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

WARNING, CAVEAT AND NOTE

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



“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



“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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Experts


When I think of experts in a narrow sense of martial arts it makes me think of someone who has achieved a great deal in their practice, teaching and application of the underlying concepts that support the complete ideology of martial way. In general an expert in any discipline is subjective. It has gone so far as to be classified as low, in martial arts, as a sho-dan or fledgling black belt all the way up to the red belted so-called master, grand master or great grandmaster (all titles created in the west). 

An expert in the martial arts have an ability or have developed the ability to detect cues, patterns, and trends in what they perceive through the senses, i.e. sight, touch and feel being the dominant sense medium. They have achieved, in an instant from experience, training and practice, an intuitive sense to see themselves what is required and don't rely on others interpretations of things. 

An expert has an instinct to seek out relevant data from the millions of sensory input received every moment through sight, touch and sounds. They can construct on the fly a story, if you will, of events as they unfold and then decide appropriate actions as a result. They are adaptable, they feel changes instinctively as data is processed by their mind as they learn more about any given situation in the moment. 

An expert takes an active stance on everything. They actively search, actively build mental models and actively adapt. Perceptions of others are more data that are filtered by the expert to extract the wheat from the chaff. It is what builds their own understanding of what is happening in the world that surrounds them. 

An expert uses data and active intuitive effort to find answers. An expert has a sense of things that provide a model of calm and a knowing that is not boasted of but expressed in every day actions and words - in the very essence that seems to project confidence, ability and efficiency. Experts move in perfect harmony with their surroundings. An expert has a tempo or rhythm that is indicated by the right speed for his/her steps, the right tempo for his/her arms to swing as he walks. 

An expert is a good judge and a kind provider. 

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