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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I often quote things like, culture and beliefs, etc. in my postings. Today I stopped and compiled what I consider the traits that cause a reality gap in communications, i.e. understanding whether it is spoken, written or encountered through actions and deeds. Knowing these "differences" and then learning to compensate and overcome these differences in human interaction is also, I consider, vital knowledge if you wish to truly learn self-defense.

I have seven traits that denote reality gaps in human interactions. One, is the time. Time as in the year one encounters something, i.e. what is encountered and understood in 1883 vs. 2003 is huge. Two, is regarding the culture and ethnic groups you encounter. For instance, in some cultures to caste your eyes down means respect to authority while in another culture and/or ethnic group it may mean the person is lying and being disrespectful to the person. It matters.

Three, is the power relationships the interacting humans perceive. If one human holds an authoritative position over the other it matters as to perceptions, etc. Then there is number four, the perceiving person which encompasses all the factors or traits we are covering here. Five, as to all humans we have to deal with our sensory input, i.e. sight vs. smell vs. sound vs. touch. Not only directly as to physical manifestations but in communications where one speaks, perceives and understands according to a specific sense mode and the emotional state at the time.

Six, is our need to understand that our perceptions of our perceptions are actually real. We often when encountering interactions of humans find that what is perceived vs. what is meant vs. what is factually true differs - sometime greatly. We have to realize that what we perceive may not be real.

Finally, seventh, is our need to take into consideration both our internal and external environments. Remember that this also is influenced greatly by all these traits or factors because when entering an environment that is governed by a set of rules of culture, ethnic, etc. it changes the communications dynamics.

As can be seen here; the time, the culture and ethnic groups, the power relationships, the perceiving person, the sensory input modes, the perceptions of perceptions as to truth and accurate facts, and both the internal and external environments makes things at even the best of times challenging. The purpose here is to get the gray matter flowing and thinking bout this stuff. It is an attempt to get those involved in physical things like martial systems to consider every eventuality before engaging - it seems pretty darn important to me.

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