MARTIAL ARTS TESTIMONIALS
Here are wins I’ve collected over the years. I’ve sold thousands of courses and have over 300 page of wins. I’ll neaten up the page when I get time. Here we go.
Damn, your stuff is good. Bo
Thank you for your reply Sensei. I will keep you posted on my progress and how I will be incorporating your lessons into my classes. Thanks again for the great courses. Steve Takamoto
You Know Al, People need to read your newsletters through at least two or three times through. Or better yet do what I do , print them and put them in a binder and then they will find the hidden pearls of wisdom on the second or third read through because once is not enough and that is a definite WIN! for all of us— Jack
I know I’ve said it before but I love your newsletters. They transport you to a different place- A win in my book ! Jack
Great newsletter Sensei, thank you. Steve Takamoto
I hope that all is well. Just to let you know that I received my order
yesterday, the Master Instructor Course, Matrix Aikido, and Evolution Of
An Art. Very excellent stuff! Needless to say that I was up late last
nite going through the material. I am more than thrilled with the
purchase. Before I even received the order I knew that your courses were
priced too low. My order is more than a bargain. I can’t wait for the
Matrix Weapons Course to come out. Any idea Sensei when it will be
When I first contacted you I was considering teaching forms again, and
in particular getting back into Sanchin. I’m putting that on hold and am
going to concentrate on the Matrix Aikido for a few months at least.
This is great stuff! I can’t wait to become good and include it in my
curriculum. Sensei, do you give gradings in Matrix Aikido after a person
demonstrates proficiency? I’ve been a professional security instructor
for years and Matrix Aikido is going to be a great addition to the
government courses I teach.
Thank you Sensei Case for such great programs, I look forward to keeping
in touch with you. And thank you for the newsletters, I look forward to
each issue. Take care Sensei.
On Nov 14th a white paint van ran me over….hospital and whole 9 yards…..ligament damage in the left leg…lots of pain..but somehow some way..no broken bones. Without sounding too corny, I’d swear martial arts saved my ass (helmet too). Basically the van did a quick lane changed…I was white lining, and he hit me. I thought he’d bounce off, KEPT COMING OVER! Bike started to tilt…truck behind me….I said see ya, and jumped to the shoulder, doing about 45. Big hole in the knee, hands hurt like hell……did every roll I could possible do to avoid breaking stuff…some how some way….I’m ok.
Sorry to ramble, but as I was rolling in pain…people kept touching me..some guy went for my wallet, I don’t think he was trying to steal it, but I had had enough and just locked his arm up. Kind of neat….no hands…no legs…on my back…and the guy couldn’t get his arm free. I let go, needless to say nobody touched me. Stuff comes out of no place, really neat. You did a good job of teaching me. Wiley
Dear Al, I wanted to thank you again from the bottom of my heart for the Outlaw Karate material you recently sent. I was hoping for that one since the first time you advertised the vhs but I missed out. So Now once again another goal acheived through you. I have many certificates on the wall, but the one I treasure most is from you. I have learned many lessons from many Masters in the last four decades. I will say again I learned the most from you and that was more then all the rest combined. I spent years with various oriental Master Instructor Types, they were good at what they did and not to take anything from them, they simply did not have what you do. In the words of Bruce Lee No superior arts only superior practitioners. Once again you are the Superior Practitioner, Instructor, Master Founder. I would further say in my forty year quest for martial arts truth I found the most truth from and through you and your teachings. So I say to anyone in doubt check it out you won’t be sorry you did.Sincere Thanks Again, Charles Cashmere MD,PhD., Founder Chung Moo Kwan System
Wow! That’s pretty amazing they can do this in only 80 minutes!
I think Al Case has done a great job in devoting himself to making martial arts easier to learn. Hey, let’s face it, if you wanted to learn how to swim would you sign on with an instructor that told you that in order to master floating on your back it would take 7 years at $125 dollars a month on contract? Or a tennis instructor that tells you that the ‘How To Serve’ course is three years?
The sign of a good instructor is one that can help you progress as quick as possible, and that’s in any endeavor, not just the arts. I’ve been in the arts for over thirty years and Al Case is the kind of instructor I would have wanted in the 70’s when I started. I would have saved a lot of time, money, and money.
Al, I couldn’t agree with you more. When you asked in your newsletter what art makes you good at making the sandwich without being the meat, I instantly knew it was Pa Kua. When doing one-in-the-center at Harry’s classes, I used to finish an opponent, and think about where to walk or shuffle to avoid the sandwich all while moving to the next opponent. It was difficult keeping control of the situation – that was before Pa Kua. But after I started learning Pa Kua, the footwork alone put me in control. I just walked circles and used cross-steps and I was never the meat of the sandwich. It was almost like I didn’t have to think about where to move – the footwork put me in the right spot.
Dear Al, Thanks for the first lesson. I’m very impressed with the whole thing. I will work this week to get that change done. I’m so used to blocking then stepping then striking. I believe you when you say that is another thing that is used to get kids started. This form is so much better. I actually already feel more dangerous, if only to myself.
I intend to recommend you to others. What is the best way to do that? Suggest Monkey Boxing website, like Mike did for me? Let me know. This is great stuff. Bo
Al, Just wanted to let you know I got the DVDs really fast. Thanks, I’ve been enjoying them.
Dear Al, To repeat, I am very impressed. I know you don’t need my validation, but there it is.
While we were working, I was striking your hand and I noticed it was like hitting a rock wall. Now I wasn’t trying to strike through it, but still it was a rock wall.
It took a few hours for it to sink in, but I am realizing that your hand is only an inch thick and is supported by a wrist and arm and there is no way you could physically stop my fist like you did unless you were putting the same force against me that I was putting against you. I was striking your hand with enough force that it should have moved backwards at least a quarter inch of so. But it didn’t. On the other hand, if you were putting more force than I was, I would have felt it pushing back, but I didn’t.
Your hand never moved after you put it up. It didn’t move toward me, it didn’t move back. So the only way you could have done that was to estimate at the moment the amount of force I was using and then match it at the exact moment I hit your hand.
I have a funny feeling that if I had tried to strike much harder, you would have still stopped me without moving your hand. And if I had held back and not quite hit your hand, it would not have jerked forward to make contact.
In other words, you were exactly duplicating the amount of force I was using and using the exact amount of force, effort, whatever was needed to control (stop) my hand at the exact moment of contact.
I learned more in that hour than in all the hours I have studied before.
I’ll be working to break that circuit of step/block/step/strike and groove in the step and block/strike.
Funny story (not at the time). A teacher once told me to duct tape a sponge to a tree and use it to practice striking. When dry the sponge was just hard enough and also just soft enough to to absorb the strike. Trouble is, I went out one morning and the sponge was wet from the dew and so was very soft. My fist went “through” it and hit the tree. Ouch. Oh, well. Bo
Hey Al, I received my copy of PGN (pan gai noon) today and watched it and was blowin away to it. PGN will be one of those courses that I will be teaching to my students along with Shaolin Butterfly, Martix Kung Fu and Buddha Crane, once I have mastered the moves myself.
Instead of you giving me a great deal, I should have been begging you to let me pay more for this gift. But instead, all I can say is thank you.
Thanks to you for sharing your knowledge with each of those who has found their way to your website or has read one of your book, I know that all the arts that I teach are only the ones that I have learned for you, I had black belts from other systems and I gave them all up to help do my part in spreading to Matrix word.
Though Outlaw Karate is too long of a course for me to want to include in my teachings I will be soon adding that DVD course to my collection and maybe just maybe I will be able to beg you to let me pay more than it’s listed price. Your fateful student. Stephen D
Al my friend,I love the outlaw karate………….keep ‘em coming Jack
Sensei Al, I look forward to receiving the materials and thank you for the newsletters, great stuff. Have a great weekend Sensei Al.
Thank you for your very informative email. Makes a lot of sense to me.
I’m still looking at your selections on your website, the Master
Instructor course is a definite yes please, now, Outlaw Karate sounds
great, I like the name, although I am a man of the law. Hmmmmm… I
started off by considering the Pan Gai Noon. Tai Chi sounds great, Pa
Kua, something I’ve never tried…
Thank you again for your email. It takes away any fear that I’ve had
about practicing Sanchin since Mark Bishop wrote about the detriments
and since then a whole lot of people started talking about how Sanchin
may be unsafe to do. I’m going to dig up some of your articles from the
past. Great column in Inside Karate, I used to look forward to it, as a
matter of fact it was my favorite part of the magazine.
Have a great day Sensei Al.
I gotta give you a win.
I had to write a lecture.
So I started writing “Al’s Style”.
I just went on and on
and got all the way through it.
Then went back and read it
and I could read it so easily
and I didn’t get lost
and I could easily find the place
if I did get lost.
I altered the style a couple of times
but it didn’t work.
I thought if I just used “justified columns”
it would be better.
I thought since I have so much blank space,
I could make two columns.
I may not use it in writing to others.
I don’t want to steal your thing.
But I’m sure going to use it
when I’m writing to me.
Hello, Mr. Al. Just received my Kung fu lessons package. Was wondering…is matrixing taught in the HOW to Create your Own Art or the teachers program? I have not had time to look into these yet as having great time with learning Kung fu lessons presently. Notice you speak about Nine squares. IS this involed with Matrixing? Any way, Great stuff!
Just in case, Matrixing is not covered in my learning matriel, could I learn matrixing in detail from the Monkey Kung fu and Aikido lesson DVDs?
Thank you for your time!
Don Kelpinski, out here in desert land, CA.
Al my friend, another great newsletter. So many people have forgotten that thee arts are fun and can make you smile all day. Too many students take it to serious, that’s not to say that you should be lax on your study. But smile and enjoy the beauty of the arts that so many other non-martial artists are missing and that is a shame because they don’t know what they are missing. Thanks my friend Jack
Case Sensei, Heres a brand new win for me…I haven’t been reading the newsletters much as of late…they’ve been a little depressing (and I’ve been a little self indulgent…). In September, I tore my Achilles tendon playing paint ball. It took until the second week of Oct. to get the repair done, and the last week in November, just before I was due to start rehab (and just in time for my birthday) I got a bad Staph infection in the surgery site. I spent most of December trying to fight off the infection with oral antibiotics and ointments. For the holidays I was admitted to the hospital, had surgery to cut out the infection and partially undo the tendon repair to investigate its source. Through all this, I’ve been dying of lack of physical activity, and while I’ve been watching every martial arts tape I can get my hands on, It’s been very discouraging. “I’ve lost A LOT” was a constant thought…but just in the last few days It hit me…Matrixing is the answer! I’ve got a few months of recovery left but I know all the material is waiting for me to run through in order. Thanks for your years of hard work and for the road map back!
Your newsletters are the highlight of my day. By the way the Pan Gai Noon is awesome Jack Clark!
The courses I purchases last month are superb. I’m in the middle of Matrix Karate and the MasterInstructors course. The MI course is a real eye opener , once I’ve studied the DVD’s and written course I will submit an essay to be considered as an instructor with you.
I will also be purchasing more courses including create your own system. Although I founded my own system in 2003 it’s obvious I still have a lot to learn.
The Monster MA ad in Feb issue of Inside Kung Fu looks great.
All the Best from ” Over the pond”
ps I’ve attached my system manual if you have a spare moment to take a look
Hey Al, The pan Gai noon dvd is great ! but your newsletters lately are tremendous, anybody not getting these is missing the boat but the giant cruise ship. You hit the nail on the head and are not afraid to tell the truth BRAVO ! Jack Clark
Dear Al, I don’t know that you could have or were even meant to. It is very much what we do when confronted with these circumstances that defines who and what we are not so much in my mind if we even can avoid it. The world we live in a violent place
is it not how we respond to that violence that says even more about who and what we are. And I have to wonder if it is not natures way of sending us something to stimulate our being and change us. I could go into a lot of war stories here but I won’t, I just want to say after a long career in the streets and otherwise it takes next to nothing to take a life it takes so much more to act to preserve it.
So again you acted to preserve and took the high road which says alot, You could have done alot of damage that day but you didn’t,
you didn’t have to and that is what says it all.Sincerely,DrCRC
Dear Al, I will just congratulate once again as you have proven once again you are the Master Founder and have Now once again Proven you are have Mastered” the Art of fighting without fighting” the highest form of Combat there is. As Bruce Lee’s infamous words still linger in the back of my mind every time I find myself confronted with a fight or flight. But I don’t need to tell you any of this you already know and you demonstrated by actions and you remain the Master of your Realm. No one was hurt and you came through yet again intact so with that comes the knowledge you obviously did something right. As for the young stud you did him a service by driving away as we both know he would otherwise be dust. So Yes here we go again another win.The actions you took
yes again that of a Master Martial Artist and more than that of One who has Mastered Himself.Congratulations One More Win,DrCRC
Your predictions and revelations regarding the future of matrixing are interesting to me. That is, I predicted exactly the same thing quietly, to myself, after our meeting a few months ago.
You may notice that I have now purchased almost all of your CDs and DVDs yet I am not taking lessons, I am not an instructor and I do not even spend much time practicing. I have been spending almost all my free time on Scientology courses or auditing in the last few months.
But I realized that I was in contact with something which would definitely alter the world of martial arts and I wanted to have it all, even if I don’t find the time to fully engage in the arts right at this time.
So I bought your materials gradually and now I have em all. I take them with me, on my laptop, and view them at work or when I have a free moment.
I’m predicting a price rise as the world discovers and reaches for all these materials, so I was pretty smart to grab em before inflation sets in, right?
Currrently, I am getting an overview of all the material, doing some basic drills, and will evolve into more drills and practice in my areas of interest.
Have a great year.
Al my friend, another amazing and truthful newsletter. I f people only knew what really went on there would be a revolt in North America. But I guess we can have our own little rant,can’t we ! Jack Clark
Dear Al, Happy New Year, I was on vacation and away from the computer,etc. I may or may not have previously gotten all the material so I made the purchase anyway and besides I wanted the dvd copy anyway, so I will probably purchase other items in the future for the same reasons. I have assembled the Chung Moo Kwan System and as I reached the finishing stage I realized this will never be a completed project as it became evident it evolved over the last 37 years to what it is now and will continue to do so as long as I continue to work at it. I want to say again this would not have been possible for me to do without your vast influence for the last twenty years. You provided me the insight and raised my level of awareness with all the works you provided. In short you have been a major influence upon my life for twenty years now. So with that I thought I would say thanks again and let you know that now
your teachings have even carried over into my research and practice in fighting cancer. I realized that I could apply Matrixing to the
methodology used in cancer and this may very well provide more effective treatment for the patients.I am still developing this idea
but I consider it to be my biggest win yet next to founding the Chung Moo Kwan System. With that you may very well have made a major contribution to Cancer Research in your lifetime and I consider that a Huge Win for Anyone, So Thanks Again for All.DrCRC
I was looking over the write-up you gave me (that goes with the Dharma Combat cd) describing the different geometries involved in martial arts. I liked that a lot – it’s something that I’ve been trying to figure out for a while now. I thought I’d show you what I had just for shits and giggles…
This was a cool newsletter. Harry and I were also working on CBMing camera motion with the motion of the scene. I had Harry do the same move over and over again as I moved with him shooting hand held, and then one time we did it. We CBMed together. It was amazing the difference in the scene. It “popped” right out at you. If you watch a lot of action movies you’ll see the camera start moving at a different time or finish moving after the action stopped. It feels like a run on sentence and is always a flop at the box office. Don’t take my word for it check it out yourself. You’re going to be blown away. Merry Christmas, Elvis
let me say thank you for the dvds
yes i have got around to looking at you stuff
well to say it is the best would not do it justice
so leys say it has opend my eyes to the matrix manian
you are giving so much to us all
how can we repay you?
i will be teaching in a new way in the new year
thanks to you
i have allready shown some of it to my
avid canemaster students and instructors
they wish to know how i have found all this stuff in such a short time
thanks to you all is good at the dojo
have a good chritmas talk soon yours master robin dawkins
Canemasters UK and Defendo UK
First of all thanks for you great newsletters, I really enjoy reading them. I am a true believer in your Matrix System and I haven’t even started learning it yet! I have over 60 students now, so I figured the Master Instructor was the first course I should get so I can immediately start to make corrections. So for a Christmas present from my mother Sharon Pettit, she has ordered the Master Instructor course for me.
My question is which course would explain all the Matrix System concepts that I would need to teach my classes. I am currently teaching traditional Yang and Sun style Tai Chi Chuan for both health (Senior Tai Chi classes) and for how they were truly meant to be used as a complete fighting art. I am a private student of Master Wing Lam and I am also learning Sun Style Pa Kua Chang. My Yang Style lineage is a very impressive one, but as you well know, this all doesn’t mean diddly squat. I have been practicing Martial Arts for 24 years starting with Uechi Ryu Karate when I was 10. I have also studied Kenpo, JKD & Kali as well as Hapkido and Aki-Jujutsu. I am only telling you all this so that you best understand my background and can maybe suggest which course I should learn the basic Matrix System from. I know that you mentioned Karate as including it all in the last news letter, but I just wanted to make sure if this is the best place for me to start. I will be ordering the Pa Kua system and Tai Chi system starting in the next few days. I appreciate you time and considerations and I plan to be sending you many “Wins” in the coming weeks” I hope you have a great holiday.
Ps. Forget the shotgun for that guy coming down the chimney, I plan on practicing my cutting exercises with my Chinese Jim (straight sword) It may be a bit messy but a lot of fun. Also, since I have three kids with the oldest being 5 years old, I was able to score a 35 on the link you gave us for taking on all the 5 year olds.
I am writing to say how much I love seeing all the articles and columns in the all new “Members Area”.
I do have one question, the videos you talked about in the last news letter are they going to be in the Members Area for viewing for free or are you going to be putting them on disk so we (me) can buy them.
I really like to continue to study your style of teaching, and would love to see more of your teaching in a class setting.
Also thank you for introducing me to James, he had some great questions for me about my Aikido Workshop.
As I told James I am working on a simple little book about my system which I hope to have done early next month. After my partners and some of my students finish reading to make sure you can learn from it I plan to sell it on the net, but I would love if you would read it and let me know what you think. And maybe if you really like it maybe write a foreword for the book.
Well enough of my rambling.
Have a great Holiday.
Your student for life,
That was great.
I knocked 22 out and then discovered that my body is worth 4490.00 dollars. lol
(I didn’t count the class fights as being in a fight – so, I’ve never been in a fight. Not bad, I guess.)
I have a win for you though.
Last week, I was not feeling well but I joined in on class.
At one point, the class separated into teams and we proceeded to fight each other.
The first fight, slow reaction. My body would not keep up with my thought process.
The second, something started to tweak. I saw the gentleman in front of me more clearly.
The third and last fight, I went up against an instructor. An interesting thing happened.
I decided to try Pa Kua which is something I haven’t done in 10 or so years. It started to come back to me quite quickly. I had been apart of Pa Kua mountain and that was a blast.
But more importantly, here I was, sick, no energy, but gosh darnit, I was going to do this.
And it happened.
No, I lost the fight, but, something happened with my vision.
Because I was confronting the instructor, and just being there in spite of my body, my vision was clear. Crystal clear and in focus.
I normally wear glasses and anything past about 1 foot in front of my begins to blur (just a bit). Like looking through a 35mm lens and turning the focus off just about 5 millimeters.
I saw my instructor clearly and in focus! (This has happened before when, after reading Dianetics, I was working on my computer, and with no thought on my glasses, went about and did somethings for an hour with no need for my glasses!)
I thought you’d like to know that, Al.
I’ll put together a page of wins which I have had for you if you would like. Let me know.
(or revamp this one?)
Awesome, I’ve been talking to some friends and students of mine about your matrixing and how I hope this will help even more my development as a martial artist.I’ll let you know how it goes.Merry Christmas.
Ain’t that the truth!? I mean it still happens to me
even now. A long gone student comes back and says,
“Wow, I didn’t forget much if at all!”
Rock on Al. Rock on!
After going thru the Master course several times the first impression I have is FANTASTIC! Where were you the first 5-7 years of my martial arts career? The first of the tapes really simplified my approach to teaching the arts it clarified in simple terms what it took me years to figure out. It really breaks down Karate and kung fu, some of the points you made especially regarding the wing chun stance are right on , it is far too rigid and not alive , but by teaching A MATRIX APPROACH THE PIECES FALL INTO PLACE AND THE STUDENTS EYES OPEN. I clearly know that a real art must include proper breathing , grounding , body alignment and coordinated body motion. The thing is I never thought about how all arts are really based upon those tenets.Once again I know how power is generated but I never of putting them all together and explaining thrust, rotation , grounding and CBM as the root of power although it is. You really opened my eyes to simplifying and daily decrease rather than increase (in line with my JKD training).I actually never thought of doing the testing in the manner you do but with a few modifications in stance then even Wing Chun will develop more basic rooting /grounding.
As you said the crux of teaching is show , shadow and do. The main problem I have to guard against is talking or trying to show or correct to much (my type A personality getting in the way). I liked your body corrections this is really in line with what I pretty much do. The look down and look up exercise I have never done but I have incorporated this into stance training. I also like the Korean exercise for stance / grounding training. I have my upper sashes doing this (we just started).
I liked the 6 mechanical tools analogy. I never thought to try to explain using the motor analogy. I have never seen them described this way , actually I know all the tools but never really thought of combining and simplifying the arts this way. The student can relate to the idea of the wedge , incline, lever. Very clear and with a few short demos and discussion with my upper sashes and letting them view the DVD I (you ) opened some eyes. I do think you took years of training and broke thru the Asian mysticism and helped me to look at my art (Bushido Ryu – hard Japanese style similar to shotokan , Wing Chun, Shaolin 5 Animal and JKD) all mixed into what I call Combative Solutions.
I am so impressed I am studying your Butterfly Kung Fu now and ordered Matrix karate today. I appreciate instead of secreting away this information you wanted to share with those of us with an interest. I really feel you improved my teaching ability in the basics alone at least 50% ! It seems we are so busy wanting to teach as our instructors did that we forget there is a better way , your genius is on the order of Sijo Bruce Lee . It is about simplifying and you do that tremendously well.You have showed me a new way to think, you really opened my eyes.
Thanks and keep Blasting ,
Jack Wagner DVM
Certified Veterinary Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
An-Mo Tui-Na Certified
Been reading the manuals -great stuff and the matrixing is awesome Jack
You know what Al? If Ron were standing next to me
right now, I would say this, “Jesus Christ man! Why
don’t you work with Al on some kind of small handbook
on how to matrix and how doing so can help any
student’s demo kit!!!!”
But I can’t. So, I’ve been telling my close
Scientologist friends to ‘matrix’ their demos IF they
Win from yours truly with proper PR-sensitive
Each day I am noticing more and more about how
matrixing is helping people with not just martial
arts, but THINKING. Three of my students (amongst many
others) for example – Daniel, Dave and Jason – have
come a long way matrixing. First, they learned that
applications and martial arts concepts could be
matrixed through Matrix Karate and other Matrixed
Martial Arts. At that point they began excelling at
Karate at light speed. But it didn’t stop there. No,
I’ve now noticed REMARKABLE jumps in their day-to-day
conversational wit and inevitably, their intellect and
This phenomenon was strange and unsolvable to me until
I noticed what it was recently: They were “matrixing”
ANYTHING they learned. They, and other students, would
matrix in order to retell a joke better, to predict
the actions of cars on the streets, delineate airsoft
opponents’ strategies, figure out if someone was not
telling the truth, plan a camping trip with the
efficiency of an eagle scout, do better at their jobs,
study a new dance form quickly, find girlfriends or
boyfriends that met their criteria, help girlfriends
or boyfriends that didn’t perfectly meet their
criteria improve, heck – to better plan out and
predict what someone that they were in charge of would
do or not do well INTO THE FUTURE WITH SPECIFICS and
not just in a half-assed way like, “Oh he’s a fearful
person and hence lies a lot”.
Besides my busy day-to-day working, studying, martial
arts, investing, and
matrixing has also helped my film crew and I work on a
great comedy and martial arts show that will begin
limited airing early-mid next year. Without matrixing,
we could not have learned all the aspects of t.v. show
production as quickly as we did. Without matrixing, we
also could not have transferred that skill to the
feature comedy movie that we are filming mid next year
From the bottom of my heart and the 12 people that I
have now become a leader of, to lead into the battle
that is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness:
THANK YOU AL CASE. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATIONAL GENIUS
THAT STANDS SHOULDER-TO-SHOULDER AMONGST TESLA,
EDISON, ARCHIMEDES, L. RON HUBBARD, AND EINSTEIN
(EINSTEIN BEFORE HE DISCOVERED THE A-BOMB THAT IS)
All this talk about Matrixing has made me want to share this bit of news with you.
Back before I got your Instant Aikido I had looked into Aikido, but gave up as it looked to be too hard to learn, then boom, your Aikido course and I got excited all over again about Aikido. But now as I reread all my books on Aikido I found myself using the matrix theories and understanding it all.
So this all brings me to about 2 or 3 months ago me and my 3 partners started to really matrix Aikido and found what for a time where 20 core techniques though after some more reading we found that Aikido uses a kata that has 17 core techniques. With this information in hand we moved on to getting creative and took a page from you and created a Workshop that would make someone a black belt in Aikido in 7 days. It was hard work but after 4 hour a day for 7 days we found that it worked.
One thing that I did do was make the students wait for 2 weeks before we did the testing so that the student had time to practice their forms and their techniques. Out of the 8 people that came back for the testing 7 of them passed and the 8th will when he comes back next week he was just a little hesitant with some of the moves but he did know what he was doing, we just wanted to make sure that everyone of our students is 100% sure of he knowledge in the arts.
So there you go Matrixing works.
Founder Yin-Dragon Kunk Fu
I could agree with you on that. I have been matrixing my students. The tenth grade ISTEP results, which is the state test shows they increased about 10 percent over last year in English.
Al, you should run for president. Maybe you could matrix this country out of debt. In my opinion it seems to work for everything else. Maybe you could get the dollar to be worth more than the peso!
Thank you , I am thoroughly enjoying my collection I purchased from you. After 35 yrs in the arts i thought i knew alot, but you are teaching me a whole new world.
Great article Al, it really puts the arts in perspective. It really shows too why so many people drop out, they don’t understand,they get confused and quit. When you take a matrix approach to these arts it puts in all in a different light….a nice bright understandable light. You can’t use what you don’t understand ! great stuff
Bonjour Master Al,
The Matrix Book is great!
I have not even got through it all yet but I am having
all these enlightening thoughts.
My brain is just buzzing away ready to go into over
I have been taught so much and learned so little.
I did something fun that I thought I’d share with you. I had to take the bus today because my car broke down. I was really upset due to the fact, well, MY CAR BROKE DOWN AND I HAD TO TAKE THE BUS! So anyway, as I was sitting there on the bus being mad I thought that I should find a way to get out of this state of mind. So I came up with a game, and a test. I stood up and then “grounded” myself. I didn’t hold on to the rings just stood there being grounded. As the bus stopped and started everyone else swayed and grasped the rings for dear life as we had a “cowboy” at the wheel, everyone but me who just stood there grounded with a smile on my face. Thanks for grounding me. Hope you’re doing well. Elvis
I’m working on Matrix Karate and I’ve found that the body testing that is explained and done here is the key to the whole art. Yesterday I was practicing my forms, like usual, and then I realized something unusual: I was actually grabbing the ground with my feet! I had a friend come over and body test me and I was not putting any effort into it, just sinking the weight, and it was like trying to push a House off of its foundation.
The motions just flowed smoothly and I could feel the energy as I went through it; Karate is actually making sense.
Thank you, Al!
I like your concepts of teaching the teachers. There is a misconception in the Martial Arts Industry that great athletes make great instructors or that any instructor that is not a champion must not be a very good teacher.
I find your instruction clear and universal. there is something to be said, about something that is the truth, and the concept scientific and logic of matrixing is true.
Since, I have been studying matrixing I have recalled previous texts where the instructors have attempted matrixing, but could not fully articulate their concepts.
Every 5 years there is a new trend in Martial arts the current trend is Reality Self defense and MMA.
There are some great programs developed by highly trained and skilled professional instructors.
Matrixing reminds us that there is nothing new under the sun,only the packaging, branding and marketing of curriculums and trends, but the fun of it all is that having the core concepts or formulas at your disposal you are able to dabble in new arts or trends and get it quickly.
Have found your books and dvds excellent. My background is mainly in medical qigong but I practice Sun Style Tai CHi, BaGua and HsingI as well as Eagle Claw, Snake Style Kung Fu and several Wudang weapon styles. This is the first time I have had the underlying principles so clearly explained and in a way that they are immediately workable and demonstratable. I have worked through the Master Instructors Course, Aikido and Butterfly Bagua and have started to breakdown the Sun Hsing I using your matrix method. I was even able to teach a 70 year old friend of mine with no martial arts background your instant aikido where she was able to do some very accomplished locks and throws after the first lesson. Was very interesting to see how closely the akido locks related to the Sun Style Tai Chi Chin Na techniques. Was also interesting to see how the principles were immediately applicable to sword technique.
Looking forward to getting your other items. Noticed you are preparing a course on disarming weapons. When is this likely to be available.
I look forward to your stuff and furthering my art! Psychologically what you say makes so much sense as Bruce Lee said , the better you get the fewer techniques you use because you understand the underlying principles, yet few of his students were taught the underlying principles. You are teaching the underlying principles. I live in the Florida panhandle , where do you live?
I’ve been really busy lately but starting today I’m studying at least 2-3
chapters a day until I finish. So far though its been
really great! Thanks so much for all courses.
I have been taking the Matrix Karate class under Harry and the
beginning was rather interesting as the Outlaw Karate moves kept
coming up automatically.
I’m having fun with your system (as I always did) and I wanted to
just wanted to say I have received the courses I purchased and just on a quick viewing found them excellent. Am working through them in the manner you have suggested and even after day two am finding it all coming together remarkably quickly.
Al, the reason I finely decided to order these DVD’s (Five Army Tai Chi Chuan) was that after one of my classes, which I am continuing to teach at the park, I was invited by a fellow name John to learn Tai Chi with him and some of his students. I found the art to be fun, but when the class ended I inquired about the martial application and to my surprise John told me that there where none, that it was only to be used for relaxation.
Bull, I then showed him how I could turn just the few moves that I had just learned into a usable defense (only because I read the Master Instructor manual.) This got me thinking about this art and I know the best place for me to learn it was from you.
Have a great week
Ok so looks like Jason Barclay is mid-Master
Instructor’s Course but he emailed me a win just now!
I didn’t know if you wanted it now, or when he
completed the course and wrote up more wins. Either
way, following is his Win-Just-In:
Hey Harry, I’m in the middle of Al Case’s Master
Instructor’s Course and I had a realization of what we
are doing in your school! 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 in our
school. 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!
This letter is to all of you who are thinking of ordering a course but just are not sure that it is really worth it. Let me say first off that I don’t know Al personally other than from his books and DVD’s and some emails.
With that said, I have been involved in the martial arts for some 26 years. I have studied a lot of different systems and have received a number of black belts.
My journey with Al started about 8 years ago with a book written by Al called Shaolin Butterfly, which I studied and still study on a daily bases. Then Al did something that has changed my martial arts life he started offering all of his courses at a lower price than what he used to charge. I took advantage and started by ordering just a couple. I went through them and found a wealth of information which cleared away the fog that most instructors throw at their students because they themselves don’t understand the whys of their systems.
That was it. I ordered all of Al’s courses. I have taken something from each of the arts that Al has put at my feet and have made it my own, and this has been a real gift.
I had been struggling for years to create my own system, when I ordered a DVD called Matrix Aikido, and within hours of watching this DVD I had the key to my system. Now I teach a class called Yin-Dragon Kung Fu, and even though I created this system I still go back to all of Al’s arts and I find that I have incorporated different moves from almost all of his arts, so in a way my art is his art and that is my gift to him.
I am not telling anyone which courses they should order that is for you to decide; you know what you want to lear. All I will say is that with whatever style you choose you should also get the Master Instructor course too. The reason is that it is packed full of information that will speed you on your way to mastering whatever art you are studying.
I wish you all well on your own journey into the martial arts.
Founder Yin-Dragon Kung Fu
the courses were worth the wait. I’ve been so impressed with the courses that I ordered 3 more! My only wish was that you could have taken just a bit more time explaining the forms in the videos. Aside from that, I think the material is terrific. If I could ask a question, how long does it usually take to learn an art and seek certification in it?
Thanks so much for answering. I look forward to receiving my next order.
PLEASE keep these (the newsletters) coming, they are one of the very few e-mail I get that has anything worth while written in them. Thank you for writing them, they help me a lot in my day to day life.
These newsletters are full of nice info!
I received the Matrix Karate and kicking DVDs today.I watched about half of the kicking DVD and I really think the info on it is excellent ! That is why I am ordering Monkey Boxing.I am sure I will end up with all of your DVDs.I can’t wait to get started!
Thought I’d let you know of 2 wins I had recently. Small wins, but wins nonetheless.
This past Saturday, I gave my brother-in-law an intro class to matrix karate, and he was hooked after I showed him a front stance plant-and-push punch. So I now have a student – win #1. Then, today, he took his daughter to her karate class, which she had been going to for a while. When he came back, I asked him, “So, how did they do their blocks?”. With a big grin from the understanding of what needed fixing, he told me that they swung out their arm for a low block instead of shooting it out, and their arms for the high block were at less than 135 degrees, less than 90 degrees even. That was win #2 and it put a big smile on my face. I actually transferred 2 vital pieces of unadulterated, unmolested data from my brain to his, probably much more than that – not bad for a rookie instructor, a rookie martial artist, and a 45-minute intro, if I do say so myself. I nearly broke my spine from patting my own back!)–Howard
I conducted a Matrix Aikido training class for a Security Team at a local manufacturing plant. I tailored the training according to their Use Of Force policy. As you know they need control and takedown skills. I knew Matrix Aikido would be the answer. The training plan you shared was boss. The class went so smoothly. The participants learned very quickly. By the end of the class you could see techniques of Monkey Boxing coming through. They were also able to create their own techniques. There was one female officer in the class who asked to become my private student. She was throwing, locking and taking down guys twice her size. The Security Supervisor wants me to come back and with more participants! I’ll keep you posted.
Here is my success story in doing the Master Instructor Course:
First off, I would have to give you a little back history so you can fully appreciate where it is that I’m coming from. When I was about five, I started off learning Nagano Ryu from my father, who learned it from his uncle, who in turn learned it from his father, and so on. There wasn’t much too it – it was basically a garbled version of the 40 Monkeys, with some Judo basics, and no forms. [It turns out that this system is actually an ancient form of Ninjutsu that is no longer in existence today!] The main thing that I took away from this early training however was something that my father kept telling me, which was: “Practice one thing a thousand times and you will finally understand it. Practice it ten thousand times and you will be a master.” After about a hundred times of being thrown to the ground I got the picture. But, I also got the “bug.” I fell in love with the art, and have ever since been in the process of trying to become that master.
I spent my teen years learning Karate from an old Okinawan dude, and a sensei that wouldn’t give me my black belt until I could beat up every brown belt in the school. I learned countless forms, but barely any basics. After getting my black belt, I started fighting in semi-professional kick boxing matches. However, I eventually got beaten by a little Thai kid, and realized that all my years of karate training had little actual use in a real fight. So, I moved on to Muay Thai, and then Brazilian Jujutsu, and soon found myself gladiating in an octagon. Needless to say, those were the dark years of my art. (Though, I did learn some valuable up-close and personal lessons about what a real punch looks like and what it feels like to get your ass kicked!)
It took a real butt-kickin’ before I came to terms with the fact that I wasn’t going to become a true master through combat alone. So, I fell back on my previous training and started doing forms again. I decided that I would approach them from the viewpoint of how to make them actually work. After a while, I started to realize that the Old Masters just might have had something. A while longer and I re-kindled my purpose to resolve the martial arts puzzle and become that master that I always wanted to be. That’s right about when I met a guy at a party (Harry) who told me about this guy “Al” who supposedly already did just that. I was intrigued. I ordered some manuals and started pouring over them. I was so incredibly appreciative that somebody had already spent so much time researching and laying the path to a goal that I thought was going to take me a lifetime (maybe several.) My art expanded and I reached a whole new level.
Then I did the Master Instructor Course and it hit me. The Basics that are so concisely communicated in this course including the Matrix principle IS the solution. It doesn’t matter what “style” I call my art, because all styles follow these same principles. It doesn’t matter how hard I train or how many repetitions I do if I don’t train the right way. And I would never become a master if I didn’t know how it all fits together. Now I do! I can honestly say that I am now on the path that I have always sought as a martial artist. Thank you Al!
I’m really enjoying what I’ve learned from your programs.
Thanks for the words yesterday. I enjoy your news letters. Last night at practice, we had matrix training. I love it. It allows you to think of Karate in a logical manner, rather than this rigid stuff other systems teach. My friend is a Shotokan artist or rather ‘Shotobot’ as I like to think of it. We have sparred in the past and every time, I find holes in her defense and offense. Last night we practiced pretty hard, which is what I need after dealing with a bunch of Seniors who would rather be elsewhere. Matrixing really does apply to almost anything in life. Now if only I could teach myself a foreign language in one week!
Thanks for the words,
My martial arts instructor, Dave Woods told me to email you about a question I have. I am an English teacher in Indiana. Can you think of a way to apply your matrix system to help students learn the concepts of English better? My instructor and I have been utilizing your matrix system in our system, and it works amazingly fast. I just thought it would work with teaching English to my student. EH
After $2,000 and 1 1/2 year of weekend lessons I have learned some Kung Fu exercises and a few forms but I would like to start some more serious practice with your art….and thanks for all the work you are doing to free millions of martial art students from wasting a lot of time and money. RG
Just had to write to you to let you know that I gave my first class in Yin-Dragon Kung Fu. On Saturday me and my two partners had a little workout (demo) at the park and we where able to sign up a few people.
Tonight we where having the first class at the same park and as we were teaching we started having others coming up to us asking if they could join. We had to start a second class for those who had come late to get them up to the reast of the class.
Needless to say the which was only to be 45 min turned into 2 hours, and that was just me teaching them 3 basic circle blocks and 2 locks.
Now the reason that I am writing is to tell you that all Yin-Dragon Kung Fu is, is Matrix Aikido mixed with Matrix Kung Fu with a dash of some circle strikes and blocks that I created which I have also matrix.
Like the Matrix Aikido I explain to the students what we are about to do then I show them the basics of the technique and then I have them pair up and have fun by making up ways to use those techniques.
We all have great fun and everyone was bummed out when I had to bring the class to an end due to another class that I needed to teach. The funny thing is that most of the first class students decided to sign up for the self-defence class which was completely different in style, but everyone had a great time in this class too, and it all is from how I saw you teach your class in that one DVD.
Just finished my in depth study of the course (manual & DVDs). Really enjoyed what I would call getting a whole new perspective on my twenty five years of training in the martial arts.
My first martial art was Jujitsu, then I went on to Filipino Kali, and the last twelve or so years I’ve been studying Tai Chi and Qigong. You really made me reflect on a lot of what I have learned, and I think that some of it makes more sense now.
As you may well know, Tai Chi deals with body mechanics, being rooted and some other concepts that you cover in detail. Unfortunately, a lot of Tai Chi training is done with the “follow me” method with little explanation or attention to the applications as a martial art. Your Master Instructor Course was very helpful in that it explains the why and how I needed to understand for a lot of my training.
Loved your explanations on the body mechanics and physics of a true art. Also loved your correction method for form and the teaching technique. I will have have a lot of use for these in my Tai Chi classes. Specially, given that I want to teach Tai Chi as a martial art.
Thanks a lot Al; you do the arts a great service.
Hi Again Al,
Once again I am making an order of some of your great DVD’s.
(I have already ordered the…) Matrix Kung Fu DVDs which BTW are great, watched them twice, great stuff.
Thanks as alway,
House two is great. I can’t wait to get to start learning and using it. A question though is whether or not it is permissable to print it off. I have a lot of your articles in a binder at home in page protectors and wanted to add it to my collection.
Thanks again and looking forward to learning about matrixing!
(It is okay to print anything off. It’s a good idea, as the site changes every once in a while. The main thing is that this site is for you, the martial artist, to use. Selling my stuff, however, is something that should be done by me. So send any prospective buyers my way. Thanks–Al)
I would like to order the monkey boxing DVD’s. I’ll get a chance to train with it and Instant Aikido in a class I’m doing on the 1st of Sept. I’ll keep you posted. By the way, I received the last order, awesome stuff!
I have enjoyed studying your work. I love how it is changing the way I look at Karate and Hapkido.
I bought your books (hard back 2 years ago and I really like the DVD concept- where do I start I have been practicing Bushido Ryu since 1985 (hard style karate system similar to Shotokan, and wing chun 3 years and JKD for 7-8 years. I have a shodan in Bushido Ryu and instructor status in combative solution – JKD. I prefer Kung Fu but do I need the basic matrixing first , I want to get into your Tai Chi and your Butterfly and Pa kua Chang Kung fu. Please advise.
Just writing to tell you how much I liked your Buddha Crane Karate, I would have paid 3x the price just for that one book.
Also thanks for the new DVD it was full of info that I will be able to both use and teach to my students.
One last thing, and that is that by the end of this week I should have the outlines finish for my new art Yin-Dragan Kung Fu, which at it’s core is the circle. Once I have finished that I will be starting Yang-Dragan Kung Fu which will be based on Wing Chun. I owe it all to you for your great books and DVDs like The Perfect Technique, Making the True Art Work, as well as Create Your Own Art. And lets not forget all the books on Matrixing.
Thank you as always and have a great Matrix Day,
I was floored when I opened up the new Monster Newsletter and saw my letter to you, I had to print it and showed it to my students.
After that I started thinking that I really should write to you to thank you for how much you have influenced me over the last 7 years.
I started my martial arts training way back in ’82, and have received black belts in 3 different styles of karate. Then Late 90’s I tried my hand at a kung fu school that was near my house. It was bad news from the start. The instructor would let the senior students show us some moves and then laugh at those who could not do them right.
Next if the instructor would teach the class himself he would have to demonstrate the move on one of us, and he wouldn’t be nice and easy on his partner. Most times I would end up with a bloody nose or lip. After this went on for a few weeks I turned the tables on the instructor and then walked out of the class vowing to never to take another class at any school again.
And for 2 years I didn’t.
Then in early 2000, I was talking to the owner of a martial arts book store (she knew what had happened at the school), she asked me to read a small book and see if maybe I could learn anything from it. I looked at the title The Complete Shaolin Butterfly by Al Case.
I took the book home and read thru it and then started to learn the forms. Within a month I was able to do each of the forms well. Then something happened I found myself enjoying the martial arts again.
Then a few months later I had people asking me to teach them this martial art. And over the next 6 years I did or maybe I should say that I was only teaching them them motions.
About a month ago I read a Monster Newsletter telling us about a great new sale on disk of some of your courses, and I jumped and ordered The Master Instructor Course as well as most of the others.
As I started reading the Instructor Course things that I had been teaching started to become clearer. I could see why you had chosen one move over another in each form. And for the first time I could really explain to my students not only the whys and hows, but how to take the core moves and expand it to fit any situation.
My students have started coming up to me after class telling me how much more they are enjoying it, and that the classes have stopped being so ridged and now flow in a kind of give and take between me and them. I have stopped being a task master and started having fun and letting them teach me as well.
I also now found that I can more easily critique techniques that I see others as well as my own. I can almost feel what is a pure technique that belongs to an art and one that someone just threw in because they thought it looked pretty.
I have now expanded the number of classes that I teach to include Matrix Kung Fu and Butterfly Pa Kua Chang, and I hope that in the next month or two I will be adding Aikido to the mix of arts.
And I have only you my Master to thank for all that you have given to me, I am truly blessed to have found your books and DVD’s for they have made the martial arts fun again for me and those who are now my students.
WIN FROM THE INSTANT AIKIDO SEMINAR (COURSE)
I just had to write to you to say WOW. Your INSTANT AIKIDO is great!!!
My friends and I watched the DVD’s over the weekend and we have abandoned the art we were creating to start over with what we learned in the INSTANT AIKIDO DVD’s.
WIN FROM MASTER INSTRUCTOR COURSE
Sri Nisargatta Maharaj once said, “It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates.”
Already having a little more than 10 years on the martial path when I met and began studying with Al Case in either October or November of 1984, I witnessed this particularly bright and sincere individual come to recognize – and then bring me to – the truth about the martial arts.
We create and perpetuate our own suffering from the false ideas and ways of framing our instruction of the martial traditions we inherit, and are responsible for passing on, by not – ourselves – learning and then applying the truth of the martial arts, which is now available to all in the many works of Al Case.
It’s time we see the falsehood in the martial arts of today ourselves as instructors and become clear in our thinking about, and methods of teaching others, the Martial Arts and Ways as well as the stories we tell ourselves about them. Indeed, it’s up to us to make those changes right now, and take responsibility for the future of martial arts on this planet.
If you are a pre-Black Belt, or new Black Belt, you can realign and make workable your Art, whatever that Art may be, by applying what is contained in Al Case’s matrixing material to your Art.
If you are an instructor, you will save yourself a great deal of money, time, and unhappy times by studying and then put into practice Al Case’s The Master Instructor Course.
As always, I wish you the best on your path
Love & blessings,
Rick Thatcher, Grandmaster
Tiger-Dragon Karate / Kung-Fu
Tiger-Dragon Martial Ways Temple
Win from Master Instructor Course
Let me start out by saying thank you. Thanks from all the martial artists who asked why. Al, I’m in the Security and Law enforcement field and carry Instructor credentials, so effective methods in combat and teaching them is what I constantly look for.
My students and I consistently practice the three rules along with what you termed the greatest strategy. In fact I strive to live by it. The ideal student and Instructor is very real to me because I tell my students… that I want them to know so well that they become that which they study/practice.
The method of instruction makes the process of understanding easier for teacher and student. However, effective communication must take place between student and teacher in order for understanding to take place. While conducting a class this weekend, I shared some of the material from the course. The students in the class were so excited with their new found knowledge. After that I closed the class with a discussion/demonstration with the 6 secrets. Needless to say I have been asked to return and received bookings for more training.
Matrixing to me means to be able to adapt to anything that is given using natural unbroken motion. We should know how to use our tools in conjunction with the body. This “anatomy in motion” can now be truly understood by matrixing. The “True Art” is knowing the body in motion and being able to interpret that motion with your tools. I think it is very important to teach concepts and principles so that any art can be fully understood. Students will know longer be slaves of poor instructors and practitioners. I truly believe that there is no art greater than it’s practitioner. Art to me is the expression of man in controlled combat/struggle.
Thanks so much for your contribution to the arts. I look forward to my continued studies.
Lonnie J. Muhammad
Already seen both DVDs and I think the material is excellent. Sure makes my martial arts training have more meaning. I am going to study in more detail (kind of like a second phase with me) the manual and DVDs this week, and thus send it to my “long term memory”. Please let me know how I can get the certification sent to me. After this I will be sending for the Matrixing course. Dennis
Here are some of my wins, realizations, etc. from going through the material:
- I actually knew and understood a lot of this stuff from training with Harry. There was a lot of “Hey, I did that!” or “Hey, I know that!” in going through the material; I thought that to be an instructor there was some intangible “it factor” you needed to have – but what’s needed is to pass on the data in a clear way so that it is all understood and can be applied.
- I know that this course works because I knew and understand almost all the data in it from my prior training, and my instructor took the same course.
- I have also always wondered what was learned when a beginning student went full speed with the instructor, other than learning how to get beat up. Going through rhythmic freestyle and one in the center, and finally to freestyle, I did get to the point where I was analytical and knew what was going on. So from experience I can say that going through gradients of speed and being able to analyze at slower speeds is infinitely more beneficial than being a punching bag.
- I realized why I never felt that I was using enough muscles in my punches, even though my punches felt like they were perfect strikes – I was punching with intention and didn’t need to use much muscle
- 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.
Hi Al…I just sent you payment for bagua dvd’s as per
sale price, and ordered your tai chi course as well.
Looking forward to seeing and learning from your
approack. Your manuals are very good…good analysis
of the bagua and a few things that have helped
already. Thanks again and best wishes!! Scott
Hi Al. Have read almost half of the manual and it’s very interesting. Dennis
As you know I received Dharma Combat, half way into the second manual, it’s great, thanks. Paul
I recieved my Master Instructor videos yesterday. Awesome information and right to the point. LM
Even though I’ve done each of these combat exercises many times, I don’t
think I’ve ever noticed quite how they fit together, and how they provide a
step-by-step progress to a level of martial arts that is far beyond anything
witnessed in recent history (save by a few exceptional masters.) And that
this high level is obviously attainable if I were to just follow this road.
I reached this conclusion while observing the progression of awareness that
is necessary to move from one level of Dharma Combat to the next. It became
very apparent to me that there is a distinct gradient of awareness that is
[For example, first you are introduced to the concepts where you “think” about how to make things work. Then, through application
and “effort” you learn to handle strength and force, and you eventually learn to use less
effort with motion and flows. Next, it then becomes necessary to progress
through the level of Emotion by overcoming such things as fear and anger, so
that you can reach beyond the simple “Joy of Combat.” Beyond that, you
enter into a realm which requires a much finer level of
awareness, where you need to be able to simply “look” or observe what the
opponent is doing, unencumbered by thoughts and emotions,
even to the point where there is no mind involved at all. And then, as if that isn’t the ultimate, I believe you can go to a universe where intentions
are senior to the physical universe, where one simply “knows” that his
opponent and all things including himself are connected, and the True Art is
reached where the experiences of “poetry of motion” and the ultimate Game of
Life are all that exist!]–SN
To Mr. Case,
Hope all is well with you I was reading through some of your articles and was wondering if you have anything on your Butterfly Palm Kung Fu? Will there be anything in the future? A lot of good stuff on your site and I have thoroughly enjoyed pouring over it thus far. I am starting to save my pennies so you can expect an order fairly soon.
Take care and God Bless!
Is there any way that I can buy you book The Way either by snail mail or by thru a store. I have enjoyed reading your Shaolin Butterfly book and now look forward to reading the complete The Way.
Your books have helped me think with expanded clarity about my art
and what/how I teach. RV
Dear Al,thanks again for the reply. I realized many things from the course. Your course allowed me to put
all I’ve learned over the past thirty five years in context and make it work. This course put the True Master
to work in my instruction. As we discussed previously I have been a longtime follower of your work. In my entire experience twenty years as a student and an instructor since, no one has contributed more to my martial arts education than you have. I started following your works twenty years ago and although I was young then I knew you had the True Art it was obvious to me even then. To be more specific I have been able to apply your principles to my own art, which I also have to credit you for when I received your course “Create your own Art”. Before that My own system was only a dream as I didn’t know I could make it work. This Master’s course has allowed me to perfect the function of my system. Thats the difference between the True Art and everything else. “Function”, Now I have A martial art system that
functions at a very High level I might had. I highly recommend this course to anyone who aspires to be an instructor of True Martial Arts.Sincere Thanks Again, Dr Charles R Cashmere Md.,Phd Founder Chung
Moo Kwan System.
P.S. Please send my certificate in the name as above.
I purchased your course on “Create Your Own Martial Art” and absolutely love it. I believe that your matrixing system is very unique.
I purchased the Master Instructor course from you earlier this year,
and after devouring the information, I am sending you the test via-email as the book suggests.
The following are the answers to the Master Instructor Test from page
106 of the text.
(SORRY, GUYS AND GALS,
YOU’LL HAVE TO ORDER THE COURSE IF YOU WANT THE ANSWERS!–AL)
After studying the material and applying it to my art of Chinese Kenpo Karate, I feel that its concepts and principles have truly been a benefit as they have given me the key to understand thoroughly what I have been mindlessly practicing for all these years. No more monkey – see, monkey – do karate, I now have the keys to mastering every technique from the most basic, to the most advanced. I have actually coined a phrase for my students; “knowing a technique comes from understanding ‘how’ it is performed (outward mechanics). Mastering a technique comes from understanding why a technique is performed and all of the concepts and philosophies involved to make it work”. Mastery is something that is seldom taught in today’s martial arts schools.
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
Thank you for being so open and accessible. I have for many years enjoyed your articles and columns. I always thought it was funny that they had you in there making traditionalists mad and then Dave Lowry in the next column making the eclectics (artists) mad and the both of you would generate more readership and letters to the editor over your subject matter. If you’ll recall your article on the basic form you created that you referred to as house. I added the mirror image to the other side and created a second one based on the same structure and have taught these as the first two katas in my system. If you cut them in half (or back in half as the first one goes) they are great to also teach ADD kids and mentally handicapped people. Thank you for that article. Too many of the “grand poobas” these days believe they are too high and mighty to speak to someone if they are not this rank or in good with them somehow.
Ever since I studied Al Case’s matrixing concept, my life has improved a thousandfold. At first I started to matrix martial arts. Since then, my understanding of all martial arts has improved so much to the point where I even began to really love it again. I mean I used to practice 1-3 times a week and still be able keep ‘on top of things’ but now I practice rigorously and research 7 days a week; sometimes 3 times a day – and that has been consistent for months now. I never thought I’d EVER do that. Ever. But why stop there? I then ‘matrixed’ my life in all of its intracacies. One small example: I found that certain ‘friends’ were never friends just by looking at a simple matrix of how many of them were productive. Happy. Intelligent to some degree. How many of them had similar if not identical ‘purposes’ to me. Etc. I realized that the new friends – brothers that I have now would actually take a bullet for me and vice versa. They would follow me to the depths of hell if need be and what’s better, if you had the chance to witness just ONE of our workouts you may think that they already have (if I wrote down ONE of the awesome abilities we’ve gained from intensely studying and teaching all of the
martial arts one would probably think we were either demon-possessed witches or superhuman animae characters). I’ve never felt so happy and alive in my entire life! And it’s all thanks to Al Case. So from all of us here at our dojo and our EAP team (Extreme Abilities Program) and our choreography/stunt team -
THANK YOU AL!!! Keep up the miracles and we will continue to do the same.” – Harry Hsu
I received the course yesterday. Thank you very much. I started watching disc 1: Diagram boxing and so far I am impressed on how you explain the techniques in a simple easy to understand way. I remember taking much longer to learning the circle walking in Pa Kua Chang. I can’t wait for your Five Army Tai Chi and the Butterfly Pa kua Chang. Thanks again.
I received my Master’s Course and it was all I had hoped for and then some. The quality and content of the work gets even better as you evolve. Your courses put the science in my art and make the many styles I have studied all work as one. Next I will be ordering the Matrix package which I am confident will take me to the next level. It truly is a different world when you have the True Art. As your work continues my art keeps getting better. As an old timer with thirty-five years of experience I was really bored, but your works have peaked my interest and shown me that there is much more to learn. I Thank You Again, Sincerely CC
You are a master. You have opened me up to things that I have never thought of before. KFM
I have previously purchased Matrix Karate and The Shaolin Butterfly (they are great) and was excited to see the instructor courses. I hold a second Dan in Kenpo Karate and have been struggling as an Instructor, if anyone can help me I know that its you! Please reply so that I may be sure that the order is in processing. Thank You for your time and consideration. Sincerely, your student, ER
I used to read your articles in Inside Karate and was excited when I found your web site. RV
Your works have been the driving force to peak my training through the years. Thanks CRC
I bought the Infinite Fist tape YEARS ago and you know? I Keep going back to it!
I am more sure of myself and my abilities. I have long since gotten rid of any apprehension of walking alone at night in LA. I know that if something did happen I would be able to handle myself and the situation.
I’m more willing to confront people now. I used to tend to keep my distance but through all of the training I don’t have any problem anymore being right up against someone manipulating their body to what I want it to do.
I am more willing now to confront pain. Obviously pain is not a great thing but when it does occur I am more easily able to confront it and continue on with what I am doing. I don’t have to run away every time a I experience a bit of pain.
It’s not ironic that I’ve not had a physical confrontation since beginning my martial arts training under Al Case. What’s more interesting is that I enjoy this new life style.
What’s interesting about Al Case’s writings and teachings is there isn’t any emphasis on ‘the unknown’ or ‘mystery’ behind martial arts. Al will slam this information in your face! Quite frankly the data isn’t hidden, you’ll find you’re blind.
Problem solving. Really, you can apply Al’s breakdown of the martial arts which in turn is applied to problem solving in every day life! Can you handle the fist? Can you handle that person? Can you handle that intention? Can you handle life? Well, you will teach yourself how. Again, YOU will teach yourself how.
Al’s martial arts has revolutionized the field. Never before has anyone done with the arts what he has done. He has made it possible for each person to come into his own system and excel.
Each system in which I was taught, I was made aware of the fact that understanding what it is that you are taught, truly understanding, is a very important part of being what a true martial artist is.
Knowing, being able to apply, being able to teach: these are the things that Al’s system has made possible and more than that, he has made them standard: you can look in his courses, and you can see what it is that you are trying to learn or teach. That, to me, is invaluable.
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.
This is where I got to practice the art of being able to destroy an opponent. Grappling techniques, joint manipulation, blasting, knowledge, the ability to move in on an opponent and annihilate them in the time it takes to throw a single attack. A strike, a throw–Boom, I push the ‘I win’ button, and it works. A great feeling.
When I got into the classical study program I learned of and was made to experience the true, raw power that a linear martial artist can achieve.
The art of flow to the extreme. With this under my belt, I had a much finer and greater understanding of how the body worked, how intention worked, and how easily a person can be manipulated into doing whatever you want, with the minimal amount of force and direction.
Al Case is a powerful presence to be around, but if you can confront it, then you will not be sorry, for there is no one like him, and it is an extreme privilege and honor.
WILEY (after Instructor’s Course)
…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.
HARRY HSU (after the ‘Start your own school’ course)
After completing the ‘Start Your Own School Course’ all I could feel was joy and regret at the same time! I felt regret because had I read this book before opening my own martial arts school, I would have avoided several years of organizing errors and extremely costly mistakes. Literally EVERY SENTENCE of this book covers something that every martial arts instructor should know about opening a school – no matter what his/her martial art is.
Founder of Harry Hsu’s Martial Arts Academy.
I really appreciate the data that you have provided on your website. And if your manual is more of the same than I’m sure it will be awesome. Hopefully my order will get to you by tomorrow. I have studied Shorin-ryu Karate since I was nine (1982.) I also have progressed a bit beyond the traditional system. I spent a couple years in Thai Kickboxing and Jujitsu learning some application of my art. I found it quite enlightening the first time I got hit at full speed. And then crossing over into Grappling really opened up doors for my art. Now, I have picked things back up and want get to the master level and “create my own art.” I also have some students that I am responsible for teaching things to the right way. Any advice? “The Way” sounds like just the ticket. Do you mind that I will use it as material for my school? (I won’t reproduce it of course.) The next time I’m down in L.A. I’ll have to see if I can’t look you up. I know I’ll definitely be attending one of Harry’s classes. Until then, thanks for the correspondence.
Like many others, I used to like to believe that there was a great mystery out there; that there was some kind of unattainable power and wisdom that I could only reach for in my dreams. Mr. Case has taken my wonderful dark mystery away and replaced it with facts that work; that work beautifully actually. Truth is a good thing, but sometimes a rude awakening can be best avoided by a longer slumber. Which path you choose is up to you. Just remember to shield your eyes if you’re opening them for the first time; it can be bright and painful to the pride at first.”
H H (12 years of martial arts experience)
Hi there Al, I was a beginner back in the late 80’s and early 90’s and remember reading many of your articles in the Karate magazine. I have been doing bagua for a number of years now, and find your articles very interesting again. Do you still have videos on bagua demonstrating your methods? Your booklets are very insightful, and would love to see you demonstrate what you are teaching in them. I also enjoyed the article on intention throwing. Look forward to hearing from you.
Greetings Sir, I don’t know if you’ll remember me but I was a customer several years ago and I have most of your works. But at that time I was unable to purchase your videos and would like to know if you still have those available. I will be purchasing your latest books as well as I always believed you had the best work available and I would like those videos. Please let me know if any are still available. After thirty years of training your work is still refreshing.
Before I started Al Case Martial Arts I was very shy and though not completely unable to fight, I didn’t really KNOW what I was doing. I had gone to a few other classes before Al’s. In one of these classes the first two hours was actually them teaching me to do a cart-wheel into a jump-kick(no joke). Though this can look very pretty, it really has little if any true application. I mean, I guess you could do a cart-wheel to get out of danger and then jump kick a random guy to your left. But then there’s always the question, “Why not just step to the side?” This is the kind of martial arts I like to call, “The Jump Kick Variety,” (the kind with little TRUE application.) So, as you may have guessed I stopped going to this class and began my search for something that could actually do SOMETHING. And sure enough I found it. And sure enough it could actually do something. In fact it taught me more in five minutes then all of the other classes I’ve ever taken. Within a year and a half I had Black Belts in TWO DIFFERENT ARTS!!! This was able to be done because Al Case has discovered some of the Basic/Basics that most instructors don’t REALLY EVEN KNOW. When I found out how and why I was doing certain moves, and what really made them work, It just put in the missing piece to making the martial arts really applicable! These are the things that the Best martial artists in the world JUST SIMPLY KNOW. But the only problem is that they don’t know how to teach it. Well, Al Case actually discovered the EXACT Technology on how to teach the martial arts so you can learn it fast and easily! As well as the real reason some things work and some don’t. And the real cause of failure in the martial arts. But the really amazing part about all this, is the amazingly LOW PRICE. I can promise that for the value of the knowledge and ability gained by one class alone, there is not a better system on EARTH.
This course taught me more about teaching than every single martial arts school that I have ever visited in my entire life (and I’ve visited many). I have been teaching for nine years now, and I can say that there is not a single sentence in this course that did not improve my classes. While doing the drills for this course, I noticed my teaching improving, students getting brighter and a much more efficient and happier school that actually attracts students that stay for a very long time! Thank you, Al Case, for giving me something that I have been looking for for ages!
The course has truly polished my existing approach to teaching. It’s helped balance some theory with application of instruction. Some specifics of keeping discipline in, but with emphasis on humor and politeness did tweak my train of thought a tad. This has already improved the discipline of the class, but yet maintains that fun pleasant atmosphere that I like to be part of. Also, the concept of getting a student to complete something gives a much more specific goal as an instructor. This way of thinking can be applied easily with a drill, or a belt, or even particular aspects of my life and the students. Generally, when something is true, it’s rather a simple concept and can be applied in different points in life. This is true with the information in this course.
EXPERT INSTRUCTOR COURSE
…my perception and awareness of my own body from the feet, legs, arms, etc., have gone up tremendously. The attention to detail seems never ending when studying and teaching. The ability to catch each detail, at the right time, is an important item to grasp if you want your student to really get what you’re teaching them.
I have a real ability to get my students to duplicate and understand anything that I might teach them, fully and completely, no matter the subject. For example: in addition to martial arts, I also have a dance class, swing, specifically, and when I apply the ‘Show, shadow, do’ technique to teaching, I have found that it flows much more smoothly. When it comes to Body Testing, the students are better able to grasp the concepts that I am trying to get across. With the tools that I have acquired, and learned to use with the completion of this course, I can comfortably state that I am an Instructor, through and through.
Thanks Al, for the tech you have created for us aspiring teachers. Can’t wait for the next course. Infinite Affinity, Nehemiah Lewrel
MASTER INSTRUCTOR COURSE
The Master Instructor Course was very different compared to the previous two courses (Instructor and Expert Instructor). what it did was provide the true source of techniques of martial arts from a fundamental viewpoint. It really covered the technique side of the Martial Arts world. The approach in this course seemed to go inside out. In other words, I had to look at ‘all’ the techniques again from a very logical perspective for me. This really gave me a ‘pure’ feeling when critiquing my own techniques. This has to be done before an instructor can even hope to deliver this information to another student.
Your ads are right: a person can’t call himself an instructor without knowing this material…and I know that there is no other place in the world that I could have learned it.
Dear Mr. Case,
Since the age of 11 have dreamed of having my own dojo. I want to thank you for your ‘garage-dojo” article in August ’98. After reading that article, I had no doubt that it was going to be a reality…
…I decided that it was time to give my own school a shot. I looked around for a rental–everything was so small, and I had no money in which to do this, this was July of ’98–in August I read your article, and it helped me understand that it wasn’t the walls and equipment my student would come for, it was me and how I handle and, taught my students. Simply, my skills mattered more than my age and rank, and if Bruce Lee taught in a garage—so could I. So I took the cheapest rental I could find; I started my school with 1 kicking target a mat and four walls. Since opening day, Nov 16th 1998, I have moved to a larger location, now I have 12 kicking targets, 3 matts-and much more training equipment. I’m still a small dojo– but I don’t care to be too big, I’d rather keep it personal. I know the growth of each one of my students, and I have 3 black belt candidates with one that could test in the next year. To sum my progress up, in the past 6 years I have made a name for my dojo in the valley, and I am a competitor for my old instructors school. Be sure to tell Andrew Wood that it isn’t your programs that wins the student, it’s your honesty, compassion for the student and your love of the martial arts…. PM
ps–I love your site: martial arts is about passing on your teachings, not holding back for an extra fee.
Having suffered two severe coronaries, resulting in an inoperable condition, I am forced to take eighteen pills a day to stay alive. As a result, at 62, your training methods seemed to have nothing to offer me. In fact, there appeared to be genuine risks in my getting involved in any rigorous physical discipline.
I’m pleased to report I was wrong on all counts.
After only ten workouts with you, my physical condition has improved greatly. Something else amazes me even more. I’m able to grapple with and solve mental problems that were completely defeating me six weeks ago.
Thanks for your invaluable help.
The course was excellent in giving a better confront on facing a threatening situation. I felt like we learned a tremendous amount in a short period of time and have a basic understanding of why you do what you do. Thanks Al–Cal P.
I now know what to do if I get in a fight and how to avoid a fight. I am very confident in what I am doing. I feel great about my skill and efficiency. I loved this course because it was short and concise with an end result of certainty and knowledge of martial arts. It was great. Love–Herb S.
Before I started this course I was quite a wimp as regards confronting physical violence when it was directed at me. After this course, I almost welcome it! I say almost because I don’t really–as that would be against the basic idea of the martial arts. But I now can confront this idea completely. I am not afraid of anyone who might challenge me and this was exactly what I wanted to get out of this course. I certainly got more than my money’s worth! Thank you Al–just great. Love–Bob
I now have the ability to be there (or here) and defend myself against attack and this is not something I was able to do when I came in here.
I also have the understanding of how the body should be working and the physics involved.
I have been an active athlete for the past twenty years in professional Football (Australian), swimming, boxing, track & field, tennis, and other sports. I have excelled at all of them, and yet the gains I have experienced in Al’s Martial Arts have notably increased my abilities in all the above areas. I have greater physical strength, increased reaction time, heightened mental perceptions and coordination between myself and my body. I highly recommend this artform to any athlete. Thanks Al
Structure, form, mechanics, these are limitations of incomparable magnitude.
The trouble one can get in is trying to make form contain the spirit.
the real form, real martial arts, begins when one blows through form, body limitations, and pictures of ‘how to do,’ and just begins ‘doing.’ What fun–how nice to GLOW!
(This was the First Master Course I ever taught–based on the Earthforms–purpose was to make a student glow–discarded for better methods)
There I was, doing an Earthform, I was glowing and I had a certainty: I knew I was a Master. I knew I could be victorious in a fight but that I would never have to fight–my glow would melt any attempt to create a conflict.
I have gotten a nice, warm, strong confidence in myself and I feel great abotu my new abilities and my increased knowingness.
The course is labeled correctly and I would strongly recommend it to everyone.
Great course. It’s a pleasure working with Al and the ease in which he teaches. I have the basics now to work on my own and perfect my skill. I’ve gained a tremendous amount and look forward to the next class