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.

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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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Educational Karate

Kyoiku Karate [教育空手]

The characters/ideograms mean, “Educational karate.” The first character means, “Teach; faith; doctrine,” the second character means, “bring up; grow up; raise; rear,” the third character means, “empty; sky; void; vacant; vacuum,” the fourth character means, “hand.” 

This term describes modern karate today. It also denotes the type of karate that was instituted into the educational systems of Okinawa in the late 1800s, with the official date of around 1905 for full implementation. 

Much like the Japanese jujitsu, etc., when first recommended to the educational system and as many of the karate-ka understand today contained unacceptable and perceived dangerous aspects so it was recommended they be “watered down (my phrase)” to suit the needs of the educational system. 

It is now known that karate was not intended to be a combative system but rather an introduction to additional martial arts training, specifically martial arts weapons - of the times. There was no direct intention, in training and practice, to have anything other than kata as the mainstay of the training model. It incorporated two man kata drill type training and practices but what we use today, kumite or sparring freestyle, didn’t exist. It is not to say that it was not used, in some form, for self-defense but as to it's training and practice intention, not. 

In the end this pretty much means that most karate today is actually practiced, in the modern traditional model, the way it originally was intended with modifications to make it an educational karate for the school systems, i.e., on Okinawan the Shuri Middle School - where the educational karate began. 

This is going to rankle some who are dedicated to achieving a more “traditional or classical” form of karate with hints toward combatives, etc., but that is just not accurate. It doesn’t mean a person cannot work toward making their karate a combative but the ingredients to achieve such a lofty goal tend to violate what is truly realist training toward defense against violence. 

Reading this short topic should not be misconstrued as derogatory to the practice of karate but rather a note as to its original purpose especially toward its intended purpose in the educational system of Okinawa, i.e., educational karate. 

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Quast, Andreas. "Karate 1.0: Parameter of an Ancient Martial Art." Lulu Publishing (Self-published). December 2013.

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