From Al Case at Matrix Martial Arts…
The Odd Effects of Matrixing in the Martial Arts
Started matrixing back in the 80s.
Been a long time.
Formalized it around 2007.
Taught a lot of people,
but here’s the thing…
matrixing is VERY subtle.
You do the first courses,
maybe you get a blast of realization,
especially if you’ve spent some time in the arts,
have a good database that needs to be organized.
Then the real work starts.
and the seeds gestate within.
The initial blast of logic fades a bit,
but it keeps working.
Sometimes you don’t realize it
but you are looking at the world differently.
Life becomes smoother.
things other than the arts make sense,
are made logical by the matrixing going on inside you.
When you go to school
you are told to shut up and learn.
It’s all behavior modification.
Teachers can’t control the classes
unless they can control the masses.
So shut up and do your work.
Doesn’t matter that the work isn’t logical,
doesn’t have much to do with life.
Shut up and do your work.
They even go after you after school.
Do your homework.
Get trained (modified)
so you can be a cog in a factory.
And here’s the thing…
there isn’t much real learning.
When was the battle of Bull Run.
Memorize that algebraic function.
Even though you will never use it in life.
when a lot of people graduate
they are in one of two modes…
a robot ready to man a desk somewhere…
and learning sucks.
school teaches you that learning can be boring,
meaningless and stupid.
So people come out of school thinking that learning sucks.
And I’d probably still think that learning sucks,
if it wasn’’ for martial arts…
and then matrixing.
There are things in school,
underneath all the drivel,
that do mean something.
Learning how to write,
what all that grammar stuff is,
But they don’t spend a lot of time on that.
Better to modify your behavior.
Underneath that algebra,
is a whole method of learning and analysis
and critical thinking…
but they slide over that quick,
too hard to explain.
And speaking of critical thinking…
schools don’t go anywhere near that.
Kids might start thinking for themselves,
and then where would the behavior modifiers be?
I started learning when it came to the martial arts.
I wanted to understand it.
I wanted to figure it out.
And I started thinking.
I started analyzing it,
being critical in my thought concerning it.
I started doing things that school never prepared me for,
and never wanted me to do.
A quick way to line up all the data,
to make sense of it
and apply it.
And the carefully arranged rigidity of my mind
started to shatter.
it doesn’t work that way for everybody.
I was lucky,
had a couple of good schools,
an instructor who didn’t say much,
but could do a lot,
but who wanted us to figure it out for ourselves.
I remember once,
when a couple of the students went to Bob (my instructor).
They showed him two techniques
and asked him which was better.
‘I don’t know.’
But it was obvious he knew!
But it was also obvious he wanted to think for ourselves,
to make up our own minds.
To look at the techniques,
try them out,
mix them up,
That is something that almost no teacher,
in todays schools,
martial arts or otherwise,
wants you to do.
No critical thinking for you…
you have to stay a bozo.
I’ve ranted enough,
and it’s up to you.
Be a carefully crafted
‘do what I say’ person,
or start looking.
look for understanding,
here’s the real deal…
start having some fun.
when you finally figure out what I’m saying
you’ll understand something that teachers may talk about
but don’t know how to make happen…
Here’s some real fun…
hapy vets day to you!
and have a great work out!
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