With Karate, every work out is a prayer.
Let’s talk about what a work out really does.
I keep telling you to work out,
and you know you get stronger and faster,
and people even like you more,
So let’s talk about EXACTLY what happens in a work out.
The human body is a motor,
and the human mind is like a radio transmitter.
but it’s true.
you are working out
and the motor gets stronger,
and so on,
and that’s all good.
Somewhere along the line
the radio transmitter,
starts to lose static.
All the chatter and bushwah
going on in the mind
gets less and less.
this is hard to perceive,
it’s not like muscles,
where a month later
you notice that you are stronger.
With the mind,
it’s like a year or two later,
you just feel better,
hold your own in conversations better,
and that sort of thing.
when you do a form,
or a technique,
you are deliberately trying
to get rid of distractions.
You want to do the move without extras.
You want to do only the move.
You want to be pure in motion
The purpose of the form is to get rid of thought,
so that only that single thought
that creates the motion
Read that again.
The purpose of a form is to get rid of useless thought,
and manifest only that thought
which initiated the action.
The beginner has to move his feet,
his body lurches behind,
he’s not sure which muscles he’s using
and halfway through the move
he starts daydreaming.
maybe not daydreaming,
but he is not holding on to the single thought
which created the move.
I used to get SO-O-O frustrated
because there was so much happening in my mind
when I did even a simple step and punch move.
as time progressed,
and the step and punch moves accumulated
my mind stopped chattering
and I started focusing
on only one thing,
on only the move I was doing.
Have a thought and make it happen.
That’s what the whole procedure is…
have a thought and make it happen.
after some twenty or thirty years
your mind gets fair calm
and you actually start to see what the other guy is doing.
I know it sounds funny,
twenty or thirty years,
and who would want to take that long,
but take it from me,
when you start seeing what the other guy is doing…
BEFORE HE DOES IT
it is worth a hundred years of forms.
Even a thousand.
There is simply nothing like leaving the mind
and all its bushwah chatter,
and entering into
A GREAT SPACE.
That is the only way I can describe it.
When the mind disappears,
becomes so small it is negligible,
it is like you are in a great space.
You have so much room,
so much time.
When somebody starts to move,
you have the time and space
to yawn, create a counter,
and implement it.
You have Great Space.
what I have described here
is exactly what happens
when you do forms for some thirty years.
You start with a mental radio transmitter
that is rusty and clogged with static.
By forcing yourself to focus,
to concentrate on one thing,
the chatter goes away,
the static goes away,
and you become able to actually have a thought
and make it work.
you start to see other people,
and you actually perceive their thoughts,
and you have this Great Space
in which to act.
Life becomes a big, empty jewel,
sparkling with happenings,
and you feel this incredible compassion for people
and you realize the truth of brotherhood.
or some bushwah belief system,
but the actuality
of perceiving your fellow man
on the deepest level,
where he lives,
in his soul.
to perceive the soul that he is.
do you understand why
I want you to learn faster?
Why I want you to accumulate this wisdom
in a year or so,
as opposed to thirty years?
I want you to clear out the radio transmitter that is your mind.
I want people to experience the Great Space
that is their true reality.
I want the orifices that are politicians
and petty dictators,
and bad bosses,
and nagging wives,
and snapping and snarling mad dogs…
TO KNOCK IT THE FUCK OFF!
Pardon my French,
Swearing is the mark of an untrained mind,
but I really wanted to make my point.
do you like Karate?
Here’s an URL
to help you grow faster,
get smarter quicker,
and connect with the truth
of yourself and your fellow man.
Do you like Kung Fu?
Check out the Shaolin Butterfly
on the Monster Martial Arts site.
Maybe you’re one of these mystical whiz kids,
take a gander at
Butterfly Pa Kua Chang
at the Monster.
Or weapons or chi building or…
whatever you want,
whatever it takes to get you to take the next step,
to put aside the ancient and slower methods.
Do you understand?
The planet is undergoing a meltdown,
and you are needed.
You are needed to take up arms,
so that you may put down the inner beast
that is in yourself
and in everybody.
And it is a simple matter of
doing what you love.
Doing the martial arts.
Making yourself focus on one thought.
Making yourself stronger and smarter.
Making yourself into a spiritual entity
that can bring peace to the self
and the world.
With Karate we can actually create a better and more harmonious world.