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

WARNING, CAVEAT AND NOTE

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



“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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Shadowing (from a fictional series I am currently reading)


This term I have taken liberties with as to meaning. Yes, it means shadow or in my interpretation "to shadow." The shadowing model is one whereby a practitioner shadows a person who they wish to emulate, to learn from and to guide them in an endeavor such as martial arts. It is another way to convey the importance of the sensei-deshi, senpai-kohai, and tori-uke relationship. 

A shadow is a silhouette of the person being shadowed. It is a part of that person and makes the relationship one of importance. It is that something one assumes when they acknowledge the presence of the shadow. It is and will be a reflection on that persons efforts to teach, lead and guide in martial arts where the potential brutality of the discipline can be either for good or for evil. 

To be a persons shadow, shadowing, is be be in such a close proximity that they will detect everything the person has to offer making the person with the shadow assuming a responsibility that is immense. Immense in that the person is helping the shadow to shape and build themselves into something unique to the shadow, to shed light upon themselves through the teachings and efforts of the person they shadow not to become a mirror image of that person but the use the guidance to build a personal philosophy and moral system that will change the shadow so they become a person who another might wish to shadow. 

A shadow is to follow and observe someone very, very closely. It can be likened to that deshi of old Japan martial systems who becomes sensei's personal person not only learning the art but working as the sensei's personal attendant. A deshi or uchi-deshi [] who is sensei's "inside student." A live-ion who trains under and assists sensei on a full time basis. The uchi-deshi system existed in ancient Japanese arts such as kabuki, rakugo, shogi, aikido, sumo, and karate as well as other more modern Japanese martial arts. 

The shadow, although not actually as complete as the uchi-deshi, still provides a similar relationship that benefits both the person and the shadow. It is a symbiotic relationship where one both grows as one due to the mutual influences they exact upon one another. It is a system that allows the sensei to keep growing toward enlightenment while the shadow learns how to take that path within and upon themselves with a goal of achieving their own path unique to their own cultural beliefs, etc. 

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