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.
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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
On Training and Practice
The second step is to plan the movement in physical terms. This step consists in defining the characteristics of the selected response as the sequence of muscle contractions required to carry it out.
The third step is to actually execute the movement. It is in this step that the motor neurons are activated that trigger the observable mechanics of the movement.
In light of what we now know about the sequence in which the motor areas of the cortex are activated, we can deconstruct the classic sequence "Ready? Set. Go!" in terms of localized activity in the brain.
In the "Ready?" phase, the parietal and frontal lobes become active first, with a contribution from the subcortical structures involved in vigilance and attentiveness.
The "Set" command then activates the supplementary and premotor cortical areas, where the strategies for movement are developed and maintained until the "Go!" signal is given.
The "Go!" signal may come from an outside source, as it does in an actual race [fight?], or it may come from inside the person doing the running [fighting], who decides for himself or herself that all the conditions are present to start running [fighting-defending-protecting].
The "Go!" command then applies information from subcortical structures such as the basal ganglia that will influence Area 6, and then eventually the primary cortex, which will cause the action to be carried out.
In a nutshell this is the process the brain uses, naturally and according to DNA and mother nature, to achieve "correct" application of the "correct" response to stimuli. Upon reviewing this and other data on how the brain works pulling actions in response to stimuli, what actions are pulled, why they are pulled and how we get those that are appropriate to actually go to accomplish a task. In our case, karate, the right moves to not get hit.
As I study this and associate it, encode it, with other studies to include study/practice of karate I can see why repetitive training along with as realistic practice that can be done is imperative to encoding things that will work over the flight-n-fight response which for most folks is freeze or freeze-n-run responses.
Another notable training maxim is to train as close to natural physical responses as you can. If you are a neophyte you may instinctively raise your hands in front of you when some fear inducing stimuli is encountered, i.e. seeing an object coming swiftly toward your face. If you train to raise your hands instinctively and then encode/add a simplistic technique to it then it will be more likely to actually work.
What is described above is pretty much set in the mind and to either enhance natural movement with more effective movement or change it a bit to fit your system takes hard sweat equity work over time, diligent time, and continuous diligent practice time.