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
WARNING, CAVEAT AND NOTE
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
Education: Instruction of Karate-do
One quote is now on my blog pages and you can read it above. The second, "Education should provide the tools for a widening and deepening of life, for increased appreciation of all one sees or experiences. It should equip a person to live life well, to understand what is happening about him, for to live life well one must live with awareness. ... education should: provide students with the tools for learning, acquaint them with methods of study and research, methods of pursuing an idea. ... "
I am getting at the point that even in the small practice of karate-do, any martial system for that matter, is like this where the foundation of learning is set long before one joins a dojo and a Sensei must be able to perceive that level of educational awareness so they can gear instruction of the individual accordingly.
Sensei and Deshi [instructor and practitioner] should both find a foundation built on the standards proposed so eloquently by Mr. L'Amour to allow us to take our instruction and learning upon our own shoulders.
We as practitioners shall not rely on Sensei to learn but to merely provide us signposts in guiding us along the path. We as instructors shall always remember that it is our duty and honor to set signposts in the path followed so those who might follow can see and hear how to proceed in their own way and in relation to their needs and abilities.
I feel that Mr. L'Amour's first quote at the top of this blog says it for me that his idea provided me the slant I could provide relating this to our practice and training so that makes him a true friend to me for to inspire me is the kind of gift that is priceless, such a value way beyond rank, trophies, money, fame, etc.
Me, I read, lots and lots. I barely remember my start with books yet I can remember early on my desire to read, read, read. I will say that today many of my accomplishments began with research and reading [ voraciously reading ], but the caveat was it has to works; when you take the reading to reality, you make it work in life. It can be directly or indirectly.
This amounts to what I see karate-do is meant to do. Educate the practitioner so they have the basics and fundamentals then apply them in life so you can gain true eduction/knowledge of the personal type.