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 write this because I feel once a person puts it out there on a blog such as those I write should expect all kinds of comments. No one is going to readily accept what you write so you can expect to hear all kinds of stuff both positive and negative.

If you don't wish to have comments then turn off comments on your blog. If you do want comments then turn it on. If you don't like a comment, comment about it and what you don't like. If you do expect a comment back again.

If you wish to comment on a comment and want the comments to end then don't comment on the comment. The moment you comment on a comment depending on the mood of the other you may or may not get another comment.

Much like GAVSD if you wish to see the cycle stop: Stop commenting in return, let the last comment stand and remove the emotional attachment - IT ISN"T PERSONAL.

Now, if you comment and I don't like it I feel it is rude of me to return a comment then cut off all responses thus forcing my side or opinion as the last opinion.

I welcome all response, comments and critiques to my writing here on my blogs. I will moderate the comments only to keep spammers and such out. I will always approve all comments to my blog so all readers can follow, learn or ignore under their own decisive power - not mine. If I feel that a continues written dialogue will not benefit me then I will simply let the last comment stand and move on.

Those who have followed my blogs for the past years know I can go off on a tangent. I have had such exchanges and the comments were always allowed unless spam oriented, etc. I believe the blogasphere is meant to be an exchange.

If you blog and cannot stand the heat from others comments; good, bad or indifferent; then turn off the commenting and you won't have to hear, read or listen to anyone.

Just ranting a bit. Another blog I enjoy apparently received some comments they didn't like so they ranted on that then cut off any commenting - pissed me off. That blog is off my list which is too bad because the blogger tended to put out some pretty decent stuff.

Bye bye blogger, sorry you can't stand the heat. I am off the rant wagon now and back onto marital stuff.

Sigh, phew, slow outward breathe to relax - now a huge

 Now, bring on those comments - good, bad, and ugly - all comments welcome regardless......


Anonymous said...

It was a post about conundrums and MAs? Over at SG's blog?

It turned me off too.

Anonymous said...

Wow! So, a blog you normally like turns into a pissing contest once and your done? Either it was on religion, politics, or family. What ever it was it kind of sounds like you are cutting off your nose to spite your face. Perhaps there was too much emotion involved from the start. Just an observation, and an unqualified one at that.

Charles James said...

Absolutely correct :-) Anon.....