you…
have you worked out today?
Did you work out yesterday and the day before and…so on?
And, if you didn’t…
why not?
Why the F not?
What good is your life
if you don’t make yourself strong,
compassionate,
and learn how to enjoy your life
and the lives of everybody around you?

I guess you can see where this is going.
Yep.
Anybody who orders a course
between now and March 21
can get another one of the same or lesser price.
Two for one.
Yep,
the Corona Martial Arts special,
to encourage all you lazy couch potatoes
to be all the Bruce Lee you can be.

Just put in an order,
then email me at aganzul@gmail.com,
tell me what course you want,
got to be of equal value.
You order a $30 course
you can’t order a $50 course as your second course,
got to be a $30 course (or less).

This is my present to those of you
who want to survive not just the Corona thing,
but for life!
If you want to be stronger,
smarter,
have more friends,
be the one people look to in an emergency….

Two for One until March 31st.
April 1st and i will just write you back and say…Don’t be an April Fool!

Here’s a link

2e Kung Fu Package

Have a great work out!
Al

2e Kung Fu Package

Zen and Swords and Guns and Martial Arts

Newsletter 995

The Gun, the Sword, and the Martial Arts

The gun extends a straight line
The sword extends a straight, or curved line.
The bullet goes further than the sword,
but,
even with training,
not too much further.
Odd statement, eh?
I mean, the bullet disappears into a mile away.
The sword ends at three feet or so.
But here’s the kicker,
the further away you are,
the more control of your body you must have.
Beyond a certain distance,
probably 15 feet,
control goes out the window,
and you miss a lot of shots.
(We’re not talking about sniper rifles here)
So let’s look at the basic-basics of the sword—and the gun.

Sink the weight for both.
Breath deeply and control that breath.
Relax.
Align the body properly.
Move the body with CBM
(Coordinated Body Motion).

Well,
we are fine through the first four items.
Sink, breath, relax, align.
Motion (CBM) is where it all falls apart.

I was watching a movie last night,
Jason Statham shot about 40 guys
in about five minutes.
He shot them while he turned flips,
under his arm,
behind his back,
swinging off the side of a ship,
during explosions.
40 guys,
and he wasn’t even nicked.
I guess he had that motion thing down,
right?
Nope.
The camera had it down.
The script had it down.
In reality he would have been shot,
filled with lead actually,
by the time he hit the second or third guy.
That’s just the way it is.

(why do you think SEALs sneak in?
Because charging in an easy way to die.
Why do you think ninjas sneak in?
They don’t want somebody to fight back-
they don’t want to get hurt.
Why do you think your friendly neighborhood mugger
attacks from the rear,
swinging a weapon…
he doesn’t want to risk getting a boo boo!
It’s not actually cowardice,
it’s simply good tactics:
hit without getting hit.
Deliver a force or flow,
without receiving a force or flow…)

Anyway,
It is INCREDIBLY difficult
to hit a moving target.
(People tend to shoot where something was,
and not where it is going to be)
And it is harder to hit a moving target…
while you are moving.

When you train with a gun you have to have a stable platform.
You run from place to place,
momentarily freezing and shooting,
then continuing.
Only when you make the final approach
do you unload,
firing everything you’ve got,
because during that last few feet,
when you are running,
you’re probably going to miss,
so shoot a lot of bullets and hope.

Of course,
all statistics can be improved by practice.

But,
motion is a killer.
In the martial arts
you are closer,
and there is this thing called ‘block’ and counter.
You train to handle the attack.
With a gun the only way to handle the attack
is to duck,
hide,
get a mile away.
No blocking.
So you do not develop the idea of motion against motion.
At least not to an appreciable degree.

Yes,
there are gun tactics,
training in them helps,
but if you really want to know tactics,
you must have an intuitive understanding
of how to respond with your body
to the motion of his body.

You really need the martial arts
in addition to training in shooting.
You need that ‘zen’ frame of mind.

And here is where it gets interesting.
Here is the point that led me to write this little squib.

When you train with the martial arts
you develop a state of mind.
This is a ‘zen’ state of mind.
A peacefulness during combat,
a peacefulness during…motion.

You actually develop this same state of mind
with any other practice.
Practicing something until you have mastered it
brings calmness, certainty, peacefulness.
You can attain it with a gun,
while you are ‘in platform,’
but there aren’t any practices that I know of,
in gun training,
to impart that zen state of mind
while you are using a gun while in motion.

So if you want to learn a gun,
good,
it is a tool for a martial artist,
if there ever was one.
But you need something like ‘The Gun Kata,’
made popular in ‘Equilibrium.’
I am really waiting for some fellow
to send me a video,
or a link,
to somebody doing an effective Gun Kata.

Here’s a link for weapons training…

4a Blinding Steel (Matrixing Weapons)

Have a great work out!
Al

4a Blinding Steel (Matrixing Weapons)

A New Martial Arts Master Instructor Speaks!

A New Martial Arts Master Instructor

Congrats to new Master Instructor
Everett Riggs!
Here’s just a portion of his win…

Hi,
I recently ordered your Master Instructor Course have watched it multiple times. It is really ground breaking stuff. I am a wrestling coach and have been incorporating some of the material into my program … I am also studying your Matrix Karate and Blinding Steel materials. Great material!

Everett Riggs

Again,
Congrats and well done
I absolutely love it when people use my material.
And i love it more when they use it to help others.

It is called the Master Instructor course for a very good reason.
It holds the principles of teaching.
And not just teaching one art,
but all arts.
It is based on physics,
and you can’t argue with the physics of the universe.
Well,
I suppose you can,
but you won’t win.

The funny thing is when people think
their art is the only art,
the best art,
isn’t anything better.

But ANY art can be good
if you teach it with the principles outlined
in the Master Instructor course.
Let me explain it this way.

A boxer hits the bag,
he makes the hardest punch he can.
But is it the hardest punch he could have made…
if he understood the ‘why’ behind the punch?
Nope.
Not even close.

A boxer hits the bag,
he gets the strong muscles,
he learns the correct pathway for the punch,
but he doesn’t learn WHY that pathway exists,
he doesn’t learn what is actually going down that pathway,
he doesn’t learn that a punch is NOT about muscles.
I’ll say it again,
a punch is NOT about muscles,
except in the smallest way.
It is about
(drumroll)
how much weight you can deliver.

Okay,
while you grok that,
let me say something else.
I’m an old guy now.
My muscle mass is diminished,
and
tell the truth,
I never had large muscles to begin with.
I had dense muscles,
but that is something else.
Now,
I get these big, muscly guys,
and I slap their punches aside like I am swatting a fly,
then I give them a LIGHT punch,
and they fall back,
fall down,
rub the spot I punched furiously,
and say…
OW!
Son of a…!
How did you do that?

I don’t wind up,
I don’t have big muscles,
I usually punch VERY lightly
(I don’t want to hurt them)
yet the effects are as stated.
They go OW
fall back and even down
and wonder how the heck some old guy can do that to them.
Well,
the answer is simple,
I understand that a punch is not muscle,
but weight.
And I understand not just the correct pathway for my body,
the right stance and angles
and dynamics and physics
and so on,
but the WHY behind it all.

Some young guys say I have ‘Chi power.’
But ‘Chi’ is just a grab bag
for things you don’t understand.
And what you don’t understand
is in the Master Instructor Course.

Yes,
there is chi,
but it is merely understanding
the principles of the universe
and using them in your own body
until energy starts to flow.

Simplest thing in the universe.
If you have…
the Master Instructor Course.
Here is the link…

1d Master Instructor Course

Okay,
again,
congrats to Everett,
and well done for understanding and using
the Master Instructor Course

Have a great work out!
Al

1d Master Instructor Course

1a Matrix Karate