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.

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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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Stretching - to stretch or not to stretch?

“ … Not only does stretching NOT warm your body and prepare it for exercise, but it can be harmful.” - The Maffetone Method by Dr. Philip Maffetone

Stretching as to its benefit is very controversial. It is understood that stretching for most who exercise are not necessary for proper warm up and cool down. The only time stretching is necessary is for those disciplines that require a greater range of motion like dancers and apparently martial artists. The critical part here is that stretching requires a substantial commitment to time. It is also said that of the two types of stretching, i.e., ballistic vs. static, that static be used and ballistic be avoided. In addition, professionals, want those who stretch to understand that according to some studies it can be demonstrated that increased flexibility through stretching produces more injuries. 

This brings up the question for martial disciplines that use stretching, is it necessary. My perception is that stretching is not necessary but warming up and cooling down is - regarding health, fitness and the prevention of unnecessary injuries. My perception as to martial disciplines regarding a need for greater range of motion is - it ain’t necessary for self-defense or combatives or even fighting. Most stretching involves, in martial disciplines, higher kicks when in reality as to its realistic applications in SD, etc., is the higher kicks are not necessary or even recommended. 

If one trains properly and one warm’s up and cool’s down properly along with health and fitness levels then injuries are vastly reduced and even when they occur the recuperation and healing time is reduced. In a real SD situation in the only part that leaves physical application will not require one be stretched out to prevent debilitating injuries. Granted, in a violent conflict one does not have time to warm up and cool down properly but all the training will still make for “Muscle memory” so when the body is taxed to that extent the injuries and recovery will be better. 

Isn’t it interesting just how much of what we “Thought” was good exercise actually ends up be detrimental to our fitness and health. One reason I appreciate it when I get recommendations for things to study like the recent recommendation for the book, “The Maffetone Method,” as it has provided “Food for thought” regarding how I train and practice. 


Maffetone, Philip Dr. “The Maffetone Method: The Holistic, Low-stress, No-Pain Way to Exceptional Fitness.” McGraw Hill, New York. 2000.

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