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
Training vs. Reality: Training for Reality
The reverse can affect someone who actually has to deal with violence on the street, the mind tends to tell someone who has no experience that this is not real, it cannot be happening to me and can cause us to "freeze." So I can extrapolate as to my theories on this area.
There are training scenario's that can at least push a person into a fear factor with adrenaline dumps, etc. After all, fear can be induced either by some danger or some perceived danger. The mind does this to us as a part of our survival instincts from thousands of years in the survival game.
Our minds piece meal data together quickly and that sometimes fools us until the brain can analyze it a bit more ergo why somethings tend to get our emotions going only to find out a minute later we were mistaken. Normal stuff, everyday stuff.
The idea like most training, i.e. military, is to induce stimuli that can and does take you as close to reality as possible with out actually endangering life and limb. Injuries, of course, expected but not a cause of either life endangerment or possible crippling effects, hopefully.
If you do a bit more review on the material I provided on the brain and the various functions you can see between the lines on possible tools to help you and your mind to achieve the ability to turn it on when encountered. It is like Rory Miller's permission to "go" or to "go for it" so a person does not restrict thier actions when needed.
All this is fine and dandy but then again no matter what you do and how close to reality your training is you will never truly know if it works until the first time you have to trigger permission to "go" and to "act" instantly or as close to instantly as humanly possible. That is the crucial point from my perspective, will your mind and your instincts as mother nature provided allow you to "go" to "act" when the rubber hits the road.
Of course, this discussion has, is and will always be there. Last remark, remember just because it might not work one time does not mean it will not work the next time. Sometimes it happens where nothing works then it suddenly works the next time. Self-analysis will help discover the reality of why it did or did not; be brutally honest with yourself. I believe that is why Mr. Miller likes to use in seminars the "AAR's" or after action reports so the group can analyze actions and discover flaws, etc.
Yes? No? Maybe?
Caveat: Remember I am not an expert, I no longer work in a job that requires this (Marines), and I no longer feel I am proficient enough in self defense so take it in, analyze it, see if it works for you and finally validate it from those professionals who do this daily.