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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To Know Something

It is not enough to just know something. It needs more than just knowledge and good memory. There is to know something deep down in the very core, the very cells of your body, mind, and spirit. To know something is to create a lake of knowledge the permeates the very being if each of us or it won't be of any value when it is needed the most.

To study a subject would indicate, for most, a more academic study that encompasses methods to encode the information for easy retrieval to say talk intelligently or to perform a job but to do what most professional warriors, i.e. military, police, corrections officers, EMT's, Firemen, etc., need is to attain a knowing of something that transcends mere academia. 

Your body and spirit must do things instinctively before your mind even registers stimuli. It must do this seemingly like magic. In reality it is a compilation of experiences that register patterns as cues to act so the body and spirit do so without thought. It is a matter of removing the logical thinking part of our minds and allowing cellular type knowledge to perform appropriately.

It reminds me of a runner's high when running long distances. It is like the current project I am working on that removes my thinking brain and simple does the task in a manner that flows. Runner's get this mindless mode after a certain distance for long distance running that seems like the entire body flows along almost like you don't register the body movement, the feet pounding the pavement, the smooth rocking of the arms in perfect synchronization with the upper body, the midsection or hara, the hips, the leg movement creating a unified movement that simply "flows." 

To know something in the light I mean is to know something that acts when stress is high, adrenaline is pumping and danger is imminent. 

There is only one way I am aware of to achieve this model of knowing, to gain as much experience as possible. Experience in training, experience in reality practice and experience in application of all the knowing you build. It takes time, effort, diligence and spirit to seek it out, to maintain it and to gain from it. It cannot be done haphazardly or as a hobby. If you desire this level of knowing something then you have to commit yourself to it, wholeheartedly. It is the sum of all its parts and all the parts are disciplines all unto themselves. No short cuts, just sweat, blood and tears with a smidgeon of taking it two or more steps beyond that level. 

You ask yourself, do you have what it takes? Do you have the desire? Do you have the discipline? Do you have the spirit? Are you committed? Are you read, willing and able? If you are, then you're on the right track. If you are not, then you're just marking time, taking up time and dancing the dance for the dance. 

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