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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Technical Characters/ideograms

These are characters/ideograms that are created from a specialized form, such as martial arts, for use strictly within the limits of the particular activity. This explains why many find that even when asking a Japanese and/or Okinawan you get puzzled expressions. They, these specialized characters/ideograms and terms associated with tend to be meaningless to anyone outside of that specialized field. These terms with their characters/ideograms are used in such a narrow field that they cannot be considered as playing a main part in the mainstream communications of the culture where they originate. 

My book, soon to be self-published, “Martial Systems Philosophical Japanese Terminologies” has many such terms with associated characters/ideograms to convey more or less philosophical meanings used in teaching and practicing martial systems such as “Karate.” These terms are specialized and have applied meaning that is exclusive to martial arts - in general. 

The meanings that are defined by direct translations through many defining sites of characters/ideograms tend to have more mundane meaning when used in normal conversations and/or writings. This is the reason for the eBook, to define and explain such differences so one can learn and expand their knowledge toward this particular discipline, martial arts. 

Here is an example:

Jiga [自我]

The characters/ideograms mean, "Self; the ego." The first character means, "Oneself," the second character means, "ego; I; selfish; our; oneself." The best I can recommend to begin this term, character or ideogram is to go to my main karate goshin-do site and type in ego and begin reading.

Ego in a nutshell is what is termed in martial arts or self defense environments as the "monkey brain" taking charge and leading males around by an appendage doing things that result in harm to oneself that would include injury or death, legal situations both criminal and civil, lots of possible medical costs and long term psychological difficulties. To name but a few...

If I had to give one or two words as to the cause of most conflicts and violence it would be "ego" and "pride (Hokori: 誇りor Kenkyo Hokori: 謙虚誇り)." If you take time to actually consider, contemplate and shot holes into your views and beliefs about things that hurt your pride or cause you ego to flare up you will discover that the injuries received to ego and pride are not ones that you can actually "take a picture of" to show damage.

My personal belief is if it cannot cause damage that incurs medical costs and can be photographed then it ain't worth the costs and ramifications if you go to town on someone who "dissed you."

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