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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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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Improvisation


A major road block, my view only, of why self-defense often fail is improvisation. To improvise you need to use your intuitive abilities. In a nutshell the self-defense curricula needs to address this aspect of training and practice. How this is done is it must have plans and procedures, i.e. tactics/strategies and techniques if you will, that will still allow the person to improvise and use their tuition. 

As skilled martial artists who utilize what we do for self-defense we need to build on what has gone before while remaining open to new possibilities. You can't plan this stuff and to assume simply that practicing set combinations in response to set attack combinations is to stagnate or completely still any intuitive improvisation. Your intuitions are critical to improvisations, i.e. when a technique/strategy/tactic does not work many do it again and again - stuck in some infinite looping process while receiving damage. You have to have the ability to judge when things are going wrong and it is intuition that allows us to adapt, to make an adjustment, to improvise. You need to change the tactics and techniques to not lose.

When martial arts dojo move into a detailed, leave nothing to chance, model they stifle intuitive thinking, practice and training. The details are fine initially but one must move into a more holistic approach allowing the culmination of details to fall into the subconscious. If you over stimulate and inundate your mind with specifics/details the more easily those details/specifics fall apart in the chaos of violence. You expect things to go a certain way and when they don't you repeat, repeat, repeat to your detriment. 

Plans are good, tactics are good and strategies are good but too much of good make you insensitive to any anomalies that arise in violence that mean, improvise, change and adapt. If you have plans/strategies/tactics make sure they include contingency actions. Simplistic example, when you feel the freeze your contingency is to move - now. Once moving then other tactics can be adapted or improvised. You need to try and cover as many different difficulties in violence so you don't miss new opportunities to adapt and adjust and improvise to not lose, not receive damage and find a safety zone. 

Realize that those many combinations your being taught to combat those many attack combinations must be optimized and remain fluid by injecting differences so that they are not ingrained as related to one specific action vs. counter-action vs. action. 

Does this make sense? In closing, plan to adapt. Plan to improvise. Plan to intuitively train and practice for adaptable improvisational ability. 

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