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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Yuki [勇氣]

The characters/ideograms mean "brave; courage; heroic." The first character means, "courage; cheer up; be in hight spirits; bravery; heroism," the second character means, "spirit; mind; air; atmosphere; mood." 

One of the seven virtues of the bushido code. Courage is something that permeates all social tribal groups. It is necessary for survival. It is often, in the west, described as an ability to do something that caused fear. It is considered a strength of moral character when one has to face fear, pain or grief (danger, uncertainty, intimidation, hardship, death, etc.). 

It is that ability that allows a human to act rightly in the face of opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement. It is doing the right thing, regardless. It is an intestinal fortitude that allows one to act against all odds, against instincts, and against common oppositions. 

Courage is a complex trait that is perceived differently by each individual and group regardless of the accepted definitions already provided. How one perceives courage and what it takes to have courage is difficult. No where does courage become evident then in the professions of the military and civil disciplines, i.e. police, corrections, fire, medical, etc.

Courage is used indiscriminately to mean many things but is not often perceived as it is meant to be. Courage is one thing that is misconceived by television, movies and other publications such as books and magazines.  What may seem like courage may not be while what may be seen as cowardice is actually courage. 

The use of courage can often move one into conflict when it is attached to misconceptions and misinformation along side both ego and pride as perceived by the group or tribe. Discerning true courage over other concepts is difficult at the best of times. 

Many sound bits are attributed to the concept and trait of courage but few actually understand it enough to see, feel or act with courage. Misconceptions often lead to bad actions. 

It is imperative, especially those who desire to work in such professions, to know and understand courage and to foster it as a part of training and practice. Fear is a tool that is best used to foster courage so actions of an appropriate nature can be trained and applied in any given situation. Fear does not come from courage or a lack thereof but rather the fortitude to train and practice to use fear as a fuel for courage in doing the right things. 

"For I fancy that I do know the nature of courage; but, somehow or other, she has slipped away from me, and I cannot get hold of her and tell her nature." - Plato

"It is hard to be brave. It is hard to know what bravery is." - Tim O'Brien, If I Die in a Combat Zone

"The man's try must be wholehearted by some objective standard, not that kind of 'nice try' that can barely be uttered without contempt unless to encourage a child." - William Ian Miller, The Mystery of Courage

I think that courage is a very individual thing that must be defined by that individual and that individual alone. The obfuscation of definition warrants such a view for one cannot allow others to push their interpretations upon them. Courage is not some simple thing that can be labeled, although I try, and passed around to all human beings. It must be that something that supports not only the individual but the tribe to which that individual belongs as a part of the survival of human beings. 

The level of severity to that which I define dictates courage to me. To assume some simple action of every day life denotes courage is to lessen courage as a whole. The one thing courage dictates is some action that overcomes an adversity mostly within the mind and body of the individual. It is to overcome for the betterment of the individual and to overcome adversity for the good of the whole. The degree is fluid and to the moment. It changes as do the tides of the ocean and the phases of the moon as well as the changes of seasons. 

Courage is not just one thing. There is a courage for offensive actions while another for defensive. The many things that take courage require different types of courage so to be just as complex and convoluted as the system of self-defense and violence of which there are many publications and teachings. What we require to face an enemy in combat vs. facing an adversary in a civil police scenario; from storing a castle to fighting a fire; from security at a pub to security of a position in war. Many, many facets that are courage and still an individual thing.

"Courage is a gray virtue, equally serviceable for both good and bad causes." - William Ian Miller, The Mystery of Courage

It might be said that courage for the individual shall be the capability to recognize your courage and have confidence in its summon-ability. If you don't know what it is for you and you cannot recognize it so it can be summoned in the worst of times then how can one summon the courage to act accordingly? 

Miller, William Ian. "The Mystery of Courage." Harvard University Press. Cambridge. 2002.

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