From Al Case at Matrix Martial Arts…
How to Break the Law!
the mean, nasty little secret,
why and how I break the law.
Let me set this up, first.
You ever see ‘Little Big Man?’
It’s a movie with Dustin Hoffman,
came out decades ago,
an okay movie,
with one, big gem.
An Indian is studying to be a shaman,
or great warrior,
or some such thing,
and part of the procedure
is to do everything backwards.
He washes with dirt and dries with water,
is the example in the movie,
I thought of that
when I started doing my forms on the other side,
then started doing them backwards,
and tweaking them all over the place.
Sort of a funny thing,
opens up your mind,
loosens you up,
makes you think of things.
Doing things backwards is pretty nifty.
it can be all the way to enlightening,
if you know what I mean.
how often have you driven down a road
come to a stop light,
and sat there while it is red?
There’s nobody there,
no reason for the light to be red,
but you sit there anyway.
It’s The Law,
I don’t stop.
I look around,
I might slow,
I might not,
but I run it.
I do it all the time.
I refuse to halt my life
just because society thinks I should.
A real human being is outside the box.
He thinks outside the box,
he does things outside the box.
I remember the story of Bill Gates.
He ignored the law,
ran stop signs,
one day got caught.
So he hired a team of lawyers,
they found out that the stop sign in question
was one quarter of an inch too low,
so he got the case tossed out of court.
Probably cost him a hundred grand
to beat a $40 ticket.
But that’s not the point.
The point is that a man who thinks outside the box,
can’t be contained by the box,
and lives a better life.
Has better thoughts.
Is not slowed down by society.
Think about that
while you’re sitting at that stoplight,
counting the seconds
till it changes
and lets you go.
let’s take it a little further.
You’re doing the martial arts,
people tell you not to grab the fingers and twist,
it is against the MMA rules.
Grab them fingers and twist.
figure out how much you have to twist
before you get an ‘ow.’
Figure out how to grab those fingers in the middle of a fight,
Make finger twisting into a useful technique!
BREAK THE FREAKIN’ RULES!
The rules contain you,
slow you down,
make you into a responsible citizen…
but the essence of martial arts is learning
how to be an irresponsible citizen!
How to break somebody before they break you!
I remember growing up
and kicking somebody in the apples
was considered ‘dirty fighting,’
and people who did that kind of stuff
were looked down upon.
But kicking somebody in the apples
wins the fight!
Should you be the honorable fellow?
Who loses and has a knife stuck in their chest?
Or should you kick him in the freakin’ balls
so hard his testicles replace his Adam’s Apple?
I hope you get the idea.
I practice things people say I shouldn’t practice,
and the more people told me I was full of sheet,
the more I practiced,
until ideas spilled out of my head,
I was considered enlightened,
and I actually felt that I knew something
about the martial arts.
Until I felt unbound!
When you run a stop sign
you are saying ‘no’ to all the things
society is trying to implant in you.
When you run a red light
you are refusing to toe the line,
be a respectable citizen,
that you are
King of the Universe!
And all the little people,
with their pencils and clipboards,
their rules and regulations,
their holier than thou disdain
are just that,
and they cannot bind you
make you less than you are.
Break the rules that bind
and the spirit grows big.
if you object,
chances are that you are trapped,
inside the box,
behaving because you believe
that society is God,
and you have no power.
So you need to start breaking laws right now.
You need to grab the notion of yourself
as being unique and independent,
And you really need to break open
your ideas of the martial arts.
Learn a new art,
and you will be twice as smart.
Think about it,
a guy who is bilingual
has MANY more advantages
than a single lingual.
So why not for the arts?
you get an entirely new and true
totally expanded understanding of the arts.
you get tossed out of the box
whether you like it or not.
in this subject of breaking the law,
I will only say one thing…
I never steal.
To steal is to break all laws,
and to step outside humanity.
We want to get outside the box
of restricted thought,
we don’t want to step outside
of our understanding and compassion.
here’s the obligatory link,
for the system I used,
to help me step all the way outside
of that furshlugginer box.
Have a great work out!
Here’s a great win…
I have gone through many of your courses and am currently going through blinding steel and eventually on my way to forty monkeys. I recently went through your book Matrixing Tong Bei. Several things clicked and the martial arts universe opened up after finishing that book.
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