Congratulations to new Master Instructor Garren Lockhart.
Here’s his win…
Mr. Case, I have received the Master Instructor Course, read it multiple times and have wondered…where has this information been and why is this not required for all instructors that have the care of their students entrusted to them? I was amazed at the principles of Matrixing and how they can take any martial art and develop it into one practicum. I am a great believer in your “The Three Rules”. I have developed a sort of climate survey for my students to have input on the quality of instruction. I also have another survey for my instructors to evaluate themselves and each other. (I have deleted a couple of paragraphs here, the material would give away too much of the course…Al) The most obvious observations I made is that my students seem to “lose” their breath while training. By demonstrating the breathing techniques that you share in the course, I was able to assist in redirecting their breathing patterns. I look forward to introducing more of your principles into the classes. I have ordered the “Matrix Karate” course and anticipate a great learning and training experience, with it. Thank you, Mr. Case Garren Lockhart Thank you, Garren, and well done. Garren is taking the material and using it right on the spot with his students. Exactly what one is supposed to do in the martial arts. How do you think people learned before structured classes were invented? They searched people out, talked and traded. Sometimes they fought, but fighting tends to establish pecking order, and often people aren’t willing to listen (learn) to people who have beaten them in such fashion. Look at your own instructors. Sure, they could beat you, but if they are mean, you don’t hang around long. You only listen to people you like.
Anyway, sort of went on a rant there, but the point is this…
When you teach, when you share something, it is as if it leaves a space in your mind, you have poured out, and something needs to get poured in. If your intention has been pure, if your heart is right, what comes to you will probably be the next step.
I have found that to always be true. When I figure something out, I immediately share it. Give it away, talk and teach, and suddenly I am learning something new, figuring something else out. It is a never ending process that makes your life mean something.
Anyway, if you want your life to mean something, get a copy of The Master Instructor Course. http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/4-master-instructor-course/ Guaranteed, as Garren says… ‘…why is this not required for all instructors that have the care of their students entrusted in them?’ Thanks, Garren. And to all, Have a great work out! Al
Gonna be a 100 degrees this week! It’s time to really sweat! So turn off that air conditioner and get ready to ROCK!
Release of final volume of Matrixing Karate Series! Click on the Cover!
Let’s talk about matrixing. In fact, let’s talk about the big bugaboo of the martial arts… MISTAKES!
Mistakes are not actually mistakes. If you block something wrong, for instance, it’s not because you made a mistake, it’s because you made a calculation, a computation, based on your current data. When all the input finished, when you finished calculating the trajectory of the fist, the angle of the block, and so on, and got hit in the face, it is because you did what you trained yourself to do.
You didn’t make a mistake, you responded according to your training.
This is actually true of everything in life, but since martial arts are a microcosm, a small classroom, let’s look at the martial arts potentials here.
A student is trained to do a block. He practices and practices, until it is ingrained. Until it becomes the intuitive response. Then an attack happens, and it is the wrong intuitive response.
This, incidentally, is why so many arts fail. Take Kenpo, for instance, two arts, the art of the technique, and the art of freestyle, and they have nothing to do with each other. The training, you see, has left reality. Then it takes twenty years or so to make the intuitive work. Maybe.
So here is the question: How do you create a correct intuitive response… EVERY TIME! And that brings us to matrixing.
In matrixing a mistake is never a mistake, it is an opportunity to learn something.
So consider this.
A right fist to the face can be blocked four ways. Use your right hand to push it to the right Use your right hand to push it to the left Use your left hand to push it to the right Use your left hand to push it to the left
I know, there are lots of potentials here, lots of other blocks. But we are keeping it simple. You can apply what I am telling you here to other techniques and arts later.
So you practice the first one: Use your right hand to push it to the right
and you practice it because it is the right one. It is the one that works best.
And you practice and practice, and then, one day, you are attacked, and it doesn’t work.
The reason it didn’t work might be anything, a slight curve on the punch, a delay in timing, a sneaky distraction, who knows and who cares.
What we care is the solution.
Instead of practicing just one defense, you have to practice all four.
And practice and practice.
Sometimes, if one of the potentials almost works, you have to practice it a lot.
Sometimes, if the potential is a disaster, you just have to practice a little, every once in a while, just enough so that you realize… here it comes… WHAT DOESN’T WORK!
You see it’s not enough to know what works, you have to know what doesn’t work.
Not to make what doesn’t work intuitive, but so that you can see what doesn’t work in the middle of combat.
This is a different level we are talking about. We are not talking about being cause and effect, we are talking about causing the cause and effect. We are talking about a ‘master viewpoint.’
When somebody punches you shouldn’t react, you should move with them, in tune with them, developing the block or counter or whatever in the middle of the moment.
This is mushin no shin, or mind of no mind.
This is when your memories memories that you might have implanted yourself, don’t distract you.
This is when you do purely and truly.
And it is really amazing when you find yourself in the middle of one of these moments.
I was working out with a couple of fellows the other day, using sticks. These two fellows had worked out for years, knew each other well, knew the material well, but when it came time to demonstrate, the teacher turned to me, because he could feel that I was more ‘in the moment,’ and showed the technique on me.
Simply, I didn’t hesitate, or make mistakes, I just stayed with him, moving in time with him, moving in tune, and even when he started deviating the technique, there I was, sticking with him, making it work.
So you see, you can’t just practice the martial arts, you have to understand them.
You can’t just practice a technique, you have to practice ALL of the techniques, all variations.
You can’t train yourself to just respond, because then you are training yourself to be effect to the other guy’s cause.
Instead, you have to train all the potentials, even the mistakes, then mistakes won’t fool you, or otherwise trip you up.
The best place to do what I have told you about here is the Matrix Karate Course. The Matrix of Blocks, which is just one small item on this course, goes directly to the heart of this. You will then understand how blocks work, how they work together, and how to define what mistakes are so they never trip you up.
Go to the Testimonials in the menu and do a search for your martial art! 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
Al Case is a powerful presence to be around, but if you can confront it, then you will not be sorry, for there is no one like him, and it is an extreme privilege and honor.
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