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The Martial Arts Fighting Method

The Martial Arts Freestyle Method

you should probably say,
‘The Al Case Martial Arts Freestyle (or fighting) Method.’
I don’t know of anybody else who teaches freestyle like this.
Yet it is a complete method that
leads to competence in fighting in the shortest possible time.

The problem with karate,
and with people,
and all of mankind,
is that they think the only solution is force.

somebody comes at you and the solution is to hit him.
And, of course,
we know that Tai Chi and Aikido and such,
they aren’t really arts,
they don’t work!

Poopycock to you!
Those arts work fine!
They work better than the hard arts!
The problem is that people don’t make them work.
And the problem behind that is…
they don’t know how to make them work.
They are stuck with the idea of force only.

So let’s talk.

The first rule of a soft art,
Aikido, or Tai Chi especially,
is get out of the way.
simple dimple.
Guy punches,
step aside.

After a while,
learn a few tricks,
starting to get an inkling,
you figure out the second rule.

In Sticky Hands you empty the arms.
In Pushing Hands you empty the body.
In Aikido you empty the body while in motion.
Easy peasy.

And, after a while,
you figure out the third rule.
Help him punch you.

while you’re thinking about that,
I figured all three rules out
on my first couple of lessons in Sticky Hands.

The guy is hitting me,
I’m not fast enough,
Totally confused.
as time went on,
and the punches accumulated,
I realized what sticky hands was trying to teach me.

Don’t reach out and create a barrier, a block, a ridge.
If you do that you’re pushing him away,
and he’ll just come back and hit you again.
A ridge draws in force.

But if you reach out as he reaches out,
then pull back as he passes the halfway mark
and you help him with his strike,
you can guide it using almost no force.

Don’t fight him,
agree with him.

I structure my freestyle method like this:

Rhythmic Freestyle
A slow block and counter drill.
Back and forth,
slowly blocking,
speeding up ONLY when competence appears.

Lop Sau, or ‘Rolling Fists’
Mind you I do this one totally different than any other art.
I’ve figured out all the parts,
all the missing pieces,
so it is a complete method of freestyle,
not just a wing chun drill with limits.
The point is the student is introduced to
‘pulling the attacker’s punch.’
Only two techniques in a method that has six techniques,
but it works.
I’m the only person in the world that teaches the complete lop sau drill.

Sticky Hands.
I drill the student on emptying his arms..
He pulls the arm,
twists the hips slightly,
and deflects the punch
without moving in place.
I actually skip this drill a lot.
It just isn’t as useful as some might think.

Pushing Hands.
Not just emptying the arms,
but emptying the whole body.
Absorbing the punch while moving in place.
I usually drill Lop Sau and Pushing Hands together,
(after the student is able to do all the attacks in Lop Sau)
making the student appreciate the difference
in distances in the two drills.

I do ‘flowstyle,’
It’s like Rhythmic freestyle,
back and forth,
except we can only flow punches into locks and throws.

I’ve outlined this method in lots of places,
I believe it is in the Matrix Combat course,
but I wrote that a long time ago
and there might be a couple of missing points.
You’ll find individual freestyle drills in the various courses,
but you have to go through them and see where they are,
then compile them.
There aren’t going to be any missing pieces,
and this is the most thorough explanation of the method.
You can also find it in some of my books,
especially the later ones.
you have to check it all out.

So there it is,
first, realize that you must…
get out of the way
empty your body
help him punch (attack)

Rhythmic freestyle
lop sau (complete method develped by me)
Sticky Hands
Pushing Hands
Flowstyle (aiki method of back and forth throws/locks.

Have fun,
and don’t forget to give me five stars
when you purchase
The Last Martial Arts Book
(There is a version with five hours of video
but you have to hunt for it on Amazon)

Have a great work out!

Don’t forget to check out the interview

How to Fix Karate! (volumes one and two)

volume one is at

And volume two is at…

‘The Last Martial Arts Book’ has 11 ratings for 5 stars.
(There is a video version of this book with no stars yet)
My two yoga books have 9 ratings between them for 5 stars.
‘The Book of Five Arts’ has 7 ratings for 5 stars.
‘The Science of Government’ has 6 ratings for 5 stars.
‘Chiang Nan’ has 5 ratings for 5 stars.
My novel, ‘Monkeyland,’ has 5 ratings for 5 stars

That’s a lot of good ratings
so hopefully you’ll find that useful
find the book/course that is right for you,
and matrix your own martial arts.

Geometric Fighting in Martial Arts

The Geometry of Fighting in the Martial Arts!

T-Day is over!
Long live HanaKwanMass!
You’ve been warned! ;0)

Many people think the martial arts are all about fighting.
they are about a lot more than that,
but let’s just consider the fighting aspect.

I was okay as a fighter.
Some people thought I was good,
some people could kick my ass.
It happens.
But I didn’t care about fighting
I wanted to understand.
that was my goal.
I consider martial arts as a way to understand life.

As time went by I became better at fighting.
I was aging,
I didn’t have the strength,
but I found that with intense practice
i could see what people were going to do before they did it.

Then I wrote the Flow Chart.
Take a glance at it below
and then I’ll tell you what it means.

What this weird thing is is an analysis of motion in the martial arts.
The squares are the footwork.
I probably could have used a key,
or better terminology.
But if you think about it
it gets understandable.
You’re standing about where the ‘wing chun’ label is
and you either step out,
or you cross step,
with the right or the left foot.

The oval refers to hand techniques.

I had a lot of fun making this,
trying to make sense out of where i would be
what direction I would be traveling,
which foot or which hand,
and so on.

I was influenced in the creation of this by Eddie Rickenbacker.
He was a WW1 flying ace,
and he would imagine himself in the center of a bubble,
and try to imagine all the directions he could be attacked from
and what he would do for each attack.

My Flow Chart is more concerned
with facing a person,
and imagining incoming directions, motions, hands, feet,
and so on and so on,
and what to do about each possibility.

The take away from this,
was I was able to understand each art
as it relates to each art.

Taekwondo at the kicking distance
Karate at the punching distance
Aikido moving in the direction of a circular punch
Pa Kua Chang against the direction of a circular punch.
What I have said here
is VERY simplistic.
Every art has solutions for every incoming attack.
But by isolating the concepts of an art
I was able to use all arts together.

So I began using these concepts in teaching.
I would freestyle with a student
and restrict myself only to the footwork of a specific art.

Some of my conclusions were:
No trouble with Karate because I had trained
that specific art and was familiar with specific solutions.

We had kicks in karate so I was able to understand
and isolate taekwondo.

I was not able to use Aikido purely,
but it became the most powerful of my tools
when I was able to isolate Karate and Wing Chun
and then put them together
(understand at what distances they could be used
and developed Lop Sau (circling fists)

I was never able to use Pa Kua Chang.
At all.
When I limited myself to X stepping
every student I had,
from the lowest white belt
could kick my ass.

I would see people use it who had studied only Pa Kua
and it was very effective.
My training methods,
being eclectic,
hurt me in this one instance.

So here’s some ways you can use the Flow Chart
help yourself isolate concepts from other arts.
help yourself understand how concepts
from various arts have become mushed together
and how that interferes with your understanding.
figure out to be more specific in your training and drills.
Do these simple things
and you will find a lot of gold in the Flow Chart.

Okey dokey.
I was looking at Amazon,
and I have some highly rated books.
Look for my author’s page if you want all my books,
but here’s a short list of my highest rated books.

The Last Martial Arts Book has 11 ratings for 5 stars.
My two yoga books have 9 ratings between them for 5 stars.
The Book of Five Arts has 7 ratings for 5 stars.
The Science of Government has 6 ratings for 5 stars.
Chiang Nan has 5 ratings for 5 stars.

And a whole bunch of books have 1 or 2 ratings for 5 stars.
Search for the Al Case author’s page
if you want to examine those,
or the lesser starred efforts.

that’s about it.
HanaKwanMass is coming,
so think about what art you want to gift yourself,
or some one else.

Have a great work out!


And don’t forget to check out the interview

I’ve got nothing but five star reviews on

The Science of Government.
It’s really nothing more than applying matrixing to politics.

Matrixing + Politics = Sanity

I told you matrixing works with anything.

Here’s the link…

How to Fix Karate! (volumes one and two)

volume one is at

And volume two is at…