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
Assumptions are a dangerous commodity when dealing with violence. It is difficult to not allow nature's survival instincts to take what is and connect it with what is perceived and often ending in a inaccurate assumption that can and does lead to damage.
Another reason why I try to gather as much accurate and valid data I can to bring my data-storage up to speed so the brain will have something to draw on and learn from in practice, before I have to apply it on the street. Our accuracy in applying or lives to living depends greatly on what we have accurately and correctly in the minds storage banks.
Remaining open-minded even after achieving a level of competence in knowledge is not a guarantee assumptions won't be inaccurate. To constantly allow for change is critical. To allow your beliefs to remain flexible to change when encountering more data on a daily basis. Isn't it the principle of the universe, yin-n-yang, that all things, phenomena and beings are a matter fo dynamic relativity in each and every moment as it is encountered and experienced?
A lack of neutrality is truth and truth is relative then all things martially applied are neutral and relative to the moment. Isn't the goal of training and practice to achieve a level of dynamism whereby the quality, quantity and structure of application is constituent on yin-yang elements or tendencies which are combined in various proportions for the desired results.
To take a dogmatic and absolute view of martial systems due to some preconceived notion of loyalty to some long deceased master seems counter to the principle of dualistic monism - the yin-yang principles of the universe. If we are to truly live up to the nature of the universe then we have to allow ourselves to reach limits far, above and past the limitations our former leaders provided. Isn't the epitome of respect to demonstrate a level that exceeds those who have come before us?
Isn't it the true goal of any art form to things beyond any absolute and to remain flowing within the two ranges of the spectrum governed by the universes polar opposites - that of the yin and of the yang?
Don't prejudice your practice with assumptions and dogmatic adherence to something ephemeral in nature - go beyond the art.