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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“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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Winners and Losers

In what I perceive as our society we always have winners and always have losers. I understand this simply because I was raised here and as a youngster I was always confronted by things that had winners and losers. I often wonder about this especially since I have come to understand the importance of tori-n-uke relationships where neither is a winner or loser. 

The sole purpose of training and practice using a tori-n-uke relationship is the increase of knowledge, proficiency and ability of both parties. This is not just the technical part but all three parts of what I refer to as budo martial arts, i.e. the mind, body and spirit of both tori and uke. It is difficult, at least at the beginning, to remove yourself from the concept of winners and losers if only because our culture uses it a great deal. Imagine if there were no winners or losers in football, basketball or baseball - it is in our culture and is deeply ingrained in our psyche.

The true tori-n-uke relationship with mutual benefits is what I would consider a cornerstone to being a martial artist. I remember working very hard to remain dominant in my early training and practice. It took aging and experience to see that the tori-n-uke relationship was far superior in building a budo martial artist culture and belief system. I often think today that maybe that was what Tatsuo-san actually meant when he would say with broken English that those leaving the island at the end of their tours that it was important to learn and understand the culture and beliefs of the Okinawans. Tatsuo-san advocated participation in what he termed in those days as contests that were competitions yet I also suspect that since he would not call a point unless he determined that the technique would actually be effective as his way of promoting increased proficiency vs. simply winning. If you were awarded a point by Tatsuo-san then maybe he was saying to the participant, "your doing it right and doing it well," vs. focusing on accumulation of points to win the contest. 

It also can be argued that since some who won those contests consistently were awarded black belts that maybe this is a dream theory vs. reality. I do find it more of value that there are no winners or losers. I find value that if both participants of practice regardless of the role, i.e. tori or uke, that they both benefit creates a greater learning experience. Then, maybe there is an attitude that being a winner is no longer something to be lost. You can't lose the benefit of increased knowledge, ability and experience but you can lose a perceived status level simply by encountering someone who is better or one who is luckier than you.


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