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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The First Go-round

If you understand something on the first go around I would suggest that maybe you are missing something. If I have discovered one simple fact it is this, I rarely get it on the first go-round. I found that many of the things I thought I knew and thought I understood were correct and accurate were not. I have been mucking around in what I do for a long time and find it amazing and fun that almost every day I have to change something because I did NOT get it on the first go-round. 

It reminds me of how discouraged I would get when something didn't click the first time. That is the physical stuff and when you talk about the more academic side I did the same thing .... doah! It reminds me of how often someone skims over things just to get to the fun stuff only to find it discouraging simply because they assumed that they got-it on the first go-round.

Yesterday's post had a lot of questions. I asked them cause I once again thought, do I have this yet, and I said to self after reading the monkey dance at the Chiron blog, nope - ain't got it yet but I are learning. 

It's a process. If I have learned another simple thing it is that to truly learn, to truly understand and to truly get-it it takes time, effort and due diligence. Not this skim over and just have fun stuff but really buckle down and get going. Maybe this is what I learned from some experiences in life along with what the Marines provide as a member of that tribe. All the services, i.e. Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Police Services all over the world, Professionals in services like jails and emergency services, i.e. EMT's and Firemen, etc. provide the same thing in various ways - good stuff. 

I get concerned when it is those who have not served in one capacity or another who tend to assume on the first go-round that they are getting and have gotten what they think they have gotten. 

I am still working on this stuff and I am fifty-nine years young. You might say to yourself, wow, this is taking this guy a long time but think about it - things change constantly, noting is static, life is always moving and to remain up with it you have to move, move and move some more. 

If you get nothing from this just remember that when you think you have gotten it, STOP, and continue looking at it from every angle you can, think outside the box and then question it again. You just might find out that it is not taking me as long as you might think. 

Waxing philosophical again.

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