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One of the neatest training devices is a simple box of sand. You make a spear hand and thrust downward. As time passes, you get deeper and deeper, and you learn how to be ore intense and demand that extra inch out of yourself.
Interesting, this is a method that is supposed to be used for sharpening knives. If you want a real sharp knife, theory goes, you thrust knife down, and the sand whittles away at the edge.
Mind you, I have not played with this, so use at your own risk. And let me know if your knife gets damaged. I’ll put the results in ablog.
Anyway, your hand won’t get damaged by thrusting it into a bucket of sand. As a matter of fact, the fingers will become able to stand impact, your spearhand will start to shine, and you will have martial arts weapon of unusual intent.
Of course, your hand might look a little gnarly, but that’s okay. Just hold up your hand and put a crazed expression on your face and nobody is going to want to fight you. Grin.
Have a great day, and if you want some great tips on toughening the hand, specifically how to have the hardeat punch, check out the book I’ve written. It is called The Punch, and it is at Monster Martial Arts.
Fact, it is not watered down, it is intensified…because it is pure. Toss out the influences of the other arts, and you have one of the deadliest arts possible.
Fact, while there is a fighting art in the course, the true thrust of the material is towards presenting a method for analyzing all arts.
You see, you can make any art pure, and make any art deadly, if you toss out all the bushwah, poser crap and concentrate on distilling motion into the most logical format possible.
Yes, there is Karate, but Matrix refers to a mathematical grid which you use to plot all motion.
Thus, you can use the matrix on any art, make any art pure, and, BTW, ten times easier to learn.
Think about it this way…if you wanted to direct a fellow to a specific restaurant in New York, would you have him memorize a painting? Or would you write specific directions having to do with the exact streets he has to take to get there?
The fellow who is learning the martial arts today is memorizing paintings. The Matrixer is learning explicit directions which are exact and precise.
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I’m sorry, but there is always the question of quantity versus quality, and in the martial arts this translates as…you can teach the movements, but how do you teach the essence, the ‘chi’ to it all. This is a fair question, and here is what one student had to say about it.
“I’m in the middle of Al Case’s Master Instructor’s Course and I had a realization…This school has found the common denominator of what works in all other martial arts from ALL other places and times; focusing on those essences and strengthening them directly. Which would be why people can learn so quickly… Working on any martial art at its face value would work on these essences very little and it would take 3 – 5 or even 10 years of training to get what your school does in 6 months to 1 year!”
The common denominator of the martial arts is simple, and it is simply taught. Yes, you could study for a dozen years, learn all the moves, and a certain amount of chi would finally seep into you.
Or, you can just get knowledge and do it.
check out the Master Instructor Course at Monster Martial Arts and see if what i say is true. Get a free ebook on the home page.
If you are in a real system fighting starts to become secondary, you start working on silencing the inner chatter in your mind.
To concentrate on one thing, to the exclusion of extraneous thoughts in your head.
This is the real point of it all, can you get rid of so many thoughts that your head is silent all the time?
If your head is getting silent all the time, you are doing real karate. If it is not getting silent all the time, you are not.
This can be applied to other martial arts, but I found it easiest to perceive in Karate. Of course, that might just be me.
But it doesn’t happen in an art that isn’t a real art.
If you are interested in smooth and slick training programs that result in a silent head, come on over to Monster Martial Arts. It’s good stuff.
Then there are those people who actively look for forms and techniques, study the moves, and think about what has happened.
The first guy is a Beavis and Butthead fellow, and these guys are why I don’t usually allow comments on my videos. They aren’t going to say anything nice. They drink beer and snicker and have an opinion…and know not facts.
The second guy is sincere and interested in what is happening. He’s comparing what he’s observing, searching for a truth. Chances are, this second guy has a kicking bag out in the backshed, or a homemade makiwara on a fencepost, and he even goes out in the backyard on a weekend day and works on these things called forms.
There’s two types of people in life. Always choose the second for your friends. Beavis and Butthead will just light you on fire and snicker. The second kind will help you move your refrigerator, lend you five when you’re short, and even come to your kid’s birthday party.
Pick up a free book on Matrixing at Monster Martial Arts.
Mushin no shin means mind of no mind. simply, you get rid of all the garbage going on in your skull, and you dedicate yourself to doing one thing, and one thing only. In this case, the one thing involves the use of the karate fist, and punch powerful beyond imagination.
Interestingly, attempting to understand mushin no shin can result in mystical experiences, insights of supreme clarity and understanding the universe, and so on.
The reason is because when you get rid of the mind, and start working at a spiritual nature, you perceive the universe differently. You perceive it without eyes.
That said, mind of no mind, can actually be expressed as ‘Time of no time.’ You start perceiving time between techniques, you see.
Now, when I first realized this, I stopped punching with muscle, and started extending my arm like it was a stick. I stopped grunting and snapping and powering up, and simply held the ground with my feet, and extended the stick of my arm (fist) through my opponent.
Man, it worked like a miracle. Right from the get go, I was having to tone down my techniques, they were just causing too much pain, and threatening to cause severe damage.
Check out this video of me and a candle from over a foot away, I am just using mushin no shin, and the arm like a stick…
Hitting without hitting.
It all makes sense with the simple concept. Sometimes you have to go through a lot of work out to get the concept, but you shouldn’t have to. After all, if you can understand what I just said here, you should be able to do it.
Drop by Monster Martial Arts to find out more. Check out the http://www.monstermartialarts.com/Matrixing_Chi.html, it’s ina link at the bottom of the home page.
Training a Karate Instructor is something nobody knows how to do. They either assume that the fellow knows how to teach because he has been studying a long time, or they put him through some kind of boot camp toughen up training. Both methods are absolutely lacking, and have nothing to with learning the precise methods of how to teach. Sad news is that I have seen almost no instructors, no matter how many belt ranks they give themselves, who actually know how to teach. Let me give you a win, then tell you the three things an instructor has to know.
‘When I was helping other students with Matrix Karate, and going through the matrix of blocks one-on-one with them being the attacker, I always had trouble fixing their blocks and stances that had something out of alignment. I understand now that I had a hard time because I was in the action. I think if I had been outside the action I would have been able to fix the problems more easily.’ Thanks for the knowledge, Al. Howard J.
The Instructor has to know the viewpoint of the dummy, because he has to know what the technique feels like. He also has to have the viewpoint of the attacker, because he has to know what to do. But a real instructor actually has to be both attacker and defender, and this is the third viewpoint.
Here’s is the tragedy, 90% of the people reading this say, ‘I knew that.’
No. I am not talking about ‘knowing about’ something, I am talking about a viewpoint of technique that enables you to actually permeate the space of both students, and actually be both students. The unfortunate truth is that no matter how many boot camps you attend, or how many years of experience or belt ranks you go up…the only place on the planet where you can learn to be both attacker and defender, while staying ‘outside the action’ is in the Master Instructor Course. No other school even talks about this, let alone understands it, let alone can get you to do it…but that is the secret of a good Karate Instructor, or of being able to instruct in any martial art.
If you want to learn how to be a karate instructor, or an instructor in any art, the principles of how to teach martial arts are the same, and they are listed exactly in The Master Instructor Course.
An instructor should have knowledge, and the ability to get that knowledge acorss to the student. If you understand this last sentence, then you understand the spirit in which the Master Instructor course was done.
Data. Pure and simple. Me to you. You to student. That’s all.
The joy is that it is the correct data. Here’s a win from a fellow who studies kenpo.
The benefits of the material in this master instructor course far outweigh the price paid. The things that I have gleaned and continue to glean could fill volumes of tomes. I have gained an unshakeable foundation in my art and have begun to bridge all the gaps of knowledge that I had been left with from previous instructors. 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 A. Ross
Man, can’t argue with a win like this. He saw, he used, and the data is him. Any Kenpo student can become a kenpo master by understanding the data on this course. Period.
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I like Karate as a first art because it is solid in the basics. Later, when you have experience, it’s fun to twist the basics, create different types of energy, learn sneaky ways of bashing somebody. But, in the beginning, Karate is the best. Straightforward power that can out kick a donkey, out slam a gorilla, and is just plain fun!
If I had not learned this as my first art, I would not be where am today. The basics, the foundation; a solid point upon which to stand, was essential to me as a martial artist. Few people truly understand what the basics are, let alone how important they are. Karate taught me all of this and I finished the program with confidence that I could apply what I had learned.
It’s true that people don’t understand what basics are. Take a look at the Pan Gai Noon Sanchin form. Goku does it for breathing, Shotokan does it for technique, uechi does it for dynamic tension…and they all are only partially right. Ground the weight, turn on the tan tien, and put the energy in the hands. The other theories are all right, but they miss the boat if they don’t concentrate on these three principles, and just these three principles.
Here’s a vid snip of me teaching Sanchin to my son many years ago. Karate was his first martial art, and it saved his life. Literally. Take a look at the columns at Monster Martial Arts and you’ll come across the tale.
Talk to you later.
…will lessen confusions for not just the student but the instructor as well…hence, the art will stick around for a while. Less confusion means more students.–WG
The point here is…where do the confusions come from? They come from what you don’t know. You see, when people become martial arts teachers, they learn the martial arts, but they don’t take classes on how to teach, or the physics involved in the martial arts, or about a thousand other things. Look, martial arts provides a great apprenticeship, but you need more. You need actual knowledge. That’s why the Master Instructor Course is selling likle hot cakes, and why people are blown out by it, and why it works so well. It tells you the physics of the universe, but from the martial arts point of view, and that changes people. So if you learn these physics, you can answer questions, not just say ’that’s what my instructor said to do,’ and, as a martial arts instructor, you’ll keep students.
I tell you, the guys who are using the data on this course are keeping students, and their schools are growing, and the economy doesn’t matter at all!