How would you like to learn Jujitsu from Barack Obama? Or maybe a good solid class in Shotokan Karate from William Jefferson Clinton? No…well, how about, I’ve got it…Kung Fu as taught by Nancy Pelosi! You may think I am having a little fun with you, but there is a dark underbelly to all this. When the government decides to take over a business, you see, it tends to destroy, corrupt and confound that business. And I am talking any government, and any business. Kung Fu, for instance, thousands of years old, has been spreading long life, health, good physical conditioning, and some of the best darned self-defense imaginable. Then along came Chairman Mao, and the death of Kung Fu was at hand. The vehicle used for the destruction of the one of the greatest arts the world has ever known was called The Cultural Revolution. During the Cultural Revolution Mao decided to purge society of elements that he deemed dangerous, or corruptive, or whatever. Thus, the population was carted off wholesale and killed, 70,000,000 of them. If you were intelligent, talented, or stood out in any manner, you were dead. If you were a school teacher, wore a wig, or had written a book, you were murdered. If you spoke out against Mao or played the violin, you were murdered. If you knew Kung Fu, you were definitely out of there. Once the Revolution was over, the country began to rebuild, in the image of Chairman Mao. Funny thing, as China tried to catch up with a world that was still possessed of talent and intelligence, it discovered that there was money to be made in this thing called Kung Fu. Unfortunately, they had murdered Kung Fu. So, what does a government do when it has killed Kung Fu, and then found that it needs it? Simple, you hire a few coaches and have them make up some Kung Fu. So they hired a bunch of coaches, the ones who hadn’t known enough Kung Fu to be killed off during the revolution, read any manuals that survived the book burnings, and make up some Kung Fu! And they were intent on making sure that the Kung Fu didn’t have anything that could be used in it. You don’t want people able to actually use the darn stuff. Heck, that might lead to a (choke) Great Revolution!
Al Case has practiced martial arts for 40+ years. He has written hundreds of articles and had his own column in Inside Karate. He has developed the science of Matrixing, which enables an artist to de-corrupt his art and return it to original workability. You can get a free ebook about his method at Monster Martial Arts.