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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Something earned between two individuals. Once earned it can be most difficult to lose. It is, to me, one of those traits we earn that except in extraordinary circumstances can not be lost. It does not happen like love at first sight but is gradually earned as the relationship grows, etc.

Instructors and Practitioners must develop a mutual respect if either expect the process of learning a martial system to be successful and fruitful. Practitioner to Practitioner must also do the same if it is going to work.

There are no words or deeds that can remove respect. The only way respect can be lost is if the person in receipt of another's respect loses it. The person who respects another cannot lose that other persons feeling of respect, impossible. If you warrant/have earned another respect only your actions and deeds can cause it to be lost. If the person who respects you fails to act or do something that says a lack of respect, not necessarily lost, it means that person has lost some of your respect, i.e. respects diminishes or is lost is only feasible from the person in receipt of respect.

I had someone one day tell me that because I didn't do a particular task involving them that I had no respect for them. This statement actually means from my view that the person lacks self-respect. No failure to do some task especially a particular task that the other perceives as respect oriented can remove that giver of respect - the respect they have for the recipient. Make sense?

Respect can be earned, it can be given, it can be lost as well yet all this does not occur in an instant or because someone else fails to meet expectations of the person in receipt of respect from another.

I had a good deal of respect for that someone. I did from time to time forget to do something that involved the someone which was a disappointment to that someone yet it did not reduce, remove, or alter my respect for them one iota. It seems that maybe my focus should be on finding out how and why they have lost respect for themselves or why they perceive a deed as indicative of respect or no-respect. Sounds like a monkey brain story emotional event that has nothing to do with the presenter of respect.

Respect once earned is like forged steel, it just doesn't damage all that easily. Like water flowing over rocks, it takes time to erode away the rock yet even then the rock remains in an altered state which to nature tends to be a good thing. Respect can do that.

Respect in the dojo also forges steel. The relations of the dojo tend to become strong and can last for life even when things happen, as they will with foible human beings, it tends to be altered yet remains at its core. This must be of great consideration when seeking instruction in martial "combative" arts/systems.

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