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Grappling and the Martial Arts

Three Dimensional Martial Arts!

If you take a look at Karate,
as a good representative of the striking arts,
it is one dimensional.
Forward and back.
Circling around is fine,
but it is an additive from Bruce Lee and boxing.
Real karate,
you get close,
you strike…
forward or back,
it’s one dimensional.

There are grab arts in old karate,
and you can add some if you don’t know them.
But that only makes it a two dimensional art,
in a manner of speaking.
You zip in and force throw.
Charging straight in is one dimensional
and cause the throw to be hard style.
Hard throws tend to make it two dimensional.

If you add flow throws it becomes three dimensional.
When you don’t rely on force of punching,
when you don’t rely on the relative two dimensions of force throws,
then the game opens up.
You aren’t locked into force,
you can now think outside the box of two dimensions.

I know there’s going to be some severe disagreement
with what I’ve said.
This is because various people
have various viewpoints,
different experiences,
different arts at their fingertips.
That’s okay.
But let’s consider a case.

Morihei Uyeshiba
(founder of Aikido)
Could probably take any MMA fighter out there.
Not because Aikido is superior,
but because he studied Aikijujitsu,
real combat art,
before it was watered it down,
shaped for enlightenment and illumination.

I doubt if any of his students
could do well in the Octagon.
They have a three dimensional art
which is lacking the first dimension.
Without understanding strikes,
you can’t truly understand
how to handle strikes.

My own theory
is that you must do the grab art
as the strike enters.
Not catch the flow and guide it.
Not trap and then break, trip, or whatever.
But as the punch enters your space
you begin wrapping it.
As it misses it is already wrapped.
And the fellow has punched into a lock,
or throw or whatever.

It’s a matter of moving in the moment,
synchronizing with the opponent
not after it.

I have seen Karate adapted to the ring.
There is some stand up. grappling,
sweeps and throws and such,
but they are force throws,
depending on muscle.
Mostly the ring consists of boxing/Muay Thai/whatever
then jujitsu ground game.

I’ve included a short clip of one of the grappling tricks
that I teach and use.
If you disagree with my analysis
of what makes a more three dimensional art,
drop a line in the comments.
Insults are fun,
but people pay more attention to physics,
links to illustrate,
and so on.

Here’s one of the techniques from my
Matrix Kung Fu course…


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…

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so hopefully you’ll find that useful
find the book/course that is right for you,
and matrix your own martial arts.