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.

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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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Frame of Reference

In order for the mind/brain to do something it has to have some sort of frame of reference. It does not have to be exact but something that will allow the brain to piece together some response for the mind-body to take or not take. Training is supposed to provide a frame of reference for the karate-ka to achieve some proficiency.

Sometimes we find ourselves rejecting something because we don't have or cannot create some reference point that corresponds to what we already know or have learned in other settings, we refuse to allow a reference to achieve its goal because our brain's monkey mind tells us that does not compute even if it does and would work.

Basics, fundamentals, kata, kumite, and so forth are tools that build on our references and if done correctly will not be rigid to one but allow the brain to do what it does best, take the many options and form a action or response that has a frame of reference to that training and if realistic and done well enough overcomes the monkey mind and acts.

In order to understand those experiences most karate-ka have never experienced cannot truly understand fully what that particular experience will effect as to the mind. There are some things that will cause us to freeze or act inappropriately for the event simply because it cannot fathom what is happening and thus no frame of reference nor an ability to break out of the freeze, etc.

It is imperative that training and practice break out of the comfort zone and seek out those chaotic events that can be induced in training much like the military and police, etc. where their training must be such that it programs the mind with reference points that can be enacted until the mind truly achieves some experience in real time.

This is a discussion that has and will go on for a long time for today's martial systems simply due to a lack of understanding and a frame of reference for most that will allow the brain to reach beyond the comfort zone and seek out knowledge and experience, of a sort with out actually getting it live, that will provide the programs, those modules that are pieced together by the main brain program, so that it can provide action instantly.

Does this make sense?

p.s. education + experience is the formula to = frame of reference ...

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