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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Why are stances so important? Why are body mechanics, i.e. proper alignment, breathing, centerline, spinal alignment, limb alignment, structure, etc.? When I think of martial arts today I tend to think of what they can teach us for self-defense. You have read my posts lately and may feel I don't think MA contributes a lot, modern or traditional, to self-defense, i.e. techniques that are more inclined toward sport or as Rory Miller quoted "dueling." That is not true because the one major thing that martial arts contributes toward our ability to defend and avoid are things such as the above mention physiokinetic aspects and lets not forget those theories and philosophical teachings (think mind-set here).

Back to stance and body alignment, structure, etc. Let me quote from the fundamental principles of martial systems. "A properly aligned punch will take our own joints to a constructively 'locked' position, removing enough slack to create the stability required to deliver force." 

This is just one aspect of what it takes to learn a martial system and these benefits as explained here and in the fundamental principles of martial systems are those things that contribute a great deal toward avoidance and self-defense.

Avoidance comes from the philosophical teachings that create a mind-set similar to what the military create in a mind-set that allows them to be what they can be in defense of our country and way of life. Similar is important here because although the essence is the same the strategies and tactics are different. Avoidance comes from the control you learn in martial arts. It is training the mind to stay in the moment leaving conscious thought outside allowing you to see, hear and do things that will not exacerbate a conflict. It is leaning about applying things properly. It is about learning to see all aspects of violence and recognizing when your mind is dropping into ego pride driven monkey crud. It is leaning to recognize that face is important and that allowing an out allows us to avoid. It is learning that pride and ego are dangerous in a conflict and that letting go is important to avoidance. It is learning the in's and out's of violence in all its forms so you can recognize and deal with it appropriately. It provides you fundamental methods to deal with stress and chemical releases of the body and mind. This and that and so much more provided the training and practice are appropriate to self-defense.

It teaches you the things you use to supplement reality based self-defense training even if it is not truly a self-defense system, i.e. once the conflict goes physical. The disparities between modern martial systems and self-defense are there and should be understood. This would allow you to achieve many things without mixing it all up. 

The self-discipline, self-control and self-confidence attained through martial arts training and practice go a long way toward creating the same in life even if you don't need self-defense. Well worth the journey and lets not forget the health, fitness and well-being that comes from martial arts properly taught, trained and practiced. 

1 comment:

Sue Wharton said...

A nice summary of the benefits of MA training. It's important for traditional martial artists not to be knocked off the path by the reality based guys. They may have some insights to teach us but then we have many things to teach them too. Stay true!