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.

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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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Systems and Scenarios

We use the terms "martial system" or "karate style" when we speak of the entire system of practice yet do we fully understand what it means to refer to our style as a style or system. 

A system is a set of interconnected components that work together for a common cause that results in some effect that none of the components could achieve alone. It is a compilation of persons, procedures, and supporting techniques/tactics/strategies, organized into groups that play different scenario's (Scenarios are good for exploring how system do and ought to work). This would apply to any and all systems including a martial system.

Isshinryu is a system. It is a system within another system. The other system is generally accepted by the Okinawan karate culture as Shorin-ryu even tho there is a smidgeon of goju-ryu as a parent system involved as well. 

Scenario's are useful at the fundamental or basic levels to transfer basic knowledge to the fledgling student. It then becomes incumbent upon those individuals to take this to the next level in order to learn the entire system. An entire system can be labeled into three categories such as "shu-ha-ri" to achieve the overall goals and strategies that make the system work. 

It is the complete and holistic application of principles, strategies and tactics that make the system work. The interconnected components are often mistakenly thought of as the techniques used to combat techniques applied in a scenario. The interconnected components that make a system whole go way beyond the mere physical applications. There must be a culture and belief system and as many more esoteric components that are learned and applied leading through other components before the physical. It spans the mind through social standards and into environmental considerations that allow for other more esoteric components that allow for avoidance and deescalation. Then if all else fails the physical component is activated yet it must be activated with components that speak to the legal, moral and medical (both physical and psychological) components that also drive how you utilize the physical, i.e. the strategies and tactics that keep you within those other components. Then the components that come after the physical also govern what limits the physical have on the entire system.

In a nutshell it takes a good deal of training and practice to encompass the entire system that is martial arts. It is normally only a small component of the entire system that is introduced to most practitioners and this is a stunted incomplete system.

Hoshiki or systems are important in their entirety and leaving out any of the components for the sake of instant gratifications is in the end - stunted and dangerous. 

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