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
People are Good
As MA's we must train ourselves to see this in everyone yet we must not allow one side or the other to to dominate one side or the other. If we see people as good and disconnect from the thought of seeing people as bad we can create an opening for bad people to make us a victim. On the other side of that coin if we tend to see everything as a dark cloud where we cannot see any silver lining then we would "see evil behind every tree and in every corner." This too is not a good way.
Sometimes it is necessary to allow evil into our lives simply so we can recognize it when it rears its ugly head. We as MA's and SD practitioners cannot bury our heads in the sand and hope it will bypass us - doesn't that make us a target, a victim?
Someone wrote once that they didn't realize that knowing and recognizing violence, violent persons, and other violent stuff was necessary to properly defend themselves. Reading it here may seem obvious yet most SD is taught mechanically and don't provide the knowledge to "see" and "hear" and "recognize" the various colors of violence.
When some read the books I have been promoting here they may say, "Oh, this is awful. Oh, this is never going to happen to me so why do I need to learn this stuff." I guess if one performs a self-analysis of their need to know SD then it may be true yet those who are MA's and who seek SD must understand this or it will not work in an attack.
Actually, there is no guarantee anything will work in a violent attack but not knowing about all its many faces is much, much worse.
I can say that many of my years of training and practice were not "complete" because I didn't understand many things such as the topic of violence, etc. I was actually geared toward the military combat view which here on the streets of America can get you in trouble for fighting or worse.
This is something to think about. If you practice traditional self protection in your MA, if you are training in SD for self protection, if you are considering a professional career as military, police, jail/prison guard, etc. then you really need to consider learning everything - both sides of the coin, yin-yang or good-bad or peaceful-predatory, and so on.