the monk 101

Welcome to Your Future Success

            The Monk 101

Do you really want a high level game?

A game you can depend on every time you play?  


In just 20 nights you will acquire the skills of the masters.


Let the Monk take you through the MONK 101 training. 


Over 100 vital and important lessons to master 


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When you complete this special session you will never choke again 

Win more games!!

enjoy a special time with The Monk

I have openings for five and seven 

Can help you on a Sat. or Sun. 

If you are an intermediate player and feel like you need to improve, take the MONK 101 Special training with The Monk 

Here is how it works!

Set up a web cam of your table.

You and The Monk will work for one hour each night. Your training is specific and deliberate. No waste of time. How many games have you lost that you know you should have won?  We can fix that but you will need to make a change   Only 20 Dollars per hour, 

    TWENTY one hour sessions

When you sign up for this special training you will receive:

1 - Book on FOUNDATIONS  

2 - Twenty - one hour personal sessions via web cam messaging so you can train right in your home!

Don't let yourself down again!

Contact The Monk today for more information on this unique training program   email  

Let The Monk guide you through this special course The MONK 101

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I am here to help you 

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Don't miss out on this chance to work with The Monk 

The Monk sessions are a complete training experience. The Monk is serious about your game. 

Become the player you deserve to be 

You will win more matches, more tournaments and raise your league average . 



Monk 101 Train at home! 


Will this training program correct flaws I have carried for many years? 

That is a good question. My material is what corrects any flaws you might have. If the cue ball does not go where it is supposed to go it can be traced to poor mechanics, poor timing or just plain poor aiming.  In one lesson you need to deliver the right stroke and be standing in the right place.  You do the lesson over and over until you have gained the skills. It is the most  powerful honest approach to training anywhere in this game today. 

After three sessions you will see such an improvement you will be beating players who beat you

Meet MONK101 master instructors 

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Meet Chuck Davis from Ohio. He went through the training, then drove up to Michigan to attend a special workshop with The Monk and is going through the program a second time. He is at the 17th level. Feel free to message him on FB for any information you want to know about the program. Mr Davis is a member of the Wolf Pack.

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Meet Toney Bingham who went through the program, then traveled to Iowa for a special workshop with The Monk Then he got inspired and is going through a second time. He is nearing the end. Toney is a member of the Wolf Pack. If you would like to message him he is on FB 

A bright young player goes to an instructor for lessons to improve his game. He is an all around decent player who has had some trouble making balls, especially when the game is on the line. He has no trouble running four balls but rarely runs a rack. Bottom line is; he is not winning the game he is supposed to win

He is taken through the usual lesson on stance, grip and sighting. Then the instructor, eager to give him a way to win more games teaches him some strategy moves that will help him raise his winning average.


This instructor knows that his student’s skill level is not enough to keep him in the winning circle, so in many ways, he has short-changed the player and done him a disservice. “If I teach at the expense of your experience I am the worst of masters”.


He wins more matches with advanced safety moves which gives him ball in hand as he faces an easy three ball run out. His winning average goes up and up and it is not long before the league operator moves him out of his level and on to the next level.


In this next level he plays a safe and his opponent makes a good hit on the object and he does not get ball in hand. In fact, his opponent kicks him safe. This is a whole new world he is living in and does not have the skills to achieve success.


He experiences defeat after defeat and soon, as time goes on he is discouraged to the point where he feels he should play a different sport all together. He drops out, never to return.


This eager young player was sent into battle without the skills to survive. He had the moves, but not the skills.

There are no short cuts to advanced performance in this game. You have to put in the hard yards. That is why I created the MONK 101 TRAINING PROGRAM   Some players take two year to graduate from this program. When they do they have all the skills of a world class player and it is at this time I work with them on the moves.


I am holding a MONK 101 TRAINING SEMIINAR in the Cleveland area April 24, 25 & 26th for Wolf Pack Players in the MONK 101 training. I do have one opening. If you want to join us to “Learn the moves” contact me right away. There is room for only one advanced student who wants to bring their game to the highest level.

If you know you are good and you are not winning consistently you need this workshop. Email me at

Chuck is going through the 12 sessions to complete his training and win the games is suppose to win 

email me today

Just $400 for 20 personal lessons with The Monk 

I can help  you. This is better than attending a weekand with The Monk



Meet Dominic Colenero who came into the program as a 4 in the APA

When he completed it he won top gun in Chicago several times. He is a Master MONK 101 instructor who gives lessons in his own studio. You can look him up on FB and ask what he thinks of the program. 

Dominic attended a workshop at the University of IL. with The Monk in Chicago.   Then went to another workshop in Minneapolis, then went to AZ for one more workshop. Then he spent two years working his way through the MONK 101 training program. 


HOWARD SMITH is a long time member and MONK MASTER TEACHER. He holds the record for cross corner stop shots. He teaches out of Charlotte North Carolina. contact Howard on FB. His cues are the finest in the game today.

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To guarantee success in this advanced training you will receive FREE the FOUNDATION BOOK.

Just $400.00 for twenty personal lessons with The Monk  

 Plus you get all the support books that make your training a more powerful experience. 

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You also receive FREE The Monk Shot Sequence.                                Aim like a sniper 

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Scott Bourassa has been working with The Monk for twenty plus years. He went through the MONK 101 training twice. In 2015 He traveled with The Monk for three months doing seminars and private lessons. He is a fine teacher with a deep love for this game. If you are in the Florida area and need lessons, contact Mr. Bourassa as he is just a short drive away.  

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Dr Ron Soodun, from the country of Maritus, came to the Philippines to study with The Monk for 21 days We did take two days off to visit the ocean and rivers. He is an amazing student. Tireless in his quest to master this game.. He was an amazing teacher when he came here. I learned a lot of old techniques his grand father taught him. If you have any questions about the program, contact him on FB. He will be happy to help you

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Shoot the one ball into the corner pocket. Stand and connect to the shot, breathe in through your mouth and out through your mouth. Nice deep breath. then land on the cue ball, breathe in through your mouth and out through your nose and while you are sighting the shot, breath in through your nose and out through your nose. You sight the spot you connected to. You are now in the process of aiming.  Then rock back and fourth. Before delivering the stroke, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.   Shoot when you feel ready. Achieve five successful shot in a row and then move on to the next exercise, This breathing sequence activates various parts of you stance. You can study this in the book Monk Sequence  


Simply shoot the four ball into the corner pocket with a nice crisp punch stroke and move the cue ball into position to pocket the nine in the corner pocket. Make sure you go through the Monk Sequence of Breathing on each shot. Do this five times and count yourself success.

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In all my training graphics you will note that you must deliver a strong committed stroke. I have filmed my Wolf Pack Training Program. It involves over 100 video clips plus personalized training by me. Join the Membership site today Train with The Monk. When you complete the course you are ready for game strategy training such as the one near Cleveland on April 24,25,26

Dr Ron's grandfather taught him this trick when he was a young boy. It helps you stabilize your shooting arm. I really had a hard time with it but gave it a good chance and it has helped me a great  deal. Sad to say, many players will not give this a chance. I hope you are not one of them. If you desire a strong solid stroke, do the catch, carry and throw. For a long time I would do it before my warm up. For the longest time I could not make one ball. My alignment was weak. So i continued until i get in line and began to pocket balls. 


1st. Stand in front of the shot. To connect to the shot breathe in through your mouth and let it out through your mouth MM. This has everything to do with aligning the brain with what you what you are about to do. It centers the body creates good balance. We are going to let our brain direct our stroke.

 2nd. Go down and land on the cue ball, breathe in through your mouth and out through your nose. MN. This connects the left side of your body, your bridge arm shoulder and elbow. Place your cue tip and feel the alignment. Feel the left side of your body in line with the shot.


3rd. Then set your cue tip and look at your aiming

point. Breathe in through your nose and out through

your nose NN See the shot clearly.  Connect a spot

in the center of your chest to the aiming point on

the OB. Feel the speed from this center.


4th. Then study the aiming point and breathe in

through your nose and out through your mouth.

This shifts focus to the target ball point of contact. 

NM.  This connects your shooting arm and grip to

the shot. You should feel the exact line from your

grip and the center of your chest.  


5th Breathe slowly into your mouth and at a

comfortable point you will deliver the stroke. MM


6th   Breathe NN at the end and stay down to watch

the ball into the pocket.


Be faithful to this training. It took me a while. I am

about 80% complete. It really helps on pressure

shots in a game. Here are your four shots.

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Sample lesson from the 100 lessons in the MONK101 Training program 

This is a lesson from The MONK101 Training. There are over one hundred lessons for you to raise your skill level.

Pocket the three ball and play position for the nine in the corner as indicated.  Make the nine and play position for the lowest numbered ball.  Reset your shot on the three, set up the nine again and play position for the nine so you can play position for the lowest numbered ball. Do the same with the one remaining ball. 

Distribution of force 

There are three types of shots. First is the straight in shot. Second is the right cut shot. Third is the left cut shot. The right and left are the same except the object ball moves in opposite direction upon contact with the cue ball.


In this discussion we are talking about shots where the cue ball moves directly to the object ball. Not a kick shot, although the same principles apply but must be looked at from the point on the rail that the cue ball leaves.


Bank shot are included, but the target is a point on a rail instead of a pocket. Like wise for carom shots.


There are three forces that affect the cue ball when you shoot. First gravity holds the ball to the table. Second is the power force. That is how hard you hit the cue ball.

The third force is the spin force. Spin is applied and acquired. Where your tip contacts the cue ball and the angle of the force determines the applied spin. Acquired spin comes from friction of the ball moving over the table and contact with other balls and rails.


The force that I are talking about is the power force. How hard you hit the ball.

How hard you hit the cue ball and the angle of contact will determine how far it will go on its path after it contacts the object ball.


The angle of contact can vary from zero to ninety degrees. Zero is a straight in shot and ninety degrees just barely contact the object ball. Any greater than ninety will be a miss.


I have normalized the angle of contact into four points. Zero, one quarter, one half, and three quarters. This means when you look at a cut shot you have only three points to decide upon. ¼, ½, ¾.


Most of the shots you will make will be one of four shots. Of course there is the straight in shot. On the straight in shot the force distribution is 100% of the power force from the cue ball to the object ball. If you shoot a straight in shot with a 225 inch speed ( that is the force needed to make the cue ball to move 225 inches before it exhausts all the applied force) and the distance between the cue ball and the object ball is two diamond spaces the object ball will move 200 inches before coming to a stop. Two diamond spaces equal 25 inches. If you hit the cue ball at the spherical center with a level cue the cue ball should move forward after contact about 1 diamond space due to the acquired follow from the friction of the table.


The cut shots


¾ ball hit

If the cut angle is about 15 degrees the force that will be passed from the cue ball to the object ball will be about 75%. That will leave about 25% with the cue ball. Therefore the cue ball will retain a power force of 25% of the speed at the point of contact to the object ball. If the shot speed is 225 inches and the distance between the cue ball and the object ball is 2 diamond spaces the object ball will travel 150 inches and the cue ball will travel 50 inches.


½ ball hit

If the cut angle is 30 degrees the force that will pass from the cue ball to the object ball will be about 50%. That will leave about 50% with the cue ball. Therefore the cue ball will retain a power force of 50% of the speed at point of contact to the object ball.

If the shot speed is 225 inches and the distance between the cue ball and the object ball is 2 diamond spaces the object ball will travel 100 inches and the cue ball will travel 100 inches. You will find the half ball shot will occurs about 60% of the time. That is why it is called the king of shots. You can easily tell if it is a half ball shot, it you aim point through the cue ball is to the edge of the object ball it is a half ball shot.


¼ ball hit  

If the cut angle is about 45 degrees the force that will be passed from the cue ball to the object ball will be about 25%. That will leave about 75% with the cue ball. Therefore the cue ball will retain a power force of 75% of the speed at the point of contact to the object ball. If the shot speed is 225 inches and the distance between the cue ball and the object ball is 2 diamond spaces the object ball will travel 50 inches and the cue ball will travel 150 inches.


The easy way

When you line up on your shot, first look to see if it is a half ball shot. If not is the aim through the center of the cue ball inside the edge of the object ball or outside the edge of the object ball. This is the easiest way to determine the distribution of force.



This is not an exact system but it is good enough and will help you on your way to play like a pro. The better you are in controlling the speed you shoot, the more accurate you can put the cue ball where you want it to end up.

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Howard Smith is a Monk 101 Master instructor with many years of experience. He is in the Charlotte NC area. Give him a call if you want professional training. 

He also makes a first class custom cue called The Wolf 

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Sharking and how it effects our performance

Sharking will be a part of the game for as long as you play so it becomes a matter of how you handle it when you are sharked, and how you shark others.

Sharking can only work when your opponent gets your attention. Most sharks know the best time to interfere. Timing is everything. It is not what they say or do, it is how they get your attention.

Within a shot is a sequence. Great shooters go through specific steps before they pull the trigger. If an opponent can interfere with those steps, he will upset the perfect stroke.

A stroke is not a perfect stroke if your mind is not on the shot.

You are in the first step of your pre shot routine which is connecting to the shot. He asked you, “What kind of tip do you use”. You know this is a sharking technique yet you answer him. The moment you respond, you have just sabotaged a perfect stroke. Far better to ignore him. He is sharking you. He does not deserve your response.

There are times when you don’t respond and that becomes a sharing technique in itself. His attempt to shark you has just backfired.

If you have been well trained as in the MONK 101 program, you will stay with the sequence and nothing will interfere with your perfect stroke, because that is all that matters to you. You are fully intent on your pre shot routine. Your intentions are what drive you.

It does not matter if someone is standing in your line of flight. I had a guy at the corner pocket flipping the rack back and forth as I prepared to shoot the nine ball. I was faced with a choice to notice him or focus on my shot. At the same time a guy was standing right next to me as I landed on the table for my set up who was yelling to someone out in the parking lot. He was not speaking English. His voice was loud and annoying. I stayed focus as is my MONK 101 training and delivered the nine ball into the corner pocket. I checked to see who my friend was talking to in the parking lot and there was no one there. He was trying to distract me.

How was it I maintained such concentration during the distraction? In the MONK 101 we are trained in the art of the stroke relative to the pre shot routine. So nothing mattered to me but going through the sequence and each step brought my concentration into a sharper focus. By the time it came to shooting the shot, nothing else mattered but the task at hand.

There can only be distraction when you allow it.

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When you study my concept in teaching you will find that I focus on serious skill development. I can show you a shot and you will know it before you build the skills for the shot, so I spend most of my workshop and private lessons time on skill development. I want you to return to your home room with increased skills

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