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.

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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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Focusing on Techniques

" ... concepts are more important than specific techniques." - Peyton Quinn

Focusing on techniques is the mainstay of many martial arts self-defense courses, i.e. a focus on specific techniques in response to specific attack techniques. I know this to be true because my introduction to SD in a martial art was the same focus. I thought, at the time, that this was way cool and I was learning a lot about self-defense - I was completely and utterly wrong. 

As Peyton Quinn tells us concepts are more important. Once I gained the understanding of what violence is and what self-defense is I came to understand that to achieve self-defense I had to take a different perspective and approach to it. It is a hard road to travel because many will have to let go of those specificities  and take a look at the concepts that go into defense of violence. This is very difficult and may be the reason why so many self-defense courses tend toward the "easy route" to self-defense. When it involves teaching folks who in all likelihood will never need it then it flourishes. 

Many of the issues I have with the dogma of leaning my system of karate with all its drills, etc. is they are remnants of the past (in the day when Ti or Toudi existed many of the encounters were more of a challenge between villages, dueling for honor, etc. so these may have been excellent methods of learning and teaching) and are excellent introductions but fail to carry the ball to the gaol posts for self-defense. These systems of SD in my system of karate are good fillers and have excellent benefits but those benefits are outside of the self-defense realm. These fillers give the teacher fodder for the cannons that are used to blast you with requirements for advancement and grading (by the way which mean money for commercial training facilities). 

It takes a lot of courage to venture outside this static and inefficient method of teaching self-defense. To seek out those concepts that promote knowing and understanding violence (read Rory Miller and Marc MacYoung on the Internet and in books) and self-defense concepts (read the materials by Rory Miller, Marc MacYoung, Wim Demeere, Alain Burrese, Peyton Quinn, etc. - my list of recommendations) to gain the knowledge to seek out self-defense that will work for you as well as supplement your teachings if you teach SD. 

It is ok to learn all these things in martial arts yet when labeling them as self-defense it is important, actually critical, that one learn what self-defense is and how is can be applied to your martial system because many of them just don't carry the weight necessary for defense. 

Look to the right for links to many of the resources I believe are useful in self-defense and martial arts. 

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