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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


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Testing Techniques or Demonstrating Techniques

As I review many explanations and demonstrations as to why a technique in karate works or does not work, why one way of doing something is better than another I tend to think about how they are testing out that hypothesis.

Where I start to question is the tests are often not based on real life encounters or reality based training but on some sort of physics oriented thinking. 

It seems to me that if either or of the tests used to explain and validate some specific is much like a scientific test model that may or may not be based or tested on reality.

It is similar to the training and schools I attended in both my military career and my civilian civil service career with the Navy. Often those training models were more about providing fundamental knowledge necessary to get your foot in the door but reality was often very different once you began you "on the job" training in the discipline.

I believe and found this to be true for most martial arts training and validations for what was being taught. Some times what was being taught or explained seemed true but when actual reality hits the validations more often than not failed in the heat of a violent encounter.

Now, learning mechanics or rather principles with emphasis on physiokinetics and techniques is important but one feature that may be lost with teachings not based on actual experience in fighting or combatives is that adjustment necessary to make them work.

Working out theories are great. It can be a part of the scientific method often used to find out if a hypothesis is true or not true but until you test that same hypothesis with reality it is just another fun feature of working out and training. 

I have noticed when the chaos of fighting is applied with two individuals that such things end up out the door for more instinctive and natural actions and reactions. Granted, continuous and diligent training can overcome and encode karate into a more natural and instinctive action/reaction but without the full spectrum of working and testing techniques, etc. with reality and that means violence and those chemical reactions of fear and anger will not come to a full, complete and valid conclusion as to what works and what does not work. 

Study just that part that speaks toward the "adrenaline dump" and its adverse affects to see how it is possible that all the testing and discovery of how pivoting on a heel vs. a ball of foot needs more than a preprogrammed patterned test but one that involves as many variables as possible to see and test workability of a technique.

Then again, once something is validated it is imperative to release the specifics and go back toward a more holistic application, etc.

See, as this discussion continues the complexities just build and it is also important not to be consumed or fooled by either the quantity and complexities of things or the validity of a less the full analysis of any given technique, techniques and combinations, etc.

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