Great Knife Fighting video…
And congratulations to
Master Instructor Craig Palenzuela
Here’s part of Craig’s win from doing the course…
-Thank you for writing this! I found this easy to follow and understand. I’m very happy I took a chance this.
-This course was a win! The biggest win I had in this course is it solidified for me that I have been right all along in my methods than others “more experienced” because of a “rank.”
-The reality is, a lot of the material I already knew. However I never had anyone explain it in a technical and mechanical way. The examples of the 4 powers and the 6 tools to me were damn near mind blowing. It was the smack on the forehead “oh yeah that’s right” moment.
It cleaned up a lot of the “clutter”. Now, as I mentioned a lot of this material I knew. I was very fortunate to train with Master John Wesley Shepherd who was trained by the late GM Sherman Harrell who was directly trained by GM Tatsuo Shimabukuru, the founder of Isshinryu. He used to explain things in a similar fashion. Sadly, he was never around enough and we were mostly taught by his big brother Billy who is an excellent practitioner but as a teacher………. you get the idea.
We spent a lot of the times teaching ourselves. Because of this, maybe we ourselves stumbled onto these lessons when you combined grown men from different occupations and backgrounds. Fast forward years later after our school closed down, I begin training in Escrima de Cuerdas, an art founded by a simple carpenter the late GM Liborio Heyrosa who couldn’t read or write. He was subsequently trained directly by the late GM Venancio Anciong Bacon (founder of Balintawak) and Nene Rosales a famous Filipino fencer.
– It (this course) helped me tremendously because regardless that the Philippines is a former U.S. Commonwealth, sometimes there is a bit of a language barrier. Some of these lessons did not translate. Your lessons created the bridge. Now everything made sense. The part that also helped tremendously was as we were all taught that it should be one continuous motion or no wasted motion but you explained it and demonstrated in a way that made sense…
The other thing that opened my eyes the most was the body testing. In Isshinryu for us this is common…….when performing Sanchin. I’ve never seen this done while throwing a basic straight punch. Heck, I never even thought of it myself. This to me is the highlight of the read/videos. I’m sure some will say I’m nuts but that’s what it was to me. I can’t wait to try this on everything but it also helped to perfect every technique within a kata. I now see each movement as unique.
Can’t wait to download the Matrix Karate Course! And also, thank you!
Thank you, Craig.
And well done.
Craig says he knew a lot of the material before,
he is exactly the SECOND person who has said this about the course.
This is after me selling the course for 15 years.
what is of interest is that Craig says
they ‘spent a lot of time teaching ourselves.’
This is actually one of the reasons I figured this out.
My instructor hardly ever said anything,
and in the silence I had to figure things out.
My father was an engineer
and I was raised with an eye towards physics and mechanics,
and that is probably my secret.
You see the martial arts have been handed down
mostly through oral tradition,
and that is a fine way to build up mysticism.
The result is teachers use examples that are unique to their culture,
and fail to impart the actual mechanics and physics of the art.
congrats to Craig,
and well done.
thank you to those who have purchased the book courses on Amazon.
I’ve got two of them up right now,
How to Fix Karate
The Shaolin Butterfly.
These are books,
but with links to the videos from the actual courses included.
This is a real step forward for saving money,
and for getting the full course.
I’ve included a video this week.
I’ve got hundreds of these snippets.
I once sold them as a course which six whole people purchased.
So I’ll probably pop them into the newsletter,
won’t be any order,
but they’re a lot of fun,
and pretty educational.
So have fun and enjoy,
and if you like these snippets make sure
you subscribe to the blog at MonsterMartialArts.
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HAVE A GREAT WORK OUT!
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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…