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


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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

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Symbolism - The Coveted Black Belt

Black Belt, a very mysterious piece of material. Mysterious as in the why to its importance and expectations from those who perceive and achieve it as some mysterious point in practice. No other level is considered more important to most, if not all, practitioners of martial arts. It becomes some undefinable symbol to the person who achieves it for it is a pivot point in martial training and practice. In some cases it ends up being the end point but that is another story/post.

What is symbolizes is also a mystery that is perceived individually with no clear cut meaning across the board. It can be said that in one particular and small point it does have a universal meaning. It is what all who venture into martial arts believes is the significant goal of training and practice, to be awarded a black belt.

It begs the question, "What is the symbolism of the coveted black belt?" This is not an easy question to answer and sometime, mostly for me, that answer is not a concrete one but fluid. It is like water. It flows, it ebbs, it rises like the tide then recedes depending on many factors. Those factors tend to be personal. I believe this is important for its symbolism should be personal. Your version must be unique and cannot be determined according to any others perceptions, views, beliefs, and ideologies.

The symbol, "a black belt," is unique, sometimes mysterious to the uninitiated, and a personal view/perception that should be delved into by the wearer or even the perspective wearer. Know the truth behind its awarding, know the truth behind its meaning in the martial arts community, and most important of all know its symbolism to you. You, in the end, are the only source that matters on the wearing of the black belt.

Examples: Think of the kanji we see in martial arts of Asia. They are actually characters that symbolize a meaning that also depends on its usage or association to the topic, idea, etc. If you look them up you find a variety of meaning which depends on its usage and association to other symbols or characters.

Take this quote,

"Symbolism is an expression of the beliefs of the artist. Seek to see a little deeper into the art. The art itself is where a person, artist, can lean what the art and artist is all about at their core." - unknown

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