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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“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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Failure, the essence of Success

Today, on a blog post, a commenter made a statement that inspired this post. Today's, not all but a lot, martial systems tend to lean heavily toward such things as money, gratification, minimal effort, minimal attendance and minimal effort outside the training facility. The tend to ignore such things as sweat, blood, tears, exertion, honest effort, diligence, repetitive practice, etc. 

One point stressed in the post was the lack of perceived failure in practice and training. We fail, it is a part of life. It is how we all build our experiences, both with success and failure. It is the same duality of opposites that result in change, yin for success and yang for failure. Failure results in a creative process where a person looks within and deals with the emotional ride failure brings with it be it a mile failure or a large one. 

It is these failures that teach us how to be successful. It is how we attribute value to those failures in achieving success, both current and future. If you don't stretch outside your norm, your comfort zone, your mental limits then you are doomed to continue failing or worse you are doomed to do nothing. 

Martial systems require a lot of practice, training and more practice. It deals with gratification and boredom. It has a requirement of attendance and dedication to an effort that exposes you to "both" success and failure. It results in an effort and self-acceptance that raises the level of esteem, ability and expertise in the things we do in life and in martial arts. 

We are human and we all have to remind ourselves that life is not just about the good things, the fun things, getting our highs without the possibilities of the lows. Instant gratifications without the natural low points between or at least a balance of the low and high are not what it is all about. Are we losing the true value of achievement when we assume that there are or should not be any failures and those emotional prices we pay to experience it all? 

All to often those who participate in a form of martial art dedicated to those things that provide gratification without the flip side of hard work, dedication and diligence tend to lose site of what matters. Those who give this willingly and for the sole model of profit do us all a disservice. It is this that makes one hesitate to say to the uninitiated that they practice karate simply because of misinformation, misuse and misunderstanding. 

Failure is the essence of success. It is a corner stone of martial systems, traditional and classical. It makes an expert, an expert, It makes the master, the master. Failure is not given its due and often relegated to some distant dark corner of the unspeakable. Failure is the light that shows us the way to enlightenment. Its darkest reaches illuminate the path to great success. 

To be open to failure is to be available for success. Take failure out of the closet and choose to meet it head on, full force and with the open-mind of self to achieve higher levels of success. 

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