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
Bibles of the Martial Artist
My library alone got to be, to me, extensive. I data-mined a lot and kept the most valuable for continued review. I have come to the conclusion that there are three "bibles of the martial arts" that have provided me the references to continue to learn and understand the world in which I live, the story of me and that zone I wanted to enter.
If a perspective martial artists were to ask me where to begin I would say simply, "read these first." If they have an understanding as to what these mean and then understand what they are entering into, in this aspect of MA, then they can at least have a fundamental awareness and enter without being fundamentally dysfunctionally skewed.
Book One: "The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense" by Dr. Suzette Haden Elgin, Ph.D. This is a series of books and the one I find that encompasses what I feel is a primer for VSD is "More on the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense." The others can be even more helpful in many areas such as the written self-defense book and the VSD at work, etc.
Book Two: "Facing Violence" by Sgt Rory Miller. This is the one book of his that seems, for me, to really convey the fundamental principles of Violence in its various forms, i.e. social, anti-social or fighting and violence. If you wonder what I mean you will not wonder anymore when done reading and "studying" this book. He has others that contribute but this one is the first to read.
Book Three: "The Book of Martial Power" by Sensei Steven J. Pearlman. This one is the bible of the principles of martial systems. The title is a bit misleading and I would assume something the publisher required to help it in sales but to me the actual title could have been "The Book of Martial Principles." Splitting hairs but the end meaning here is this book provides a written form that helps MA's understand many principles that are taught, understood in application and not consciously identified adequately.
Again, this is my list of Bibles of the Martial Arts. I am going to be the first to tell you that this choice for me was difficult as many, many books have been of great influence in my studies. I suspect my writings and mindless meanderings over the past ten years are a blend of them all. It is just for me on a very personal level these three have a good deal of influence and meaning in my training.
Personally, I wish to express my sincerest appreciation and thanks for their willingness and efforts to bring this to the public and especially the the martial arts community!