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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Learning - Teaching

I have contemplated my path for a good many years and have focused on it more these last ten only to discover two things of importance - learning-n-teaching. In my life reflection I noticed that these two things seem to dominate my life and the way or path I follow.

I can remember as far back as my early youthful days that I always spent time preparing, i.e. preparing meant learning, prior to taking on something new, i.e. a new discipline of life. When I decided I would become a Marine I know I spent a great deal of time and effort trying to prepare myself for the Marines before I became a Marine. 

As a Marine I noticed at every turn of my short career I found myself thrust into positions where I would "teach" other Marines. I found this to be the same in every aspect of my life before, during and since my time as a Marine. The only teaching position or discipline I was unable to attain was that of the greatest teacher of Marines - Drill Instructor. My only regret is I didn't pursue that more vigorously.  

As a Marine while stationed on Okinawa I was given an opportunity to teach once again in several disciplines of which one major teaching discipline being the martial arts - Isshinryu Karate. I did a great deal of pre-attending discovery and learning before that first experience in the dojo of Henry Sensei - First Sergeant W. D. Henry of Camp Hansen, 3rd FSSG Truck Company. 

Even today I find that most of my diligence and effort seems to be learning and then teaching and that seems dominant in my blogging and writing. I use this medium to pursue knowledge through continued learning then I incorporate and translate it into a form that is "teaching" what I know and understand. I have done this in the marital arts since 1976. 

Learning and teaching seem to be the essence of life for me and I enjoy it immensely. I sometimes think it is just my being opinionated but truly feel it is merely my ineptness in communications, of which I am diligently studying, learning and applying daily, that make me seem opinionated. 

Before my semi-retirement, i.e. my retirement from teaching in a dojo, I would always feel butterflies and anticipation when entering the dojo as I knew it was an opportunity for me to teach and thereby learn from those who attended. 

Everything else in my life revolves around my learning-teaching model and my work in life has excelled for me simply using the preparation, learning and teaching model. 

I was recently told in my job that I would be assisting a project in the capacity of QA testing engineer work. I immediately, almost with out thinking, started to pull together all my data on the testing of software and studied in depth before the first meeting and the result was immediate and gratifying - a very good start.

So, this will help explain why I do what I do and why I do it, what about you?

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