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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Your Favorite Technique

"Our actions should manifest themselves because our threat's technique has manifested itself. We should not desire our technique either. It should just happen or not happen." Book of Martial Power by Steven J. Pearlman

I cannot count how many times in the dojo I hear the statement, "This is my favorite technique." I have found that when this statement appears that the person tends to practice it exclusively, diligently, and totally as a sole technique that you may find is their sole technique for fighting. You know like those favorite combinations that win tournaments. They are not so successful in violent encounters - either fighting or violent predatory attacks.

I have no favorite technique. I have no favorite basic waza. I have no favorite kata. I have no favorite combinations. I hope if needed any technique or combination of techniques comes to me instinctively according to the threat and attack. I hope I have trained to respond reflexively, instinctively, and where the technique is born as if it and the threat's attack made a mutual agreement before the encounter so they would at best cancel each other out. If not, that our line is longer than theirs allowing our spontaneous, instinctive, reflexive technique conquers theirs. As the reader knows fundamental principles of martial systems as stated in the book of martial power states:

"Facing a threat's strike, we must not intend to execute a given technique, or any technique for that matter. As there is an attack. so there is a defense. The techniques happens. If we train properly to the point of reflexive action, and if we fully understand the attack, and if our principles align, the technique will emerge along with the attack as if they are one in the same, as if we and the threat planned it all ahead of time." Book of Martial Power by Steven J. Pearlman

When you know this you may consider such terms used in the book like mushin and so on and you are correct to consider these as well. The principles are presented in a solitary fashion where you also know that the intent is for instruction while you also know that application is as if they all were happening together at the same time, in that same space, as if one. You instinctively know it as a single simultaneous process.

Perlman, Steven J. "The Book of Martial Power: The Universal Guide to the Combative Arts." New York. The Overlook Press. 2006.

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