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Finding the Muse in the Martial Arts

Newsletter 16

Letting the Art Guide You

Here’s three vids…

Friday, February 3, 2017
MB 61 The Meaning of the Prayer ~ What is the meaning of that opening move in the forms? You’re going to find some interesting stuff here.

MB 62 Opening the Grab Arts ~ Really digging into he grab arts. This is specifically on wrists, but it opens the door to all sorts of other things.

MB 63 Aligning the Body ~ This is the straight skinny on how to use your body. If you don’t use it right you are inefficient, and can actually damage your body.

Sorry to be late,
I’ll get faster next week.

This week I was writing a book.
It’s funny,
when I write a book
everything gets put on hold.
I’m not one of these guys that makes an outline,
collects reams of notes,
shuffles through the mess in search of
some way to express myself
rewrite five times,
send it out for editing,
rewrite it three more times…

There are writers like that,
you know.

I can usually spot them
because they are boring.

Sometimes they are excellent,
but this is rare.
Mostly they are talky and boring.

When I write something hits me.
I run to the computer (literally)
and start writing.
I don’t stop until it is done.
I never have writer’s block,
I never have doubts,
it is like some higher power
has decided to use me.
Some people call it the ‘muse,’
and this concept is true.

I didn’t start out this way.
I started out boring,
writing the way I had been taught.
But teachers usually are telling about things
they have never done.

It wasn’t long,
just a few failed attempts,
and then I was sunk into the muse,
pushed about,
made to write
in a smooth,
beginning to end flow.

What does this have to do with the martial arts?

EVERYTHING!

The more I do the martial arts
the greater is the muse,
the more powerful is this invisible hand
that shoves and guides me.

I don’t write,
I am written.

When I am done there is almost no need for editing.

That statement,
right there,
actually freaks other writers out.
They don’t know what to do with that.
“But everybody needs to get ‘checked!’”

Not if they have experience in cultivating the muse.

Overtime I do a form
I feel a spirit.
I feel something enveloping me.
I feel hidden hands guiding me.
I feel eyeballs searching over me
finding my mistakes and whispering of them
right into the middle of my cranium.

And,
the more I feel this in the martial arts,
the more I feel it when I write.

Writing doesn’t have this discipline.
There is the discipline of forcing yourself to write,
but,
fortunately,
I have never felt that.
I just feel the love of writing,
and can’t wait to doit.

I literally RUN to the computer.
and let myself be written.

And,
I am sitting watching some stupid show on TV,
and,
suddenly,
something picks me up,
deposits me outside,
in the garage,
at the dojo,
and I move.

I am moved.

But you have to commit yourself.
You have to know what you love,
and let your love guide you.

Very hard for most people.

But you are martial artists,
so you are already half way there.
All you have to do now is…
let yourself go.
Give yourself up.
Do…and feel yourself be guided.

Enjoy your work outs this week,
every work out is precious,
a chance to commune not just with yourself,
but with…everything.

Have a great work out!
Al

Any questions or clarifications
send them me:

aganzul@gmail.com

Exploring the House Forms

Newsletter 14

Exploring the House

Here’s three vids…

MB 59 House Solo ~ https://youtu.be/w-nzddVdzQM

First I teach the form solo. I take the time to push on the form,

to make sure the body alignment is correct, and goes all the way to the ground.

I usually teach first the low block version, then the outward middle block version, and then the high block version. Then I put them together.

Sometimes I teach the two man version first, because it makes the blocks real, and shows the student how to be real in his form training right from the start.

MB 58 House One Two Man ~ https://youtu.be/8un9tgHFJxs

The two man version develops an appreciation for reality that is possible in no other two man form. This is so straightforward, so logical, and makes the student understand how to use this stuff in reality.

MB 60 House Techniques ~ https://youtu.be/OhhPYpu1ehE

Oddly, I don’t teach the techniques much, except when they go into grab arts. But the grab arts don’t start until the second house form. The fact is that the two man version of house one is so real it doesn’t need the techniques. Much better to just get into the form and drill it endlessly. You avoid a lot of talk about what works and why, situations, what ifs, and so on.

Okay,

this week we’re going to take apart the first house form.

First the two man version,

then the solo version,

then the techniques.

I created house many years ago.

You can actually find an article on it

in the articles on the Monster site.

I was trying to make a better beginning form.

One that fit in with the matrixing concepts

I was developing.

I took a look at all the beginning karate forms,

I looked at the various disciplines,

went through all the karate styles.

One of the better forms was Short One,

from Kenpo.

The problem is that everybody does the form wrong.

The blocks break the basic alignment of the body,

there is improper preparation between blocks,

and so on.

Still,

I liked the form.

It did the four basic blocks

in the four basic directions,

but then it stopped.

The next form expanded,

but not logically.

There was no continuation of the concepts.

So house one was easier to learn,

could be adapted to two man versions,

and it led to House Two.

That’s the story behind house One,

work it hard,

and enjoy.

Your art will be better for it.

Have a great work out!

Al

Any questions or clarifications

send them me:

aganzul@gmail.com

Monkey Boxing Slap-Grab Drills

Newsletter 14

Matrixing Open and Close Drills

Here’s three vids…

Thursday, February 9, 2017
MB 49 Moon Blocking Drill ~ Exploring the potentials of the Moon block through a series of realistic drills.

MB 51 Butterfly Blocking  Drill ~  Exploring the potentials of the Butterfly block through a series of realistic drills.

MB 52 Crescent Kick orig ~ I did a couple of vids on the crescent kick, a couple of viewpoints, making sure I had all the info right. Here’s the first.

Allright,
we really take apart blocking drills,
put drilling to the theory
that there is only closing and opening
when you are blocking.

And,
we double up the work by going from the stationary Moon,
to the moving Butterfly.

Should give you LOTS to think about.

The idea is that you should be able to stand
face to face,
not flinch,
because you have examined ALL the potentials of blocking,
and no one can give you
something you don’t know.

The trick behind this is to do the drill
until you can see it coming.

You see it before it happens.

The idea here
is that somebody throws a strike,
you react.

After a while
you see the telltale signs.
You see the lean,
the pre-torque,
and you don’t react act,
you just act.

And,
as you delve deeper,
you will eventually see the thought.

There is ALWAYS a thought before an action.
A person’s body does not move
until the person tells it to.
You will see the thought
that tells the body to move.

At that point you are well out in front of the attack.

The original concept here
came from Kenpo.

See/think/react
became see/react
became
react.

But this was insufficient,
it didn’t allow for growth into justing acting,
which is to say,
being bigger than your opponent
and seeing what he s going to do before he does it.

Obviously,
I’ve shortened the procedure up
by listing the matrix of open and close

open/open
open/close
close/open
close/close

But that’s what logic does.
It takes the adequate,
and makes it scientific,
and then intuition is possible.

The funny thing is that science doesn’t account for intuition.
Science talks about weird things,
and never takes into account
that there is a human being behind the action,
and that the human being always has different standards.
Differents ways of acing,
and so on.

Most people think they are animals,
so they fight or run.
The Monkey Boxer comes in touch with his spiritual nature,
so he has a lot more choices.
Threats don’t scare him,
because he has seen all the potentials.

It really is a different place to be.

Have a great work out!
Al

Any questions or clarifications
send them me:

aganzul@gmail.com

How to Control Somebody without hurting Them!

Newsletter 13

Controlling an Opponent

Here’s three vids…

MB 46 Wrist Control 2 ~

MB 47 Foot Catcher 2 ~

MB 48 Butterfly Form Again ~

The point of the martial arts is to control somebody.
Not to destroy the opponent,
but to control him.

The philosophy would be something like this:
‘if you destroy everybody,
you have no one left to play with.’

But it goes a lot deeper than that simplicity.

To control somebody
can’t be done unless you can control yourself.
If you can control yourself
then you can go forward,
spiritually and as a martial artist.

That simple,
and that difficult.

The wrist techniques,
as in the first video above,
are actually called ‘Wrist controls.’

Somebody grabs you,
you control them.
Hey,
if they are grabbing you,
you can actually close your eyes
and feel what their body is doing.

And that alone makes for a wonderful drill.
Have somebody close his eyes,
grab them,
and have them figure out the best method
for controlling the attacker.

Now,
the second video is foot catcher 2.
Footcatcher 2 is a gem.
Interestingly,
you don’t learn it on the foot,
but on the arm.
When you can apply it to the arm,
then it makes it easier to understand the joints and angles of the ankle,
and easier to apply to that limb.

And,
the butterfly form.
again.
The essence,
though,
is emphasizing how you control another person
through controlling distance.

So,
control.
That is the game.
That is the real martial arts.

Sure,
you can break somebody,
kill him,
but there is no joy in that.

Some twenty years ago
i came across an article in one of the mags.
It concerned a fellow
who had actually used the martial arts,
in self defense,
and killed somebody.
He didn’t speak of joy and satisfaction,
he spoke of how he couldn’t sleep,
how he was obsessed with the idea
that maybe he couldn’t have done things different.

He was truly sorry he had become a killer.
He hadn’t planned to,
the situation arose,
he did what his training told him,
and became a killer.

God,
was he sorry.

So,
no matter what your art,
explore it for controlling factors.
Not for destruction,
but for pain and compliance,
that people may live,
and not die.
So you can live
without the deadly weight in your soul.

Have a great work out!
Al

Any questions or clarifications
send them me:

aganzul@gmail.com

Welcome to Monkey Boxing!

Monkey Boxing Newsletter 1

Welcome to Monkey Boxing!

Hi guys,
welcome to Monkey Boxing,
welcome to the first newsletter.

a complete martial arts system
Click on the cover ro find out more!

You’ve had a chance to see the first videos.
If there is any point you want clarified,
that you have a question about,
even an objection to,
let me know.

If there is something you want to see,
even from other arts,
maybe how one technique relates to another,
one art to another,
let me know.

Teaching is not a one way flow.
Teaching is an interchange between teacher and student,
the teacher can pack stuff down your throat,
but a good teacher hears the student,
and shapes the education to the benefit of the student.

There might be a gap of time
between when I get a question and provide an answer.
This is because I try to be a couple of weeks ahead on the videos,
and it may take time to shape a question into a sequence of videos.

One thing:
any wins you have,
send them along.
Wins tend to encourage others,
and to teach others.
Wins destroy the bubble
most people keep themselves in.

Interesting thing:
griping builds the bubble,
insulates the individual from other individuals.
Wins do the opposite.
Wins make people think.

So send any wins along.
They will be most appreciated,
and they will be used to encourage
and make bigger and better martial artists.

And,
that said,
I want you to think about something:
think about sending in videos of yourself.

Whether to test,
or just to check a point,
videos are the next best thing to being there.

If you don’t have video equipment,
set up a smart phone.

Above all,
be willing to make mistakes.
Mistakes are how we learn.
Doing something right a hundred times
and you’ll learn 1/100.
Do something wrong once,
and you learn 100 times more.

You know I won’t laugh,
and what would it matter if I did?
If somebody laughs at you
they are revealing their own inadequate personality.

So think about sending in videos,
maybe testing.

Over the next few months I will outline specifics
as to belt levels
and whatever else.

But,
some of these things have already been said,
especially in some of my books.

I guess that’s about it.
Again, thanks.
And,
my email box is open.

Have a great Monkey Boxing work out!

Al