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Seven Karate Sayings…

What My Karate Teacher Told Me

I studied Karate for some seven years, and in that time my Karate instructor told me seven things.
I should say first that he didn’t tell me anything else.
He was a silent man, and he would sit in his office, students clustered around, and the students did all the talking. He would give a yes or no, but even a lot of that. He would just smile and enjoy.
Big difference from most people, who really don’t know when to shut up.
And, the odd thing I noticed, the more people talk the less they say; they are like radios set to some station of static and left to chatter.

‘There are many roads to the top of the mountain.’ He told me that one when I asked him which art was best.

‘A tight fist is a heavy fist.’ He was admonishing me to understand the ‘loose-tight’ concept of the fist. We of the Kang Duk Won, you see, were not encouraged to make our whole bodies rigid. The better a student was, the less tight his body was, and the more tight his fist, and only his fist, was. Surrounding that fist was silence. Emptiness. A dearth of chatter. No talk.

‘How’s work?’ He used to ask everybody that when they entered the school. It was his way to get us to start the conversation.

Once I asked him what the difference between ‘The Way,’ and a method was. He asked me if there was one, and he did it in a way to let me know that there wasn’t one. How interesting. It was the death of mysticism for me, or at least let me know that he wasn’t bent on the mystical approach.

‘I just do the forms. Everything is in the forms.’ I had asked him how he got so good, and it was part of a larger question about what he studied, how did he keep learning now that he was at the top.

‘Want a drink?’ A real ice breaker if there ever was one. But it was an ice breaker for us, not him. He was already totally and truly comfortable with himself; he lived, and he knew it, and he loved it.

‘Wham!’ Yes, he would actually say ‘Wham! when he was emphasizing a point. He would set up the technique, glancing at you to make sure you were paying attention, and then he would do the technique, liquid lightening, and say ‘Wham!’ instead of kia-ing.

That’s it.
When he taught a form he did so almost completely silently. He just showed, repeating as needed, in small sections for the white belts, and almost whole forms, and only once or twice, when we were black belts.
Past that, he instructed by example, by doing intently and with more focus than any human being I’ve ever seen.

Here’s the thing, people who talk haven’t done the forms enough, haven’t sunk their awareness into the forms deeply enough to become the forms, and to have the forms speak to them. Believe me, this is not mystical, it is hard work, and the secret to everything in life.
The simple fact is that people who teach by speaking are usually trying to explain what they don’t know. They are making up reasons to bolster their lack of understanding, and their reasons are usually wrong. I say this after almost fifty years of watching people teach.
The really sad thing is that they are going to try to explain this article, have a dialogue about it in their head.
What they really need to do is do the forms until all dialogues stop happening in their head.
They need to create silence, first of the voice, then through their forms.
This is the only way to really learn true Karate.

Written by Al Case, author of The Ultimate Karate Encyclopedia.

Training Intuition with the Kang Duk Won

Kang Duk Works for Intuition, but…

Speaking of Kang Duk Won and Intuition, let me reference back to the last blog. In that fine piece of writing, you may recall, I was guilty of killing the Christmas tree. (see last blog, Taking Out a Mugger with One Chop)

So we have a question here: when does a person get sufficiently trained that he can control his response to the correct aspect of appropriate?

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bob Babich achieved awareness through Karate


Let me explain. After the Kang Duk Won I studied Aikido, and one night the Sensei, Robert Nadeau, I believe his name was, made an interesting remark: are you going to spin and chop and then find out it was just your dear old granny with a plate of cookies?

I was guilty of spinning an chopping, and death to the Christmas Tree. But I was not aware.

Well, I was sort of aware. I was aware enough to chop the tree, but I wasn’t aware enough to recognize it was a tree and pull my chop, or not do it in the first place.

So…when?

Well, after about twenty or thirty years, and a bunch of Tai Chi Chuan, I became able. I got so loosey goosey people could shout in my face and I wouldn’t react, yet if there was a threat I instinctively did the right thing.

Don’t draw a conclusion yet, however.

My instructor, Bob Babich, could deliver the appropriate response. He was loosey goosey aware, and solely because of Karate.

I needed a little extra.

And, here’s the point.

Karate, as practiced today, is only the first step.

If you don’t know Karate you can start from the ground up, practice the material on this website, KangDukWon.com, and you will get the abilities, and control of them, of which I speak. simply, this system was strong too begin with, and it has been fixed, anyway.

If you study another variety of Karate, then you must matrix it, you must fix it, else you be stuck in only the violent and perhaps inappropriate response mode.

You could study Tai Chi alone, but that would take too long, it is only half the art, and so on.

You must study ALL the arts, get the whole picture, if you want to find your intuitive abilities. You must study ALL the martial arts if you want to unleash the awareness that is you.

So, check out the courses KangDukWon(dot) com, or come on over to Matrix Karate and check it out.

Karate Training with Outlaw Bikers

Taking on the Tough Guys with Karate Training

I was a real drub when I started my Karate Training. A white boy from suburbia. A scaredy cat. I would look at a big, tough, bearded, tattooed guy, and all sorts of alarm bells would go off in my head. Then, I started my karate training at the Kang Duk Won, I met some Hell’s Angels and other outlaw biker types, and things changed. Continue reading

The Great $2 Karate Lesson!

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How much Karate can you learn for $2? Eh?

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The question is…is it worth the money.

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This guy just hasn’t heard!

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My Brother’s Bloody Knuckles…and Real Karate

The Path to Real Karate is Sometimes Difficult

I remember the time my brother came home and his knuckles were all bloody.

Now, I looked up to my brother, and I quickly asked, “Did you get in a fight? Did you hit somebody?”

“Nah. I was just practicing Karate.”

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Believe it or not…these hands are gentle!

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Introducing Best Karate Lessons in the World!

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