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
WARNING, CAVEAT AND NOTE
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
“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
Read Once, Discard
The point of this post is this, if you only read it once and then assume it will remain at a higher level of storage for easy and rapid retrieval you may be making a mistake. Even attending one of Mr. Miller's seminar's you may find that as time passes that data becomes a bit muddy and harder to get up in a crises.
So, you have to read it more than once. You have to read it every so often to push the data storage location back up in front where data used frequently resides and is faster on the retrieval.
In my case there were so many things that did not occur to me until I started to read his books, his blog, and his web site on conflict communications. I have read the data in those sites several times and continue to go back and re-read and review. The light from this came on and I said to myself, "doah!"
Even when internalizing it and then applying it in practice such constant review is necessary to refresh and verify its correctness. The brain tends to find data and if that data is not recent or fresh it interprets it not always in the exact and correct form. You need to overcome this natural tendency of the brain.
I find at every reading that my perceptions and interpretations need an adjustment. Sometimes a lot and most time a bit. A bit matters. I read materials many times. I make notes. I transcribe notes by hand. I review notes and then re-read and make corrections and adjustments. I post on blogs. I comment on blogs and then comments in return will point me in directions that show I am right, that show I missed an important point or that show I am so far out in left field none of the balls hit ever reach my position - it says, move up dude you can't play from way out here.
Encode the brain. I wish the brain would be as easy as a computer even if the storage process is similar. Unlike your computer your brain receives input and then goes through both random memory and long term. It does not pull that data exactly. It pulls something more like impressions that are subject to on the fly changes due to current perceptions, environmental stuff, and so much more - it is not ever as exacting as data retrieval on a computer.
It is like this, you have to write the code to retrieve the data on the fly with occasional adrenaline viruses to circumvent that work. If the code is not exact the data is not exact or even correct. You can't always write good code under pressures of fear, anger, danger, and other stress inducing activities.
Read it, read it and read it - like, practice - practice - practice and just when you think you got it, practice - practice - practice so more.
Note: Reading is a generalization where I mean, read, write, re-read, practice [mental and physical], etc. You must do it more than once and refresh it continually to allow it to stick - encode. This is a fundamental - there is more to making it work, read those websites, blogs, and books then if possible attend the seminars of Rory Miller, Marc MacYoung, and others like Iain Abernethy Sensei, Kris Wilder and Lawrence Kane Sensei to name a few that come to mind in the moment.