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 can make one quote, a short sentence, and every single human being will come away with some different perception as to what that quote means all according to the time in which the quote was written and the time in which it was read then the individual is governed by the time in which they live; the culture and cultural beliefs in which they were raised and live; any power relations involved; their perceptions; their sensory input modes; their perceptions of perceptions as to truth and accuracy; both their internal and external environments; their perceptions of movement; their perceptions of body language including facial expressions, voice tone and word intonations, etc. 

Therefore it has been proven in research that communications is not just a one statement evolution but an ongoing exchange of information until both parties fully and completely understand. 

There is not possible way that one can achieve full and complete understanding of any comment either spoken or written without an exchange that will go on for as long a period needed to achieve mutual understanding. 

What must transpire during the communications process is a mode of "listening" and "talking" that is not aggressive or of a nature that will promote emotional interferences which hinder the thinking and rational parts of our brains - emotions equal conflict in most cases and must be avoided to achieve good listening and communications.

Listening or reading especially must be taken with a grain. Often it is best to respond to written statements with questions to ascertain meaning or it turns into a possible flame war - not conducive to mutual understanding and positive communications. 

Listening is the hardest part of all when in a verbal exchange and even more difficult when in a written form such as blogs, forums and websites with emphasis on the flow of communications in the social media, i.e. facebook, twitter, etc.

I would express my regrets if I inadvertently forget to ask questions in lieu of just commenting my perceptions, idea's and beliefs. It is unintentional but the goal is good, solid and complete communications regardless of the medium. 

Thanks for Listening (or in this case reading). If you come away with feelings that are triggering a emotional response due to a perception that it is about you, STOP, break this down, ask some questions of a positive nature and I will do my best to  communicate a response or series of responses to get my meaning understood.

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