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.

“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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The Importance of Diet

Diet meaning the “fuel” you provide your body so it operates. What you put in you body counts. It is what I believe leads to most of the physical issues we all endure in our lives. Not saying that I am perfect in my diet but I try really hard. Some times I just give myself a bonus when I feel good about things. I also do this so I am not totally deprived of the fun stuff in life. 

First, I work diligently to keep away from animal based foods. If I do a meat I try for turkey or chicken and work to keep that consumption at a minimum. Mostly I do well. 

Second, I enjoy and try to eat proteins from a plant based diet with beans and legumes. The specifics here are not important but trying to stay with a plant based diet is. 

Third, when make my lunches for the week I tend to use Salmon that is wild caught and from a can. It usually has every single part of the fish including bones. I put it all into my lunch fixings.

I also eat a lot of fruit when I can. I like at a minimum an apple a day at mid morning breaks. I supplement with other health oriented foods that are not animal based. 

This is fundamentally what I consume at lunches during the week then on weekends my wife and I create simple meals. Now, I readily admit I stray especially when out with friends or when guests come to stay. 

One four day weekend my brother and his son visited so we enjoyed good restaurant food. Restaurant food is not as healthy as some might think. If you read the book, “The End of Over Eating,” you will get a sense of what this means. Regardless, health also comes from connectivity with others, to a point says the introvert in me, so eating out has other non-diet healthy aspects. 

Below are three photo’s of my concoction for lunches. There is mustard, some spices, a variety of vegi’s, salmon, etc. along with Olive Oil, vinegar, etc. added. The flavoring is changing but often I put in spicy like peppers, i.e. jalapeño, etc. to really put in a hot flavor.   

Eating the correct foods means maximizing your health and fitness both short term as to energy and power and long term toward a healthy, fit and better body capable of handling the rigors of life as well as training and practice. 

Finally, I work diligently to remove as much of the “sugar, fat and salt,” from my diet. I believe it is what you do most of the time so the periodic strays are not too bad and are a mental health thing. But to avoid these three to me are important as I firmly believe these are the bane of health issues as well as the health system we live with. 

The close up of my concoction.

In the mixing bowl

Four health days of lunch :-)

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