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.

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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


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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 (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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To Know vs. To Apply

Academia is great. It adds knowledge to life. Knowledge is a fundamental requirement in all endeavors be it flower arrangement or tea ceremony or karate teaching. With out knowledge we would be reduced to mere animals using basic instincts to survive. We all know that without our intelligence and ability to reason, etc. we would not survive long with these bodies.

Where the rubber meets the road is when one has to apply their knowledge to living life. To make it "work" on the dojo floor and more important to make  it "work" out there, in the streets.

One is fairly easy to obtain and the other is a monster to apply. Application has and will always be a most difficult task but it is "doable." A lot of factors are involved and it takes a "whole" of the sum of all its parts to make it work - to apply it to life.

I learn new things daily. It sometimes reinforces what I already know, it sometimes changes what I already know and best of all it sometimes teaches me new and exciting things. In my practice and training I have to work diligently to implement it into my application of martial techniques. Where it becomes even more difficult is when I have to apply what I learn and know into my everyday "actions." What I say and do in that society relationships we all need for survival and that means things like "people skills," etc.

Not an easy thing to do. It is of interest to my studies of this subject to realize how "easy it is" to do angry and destructive things. It is most difficult to avoid that and achieve morally high ground by the actions and deeds in every day life. I take comfort that my studies and my efforts in such singular tasks and practicing and applying karate are a model, microcosm, that helps me see, hear and feel what is right and just and moral in behavior and beliefs.

It is that which creates a philosophy, culture and belief system that promotes unification and cohesion of the group for survival. After all, in a true sense of nature and the universe survival, in all its variations, is the ultimate need of all human beings, all creatures of nature in this universe.

Make it your fundamental strategy in life to "know and apply" your knowledge. Sounds like a good start to me!


Rick said...

Timeless advice. It's of the sort of thing Musashi might have written in the Book of Five Rings.

Colin Wee said...

"Make it your fundamental strategy in life to "know and apply" your knowledge. "

From all the stuff I have picked up from academia, I'd say that knowledge is 'actionable' information. Meaning you have information at hand so that you can make a proper decision or to take action on. To "know and apply" such knowledge properly however, and this is something I'd say is what you and your blog are about, requires wisdom and maturity.

Keep it up! :-)


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Charles James said...

Rick - Colin: Thanks, much appreciate the comments.