13 Reasons People Degrade the Martial Arts

Why people speak ill of the martial arts

You survived Thanksgiving!
And now it’s almost time for Christmas,
or as I call it,
HanaKwanMass!
Happy HanaKwanMass!

Okay, let’s talk about people who degrade the martial arts.
I’m not talking about people outside the martial arts,
we all know they are idiots,
talking about something they know nothing about.
I’m talking about people inside the martial arts.
People who say things like,
or hold the opinion that…
My art is better than your art.
That art sucks cause it wouldn’t work in the ring.
and,
of course,
the dreaded…
IT’S A MCDOJO!

So I was just sitting around
and popped out 13 quick reasons
why these people say bad things about the arts,
or other martial arts.
Here they are:

people who have not studied it completely
people who have not been able to make it work
people who received inadequate training
people who received an incorrect form of the art
people listen to other people and aren’t able to think critically about what they hear
people of low character (negative people)
people who have been trained/influenced by negative people
people who think you have to beat somebody up (joy of combat)
people who have studied a little and think they know something
people who have a need to be ‘the’ authority
people who practice putting other people down to make themselves ‘bigger’
people who are general malcontents (disgruntled)
people who are ignorant and can’t think

Of course,
some of these reasons overlap,
and there are doubtless more reasons,
but they boil down to one basic thing.

People who speak ill
of others, of other arts,
are ignorant.
Go on,
read the list again
and you will find that common denominator.
Haven’t been trained enough so they ignorant…
haven’t gotten a true version of the art so they are ignorant…
can’t make it work so they are definitely ignorant.

Now,
what do you do about ignorant people?
What’s that old saying?
You can’t live with them but you can’t kill them.

So the choices you have are two,
and only two.

First,
if they can be educated
you can educate them.
Sit down, talk with them,
show them where they are wrong.
This one,
quite honestly,
doesn’t work.

First,
you are talking to somebody who is so ignorant
they are holding on to their ignorance like it was a banner.
Here’s the thinking behind that:

I’m right and if you try to educate me
then you are attacking my rightness and I will kill you.

Go on,
read that again.

If you try to smarten me I’ll hurt you.

That’s a mantra for idiots,
and yet it is prevalent in the world.
It is probably,
if you think about it,
political rule number one.
But don’t get me started on government.

So,
the first solution,
while it is the preferred,
is only rarely able to be applied.
And that leaves us with rule number two.

Now,
I’m going to speak French here,
just to let the easily offended know,
so they can plug up their ears.

But,
my personal solution,
the way I get through life while surrounded by idiots is

Stay away from assholes.

There it is,
I think this is the first time in over a thousand newsletters
that I have used bad language.
Sorry.

But we can transcribe that to English…

STAY AWAY FROM IDIOTS!

Simply,
if you rub elbows with idiots,
with the truly ignorant,
you risk getting their ignorance all over you.
You will get involved in all sorts of unpleasantness
as they hang on to their ignorant ‘rightness’
and try to hurt you.

Now,
why do I speak of this here?

First,
because people should learn how to survive
the stupidity of this world.
Second,
there might be an ignorant person reading this.
Right now.
And I am really hoping
that they scratch their head,
wonder if I could actually be talking about them,
and perhaps even start the arduous journey
to the land of critical thinking.

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And have a great work out!
Al

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A Weird Martial Arts Question

Happy almost Thanksgiving!

You know,

violence escalates.

It just goes up one notch at a time.

A guy says something,

the other guy shoves,

the first guy shoves harder,

a guy punches,

a knife appears,

bang, bang.

It just escalates.

So I started thinking,

what would it take to escalate you to fighting.

So here are the questions:

Would you fight if somebody called you an idiot?

Would you fight if somebody called your girlfriend a B word?

Would you fight if somebody was picking on a child?

Would you fight if somebody was picking on a girl?

Would you fight if somebody was picking on a woman?

Would you fight if somebody was picking on a woman and they had a knife?

Would you fight if you surprised a burglar and he tried to flee?

Would you fight if a burglar attacker you and you knocked him down and he tried to flee?

Would you fight if you were caught in a riot?

Would you fight if the guy was a cop and was beating somebody with a baton?

Would you fight if somebody wanted to jab you with a needle?

Would you fight if you went to vote and somebody stopped you?

Would you fight over a political disagreement?

Would you fight if somebody kicked a dog?

Would you fight if the person was a woman and they were punching you hard?

Would you fight if the woman punching you was a trained martial artist?

Would you fight if you were in the army and they told you to?

Would you fight if somebody started breaking all your windows?

Would you fight an old man who was out of shape who kept pushing you?

Would you fight even though you knew you were going to lose?

Would you fight if a guy said he was going to go get a gun and kill you?

Now,

I know some of these questions need context,

maybe a little explanation.

But, just take them as they are.

AND…

don’t quibble.

Don’t weasel out of answering by making up. something like…

‘well, I’d try to talk him out of whatever…’

AND…

no saying something stupid like, ‘Id try to control the situation.’

The situation is what it is,

and you have to make a decision.

At what point do you make the decision to fight?

Simply, at what point would you fight?

And,

there’s no need to really answer these questions,

just to do a little self interrogation

and say ‘yes’ or ‘no.’

Because while they’re all sorts of grey areas,

the moment you start to fight is and on-off switch.

It is a yes or no.

Of course,

if you have an opinion, 

fill up comments.

I like opinions (not!)

Well,

I hope I made you think,

one way or the other,

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I hope I haven’t stepped on anybody’s toes this week,

or,

if I have,

that I’ve stepped on them REALLY hard.

have a great work out!

Al

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What is ‘Fake Karate?’

One Thing Wrong with Karate…

Good morning!

One of the main things wrong
with karate today
is bunkai.

It’s funny,
I have heard people who believe in
the more combative methods,
talk about how worthless Bunkai are.

And,
I have seen a LOT of schools that don’t even practice bunkai.
so people don’t practice making karate work,
and,
as a result,
they don’t know how to make it work.

when I was training we didn’t call the form applications ‘bunkai.’
We called them ‘Promise Fights.’
It was the ‘promise’ of a fight.
But,
as time went on,
it was more.
It was the postulate of a fight.
A postulate is an idea.
If you practice promising enough,
the idea works.
It is that simple,
and that complex.

First,
many of the applications are worthless,
they are either dancers or posers.

Second,
they don’t fit the form.
But the forms have been really screwed up,
so that is understandable.

Third,
when we did the form applications,
or ‘Promise fights,’
as we called them,
we had 1/3 to 1/2 of the class time to do them.
We would face each and get ready,
we stepped forward with an attack,
and the defender did his promise fight.
Class after class,
year after year,
and a strange thing happened.

Because it was the same every time
we began to see where a body would move
before it would move.
We weren’t fighting,
we were looking,
and we would suddenly see the dip of the shoulder,
the turn of the foot,
the glaze of the idea,
and we knew what was coming,
before it was even launched.

So damned simple and workable,
yet it has,
in many schools,
been put aside.
And even if bunkai are practiced,
they don’t make sense,
they don’t fit the form,
they dance and they pose.

Our applications were VERY workable.
No posers,
no dancers.
They looked like the forms,
but they were VERY functional in combat.

I’ve talked about how the upper students
could actually make them work in freestyle.

And people have given up doing applications
across the arts.
It is easier to have a fellow punch a bag,
than think about the turn of the hip,
or the wrist,
year after year.

The sad truth is that most people
think that karate,
and other martial arts,
are all about fighting.

May I coin a phrase?
If people think that,
they are not doing karate,
they are doing…
‘fake karate.’

And here’s an interesting little item,
the people who say,
‘my art is better than yours,’
are manifesting a fight,
and they are guilty of…
‘fake karate.’

And,
believe me,
Fake Karate is every bit as bad as fake news.

Okay,
just to let you know,
I’m working on a book,
and it’s a big one.
Might even come in two parts.
But it is proving…difficult.
Usually,
when I write a book
I sit down and write it,
takes maybe a week or two.
But this one is just beating me up.
I have rewritten it,
broken it into pieces,
recombined it,
and it is just being stubborn.
So,
my apologies for making you wait,
but,
you might want to make sure
your matrix karate is ready for when this is released.
You are really going to need
to have your art down,
because this is going to expand it.
Severely.

The book is about what happened to karate,
and i am specifically speaking of the applications.
The bunkai, if you will.
Full of history,
full of applications,
full of matrixing.

So,
I’ll keep working on it,
but you should look into either

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Happy Halloween!

Now, have a great work out!
Al

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The Zen of the Martial Arts

Good morning!
I’m going to go all zen on you today,
so check out now if you think philosophy is garbage.

It’s funny,
probably the best definition for philosophy I ever heard
came from Bill Cosby.
He was asking the question,
‘Why is there air.’
All the philosophy professors would ask this
and that would lead them into a discussion of the cosmos
and God,
and life and everything.
And he said it’s a dumb question,
Just ask any coach and they’ll tell you
‘Air is so we can fill up balls.’

With that bit of droll humor in mind,
zen is supposed to be very philosophical.
It isn’t,
but we’ll just let that sit for a while.

So when I was about 15 or 16
my brother comes home and he tells me a joke.
He asks:
‘What is the difference between a duck?’
I look at him blankly,
it makes. no sense,
I shake my head
and he says:

‘One leg is both the same.’

And he walks off laughing hysterically.
Idiot brother.
Probably doesn’t even know what a ball is for.

But here’s the funny thing.
When I think back over my life,
that 73 long years that went by in a snap,
I don’t remember the jokes I heard.
I must have heard THOUSANDS of jokes!
But none of them were worth remembering.
But that joke about the duck,
and one leg being both the same,
it is vivid,
seared into me.
and I can’t forget it.
So my brother’s joke has had incredible impact on my life.
Which makes it the greatest joke of all time.
At least for me.
And,
it has zen implications.

After all,
the most famous zen saying of all time
is probably
‘what is the sound of one hand clapping.’
Tell me that doesn’t make as much sense as:

‘what’s the difference between a duck?’

And,
let’s translate that zen ‘joke’ to the martial arts.

‘What is the difference between a martial artist?’
And there are two very distinct un-zenlike answers.
And the answers,
applied to life,
result in two types of people.

The first type of person is one who needs to be entertained.
The second type of person is one who doesn’t need to be entertained.

And what the heck does that mean?
A lot, thank you, and here we go…

People are either creators,
or they are created.

People either search out something to entertain them,
or they produce.

This isn’t an absolute,
of course.
It’s one of those scales like:

to the degree that one produces
to that degree he doesn’t need to be entertained.
And,
to the degree that one is entertained,
to that degree he doesn’t produce.

I look at kids today,
needing to be entertained by a brainless video game.
and I would be disgusted,
except I used to bury my head in a book.
I needed to be entertained.

Where this would have gone I don’t know,
because I discovered martial arts,
and,
as you all know,
the martial arts seriously warps personalities.

But,
instead of needing to be entertained,
to read the latest book,
to go to the latest movie,
to waste time chattering over the latest stupid joke,
I started working.

I worked out,
learning and doing forms,
repeating them endlessly,
looking for some odd concept called…’perfection.’
Could I turn the hand right,
could I snap the foot perfectly,
could I perceive the attack before it came.

It didn’t happen fast,
it was more like a slow cook,
but I stopped needing to be entertained.
I started creating.
Instead of reading books
I started writing books.
Instead of wanting to be absorbed by a movie,
I wanted to be absorbed by a form.
Instead of needing to be entertained,
I entertained myself…by producing.
I became a totally and utterly different human being.

What a weird metamorphoses.
Hopefully you now understand the point,
you see the zen of it all.
Don’t play,
work.
The end of life comes too fast
and you need to hurry to get everything done,
but you won’t get anything done
if you’re sitting around trying to be entertained.

And that’s the difference between a duck.

have a great work out!
Al

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Proper Mental Conditioning in the Martial Arts…

Newsletter 1034 (subscribe now!)

The Proper Mental Attitude in the Martial Arts

Good morning!
I haven’t written for a while,
I’m finishing up a REALLy cool book.
It’s a complete matrixing of traditional karate.
Hope to open some eyes.
So I’ll let you know when it is ready…

The proper mental attitude.
Well,
that’s an interesting pickle.
First,
there’s humility.
But under the humility you want to be
the most arrogant sucker
this side of suckerville!

Simply, you have to believe in yourself.
You have to believe in the arts,
and in the magnitude of your own soul.
Can’t get where you’re going without that mental attitude.

But,
the proper mental attitude I am speaking of
is actually a frame of mind,
a discipline,
a place where your head goes when you do martial arts.

When you read a really good book
time passes without notice.
You are just engrossed in another universe
to the exclusion of this universe.

That’s how you should be when you practice the martial arts.

When I go work out
I judge the value of my work out
by how well I adhere to this attitude.

Am I sunk into the form,
so engrossed in checking angles,
imagining techniques,
extending my sphere of energy,
or am I…thinking.
Distracted by thoughts,
tossing myself out of the form
by letting my mind wander.

Now,
the funny thing is
you have to control your life,
get rid of distractions
or it’s hard to find this place.

If you are thinking about work,
or a relationship,
or something else,
then you aren’t doing karate,
you aren’t developing the correct mental attitude.

So before I work out
I try to make sure my life is calm and content.
No problems.
Everything either solved,
or on a list to be solved at an appropriate time
(the next day as soon as possible)

It’s funny,
because sometimes you need the martial arts
to attain this mental attitude,
but sometimes you need to handle life
before you can handle your mental attitude
and really sink into the pure bliss
that is the state of real martial arts.

A catch 22, you know?

Well, that’s it.
Simple, eh?
Yet one of the more difficult things you will ever do.

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Al

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why the government seems to do the exact wrong thing
almost ALL the time…
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How to Make Chi Energy with Martial Arts

The Right Way of Making Chi in the Martial Arts

I should probably call this the ‘Al Case’ way
of making chi in the martial arts
I haven’t seen anybody else talk about this,
which is one of the great mysteries.
What I do is that simple.

The body is a machine.
A machine has to be attached to the ground.
Then the machine must have a dynamo of sorts.
Think windmill,
then translate that to the body
and you have it.

Of course,
there is more to it.

When you do Tai Chi this is what you are doing,
unfortunately,
the Chinese didn’t have such things as logic and physics,
so we get ‘mystical’ terms
which are really just rooted in the science of their day.
Instead of talking about ‘grounding’ your energy
as you would in electricity,
you get ‘rooting’
as you would for a society that is more agrarian.

I know,
weird,
and probably a bit misleading,
but accurate,
especially if you do understand something of physics,
and are willing to apply it to the body.

So your stance becomes the ‘grounding’ mechanism.
You sink your weight,
shift between stances,
and the energy goes up one leg and down the other.
passing through the tan tien,
and out to the arms,
and when you ‘windmill your arms,
make circles,
and make ‘energetical connections,’
the chi starts to build.

But here’s a better way to understand it.
Make a circle with your thumb and forefinger.
Have somebody pull it apart.
They do it easily.
Now draw a circle on your hand,
making a circle of the thumb and forefinger.
Suddenly your hand is strong enough to resist great force.
You’ve just used energy.
Not muscles,
which are up in your forearm,
but the idea of energy running around and around your hand.

Okay,
now imagine that for your whole body.
When you do a move
you imagine energy running through your whole body.
Maybe you make a circle of your arms,
easy to do in,
say,
the first move of Pinan Two,
or Pinan Four.
Now imagine the energy running in a circle
around your arms.
Bingo.

Now,
you have to change that concept for different moves.
My favorite is to add a circle to the move,
and pretend I am drawing circles in the air,
and making my arms into a dynamo.

While I don’t talk about this energy,
this way of making energy,
in the Chiang Nan book and course,
that is the place where
I probably best demonstrate the concept.
Monkey Boxing is probably the art I use it the most
and specifically for combat.
But Chiang Nan is more concise for the concept.

Here’s the link…

Chiang Nan

I hope you have fun with this concept,
it is a wonderful way to start to understand
all those mystical Chinese arts.

Okay,
guys and gals,
Have a superpendous summer of martial arts!
Al

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The Secret of the Martial Arts

The Secret of the Martial Arts

Do you know why Karate
and other martial arts
make better people?

This is an interesting question because people say
it’s the discipline.
It makes for virtues like patience,
and all that sort of stuff.

The truth is simpler,
yet more difficult.

You face an opponent
you focus on him,
try to exclude the world
and all distractive thoughts
and focus on him.

Now,
you must reach him.
You have the target fixed,
and you slap or block his hands out of the way
and touch him.

So you are engaged in a very intense project
slowing the mind down
getting rid of distractions
achieving your target.

To understand what this means
you have to isolate each of these three things
and ask what they really mean.

To slow the mind down
means to get it out of the way.
You must perceive without the mind getting in the way.
If you can get rid of the mind completely,
you are there.
The mind is just a bunch of memories.
Memories intruding on your awareness
when you are focusing on a target
are just distractions.
That’s one.

To get rid of distractions
is to eliminate things that get in the way
that are generated
from the outside world.

For instance,
you are focusing on a guy
and somebody yells at you.
You should be able to ignore the yell
and continue to focus.
That’s two.

To achieve your target.
To get what you want.
That’s three.
If you don’t understand that you
are trying to get what you want in life
there’s no way I can explain this to you.

So,
you practice karate,
or kung fu,
and you learn to ignore distractions of the mind.
No,
I am not going to go get drunk tonight.
I am going to work out.
That’s discipline.
And that grows into…
I can get this job done.
I can finish this class.
I can handle all the problems that life hands me

And you practice more,
and you ignore distractions from the world.
“No, Joe, I’m not going drinking.
I’ve got to finish this job.”
and that grows into
I can get this job done.
I can finish this class.
I can handle all the problems that life hands me

And you practice some more,
and you get that A in class,
you get that job,
you finish that project,
You achieve what you want.

So,
aside from being able to beat somebody up,
which is a very minor ability,
you become a person
who cannot be swayed from achieving things in life.
While the rest of the world blunders about,
gets drunk and gets DUIs,
while the rest of the world grouses
about how the boss in unfair,
or the wife picks on them…
you get what you want.
People think you are being disciplined,
but that is only the face
of your intense personality
that doesn’t settle for less.

Now,
here’s the bad news…
a system that has been diluted,
weakened or combined with other arts,
is harder to use for growing
the type of person I am talking about.

And most systems are this way.
Most systems are put togethers,
or influenced by other arts,
and it becomes more difficult to achieve
what I am talking about.

You want to get where you’re going?
Fast?
You want the type of personality I am talking about?
You need to take the distractions out of your art.
You need to strip off the other influences.
You need to get rid of poser techniques,
time wasting exercises,
drills that don’t have much to do with
what I am talking about.

And,
I would be severely remiss
if i didn’t point out
that that is the whole point of matrixing.
And you can matrix any art,
and return it to a pure state,
but Matrix Karate has the skeletal structure
upon which you can hang the meat
of any other art,
and lots of stuff
besides the martial arts.
It is a system of logic that can be used
in any number of ways.

Okay,
I know,
that’s all I talk about.
Sheesh!
Can’t i get a life?
Well,
tell the truth,
the reason I keep doing this
is because I don’t allow inner distractions,
or outer distractions
to get in the way of me achieving my goals.

Okay,
here’s the link…

Matrix Karate

Have a funtastic work out!
have yourself a great work out!
Al

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Newsletter 1031
The Secret of Karate Bunkai

We actually didn’t all them bunkai,
we call them ‘Promise Fights,’
or ‘form applications,’
or simply techniques.
But the real description was…

‘Promise Fights.’

It was explained to me that
they were the ‘promise of a fight.’
It was decade before I figured out
what the phrase actually meant.

Before there is action there must be thought.
Action does not occur before thought,
action cannot occur at all without thought.
Period.
The actual word would be…

‘postulate’

A postulate is the thought before the action.
So without a postulate
there is no action.

And,
to drill those techniques until you are sweating blood
is to make the postulate work.
It is to make the idea work,
is to make the concept work.
It is the postulate…
or it is
the promise that your technique will work.
The more you drill
the more your promise will come true.

Now,
a couple of things.
If the technique is flawed the promise won’t come true.
If the technique is a poser the promise won’t come true.
If the technique is inappropriate,
poorly put together,
or mechanically or dynamically unsound…
the promise won’t come true.

But,
if the technique is correct and appropriate,
if the technique matrixed…it will come true.

But,
all conditions being met,
this where the magic starts.
Endless drilling = martial magic,
and in the most extreme sense of the word.

I remember one time I struck a fellow in the face,
pulled my punch,
didn’t touch him,
and he staggered away holding his chin.
My promise,
my postulate was so strong,
he thought he had been hit.
I had actually changed his reality with a thought.

That takes a LOT of drilling
with the correct techniques.

We took our techniques form the forms.
Basic techniques from pinan one through pinan five.
Up to green belt we had about 20 techniques,
real basic things,
block and counter.
We drilled those until we
NEVER HESITATED!
And never missed our target,
never flubbed a block.
We would do the technique twice on each side.
If we made a mistake we would do the technique
more than twice.
Sometimes a lot more.

Come the green belt test
we would run through the promise fights
in about five minutes.
And that was considered slow.
And we were judged for perfect form.
We had to have perfect form in the middle of a fight,
and every technique was considered a fight…
with ourselves,
could we meet the demands of discipline.

Think about it,
ten seconds for two attacks,
ten seconds for us to attack our partner twice,
20 seconds and we had done one promise fight.
20 promise fights times 20 seconds,
400 seconds
6 1/2 minutes
No hesitations.
You can’t hesitate in a fight.

Okay, brown belt we had maybe 50 techniques,
fifty promise fights or ‘bunkai.’
20 seconds for both partners to get through each technique
times 50 = 1000 seconds.
Or…17 minutes.

Sometimes the instructor
would have us do just the techniques
from a specific form or two
and we would really focus on getting things perfect and fast.

Black belt we had about 70 techniques.
1400 seconds,
or…23 minutes.

About the time we were ready for black belt testing
you would see fellows sweating blood after class for hours
trying to get the promise fights into the required time frame.
Once the black belt test started
the instructor would just sit there and watch,
and you NEVER wanted him to make a check on his clipboard.

A green belt test you could make a few errors,
same with the brown belt test.
There were NO errors allowed on the black belt test.

Do you know what kind of mental focus is required to achieve this?
Superhuman is the only word that comes to mind.

And we did it in about three years.
And we ended up being totally intuitive.
Simply, we were not allowed to think about what we were doing,
so we didn’t,
and the only choice we had,
the only result
was intuition.
We had to know what we were doing
with no hesitation.
You can’t hesitate in a fight.

Now,
if this seems brutal,
it actually wasn’t.
It was just demanding,
and done on a gradient,
first you only have to do 20 techniques,
then you only have to do 50 techniques,
then 70 is reachable.

So that is the secret of the bunkai,
of the form application,
of the…promise fight.

Here’s the obligatory ad…

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Have a funtastic work out!
have yourself a great work out!
Al

And don’t forget to check out the interview

BTW
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Newsletter 1030
Will the Real Karate Stand up?

Got an interesting email.
Fellow asked me which version
of the basic forms in matrixing
are the real ones.
The reason is that there are small differences
in the forms over the years.
And, he’s right.
So, what’s my excuse?

Aw, heck. I don’t have an excuse.
I just kept tweaking and tweaking.
The first version is going to be just as good as the last version.
So how can I say that about a science?
Because there is an art to the science.

I don’t break certain rules,
the body has lines of energy,
the body must be mounted on a base,
and so on.
But I do things like tweak entries,
explore different set ups,
that sort of thing.

And I expect you to do the same.

Back in the fifties
Gichin Funakoshi made the remark
that he didn’t recognize Karate as it was done,
that it bore no resemblance to the art he had been taught.

Well, of course.
Young turks in the colleges took it and ran with it.
Power was more important to them.
To an old man like Funakoshi
technique would have been important.
This would result in a MASSIVE shift
in how forms and techniques were done.

And,
I have said this:
that the karate I see in schools, on youtube, and so on,
bears NO resemblance to the art I was taught.
And it is obvious why,
I have spoken of this many times.
Karate has been adapted for tournaments,
for politics and children and vested interest.

Now,
ideally,
once people are done exploring the arts,
playing with this concept of styles,
once they undo the silliness of politics,
of being watered down for children,
and so on,
they will reach the same conclusion I did.
All martial arts are the same.

The physics of the body work only one way,
and so a body will eventually be tweaked to what works,
and what works is physics.

So much for the argument of which art is better.
They are all good,
but only as good as the man who
understands physics can make them.

All right,
One of the last versions of classical Karate I did was…

Temple Karate

Check it out.
It isn’t the perfect matrixed forms,
but it is classical karate
as seen through a physics filter.
Should make you think.

Okay
have yourself a great work out!
Al

And don’t forget to check out the interview

BTW
I’m always pushing my novels,
did you know I write other stuff?
If you want to know the truth about government,
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The Rather Nifty Pubic Punch!

Newsletter 1029

An interesting type of Punch

I’m not much into hitting pressure points.
Oh,
they work,
but the skill required,
and the time required to master,
better spent perfecting your punch,
the angles of your form,
etc.

But,
there are certain angles which I pursue.
Passing a punch can I put a finger
on a fellow’s shoulder and take him down?
Can I body bump somebody so they fly away?
And,
one of my favorites,
the pubic punch.

You block,
then you place your fist on his waist
POINTING DOWNWARD…
and you push down.
His legs collapse,
just like they have no muscle at all,
and he falls all the way to the ground.

If you examine this move,
it’s almost like a low block,
which tells people that a block
can be a hell of a lot more than a block.

Now
A BIG AND HUGE WARNING.
Be careful.
Don’t punch,
don’t cause impact.
The top of the leg is a small bone
that fits into the hip ‘socket.’
If you break this,
we are talking BIG surgery
and 6 months before any walking.
So you don’t punch down,
you gently push down.
Unless,
of course,
you really want the guy’s lunch money.

I can actually use this in freestyle.
I’ve have used it.
Very difficult,
requires exact positioning,
and you have to know what the guy is going to do
before you do it.

And,
I call this
‘THE PUBIC PUNCH.’

But,
the good thing,
once you have this technique down
the skill required offers itself to other techniques.

Anyway,
try it,
let me know if it works for you.
And let me toss the obligatory ad in here.

There are a lot of cool things like this
in Tai Chi Chuan.
Tell the truth,
I ransacked TCC for techniques
to use in Karate.
Quite interesting,
very beneficial.
So,
here’s the course that shows
all sorts of subtle moves
that will really work in freestyle.

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Now…
have yourself a great work out!
Al

And don’t forget to check out the interview

BTW
I’m always pushing my novels,
did you know I write other stuff?
If you want to know the truth about government,
you will find some startling matrixing going on in

THE SCIENCE OF GOVERNMENT!