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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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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.


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Chess and MA

Why is Chess always considered a great game of strategy? In the world of games you have team and non-team type games but Chess falls in the middle of both. It consists of one person playing a game on a board. That person is playing aginst another person. One might assume that it is a non-team game much like singles tennis or golf. We forget that the Chess player is actually has a team of players. The chess pieces.

Men tend to think in terms of "a game." This makes it easier to understand why today's martial arts tend to be more acceptable because men naturally perceive what they do in terms of "the game." Karate-do is a one-on-one type practice. Yet, it does encompass a team since most MA are practiced in a Dojo with other practitioners [a stretch yes, but what the hey].

Whether in self-protection situations or in competition it is thought of by men as a type of game. This is another reason why it becomes foggy as to whether a practice of MA is perceived as both competitive/sport and self-protective which are still thought of as a game where one wins and one loses. This makes the effort to think outside the box, normal/instinctive, and practice to neither win or lose but to NOT-LOSE.

In the dojo we are singular in practice yet we still require a team effort to train and learn and grow and become proficient competitors/fighters. All the team players, other practitioners in that dojo, still have to form a relationship or team type cohesion to achieve knowledge and higher levels of proficiency. We are self-reliant yet group-reliant as well which in turns buys into both "game mentality" and "tribe mentality" where survival of one type or the other is paramount.

A tribe must survive the dangers of the world and the gamers must survive the game to not lose. One may involve possible physical damage or death and the other mental/ego/pride damage or death. What becomes critical is eliminating the crossover in the mind and make the distinctions so there will be no freeze in either the game or the threat.

In addition, Chess is won or lost (not losing the game) according to the overall strategy used and those tactics dictated by that selected strategy. No wonder many games of life whether work of combative tend to seek understanding, strategies and tactics as provided by the examples of Chess.

Note: Women never think of these things as "games." Yet understanding the differences and finding a common ground to instruct both you have to understand the game of men and the non-game of women. If you approach women practitioners as if it is a game you will find confusion and misunderstandings yet the same applies to men, if you fail to recognize that it is a game to men then you can achieve something. [Caveat: There are women who connect to the game analogy in things and there are men who don't; don't let it become a sexist thing, it is just a fact that men are from Mars and Women are from Venus - failure to recognize and accept the fact is where things tend to get hinkey.]

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