I’ve rewritten this as a blog, and will be taking it off the site as a page. The follow up to this is a few minutes away!
As I write this we are two weeks away from going to Monkeyland.
It is a 120 acre plot below San Luis Obispo.
It is the culmination of several years of intense work.
Frank C., the genius of this transaction, waited, plotted, and scored!
And he happens to like the Martial Arts.
Thus, I am being set free on a mountaintop with the duty to teach as many as will come.
Here is the view looking across the valley (east?) from the back porch.
Cattle graze in the this valley, and we have plans to raise our own uncontaminated, non GMO, natural brand Rib Eyes.
Notice that you are looking down a hill, this may take some terracing so that we can grow some uncontaminated, non GMO, natural brand veggies to side those Rib Eyes.
Here is a picture to the right (south?) of the back porch.
Hilltops. Perfect for temples, dojos, or perhaps a mansion for Frank. Believe me, when you find out what he went through to make this happen, you will fight for the chance to lay the first brick for his digs.
Here is a picture to the left (north?) of the porch.
The water tank on the hill is perfect for a large bamboo surrounded patio for internal arts practice.
Behind the water tank is about a zillion acres of BLM. Bureau of Land Management. Perfect for taking those forty day sojourns into the wilderness. Commune with the mountain lions and bears. Do martial arts where there are NO distractions.
Obviously, there is a lot of planning to do, and a LOT of work. This is a blank canvas upon which can be writ the greatest martial arts temple to ever grace the western world. And YOu are invited!
I’ll be writing a lot more in the coming weeks and months. I have to work on the Monkeyland website, put packages together, see about forums, and all sorts of other stuff. Not to mention building greenhouses and installing windmills and all sorts of other stuff.
But, could there be a more perfect environment to create your martial arts?
So, stay tuned, and subscribe to the monster newsletter, and I’ll keep you updated.
Any questions or comments should be put in the comment boxes below.
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Have a great workout! Al
Don’t forget to check out the first book…Prologue!
Speaking of a martial arts plan, what a great day in the morn! eh?
The nice thing, this past few days and newsletters and blogs and articles and such, is that people are starting to see the overall grand scheme of Monkeyland, they are seeing the culmination of this martial arts plan.
There is the announcement of the land acquisition, and then there is the outline of the curriculum, and things are just coming together in this martial arts plan.
Can you slay your enemies and make…life?
You can see the direction of the martial arts at Monkeyland, and you can understand why Matrix Karate and Temple karate are so important, and you can understand why I focus on them so much.
Matrix Karate simply changes the way you think about the Martial Arts, put that together with the Master Instructor course, and you have a real one two punch.
The complete Matrix Karate package will probably include the small Perfect Karate, the Matrix Karate course, the 120 lessons to Black belt, and maybe a couple of other things.
The point being that if you don’t understand Matrixing, through Matrix Karate, before you come here, that’s going to be the very first thing you have to study.
And, Temple Karate, as presented at KangDukWon.com. An in depth checklist covering an amazing amount of material. You understand the important of Temple Karate because if you can do the first two levels before you even get to Monkeyland, then we simply check you out, award your certificates…gold sealed to indicate that you actually were promoted at the Church itself, and continue on with official monk studies.
So if you don’t have those courses, you’d better. It’s part of the overall martial arts plan.
Now, let me give a slight picture of what has happened so far.
I matrixed, and discovered neutronics, and decided that the world would be a better place if everybody knew the martial arts…the right martial arts. Fixed and corrected martial arts that impart all the real abilities that you read about, but rarely see. So I came up with a plan.
The plan was simple…
Write books and courses, which courses were, for the most part, already done.
Then write websites, selling matrixing courses, and getting people ready for Monkeyland.
Then find some land.
Then start building and create a paradise of martial arts.
So, technically, we’re on step three. And step four should officially begin in the next couple of weeks.
To me the really interesting thing is that every fit together, even the work I had done early on, before I started Matrixing.
And the more I do, the more it fits.
Honestly, some of this I don’t plan, it just fits.
Like the people I talk to on the web.
I don’t plan it, but when something is going haywire, when i need some data badly, somebody suddenly writes me off the internet, gives me direction, clarifies what is happening.
So the conclusion is this: life is an art.
Yes, the martial arts are an art, and you can see how they work.
But life is an art, living life the right way, making things happen that fit into a grander scheme, this is all an art.
So we live, and life is the canvas, and when we are done…is our life a masterpiece? Or is it a shambles?
A martial artist usually understands this, or easily accepts it, because he has already seen how life in the dojo, the mini-universe of the dojo, shapes up as a work of art.
Now, can you accept the larger picture?
Monkeyland is dedicated to the fact of this larger picture, of making life an art for all who come.
There are seven pages under that page, and there is yet much work to be done.
Official Emblem of The Church of Martial Arts
The course of studies to be offered at and through Monkeyland includes seven stages, from Postulant (seeker), to Abbot. This is a logical presentation, based on logic and geometry and tied together by Matrixing, of the following seven steps.
Postulant ~ Matrix Karate
Novice ~ Temple Karate
3rd Monk ~ Shaolin Kung Fu
2nd Monk ~ Pa Kua Chang
1st Monk ~ Tai Chi Chuan
Priest ~ Weapons
Abbot ~ Research and Development
The pages are in the outline stage at present, but future work will include full packages, including Neutronics and other material.
For those of you who have been following Monster Martial Arts over the years, the larger picture is now understandable.
It should be stated that the ‘lite’ courses offered here – lite martial arts courses – will shortly be canceled. They may be included in the packages, for they are valuable, especially to the person who has little martial arts experience, or little martial arts experience in a specific Martial Art.
Also, prices of courses at Monster Martial Arts may be going up in the near future.
All proceeds will go towards supporting The Church of Martial Arts, also called Monkeyland, and I thank you for your donations.
People interested in keeping up with the goings on at Monkeyland should subscribe to this blog, which is now called the Monkeyland Gazette. Subscription box is in the top of the right sidebar at the ChurchofMartialArts.com.
This post is from Monster Martial Arts Newsletter 624.
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Good morning and a great work out!
Or good evening and a great work out,
or…get the idea?
Anytime is time for a great work out!
I’m back in town,
working like crazy to get caught up,
and my apologies for any late orders,
I should have everything done by Monday,
including sending a couple of courses I ran out of
during my trip across America.
Let me know if I didn’t answer an email,
or anything else.
word has it that Monkeyland may be as little as a month away.
What a long journey,
but it is going to be well worth it.
I know that others have constructed temples
for the martial arts in America,
but I really think this is going to be a first.
I am working on putting all arts on checklist format.
Will make it easier to study,
and easier to teach.
I am thinking of how to construct the area
so that it is not just a couple of houses and a dojo,
but a terraced and organized Garden of Eden for the martial arts.
did you know that there are actually seven arts that I have put together?
This makes for seven chunks of knowledge,
or seven steps to complete martial mastery,
in the most fanatical sense of the word!
So instead of working through belts,
although that will occur,
and must occur for people who don’t want religion in their martial arts,
there will be an alternative route.
a fellow who is a postulant,
is a fellow who is seeking (admission to a religious order)
So a postulant would follow a specific checklist,
which might include the first four courses on Monster,
and certain works from churchofmartialarts.com,
for instance ‘prologue,’ and so on.
And I would put together some sort of package to save money,
and a forum where people can actually discuss what is going on.
I have had a lot of requests for a forum,
and I think I see how I could structure it
so people could trade knowledge and wins,
ask questions and such,
and yet stick to specific courses.
First level might be postulant,
second level might be novitiate (novice)
and there would be a separate forum for each level.
I am just thinking my way through this,
outlining a structure,
and things may change drastically
before we come up with something that works.
I say we.
I thank every one of you that has offered ideas,
sent me heads up on links and courses and whatevers.
monkeyland isn’t me.
It’s martial arts.
So how much time do I have left to teach?
And that question leads us to one fact,
can I – we – establish a structure,
physical and spiritual,
that will last past our mortal flesh?
That is the real question here.
Let me share a little something with you about this.
I have had lots of opportunities.
People have offered me this and that
over the course of the years.
One fellow offered to make me a Hollywood producer.
And he was one,
and could do it.
But I said no to him,
and to all other opportunities
and for one reason.
They had to be martial arts compatible.
If the opportunity wasn’t about martial arts,
I wasn’t interested.
over the years I have also had a lot of people
try to button me down.
‘Get rich, Al!’
‘Here’s a job that…’
‘We could make so much money…’
there is the fact that I kept the price of courses down,
instead of going internet crazy,
and gouging people.
Because in the back of my mind is the question…
‘will people remember what I did in a thousand years?’
Even if they don’t know my name…
‘will the effects of what I have done be influencing the world in a thousand years?’
Not because I am glory hungry,
I don’t care if people know who I am,
I’m actually sort of a recluse.
I hide in corners at get togethers,
and don’t even like to go to parties.
I just want to do something that is big and good and will have lasting effect for thousands of years.
What is the purpose of my life?
Do you understand?
It’s not to get rich,
or to be famous.
I could have done that!
But can I actually contribute something of worth
that will help my fellow man,
raise his awareness,
make the world a better place.
Shaolin does that.
I want to do that.
And in America there is a relatively blank canvas to do that.
What an opportunity!
that being my personal motivation,
now you may understand that it is not about me.
It is about the people who help.
It is about people coming together
to overcome a rancid and unforgiving world.
While everybody waves a flag and goes to war,
we nibble at the edges of the heart…and go to peace.
It’s about you.
What do you want?
Do you want to be part of something big?
That will change the world?
Will make the martial arts a force for peace…instead of corruption and tournaments and making money and dominating people and beating people up and…
Do you get the idea?
But it’s a good thing.
So cross your fingers,
that everything goes through as planned,
no burps or farts,
but an actual place to come and study the purest martial arts in the universe,
a martial arts that doesn’t just make the most honorable and glorious fighters in the universe,
but raises people from monkey to human being to…an Awareness of who they are,
what they are about,
and gives them a chance to really do something this lifetime.
And all through martial arts.
Oinkey ka doinkey…
got to go,
you guys and gals have a most glorious day
and wonderful workout!
And I’ll talk to you later…
Here’s the first book
that will probably be offered
on the first checklist…
Let me explain the difference between Matrixing and Neutronics.
Matrixing establishes an overall grid
by which you can ascertain the truth of motion…
in relation to the universe.
You’ve got to understand this,
in Matrixing you are still limited by the universe.
Do enough matrixing,
and you aren’t limited,
you get to Neutronics.
stay with me here,
I’m about to take a left turn.
If you matrix the human spirit enough
you end up with the truth of spirit.
I matrixed religion,
and that gave me virtue.
Virtue is the statement of human experience in this universe.
Stand with virtue,
and you grow larger.
and you grow smaller.
It’s an interesting truth.
But that is only religion,
and religion is not always right.
Religion is too often slanted
by personal interest,
by the quirks of the human soul,
sounds a bit like the write up on Matrix Karate,
I matrixed the human spirit,
and I found something interesting.
Matrix the human spirit enough
and you end up with the truth of spirit.
You can’t matrix any further at this point,
because the spirit has no motion,
and the universe is the illusion of motion
that one has created to give oneself experience.
Neutronics kicks in
that one might understand this state of ‘no motion.’
Matrixing is for motion,
Neutronics is for no motion.
Neutronics is matrixing at the spiritual level,
but the transformation of understanding that occurs here
makes the normal matrixing graphs invalid,
and demands a different but senior set of datums.
in my universe,
was backed up by my experience of enlightenment,
by doing sticky hands and getting out of my body,
seeing the universe as motion
from a motionless point.
So experience backed up theory.
here is the problem.
I wrote the books on Neutronics
removed from the martial arts.
I was interested in the datums,
and how they related to the universe,
and not through the slant of martial arts.
What this means is that if you get any books on Neutronics,
your mind gets blown,
but there isn’t a lot to connect it to the martial arts.
how do we relate Neutronics,
how do we USE Neutronics
when it comes to martial arts?
we seek that state of motionlessness
that is the truth of you.
We find the viewpoint that is apart from your body,
that exists forever,
and puts on bodies like suits of clothes,
and discards them when done.
We do this by finding perfection of motion through the forms.
We find perfection by having the right data..by applying Matrixing.
by doing the above
you increase your awareness.
This is crucial and even the point of it all.
before I give you my example
of how to use Matrixing in the Martial Arts,
I want to say that everything I say here
is also backed up in religions texts.
Specifically the Patanjali,
if you know enough Neutronics,
you can see what all the religious texts are talking about.
here is an example of neutronics,
bear in mind that if you use neutronics
no situation can become physical.
People on the Matrix level still need the physical,
People on the Neutronics level
can defeat attackers without moving the body.
I walk into a room,
there are a dozen people there,
I scan them,
make note of all positions,
then I say something in a loud, booming, commanding voice, like…
‘How are my slaves today?’
‘The reason I called you all together…’
I watch them.
There are three potential responses,
and only three.
away from me,
or with me.
One response is,
‘What you mean slave?’
Aggression is directed towards me.
Another response is,
‘Who’s the crazy guy?’
Pushing me away.
Third and last response,
the guy who smiles,
says something like,
‘We’re fine, massa.’
He didn’t go away or towards,
he maintained balance.
He is sure of himself,
he is in the moment,
instead of reacting to my borderline communication,
he stayed with it,
never lost himself,
and he is the one I will gravitate to.
let’s say I’m talking to the balanced one,
and the guy who got aggressive comes up to me,
I know he’s coming towards me,
and I have done enough matrixing
that I never have to resort (grin) to martial arts.
I have choices.
I can go towards him,
away from him,
I can just balance him.
To balance him all I need to do is pick a direction
that will establish a distance
and maintain it.
this is a circle.
I know somebody out there is going to think,
is he a blocker, a jammer, or a runner…
oh, Al is doing Aikido or Pa Kua or…?
That would be the kenpo slant on Neutronics.
Or the Aikido slant on Neutronics.
Or some other stylistic version of Neutronics.
has no slant.
It is the truth,
Blocker, jammer or runner comes from Neutronics.
Neutronics doesn’t come from kenpo.
Circling comes from Neutronics,
Neutronics doesn’t come from circling.
You have to assess which is the truth here,
and which is the version.
And you have to remember that I am doing this mentally,
with no physical motion.
I circle or sidestep or go towards or away in my mind,
and that handles the reality of him
with no need for motion.
This brings us to an interesting point,
everything becomes weird
when you fold emotions into the matter.
Ever see somebody who is running angrily away?
His body is going one way,
and his emotions are going the other,
and how the heck do you handle that?
do enough Neutronics,
and you can.
And you can handle it with a sudden glow of spirit,
that pulls the plug on the twist of emotions,
and the odd manifestation of motion and emotion.
The trick is this,
everybody thinks they know about this stuff,
I knew that.
But they don’t.
They are still locked in systems,
running the maze of tricks and confusion,
arguing over styles,
or having opinions on techniques,
or just generally holding the opinion that they,
that their art,
And they have never gotten out of the maze
and achieved the overall viewpoint.
They haven’t gotten out because they have never done Matrixing.
Read the wins,
the fellows with the most experience,
the ones deepest into the maze,
are the ones most grateful for Matrixing.
But the point is this,
Neutronics is not a slant,
it is a moment of pure you
that lasts forever,
and enables you to solve problems
as they happen.
Neutronics is not be bound by a system,
but to be unbound in the moment.
I could give you endless examples,
for all life is but an infinite manifestation of neutronic principles.
But what is important is that you do the martial arts,
find the logic in them by matrixing.
Don’t settle for…
this technique connects to this one connects to that one…forever,
but establish a grid by which every martial arts technique has it’s place,
and the interconnection of techniques obvious.
find the principles,
do the Matrix until everything becomes crystal clear,
and you will find yourself,
and then you will understand Neutronics
in a way most difficult to describe.
Neutronics is you,
it is the rules for operating this universe,
a universe that you didn’t even know you created.
Neutronics is the ‘you-niverse.’
We do have a new pope. Over a billion people in the world have a new spiritual leader. As the leader of the Church of Monkeyland, I thought it appropriate that I say a word or five.
First, congrats to the new Pope. His original name was George Bergoglio, but he’s going to go by the alias of Pope Francis. I am sure there is a number after that, but I sure don’t know what it would be.
Now go get them moneylenders!
Now, this new Pope is considered a saint, and that’s good. The bad news…saints don’t fight back.
So how is this new Pope going to trash the moneylenders and send them packing, eh?
It’s a good question. And, I would like to let the Pop know (I know he is reading this blog, is, in fact, a faithful follower of this blog,) that if he wants to pilgrimage to Monkeyland I will give him a few free lessons in the martial arts.
It’s true. All he has to do is show up on my doorstep, with the proper attitude (but, please, do without the fancy robes), and I will give him lessons that result in him being the meanest, the baddest, the greatest Pop Pope ever to walk the walk.
I figure we’ll start out with some soft Tai Chi, lengthen his life a bit, enable him to enjoy being a Pop longer than normal. Hey, let’s face it, these guys are old, they don’t last long, they need every bit of help they can get!
Then, we’ll shift into some Shaolin, show him how to move and groove in the middle of the worst streetfight imaginable.
Why, when I get done with him, he will be renowned as the fightinest Pope ever to wear the robe.
And, if any of you fellows out there want to get a little religion in your martial arts, I can teach you, too.
Of course, it might be more appropriate if you started out at Monster MArtial Arts, picked up some Matrixing, and then got yourself seriously serious.
It always amuses me when I find out what people think kung fu at the shaolin temple, or any temple, was like.
Walking the Circle has Subtle Applications!
Usually these thoughts come from fellows who find their way into my martial arts school. They grill me mercilessly, then, no matter what I have told them, they tell me that they want to go to a temple and sit at the feet of the masters. They want to swing swords with the monks and experience all the bizarre training routines that will enable them to beat up elephants and dragons, and pound their fists into unbreakable lumps of death.
Now, the truth of the shaolin temple is this: it had to support itself. That means the monks had to feed themselves, and this means every day.
Yes, they did martial arts, but, only after a day in the fields, or after building and repairing the walls and roofs, and even after sweeping up the leaves.
And, yes, the martial arts they did study after that were absolutely incredible…wing chun, preying mantis, hung gar, and so on.
But they worked before they did the martial arts.
Now, do you think the fellow who comes into my school, who usually isn’t working and who didn’t get through school, is going to have the stick-to-ivity, the necessary amount of muscles and concentration, to make it through the daily work at the Shaolin temple?
Is he going to be able to fix picks and shovels that broke? Repair the brickwork of crumbling walls? Get up on that roof and stop the rain from pouring in?
Is he going to be able to saunter twelve miles to the local village to sell vegetables from the temple gardens, and walk back, and then feel like doing a three hour workout in the martial arts?
And, is he going to be able to pick up a sword and fight bandits successfully?
Is he going to have the ability to help sick people from the neighboring village?
Is he going to be able to listen to long (boring?) lectures about religion?
Is he going to be educated enough to study the sacred scrolls,and maybe copy them for future monks?
I hope you see what I am getting at here. The real kung fu of the Shaolin Temple was more than just a good work out, it was a commitment of soul that most people would be in awe of…if they could even understand it.
The Need for Black Belt Standards in the Martial Arts!
When I started the martial arts I wanted to be a black belt in the worst possible way. I thought that was mecca, the ultimate, better than anything in the world
So I went to work. I signed up at a Karate school and I put in the time. Interestingly, I was to learn that it took more than time. It took a precise bit of knowledge.
To be precise, I spent a couple of years in one system (Chinese Kenpo), then several years in another system (Kang Duk Won Korean Karate), before I achieved Black Belt. When I got it, however, it was better than I had ever imagined
Interestingly, as the years passed, I realized that I had struck it rich, that all Black Belts were not the same, and that I had lucked out.
You see, the standards of what it took to reach Black Belt were all over the place. One fellow I knew got a black belt cause he could fight good. Another got it because he lent the instructor money. Honorary black belts were passed out to people who didn’t even study the martial arts. To be honest, real black belts were actually, in spite of there being so many of them, a rarity.
Eventually, in spite of hype and glamour, being a black belt didn’t mean much.
Oh, it meant somebody had sweated a lot, maybe, if they were lucky, but there was no single standard whatsoever.
Now, when I achieved a Black Belt in the Kang Duk Won, that system was directly derived from the instructors BEFORE Funakoshi. It wasn’t infected by the folly of tournaments, the shame of politics, or put together with other arts to corrupt its pure workings.
When I achieved Black Belt, when I studied at a specific branch of the Kang Duk Won where the art had not been corrupted, something happened to the students who made it. Simply, they changed.
They achieved something I called CBM, or Coordinated Body Motion. When this happened they began to move their bodies in totally different ways, and there was a feeling of massive energy within. This was usually accompanied by other phenomena, such as dreams, intuitive experiences, and so on.
All of what I have said here has guided me to establish a different standard for Black Belt.
To be sure, if somebody CBMs, I consider them a Black Belt in the old sense. I value that, I prize that. I consider that art of the highest form.
But, interestingly, I don’t make that the thrust of my teachings.
You see, so many people can’t make that step, or, at least, it will take them too long. They don’t have the proper teacher or teaching, even if they are a good student.
So, in putting together my temple (Church of Martial Arts dot com) I am focusing on making sure the student has the knowledge, and therefore the best possible chance, before I start pushing him towards any kind of CBM focused study.
I know that some will disagree with my path, but consider the alternative: 999 out of a 1000 students not making it, being shunted into some weird idea of what a black belt is, putting the emphasis on winning trophies…versus the forging and perfection of character that the Martial Arts are.
Thus, consider the steps necessary to progression in the Church of Martial Arts.
A Postulant is somebody who seeks. This is a fellow who is casting about, and frequently doesn’t even know for what. He encounters Monster Martial Arts or one of my other sites, is intrigued and orders a course or two. If he is ready, if he is a seeker of the true martial arts, something will ignite in his soul. I always know these people, even if only by email, because they start ordering more courses. The courses are inexpensive, they are usually whole arts, and the student starts to ‘drink’ them.
Sometimes people write and tell me what is happening, and sometimes they remain aloof and afar, yet their interest is flaming. Whatever the type of student they are, they are learning the truth about the how and the why of the martial arts. They are learning the physics, and many write to me and tell me how they have changed their art, restructured it, in piece and in whole format, to make it make sense.
And sometimes I receive letters telling me of experiences they have had that let me know that, whether they know it or not, they have CBMed.
Oddly, I get a big kick out of this anonymous relationship we have. I don’t have to be standing over somebody’s shoulder, and by this I mean I don’t need a big organization, to make sure that they are getting the truth of the martial arts.
The art is an art, and though we often, and especially in the beginning, study it as a group, it is a personal undertaking. You are becoming an artist, you are becoming something more than human. You are forging and perfecting your character.
These people who ignite, who begin ordering courses and learning the truth of the martial arts, I call Novices.
A Novice, or novitiate, is a beginner. More important, he is not now a seeker, for he has found the truth; now he is running up the path of the martial arts to the truth of himself as fast as he possibly can.
Now, if a person was to visit me, study under me, and by this I mean at the Church of Martial Arts, the course would be quick and to the point. They would be put on a list of martial arts forms and techniques that are all and completely matrixed
If a person doesn’t have the opportunity to study with me, they need merely go through the eight original Matrixing courses.
Do you see what I have done here? I have resolved the martial arts not to a random, whimsical study of what somebody thinks is cool, or has a bit of workability for an odd variety of people, but to a comprehensive and complete body of knowledge.
Knowledge. Art becomes science. The Way becomes a series of steps that are complete and to the point.
Once a student has completed either of these two methods, either the checklist at the church or the eight matrixing courses, they are considered a monk.
And, a person who has completed novice training in the Church of Martial Arts has a sure and certain knowledge of the complete martial arts, and this includes Karate, several varieties of Kung Fu, Pa Kua Chang, Tai Chi Chuan, and more.
The standard here is in the comprehensive knowledge that can be found nowhere else, and certainly not in the speedy frame of time I recommend.
At any rate, once a person has become a monk, and having a thorough knowledge of the martial arts on the whole, he is ready to pick his specialty. Perhaps he will delve into esoteric Kung Fu, perhaps he will concentrate on Karate, perhaps he will shift into weapons, or some other field of martial arts.
Whatever the Monk chooses to do, he will be well prepared, and he will be assured of his success in his further studies.
For a list of the eight original Matrix Martial Art courses go to MonsterMartialArts.com
Pa Kua Chang, or Bagua Zhang as some describe it, is a weird martial art where in one participatings in walking the circle till one discovers the reality of one self.
Like a puppy chasing his tale till he discovers Buddha.
Walking the Circle has Subtle Applications!
Like Black Sambo forming leopards into … liquid gold.
Like just what is the race of guy racing to?
Dong Hai Chuan was a likable chap with a fascination for martial arts. He engaged in Shaolin Kung Fu, so the tale goes, and reached a point where he was so really good he took to the road and started roaming, seeking instructors able to instruct him more.
His search led him throughout the Wudan Mountains of rural China, back where the mystic sanctuaries stood, and legends had it that old expertise existed in pure design. His search led him to a rare religious sect whose specialists thought that one could possibly find out the reality of the universe by … walking the circle.
So Dong walked the circle, day in day out, in search of his divine nature. For 9 years he walked the circle, and one might well picture the taunts of passersby.
“Examine the old man chasing his shadow!”
“Hey buddy! Place it on a straight line and you could get somewhere!”
“Har de har har!”
Yet, rain or shine, under blazing sunshine and during freezing snow, Dong carried on his trek, seeking the honest truth of himself.
At last, some 9 years into his voyage, he stated to the monks of the mysterious sect that … wasn’t it odd that … the tree he was walking around appeared to be chasing him? That the tree in fact appeared to bending over?
Was the tree bending over? Or was something in his mind bending over? Or was something in his mind just coming to be … unbent?
The monks eyed one other, and one lightly put forward, “An additional 2 years.”
So on went Dong, round and round, circle after circle, nose after tail. And possibly this is where he integrated his Shaolin with the never-ending walking of the circle. Probably this is where the circle came to be imbued with the art of violence, and came to be not simply a repository of religious fanaticism. Maybe this is where the creative mixture of self with the fanatical quest of God comes to be … whatever it comes to be.
Did Dong at last manage to catch the reality of himself?
No reference of ‘the bolt out of the blue’ striking the formerly young lad is made in the histories. Just what is understood, nevertheless, is that he attained a high degree of skills, that he was so profound at circle walking that he had the ability to defeat the Emperor’s bodyguards, and come to be main teacher of that celebrated ‘clan.’ And there are tales of him fading away under the attacking hand, of tiing up mighty warriors in fragile knots simply to observe them fall, of consulting his followers even after passing.
Bolt out of the blue or proficiency, this author thinks that skills is the more valued. However, that stated, we visit the heart of the fable.
We recognize not whether Dong discovered himself, however we do recognize that an individual who walks in a circle is insane. Such purposeless endeavor, specifically in this godless earth, is the heart of insanity. Yet … is insanity not simply a characteristic that others can not discover? Does not one have to go ‘in’ sane to discover real sanity?
The guy who pounds his palm upon a stone, hour after hour, day in day out, year after year … does he make powerful the hand? Or at last divine that the universe genuinely is built of space?
That young child who will come to be old doing his kung fu forms, does he battle hordes and legions in his mind? Or does he exhaust his mind of all hordes and legends?
That acorn … will it truly come to be an oak?
The acorn could fall down a deserted gopher hole, and it could root into fertile ground … however it is time that makes the mighty oak, and the infinite and insane wish to grub into the ground … merely to discover the sky.
We are all grubs … however have we discovered the earth? Will we see the heavens?
Trust Dong Hai Chuan for the answer to that one, yet only ask if you are walking the circle, if you are pursuing yourself with Pa Kua Chang, round and round, year after year, breath after breath.
The writer walked the circle, did Pa Kua Chang for 2 years, till human beings started to bend over, lightening filled his legs, and energy stripes barber poled out his arms … you can easily discover his Pa Kua Chang at Monster Martial Arts.
Many years before I did learn pa kua chang crowd walking methods, I was reading a martial arts journal, I think it was Black Belt, and I discovered this anecdote involving Morihei Ueshiba. O Sensei would go to different towns and put on Aikido exhibitions. I have no doubt the exhibitions were spectacular, however the thing that inspired the heck out of me was the story his uchideshi (inside student) provided involving O Sensei’s crowd walking procedure.
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When traveling across a train station (for example) O Sensei would just walk straight forward, emanating his chi, and the masses would part. Individuals might turn and stare at this imperious titan, then the masses would close up. The Uchi deshi, loaded with trunks and bags, would struggle through the closing people.
The thing that awed me about this relating of occurrence was not that a man could easily emanate effective chi and sweep back a masses, but that it reminded me of my very own crowd walking experiences.
When I was in eleventh grade I used to love to run through groups. I might be late for class, or simply playing tag with someone, and unexpectedly something would come over me and I would be in complete sprint. The halls would certainly be jam-packed, and I would be turning on the nickel, hurrying full tilt, not able to be tripped (and a couple of the teenagers might make an effort). Young women might gasp and also offer little shrieks as I ran full tilt towards them, then turned and spun around them. The ground resembled a magnet to my feet, I never ever slipped, it was like I was flash, yet with magic glue on my soles.
O Sensei’s crowd walking blew me away, however it was so different from mine.
Radiating chi like he was a walking heating system. It was the start of my martial arts calling, and control of chi in such splendid way was yet a dream. Still, I had my very own strategy.
As time went on I obtained the capability to emanate chi, though not to the degree of O Sensei, yet, remarkably, I started to hold my very own procedure up as perhaps not so scruffy.
The key, of course, was in engaging in Pa Kua Chang, in walking the circle. Especially, I would focus on walking EXTREMELY slowly. I would feel the chi go up and down the legs, and I started to comprehend a few things.
One, there was even more finesse in my strategy than simply turning it on and blasting individuals back.
Two, Pa Kua Chang in fact didn’t instruct individuals to crowd walk like I was doing it. Classic Pa Kua Chang was more into tricky hands, and not into fine tuning the walk itself. Walking slowly, concentrating the mindset on the generation and control of chi in the legs, made lightening in the legs. And this lead to the next understanding.
Three, I could guide individuals ways to walk through crowds ten times more effortlessly and effectively, and there was a WHOLE LOT more pleasure in the teaching.
Chi blasting a group is entertaining, however it is pretty much a bully strategy.
Understanding ways to worm through the people at high speeds thrills the creative imagination, it is subtle, it needs more entire body method. And this last is fascinating, and actually essential to the expanding martial artist.
Contrast it to a musical instrument. Chi blasting such as O Sensei did is comparable to the opening chords of’ 2001: A Space Odyssey.’ (Thus Spoke Zarathustra). Crowd walking such as I explain and explain with my particular Pa Kua Chang resembles playing Flight of the bumblebee.
One is spectacular, the other is elaborate. One is outstanding, the other is subtle. One is overpowering, the other is shading subtleties of hue unto infinity.
And, of course, when it concerns crowd walking martial arts methods, one should study both. Have the ability to be subtle, and blast at a second’s notice.
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