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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proof of authenticity

Who's proof? Who is going to authenticate the authenticity of the proof of authenticity? One blogger said, "But there was no proof of authenticity. It was a sham." This gets me to boil a bit because my impression is "ego" and "prideful" and "arrogant." Who says who is the authentic source to provide anyone or anything as a proof of an authentic art form be in martial or simply art?

My view of "proof" of anyones authenticity in the practice and application of any martial art is the person themselves. When they get out on the training floor, arena or environment over a period of time proof will be in the pudding, so to speak. Showing one's authentic application of a martial art will become evident soon enough and it it ain't two things will occur. One, they will in all likelihood leave long before they have to "face" the facts and two, they will not meet the current training hall standards and thus lose a bit of that perceived authenticity.

To rely on some organization or lineage or the ability to say I trained with this person or that person means nothing. If your relying solely on what a person says they did with whom, a certificate that has some chop on it or some other so called proof of authenticity toward proficiency then good luck with that as anyone can get stuff like that even from Japanese sources. I know of one now that when the check is cleared the proof comes in the mail soon thereafter.

Poppy Cock, bull hockey, get out on the floor and verify in real time the authenticity of an individual and leave the accouterments in a drawer. Better yet, make sure you know and have personally found their Sensei, give him or her a call and let them tell you just how authentic or not authentic a person is then ... still make sure you validate on the floor in real time.

p.s. the only way I see this changing is when "all" martial artists across the entire spectrum are able to attain a type of synchrony of all practitioners that can and will accept the "one" way. when that is achieved then we can actually have a body that provides "proof of authenticity." But then again if this occurs then we wouldn't need one, right?


Sensei Strange said...

You are on quite a roll. You have been cranking out the articles. Thank you!

Charles James said...

Your welcome, thank you for reading my posts. I work at a place where the opportunity to write periodically through out the day is possible .... I am grateful for that opportunity because otherwise the posts would be fewer and farther apart.

Rick said...

Chinese martial arts saying: Who has the kung fu is the teacher.

Every "traditional" martial art started out as something new some guy thought up.