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.

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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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Kata Reality Check - Isshinryu's kata

Simply, it is a version that is merely kata of a varied personal interpretation - the eyes of Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei. In reality the kata are not Isshinryu kata. They are karate kata with particular emphasis of the teacher, Tatsuo Sensei. These kata are personal renditions of the kata as rendered by Shorin and Goju. Shorin and Goju kata are personal renditions of those two masters. These kata are thus kata of "Ti." Ti being the indigenous fighting of Okinawa which are based not on the forms themselves but on the principles that govern the forms in all renditions.

My kata are said to be Isshinryu kata. They are not. The kata I practice resemble those of Tatsuo Sensei. They are in fact my kata based on the fundamental principles that govern all kata regardless of the renditions of individuals such as myself.

The moment I allow a dogmatic adherence to the rendition of kata taught by Tatsuo Sensei I stifle my ability at proficiency and remain mired  in someone else's belief. To achieve greater personal ability I must break free of dogma and seek the true spirit of kata by making them my own while remaining true to principles that I interpret to my personal rendition where applicability is paramount along side moral standing accepted by society - the tribe where I live.

Kata in all its iterations are still fundamentally the same - principles remain the same for all. Kata may appear different but they are fundamentally the same in all ways with adherence to fundamental principles of martial systems.

Isshinryu kata are shorin/goju kata are Okinawa's indigenous fighting kata of Ti. All comes from "one" and all remain faithful to the "one," fundamentally the same yet different. This is acceptable. This is necessary. This is the spirit of progress for karate-jutsu-do.

Personal renditions are merely simulacra - representations of someone or something, someone's something. "It is far better to concentrate on understanding the common principles upon which all karate rests, rather than obsess about what are essentially superficial differences." Iain Abernethy Sensei, Bunkai Jutsu

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