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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

Okinawan Samurai

Once, a while back, I either posted or commented on Okinawans not being or able to be samurai. I was incorrect. As I continue my studies I am finding a lot of things I understood in the martial arts circles are incorrect. In Karate 1.0 along with some additional searches of of other sources including the Internet it appears more and more of the facts and truth are making it out there. The only difference is achieving the ability to separate the wheat from the chaff. 

It has become fact, for me and until otherwise disproven, that Okinawan were and could be samurai. Often there are differences between samurai of Japan and samurai of Okinawa but in essence they were the same, at least in a lot of ways.


The more you search out, the more you seek out the more you find and when you do you will find that even when valid it will change on you again. No wonder learning is a life long effort. Until the day you die. 


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