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.

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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


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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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Drills, only the beginning …..

As with most karate practitioners tend to remain within the  basics. Drills are one of those fundamental practices that tend to teach then stagnate the practitioners progress toward mastery. You might be saying about now, “This guy is full of crap.” Regardless, stay with me and you will see what I am saying about drills.

Drills are like kata. They tend to have a pattern, a rhythm and cadence when performed at the initial stage. What happens when a person has ingrained the drill they are then able to “predict” the next move. They become conditioned to that pattern, rhythm and cadence. Fighting and combat are not fought in such a set routine. Drills, like kata, are meant to get your mind wrapped around the fundamental principles of martial arts along with creating the knowledge and experience that you mind uses to extract appropriate actions in a fight or combat. 

In order to create that mind-state where chaos is countered with chaos from your mind, i.e. the mind is able to separate every move you make into a atomistic encoded action that when chaos is encountered your mind instantly extracts those atomistic actions and inter-connects them into appropriate actions. Using drills and kata encode a variety of techniques into those patters, rhythms and cadences that then have to be blown apart into minute individual actions that are distinctly separate but capable of being blended instinctually into one thing or a combination of things. 

By remaining within the drill and kata’s set patterns, rhythms and cadences you fall into a false sense of confidence and this means you rely heavily on them to do the job when in actuality you need to forget those techniques at the conscious level and focus on bringing them out through your strategies and tactics. Strategies and tactics should NOT be about specific techniques against specific attacks but a goal, if you will, that you have a plan to accomplish by means of any and all encoded actions that are created through drills and kata. Drills and kata that lose their connectivity so that you can create, on the fly, any and all appropriate atomistic actions of any technique or techniques necessary to find safety from damage. 

Let the strategies and tactics as they form from the conflict encountered so that you create individually creative actions in response whether they are actions that provide avoidance or actions that provide action against the conflict. 

Drills are great but breaking the drills and kata are the next step in the evolution toward expertise, efficiency and ability to apply you strategies and tactics as appropriate to any given moment. This is the tuff part, this is the way of the martial arts, this is how we travel through the stages of “shu-HA-RI!”

Hint: after you begin to master the kata and drills have your uke improvise within the two-person kata practice and the two-person drills. If you have several distinctly different drills like separate kata then you can make sure the technique or tactic used when uke improvises is independently chosen, in the moment, to respond. Make this a part of your training “after” you have encoded your kata and drills. This process will require your human, thinking, brain until it becomes natural and instinctive taking that slow human thinking brain out of the equation. It is like looking first directly at something then learning to naturally detect that something using your peripheral vision. The peripheral vision takes the slower direct vision out of the equation allowing the mind and body to act quicker. Same principle. 

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