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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Real-World Context

It was written that we should make use of the subconscious to achieve idea's about what we write, I am trying to develop this beyond merely the martial arts so I begin with the words, "real, world, and context."

What is real? What is reality? Isn't is a subjective reality built by each individual in response to their personal perceptive filtering systems which has grown out of their time, their place; their contemporaries; their sources of information; their sources; their traditions as built along the path they travel; their intellect; their economic situation; their aesthetic climate; their background materials; their customs and their societal membership.

What is a world? What is a real-world? Isn't it a subjective world that is directly created, like a personal story, by the individual from the same influences that make up our reality or real world. Do we have more than one world in which we live?

What is context? What is our context? What is the real-world context? what is the real-world context for each individual human? Isn't it also subjective to all the influences previously presented for your review, analysis and final results?

This particular term or set of words were first presented to me through my filter of martial practice, study and training. It referred to how we unique and individual humans perceive violence in its various forms, i.e. sparring, fighting, and predatory violence. In our attempts to live with the violence of the world in its many forms humans have to find something to allow us to accept it for what it is even if that means burying it in some story that allows us to be comfortable and functional as we travel through the many stories of life.

If humans and their minds are susceptible to suggestions and we are susceptible to stories and imagination turning into a belief even if not true then how can we truly find "real-world context" that protects us from violence?

Then when presented with "real-world context" for training how do we know that it is "real-world context - true, factual and verifiable by three sources?" Then ask the question if those three sources are within "real-world context" without stories, fantasies and perceived belief of its reality to non-reality?

Then we have to ask, when is it time to stop and believe in "real-world context" as it is dictated by each unique personal perceptive filtering so we protect and defend ourselves, our families and our neighbors?

From Iain Abernathy Seminar via Samurai Girl blog entry:
There are three contexts Martial Arts can be used in. When practicing, you should always set the context and practice in that context.

    •    Martial Arts - a formal setting, this is done because it is fun, we like it, it is fun, it feels good, etc. Martial Arts and a hobby.
    •    Fighting - a fight to a conclusion. This is a mutual decision to fight, whether a sparring setting or a monkey dance/bar fight.
    •    Self Defense - practical. I DON'T want to fight, but since the situation is absolutely unavoidable,  the FIGHT is totally MINE. If someone jumps you, you can't hesitate, you have to take the fight to them. Their limbs, their jaw, etc, its MINE.

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