This site is about Real Karate!
The truth of the matter is that real karate is not taught in today’s society.
I learned Karate back in the sixties, and what is taught today does not resemble that art.
I learned karate as it was taught by Kanken Toyama, who studied under Ankoh Itosu, who was one of the founders of Karate.
Here are the basic changes…
Karate is designed for tournaments. People want to deliver a ‘point’ and win a trophy.
Karate has been adapted for kids. Techniques have been watered down and the whole thing is basically ‘behavior modification.’
Karate has been restructured for the selling of ‘contracts.’ What used to take a year, two at the most, to get a black belt in, has been structured to keep people on contracts for four and more years.
In addition to these changes, Karate has been chipped away by people who want to introduce MMA techniques, or kung fu routines, or taekwondo kicking, and so on.
And we haven’t even gone into how the art was deliberately hidden by the Okinawan masters. But we will.
Here is the sad fact of the matter.
Most people do karate like it was a calisthenic, or a boxing routine, and they never think about the real science behind the art.
Most people study karate, and don’t know the difference; they are deluded by the bash and trash of MMA, or stuck in legends of Kung fu, or otherwise have no clue as to what the real art is.
So here is a timeline of what I do, and how you can learn the real art.
The point to remember here is that if you want to really learn karate:
You have to be smart! You have to educate yourself!
You need to learn an actual science of motion!
There is no ‘quick fix,’ this is no ‘internut mystical technique,’ if you think otherwise then you are destined to stay a dope, and this site isn’t for you.
Okay, here we go.
I was an instructor in Kenpo in 1968. Thought I was the cat’s meow. Thought I was tough.I had fought in tournaments and even written the training manual for my school. Then something happened. I had to break a car window.
I had locked myself out of my car. it was raining, I was standing there looking in at the nice warm interior, the radio was playing, and I figured I’d just break a window and get in out of the cold. So I took a horse stance, squared off with the window, and delivered my most powerful weapon, a sidekick that had squashed opponents in tournaments.
The window did not break. It just sat there, a muddy footprint on it, and laughed.
I kicked it again.
And again and again.
Finally, I picked up a rock and did the deed.
I hadn’t even been able to break a piece of glass!
What value was my karate?
And the answer: none. If I couldn’t break a piece of glass…how could I defend myself?
All these tournament techniques I had learned had no value.
I had been wasting my time.
Now, for those of you who do Kenpo, I am not attacking your art. The fact of the matter is that Kenpo has everything you need. the problem is that it is taught wrong, the techniques have to changed, you need better training drills, and so on. And I have written about this at length, how to make Kenpo into a better art. I wrote about this in a series of three books called:
- How to Create Kenpo Karate 1: The Real History (Volume 1)
- How to Create Kenpo Karate 2: The Secret of Forms (Volume 2)
- How to Create Kenpo Karate 3: Creating a New Kenpo (Volume 3)
In those books I go through virtually the whole system, piece by piece, and show how to fix the techniques, adapt them to reality, get rid of posers, and so on.
But that is Kenpo, and Kenpo is actually NOT karate, and we are concerned with Karate. Real Karate. The stuff that was used to crack the armor of Samurai and take their swords away and spank them with them.
If you want real karate you have to study it with people who know real karate, who use real karate, and on an every day basis.
I went to the Kang Duk Won in San Jose. It was run by Bob Babich, who could actually thrust his finger through a board and leave a hole. That’s a step above simply breaking.
In front of the school, curing classes, there was always a lone of hogs. No, not the mud soaking fat pigs that you make into bacon, but the iron horse steeds of Hell’s Angels, Gypsy Jokers, and that sort of ilk.
If your technique was wrong they would tell you, impolitely, if need be, and they always spoke from experience.
I always remember learning one technique and having the Hell’s Anel who was teaching me say, ‘Nah, it’s bullshit if you do it that way. I used it last night, and I had to turn the…’ Yes, this a tally happened. This was a rough bunch of people.
And I wrote about the Kang Duk Won, listed all the techniques and forms, in a book. Kang Duk Won Korean Karate
And I want to say something right now. All of my books are about techniques. I usually write a chapter of history, but the bulk of the book is what to do, how to do it, and I take the viewpoint of the Hell’s Angel: my life depends on how well it works.
And, for those of you who know Kang Duk Won, and want to really get into it, I’ve got an entire website dedicated to it. Kang Duk Won
This website has the book included, plus it has video, training routines, and LOTS of bonuses. The cool thing is that I’ve structured everything for as little as $5 a belt level.
But, let’s continue with this timeline of books and courses, and how you learn the real art of Karate. As I said, it’s an education, and I have recorded…
50 years of Karate Instruction!
Step by step, piece by piece, you can have it all. And it isn’t going to take you 50 years!
So, after the Kang Duk Won I went on my own, and I discovered something interesting. Half of what I learned wasn’t Kang Duk Won!
Half of what I learned was my instructor’s system! The things he had developed to make himself a better martial artist.
Now, it is a truth that if you just copy what people do you are a copy cat, and the real art is going to be in what you create, as an artist, and in my instructor’s system was his art, his creation, his way of developing that unique ability to…
thrust a finger through board and leave a hole!
Now that really is the high point of art, being able to do a finger strike like that. At one time there were over 50 people who could do that. They were kung fu masters in China, but the ‘Great Revolution’ forced them all to flee to Taiwan, and for many years that was probably the best place tolerant martial arts in the world. But there just weren’t enough people who could learn that art on a small island, so the art died out. As far as I know, my instructor was the only person in America who could do it.
Anyway, I took his art and separated it. I wrote about the art, including all the forms and techniques in the book Kwon But American Karate.
I should tell you know that these books I am telling you of are part of a five volume ‘Encyclopedia of Karate.’ This is a HUGE mass of information, and takes Karate right from the beginning, and through to the highest technical innovations.
After writing the Kwon Cup I became interested in how people make martial arts. How do they form them? How do they make/select the different forms and techniques?
Mind you, I was light years ahead of simple fighting contests, tournaments and so on.
So I took a lo-o-ong, hard look at what I had learned. I took apart the Kang Duk Won and the Kwon Bup. I compared and contrasted the forms, I tossed out duplicate motions, chose only the techniques that worked, and I taught that art. Taught it to my son, and…it saved hi life.
One day he was walking down Vemont Avenue in Los Angeles, right past ‘Fat Burgers,’ one of the stores owned by Magic Johnson.
Two bums, both larger than him, began a little ‘bully begging.’
‘Hey, man, got some money? Give us some money!’
One of them moved in on my son, the other one circled around behind him.
My son backed away, then the hairs on the back of his neck rising, he spun around. The bum who had circled him was jumping off a small brick wall onto him.
Aaron kick the bum in the face.
The other bum grabbed his arm. He spun around and elbowed him, put him in a lock, and kneed him in the face.
The bum who had tried to jump him from the rear was back on his feet. Aaron kicked him so hard the fellow through the air and conked his head on a parking meter.
Aaron looked around. Bums..zero. Aaron…2.
It was a sunny morning, cars were passing in the street, nobody was around, so Aaron sauntered off.
But it was the karate that I had taught him that saved his life. The combination of Kang Duk Won and Kwon Bup, which I called ‘Outlaw Karate.
I called it Outlaw because it went outside what ‘normal’ karate was, and with a nod to those long ago teachers, those Hells Angels, who had taught m the different between BS and real.
And the system, the whole system, forms and applications and a WHOLE LOT MORE, is in Outlaw Karate: The Secret of the One Year Black Belt.
Writing Outlaw Karate had a profound impact on me, and I began doing a bit of research.
I became INTENSELY interested in how karate was structured. Not just the Kang Duk Won or Kwon But, or some other systems, but all of Karate?
I began researching all of the karate styles. I got books and videos, I met people, and I took apart all the major karate systems.
I tossed out BS. I restructured techniques so they would work.
In the back of my head was the idea of ‘how fast can I do this? How fast can I take somebody to Black Belt?
And, in the middle of all this, in the middle of this glut of data, looking at ALL the karate systems, I realized something…principles.
So I wrote a book, the fifth book in the official ‘encyclopedia,’ and it was called Buddha Crane Karate, and it detailed not just a system, bu how to put together a system.
To the best of my knowledge I am the only person who has written a book on how to make a martial art.
But, interestingly enough, this was just the start. In spired by my research, I started wondering about where Karate came from. How did the founders put it together? Was there experience similar to mine?
I began researching all of karate, but I eventually focused on Uechi Ryu.
Uechi Ryu was hard and strong, and there was a distinct and easily traceable lineage.
Interestingly enough, the author of the first book on Uechi, the ‘bible’ of Uechi, George Mattson, had some interesting things to say about the system. He claimed, in his book on the art, that much of the system was built to entertain students until they reached a certain point of polish.
Man, this was right up my alley, right along with what I was discovering, systems were originally short, sweet things, then built up for a varied bunch of interests.
More important, I was reaching heavily into concepts now. I didn’t care about techniques, I had seen most techniques, I had a good eye for bullshit, and I was examining everything for the principles underneath the techniques.
I wrote Pan Gai Noon, Karate Kung Fu.
This became the first book in my encyclopedia of Karate, putting the whole series in chronological order of development, which illustrates exactly how forms and techniques change through time and their evolution into other arts.
Very interesting stuff.
But, as I was saying, things were just starting.
I began matrixing.
Matrixing is a system of logic.
Mind you, before this, there was no logic to the martial arts. Things were taught by whim and oral instruction. Things were changed according to how to make money, how to win a tournament, or some other weird thing.
Matrixing began when I started making long lists of what the martial arts are. This proved unwieldy, so I began making matrices, charts, combing techniques, blocks, kicks, arts, and so on.
The result was the fastest, easiest way to learn karate in the world.
I wrote a book, arranged a video course, and it is called Matrix Karate. I wrote a whole website to present matrixing, in Karate and other arts I was developing, and the site is MonsterMartialArts.com.
And, when people started scoffing and saying it couldn’t be done, I actually filmed myself taking a student to Black Belt in Three Months.
Oh, it’s an ugly thing. My subject was middle-aged, out of shape, limited in motion because of a bullet to the hips…but it was perfect!
You can watch him make his mistakes, figure out the concepts, learn the concepts, and within three months he knew the forms and techniques of Matrix Karate, and he could fight.
So the proof was on video, and the hell with people who say it can’t be done because they have been brainwashed into thinking it can’t be done by their own training methods.So, that’s the story behind Karate, and you can now understand why it is sometimes considered weak, or just for kids.
Since that time I have taken Matrixing through a variety of arts, taught THOUSANDS of people on the internet, and changed the way the arts are being done.
I have put three of the arts in my encyclopedia to video. Pan Gai Noon, Kang Duk Won and Kwon Bup are bundled into a course called Evolution of an Art.
I gathered the old Outlaw tapes I had made years ago into a course, Outlaw Karate: The Secret of the One Year Black Belt.
I made a series of videos on karate as I new it, influenced by my studies on pan Gai Noon and other arts. It is called ‘Temple Karate.’
I have taken arts of Shaolin and Pa Kua Chang and matrixed them. I have revitalized Tai Chi Chuan and Indonesian weapons.
I have totally reworked the martial arts, divested them of mysticism and infused them with logic and science.
For the most part, I have changed them into something faster, quicker, easier to learn, deprived of bullshit and ready for the street.
And, in fact, when you read the numerous attacks on me and my methods, remember one thing…NONE OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE READ MY BOOKS OR DONE MY COURSES!
They are ‘know bests,’ people with an opinion and no facts. People who read a book and judge it by what they know, and with no desire to consider, let alone, methods apart from what their small minds envision.
They are the naysayers who infect society with their bullshit, and discourage what works, any new innovation, or anything that doesn’t promote their silly idea of themselves as ‘authorities.’
Now, last thing.
I just recently wrote a new book.
I was curious about the origins of karate, not just Pan Gai noon, but the bulk of karate, the Shotokan and Isshin Ryu and Shito ryu, and so on.
I was curious about the one form called Channan, which is considered to be ‘The Lost Form’ of all karate, from which all karate evolved.
I was curious about the way karate was done by people before firearms, when they had to contend with armor and swords and spears and such.
I was most of all curious about the original techniques, techniques which had ben hidden by a ‘Secret Pact’ made by the Okinawan Masters.
‘Do not teach the real karate,’ they said. ‘And if you show the forms, do not show the real meanings.’
So I researched, used my own 50 years of experience, my experience in building the logic of Matrixing, to discover the truth of all this.
The book is called ‘Chiang Nan,’ and it is a whimper stomper of a book.
It translates karate into Tai Chi, looks for the lost form which started all Karate, and goes into the secret techniques hidden from us by the old Okinawan Masters.
Further, I made a whole video course on Chiang Nan.
So, that is my history, and that is the path I have laid out, should you want to discover the truth of karate for yourself.
Want to take it from the ancient origins of Pan Gai Noon?
Want to learn the real stuff used to subdue samurai?
How about taking apart and synthesizing systems?
Guaranteed, no matter how long you study, you are going to be just a copy cat, not a real artist, if you don’t get started now.
Following is the exact list…
Pan Gai Noon (book) (video course)
Kang Duk Won (book) (video course)
Kwon Bup (book) (video course)
Outlaw Karate (book) (video course)
Buddha Crane (book)
Matrix Karate (book) (video course)
Temple Karate (book) (video course)
Chiang Nan (book) (video course)
And I recommend, before you do anything, you do The Master Instructor Course.
Guaranteed, do this list of Karate, do the whole thing, and you will understand karate better than ANYBODY in the world. You will laugh at MMA for the childish fighting it is. You will have intuition that will warn you of the whims and vagaries the universe is about to throw your way. You will be able handle anyone and anything.
I’m a little confused. What do you mean when you say kenpo is actually NOT karate? Is that because kenpo has elements of kung fu?