When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:
I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me
I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me
I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull
I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death
I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed
I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes
I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados
I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers
The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn
Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung
WARNING, CAVEAT AND NOTE
The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books. Please make note that this article/post is my personal analysis of the subject and the information used was chosen or picked by me. It is not an analysis piece because it lacks complete and comprehensive research, it was not adequately and completely investigated and it is not balanced, i.e., it is my personal view without the views of others including subject experts, etc. Look at this as “Infotainment rather then expert research.” This is an opinion/editorial article/post meant to persuade the reader to think, decide and accept or reject my premise. It is an attempt to cause change or reinforce attitudes, beliefs and values as they apply to martial arts and/or self-defense. It is merely a commentary on the subject in the particular article presented.
Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.
“What you are reading right now is a blog. It’s written and posted by me, because I want to. I get no financial remuneration for writing it. I don’t have to meet anyone’s criteria in order to post it. Not only I don’t have an employer or publisher, but I’m not even constrained by having to please an audience. If people won’t like it, they won’t read it, but I won’t lose anything by it. Provided I don’t break any laws (libel, incitement to violence, etc.), I can post whatever I want. This means that I can write openly and honestly, however controversial my opinions may be. It also means that I could write total bullshit; there is no quality control. I could be biased. I could be insane. I could be trolling. … not all sources are equivalent, and all sources have their pros and cons. These needs to be taken into account when evaluating information, and all information should be evaluated.” - God’s Bastard, Sourcing Sources
“All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice. I should not speak so boldly if it were my due to be believed.” - Montaigne
- Those disembarking from the train or elevator or store should be allowed to exit first before you enter when reaching the door at the same time.
- Those walking should pass one another to the right.
- Those talking while walking should be aware of foot traffic and make appropriate adjustments to accommodate passage, etc.
- Those taking stairs should stay to the far right to allow free flow up and down.
- Things like saying, “Pardon me,” when bumping into one another in crowds.
- Things like hold the door for a person behind him or her when entering a building
- Things like that alcohol consumption in public will be in moderation.
- Things like one's nose in public is not an acceptable behavior.
- Things like using the phrase "thank you" is expected when someone has provided a service.
- It is expected that one would hold the door for a person behind him or her when entering a building.
- Normal dress for women at work excludes clothes that are highly revealing.
- It is not considered acceptable for a woman to be highly sexually promiscuous.
- It is expected that one will be on time for work the majority of the time.
- It is expected that alcohol consumption in public will be in moderation.
- Stealing is considered unacceptable under any circumstance.
- Adults are expected to work in order to support themselves.
- Nudity in public is not acceptable in most areas.
- Picking one's nose in public is not an acceptable behavior.
- Farting in public is not an acceptable behavior.
- People are expected to be honest.
- Respect for other people's property is important.
- If a promise is made, it is expected it will be kept.
- Chewing with one's mouth closed is expected.
- Using the phrase "thank you" is expected when someone has provided a service.
- Quick repayment of debt to another individual is an expected behavior.
- Remaining loyal to one's spouse is an expected behavior.
- Rising for the national anthem is an expected behavior.
- Sending a thank you note to someone who has given a present is expected.
- Providing adequate housing and food for oneself and one's family is expected.
- Shorts should not be worn in a professional work atmosphere.
- When dressing for a job interview in an office, men should wear a suit and tie.
- If something is knocked over in a store, the person who did so will clean up after himself.
- Belching at the dinner table is not an acceptable behavior.
- Cursing in polite conversation is not acceptable.
- Rudeness to service staff is not societally acceptable.
- Going to work or school barefoot is not socially acceptable.
- Being kind to animals is socially expected.
- Slurping one's food is not acceptable in the U.S.
- Ignoring someone when they are speaking is not acceptable.
- Cause the adversary’s rhythm to fall apart.
- Make a powerful attack causing the adversary to react in lieu of acting.
- Arrest the adversary’s attack at the point of the very impulse to act.
- Make the adversary in a hurry to act.
- Do things to make the adversary feel fear or anger, either one will result is his taking chances.
- Do the unexpected.
- Seize the adversary’s moment of fright, take advantage to win.
- Fighting at close range when it is not going well, stick tight to the adversary.
- When the adversary advances move to the edge/corner and attack.
- Inflict injurious pain to the adversary.
- Attack rapidly and unrelentingly.
- Make the adversary think confusing thoughts.
- Concentrate your force, speed and fluidity with crushing force.
- Disrupt the adversary’s rhythm, cadence and balance.
- Change technique, tactics and methodologies rapidly and never repeat until defeated.
- Become a rock wall, inaccessible to anything at all, immovable.
- Tactics: ‘OODA’ more inconspicuously, more quickly and with more irregularity as basis to keep or gain initiative as well as shape or shift main effort; to repeatedly and unexpectedly penetrate vulnerabilities and weaknesses exposed by that effort or other effort(s) that tie up, divert, or drain-away adversary attention (and strength) elsewhere.
- Idea: Destroy adversary’s moral-mental-physical harmony, produce paralysis, and collapse his will to resist.
- Aim: Render adversary powerless by denying him the opportunity to cope with unfolding circumstances.
- Lethal effort: Tie-up, divert, or drain-away adversary attention and strength as well as (or thereby) overload critical vulnerabilities and generate weaknesses.
- Maneuver: Subvert, disorient, disrupt, overload, or seize those vulnerable yet critical connections, centers, and activities as basis to penetrate, splinter, and isolate remnants of adversary organism for mop-up or absorption.
- Moral: Create an atmosphere of fear, anxiety, and alienation to sever human bonds that permit an organic whole to exist.
- Why: unless one can penetrate adversary’s moral-mental-physical being, and sever those interacting bonds that permit him to exist as an organic whole, by being able to subvert, shatter, seize, or otherwise subdue those moral-mental-physical bastions, connections, or activities that he depends upon, one will find it exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, to collapse adversary’s will to resist.