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


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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Hard-to-Soft/Soft-to-Hard Maxim - Amended

In my postings I have made reference to the “soft-to-hard:hard-to-soft” maxim. Simply quoted, “Lastly, I also feel it signifies the maxim of soft-to-hard:hard-to-soft applications. I believe this is symbolized because it provides a maxim that applies to all technique applications depending on the targeting. A punch involves the closed fist and punching with the fore-knuckles, i.e. karate punch, and a strike involves the open hand such as a slap to the head, an open handed back hand to the face, or the use of the open hand, the elbow, the forearm or both elbow and forearm. The soft-to-hard:hard-to-soft maxim means use a hard, fist, against soft targets; a soft, strike/slap, against hard targets.”

Thanks to the article/post by Wim Demeere at his blog by the same title/name clears the air of any inferences that this maxim is all encompassing as it sounds. ( It is kind of inferred in its presentation that this is the end all of striking with the hands against human targets, i.e. head vs. stomach, etc. It is not, there are many more aspects to this maxim that are not really apparent when reading such short/terse explanations of such things.

First, nothing in print is ever complete and comprehensive, there is always “more to the story.” What most postings are about is information you may not have that “requires” additional explanation. Postings do a good job but often for the sake of brevity and ease of reading (actually, to get most humans to read at all they need to perceive that it will be short and sweet and interesting before they will attempt to read it) tend to be short, terse and incomplete. 

Anyway, when I talk, speak or write about this maxim it must be understood, similar to the principles of martial systems, that there are more factors to this maxim than simply hit to hard with soft and hit to soft with hard. Like Yin-Yang, that concept and symbol are far more complex then simply stating they are opposites such as Hard is the opposite to Soft, it ain’t all that simple and neither is the hard-to-soft/soft-to-hard maxim.

Other factors are:

Your own body, i.e. your mass, your bone structure, the bone density, your ability to align and attain correct structure, the strength of the muscles-bones-tendons-cartilage, etc. along with body conditioning. 

Your mind, as in the extent and detail of your instruction, practice, and ability to apply said training into applications under the roof of things like level of force, violence and the conflict along with all the physical and chemical effects triggered by fear, anger and the level of danger, etc.  

There there are more minute details such as the bone structure of the tool that will apply the technique. Take the hand, since most will directly assume that this model applies to the hands for striking, etc., for instance. The hand bone structure and ability to make a fist, etc. also have an impact on whether you strike with the fist or open hand. As in boxing, the hands ability to clench and make a fist (there are several forms of the fists in martial arts alluded to in regards to how it is applied and to what target, etc.) determines whether it will either resist breaking or break when applied to targets that are hard such as the head or say the shin with a double fist block used as bunkai in karate (oh, by the way, my interpretation of that block is not to stop a kick and that bunkai changes the dynamics of this example). 

Then we can discuss those details that are explained in Wim Demeere’s article on this subject, i.e. “the types of impact; the target of the strike, punch, etc.; the angle of that attack along with the applied strike, etc.; the person or adversaries body type; and finally the type of martial art or self-defense system.

In addition I also attribute this maxim to the completeness and proper application of the fundamental principles of the martial arts, i.e., those major principles of “Theory, Physiokinetics, Technique and Philosophy.” Also as example, sub-principles of say physiokinetics such as “breathing, posture, centerline, alignment, structure, body-mind, centripetal/centrifugal forces, sequential locking/unlocking, etc.”

Martial Arts/Karate are not simple and easy disciplines to teach, learn or explain - especially in written forms. They are simply complex systems that take time, energy and dedication to learn, train and apply. Any maxim explained should be assumed to be simplistic for the nature of postings and articles so that the reader can explore, experiment and get further guidance from more experienced sources to “get the rest of the story.” 

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