I haven’t released a martial arts video course for a while, but it is worth the wait. This is going to be one heck of a state of the art course!
The title is
How to Translate Karate into Tai Chi Chuan
The course is on 6 DVDs. That’s over 5 hours of video instruction. Plus, if you wish, you can order the book (PDF) along with the course. I haven’t even published the book! But you can get it, and it will be cheaper than it you buy it separately. The offer is on this page…
Now, here’s something incredible, this course is three in one.
First, there is:
How to Translate Karate into Tai Chi Chuan
Second, there is:
my attempts to resurrect the original form from which all karate grew. Didn’t even know there was an original form, eh? The story of this form is on the web page.
Third, there is:
the secret bunkai of karate. And, yes, they are secret. The old masters of Okinawa, when karate began to be exported, held a meeting and made a secret pact that they would never reveal the real forms, that they would never reveal the real techniques. Sheesh! What a bunch of boneheads! Can’t tell you how much damage they have done to Karate. So this is a look at what those techniques would be.
In writing this book, I used matrixing, my experiences in karate, my experiences in kung fu, my experiences in separating and making pure a variety of different martial arts.
What Does the New Year Hold for the Real Martial Artist?
Happy New Year! And…what ya gonna do about it? Gonna get that next belt? Gonna study a new art? What?
The truth is this: we create ourselves anew each day. So you have 365 chances to create a new you in the coming year.
So, here’s the plan.
First, print out goals and tape them somewhere you will see them every day.
Put them on the bath mirror, the door you have to go through to get to the world, put them on the frig. Put them somewhere… AND KEEP THEM IN MIND! Don’t let your goals fade.
Second, back up your goals with actual action. Set up a time and place, set up a schedule for classes…AND MAKE ALL WORK OUTS the most important thing is to NOT get lazy. Don’t let the action fade. Wake up ten minutes early for the forms routine, meet with the guys Tuesday and Thursday and Sat for working out. Go to the gym, especially your personal martial arts gym WITHOUT FAIL!
Third, realize that life doesn’t work unless you work. In some ways this is the most important thing, this simple realization.
Here’s what I did…and still do.
I set up my garage or some area in the backyard, as my dojo. I set up a kicking bag, I have a place where I can stretch. I have enough room for forms.
Then I make a schedule and keep it. For instance, I would do martial arts Tuesday and Thursday, Monday and Wednesday I would bike or run. Friday I ate pizza. I am not kidding. Hard work needs a reward, but if I missed one of my work outs… I didn’t get pizza, or whatever thing I had set up for my reward. No ice cream, no soda pop and popcorn and a movie. I would use my wasted time, instead, for an extra work out. That’d teach me!
Now, the fun thing was setting up which martial art i wanted to study. I liked to start with tai chi, especially if I was feeling lazy. Just standing in my dojo, watching my body move, and suddenly I started to feel more energy.
Another thing I do is change the art I study every month or two. I liked doing karate one month, kung fu (shaolin butterfly) the next month Tai Chi the third month, and then I would do it all again. This type of rotational cross training really helps me keep a fresh mind on it all. It tends to get rid of plateaus and keeps me on a steady rise of mental acuity and physical ability.
Okay, So…what is this year going to hold for you?
Check out the courses here http://monstermartialarts.com and select the arts you wish to learn this year.
Shaolin Kung Fu, the popular myth states, takes lifetimes to learn. You have to go spend three days sitting in front of the temple to be accepted for teaching. You have to undergo bizarre training rituals that will enable you to do handstands on one finger, rip the bark off of trees, break tones of concrete with your head, and…and that’s not the truth.
Those are myths spread by people who want to impress people; by TV programming like the Kung Fu series starring David Carradine.
You don’t have to go to the Shaolin Temple to learn Kung Fu…you can learn this ancient martial art online!
The truth is actually quite a it more simple, yet even more powerful.
The first Shaolin Kung Fu book to hit the shores was ‘Secrets of Shaolin Temple Boxing’ by Robert W. Smith.
In that book Mr. Smith stated that Bodhidharma brought Kung Fu to the Shaolin Temple. Actually, he brought a system of calisthenics to help the dilapidated monks get strong enough to listen to his lectures without falling asleep.
The monks used this method to get stronger, and ended up defending themselves against bandits, and changed the simple calisthenic into a self defense system.
The monks realized five principles of combat (animal fighting modes), eventually expanding the five principles into 72 techniques.
So Shaolin Kung Fu shouldn’t take a lifetime to learn. It should be able to be learned within a few months.
The original Shaolin monks learned it within months; why can’t you?
The reason is that for over 2,000 years well meaning people have been adding things to the once simple system. These things have confused Shaolin Kung Fu, mushed concepts all together, put techniques out of order, and even slanted it for tournaments or other personal interest.
In Shaolin Kung Fu the five animal fighting modes have been redefined. The original five animals were the tiger, snake, crane, leopard, and dragon.
But the tiger and the leopard are similar; why should you learn two animals that ae pretty much the same?
In the system called the Shaolin Butterfly the five animals are the tiger, snake, crane, dragon, and Monkey.
Actually, the monkey has been held to be one of the original five animals by many schools of thought.
So, we have a revised and better definition of the five animal fighting modes.
Now, each of the five animals has a specific attribute; one gives strength, one gives balance, and so on.
The problem is that these attributes are mere descriptions, tactics, at best, and not real martial arts techniques.
However, if you assign a stance to each animal, you suddenly come up with the five original concepts of the Shaolin Kung Fu monks.
The tiger is aggressive, and he uses the front stance for charging.
The crane is delicate and balanced, and he uses the one legged, crane stance to achieve this.
The Dragon twines and writhes, and he uses a cross kneeling type of stance.
The snake is flexible clinging, and he uses such stances as the one legged squatting stance.
The monkey is agile, and he uses the back stance to build this agility.
Now, these are still mere approximations of techniques. But one can see how the five stances could be used to begin the animal emulation process. But, how does one expand upon these stances/characteristics into a simple list of techniques?
Well, there is only so much that can be put into an article.
But, if you really want to learn this stuff, and I mean in months instead of lifetimes ~ if you want to figure this stuff out and be able to use it in real life ~ then you’ll find another great article on Shaolin Instruction at Monster Martial arts. Or, you can take a look at the Shaolin Kung Fu Butterfly course itself.
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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