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Instant Zen through the Martial Arts

Newsletter 1017

How to Achieve Instant Zen Through the Martial Arts!

It is absolutely stark raving mad
that people don’t delve into this zen thing
especially in the martial arts,
because the martial arts can make it so simple.

Let me note a couple of things,
and then give you the EXACT exercise
that will transform you as a martial artist…
and as a human being.

First, a precise definition of the term.
Zen is Japanese for ‘meditation,’ from…
Chan, which is Chinese for ‘quietude,’ from…
Dhyana, which is ‘Sanskrit’ for meditation.

I have been told that it is an ancient word for…

Zen has been with us for over 5,000 years.
Why would it still be here if it didn’t work?

the reality of Zen is…
a moment of clarity.
A moment in which there is no before and no after.
A moment in which you understand yourself,
what you are and where you came from.

In this moment you become able to move
without earthly restriction.

To understand this think of a movie.
You enter a theater and sit down,
and they have so many Fing commercials
you forget to watch the movie.
You are stuck in the flashy moments
of sating yourself with popcorn
and never really see what is happening.
You wander through the snack bar,
buying things for your belly,
things that do not nourish
and only serve to distract.
the movie plays,
life goes on,
and you miss it.

you protest…
No, you didn’t.
You only thought you did.
You really just went to the snack bar.
That is what your life is
until you experience zen,
and hopeful a real zen moment.

how do you break out of this trap?
How do you ignore the distractions
and perceive what is really happening?
How do you get out of thinking you are alive
and really become alive?

Here is the method.
Sure fire,
designed EXACTLY for martial artists,
that will change the way you freestyle,
the way you do forms,
you can’t just read about it,
you have to do it.
And, before you do it
I should tell you that this method
is actually in a book
in the Matrix Karate course.
The book is called
‘The Master’s Handbook,’
and it is one of the first
martial arts books I ever wrote.
Here are the exact instructions from that book


Sit facing your partner, each of you with your legs folded in the zen kneeling position. One of you holds a small stick about the length of a pen and the thickness of a broom handle. The stick is held slightly below eye level by a horizontal and gently curving arm. No attempt at concealment is made, and the stick is just barely held by the tips of your fingers.
Sit silently for a period of time. The stick is dropped by the one holding it, and is caught by the one opposite.
Don’t try to build a rhythm for dropping or try to fool each other. Just sit. Let the static in your mind subside as you concentrate upon watching your opponent. Create silence and observe one another. Realize that no amount of tensing will make the stick easier to catch, but that relaxing will.
As you do the exercise you will have ample opportunity to still the jerks and twitchs of your muscles and mind. You will get to go through the pain in your legs. You will get to still the jerks and twitchings of your partner. You will get to still yours and his tendency to guess at when the stick will be dropped.
You will get to still the ridges of readying muscles and energies and you will get to still the focus of the catch. You must reach out and hold the falling stick in one position in space. There should be no slapping or grabbing or sudden tightening of the muscles. There should be the same naturalness and amount of insignificance as when you lift a glass ot turn on a light switch.
The application of the can be very interesting. This would be the practice of not ‘telegraphing your motion.’ This means that you stay perfectly still before a movement, no leaning or drifting in any direction before moving. You must stay in one place and let the stillness build and explode without forethought. Have fun.

Here is the illustration…

here is the question…
how long will it take?
Totally depends.
If you have a lot of discipline,
which comes from a lot of martial arts practice,
real martial arts
and not the watered down crap sold today,
then it probably won’t take long.
A few hours
a few hours should be enough
to cook your brain
and enable you to break through.
Let’s say you are a newbie,
not much discipline.
Might take a year or two.
But the more you practice the martial arts,
the more discipline you cultivate,
the sooner you break through.

another thing…
what does it feel like.
people may feel different things,
but here’s what I perceived.

I did not reach,
I was unaware of muscles,
my hand just nonchalantly
spurted forward and held the stick.

I didn’t grab,
it was more like I picked the stick out of space.

Prior to doing it right
I sort of forgot about the exercise,
it just sort of happened.

I was profoundly happy.

I was aware that I,
the being that was Al Case,
was what was true,
and that the envelope that was my body,
was temporary.
Al Case is a temporary vehicle,
a label,
for an eternal spirit.

I advise you right now…
when you achieve the zen moment I speak of
there is absolutely NO mistaking it.
It happens,
and you blink,
and you slap your head
and blurt something like…

The moment is so stark it can’t be mistaken for anything else.

It is the difference between snoring peacefully
and suddenly being the sun.
understanding life as you never have before.
And yet anything I tell you
will be a severe understatement
of the real thing.

And, a few things to provide context.
Old texts on zen were correct,
but I lacked the cultural background to understand the words.
New texts on zen were absolute garbage.
They were papers on what people
‘interpreted’ zen to be,
they were not by people who had experienced zen.

can you do it?
Can you have the permanent thought
that you can transcend your body
and understand what you actually are?
Can you forge the discipline
to sit and do this simple exercise?
Can you travel through the boredom?
Can you take charge of your life?
They is right here.
So…can you?

And, obligatory advertisement,
if you don’t have it already
you might consider
the Matrix Karate course.
That course,
and the other early courses,
have a lot of stunning bonuses on them.
Here’s the link…

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Okay, guys and gals,
have a great zen!

My novel, Monkeyland,
is on Amazon.

What Matrixing Actually Does to You

Newsletter 946

What is Matrix Martial Arts?

It’s time to explain what Matrixing is.
I know a lot of you guys and gals understand this already,
but the newsletter grows
and it is time to describe matrixing and what it does
for all the new guys and gals.

You go to a strange land where miracles occur.
The people are strong and healthy,
and life does exactly what they want it to.
You ask their secret.
No one can tell you,
but they do tell you that the secret is in a book called
‘Secrets of the Universe’
Where is this so-called ‘Secrets of the Universe?’
In the library.

You walk into the library looking for
‘Secrets of the Universe,’
that library doesn’t have the Dewey Decimal system.
Books have been thrown in a pile for hundreds of years.
There are MILLIONS of books.
none of them have covers.
So you sit in that library for the rest of your life,
opening and closing books,
looking for the one that has all the Secrets of the Universe.
you die before you find it.

Curse this library for not having the Dewey Decimal system.

you decide to study the martial arts,
you sign up,
go to class,
and spend years studying everything you can.

there is no dewey decimal system inside your head.
You can’t decide when to use which technique,
the techniques of the various systems all blend together,
there is no way to tell which technique is bogus,
and which technique really works.
Like the books of that far away library,
your techniques are piled haphazardly
without any way to reference them,
without anyway to access them specifically.
One day you get in a fight,
you can’t pick out which technique to use,
you hesitate,
and somebody cleans your clock.

Curse your head for not having a ‘Dewey Decimal’ system.

Matrixing is the Dewey Decimal system of the martial arts.
It makes every move make sense.
It puts all the techniques in order,
it gives you the right reasons for stances,
the right drills to make your moves fit together.
It gives you…


here’s the funny thing…
it used to be,
several decades ago,
when the martial arts were fresh to the shores,
that martial art systems did create intuition.
But those were what we call CCS,
‘Closed Combat Systems.’
They had been put together over generations,
over hundreds of years,
and they had been made workable
and honed to a state of perfection.
But look at what has happened to the MA
in the last few decades.

People put aside workable techniques for tournament fighting.
People gave up workable forms
to learn forms that didn’t work,
in the name of nationalism.
Arts were restructured to make them easier to sell.
Belt systems came into vogue.
Concepts that were once easy to understand
became confused, abused, and forgotten.

I tell you right now,
I began MA in 1967.
I saw what was taught,
and it DOES NOT resemble at all,
what is taught today.
perhaps I should say,
what is taught today
does not look one whit
like what was taught back then.

Kids are taught to fight,
and the way to intuitive movement has been put aside.
Students are entertained,
and discipline,
such as I was subjected to back then,
does not exist.
Teachers take seminars
and then think they can teach the whole art
of that seminar.
Teachers put arts together,
the better to advertise,
and what they have synthesized…

And on and on and on.

What matrixing does is

put the techniques in order,
eliminate useless techniques,
get rid of all the extra crap
that has been stuffed into the MA.

If I gave you 3, 8, green, 9, 2, and a turkey,
could you count to ten?

Fifty years ago there were CCS arts
and somehow they worked,
and you could count to ten.
Only take you 15 or 20 years.

every system is filled with excess crap,
bunches of systems all mixed together,
concepts that not only don’t work,
but actually oppose each other.
Most systems cannot teach intuition.

They can’t teach that mystical state knopwn as
Mushin No Shin
(Mind of No Mind)
let alone what it is
or how to make it work.

But people,
because they can ‘fight good,’
think they are intuitive.


There is virtually no intuition in today’s martial arts.
now way to read minds
and see what somebody is going to do
before they do it.

Intuition has been forgotten.
People don’t know it,
people heart about it,
but nobody experiences it,
and nobody teaches it.
So Matrixing changes that.
It teaches you how to count to 10 in the martial arts.
It puts the techniques in order,
logical order,
and intuition starts to creep in.
And it creeps in fast,
faster than even the old CCS methods.

A person who has a couple of years experience
can gain intuition,
as fast as he reads the material,
for to read about matrixing
is to absorb it.

A person with little or no experience
is still going to have to do the work,
but even that will take less and less time.

here is the juice.
Once the mind has accepted a logical system,
a matrixed system,
the mind starts to become matrixed.
Other subjects fall to the intuitive logic
that is matrixing.
One walks into confusing situations
and the confusion just leaves.
There is no debris in the mind
distracting and disturbing.


And the door opens to a new you.
An intuitive you,
a you that can absorb MA systems
literally ten times faster.

Your mind has just been matrixed.

So that is what matrixing is…
and what it does.

I’ve got over 600 pages of wins,
people telling me how matrixing has changed their art,
and changed them.

Since 1984,
when I first went into the mail order business,
which is the pre-runner of the internet biz,
I have had only four returns.

I have never had anybody
claim it doesn’t work,
or that it was wrong in some way.

don’t believe me,
I’m not even going to try to sell you on all this,
simply click on the link and read a few of the testimonials.


Have a great work out!


Here’s a win I received a few years ago…


Master Case,
I purchased your Matrix Core Course last October and it’s truly amazing and revolutionary material, it’s taken me months to complete, and it covers a lot of martial arts ground.
Then I purchased the Matrix Master Text and it blew my mind even further out.  It helped me understand the core material even better.
I have never paid so much for a PDF download file in my life, but after opening that eBook, and reading it, I realized how much time and energy you really put into your Matrixing work. Your core course and the master text are worth a lot more than what I paid, you have by far over delivered by redeeming my time spent in the martial arts and saving me all that scratching on my head for the coming years ahead.
I will never see the martial arts the same way again.  After over 20 years in the martial arts studying Judo, Jujitsu, Hapkido, Kenpo, Tang So Do, and Taekwondo, I have learned more in these past 11 months, than I have in my entire martial arts career.

Elmer G