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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I have a trait. That trait involves mentoring practitioner(s) in the system of karate I refer to as Isshinryu. In the beginning I was pretty much free spirited, i.e. if someone wanted to participate in the training hall I was all for it even if they participated haphazardly and intermittently. After all, if they desired a colored belt then they either applied themselves to achieve this in a certain amount of time or they didn't and waited longer. Their choice.

I have a trait. That trait is not conducive to any type of training that involves remunerations. It is now a trait that is not conducive to the current state of martial arts practice and instruction - mostly, there are exceptions.

I have a trait. That trait is a high requirement to participate in the training hall. I have a trait. That trait says if you don't plan on participating fully, completely, and will due diligence then don't participate. No excuses, participate or not, your choice. I feel wholeheartedly that to get involved in classical/traditional training and practice takes a type of commitment that most don't either understand or don't wish to commit to. I have the trait that this type of training and practice is serious, period.

I have a trait. If you come and participate and are not of this mind then I will not give you much time. If it persists beyond a couple of sessions I won't waste any time on you at all, period. I would rather spend effort on a person who is hungry to learn, to study, to practice and to spend the time and effort to progress. If you are not willing, don't bother.

My dojo, when active, remained at a level of three and maybe four folks who were dedicated and diligent. Today, I believe no one would actually come to the training hall and remain longer than fifteen minutes - gone, bye-bye, and good riddance. I also firmly believe there are those out there of similar mind that if I came into their dojo I may not remain. There are some who take this far and above my level. This is good. If I don't have the commitment, etc. then I don't need to be there either.

I have a trait. That trait is why I am retired from instruction in the training hall. Outside the venue's I used when active there are none who would provide space for me to teach/instruct/mentor - why? - because they would feel my method a waste time. It does not cater to the sporting aspects, the commercialism, and the possible profits those may bring. This is also good, don't need it, don't want it, and never did.

I have a trait. Participate - don't participate. Make a decision and move on.

p.s. maybe why I don't have a dojo now, ya thunk.

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