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.

Please take a look at my Notable Quotes

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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


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 (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

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Martial Quotations for Teaching

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Quotations, meme's, aphorisms and simile's, etc., serve a purpose and like most things have dual "sharp" edges all dependent on how they are used. They are a way to simplify, sometimes over simplifying things, to gain the attention of students then, hopefully, get then to take the information and start digging to find, "the rest of the story." 

The downside is that such soundbites, cliches and gross over simplifications although sound good in and on the training hall floor often are just egoistic efforts of the uninformed who are passing down that which they got from their teachers rather than lead-in's, prerequisites, to additional training, knowledge and understanding that literally mean the difference between grave harm or death depending on so many factors that it isn't very funny. 

One professional of violence and aggression said, "soundbites, cliches or gross over-simplifications that sound great in training, but will get you killed or put into prison if you use your training." 

No where in the last forty years have I ever encountered a sensei, senpai, kohai or other karate-ka or budo-ka who could adequately inform and instruct students on the very soundbites, quotes, aphorisms or simile's with authority and useful information. My experience has shown that when using such martial quotes that the person is often trying very hard to impress others and raise their status in the dojo and in the eyes of those very same students. This is not saying that the person is bad in this and it is saying that what they were taught was pretty much the same and nothing has risen up to bite them causing a shift and change in thinking and therefore understanding. 

When teaching one uses the wisdom of the ancients to inspire and inform of what that "time period, culture and environment" experienced so that today's professionals can analyze, synthesize and create relevant and changed skills and understanding to fit this time, this culture and this environment in this moment to inspire and create and inform relevant, efficient and valid methods and skills that work today, not yester-year. 

When things sound very, very cool...hesitate, consider, contemplate and then "Question, question, question" it to find the gold hidden in the dust of years past. There is always gold in them their hills and you really do have to dig for it. Panning for gold often involves a lot of hard word, sweat equity and considerable effort where constant vigilant removal of debris is removed so the gold appears at the bottom of the pan gleaming and triggering a type of satisfaction that only solid hard training, practice and "research" can provide. 

 “Be wary, be very wary of soundbites, quotations, meme's, aphorisms and simile's !” The bite is often very bad when misunderstood and applied in training, practice and applications

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One of the hallmarks of avoidance and deescalation is the ability to actively listen. People who actively listen need to not just hear the words but interpret the tone, cadence and rhythm of those words; to interpret the emotional inflections that drive the words; to perceive and interpret the facial expressions and finally, but not last or all encompassing, the body language. 

Professionals of violence have said time and again that to deescalate you must first and foremost listen to the person(s) to understand what drives them in this moment and than try to resist your internal voice while evaluating things so you can..."talk them down; influence them; make acceptable suggestions" to reach an objective of avoidance and deescalation of aggression and violence. 

If you are like me and you have hearing disabilities you may find this process even more challenging than if you had normal hearing. This is why, in self-protection whether using karate or martial skills or not people in the self-defense industry must take this into consideration. 

In that light, the following quotations from a hearing challenged person site they have this to say when communicating with hard to hear or deaf folks:

Listening Is Exhausting! 

Listening for comprehension requires focus. That level of focus is different for someone with normal hearing than it is for those with hearing loss. People with normal hearing are able to listen passively – even allow their attention to wander, say to an iPhone or television screen – and still respond to auditory cues in the conversation. For someone with hearing loss, multitasking during a conversation means something completely different. In fact, multitasking frequently interferes with their ability to follow the discussion. They typically have to devote greater attention to reading your lips and deciphering cues and gestures.

Keep in mind, hearing aids and cochlear implants do not restore normal auditory function, they support hearing. Here are some tips for communicating with people who are deaf or hard of hearing:
  • Try to stand 3 to 6 feet from the listener. It’s the sweet spot for hearing aids to pick up sound.
  • Hearing aids pick up sound the best from the front, so a listener may tilt or turn their head towards you while you’re speaking.
  • Ask which side to sit on in order to ease hearing for them.
  • Encourage the listener to choose the best location in a noisy place (usually not the center of the room, but more to the side where background noise is limited).
  • Consider this: even people with normal hearing gather 25% of their comprehension from visual cues, such as reading lips, gestures and facial expressions.
  • Ask the listener what topic they want to discuss, or tell the listener what you want to talk about. Giving the listener context is a big help, because it makes it easier to follow the details, so they can focus on the meaning of what you’re trying to say.
  • Try to stand so you are facing the light from a window or lamp. When a light is shining on the back of your head, your face is backlit and cast in shadow. That makes it more difficult for a listener to read your lips, see facial expressions and follow gestures.
  • Speak more slowly and don’t have anything in your mouth, like a piece of gum, when talking.
  • Keep your hand away from your mouth when speaking.
  • Try to stay in one place when conversing. For a person with hearing loss, it’s tough to hear and comprehend what you’re saying when you’re moving around, for instance crossing from one side of the room to the other.
  • Limit the background noises and distractions, such as a television, dishwasher, radio, or vacuum.
  • Be patient. The listener may ask you to repeat something you said or to confirm details. Consider writing down specific details for them, like a meeting date or a person’s name, so the listener doesn’t miss any necessary information.
  • Even for people with normal hearing, there is a slight delay as the brain processes sound and puts it in context. Give the listener’s brain a moment to process the auditory information it’s received.

Can you imagine how our hearing is critical to how we perceive and interpret our world and that active listening is not just about active listening in general. It is about how both parties listen through that sense called “hearing.” Not only can this provide hints to the “tells” of one who is hearing challenged but it also tells you, if you are challenged, how to adjust your training to achieve better results for avoidance and deescalation. 

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Police Paralysis

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Herein lies another topic for discussion and implementation into martial disciplined self-protection skills and training. It is apparent that self-defense, defense skills, are convoluted, complex and often times complicated but when you add in this new trend of police paralysis then our position in applying self-protection skills becomes even more…complex-complicated. 

Read this article before continuing just to get a hint of what “MAY” be transpiring across this great country of ours concerning the very protective services society mandates and has conditioned us to rely on.  

Now, my standard caveat: “I am not a police officer; I am not an attorney; I am not a lawyer; I am not a violence professional; I am knowledgable in martial disciplines; I am knowledgable in the skills regarding self-defense through self-protection and everything I write comes from that position so…”Do the grunt work; check the facts; research the topic and make sure what you come away with is relevant and accurate for this moment!”

I find social media a “double edged sword” with a “very sharp point as well” that will always hang over our heads and not only pierce our minds and bodies but slice it apart as well if we, personally, don’t start taking responsibility for what we hear, read, see, and experience. All to often we merely react with our monkey brain emotionally immature reactions leading some to protest, make inappropriate and uninformed judgements and then adamantly and violently and aggressively push our agenda and beliefs long before “the rest of the story” is allowed to manifest, collate and be presented in an unbiased way.  

I understand and people can imagine that folks do things with the best of intentions but as people also know, “the road to HELL is paved with the best of intentions” Another, alternative proverb or aphorism, “HELL is full of GOOD meanings, but HEAVEN is full of GOOD Works.” Which would you prefer to have and live by in the most complex and complicated world of “The Technological Revolution?”

The police are a critically important and needed cog in the machine we call society. Chaos, Violence and “END OF TIMES” are often the cause of a people’s and societies demise and extinction. Can you imagine just how easily society can devolve when the safety nets are lost? A person must depend on many of the safety and security systems and protections, i.e., police, emergency response folks, firemen and many other necessary services society conditioned us to use and were implemented for our very survival as a society. 

Our social system for security and safety are a collective of services that both society and its members must take full and complete responsibility for and a person is able to do this only when properly educated and upon reaching a full and comprehensive understanding of how the entire system functions. Otherwise mistakes happen, damage is done and society devolves until all you see is the black screen and diminishing white dot. 

The safety and security systems of society can only function when all of its parts are strong, well maintained and utilized as originally intended…with restraint, understanding and the ability to separate the “chaff” from the “wheat!”

Police Paralysis is just the first of many indicators, the tells of societies downfall, that is trying to tell us that if things are not set right that the systems will fall like dominoes until we find ourselves calling for assistance only to find “no dial tone; no cell signal; no help coming,” and then…”IT WILL TRULY BE UP TO YOU TO STOP THE DAMAGE!”

“Are you prepared!”

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The Law vs. The Legal System

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Law: The system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties; an individual rule as part of a system of law; a thing regarded as having the binding force or effect of a formal system of rules; systems of law as a subject of study or as the basis of the legal profession; statutory law and the common law. - Google Results

Legal System: Legal system refers to a procedure or process for interpreting and enforcing the law. It elaborates the rights and responsibilities in a variety of ways. Three major legal systems of the world consist of civil law, common law and religious law; Jury system is a legal system for determining the facts at issue in a law suit. Tax system is a legal system for assessing and collecting taxes. Electoral system is a legal system for making democratic choices. -

People can imagine quit well that the legal system also involves the person(s) who regulate and enforce said laws as you can imagine depend heavily on each person's education, experiences, beliefs and name a few concepts that effect how that person will actually regulate and enforce through interpretations. 

You probably already know that as you expand your knowledge base that your skills in navigation of this legal system, as you can imagine is similar to any competitive endeavor. Professionals and Experts said that the legal system is, "adversarial." Can you imagine just how difficult it is to compete against such professionals who live, breath and apply the laws and its legal systems. Not a pretty picture in one's head, right?

I understand that the law is very specific in its written form. Where the law becomes chaotic and fuzzy is the professionals of the legal system who will interpret said laws to enforce and regulate said laws. It is believed by experts that the quantity of the written laws contributes to the dysfunction of the legal system. 

Adversarial meaning a contest like no other that is between the, example and not comprehensive, prosecutor and the defense. You are just the recipient of the end results of the contest on the defense side. It is well known by those whose profession is to deal with the law and the legal system that your choice and expertise of defense and its attorneys must be sufficient to win the battle with his adversary the prosecutor. 

Marc MacYoung said, in regard to his book of self-defense, that defenders must provide the book to their defense attorney simply because most, almost all, have not clue about self-defense law. They all are influenced and trained to handle the legal plea-bargain system along with the bail system. The more you remember, the more you will know to properly make decisions on both bond and plea-bargaining, especially if your case is solid in self-defense law. 

Lets use the plea-bargain system as a limited example using the following quotation from a story in USA Today dated 7 August 2018 titled, “Reforming the Criminal Justice System Ending Plea Deals.” 

The truth is, we don’t really have a criminal justice system. Mostly, what we have is a plea-bargain system. Police arrest people, prosecutors charge them with crimes, and then a deal is struck. When the police search and arrest you, you have a lot of constitutional due process rights, but they’re mostly enforceable only if you go to trial. If you go to trial, you have a lot of constitutional due process rights there. But the prosecutor’s decision to charge you with a crime (and what to charge you with), which is key to the plea bargain deal, is subject to virtually no constitutional protections at all

Note: This is the no fly zone where anything can happen and what I understand most of the legal systems practitioners like to spend their time simply because it is the easiest and most profitable. It is what I believe is where the “GAME” is played. The teams are “prosecutors” vs. “Defense Attorney’s.” You are the ball and where you land and what results that come from the ball in play are determined by how well the two team’s play. It is a win-loss adversarial game and you have little or no control of it so like a pinball in a pinball machine your wiggle and shake has little effect on what and how the pinball plays.

ALSO, Quoting the Same Article:

Once charged with a crime, defendants are in a tough position. Note: This is the quicksand that slowly sucks the very life out of you…read on! First, they must bear the costs of a defense, assuming they are not indigent. Second, even if they consider themselves entirely innocent, they will face strong pressure to accept a plea bargainpressure made worse by the modern tendency of prosecutors to overcharge with extensive "kitchen sink" indictments: Prosecutors count on the fact that when a defendant faces dozens of felony charges, the prospect that a jury might go along with even one of them will be enough to make a plea deal look attractive.

If your exposure is such that you will encounter aggression and violence sooner or later you will naturally have to deal with the law and legal system along with its professionals and a person is able to deal successfully and benefit from these stories as useful leading to your informing your defense, then achieving successful self-defense, defense. 

The more you KNOW, the more you discover what you DON’T KNOW, and the more you are able to uncover what you DON’T KNOW YOU DON’T KNOW!

In closing, speaking to the bond hearing system there is now “an algorithm,” a coded program on computer, that is used by the judges to determine which of three choices they have when you are arrested, i.e., “Allow release on own recognizance; Allow moderate bail for release; or throw your ass in jail until trial date arrives.” Note: for the article referenced I assume there are more choices as to low bail, moderate bail or exorbitant bail. 

As martial artists with intent to defend and protect you can now shift your awareness to a broader perspective involving self-defense law through the mine-infested field of the legal system and profession, can you not?

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Self-Defense Starter Package

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Can you Imagine your dojo is going to focus a lot on what is called, "Self-Defense!" Imagine that the dojo sensei, people who are Sensei know this, is going to present, as a pre-requisite, to all practitioners a starter package that must be studied before stepping on the dojo floor to learn karate or some other martial discipline.

You probably already know what is coming because your sensei said, "This is what you need to understand self-defense in this dojo." You probably already know the more you study and research the topic, the more your expertise, proficiency and ability will increase in handling the reality of self-defense. 

What happens when you are faced with violence and are forced to apply your martial skills will indeed have far reaching repercussions and meaning in your life. A person is able to weather this violent storm only when they have fully and completly prepared and this starter package will do just that. 

In the Name of Self-Defense by Marc MacYoung

What You Don’t Know Will Kill You by Marc MacYoung and Jenna Meeks

Beyond the Picket Fence by Marc MacYoung and Eric Plume

Facing Violence by Rory Miller

Meditations on Violence by Rory Miller

Training for Sudden Violence by Rory Miller

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