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


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Mindful Practice of Martial Systems

I have alluded to practice of karate in mindfulness meditation practice to the internal mind-body in developing attentive and active awareness capability or creation of same in a trait. Now I would like to make an attempt to translate mindfulness into actual practice.

We will assume that anyone and everyone has a deep and thorough knowledge, understanding, and ability in basics/fundamentals of their respective system of practice be in karate, aikido, kendo, or calligraphy. All provide a means to develop the mind-body relationship, etc.

How many find themselves performing basic upper and lower techniques in a forward/backward/reverse line mindlessly so they get maximum effect of physical effort? Mindful practice of the basic waza, in Isshinryu systems that equates to upper and lower body basic hand/foot techniques, is performed with active mental intent. If you were practicing the basic straight or reverse punch you would want to actively think, visualize, etc. the foot moving forward in a crescent manner with an imaginary opponent so that leg/foot sweeps in and dislodges the forward leg of the opponent. The appropriate hand/arm/fist comes up to center line and places at the solar plexus while the mind sees it, the target, the imaginary opponent and then imagines it hitting target and penetrating to that vertical axis line at the center of the body. Active mindful practice of the basic straight/reverse punch with intent, etc.

If you are working kata are you mindfully present for each and every step, technique, imaginary opponent, counter techniques appropriate to the kata bunkai, basic, so it can be applied with present moment mindful practice?

If you find yourself going through the motions because you "think" you have to do it that way for it to work instinctively then I suggest a reevaluation of practice in general. This basic fundamental is necessary BEFORE you practice the tori-n-uke relationship/practice.

I am not advocating you stop the ROTE practice for the physical benefits yet if it remains primary and exclusive you will find yourself dropping into the sport set combinations of current day sparring. Use it for what it can be beneficial for in that context but to make it work in real fighting scenarios you must mindfully practice at all times.

Your mindful practice is what gives substance to karate/karate-do. It is the substance that translates meaningful and reality based practice into combative self protection methods that can and do work.

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