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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Books, etc. on Violence, martial arts, etc.

I was asked, "If you have read one book, etc. on violence haven't you read them all?" I wanted to say emphatically, "no!" Instead I gave it some thought because I feel a more complete answer best suits this type of question. A question that can lead a person down a path to greater knowledge - so I say anyway.

I must look at a question like this with the same view I use in all my studies, "perspective." No one person can contain all there is to learn about violence. Even one very well knowledgable and proficient person can only provide their perspective. A perspective is neither right or wrong, just different. It is this difference in perspective that can lead you to a new way of seeing things, a new way of understanding and a new way to train, practice and learn.

Every single source of value to me has tended to express the same thing over and over again. Study, read, learn and from everyone, everywhere and everything you can. Take it in, work it out and then assimilate or discard as necessary - for you.

I am finally reading the book, "How to Win a Fight," by Kris Wilder and Lawrence Kane. Yes, they are saying some of the same things as other books on this subject provide but the one important thing to remember is they are providing a "unique perspective" on that same subject. One might try to say that the book "Facing Violence" provides all you need to understand violence in an academic form but that would be limiting.

Yes, Rory Miller's books are comprehensive and have his unique perspective on them. The theme is the same but because of the different perspectives you will find a good deal to learn. Even if I am nuts reading a well written tome on such a difficult subject will, at the very least, reinforce what you read, learned and understood in the last one read.

See a pattern here (no pun intended)? Repetition in all forms promotes learning, understanding and knowledge. I think I understand something when I get to another perspective it clicks on a bulb in my brain, "oh crap, I didn't think of that or I didn't see that from that point of view, etc." Learning is an ongoing project and gaining perspective from the many perspectives of these authors is going to add to your proficiency, knowledge levels and overall ability to apply it in training, practice and application (all other things being equal).

Note: even when I get some material that appeared to be really beneficial only to discover it has a lot of crap in it I still find jewels of information interspersed between the crud - I call this data-mining.

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