Supposed to be a true story,
got it off the internet,
so it’s got to be true,
A black belt was coming home from class.
Just up the street from his house he saw a fellow struggling with a TV set.
Being a black belt,
polite and helpful,
he walked up to the fellow and asked if he could help.
‘Sure,’ says the guy.
So the black belt helped the fellow load the TV set
in the back of a van.
It was then that he noticed that the TV set
was from his own house!
his house had been burgled,
and he had,
helped ‘steal his own TV set.’
When I first heard this story,
when the police came to arrest the burgler,
did they arrest the black belt?
he helped steal a TV,
he was an accomplice.
So don’t forget to drop by
40 martial arts takedowns,
and how to use them in freestyle!
it’s almost HanaKwanMass.
instead of Santa coming down the chimney,
we should have zombies coming down the chimney.
Wouldn’t being able to use your martial arts to destroy a horde of zombies
be the best HanaKwanMass present ever?
Congrats to Shayne Guthrie.
Here are parts of his win.
I found that if you do the material while concentrating on the basic basics and the Master Instructor course, your form and understanding are greatly enhanced and makes the material easily understood.
I dedicated the last 7 yrs to studying everything that you have written and I chose the Temple Karate program, with your entire Monkey Boxing course, simply because everything you teach, is in these personal system of yours. The Karate, the Shaolin, the Pau Kua and the Tai Chi.
I believe the forms were good due to these two courses. The 40 monkeys really showed and allowed the bridge to be seen from application to actual combat. And, the temple forms, in the way that you structured them just made the Karate I learned in my 20’s make more sense. An example is the second movement in Pinan 3, where the double block ends, in the classical movement, you expanded that motion with a step slap grab motion…which when I was first learning it I always thought there should be something else. This is one of the reasons that I decided on Temple Karate, it was here that I knew I had found a True Art.
Thank you and I hope you do not mind me addressing you as Meijin…I have a friend who is fluent in Japanese ( a fellow MA) and I was discussing some of your teachings and he commented Meijin and when I asked him what that meant he said this:
Meijin Literally â€œbrilliant man,â€ a rarely used title for only the oldest, most dedicated and most skilled of instructors in a system. The title carries with it a sense of genius in the martial arts, and may also imply attainment of a high spiritual level.
I thought it described you very well!
A Humble Bow Meijin
Thank you, Shayne,
and it is I who am humbled.
To be called Meijin,
quite an honor.
I don’t think anybody has ever said that before,
so I thank you,
I hope I deserve such a compliment.
it starts with Matrix Karate,
proceeds through the kung fu courses,
goes into Monkey Boxing.
But just because you have done Matrix Karate,
doesnâ€™t mean there isnâ€™t more karate.
The fact is,
classical karate isnâ€™t really understood
until you have done that first matrixing course.
then it opens up,
and goes a lot of places
That is the intent of Temple Karate.
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.
Law and Public Safety Teacher
Well done, Tony,
and thank you for being a martial artist.
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.
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.
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.
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
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New Karate Black Belt
Good morning! Wonderful morning. I just did a whole bunch of forms, I feel like a million.
The most important Martial Arts book ever written.
Hey, there’s lots of stuff happening, so let me start with… CONGRATS! to Peter Carmody
Peter passed his Matrix Karate Black Belt test.
The test was done on video, and Peter went through having to repeat the test, doing all the corrections, and making all the matrix karate material work.
And he made it look good!
Video testing is interesting. You could probably film yourself on an iPhone, don’t wear black against a black wall, white against white, and so on.
Have some sunlight, or a few bulbs glowing.
You don’t need lots of space as long as I can see your whole body.
Have a partner.
Be willing to fail once or twice, at least.
And here’s the thing, Matrix Karate is pretty darn unique. You see, most karate systems were developed for specific reasons, bodyguarding, the element of being grabbed, having to deal with weapons, etc.
Not saying you won’t encounter these things today, you need some awareness of these things, but the real factor is that we are a fist culture. If you are in a fight the usual weapons will be fists. Then something that can be used as a cub, then a knife, etc.
But fists are the base of it all. And, if you can handle a fist, it is just a short step to a knife, if you have enough brains to adapt.
Anyway, Matrix Karate is designed around the structure of the body, it is a complete art, taking into account all angles of attack and defense. But it is SIMPLE! Because the posing and the unnecessary techniques have all been weeded out.
You have to learn about mistakes, but the essence is in the logic where one move leads to the next, with no circus moves.
It’s funny, I remember one of the first wins I ever received, this was about ten years ago. The guy wrote that he had gone to a martial arts school, and the first technique they taught him was a cartwheel into a jump kick. Not how to block and punch. Not even the basic kicks, but a jumping kick off a whole body contortion.
Can you see why matrixing was so desperately needed? A little common sense? And every system, no matter how classical or developed, benefits from the direct infusion of logic that matrixing provides.
Anyway, well done to Peter, and I recommend Matrix Karate and the Master Instructor Course (you need both of them to test). Whether you are accomplished and have a black belt, whether you are a raw beginner, whether you are just in the middle and need to get going, Matrix Karate is the easiest, the best, the most efficient and completely rounded karate on the planet. Period.
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Hi Sensei Al!
(On the Black Belt Course) Everything is working great! Thank you for the quick responses. I am enjoying the one on one videos. It may be cliche, but I do feel like I'm there. I also like the conversational style and the way you explain how you're teaching and why. You've got a new student for life. Thank you. ~ Daniel
What's interesting about Al Case's writings and teachings is there isn't any emphasis on 'the unknown' or 'mystery' behind martial arts. Al will slam this information in your face! Quite frankly the data isn't hidden, you'll find you're blind. ~ WG
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I used to read your articles in Inside Karate and was excited when I found your web site. ~ RV
As an old timer with thirty-five years of experience I was really bored, but your works have peaked my interest and shown me that there is much more to learn. I Thank You Again, Sincerely ~ CC
Where was this information 24 years ago? This course is one of the best things to ever happen to me. Thank you Al Case for the gift of knowledge!
Be blessed my teacher, ~ Rev. Ernest R
I bought the Infinite Fist tape YEARS ago and you know? I Keep going back to it! ~ KS
You are a master. You have opened me up to things that I have never thought of before. ~ KFM
I purchased your course on "Create Your Own Martial Art" and absolutely love it. I believe that your matrixing system is very unique. ~ DW
In my entire experience twenty years as a student and an instructor since, no one has contributed more to my martial arts education than you have. I started following your works twenty years ago and although I was young then I knew you had the True Art it was obvious to me even then. ~ Charles C
Students will know longer be slaves of poor instructors and practitioners. ~ Lonnie M
Win from Master Instructor Course
Let me start out by saying thank you. Thanks from all the martial artists who asked why. Al, I'm in the Security and Law enforcement field and carry Instructor credentials, so effective methods in combat and teaching them is what I constantly look for.
Win from Matrix Aikido
I just had to write to you to say WOW. Your INSTANT AIKIDO is great!!! ~ SD
My students have started coming up to me after class telling me how much more they are enjoying it, and that the classes have stopped being so ridged and now flow in a kind of give and take between me and them. I have stopped being a task master and started having fun and letting them teach me as well.
I did the Master Instructor Course and it hit me. The Basics that are so concisely communicated in this course including the Matrix principle IS the solution. It doesn’t matter what “style” I call my art, because all styles follow these same principles. It doesn’t matter how hard I train or how many repetitions I do if I don’t train the right way. And I would never become a master if I didn’t know how it all fits together. Now I do! I can honestly say that I am now on the path that I have always sought as a martial artist. Thank you Al!
I conducted a Matrix Aikido training class for a Security Team at a local manufacturing plant. I tailored the training according to their Use Of Force policy. As you know they need control and takedown skills. I knew Matrix Aikido would be the answer. The training plan you shared was boss. The class went so smoothly. The participants learned very quickly. By the end of the class you could see techniques of Monkey Boxing coming through. They were also able to create their own techniques. There was one female officer in the class who asked to become my private student. She was throwing, locking and taking down guys twice her size. The Security Supervisor wants me to come back and with more participants! I'll keep you posted. ~ L M
Have found your books and dvds excellent. My background is mainly in medical qigong but I practice Sun Style Tai CHi, BaGua and HsingI as well as Eagle Claw, Snake Style Kung Fu and several Wudang weapon styles. This is the first time I have had the underlying principles so clearly explained and in a way that they are immediately workable and demonstratable. I have worked through the Master Instructors Course, Aikido and Butterfly Bagua and have started to breakdown the Sun Hsing I using your matrix method. I was even able to teach a 70 year old friend of mine with no martial arts background your instant aikido where she was able to do some very accomplished locks and throws after the first lesson