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 Ancient Law

The ancient law according to the writings of Musashi Miyamoto, the sword saint, "Hole literary skills in your left hand, martial skills in your right." If the legends are even half true then Musashi started out an ignorant person with the innate skill for fighting. It was his efforts over the years as influenced by others that he sought out knowledge. 

Musashi did seek out the study of ancient classics, etc. according to one legend or story. Considering the art and writings he supposedly left behind this seems valid. His search for knowledge in both strategies and martial skill with the sword balanced his efforts out in a way that left no room for defeat in duels. 

It comes up in other areas of study that the true essence of any discipline, no more so in martial disciplines, that finding balance between the skills of the discipline and the academia or literary skills to make the person well-rounded dominate a sense of balance as in nature, the universe and ourselves. Even today, the coupling of knowledge of the mind along with knowledge or experience of the body make for a well-rounded, solid martial practitioner or any discipline for that matter. 

Even in my system of Okinawan Isshinryu the Isshinryu no Megami holding a fist and open hand represent the duality of knowledge and skill. You could theorize through Tatsuo-san's studies of the classics that he may have also meant it to symbolize holding in the open left hand the search for knowledge through the development of literary skills while the right fist held high to symbolize the grasping of physical ability to carry us through life's struggles, trials and tribulations. 

The I Ching is about dualism and almost every aspect of martial systems is about dualism. To strike with one hand requires the other to be at the opposite or cocked position. We walk with balance due to the dual swing of the arms, one to the front while the other to the rear, etc. so as taught in the studies of the I Ching and other classics there is duality that requires balance to remain active. Unbalance or imbalance is a disruption to the overall balance of life causing rough seas as we row toward our goals and destinations. 

This is something to study, literary skills development, and to keep close to our martial hearts to achieve balance - the true secret to martial skills. 

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