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

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


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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I post often using the term, "fighting," which I must clarify at this point because I do not wish to have anyone reading my blog to misunderstand what I am trying to convey in my writing.

There are many, many levels of violence. As quoted, "... violence comes in many degrees and forms." The next quote is very important to all the martial artist who read my blog, "What many martial artist DO NOT REALIZE is that FIGHTING is a VERY SMALL SLICE of all the  possible ways violence occurs."

When I speak of karate in a fight what I am saying very loosely and with lots or wiggle room is what I call the school yard scuffle. This SYS is tantamount to the little skirmishes you encounter arguing with someone after school and maybe throwing a few wild powerless punches. Do not take it beyond that meaning under any circumstances.

I have come to understand a lot lately, last few years, regarding fighting-self defense-legal issues-violence, etc. that tells me I practice the art of karate for the love of the art. I am trying to develop the mind and spirit inherent in ancient traditions of martial systems. I am trying to cultivate the attributes that go with such a goal and discipline. But, to do that completely I need to understand the more combative aspects of karate and other martial systems which includes fully understanding violence, self defense, fighting, sparring, drilling, sport, etc. for failure to do this leaves one half of the art out in the wind.

Understanding all this along with what you practice as well as your overall goals can and will keep you out of trouble, out of the hospital, out of court and out of jail not to lessen the psychological repercussions you will meet and have to deal with for the rest of your life.

When I say fight, keep it in its perspective and very narrow meaning. The most important thing to REMEMBER, FIGHTING IS ILLEGAL! This warrants repeating:


Let me make one more quote, "A simple strategy of blocking and shooting your elbow as you run can get you out of all kinds of trouble. ... An overwhelming amount of violence could be avoided if someone simply overrides ego, apologizes, and walks away."

If you get nothing else from your training and practice; from this and other martial blogs, these two quotes say it all and well. Make the distinction and remain within this small window for training and practice. If you go outside to play with the animals then make sure you know violence, fighting, self defense, self defense law, and a whole lot more cause it means lots!

Last: Does your practice and training cover this and other important topics in training? If you have self defense on the ad, dojo wall, dojo window, etc. you may want to consider all of this: see links on right side of blog :-)

Sutrisno, Tristan, MacYoung, Marc and Gordon, Dianna. "Becoming a Complete Martial Artist: Error Detection in Self Defense and the Martial Arts." Lyons Press. Connecticut. 2005.

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