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Mystery and mythology often obscure the martial arts. Matrixing is the use of physics to penetrate the mysteries of the martial arts. This article details the type of thought I was using when developing Matrixing.[l:2:J]
by AlCase


Mystery and mythology often obscure the martial arts. Matrixing is the use of physics to penetrate the mysteries of the martial arts. This article details the type of thought I was using when developing Matrixing.[l:2:J]

In the Chinese Martial Arts there is a thing called a pentagram. This a representation of the five elements of the universe. The five elements are generally considered to be: wood, water, metal, earth, fire.

These five elements can be arranged in a sequence that is considered generative. Thus, each element makes the next. For instance: wood makes fire makes earth, makes metal makes water makes wood.

They can also be arranged in a degenerative sequence. Thus, each element destroys the next. For instance: wood is destroyed by fire is destroyed by water is destroyed by earth is destroyed by metal is destroyed by wood.

This type of sequencing builds a logic, and the logic can be ordered according to ones viewpoint. The fact of whether metal is considered as a tool or a weapon can easily shift the viewpoint. such a shift in viewpoint can result in much argument as to the order of the sequence.

The sequence to be arranged in the martial arts, I reasoned, should be arranged according to the potential motion of the element. Fire is towards, wood doesnt move, earth sinks, metal extends and water clings to. Thus, each element is understood according to the direction it takes.

Wood is motionless. Wood doesnt move. Wood waits for the attack.

Fire is an aggressive attack. It moves towards wood. It destroys wood.

Earth is a motion towards the earth. When aggression comes in, earth will move it downward. Earth grapples with fire in this manner.

Water flows in the direction of the attack. Somebody attacks, you flow with to manipulate. Water can thus manipulate earth.

Metal can be considered as a weapon. A weapon extends the body, even to reach somebody who is water. Metal thus destroys liquid.

Wood has no motion. Attack with a weapon can be handled by the simple act of assuming no motion, and thus letting the attack pass by. This is the manner in which wood can defeat metal.

This is one visualization of how combat can be related to the Chinese pentagram. One can see how motion relates better than an element, and what was discovered in times past can be better understood. The analogy is a bit loose, however.

I would have preferred to leave metal out as it is a product of civilization and not natural. This would leave a square, which would be a bit more manageable. Or perhaps replace metal with spirit.

In the end, mythology must fall to science. Mythology is based on mystery, which is what we dont understand. To analyze motion purely is a science which can help the student progress rapidly, and to understand without the confusions of myth and mystery.

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