Please take a look at Articles on self-defense/conflict/violence for introductions to the references found in the bibliography page.

Please take a look at my bibliography if you do not see a proper reference to a post.

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Hey, Attention on Deck!

Hey, NOTHING here is PERSONAL, get over it - Teach Me and I will Learn!

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


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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 (this applies to this and other blogs by me as well; if you follow the idea's, advice or information you are on your own, don't come crying to me, it is all on you do do the work to make sure it works for you!)

“You should prepare yourself to dedicate at least five or six years to your training and practice to understand the philosophy and physiokinetics of martial arts and karate so that you can understand the true spirit of everything and dedicate your mind, body and spirit to the discipline of the art.” - cejames (note: you are on your own, make sure you get expert hands-on guidance in all things martial and self-defense)

“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

I am not a leading authority on any one discipline that I write about and teach, it is my hope and wish that with all the subjects I have studied it provides me an advantage point that I offer in as clear and cohesive writings as possible in introducing the matters in my materials. I hope to serve as one who inspires direction in the practitioner so they can go on to discover greater teachers and professionals that will build on this fundamental foundation. Find the authorities and synthesize a wholehearted and holistic concept, perception and belief that will not drive your practices but rather inspire them to evolve, grow and prosper. My efforts are born of those who are more experienced and knowledgable than I. I hope you find that path! See the bibliography I provide for an initial list of experts, professionals and masters of the subjects.

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Don't Bogart Those Joints My Friends

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Many who teach the restraint/manipulation skills in martial arts will tell us that the fundamental principles of this art and skill, restraint/manipulation, are what people exploit to make the system work. They will name them off as, “ball-n-socket, hinge, pivot, gliding and saddle joints. As I began to study about keystone principles, see previous posts, it suddenly occurred to me that maybe there were keystone joints in the body. There are: 

There are three main types of joints; Fibrous (immovable), Cartilaginous (partially moveable) and the Synovial (freely moveable) joint.

We spend a lot of time learning how to use the ‘freely movable’ joints to our advantage and with this additional understanding we should understand the keystone joints of the body because that is the lowest denominator of the skeletal system of humans, the three types of joints. 

Then, understanding that all three of these working together provides our ability to move when muscles, tendons, etc., are triggered to manipulate the skeletal system. All three combined as a whole are used even if we are focusing on a hinge joint because as one joint may be the focus of the skill it is the relational functions of those three main types as well as the particular point, of the six, that get the job done. 

Knowing how they all function in telling as to how we would apply our skills for restraint and manipulation to stop another person from doing things we don’t want them to do that may result in harm or death. 

On joints: 

Joints are formed where bones come together. The six types of synovial joints are the pivot, hinge, saddle, plane, condyloid, and ball-and-socket joints. Pivot joints are found in your neck vertebrae, while hinge joints are located in your elbows, fingers, and knees.

There are six types of freely movable diarthrosis (synovial) joints:
  • Ball and socket joint. Permitting movement in all directions, the ball and socket joint features the rounded head of one bone sitting in the cup of another bone. Examples include your shoulder joint and your hip joint.
  • Hinge joint. The hinge joint is like a door, opening and closing in one direction, along one plane. Examples include your elbow joint and your knee joint.
  • Condyloid joint. The condyloid joint allows movement, but no rotation. Examples include your finger joints and your jaw.
  • Pivot joint. The pivot joint, also called the rotary joint or trochoid joint, is characterized by one bone that can swivel in a ring formed from a second bone. Examples are the joints between your ulna and radius bones that rotate your forearm, and the joint between the first and second vertebrae in your neck.
  • Gliding joint. The gliding joint is also called the plane join. Although it only permits limited movement, it’s characterized by smooth surfaces that can slip over one another. An example is the joint in your wrist.
  • Saddle joint. Although the saddle joint does not allow rotation, it does enable movement back and forth and side to side. An example is the joint at the base of your thumb.
Fibrous (immovable) joints: Fibrous joints are connected by dense connective tissue, consisting mainly of collagen. These are fixed joints where bones are united by a layer of white fibrous tissue of varying thickness. These joints have no joint cavity and are connected via fibrous connective tissue.
Cartilaginous (partially moveable): Cartilaginous joints are connected entirely by cartilage (fibrocartilage or hyaline).[1] Cartilaginous joints allow more movement between bones than a fibrous joint but less than the highly mobile synovial joint. Cartilaginous joints also forms the growth regions of immature long bones and the intervertebral discs of the spinal column. Cartilaginous joints allow little movement.

For reference and sources and professionals go here: Bibliography (Click the link)

Kanameishi [要石] Taikou [大綱]

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Keystone: A keystone is the central principle or part of a policy, system, etc., on which all else depends.
Principles: a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning.

Keystone Principles is a new term or words that I recently came to understand that will put a sharper light on what it is that makes the martial arts, the martial arts. As you can see by the two definitions, fundamental, above that help to explain why this particular set of words matters because they shed light on what is central to, part of and the very core or keystone of martial arts, karate. 

Karate as with all martial arts is a system and the keystone of the martial arts is the very foundation that spans across all systems, styles and cultures to which simply are the cover of the book that is martial arts, karate. 

The fundamental principles of martial arts, karate, are those principles that never change, are always the same and are manifest according to the individual as to their culture, perceptions and beliefs when training, practicing and applying martial skills in what ever form they wish. 

The human body as to its form and function is the absolute same from person to person and that is the keystone to our species of human beings. All the rest is merely window dressing that differentiates each human into a society, culture and sub-culture that merely separates us all into the groups that nature intended for us for survival and evolutionary progress. 

These microcosmic settings exist at every level and within every eco-system and every species as they exist in the dojo of any and all martial arts, karate. Like our bodies when broken down to its smallest part is the very atoms of each cell that dependent on how they manifest as a result of certain stimuli creates the individual and this is how styles and systems exist, the principles that are fundamental, unchanging and apparent to those who look make each martial art, karate, work. Failure in any one principle, the keystone of martial skills, means the failure of that skill set, i.e, regardless of the system or style of the group making use of said keystone principles underlying the very nature and core of their martial art and karate. 

The keystone principles are first and foremost physiokinetic's, philosophy, theory and principles with the next level of principles that support the keystone are for martial arts and karate the principles of self-protection and the principles of physical chemical induction effects, etc. 

Keystone to martial arts and karate are physiokinetic's, philosophy, theory and principles that can be viewed, reviewed and studied at, "Fundamental Principles of Multiple Methodologies for Self-Defense/Karate." 

For reference and sources and professionals go here: Bibliography (Click the link)

Using the Challenge Pushup Bars

Using the Challenge Pushup Bars

First and foremost, always seek professional guidance before attempting any new discipline such as this. I recommend extreme caution and follow these steps at a minimum: 
  1. Make sure you are able to perform “regular” hands on the floor pushups before going to step 2, i.e., the ability to perform at minimum fifty repetitions of regulation standard/regular pushups. 
  2. Obtain a set of pushup bars that have a four leg stability configuration so you can go deeper into the pushups and then practice this until you can perform fifty regulation deep standard pushups. 
  3. Create you own double legged chinkuchi-esque bars and practice until you can do twenty to forty regulation deep chinkuchi pushups without incident. 
  4. Create your short novice single legged challenge pushup bars as depicted in the graphics below and practice until you can do twenty to forty regulation deep challenge single-leg pushups without incident.
  5. Create your short professional single legged challenge pushup bars as depicted in the graphics below and practice until you can do twenty to forty regulation deep challenge single-leg pushups without incident.
The four point pushup bar, best used after step one performing regular military style pushups!
A must if you are using any pushup bar off grass or dirt area's and on solid area's such as wood floors or cement or pavement, etc. This is critical to reduce the chances of injuries if you slip using the challenge/chinkuchi pushup bars. 
Click for larger readable version. Remember, USE ONLY UNDER PROPER EXPERIENCED SUPERVISION!!!
Less challenging then the "challenge pushup bars" but still a real challenge to use. Use with caution and under experienced supervision!
NOTE: compare the bars and note that although similar some of the traits of one will change the dynamics will occur even if of an insignificant amount, degree and/or level. 

Fear-based Conditioning

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WW-I, then WW-II AND then Korea, AND then Viet Nam with a few theaters of conflict over in the oil fields in Europe and each one a level the next didn’t want increasing our fear or war with its violence, grave harm and many deaths.

Movies, television, video’s, video games, and now live world wide on-line video play where each one escalated the content of violence.

Societies desire to stop the violence through manipulation, compliance and influence brain-washing principles to permanently eliminate violence and failing miserably.

If we ask, “what is violence?” We often hear definitions derived from the influence of the entertainment industry.

Go ahead, ask yourself to explain what you feel defines violence. I would bet in this time the first thought of many might be in reference to the movie, “Joker!” Why, because it has grabbed society’s attention in the media on its violence both physical AND psychologically.

In societies effort to quell hatred and violence the have created a fear-based social construct instead. Fear in appropriate moderate manifestations is healthy but inordinate fear is more dangerous and deadly to said social construct. It is apparent in our everyday news and social interactions. 

We fear fear itself and in societies effort to deal with it we created laws against violence and conditioned the fearful to require others to deal with it through laws and its enforcement resulting in the victimization industry.

It is apparent that the mistaken understanding of the role of violence in our species world, survival, is driving the necessity to remove it from our presence. It might help to understand, fundamentally, what violence is and how it is used: 

Violence: Behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something; the unlawful exercise of physical force or intimidation by the exhibition of such force; strength of emotion or an unpleasant or destructive natural force. 

As one notices this general definition does not tell us all the story behind nature’s use of violence toward a species survival including the human species. First and foremost we have forgotten, or at least suppressed, that violence in a variety of forms in necessary, i.e., Necessary vs. Unnecessary violence.

Necessary vs. Unnecessary violence is also classified as sanctioned vs. unsanctioned violence and all are under the general heading of, “Social vs. Asocial violence.”

Social violence: this is the type of violence that is found in a very social context, i.e., Uncle Bert at a family party is getting a bit tipsy and a bit rowdy so Nephew John must use a physical restraining method to control and calm Uncle down. 
Asocial violence: this is the type of violence that is random and a result of targeting by criminal elements to anyone who would be acceptable as a target for either a “resource” objective or “process” objective. Resource example is robbery while a process is molestation and so on. 

Neither of these, social/asocial, are necessary yet some are necessary such as the need to handle Uncle Bert, for instance. Handling Uncle Bert is a sanctioned, at least socially and possibly legally, form of violence but can turn unsanctioned and illegal if the force used to control Uncle Bert ends up entering the realm of socially unacceptable, i.e., you smack your Uncle up side his head, he falls and his head hits the pavement causing his death. Was the force used necessary, etc., and if not, it becomes a criminal action prosecutable in the legal system. 

Necessary/sanctioned violence: a good example here is boxing, MMA bouts, football, etc., because they all involve a form of violence in the playing of the game. Another is war when sanctioned by one’s society and classified as justified by society, in general, and even by the world to achieve a common goal. 
Unnecessary/unsanctioned violence: any criminal activity whether taking things too far with Uncle Bert or involving resource/process predatory actions resulting in harm or death. 

There are times, both socially and globally, where the only way to achieve a certain goal and objective is the use of violence. We are a violent species and once we accept and understand that the definition of violence cuts both ways we will mistakenly assume all violence is likened to that depicted in movies like the “Joker.” 

The balancing act for those of us teaching self-protection is finding that balance point between, necessary-unnecessary and justified-unjustified and sanctioned by society and not sanctioned by society and remaining on the side of justified, necessary and sanctioned (society and its legal system, etc.). 

Remember, there is more to violence than the mere physical because the psychological damage caused without raising even a finger against others can be just as damaging and devastating resulting in a psychological harm that can lead to self-inflected harm and death. 

We use violence all the time to achieve our goals and objectives both in a private way and in a social way. It comes down to the degree and level both in the violence and in the force applied both physical and psychological. 

Our society today has labeled violence in such a way as to foster a drive and desire to rid ourselves completely and comprehensively from all violence regardless of its necessity, viability and benefit to self and others to the point that necessary, sanctioned and appropriate acts of violence are used against us to achieve success in the enforcement and force used, violence as well, to dictate to us how society and the legal system wants us to act, does this ring any bells as to history and the downfall of social constructs? 

Fear-based social conditioning does not work; fear-based social conditioning simply takes away the very tools necessary for human survival and it never, ever achieves that state of utopia. 

For reference and sources and professionals go here: Bibliography (Click the link)

Fear is both "motivational" and "debilitating!

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Everything is attached to and derived from our fears. At one level or another our fears drive us to survive, they drive us to understanding and they drive our actions regardless. It is how we manifest and deal with our fears that matters. Positive Emotions tend to balance out our feelings of fear allowing us to achieve a certain level of control over them. Nature, in and of itself, is a dynamic dichotomy of opposites symbolized in the art and philosophy of yin/yang. Where things differ with humanity is that the dichotomy of such a dynamic nature does not adhere to the two sides being totally opposed or entirely different but with hints of each other the blend with the hopeful result of a balanced fear both motivating in nature while hindering its debilitating effects. 

The nature that is fear drives our very survival because as with all of nature it begins, endures and then ends… death… because death is the great fear we all live with and pretty much ignore daily. Any stimulus of the fear response will trigger that deep-seated natural fear of death resulting in its effects dependent upon other mitigating factors of life. How we deal and meld and mix and blend our positive, say love, to the negative, say fear, that creates all other emotional responses also positive and negative. So, in all things moderation is critical even with fear and its opposing emotions of which one is love. 

Only through exposure along with a full and comprehensive understanding of it all can we hope to develop the ability to mediate our fears, our emotions, so that the primary survival emotion of fear can be, not suppressed, but modulated to a ‘doable’ level of emotional control to make it motivational and beneficial to all we do no matter the level of force it applies to us in mind and body. 

It is why such meme’s, quotes and other maxim’s are symbolic and beneficial toward that objective especially in martial arts self-protection defense skills through the symbolic meme’s like “fear is the mind killer.” 
For reference and sources and professionals go here: Bibliography (Click the link)

Limited in Communications, Oh my!

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Sensei stated, "Because we are limited in communication by words..." where I respond that without words the whole is incomplete. Words from theories, idea's, concepts and experiences are the creative process that guides and mentors the actions that speak louder in self-protection. No one form of communication and transmission will get the job done and it takes a collective of all forms of stimulus to achieve understanding, skill and enlightenment. 
  • Actions alone are not enough;
  • Words alone are not enough; 
  • Tactile ability is not enough; 
  • Visual acuity is not enough; 
  • Spacial Perception is not enough; 
  • It takes a collective of sensory input and processing toward understanding and the ability to apply that understanding in a variety of ways to achieve great skill regardless of the discipline. 

  • When one quibbles over the words they are processing, i.e., evaluating, testing, and synthesizing the possibilities. 
  • When one quibbles over the methods they are processing, i.e., evaluating, testing, and synthesizing the possibilities.
  • When one quibbles over the forces involved they are processing, i.e., evaluating, testing, and synthesizing the possibilities.
  • When one quibbles over the results achieved they are still processing toward the evolution of said processes, knowledge, understanding and skills, i.e., evaluating, testing, and synthesizing the possibilities. 
One cannot quibble without words, one cannot clarify without words and one cannot evolve without the sharing of words, actions, perceptions and the creative mind from experiences. 

Consider this, until evolution of man achieved the ability to put words to paper the only means of passing down that which resulted in our very survival was through the ability to tell stories and stories cannot be told without words. 

For reference and sources and professionals go here: Bibliography (Click the link)

Chinkuchi and Pushups

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In the past I have taken a slight difference to calling a set of challenging pushup bars as demonstrative to the application and having the proverbial "chinkuchi." Add in the lack of a definitive definition that actually explains the concept, except for my personal perception as previously explained in other articles, of chinkuchi. 

First, the ability to perform pushups no matter what type of mechanical device used does NOT indicate the ability to generate and apply power often referred to as chinkuchi by means of sinew, bone and muscle. It just isn't that simple and considering the times and limitations of those who use and coin the term in those very early days of karate on Okinawa the best they could create to explain the ability was chinkuchi, i.e., sinew, bone and muscle, etc. 

In truth, the ability to generate and deliver power and force from one body to another has a lot to do with physiokinetic's where muscles and tendons and ligaments, etc., are a small, small part of the whole that results in power and force. 

Take a look once again at the physiokinetic's principles: 

Dai-ni-genri [第二原理] Second principle; Principles of Physiokinetic’s [物理的な動力学の原理] (Breathing, posture, triangle guard, centerline, primary gate, spinal alignment, axis, minor axis, structure, heaviness, relaxation, wave energy, convergence, centeredness, triangulation point, the dynamic sphere, body-mind, void, centripetal force, centrifugal force, sequential locking and sequential relaxation, peripheral vision, tactile sensitivity, rooting, attack hubs, attack posture, possibly the chemical cocktail, Multiple Methodologies [actual tactics and attack methodologies of impacts, drives (pushes), pulls, twists, takedowns/throws and compression, etc. are best for stopping a threat]

To explain further how I believe these principles explain chinkuchi lets take a look at them:

Direct Principles:
  • Breathing: 
    • no matter what you think or feel or what looks good and powerful or bad and useless one must properly breathe to achieve any results regardless of what term is used to describe things. 
  • Posture: 
    • posture is the proper culmination of body parts that provide you with that which in any given situation and action the ability to act with power and force. Posture broken or disrupted simply removes any and all possibility of achieving such force and power to any given situation and circumstances until that posture is returned. 
  • Spinal Alignment: 
    • Like posture, spinal alignment is about bringing all facets of the body into a whole holistic like chain that allows power and force to be generated and circulated with minimal loss or bleed off of power and force or energy. If the spine is misaligned then most of our power and force and energy is bled off reducing the effectiveness of any methodology used in karate for self-protection. 
  • Structure: 
    • bones, these are the framework of any body and without the skeletal structure all we are as humans are bags of liquid and meat. Bones when properly aligned are how we attain structure and posture, etc., that allows us to create, generate and utilize energy for power and force. All the dynamic tension applied to the shoulder, arm and fist in the world will have a very limited power and force without all the other principles as a whole. Actually, the dynamic tension you see as powerful in karate is actually a misuse of energy within the body that DOES NOT get used against another body in self-protection. 
  • Sequential Locking/Sequential Relaxation: 
    • This is one small aspect of what people believe is chinkuchi and when demonstrated in kata appear to be strong and powerful because they muscle it then tighten the muscles and bones and such to apply a certain powerful looking demonstration of the punch or strike as if all that muscling were being transmitted into the other person. 
    • The sequential locking and relaxation are those milliseconds that the entire body works appropriate to any given situation and utilized methodology to transfer appropriate power and force that will stop an attacker. It is a momentary thing while the body actually remains in a positively relaxed state to better server movement, handling of adrenal stressors, handling of environmental stressors and free energy flow with minimal bleed off to achieve maximum effective objectives regardless of what those may be at any given moment. 
  • Rooting:
    • this one is often mistake as making a solid connection with the ground to apply the dynamic tensions and relaxations to make a kata and technique look good and powerful. Rooting is actually achieving the ability to remain in control of one’s body in any environment while applying principles through multiple methodologies so that power and force can be applied even when we are moving and especially when structure and posture and surprise are used against is in an attack. It is the ability to root our minds so that our bodies can perform as we desire to achieve results that mean our survival. Rooting the feet to the earth are training tools and my perception of rooting goes beyond the simplistic feet to earth into rooting the mind, body and spirit regardless where our feet may be in the heat of battle. 
Then the ones that are a bit more indirect:
  • centerline, 
    • that which is around the core of our bodies in the center in front of our spines. 
  • axis, 
    • works on our structure, posture and ability to root, etc. and our axis must control the adversary’s to be successful. This is the invisible line down the center of the body in front of the spinal cord or back bone. Our legs position move this axis. It effects full body rotation. 
  • minor axis,
    • this one is about how the rotation and hinge actions of our limbs that our methods should control in us and in the adversary. 
  • heaviness, 
    • balance is about taking our mass, our attackers mass, and controlling it so that the whole of principles can be applied to our advantage and against any advantage the attacker seeks against us. 
  • relaxation, 
    • to move quickly; to remain in control of the adrenal effects; to control our environment and to allow energy, force and power to move freely we must stay in a state of positive relaxation until the dynamics of tension are required and applied in mere milliseconds. 
  • convergence, 
    • Convergence reconciles the fact that two opposing forces produce force and power enhancement so when our structure, alignment, posture and other factors work properly and in unison we have superior ability to apply force and power while the disruption in the adversary bleeds off their power and force. 
  • centeredness, 
    • keeping our bodies in control through movement from our core, our center, and removing our tendency to rely on strength, especially of arms and hands or legs and feet while moving and generating energy from our center.
    • Then there is centering our minds so that our spirits move, a calm and controlled mind is relaxed, as combat allows, so that our abilities achieve maximum efficiency while under some of the greatest stresses we can encounter in modern times. 
  • body-mind, 
    • nothing functions at its best or at all when the mind and body are disconnected and energy along with power and force are applied first and foremost in our minds and through training and practice convey all knowledge and understanding into actions thus a part of the foundation that is manifest of chinkuchi. 
  • void, 
    • ensuring the natural space, etc., that happens between events as explained in the OODA process. 
  • centripetal force, 
    • using a rotational methodology to bring an adversary toward a center.
  • centrifugal force, 
    • using a rotational methodology to bring an adversary away from a center. 
  • peripheral vision, 
    • observation of an indirect nature. 
  • tactile sensitivity, 
    • touch in feeling the physiokinetic’s of an adversary so as to achieve dominance over them and expanding our abilities and methodologies.
  • attack hubs, 
    • our main hubs, all humans have them, are the two shoulder joints/areas and the two hip joints/areas. Then he (MM) adds in sub-hubs such as the elbows and the knees. If a human moves those four main hubs will telegraph, tells, the movements. 
  • attack posture
    • a hallmark of the chinkuchi principles or concept in that improper posture results in a significant loss of a percentage of power because they don’t create proper alignment in their own bodies. Chinkuchi concepts and applicable methods require power and force maximized through these principles enacted or triggered as a whole rather than individually. 
The remaining principles under the law of the whole vs. the singularity of any one principle applies in that to achieve power and force one must achieve the whole rather than the singular. In other words, one must do more than develop and apply a concept involving only bone, sinew and muscle to achieve chinkuchi that is defined as the power and force applied to others in sport or self-protection. 

All of these kind of indirect principles still have to be there dependent upon the situation, environment and status of our minds, bodies and spirit according to the moment, the moment when the attack began physically assuming one failed to avoid. 

So, what this tells me is that using devices to test a small part of our bodies abilities to achieve what is termed chinkuchi is inefficient. Regardless, of the two devices… chinkuchi pushup bars and challenge bars… I have personally found that if I were to consider which one demonstrates alignment, structure, strength, etc., as indication of possible chinkuchi the challenge pushup bars do a better job of testing our ability to achieve those principles in our arms, shoulders, wrists and hands. 

Neither bars should be called chinkuchi as if they indicate one has that ability BECAUSE no demonstration or test actually can indicate that ability. The only way to test and achieve the proverbial chinkuchi is in the wild through being attacked and applying the principled methods that would convey, transmit and conduct energy and power and force into the body. One of the reasons many say you can’t explain it but must experience it fail to realize that even in the dojo, under training and practice, you cannot explain or teach it unless you first explain, teach and practice applying physiokinetic’s through its principles singularly then at least to some small degree through things like competitions can you in some very small way determine if you are on the right track and not completely in the realm of chinkuchi. 

Note: true power is not achieved by muscling it or doing chinkuchi/challenge pushups but is achieve by one’s mass, body weight, and movement… proper movement coupled with the application of physiokinetic physiological and mental psychological methodologies to get-r-done. 

For reference and sources and professionals go here: Bibliography (Click the link)

Stay Current

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When it comes to martial arts and self-defense law it is critical to remain up to date. As this quote indicates in regard to the site for LEO's, etc., it is imperative to remain up to date and the way to do that is continuous research on the subject. 

This means to us in the self-protection community through martial arts, as well as other disciplines, we must keep our training regimen current to what is laid out through the legal system, the law and to social perceptions. Here is that quote: 

"From the Supreme Court on down to the county courthouse, police law and decisions affecting law enforcement change on a daily basis." -

I have come across in research many who pretty much say the same thing about what ever legal issues one may face be it corporate law or self-defense law because as with PoliceOne's statement it can be modified to fit almost any legal point of contention. 

"From the courts at ever level, changes occur daily that affect how we apply our skills in the world of self-defense." - cejames

So, don't just stay current with the physical skills, stay current with every stage of the self-protection system, i.e., the academic such as the law, the way to avoid, etc., the physical aspects and finally the consequences of our actions that spell out our future. The fun stuff, technique-based skills, is great and if you never intend to take it to the streets that is ok BUT know your intent in practice as this is critical because if you mix it up out there you will fail and that doesn't always mean grave physical harm or death as it can reach a ton of other ramifications all very nasty to you and yours. 

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The Articulation Game

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Rory Miller's Chiron Training post: 
  • "Ending a pregnancy vs killing a fetus"
  • "A ball of cells vs an unborn child"
  • "Invading Iraq vs liberating Iraq"
  • "Redistributing wealth vs confiscating earnings"
These statements all represent the same facts, the only difference lives in how they are construed (perceived/interpreted) by individuals. For those who have played the articulation game, this will be a familiar concept. Same facts, with profoundly different explanations.

Words matter, something to which I write about frequently BECAUSE the words one uses that influence and manipulate others as to what they accept in their perceptions will effect greatly your self-defense defense. BECAUSE each individual will interpret and understand what transpired by the words and phrases used coupled with sometimes evidence that only has weight when coupled with said words. 

How we talk, the meaning we convey through those words and how that is fostered and supported through our body language all contribute to what others think, feel and most of all… BELIEVE, because “our reality is our beliefs!”
  • How do you articulate the materials you teach for self-protection?
  • How do you articulate your training methods that are applicable to self-protection? 
  • How do you articulate answers to questions from your students?
  • How do you train to articulate things during a heated, stressful, encounter regardless of whether you are in the physical part or not, i.e., for avoidance and deescalation efforts? 
  • How do you teach your students to articulate their skills and actions when questioned by first responders in a self-defense situation?
  • How to you teach your students to articulate their actions in the interrogation/interview process?
  • How do you teach your students to articulate their actions to their own attorney because you have to convince your attorney as well that you properly applied self-defense oriented actions according to that legal requirement? 
As you already know the self-defense industry seems to be caught in a cognizant dissonant and biased space where this part of the self-protection teachings gets little or no time on the dojo floor. Articulation/communications are a very critical aspect of overall self-protection because failing to address how you talk and the body language that conveys your meaning in support of your words can literally leave you in the lurch as to your defense of self-defense. 

To properly play the game one must also, just like the skills being encoded to an auto ingrained instinct like ability, train and practice and apply articulation skills not just when learning how to protect and defend but also in every day life because as you already know from experience what you practice is what rises up like cream in milk when stressors and adrenaline hit your mind and body. 

Many of you already video your training sessions so use that to analyze all the words used in the teaching and practice of those skills BECAUSE as you are already visualizing in your mind at this moment begin to see how those spoken words and phrases may be used against you in a court of law. Remember also, you know this already, that all those recordings may be gathered by the prosecutor to win his or her case against you to include every single thing done in the dojo, on your blogs and in every social media source you are a member of and that is perfectly legal because, apparently, that letting loose upon the social platform makes it cannon fodder for the prosecution mostly without a warrant, etc. Think about this…

Words matter; how you use those words matter; even words used in every day parlances can be used to support prosecutorial efforts so start training your mind to take those words and reform them into a manner that BENEFITS YOU because otherwise the price you pay IF you have to apply your skills in protection will be affected a lot by those very words. 

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