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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Lets take a look at self-defense. Lets remain within the arena of training. What are the things I feel most important to applying self-defense? 

First, you need to generate stopping power with your arms and hands and possible your legs and feet. You need to do this in a dynamic way, i.e. while moving and at different ranges that change quickly, etc.

Second, you need to have an ability to evade, dodge, parry, block and slip, etc. 

Third, you need to practice where your opponent is trying hard to hurt you. Note that this is someone you trust to take it as far as possible without actually doing long term damage but you will experience a degree of hurt, bruises, scrapes, etc.

Not a big list but a core feature to learning to defend yourself. There are other aspects that must be addressed but as to applying your abilities in a violent situation these are core or cornerstone aspects to learning, training, practicing and applying techniques. Look at this as a intricate part of your overall strategy in training and practice. 

Stopping Power: How do you define such things. There are a few factors that make up power. Most are discussed in other posts so it is up to you to search out such things and combine them into some coherent form you will understand and use. One small thing I always preached was "you have to hit stuff" to learn what it takes to apply power to punches and kicks, etc. There are so many variables out there that you have to work hard to practice them while hitting something. When I say hit something I mean you have to hit it like you mean it. Lightly hitting the heavy bag is a good work out but you have to hit it like you would if you were trying to stop and adversary. You have to achieve hitting something with meaning while applying all the various things that occur in a physical confrontation. Figure it out and apply it to hitting something.

Body Shifting and Control: In the martial arts they call it by many names of which one is tenshin. Tenshin involves body displacement. It is moving the body efficiently. It is connected to such things as breathing and chinkuchi. It is the efficient method of body mechanics used to generate body movement. It is this type of practice and training that makes the power effective in almost any situation say while moving backward, to the side, etc. The ability to apply power while punching, kicking and in the movement of change in direction. It also applies when your body is in the worst position like being on the ground where the legs ability to move you are mostly removed and the body shifting is done by whole body movement, etc. 

Damage Degree: This last is important because it requires trust between practitioners yet allows for both to take it to the very edge of serious damage. You have to hit things yes but you have to get hit as well. How many would freeze at the initial shock of a serious violent strike or punch. Your mind as well as your body must achieve some understanding of what that feels like and how the mind can learn to mostly ignore the pain and agony of damage so you can succeed in stopping it and reaching the proper level of defense and safety. 

Nothing here is easy and this is not the end all of how to achieve such things. It is meant to get you thinking and working what it takes to be solid in your practice and training toward self-defense. It is just one layer in that onion of many layers we call self-defense. This is just another way to get one thinking outside the box. 

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