I began martial arts in 1967. Chinese American Kenpo Karate, as taught by Rod Martin, a rogue student the Tracy brothers.
I quickly became an instructor, then wrote the instruction manual for the school.
From Kenpo I went to Kang Duk Won Korean Karate, as taught by Bob Babich, a student first of Don Buck (The Tiger of Benecia), and probably Mas Oyama, and finally Norman Rha.
After Kang Duk Won I picked up Sticky Hands and a small bit of Wing Chun Kung Fu, Aikido, Ton Toi Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, Fut Ga Southern Shaolin Kung Fu, various systems of Tai Chi Chuan, various systems of Pa Kua Chang, Indonesian weapons, and whatever else I could glean during the golden age of martial arts.
Eventually I became a writer for the martial arts magazines, including my own column in Inside Karate.
Over the course of my career I have written well over two million martial arts related words. This includes probably a hundred training manuals and over 40 novels, over a thousand articles, and several websites.
There is no doubt that I am the most prolific martial arts author in the history of the world.
I was about 40, engaged in much writing and research in the martial arts, and I noticed a strange thing, there were a bunch of techniques that didn’t fit in any art.
I tried to do something with them, to understand them, and ended up throwing them into a ‘basket’ for later perusal.
One day I decided to ‘solve’ the martial arts. I am pretty sure I am the first and only person to view the martial arts as a problem to be solved.
One weekend I wrote down every technique I knew, from dozens of different martial arts, on the backs of business cards. I then laid the cards out on my living room floor.
There were thousands of techniques, the cards covered the living room, were across the tops of tables and chairs, etc.
When my wife came home she doubtless thought I was crazy.
Crazy or not, I began grouping techniques, sorting them, trying to understand how they all fit together. I threw out duplicates, tossed posers, arranged by art and attack.
Took all weekend, had the second worst headache I ever had, but I did it. I resolved the martial arts down to a set group of techniques. There were, as I recall, 72 techniques. I eventually whittled this down to 40. These are ‘The Forty Monkeys’ of the course I called Matrix Kung Fu (Monkey Boxing).
Interestingly, there was nothing ‘monkey-like’ about it, but the name was right and I knew it. At any rate, this was my first breakthrough, and started me on a very unique and never before trod path.
I needed entry techniques to make the 40 techniques work, I needed drills and ways to teach them and…I needed a lot. Interestingly, I found myself reaching into that ‘basket’ I told you about.
Time passed, years actually, and I developed methods of teaching, styles of motion, and I fleshed out the art. And, eventually, we come to now.
Monkey Boxing is a fully fleshed martial art. It has the best, most efficient strikes in the world. It provides a smooth transition from kick to punch to knee to elbow to takedown. It accounts for ALL weapons. It has the best, fastest, most no nonsense, workable method of freestyle in the world.
Things that took me years, even decades, to figure out, are all here, presented in linear, logical, easy to understand methods.
Students become intuitive about the martial arts incredibly fast. Sometimes they look at the material, blink a little, say, ‘Oh!’ And then they are changed, improved as martial arts by a factor of ten.
There really hasn’t been ANYTHING like Monkey Boxing in the history of this planet. As you study it you will see how one move leads, logically and intuitively, to the next, without ANY opposing concepts or motions.
I do want to tell you one thing: I recommend doing Matrix Karate and The Master Instructor Course.
Monkey Boxing is not about developing structure, energy, or anything like that. It is aimed at the quickest, fastest, most efficient method of dismantling an attacker possible.
Now, that all said, let me tell you one other thing: I have taught this art. I have taught in pieces, in various ways, and it is foolproof…if the fool has just a bit of discipline.
Don’t read it and think that’s all; be prepared to work it. To laboriously take apart the techniques, to turn them inside out and upside down.
That is the only way to success. This is not a gimmick. It can be done fast, but it is going to change your mind and spirit…if you apply yourself and let it.
Doubters (and you can recognize them because they speak disparagingly of martial arts other than their own) need not apply.
Enjoy, and do the art until the art does you.