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

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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


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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Going to Ground

This is one of those things I discarded in my early years of practicing karate. I always felt going to ground in self-defense was stupid. I still feel that it is right. I also allowed my training to discard ground work because I was a "stand up karate-ka." That was stupid, a mistake. After all, even if going to ground is the absolute last thing one should do in self-defense it does not mean that some MMA or BJJ inspired adversary is not going to try their very best to drop you to the ground as fast as they can.

It would be a mistake to remain static and true to a system that does not address every single aspect of fighting, combat and self-defense. If your system does not have it and you feel it should not that is ok but you should still add it to your overall package. You can teach it separately or as a whole while remaining true to your core system. You can practice them separately and then have time where you train using all of it holistically as a single whole system of defense. 

You may be saying to yourself, well doah, that is just how I do it but you would be surprised how many still hold true to the ideology that one system is the ultimate all you need system. Even those who incorporate stand-up with ground work are not that ultimate system. Oh, there is no ultimate system.

One warning tho, don't think you can get it all and make it work by attending a few classes or seminars. Don't think you can get it all and make it work without taking time and effort to train and practice - with regularity. Not once a week and not necessary every single day but give it the time and effort and due diligence to make it work. 

It's like working with a UNIX computer system. If you know it and work at it that stuff is easy to maintain but if you stop for a period of time it will get lost and you will have to relearn it. That is just the way things are.

Going to ground is a fact of life and you should spend the time preparing for it. You also have to make sure of the reasons why you are learning it. There is a difference between the sport aspects and the self-defense aspects. One does not necessarily work with the other (there is going to be crossover but do you want to bet your life on it?).

The more time you spend on things like this the less time you need to refresh it later in the game. What? Oh, that means if you dedicate the time and effort up front learning, practicing and gaining experience the less time you need to spend refreshing it. Let me explain, if you spend adequate time for say about five years learning well your self-defense system then you could actually visit the dojo once or twice a week to keep up with what you know and keep it fresh. This means your not trying to add anything but is dependent on your establishing a solid system that works for you. If you want to add things or teach then you need to remain diligent and frequent in practice and training. 

I mean this to qualify that if your not a martial artist dedicated to your practice, system and growing knowledge, etc. then you don't have to spend all your time in the dojo to keep your SD aspects fresh. If you want to practice for life, continue to add to your repertoire and teach others then you have to spend the time and dedication of open-minded practice, training and applications to remain fresh. 

Make sense?

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