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
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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.
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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
"Whenever people talk, they supply only part of the message. The rest is filled in by the listener. Much of what is "not" said is taken for granted. Cultures vary in what is left unsaid." pg 102, chapter 9.
[suppositions, body language and culture; another important reason why one should study the culture that presents or offers a discipline like or similar to a martial art, karate or other combative object. Self-defense once again comes down not to the physical but rather the mental, communications. Do we synchronistically listen, reflect and understand or do we just plaster our internal belief system toward what is communicated and respond accordingly with out consideration of the person, the person's culture and what is filled in by us. Understanding the culture, the person and the infraculture might just fill in the gaps, the reality gaps. To see, hear and feel what is left unsaid may be the key to avoidance in conflicts.]
"Fixed-feature space is one of the basic ways of organizing the activities of individuals and groups. It includes material manifestations as well as the hidden, internalized designs that govern behavior." pg 103, chapter 9.
[knowledge of culture as it deals with space or in my vocabulary "territories." Isn't some conflict a result of invading one's territory? If so, and we study their culture and infraculture then we might understand enough to either avoid territorial disputes or at least communicate effectively enough to earn a free pass through the territory.]
"The facade is one that people present to the world and the self they hide behind it. It signifies recognition of levels to be penetrated ... " ... many men have two or more distinct personalities, one for business and one for the home." pg 104, chapter 9.
[Face .... saving face ..... understanding how culture can dictate a person or groups "face." Facade is not only applied to space, territory, but also to the person and the group to which a person or person's belong.]
"Man's feelings about being properly oriented in space runs deep. Such knowledge is ultimately linked to survival and sanity. To be disoriented in space is to be psychotic. The difference between acting with reflex speed and having to stop and think in an emergency may mean the difference between life and death - a rule which applies equally to the driver negotiating freeway traffic and the rodent dodging predators." pg 105, chapter 9.
[space, territory and culture all drive life and death instincts even if they are not perceived by society today as reality. They still exist and our brains still respond to them so fast your emotional adrenaline driven responses tend to take over and drive the bus. A huge trait to try and train into some semblance of control and repetitive practices toward a reality based training/practice regimen is required.]
This speaks volumes as to the type and need for knowledge before training and application of such things as communications and physical application of martial arts or any combative tactic. Make your fundamental strategy to find the knowledge, encode it to your brain and then train for it both mentally and physically. Find the balance and make it influence the tactics used from this strategy.
Hall, Edward T. "The Hidden Dimension." Anchor Books. New York. 1969, 1990.