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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Recognize the Flaws

Flaws and violence, a dangerous combination. The comfort zone is one of those things I feel relate to flaws in training. We get comfortable with the routines we do in the dojo. We become use to the patterns and drills and kata and basics used as fitness exercises and that promotes a false sense that we are doing something that will provide for something other than a physical fitness routine for health and strong bodies.

If your martial arts training is geared toward sport, fitness or the mindless dance similar to jazzersize then know it and leave all expectations it will serve you in a fight of when in a violent encounter cause it will not do it for you. Don't take my word for it, there are pro's out there living that life and will gladly let you know it won't work that way.

One of my pet peeves is self-defense in the dojo. It conveniently slips by all the really important and hard stuff and goes directly to the "if a guy does this, you do this in response" scenario's. It feels good, it works well in a controlled training situation and it just might fail completely in a real encounter with a real threat intent on doing damage.

There is so much more that must be known before you enter into the physical responses to attacks. Most that will avoid the physical responses, they are important. The pro's I mention in this and other posts have the experience, the data and the drills that will help you reach that place but you have to start at the beginning, the knowledge - like, "Meditations on Violence, Facing Violence, Drills by Rory Miller" and "Secrets of Effective Offense, Ending Violence Quickly, Becoming a Complete Martial Artist by Marc MacYoung." [forgive me, these are the two recent and dominant folks I prefer to read but there are many others who contribute to martial systems application such as Dave Lowry, Kris Wilder and Lawrence Kane, Iain Abernathy and more.

My chief goal here today, yesterday and tomorrow is to provide my views and insights related to this stuff in the hopes the readers will become inspired to move toward this adjustment. It is just an adjustment. As Mr. Miller states the MA stuff is good, it just needs some adjustments so it will work when you need it the most.

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