Martial Arts in Novels…

Newsletter 865

Martial Arts in Books

Happy Santa Ana work out!
The Santa Ana’s are winds
that blow through LA
every once in a while.
80 MPH gusts,
trees are falling down all over the place.

Hey,
what a few people don’t know
is that I have a hobby of writing novels.
Got a truckload of them on Amazon.
And,
these novels usually have
some sort of martial arts them.

Monkeyland is the start of a five book series
where martial arts becomes crucial
to the survival of the human race.
And the style taught?
Monkey boxing.
What else, eh?

Machina,
big end of the world saga
pushes martial arts to their conclusion,
what would martial arts be like
taken to their extreme?
What powers would you really have?
This thing goes crazy.

But,
gratuitous ad done,
I have always found it interesting
how the martial arts are represented in novels.
There’s a few books that are cool,
but not many.

One of the first to come out was ‘ninja’
by Eric Lustbader.
He was trained,
but his writing style betrayed him,
he went for the mystical.

When I write,
even in the mystical,
I want the reader to know the technique,
to feel the flesh dent,
to feel the crack of bone,
to experience what a truly great punch or kick,
delivered with expertise at the exact right time
can do to some poor fool.

One novel that cracked me up was
Six Days of the Condor,
which was made into the movie
Three Days of the Condor
with Robert Redford.
This book was okay,
but when the big fist fight
between the hero and the villain occurred,
the villain was held up as the deadliest fighter alive…
a brown belt.
That’s right,
the author hadn’t even done enough homework
to know what the difference in belts was.

One of the most interesting,
be it in a useless way,
examples of martial arts in novels
was in the Laurel Hamilton books.
This was before she translated her novels into porn.
The first novels were great,
but when she described her heroine fighting the bad guys
it was totally obvious where she got her martial arts experience.
She went down to a kenpo school
signed up for a years instruction,
then lasted a month or two.
Her descriptions were like the ramblings
of an instructor trying to impress a newby.
Sigh.

But,
that said,
you can check out my books on Amazon,
just click on my name there
and you’ll find my authors page,
have some fun.

And,
that said,
I’m working on a big release.
A really big book is coming out.
Stay tuned,
and…

Have a great work out!

Al

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Perfect Martial Arts

Newsletter 865

The Key to Finding Perfection in the Martial Arts

Happy Santa Anas!
The Santa Ana’s are the big winds here in LA,
it’s fun to work out with them whistling through you.

Ok-a-ley dok-a-ley,
it’s time to find out what perfection in the martial arts is.

Had a great talk with a bunch of students the other day,
and I mentioned finding perfection in the martial arts.

So what is perfection in the martial arts?
It’s an interesting question,
one that nobody ever really asks,
they just talk about it,
and assume they know what they‘re talking about.

It’s when you can ‘one punch/one kill’ somebody.
It’s when your form is perfect.
It’s when you understand the secret of the universe.
But nobody knows what perfection really is.

I do.

I defined it in The Master Instructor Course,
and tell you how to get it.

But here,
let’s talk about the short version.
Let’s talk about one of the things that I learned
way back when
that put me on the path to,
or at least understanding
what perfection is.

I was in an aikido class,
and the instructor said,
‘The perfect art cannot be felt.’

Man,
that was zen.
you know?

And it started me thinking.

He was talking about blending your defense
with the attack.
He was talking about moving your body
totally in synch with the incoming attack,
so that the opponent didn’t actually feel you
even when you took control of his body.

And he was talking about a high level of energy,
profound spiritual awareness,
etc.

But,
there’s more to it.

I took what he said
and applied it too ground rolling.

A perfect circle has no corners.
Because if you have a corner,
something will thump on the mat,
and then there is no perfection.

I spent a lot of time
figuring out how to roll without making any noise.

And it translated as:
the perfect art has no sound.

And I took that and applied it to karate.
I learned to move
without being heard.
My feet didn’t slap the mat,
not even my gi rustled,
and the only sound
was the smack of my fist hitting flesh.

Interesting.

The other night I came across the 1935 video of Morihei Ueshiba.
There was no sound.
He threw people,
and the only sound was them hitting the mat.
But of him,
there was no sound,
no foot fall,
no grunt,
no whisper of motion.

The perfect art can’t be heard,
or felt,
or,
for that matter,
even seen.

And that is the sort of thing I endured
to figure out the seven principles of the body,
and the six secrets of how to make ANY technique work,
which are all on The Master Instructor Course,
along with a lot of other nifty stuff.

Here go…

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/4-master-instructor-course/

Have a great work out!

Al

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Training in Horse Stances for MORE Power in the Martial Arts!

Newsletter 864

A Simple Exercise for Sinking the Weight in the Martial Arts

Happy after Easter!
Hope you don’t run over any eggs
when you mow your lawn.
Yuck!

Okay,
here is one of the exercises I use,
especially for kids,
but great for anybody
who wishes to find
the true foundation of karate
or any other martial art.

Grounding.
It is when you sink your weight into the ground.
Simply,
you have to sink your weight,
to attach the machine that is your body
so that you can use that machine.
This is basic mechanics.

I am always,
when I teach forms,
telling people to sink their weight.
They have to bend both legs,
feel the weight,
let the weight reach the ground,
so that the tan tien will create energy.

You don’t reach the ground,
you have no energy.
You have no real energy building inside your legs.

It’s funny,
people doing boxing,
kick boxing,
modern tournament type freestyle,
they bounce.
They want to look like Bruce Lee.
But before Bruce,
everybody sank their weight,
shifted their weight between their feet
as they edged towards the opponent.
It was the gunfighter mentality.
Sink,
edge forward,
spring.

Nowadays,
unfortunately,
everybody has forgotten this.
Everybody wants to bounce.
Bouncing uses up muscles.
Sinking the weight creates…endless energy.
Energy that can be used to spring like a cat.

Okay,
the best stance for teaching this is the horse stance.
The horse stance can be used in freestyle,
quite easily,
but the true glory of the horse stance
is simply for the creation of energy.

So you have the kids face in a direction.
You say back, they pop their horse stance to the rear.
You say right, they pop it to the right side,
left is the other side, front is back to the front.

When I say ‘POP,’
that is key.
Here’s the secret,
you must NOT let the body raise in the air.
The head must not bob up and down.

You must ‘swap’ your feet
so fast that you don’t have time to fall,
and you must do so without popping up.
This is not an exercise in falling,
it is an exercise in moving so fast you don’t have time to fall.

The secret here is that you have to use the tan tien.
To properly pop your stance,
to move both feet so they start at the same time,
and land at the same time,
you must explode from the tan tien to make this happen.

simple exercise, eh?
And,
when teaching a class,
it’s sort of fun.
Kids love it.
They’ll bob up and down all over the place,
but you just go around and hold a hand over their head,
and tell them not to touch it.

Works every time.
Here’s a link to the actual forms and exercises that I use to build Chi.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/4c-matrixing-chi-power/

Have some great tan tien exploding energy!
And a great work out!

Al

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The Secret of Strong Martial Arts Muscles

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The Secret of Strong Muscles in the Martial Arts

And there is a secret.
Before get to it,
let me go over the basic understanding
of how muscles work in the martial arts.

First off,
the forms are calisthenics.
The horse stance is a squat,
the front stance is an almost lunge,
and so on.

And,
every time you snap the muscles,
close them violently to a focus,
you are using plyometrics,
plyometrics is contraction and expansion of muscle
designed to increase strength.

And everybody knows
how studying the leverage of muscles,
and using those muscles,
when throwing people around
is fantastic exercise for the body.

After a lifetime of doing forms,
tossing people around,
striking and kicking,
I am in top shape.
I shake my head in dismay
when I see people younger than me,
tottering around on canes,
clutching walkers,
hauling oxygen bottles.

All that stuff could be avoided.

A little fun in the martial arts every day.

Just playing tag with your fists,
gotcha with kicks,
and a little grab and toss with bodies…

And, it’s not too late!
You can eat right,
exercise right,
and turn your age back.

Anyway,
I promised you a secret.
and it’s good one.
One that I’ve never heard anybody talk about.

At first,
you work out hard.
You build your strength,
you push yourself until you can do those techniques
without any problem.

And,
when it isn’t any problem
you stop working so hard.
In fact,
you start to go backwards.
you use less and less muscles.

The work outs you do won’t be as hard,
but the mental focus is greater,
until you don’t use muscles at all.

Effortless martial arts,
putting somebody down with a finger.
Isn’t that a great ‘death strike?’

Or tossing somebody with a shrug,
everybody stares at you and says,
‘What’d he do?’

And what you do is simple,
you use muscles
until you don’t need muscles.

The fact of the matter is
there are three aspects to the martial arts,
Speed…Power…Technique.

Speed and power diminish with age,
but technique done right,
will never fade.
Good technique uses the muscles less and less,
until you don’t need them.
A weak guy can throw a strong guy.
If a guy was actually to stay weak,
after doing some intense martial arts.
Grin.

But that’s the secret,
do your techniques,
put awareness into your techniques,
until you don’t need muscle,
you just know the angle,
and your correct body alignment
lets the energy flow.

Well,
there’s a lot more to it,
I’ll talk more about this stuff on this blog
at MonsterMartialArts.com

In the meantime,
if you’re interested in some very streetwise stuff
that really works the muscles,
fast changes
lots of good, clean fun,
and exercises that will build muscles
until you reach the stage
where you don’t use muscles,
try this:

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/3a-blinding-steel-matrixing-weapons/

It’s a weapons course,
very logical and quick to do,
and, heck,
the guy who comes after you on the street
will likely have a weapon.
Might just as well learn how to swing a little quick weight at his head,
eh?
Grin.

Happy Easter!

Al

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The Pinkie Death Throw in the Martial Arts!

Newsletter 862

The Deadly Pinkie in Martial Arts Fighting!

Happy Easter work out!
I hope you find lots of colored eggs.

Hey,
I thought it was time to talk about
the deadliest weapon in the martial arts.
The pinkie.

Now hold on,
don’t get that look on your face,
let me explain.

If you grab somebody’s pinkie in a lock,
like holding the pinkie vertical with your thumb to the base,
and start applying a bit of pressure,
you hear an ow.

The fellow has been subdued by a pinkie.
He is in pain,
he is thinking of his pinkie,
well,
he is thinking of the pain where his pinkie used to be.
He goes up on his tip toes,
he dances,
and,
here comes the strange part…
if you threw his pinkie off a cliff,
he would go with it,
screaming and shrieking,
so glad that the pain has stopped…
and then he realizes he’s falling hundreds of feet to his death!

And it was his pinkie that did it.

Now,
there is truth to this.
Yes,
there will be the fellow who understands
and would sacrifice his pinkie
that his body might live,
but these fellows are few and far between.

The Pinkie Death Throw.
Moo hah hah!

But,
that leads to something else.

Take a pin,
stick it…HARD…into your finger.
You jerk back with a howl.
DAMN that hurt.

Isn’t that funny?
You would think that a small body part
would only hurt a little.
But your whole body seemed to feel the pain of the pinkie.

Now let’s turn this whole concept around.
What if you hit somebody in the nose
and smashed it like…it was a pinkie.

Weird.

But if you did it the right way
the whole body would feel the pain of the nose.

The trick is,
nobody does it the right way.
Everybody hits like they are trying to displace the whole body.
Move the whole body in space.
But what if you hit a small part of the body,
broke a rib…like it was a pinkie.
Hit somebody in the belly,
but only like you are…breaking a pinkie.

I know,
it sounds stupid.
It sounds like a comic book,
but…but there’s this little, niggling pice of WTF? in your mind right now.

So think about it like this.
If you hit somebody in the chest,
like you are trying to move their whole body,
then the whole body feels it,
and pushes energy into that spot.
Strike is negated.

But if you hit precise,
focus on a pinkie sized area,
AND IGNORED THE REST OF THE BODY!
It would be like breaking a pinkie.
The body couldn’t get behind it,
and yet the whole body would feel it.

That is focus in the martial arts.
Real focus.
Focus beyond tightening the fist in space…
focus of energy in a precise spot on the opponent’s body.

So what got me thinking about this?
I was watching youtube.
I was specifically looking for Heian Five techniques.
I came across this lady champ,
did her own series,
incredibly good looking kata,
and yet,
when she focused her punch,
it wobbled all over the place.

All the muscles in the body tightened,
but it was more like they spasmed.
Not like the whole body entered into her fingers.

And there were other things wrong with her form.
The back leg of her back stance pointed to far to the side,
like it was a half horse/half back stance.
There were timing gaps in her motions,
very significant,
but broke the CBM (Coordinated Body Motion) of her form.

And I thought about the way we did form at the Kang Duk Won.
Every move was a simple move from one place to another,
designed for use in a fight,
no timing gaps designed to impress tournament judges.

So, I was saddened.
Fantastic champ,
knew her stuff,
but the stuff she knew was wrong.

Don’t get me wrong,
I’m sure she gets all sorts of benefits from the forms,
and she is a champ,
probably knows her freestyle like crazy.

BUT, she will never understand perfection of form,
or even understand what perfection of form is,
or that it can be.

Well,
I’ve defined it for you in the various courses.
Shown the angles and motions,
described the how and why so it can work in freestyle.

But if you’re interested in classical karate,
which is a good base for ANY art,
then try Temple Karate.

Temple Karate is the old Kang Duk Won forms I learned
almost 50 years ago.
It was 90% perfect then,
and I’ve done little matrixing tweaks,
to bring it to 100%.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/temple-karate/

Okay,
I hope you all find a chocolate Easter Bunny under your pillows this year..
maybe a couple of Cadbury eggs.

And don’t forget to Work Out!

Al

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Real Martial Arts are Easy to Find…

Newsletter 861

Where to Find Real Martial Arts Knowledge

Happy spring work out!
It is so beautiful today…PERFECT for a work out!

I once said,
I don’t know if anybody recalls this,
that if you want information
there is a definite sequence of material to consider.

A newspaper provides a headline
a few facts that might or might not have anything to do with anything.
Because a newspaper sells tragedy by screaming it out.

If you want more information,
a magazine works well.
People buy magazines because
the articles are more in depth.

If you want to learn a lot,
read a book.

This is actually pretty obvious stuff.

BUT…have you converted it to the internet?
That sort of media?

Most people watch the TV to get mad.
They listen to the news and walk away pissed off.
The news is just bad gossip,
no real information,
just inflame you
so you’ll tune in tomorrow.

Then there’s the internet.
Blogs and newsletters, oh my.

But the internet is written by boneheads,
for the most part.
People who want to get rich,
or who are easily titillated.

There are a few good sites,
mine foremost,
but…lots of crap out there.

But, it is a good way to find out about…videos.
You can order videos,
the equivalent of a book,
and if a picture is worth a thousand words,
a video is worth a million.

That said,
let me pick on one bad guy on the internet,
the one bad guy that we all (me included) latch on to.

Youtube.

Here’s the problem with youtube.
People end up not looking for information,
they don’t want to learn,
they want titillation.
They want entertainment.

Here’s the comparison.
When there was no internet,
and people commonly read magazines,
we would pour over those mags.
We would borrow them from friends,
read every word in them,
including the ads,
and even the publication notices on the front page.

It was our only source of information!
We were starved for information!

Now, with the glut of everybody and their cat
showing off their poorly imagined kata,
and techniques that could get you killed,
the replacement for magazines does more harm than good.

People don’t look for information,
they click from vid to vid,
looking for…the latest knock out.
The guy getting hit by the car.
The two girls catfighting.

People, entertained by the net,
have become seduced by the salacious.
They don’t want to learn.

I can’t tell you how many times I have people
who think they know karate,
but really are only enraptured
by the joy of combat.
They fight,
without thought of learning.
They spend too much time on the net,
bruising their brains with people who don’t know anything,
bloody headlines,
and gimmicks.

Now,
why do I tell you about this?
Merely so you’ll think about it.
I don’t suppose to change the world,
only a few people who get it.

That’s just the way it is.

So the next time you start searching
for the latest nose-flattening,
eyeball bleeding,
kidney squashing knockout…

remember to finish up the night by coming to a site
like MonsterMartialArts.com.
Think about getting videos that are a couple of hours in content,
with accompanying books,
filled with illustrations,
and the exact method of how to do the martial arts.

You’ll be glad you did.

Real knowledge will make you feel a lot better
than salacious, titillating knock outs.
It will make you a better person,
and last your whole life.

Here’s a link to make you think:

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/2f-matrixing-the-master-text/

It is the big record of matrix research,
it will tell you how I came up with the science of matrixing.

Now,
have a FANTASTIC work out!

Al

 

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How to have the strongest punch, the most powerful punch, in the universe!

Newsletter 860

Gordon Liu, Cal Worthington, and the Most Powerful Punch in ALL the Martial Arts

Let’s talk about perfection in your work outs.

I’m pretty lucky.

I grew up through the so called

golden age of martial arts.

Though,

truth,

I think the golden age is just over the hill,

we’re on the cusp of great things,

things that the ancient masters would eat their hearts out for.

So,

in this golden age of martial arts

were some wild ass chop sockies.

Chop sockies are the name we’ve given kung movies

of the seventies and eighties.

Special effects consisted of trampoline kicks,

and the most terrible acting imaginable.

But for a country that had no martial arts

this was the holy grail.

Gordon Liu was the ringleader

of this massive influx of kung fu.

‘Thirty-six Chambers of Death,’

you know?

And,

one night I was watching late TV.

During the eighties

late night was supported by Cal Worthington.

Stick with me now,
I’m going to take a little trip…

Cal Worthington sold cars on late night TV.

He would put a tiger on the hood of a car

and call it his dog ‘spot.’

One day I needed to buy a car,

so I headed over to Cal Worthington’s place,

kids and wife in tow.

Now Cal had a song that played on TV.

The song went…

‘Go see Cal, Go see Cal, Go see Cal!’

And I didn’t know that my two boys couldn’t understand the song,

and had replaced Cal’s lyrics with their own.

So we hoped out of the car

a bunch of sales men were leaning against a nearby car,

and one of my boys went up to them

and asked if this was really where Cal Worthington  lived.

The salesman smiled and said yes.

My boys immediately launched into their own version of the Cal song.

‘Pussy Cal, Pussy Cal, Pussy Cal!

Needless to say,

the salesman were lying on the ground and holding their guts.

They couldn’t stop laughing.

I tried to get one to stop laughing.

I said, ‘We need a car.’

Between laughs he said, ‘I don’t care!’

And the laughter started up again.

Okay,

that was a long way to go,

but here’s the thing,

amongst those bad, old movies that Cal supported

was a little gem called, ‘Mad Monkey Kung Fu.’

At three in the morning,

one summer night,

I was watching that thing,

and the hero gets his ass kicked,

and he is training in this weird stuff called Monkey Kung Fu,

and suddenly I see the training gimmick.

He hits with his outstretched fingers,

then, without retracting his hand,

he goes forward with his knuckles,

then, without retracting his hand,

he goes forward with his fist.

I looked at that.

I started going around the house,

hitting walls, doors, anything that was a surface.

Fingers, knuckles, fist…

Fingers, knuckles, fist…

Fingers, knuckles, fist…

And,

I knew it was a movie gimmick.

I knew it was bogus,

but I couldn’t stop practicing it.

Fingers, knuckles, fist…

And,

over the course of months

I tweaked that sucker into different forms,

explored different timings,

and things started to happen.

When I began kenpo,

back in 1967,

I used to hang a piece of cardboard,

and strike it with a backfist.

Eventually,

I was able to make hole on the cardboard,
but I stopped because there was no place to go.
I make a hole and…so what?

What was the next step?

Then,
years later,
I found the Mad Monkey Punch,

and this obsession gripped me again,

‘and over the months I began to put holes in things.
cardboard,
pieces of drywall,
whatever.

Now,

everything is connected in this universe.

somebody touches your little toe,

and even the hairs on your head feel it.

When I started practicing the Mad Monkey Punch

I was already at the point
where I could make holes in cardboard with a backlist,

and I could do push ups on two straight fingers.

And, I had done  a ton of Tai Chi,

Tai where I shifted the body back and forth,

causing weight to go back and forth,

causing a feeling of energy going back and forth,

like water in a  bathtub,

as it were,

and I suddenly began putting that into a fist.

Here is the equation:
Kenpo snapping backfist.

Push ups on two perfectly straight fingers.

The Mad Monkey Punch.

Tai Chi sloshing around inside my karate body.

equals

a fist that can penetrate the body.

There are three depths when striking,

strike the skin,

hitting as hard as you can,

but leaving no pain.

strike the muscle,

causing bruise.

strike the bone

causing the bones to shiver and break.

I sometimes am teaching people,

and when I want to make a point,

I strike for the bone.

The students INSTANTLY crumple up.

They jump back and rub their shoulder,

and wonder how the heck an old man can hit so hard.

I don’t hit so that the body is flung back,

in fact,

I hit and the body doesn’t go anywhere,

it is just revulsed from the introduction of total body invalidation,
invalidation that the student can feel
from the little toe
to the hairs on his head..

Sometimes you can see me do this kind of punch on videos,

but not often.

I’ll have to shoot a video on it,
showcase it for you.

it really is easy,

but it took a long time to develop,

especially since I didn’t know what I was doing.

And I really didn’t know what I was doing,

but it was like I was caught in a current,

and bouncing off significant rocks,

until an idea or two formed in my head.

Connections.

Everything in the universe is totally connected,

but it takes awareness to see it.

The martial arts grow that awareness,

but you have to have patience,

and a wee bit of faith.

Anyway,

I hope I have inspired a few of you

to explore some of these things,

snapping backfists
totally straight two finger push ups,

mad monkey punches

tai chi until you are sloshing bathtub of energy.

Or maybe something I’ve said

has connected with something you already know,

or caused a spark to happen,

or something.

You know,

if you wish to know what I know,

to tap into my 50 years of martial arts obsessing,

it’s all in the videos and books.

Try this one…

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/hard-punch/

That’s a book written on punching.

A whole book,

listing ALL the exact methods I used,

how I figured out the sequence of energies,

to make a perfect punch,

and the exact drills I did.

Actually,

there’s three books bundled here,

read about the other two at the bottom of this page.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/hard-punch/

Thanks for being martial artists,

and have a great work out!

Al

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Perfection in the martial arts

Newsletter 859

Perfection in the Martial Art

May you have Perfect Art
in your Perfect Work Out!

Perfection.
Interesting concept.
After you read this newsletter
it will be easy to attain.
If you can count every blade of grass in the field.

Perfection means
free from flaw or defect.

Most people don’t even know what a flaw or defect is in the martial arts.
They hit and focus on how hard they hit.
Or they box and exult when they make a good punch.

These things are not even close.

When I was doing Aikido
way back when
the instructor said an interesting thing.

The perfect circle has no corners.

Hmmm.
The context he was talking about,
the technique we were involved in,
was a simple shoulder roll.

We would roll,
following instructions as best we could
and we would hit a hip,
or flop a foot at the end,
or find any of a thousand other ‘corners.’

So we worked and we worked until our rolls were silent.
A silent roll is a perfect roll.

Interesting concept.

But how do you apply that to the rest of the martial arts?

In aikido it is easy,
if you have impact with your partner
while doing a technique,
you knock him out of harmony,
you knock him out of the perfect arc of the technique,
instead of merging with his lunch,
you nudge it out of true
and the technique fails.
The technique has corners.

And,
you can apply the concept of silence to this,
a silent technique has no flesh slapping,
no bones knocking,
no collisions,
either with each other or the floor.

But that’s aikido.
How do you apply this technique to other arts?

You look for silence.
Don’t slap the feet on the floor.

Don’t ‘collide with an arm when blocking,
rather cut it effortlessly.
You are silent…he goes ow!

Now,
obviously,
there are times when you will make sound.
Say you hit the floor with your foot to supercharge a technique.
There is sound there.
But is the sound of the foot hitting the floor the only sound?

Is the sound of the kiai,
when you deliver a punch,
the only sound?

Does your fist hit and create sound?
But sound is excess energy
thrown out from a technique that isn’t truly pure.

Can you see where I’m going with this?

The interesting thing is trying to move with no sound.
I sometimes work out late at night,
everybody asleep,
and I try to work out with no sound
except those that are part of the technique.

When you can punch somebody with no sound
the impact is pure,
the transference of weight from one body to another
is pure.

So think about it.
I wouldn’t worry too much about it in class,
it’s one of those work on it…in silence.
By yourself,
exploring how little you can do
to do a lot.

Anyway,
probably the best art
for learning to create silence in your technique is Tai Chi Chuan.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/five-army-tai-chi-chuan/

Have a great work out!
Al

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Martial Arts Master Instructor gives his win!

Newsletter 858

A New Master Instructor!

Happy work out to you!
And,

Congratulation to Master Instructor Tony Burnett!

Here’s his win.

Dear Mr. Case,

Thank you for assisting me with our new Defensive Tactics class in the Hurst- Euless- Bedford Independent School District. I have thoroughly examined the recommended Blinding Steel material, the 40 techniques found in the Matrix Kung Fu and the Master Instructor Course with much excitement. I know the matrix strategies you have developed will allow my students to progress much faster and with better understanding than anything else out there. As a retired police officer that is now teaching criminal justice students, I realize how important use of force issues are to the communities we serve. I believe its one of the most important topics covered so I began a search to find courses that would help my students learn and apply knowledge of disarming, joint locks and standing take downs to name a few. After reading many positive reviews of your system, I purchased Matrixed Aikido, and I learned as much from it in four days as I did in 25 years of training in Aikido for DT!. After that course, I purchased the core set that included Matrix Kung Fu, Matrix Karate and the Masters Instructors Course and became even more impressed. The Blinding Steel course (matrixed weapon systems) has been my favorite so far and is an excellent supplement to the the Monkey Boxing (Matrixed Kung Fu) course. I am so thankful that I found your courses and learned the strategy and benefit of matrixing the arts. You have contributed more to so many, including me and my students, than you will ever realize. Now, I want to continue this journey for myself, my students and the criminal justice industry that I serve with your blessing. I am requesting an endorsement to be a  Master Instructor so I may continue to explain the benefits of matrixing the arts and apply those benefits to the arts and subsequently my students.

Thank you for considering my request as well as your assistance with the material for my students.

Respectfully,

Tony Burnett
Law and Public Safety Teacher

Well done, Tony,
and thank you for being a martial artist.

And,
Tony makes an interesting statement:

‘I realize how important use of force issues are to the communities we serve.’

Your first duty is to make sure you can defend yourself.
Beyond that,
you should cultivate the ability
to take care of yourself
with as little harm to an attacker as possible.

Some people blink when I say this,
some people think you should just maim an attacker,
other people think you shouldn’t defend yourself
if you are going to hurt somebody.

The truth, as usual,
lies somewhere in between.

Here’s an interesting oddity,
if you train as if you are going to kill somebody,
you might reach the point where you don’t have to.

Anyway,
the point here is that people should learn the martial arts,
they should be able to protect themselves,
they should be able to protect others.

Remember,
if you can stop a fight
without a blow being struck,
then you demonstrating the highest level of martial arts.

Here’s the link,
should you wish to learn the truth about the martial arts

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/4-master-instructor-course/

Again,
well done to Tony,
I know he’s going to have great impact
on the field of defensive tactics,
and teaching the correct use of force.

Have a great work out!
Al

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Making the Body Hard Enough to take a Punch in the Martial Arts

Newsletter 857

Armor in the Martial Arts (part two)

It’s Saturday!
Time to work out ALL-L-L-L day long!

Hey, look at the title,
Armor in the martial arts…part two?
I thought I’d written everything I wanted to,
then thought about it,
and realized I was only half done.
You can check out part one on MonsterMartialArts.com (the blog)
But let me finish the article right here.

I told you the secret of taking punches
was easily learned by just doing the forms,
doing techniques out of the forms,
and practicing breathing.
Let me splain.

When you breath,
you breath out when the body expands,
and in when the body contracts.

Or,
you breath out when you strike somebody,
or when you are getting struck.

This is simply aligning the
in and out’ of breathing
with the expansion or contraction,
so to speak,
of the body.

But it is a major alignment.

Just remember that you must breath as if to the tan tien.
The tan tien is the energy center an inch or two below the navel.

Now,
oxygen will not reach the tan tien,
it will go to the bottom of the lungs and stop at the diaphragm.
But…this starts a sensation of energy
that continues downward from the diaphragm
and condenses into the tan tien.

When you breath like this,
hold out your arms in a relaxed manner,
and you will feel a tingle in your finger tips.
This is an indication that
as you focus on the tan tien
it creates energy,
and this energy can be cycled through your body.

Now,
we come to the interesting part.
You can,
by just being aware of a body part,
direct energy to a body part.
Become aware of your right index finger,
and you will feel a sensation in your right index finger.
If you don’t,
you just need to practice directing your awareness
until you do feel the sensation.
I spend a lot of time,
quite serious here,
just thinking about my right index finger,
then my left,
then my right,
and so on.
Just feel the awareness wake up the finger,
making it tingle,
and begin to glow with energy.

When you practice forms,
by breathing like this,
you are putting energy into the body part
used in the form.
The fist,
the foot,
the block,
etc.

When you do the forms
you learn how to breath.
when you do the techniques,
and somebody strikes you,
you become aware of the place being struck.
Again and again and again.

First you tighten the muscles,
but,
because of proper breathing,
you are directing energy into the site.

Eventually the energy you are pushing through the body
goes there automatically.
First into the fist,
or foot or whatever,
then into the body part being struck.

Somebody hits you,
and the energy just slides through the body.
Sometimes you can feel it moving.
Sometimes it just sort of erupts into a shield,
a deep sort of shield,
that stops the strike.

It usually takes a while to get this ability,
but it won’t take long if you know what I am saying here.
When I learned
nobody told me,
took me years.
But by the time I made black belt
(about 3 1/2 years)
the energy was moving,
going to where I was going to get struck.
And the pain of getting struck totally stopped.
People would hit me
and there was literally no effect.
Other guys in the school just accepted this.
They were going through it, too.
People on the street were sort of amazed.

It is not the same as taking a punch in boxing.
In that discipline you tighten the muscles.
In the martial arts,
probably because of the kind of strikes we were taking,
the muscles would tighten,
but the important thing was
the energy moving under the surface.

Okay,
that is the other half of the article,
what I should have told you yesterday.
Better late than never, eh?

So,
if you have a copy of the book I wrote,
the ‘Kang Duk Won,’
(amazon or, possibly, the Monster website on one of the courses)
then you can pick it up,
do the forms,
do the techniques,
and you’ll get there.
You’ll have to practice,
ignore fellows who say,
‘You won’t see that on the street!’
Because you are going deeper,
looking for other abilities.
And,
to be honest,
you can make that art work on the street,
but you have to commit yourself to the art,
you have to work to make it work.

But the Temple Karate course is better.
I give you more forms,
forms aimed at that building this sort of ability,
plus a few other abilities.
The forms are slightly tweaked to be more efficient,
and I show you how to make it work.
You see me do it on video.

But,
up to you,
either way is excellent.

And,
if you think you have enough data,
you could just try to apply stuff I’ve said,
including today’s blog,
to other arts.
Karate works best,
but there is usually too much degradation of form.
The Kang Duk Won,
as I studied it,
bypassed the Japanese influence,
stayed with some of the chinese internal practices,
and is about efficient as it gets.
Kung fu,
I don’t know.
That is really going to depend on a lot of factors.
But there you go.
That’s the way,
all you have to do is dig in and commit yourself.

Have fun,
Have a great work out,
and I’ll talk to you next.

http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/temple-karate/

Al

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