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.

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“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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Listen to Your Body When It Speaks

Techniques must be done with appropriate attention to body alignments of the skeletal system with support from muscles, tendons, cartilage, etc.  If I were also to say that we must "listen" to our bodies what would you say?

Part of our awareness is internalized, i.e. we should develop a sense of what goes on in our bodies. The body is the first line of defense against the things that can cause the body to sicken or be injured, etc. Listening to what is going on especially when performing karate techniques can assist us in performing and applying them.

We should sense and feel what our bodies are doing, where they are moving and the postures we assume when practicing and training so that our bodies will do what they are supposed to do in a fight with maximum efficiency or at least as maximum and as efficient as humanly possible in a fight.

At a seminar it was witnessed that the person conducting the session was "icing" his elbow after each group session. It spurred that person who was observing/attending to watch that limb closely during the session. It was discovered that the straight punch being performed was allowing the elbow to canter outward slightly as the  strike moved toward the target. The demonstrator was not over extending the limb but due to the slight canter of the application the elbow was injuring or injured.

If I were to feel that kind of discomfort in any limb performing, practicing or training I would immediately take notice as this is the body setting off an alarm informing me that my arm is doing something a bit out of kilter. The alignment of the elbow as it shoots out toward the target, the straight punch in this instance, was not following body alignment, etc.

Hm, not the best example yet I hope you get the drift, listen to what your body has to say to you. Be aware of every single thing is does with emphasis on discomfort. Not the kind you get from exertion but the kind that causes pain or the start of pain. Discomfort is something we deal with getting out of bed and living life, it happens. It should be a temporary thing this discomfort but pain, that is the bodies warning system.

Listen, both for health and well being, fitness, etc. but also as your teacher for your body will let you know when your doing something wrong.

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