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.

“What you are reading right now is a blog. It’s written and posted by me, because I want to. I get no financial remuneration for writing it. I don’t have to meet anyone’s criteria in order to post it. Not only I don’t have an employer or publisher, but I’m not even constrained by having to please an audience. If people won’t like it, they won’t read it, but I won’t lose anything by it. Provided I don’t break any laws (libel, incitement to violence, etc.), I can post whatever I want. This means that I can write openly and honestly, however controversial my opinions may be. It also means that I could write total bullshit; there is no quality control. I could be biased. I could be insane. I could be trolling. … not all sources are equivalent, and all sources have their pros and cons. These needs to be taken into account when evaluating information, and all information should be evaluated. - God’s Bastard, Sourcing Sources (this applies to this and other blogs by me as well; if you follow the idea's, advice or information you are on your own, don't come crying to me, it is all on you do do the work to make sure it works for you!)

“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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Articulation + Understanding + Knowledge

Articulation: The action of putting into words an idea or feeling of a specified type; The formation of clear and distinct sounds in speech; the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made; expressing in coherent verbal form; The quality, clarity or sharpness of speech; etc. but not to forget its inference as follows: the act of joining things in such a way that motion is possible; A joint or the collection of joints at which something is articulated, or hinged, for bending; etc.

Knowledge: Facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject; True, justified belief; certain understanding, as opposed to opinion; Awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation; etc.

Understanding: The ability to understand something; comprehension; The power of abstract thought - intellect; An individual's perception or judgment of a situation; the cognitive condition of someone who understands; etc.

It is apparent by the above definitions that one must accept that to articulate something/anything they first must have a solid "understanding of the knowledge" that comprises that particular something/anything. To articulate then takes a combination of all three disciplines, i.e. "to articulate," "to be knowledgeable," and "to understand."

Articulations is on one end of the spectrum. Knowledge is on the other. Understanding is what provides the balance to the two so one can achieve proficiency which is necessary in communications be it as a teacher, a speaker, or anything involving interactions between the human species.

Yes? No? Maybe? Comments ...

You cannot articulate if you have no knowledge. You cannot have knowledge unless you understand it. If you cannot understand, uh-oh.

1 comment:

SueC said...

I agree - you need knowledge and understanding in order to articulate that to others. You also need good language skills and a broad vocabulary in order to express yourself clearly and precisely. Many intelligent and knowledgeable people are tripped up by not having the language skills to communicate effectively - they just can't find the words to express what they want to say or they waffle incoherently. We ignore education at our peril! There is nothing more frustrating than being unable to express what you want to say in a clear and articulate manner.

Have I articulated this point clearly enough? (he he he!)