Please take a look at Articles on self-defense/conflict/violence for introductions to the references found in the bibliography page.

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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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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.

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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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Stance Depth

It is my theory that stances as originally taught, i.e. circa early 1900's, were meant to be deeper for only this reasoning - they were meant to teach proper positioning, body alignments and structure along with strengthening the legs. It was never meant to be the actually fighting kamae one assumed as dependent on the attack and defense techniques. 

It can be observed in some historical footage of the Okinawan masters who used the deeper stances in training and practice to assume a more natural stance in a combative scenario. It may be, my theory remember, that the short duration of training the western military gained in Okinawa resulted in the belief that the stances as they were originally taught were the correct end-result in training stances. 

This same model also, I believe, led to the position and posture of assuming said stance before applying a technique - a stationary and momentarily held stance if this describes it adequately. The term "kamae" is meant to convey to the practitioner the impermanence or fleeting stance, i.e. where a stance if it is obtainable in a fight is only held for a micro-moment in the application of power regardless of the technique used. 

Stance depth like many aspects of the training and practice of martial principles is not necessarily the end-result one might assume or perceive in martial training of the west but rather a fundamental foundation which the practitioner uses to reach higher for the actual end-result - human natural position or stance.

I feel that Tatsuo-san used the more natural body movements, i.e. stances, etc., so that his disciples could get to the essence of the fighting system. I also feel he may have felt it more appropriate for the western military students since most if not all are in great physical conditioning already leaving the need out of deeper stances to build strength, etc.

Note: it is also very difficult to maintain unnatural body positions in the heat of an emotionally charged fight if for no other reason than the affects of the chemical flow of the body due to the stress, anger and fear induced adrenaline, etc.

Read also "Deep Stances"
Read also "Shizen dachi"

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