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)

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Self-Defense - Outside the Box

 If you read this blog you are already aware that I have posted on self-defense using many sources such as:

Miller, Rory. "Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected." YMAA Publications. New Hampshire. 2011.

Miller, Rory. Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real World Violence. YMAA Publications. 2008

Sutrisno, Tristan, MacYoung, Marc and Gordon, Dianna. "Becoming a Complete Martial Artist: Error Detection in Self Defense and the Martial Arts." Lyons Press. Connecticut. 2005.

MacYoung, Marc. No Nonsense Self Defense:

MacYoung, Marc and Miller, Rory. Conflict Communications:
Otto, Frandon. Use of Force:

MacYoung, Marc. "A Professional's Guide to Ending Violence Quickly: How Bouncers, Bodyguards, and Other Security Professionals Handle Ugly Situations." Paladin Press. Boulder, Colorado. 1996.

MacYoung, Marc. "Violence, Blunders, and Fractured Jaws: Advanced Awareness Techniques and Street Etiquette." Paladin Press. Boulder, Colorado. 1992.

Chiron Blog by Rory Miller:

So, if asked for a definition of self-defense you will in all probability come out with legal and ethical ramifications of violence, how to avoid-deescalate, etc., and other martial specifics if you have to get into a fight.

So, now I am going to ask you to step outside that box. All this stuff you read here and are, if your a go-getter, studying outside here and your training facility you will now know that it benefits your every day life.

How, here is an example:

Your walking down the street with ear devices inserted and your eyes are on the iPod screen choosing the music you want to hear as you go about your business. You step off the sidewalk but guess what? There is also another person blowing through the intersection with ear devices in his/her ears, eyes on the screen choosing the music and "Blam!"

You just got catapulted about 100 feet down that road. The guy/gal driving feels the impact but is still frozen on what they are doing even tho their eyes are up and trying to determine just went wrong. While the drivers brain is trying to determine what happened then if lucky trying to figure out some action to take the mind may decide but the body remained frozen because there is no past experience in this. So, you get run over before  the driver slams on the brakes.

Now, both you and the driver, are dealing with a log of pain, physical for you and psychological for him/her. If you live you will have a bunch of hospital and rehab bills and other stuff to work with while taking the driver to court to sue, etc. and the driver is taking you to court to sue for mental distress, etc. because they insist if you had been paying attention it could have been avoided, and yadda yadda yadda.

Foreknowledge and training could have prevented all of this and this is still self-defense. What kind you say? Well, consider that self-defense is actually what you do to prevent harm, any harm, all harm, and yes harm goes way beyond the fight and violence as if a predator/criminal attacks you and so on.

Think and act outside the box, self-defense means a whole lot more than merely taking classes to learn techniques to fight. In our inclination to embrace technology to its fullest we may be opening ourselves to harm. It may be obvious and it may not so how would you could you tell? Awareness, mindfulness, and ... ?

Post inspired by Rory Miller's book, Facing Violence!

Miller, Rory. "Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected." YMAA Publications. New Hampshire. 2011. 

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