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.

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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


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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)

“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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Commercialized Karate (non-budo forms)

Recently I read a quote by Zenshu Toyama Sensei that seemed, to me, to epitomize most commercial martial arts schools. This is not a post regarding all non-budo and/or sport oriented martial systems but it does speak to a majority in my perceptions. This could be a classification of many of the sport oriented efforts with martial arts as well. This is just my opinion and from what I have witnessed around me in this regard I tend to think it is true. The quote, "They are not interested in the depth of karate, just its physical appearances. To study traditional karate means, to go deeper into its mysteries and not just deal with superficial aspects." 

Then I started to think about all the times I have written on the subject of true martial systems like karate I read another quote by the same sensei that kind of gives a pretty solid reasoning as to why one would, could and should pursue a more traditional and classical form of martial system. The quote, "A true karate-ka strives for years to perfect his ability and character by long and hard trainings; someone to respect and admire; a person who is of value to the society in which he lives." 

Then finally the same sensei puts forth his personal view of the sport karate, the quote, "When a fighting art becomes a sport there are always moral and cultural consequences." 

All tho not all encompassing as to addressing all the pertinent issues regarding non-budo type martial systems it does speak well to a systemic problem with martial arts in general. This problem has flourished due to simple supply and demand. There is nothing wrong with all the forms of martial arts but the distinction is important to my views. 

Like self-defense through martial arts. It is important to distinguish between things that are real self-defense from those things that do more to promote a product and increase revenue because when the need for self-defense hits you in the face you really want what your doing to work for you. It isn't like playing football where life and death are not in play and not like the legal, civil and psychological ramifications are in real self-defense. Making sure practitioners are aware then begins to make sense. 

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