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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Problem detection

Problem detection is an awareness that allows a person to detect when various changes in their environment, the patterns or cues, the trigger a gut feeling, the spidey sense or your intuitions saying danger is ahead. This is the model that leads to avoidance, i.e. one detects a problem and one avoids it by taking a different route or just turning and walking away. 

How does one achieve a level of awareness or problem detection that is adequate to avoid, etc.? Experience! 

The ability to detect and act is driven by several factors. This speaks to the OODA loop. A person must have a certain awareness along with appropriate experience levels to detect all kinds of information. It becomes more difficult as the level of speed rises in the OODA loop, i.e. you observe your surroundings, you detect something that causes your butterflies to twitter in you gut and then it is a matter of making a decision and acting appropriately. If the information is gradual, if the cues are very subtle, and if you don't notice if soon enough then you don't act quickly enough or with appropriate actions. 

You have to have an ability to put the pieces, the cues, together to see the patterns of problems or in this case as a martial artist bent on self-preservation, danger together rapidly to detect a problem and the decide and act accordingly. 

Lets add another layer, when more than one thing goes wrong at the same time. You might hit on the first one and miss any successive cues. If there is excessive noise you may have a harder time detecting it. If you are not effectively collecting data, awareness, because you have those ear buds with loud music, dual distractions, then you miss those cues and fall into harms way. 

You don't have to be full on ready for battle awareness but it would be wise to determine the environment you travel in outside your own home as to its possible dangers and adjust levels of awareness to detect cues and make adjustments as you go from full safe zone to possible danger of violence zones. 

Learn to recognize situations as normal and as not normal. Recognize anomalies, cues, as typical or not typical and then make appropriate adjustments. This is a step to speeding up the OODA loop that allows for avoidance or actions necessary to remain safe and secure. 

All this and much more come from oodles and oodles of experience in those area's appropriate to real life situations and scenarios that expose you to violence and conflict. 

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