The Blessings of Closed Combat Systems!
An EXCELLENT morning to you!
And a great work out!
Gonna talk about Closed Combat Systems,
You may have noticed that the site was down for a couple of days.
My host server moved me to a newer computer,
and lost my site.
Couldn’t believe it.
I kept calling them,
even getting nasty,
which is something I don’t do.
They finally got it back up,
I was actually irritated.
I don’t usually get angry,
or even irritated because when things happen,
You solve it.
You don’t let emotions get in the way.
it’s back up,
so let’s talk about CCS,
or ‘Closed Combat Systems.’
There used to be nothing but CCS in the martial arts.
That’s because martial artists tended to be paranoid.
Didn’t want to talk to the competition.
So the growth of the arts was slow,
and things tended to…here comes the word…
To understand this word consider:
a move in the martial arts is a series of small steps.
A simple punch,
sink the foot,
push with the leg
turn the hip
rotate the shoulder
extend the arm
aside from these five basic points,
there are ALL sorts of minor points,
minor points that are ABSOLUTELY crucial to a good punch,
to a REAL martial arts punch.
breathing to the tan tien, breathing as if into the strike, turning the wrist or not, focusing the eyes, focusing the energy, turning the limbs so that proper alignment is achieved, coursing energy the right way, and on and on for everybody part every motion every notion.
A good martial artist will be aware of ALL these things, and conduct them,
just like an orchestra conductor conducts a 100 piece orchestra, and all in a split second.
To make this all happen the martial artist visualizes,
and causes to come into being,
a sequence of awareness impulses that drive the nerves,
muscles and bones of the body machine.
And there is a lot more to it than that.
some people think it is all ‘muscle memory.’
Muscle memory is a small part of it,
and the term isn’t even accurate.
For it is not the muscles that remember,
it is the spirit setting up a circuit of awareness.
Setting up a ‘robot action,’
as it were.
The point behind all this silliness and significance
is that one practices a move until it becomes intuitive.
Until he doesn’t have to be aware
of all the little pieces.
And one practices these moves until the individual aware pieces disappear
and one is left with…
So one establishes a circuit
just to make it disappear.
One piece at a time,
through endless practice,
the circuit becomes an intuitive move.
The circuit disappears.
The student is left with himself,
and is now n expert,
on the way to becoming a master.
the point of this is that…
old arts, because they didn’t change,
became heavily circuited.
Changes occurred in small increments,
and the whole art could absorb them.
Fast forward to the twentieth century.
Books, magazines, internet.
Tournaments every week,
Dojos on every corner.
The appearance of LARGE corporations!
these corporations would even enlist
people from OTHER schools
to fill the demand as they expanded.
Ed Parker went through multiple organizations,
five different systems,
hundreds and hundreds of schools,
and he was just one of the thousands of people
causing havoc to the CCS.
The CCS method broke down.
The art changed.
The age old method that caused intuition ceased functioning.
the quality of black belt went down.
I know because I was there.
I started martial arts in 1967,
studied MANY different arts,
wrote for the mags and saw TREMENDOUS evolution.
let’s be honest,
there were a few problems with the CCS.
It wasn’t efficient,
but it did work.
But it was replaced by something less efficient.
People who put aside forms entirely and taught fighting.
People who put tournaments above individual awareness.
Vested interest aimed at slanting the art for making money.
A nationalistic bent that caused SEVERE tweaking of styles.
the utterly despicable rise of politics.
And so on.
So the CCS died.
And that brings us to me.
I had a fellow who wrote me the other day,
asked me what my purpose was.
Purpose is an interesting thing.
I am speaking,
of the purpose of one’s life.
Why a person exists.
Why one would choose to have boringness in this universe
on this planet in this geography at this time.
We all have purpose.
I laughed when I was asked the question,
and I responded.
‘To make a science of the martial arts.’
I further said,
‘I accomplished my purpose,
now I’m just playing.’
And it’s true.
let me give you a little perspective on me.
My father was an engineer.
I grew up reading such mags as
all sorts of ‘how to do’ mags,
a little bonus,
my father was a golfer.
So I read all these mags with the most fascinating pics.
Pics of men with planes placed over the body
to show how the hips moved
to swing the club
to drive the energy
the analysis of the blade of the club
on the dimple of the ball.
I applied this to the martial arts.
when I picked up my first martial arts book,
(Super Karate Made Easy!)
I was stunned at the lack of clarity.
hundreds of drawings,
showing moves and techniques,
self defense situations,
AND NOT ONE PIC SHOWED HOW IT WAS DONE!
No planes through the body,
no analysis of how the hips joined to the legs to the feet
to sink the weight
to provide torque to the shoulders,
so the wrist could snap at the right time,
the moment of impact.
THERE WAS NOTHING,
NOTHING AT ALL,
WRITTEN ABOUT HOW THE ART WORKED.
So there came my purpose,
to put the ‘how to,’
the REAL, PHYSICS INSPIRED how to.
as my life passed
I realized that I was obsessed with putting science
into the martial arts.
Something NOBODY had ever done.
Got over 600 pages of testimonials
letting me know that I succeeded.
And I didn’t pursue these testimonials,
they came out of the blue.
So I succeeded.
I’m not famous,
Because money and fame is not the purpose of life.
The purpose of life is to become competent in something,
and to share that competence.
So I succeeded when I sold my first matrixing course.
I succeeded because that fellow,
whether he bought into my scheme of arts or not,
was putting science into HIS OWN art.
And he was going to pass that science down
for one simple reason:
it was true.
and you can’t argue with the universe.
Only a fool would want to.
people can disagree with me all they want about art.
Art is subjective,
it is the expression of the person,
and every person is different,
has ever disagreed with matrixing.
Matrixing is the logic,
and it is an analysis of,
and is based upon,
cold, hard science.
Not the limited science of the colleges and western influence.
A science that includes such things as chi power,
and all manner of ‘sixth sense’ phenomena.
now you know what CCS is,
for what it’s worth,
you understand what drove me,
what inspired this obsession of mine,
and how it all worked out.
there are a few loose ends here.
The main being…
what do you do to reinstate CCS.
is where we come to matrixing.
With matrixing you go through certain evolutions.
you realize how to make your system work.
You apply the principles,
start to streamline your art,
and therefore create your own CCS.
you will learn 10Xs faster and more efficiently,
1000Xs faster and more efficiently,
if you create your art.
When you take apart the art you learned,
be it Taekwondo, Aikido, or whatever form of Kung Fu…
and put it back together,
you are involved in a form of creation.
You are the artist.
You are no longer
‘monkey see monkey do.’
You are the one making something that is unique to you.
Even though it is based upon other arts,
it is unique to you.
you start to create your own art.
You finish aligning the systems you learned,
and you start expressing yourself,
creating an entirely different martial art
than anything you’ve ever learned.
This is the ultimate stage of CCS.
you never close your mind to others.
Matrixing won’t allow you to.
You learn a system,
you IMMEDIATELY start figuring out
how to make that system mesh with everything else you know.
Matrixing IS a CCS.
Matrixing allows you to put ALL arts,
all the pieces,
into one ‘picture.’
it requires you to obsess.
Just as it required me to obsess.
just as I said the purpose of my life was to put science to art,
and as I said the purpose of life itself is to become competent,
the purpose underneath it all is…
to put order to everything.
You put order to the tools in your garage.
You tune your car so it is in order and can run.
You talk to people at work
to make sure you are on the same page,
thus putting order to your work.
and it is the obsession of every right thinking human being
to make that order happen.
On that scale it becomes almost religious.
let me say one…last…thing.
As I said,
I have achieved the purpose of my life.
I achieved it when I sold my first matrixing course.
And I achieve it when you buy my course.
at the end,
when you have achieved your purpose…
That’s what is at the end of Matrixing.
Not fame and riches,
not dominance and subjugation,
not corporate ownership and king for a day,
but the single and sole ability…
So get a course,
start the journey,
and come play with me.
Have a great work out!
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