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.

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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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The Dark Within

"You can't get much darker than the human brain. It's got no conscience. It wants what it wants when it wants it, but most of all it wants to survive, and will do whatever's necessary to preserve itself. But then there's the mind .... That which makes us sentient, when sees a bigger picture, a different perspective. You can't allow the darkness - or your brain - to overrule your mind." But, it is not easy. 

Some of us will succumb to the influence, willing to sacrifice innocence in order to win a single battle, becoming nearly indistinguishable from those we are fighting." The best weapon is awareness. Knowing that your perspectives and values are being subverted forces you to question yourself. Preserve the real you early on, and that is the person who will prevail." - F. Paul Wilson, The Dark at the End

If you can say to yourself out the gate, "I don't want to subject anyone to that mindless monkey," then you are winning that internal battle, the most important battle anyone can engage. 

In past posts as well as in many of the writings I have encountered in my studies I have heard how important our internal struggles are, our internal battles. Some assume that is a self-discipline issue gained through martial art training but in reality it is a training that one must tackle even if they don't take martial arts training. It is better the consider that a discipline like the martial arts is an awakening of a sort to what we should focus our awareness on that is internal to ourselves. 

If we can conquer our inner darkness some refer to as ego, pride or tribal monkey posturing violent tendencies we can better avoid and deescalate a conflict. We can better apply our martial skills if the first two become moot or we cannot avoid a violent encounter. It is a type of awareness I have not often seen discussed out in the open. I sometimes wonder if this is another way our "ego's" fools us so we remain stagnant and violent.


Zacky Chan said...

These are things I've been brooding over lately, and I think you're right that the issue is something deeper than the martial arts and doesn't necessarily concern them directly, but they do have a great effect. The discipline helps, that initial decision not to let the monkey take over ... these are incredibly helpful ... but in order to keep the monkey at bay there is some other secret ingredient. I think it has something to do with desire/hope. We can be extremely strong and have all the disicipline in the world. We can be extremely intelligent and use our conscious thoughts to keep the monkey at bay ... but I think both of those can fail because we do have limits. Very interesting post.

Zacky Chan said...

I think the secret answer to all of this is the question, "Why?" Successfully dealing with the monkey requires engaging this question.