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
Remain skeptical at all times. Remain skeptical even more so with yourself, your beliefs and your data both incoming and outgoing. Question it all, question it again and never have either expectations or assumptions that what you know is reality, true and accurate. We humans have so much input from sensory gathering that we have to parse that data in a matter of milliseconds to either retain or discard.
We will dismiss perfectly good data if it happens to be outside our or our groups belief system. No matter what we sense by eyes, ears or touch, the brain must process every tiny bit of data to perceive reality to the world outside the self and the self's world in our minds. Our personal matrix driven by the brain. We can never truly know reality.
We make assumptions, lots and lots of them to make sense of the reality we encounter, perceive and define in our minds. There is always a bit of disparity between the real world and the matrix of our brain/minds.
Our beliefs, what they are or may be, provide us the means to survive in a dangerous world. The assumptions we make are not accurate, but our beliefs reduce our fears and our values facilitate the tribe survival systems. This is good and has its flaws.
Because of the minds tendency to be a bit iffy we must always question everything more than once to achieve some semblance of cohesive knowledge or we don't survive.
In the martial community it is even more important to question everything, especially and with emphasis those who teach, lead, and guide - Sensei, regardless of rank, level or grade; regardless of age and years of experience. If what Sensei says sounds plausible still question it. If what Sensei teaches seems to work the question it, prove it and make sure it works for you.
There is no other way on the path to karate-jutsu-do. There is no other way on the path to marital systems.