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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The small, precise, or trivial details of something. Oh how we in martial arts tend toward minutiae. It builds up our base toward filling in all the empty spaces between learning actual martial arts. Yet, it is also part and parcel of learning. You have to have some baseline of knowledge to understand knowledge. It is like learning to read and write for to not have that capability means you lose a lot of knowledge that leads to understanding that leads to mastery.

What happens is martial artists get lost in the minutiae of martial arts. They get so caught up in the details they forget about what is actually the essence of martial arts. It is a bit like when someone I know asked the bird doctore, "What about the pink of the beak?" and the response was, "don't get caught up in the minutiae but rather look at the whole bird, i.e. the body language, etc. to see the whole health." 

Martial arts are like that where you use minutiae to gain knowledge but then you let it go so it sits in the mind ready to be mixed, matched and made into a whole idea or bit of knowledge that does not hold you fast to just one simple leaf of the tree of knowledge but allows you to see the whole tree itself with all that knowledge has to offer. 

Minutiae, trivia, is fun and gives us things to do between - between training and practice on the dojo floor. Like writhing this blog post, it gives me a topic to speak on and to add to other things to make sure I remain grounded. It also allows me to explore the universe that is martial arts while maintaining my perspective so I can apply things holistically and wholeheartedly. 

All knowledge from the moment you are born to the day you lay to rest is an accumulation of bits and pieces that float in the mind ready to be put to good use either singularly or in a societal gathering of things that make an idea that can be an action appropriate to the moment. 

Use minutiae as a tool to gain mastery of the whole that is martial arts. Remember that there are many, many things that come before, with and after the fist. The fist alone is not enough. 

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