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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Three Lives

I have, so far, lived three distinct lives which are connected but distinct, in my mind. My first life was as a young and growing male, say between the years of 0 to 17 years. The so-called "formative years." A lot of ground breaking, forming and pouring the foundation that in all likelihood influences, both positively and negatively of course, the other lives I have lived.

The second and most influential life I lived is and was a Marine Life. This one the most distinct because it took me so far outside the "box" which was life as a youth - a youth of change, fluctuation and frustration, you know like most males.

As a Marine I find on reflection that the intensity and exposure to things most "civilians" will never encounter tend to heighten that experience as if one actually lived an entire and complete life. When I joined up, met those first drill instructors who kindly invited me to "get off the #$%^&*# bus and get on the yellow footprints" was a bit like a "rebirth." My formative years were then re-encoded the Marine way. As I morphed from scumbag civilian to Marine I changed distinctly and completely where even today I blurr any distinctions that may arise from my first life to that of Marine.

Those ten years could be a condensed life one normally lives of say fifty plus years. As one DI told me later at Parris Island, that life is what you make of it while a Marine, good or bad or both - I had both. It was a very good life and I can tell you that it is as I say it is for me simply because over thirty-one years passing I still have influences of a Marine - after all, once a Marine, always a Marine. I am learning late in life the true meaning of that statement.

Once I ended my ten years service I chose to assume another life. One that took me into some very "black-box" disciplines that are not to be spoken of or about for another sixteen years or so, if ever.

Anyway, I have and am leading a most interesting lives and can tell you from my associations it is a somewhat moderate to easy set of lives for many of those former and current associations have far exceeded my imagination as to their lives - professionals, true pro's.

Think of the opportunities you may still have in living not one life but rather many interconnected and sometimes distinct lives - amazing.

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