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MARTIAL ARTS
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Matt Lucas

basic “man of action”

INTO THE BADLANDS BLACK LOTUS FIGHT

THIS WAS A SUPER CHALLENGING FIGHT. PROUD TO HAVE BEEN A PART OF IT. THE MACES AND CHAINS WERE DIFFICULT TO BE AS PRECISE AS WE USUALLY ARE IN THIS SHOW. IT CAME OUT GREAT.

There’s more to simplicity than we think…

UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF “MARTIAL ARTS” YOU WILL FIND EVERYTHING FROM FIGHTING ARTS TO HEALING ARTS. CALLIGRAPHY, NUTRITION, MEDITATION, AND YES… EVEN YOGA.  MARTIAL ARTS IS STILL THE MOST COMPLETE THING HUMAN BEINGS HAVE EVER CREATED. IF YOU DIG DEEP ENOUGH YOU’LL EVEN FIND THAT “CUTTING EDGE” SCIENCE, IN MANY WAYS, IS STILL BEHIND THE WISDOM OF MARTIAL ARTISTS FROM CENTURIES AGO. I ADMIT THOUGH, NINJAS DIDN’T HAVE PHONES, SAMURAI NEVER WENT TO SPACE, TECH AND LIFE IS EVOLVING. HOWEVER, WITHOUT FOCUSING YOUR THOUGHTS, WORDS, AND ACTIONS TOWARDS INTEGRATING YOU, YOUR TOOLS (TECH, INDUSTRY, COMMUNICATION, STATE OF MIND), INTO CAUSE AND EFFECT. WE MAY FALL INTO A CULTURE OF IGNORANCE AND ARROGANCE THAT’S “JUST DOING ITS JOB”. 

Now you can learn online!!!

We just launched a site for online wellness, and education on building longevity and balancing out our day to day lives. I swear by this stuff. People have been asking for this for a very long time… here it is. 

THE OPEN MATT

THIS IS WHERE I TRAIN PEOPLE AND DO BODYWORK. COME TAKE A CLASS, WORKSHOP, OR DO A PERSONAL SESSION. INTENSIVES ON HOLISTIC HEALTH, MARTIAL ARTS, YOGA, AND SIMPLE HUMAN EFFICIENCY.

SOMEWHAT OF A PHILOSOPHY

THE TRADITION OF ART IS TO OBSERVE AND COMMUNICATE YOUR CULTURE TODAY, FROM YOUR LENS. OFTEN WITH TOOLS AND WISDOM BASED IN TRADITION. I’M A TRADITIONAL ARTIST IN THAT SENSE. I’VE STUDIED MARTIAL ARTS FOR OVER 35 YEARS, AND HAVE PERFORMED PROFESSIONALLY AND TAUGHT SINCE 1997. MARTIAL ARTS IS ABOUT EXISTING IN EXTREME STRESS, OFTEN IN HARMS WAY, AND CREATING CONSCIOUSNESS, HEALTH AND LONGEVITY ALONG THE WAY. I STUDY AS A HOLISTIC PRACTICE. MARTIAL ARTS, YOGA, MARTIAL APPLICATIONS OF YOGA, MEDITATION, QI GONG, EMOTIONAL MAPPING, COMBATIVES, AND HEALING ARTS. (BODY WORK)… TO ME IT’S ALL JUST MARTIAL ARTS. 

I ALSO PLAY MUSIC… BEEN DOING THAT FOR LIKE… EVER.

MATT ON THE BAY AREA MARTIAL ARTS PODCAST

BALANCING MIND AND BODY FROM CHINESE CCTV BROADCAST

what is mindfulness consulting???

HOLISTIC AND MINDFUL INTEGRATION OF OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH TECH, COMMUNICATIONS, AND MODELLING NEW WAYS TO DO, FOR LACK OF A BETTER TERM… STUFF.

if you can't walk with it, it doesn't exist

A COMPLETE PRACTICE IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS A COMPLETE BREAKFAST

IT'S AN ART, IT REQUIRES CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION

IF YOUR BEST ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH, WELL... YOU DID YOUR BEST, NOW GO GET BETTER

THE MOST DANGEROUS THINGS ARE

  • THE PHRASE, “JUST DOING MY JOB”
  • PAINKILLERS
  • FLU-LIKE SYMPTONS

RULE #1 OF TEACHING YOURSELF IS

GET A TEACHER!!!

DON'T WORK OUT TO LOOK BETTER... WORK OUT... YOU'LL LOOK BETTER

NOW GET DEEPER, YOU EXPECT MORE FROM YOURSELF

PHYSICAL HEALTH: YOU'LL LOOK GOOD MENTAL & SPIRITUAL HEALTH: YOU'LL BE OK NOT TAKING A PICTURE OF IT ALL THE TIME.

THE BEST ART, MARTIAL ART, WORKOUT, OR HOBBY IS THE ONE YOU WILL SHOW UP TO AND PRACTICE.

INTERMITTENT FASTING IS JUST A WAY TO GLORIFY SKIPPING BREAKFAST. IT'S NOT INTERESTING.

MICRODOSING IS THE HIPSTER TECHY WAY OF SAYING "I KINDA WANNA GO TO WORK TODAY A LITTLE HIGH"

FAQ’S & SMALL TALK

hey man, where ya from???

I GREW UP MAINLY IN PENSACOLA, FL. THE REDNECK RIVIERA!!! WE TRAVELLED A LOT WITH MY FATHER’S WORK, BUT SETTLED THERE. GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL, THEN COMMENCED TO MOVE EVERY YEAR OR SO TILL I THEN SETTLED IN OAKLAND, CA.

YOGA & MARTIAL ARTS??? I THOUGHT YOGA WAS PEACEFUL...

GOOD QUESTION, YES IT IS, AND SO ARE MARTIAL ARTISTS. IF YOU TRACE THE ORIGINS OF MANY MARTIAL ARTS, ESPECIALLY, SHAOLIN KUNG FU, THEY WILL LEAD YOU BACK TO YOGA. SOME CHINESE SCRIPTS WOULD SAY THAT WHEN YOU ACHIEVE GREAT SKILL YOU CAN THEN “TRAVEL WEST” WHICH MEANT GO TO INDIA.

IT SEEMS YOU DO A LOT, WHY DO YOU SAY "IT'S ALL JUST MARTIAL ARTS???"

IT IS THAT’S WHY. MARTIAL ARTS IS THE MOST COMPLETE SYSTEM HUMANS HAVE EVER CREATED. EVERYTHING FORM HEALING ARTS, TO FENG SHUI, FIGHTING ARTS, OSTEOPATHY, EVEN MUSICAL, AND SEXUAL PRACTICES. THIS STUFF IS DEEP, I’VE BEEN STUDYING SERIOUSLY SINCE I WAS 6 YEARS OLD. IF I JUST STOPPED AT PUNCHING AND KICKING, I’D BE MISSING OUT ON SO MUCH. THIS WELL RUNS DEEP, AND AT THE BOTTOM IS AN OCEAN. BUT YES… TO ME IT’S JUST MARTIAL ARTS.

DO I NEED EXPERIENCE OR TO BE SUPER FIT TO TRAIN WITH YOU???

NO WAY, BEGINNERS ARE MORE THAN WELCOME!!! SOME OF MY MOST DEVOTED CLIENTS, AND STUDENTS STARTED WITH NOTHING BUT A DISLIKE FOR EXERCISE, YOGA, AND MARTIAL ARTS. NOW THEY’RE DEVOTED HARD WORKING PRACTITIONERS. MANY OF THEM DIDN’T START TILL AFTER 50.

BEATLES OR STONES???

ZEPPLIN AND FUGAZI… NEVER WAS A BEATLES FAN, I KEEP TRYING AND THINK THEY’RE GREAT, BUT WHEN I HEAR THEM, I KINDA GET ANNOYED. I ADMIT THOUGH, I FINALLY HEARD A SONG THAT PAUL DID WITH MICHAEL JACKSON “SAY SAY SAY” AND IT MADE UP FOR “GIRLFRIEND” AT LEAST IT HAD A GROOVE AND SOME DARKNESS. 

WHAT'S YAMA???

YAMA IS A YOGA SEQUENCE THAT IS ALSO A MARTIAL ART. IN A SIMPLE PRACTICE YOU WILL GET YOUR BASIC STANDING AND SEATED POSES, MARTIAL ARTS BASICS, AND CONDITIONING. THIS SEQUENCE HOLDS A LOT. THERE IS PAD WORK, WEIGHTS, CLUB SWINGING, AND GRAPPLING AS WELL. FIRST STEP IS TO LEARN THE BASIC SEQUENCE. LIKE A FORM IN MARTIAL ARTS, OR A SERIES, LIKE ASHTANGA YOGA.

WHAT TYPE OF BODYWORK DO YOU DO???

I DO A SYSTEM VERY SIMILAR TO TRADITIONAL OSTEOPATHY FROM THE OLD BONE SETTING TRADITIONS. THERE IS BONE AND JOINT MANIPULATIONS AND MYOFASCIAL RELEASE… THEN THERE’S THE BONE BENDING. IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK, BUT YOU WERE CLOSE.

what is emotional mapping???

EVERY EMOTION YOU HAVE CHANGES YOUR POSTURE. IT SOMETIMES CREATES PATTERNS. THESE PATTERNS CAN CREATE PAIN OR OTHER DEFICIENCIES. THIS IS WORK ON UNLOCKING THE BREATH AND UNWINDING THE PATTERNS. I WORK WITH A LOT OF AMAZING ATHLETES IN STELLAR SHAPE, THUS THEIR PAIN IS OFTEN DUE TO EMOTIONAL INBALANCE. THIS IS GREAT WORK IN TANDEM WITH THE OTHER BODYWORK I DO. ONCE YOU’RE ABLE TO IDENTIFY TENSIONS IN THE BODY AND BREATH, THEN YOU WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO ADJUST YOUR TRAINING TO HELP UNWIND YOUR EMOTIONAL BODY IN PRACTICE.

WHERE CAN I TRAIN WITH YOU???

THANKS FOR ASKING… I TRAIN PEOPLE OUT OF

THE OPEN MATT

IT’S MY WELLNESS CENTER IN OAKLAND, WE DO CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, BODYWORK, AND HOLISTIC WELLNESS PROGRAMS.

I ALSO, TRAVEL OFF SITE FOR WORK TOO. I SPENT THE PAST YEAR ALL OVER. I WAS IN IRELAND TRAINING THE CAST AND A STUNT PERFORMER ON INTO THE BADLANDS ON AMC… THERE WAS CROATIA, SPAIN, WASHINGTON DC, LA. I LOVE TO TRAVEL FOR WORK.

I ALSO WORK WITH ORGANIZATIONS FOR CONSULTATIONS, THINKTANKS, AND COLLABORATIVE TRAINING TOO.

WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT IN THIS WORK?

OOO… GOOD ONE. 

I LOOK AT MARTIAL ARTS/YOGA AND OTHER ARTS AS A PART OF ONE BIG TRAJECTORY THAT IS YOUR LIFE. AGAIN, TO ME THEY’RE ALL THE SAME. I GREW UP DOING THIS, MY BRAIN AND BODY DEVELOPED WITH THIS MINDSET, YOU WOULD HAVE TO TEACH ME TO SEE THEM AS SEPARATE, AND I’M NOT TAKING OUT A STUDENT LOAN TO TRY DISPROVE 5000 YEARS OF WISDOM. WHEN ALL THINGS ARE ALWAYS POINTING BACK TO THIS WORK. MEDITATION, MOVEMENT, MINDSET, ALIGNING THOUGHTS WORDS AND ACTIONS. THAT’S REALLY OLD, TED TALKS AREN’T. 

THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT I AM NOT AN EVANGELIST IN THIS WORK. I AM AN ARTIST IN THE SENSE THAT I FOUND WHAT I LOVE AND HOW TO EXPRESS MYSELF AND COMMUNICATE TO OTHERS WITH THIS MEDIUM. I KNOW THERE’S A SEQUENCE TO DISCOVER AND ACTUALIZE WHO WE ARE. IT MAY BE MARTIAL ARTS, YOGA, DANCE, OR POWERLIFTING… THIS IS THE MOVEMENT PART. THEN THERE’S THE MIND, IT COULD BE WRITING, PROGRAMMING, PUZZLES, OR FIXING YOUR MOTORCYCLE. THEN THE SPIRIT. THIS IS WHEN YOU SHOW UP, NOT YOUR IDEA OF YOU, THE YOU ACCORDING TO THE TRUTH. THEN WE WITNESS THE WAY WE INTERRACT WITH THE FORCES AROUND US, AS WE INTEGRATE INTO CAUSE AND EFFECT. THIS IS YOUR PATH, AND DON’T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. EXPERIENCE IT. TAKE YOUR TIME, OH… BUT TIME’S ALWAYS RUNNING OUT, SO… NO PRESSURE… 

WHAT'S THE BEST MARTIAL ART?

THE ONE YOU WILL SHOW UP TO REGULARLY, PRACTICE ON YOUR OWN, AND THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO BE A BETTER PERSON. HOPEFULLY, IT’S TO A COMMUNITY OF NICE PEOPLE THAT ARE EVOLVING AND NOT FOOLING THEMSELVES. STAY BALANCED… MARTIAL ARTS IS VERY VAST AND IS A SYSTEM OF HEALTH A LONGEVITY, THUS FIXATING ON ONE ASPECT CAN HARM US. MOST INJURY COMES FROM IMBALANCE. SO IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT “THE OCTAGON” JUST AS IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT THE QI. 

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