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

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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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Kaso Dojo [仮想道場]

The characters/ideograms mean "virtual training hall." The first two characters mean "imagination; supposition; virtual; potential (enemy)." The first character means, "sham; temporary; interim; assumed (name); informal," the second character means, "concept; think; idea; thought." The second two characters mean "dojo (hall used for martial arts training)." The first character means, "road-way; street; district; journey; course; moral; teachings," the second character means, "location; place." 

Kaso dojo or the virtual dojo is a modern concept where one learns a martial art vis electronic means, i.e. the Internet and a personal computer along with other materials such as books, video's, youtube clips, emails, etc. 

In my humble opinion, although the idea and concept is modern and follows the path of many educational institutes including Universities this is not possible with a mostly physical endeavor like karate, etc. where one must rely on their system, style or art for self-defense. It is also not conducive to the sport oriented martial arts either. Would you go into the cage with only virtual learning in your pocket? 

There are far to many aspects and contexts within martial systems that require a hands-on approach. Many things are learned through touch, tactile sensitivities, and can not be learned any other way. 

Virtual learning on an academic model, i.e. history and information about the more esoteric teachings, can be learned this way but karate, aikido, kendo, judo, etc. cannot be properly taught and learned via this method. As to usefulness as a resource to martial artists it, like books, videos and other articles, etc., it can be invaluable to the professional for references, etc. 

Even a very experienced martial artists can not adequately learn the nuances of a system that is outside their core system of practice and training. It also requires one of greater experience in a core system before they can benefit from this type of training and even then must attend, in person for hands on adjustments, a dojo proper and a sensei proper. 

I humbly submit that this type of training without many caveats is just another McDojo effort to get your money. I regret having to say this as there are some excellent practitioners who have jumped on this wagon to ride the gravy train to more income. 

I believe many of those who use this venue to teach will argue the point vehemently but I have yet to run into anyone who has trained as a novice by this method to have actually learned a martial art - just some dancing around type stuff with no substance. Yet, I will admit that for someone with exceptional talent is MIGHT be possible but my doubts are still present and screaming to me, "No way!"

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