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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Drills or Kumite

The fundamental purpose of drills, i.e. paired practice using kata, etc., is to learn the fundamental principles of martial systems so when the time comes to actually apply technique in self-defense the practitioner will have encoded the principles as applied in karate. This is why this type of training is fundamental or basic to martial arts, i.e. it is a primer to learn said principles so they will be available to the lizard brain when a less basic training and practice are started. The kumite drills help to teach the student about control, natural action, reflexive action, breathing (breathing is often just assumed when it should be a stronger focus in martial arts), posture, spinal alignment, axis - both major and minor, structure. heaviness and relaxation, wave energy, centeredness, triangulation points, body-mind cohesion, etc., void as it applies in a physical sense, centripetal and centrifugal force, sequential locking and relaxation (this is a beginning of the chinkuchi effect), peripheral vision, tactile sensitivity, and rooting. 

There are more principles involved but many of those are incorporated once the fundamentals or basics of martial systems are ingrained and encoded into the mind-state, i.e. where the instinct allows the lizard brain to draw from them to apply as needed in self-defense. 

There are some assumptions as well that while learning through basics, kata and kumite (includes drills) that one has gained the knowledge in proper application of martial arts if studied for self-defense. As a combative art form it is understood that combative is a step above fighting and both are illegal in our modern society. There are specifics that must be understood so that when studying a martial art as a means of self-defense that are complicated and often convoluted. The Sensei will recommend materials that must be studied so when the time arrives later it can be applied in proper training and practice.

Drills, kumite and kata must also be understood are NOT means to self-defense directly but tools to get a martial artist to that end goal. There are avenues that must be taken in order to make it work in reality as martial arts training alone will always fail unless the other connections are made and encoded. An example is training to handle the stress induced adrenal chemical effects that violence, etc. will cause. Another example is understanding force decisions, the legal ramifications and the emotional and economic results of self-defense and fighting (when SD crosses the line into fighting, etc).

Remember that kumite or drills are merely that stepping stone one steps across to move from inexperience toward actual self-defense and its applications. As an art form outside of SD, etc., it is still a stepping stone from the model of “shu-ha-ri and/or shin-gi-tai” concepts that all martial artists must learn regardless. 

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