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

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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)



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Character vs. Personality


When martial artists of old spoke of masters and experts they included that persons character. This person was not only proficient in the physical forms and applications of martial arts but they had a character that was serious, disciplined and honorable. They don't rely on the impression of others and how they behave in private was more important than how they impressed in public. They looked inward.

A martial artists or any person of character relied on the inner self by the honor the felt themselves. They didn't perform to impress others but performed to meet the stringent requirements of self. A demonstrations was simply a demonstration, not a performance that is judged outside the self. 

Today's master is driven by the impressions they receive from others. They become a person of perceived personality that speaks to the need to be a salesman, a social operator, a person with a ready smile, a hearty handshake, and an ability to get along with colleagues while at the same time positioning and performing to outshine them. 

What kind of martial artist are you, a martial artist with character or a martial artist with personality?


Character: The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual; also nature - personality - temper - figure - disposition.

Personality: The combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual's distinctive character; Qualities that make someone interesting or popular; also character - individuality - personage - person - figure.

A key component that differentiates one from the other are moral qualities and that one is simply one aspect of the holistic other. One can have a personality but still not posses character. While character traits can span across many individuals the character of an individual is unique based on factors such as culture, beliefs, and the perceptions of the person at any one moment. 

A term used by Okinawans to denote or represent a person of character is "bushi." Bushi is explained through an article by Charles Goodin of Hawaiian Okinawan Karate. (http://seinenkai.com/art-bushi.html)

Some forms of martial arts simply focus on personalty while others focus on character. Character has personality as a smaller part of the whole as a contributor toward bushi type character. 

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