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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Mastery Does Not Exist

You can be an expert on something but mastery? Mastery is not possible. Why not? Because to have mastery you have to know everything about everything. Can you have mastery of one discipline? No, because mastery of one discipline means you have to know everything about that one thing. 

No one thing stands alone much like the old adage no man is an island. Even one discipline has many parts and each part to be mastered means you must know everything about those things. It becomes exponential in nature. 

In addition the minute you feel you know everything about one thing the click of the moment passes into the next moment and some part of that thing changes with the moment ergo meaning we have not attained mastery.

Even an expert must continually seek out more to add to there current level of knowledge. Both expertise and mastery require something that does not exist. Proficiency may be the real ticket here in this some what philosophical discussion but then again proficiency requires an ongoing and continual process of acquisition of knowledge and experience. 

To attain and remain proficient and an expert or to have mastery is fluid and never ending and that brings me to the quote: "If there is nothing to learn because we know it all, what is the challenge, why would the effort matter, what would be the point?"

Leaning never ends and to be an expert or to have mastery means you have reached the end but that can't be true because life itself is an ongoing event until death and in some belief systems death is not the end either. 

Maybe this is why the actual definitions used in such terms are also not complete but fluid with dependence on such things as the present moment, understanding, knowledge, perceptions, culture and beliefs that also shift and shimmer with the moment. 

An expert has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of and/or skill in a particular area. Mastery is the comprehensive knowledge and/or skill in a subject or accomplishment. Neither of these really denoted a one particular view as to what an expert or master actually is and knows. It leaves a lot of room open to interpretation. At what level of knowledge or skill means you are an expert or master? Does it mean of all those who practice in a discipline that you have achieved levels of knowledge and skill that far exceeds all others? How can you prove this? 

I guess philosophers and scientists have tried to answer such questions since the beginning of time. 

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