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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Ahem, listen up folks. What happened here. Much like the material in a post I read I dileberatly allowed some monkey dance drive my bus and responded with a blast to "straighten the person out" that resulted from what my monkey brain perceived as damage - the kind that cannot be photographed and the kind that leaves no discernible injuries or threat of death.

So, what did I accomplish? Nothing of significance. I accomplished a self-fulfilling ego driven prideful response that was meant only for me, myself and I. Did it teach this other person anything? Not a damn thing. Did it cause the possibility of a continuance of this monkey dance? Yep, if they read this blog and decided to respond in a comment.

What should I have actually done? Nothing. Nothing especially if I had no additional information that would be helpful and encouraging. Nothing that could be done if it did not accomplish a change that could be done with me slowly and gently and with minimal disruption. It was not with any positive phrasing. It was not kind nor necessary.

Why do it? Lessons in life are sometimes hard to bear. Digging a hole and hiding your head from any input, any advice since advice was asked for, and any growth for growth can only be achieved through knowledge which means you see everything, hear everything, feel everything, touch and taste things to learn and assimilate new knowledge that even if it seems to be not applicable can be a thread to those things that are applicable.

So, lets turn this off now and go back to the "exchange" of idea's, feelings, and knowledge for the purpose of growing and becoming a better person. Lessons, Lessons, Lessons are just like practice, practice, practice. After all violence comes from the inability to communicate in a syntonic fashion promoting disharmony that escalates to physical altercations and predatory behaviors.


Samurai Girl Sahara said...

I DO actually want to hear your opinion on the matter, and would be open to reading what you have to say if you are willing to read my new post. I tried to clarify the questions and present them in such a way as to avoid the possibility of being emotionally compromised by the responses.

Either way, I usually enjoy your comments and feel it would be silly for you never comment on my blog again. Best of luck to you and your endeavors in the future, whatever they may be. :)

Charles James said...

SG: Absolutely will read your post. I made my point in my two posts.

Emotional involvement does a plethora of things to individuals of which none of us is immune even when we are aware and practice.

These things take work which involves "seeing," "hearing," and "grasping" all the relevant facts be they positive or negative.

The most difficult hurdle I have to overcome on a daily basis is to grasp the negative and seek out the positive.

The never ending contest.

Charles James said...

SG: Read your new post. Unable to comment for some reason.