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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Relevance and Context

Caveat: this post is my interpretation of readings and studies therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. It is highly recommended one fact check the data for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter.  

Relevance: means "important to the matter at hand.”; means "important to the matter at hand.”; the ability (as of an information retrieval system) to retrieve material that satisfies the needs of the user …

Context: the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed.; the parts of something written or spoken that immediately precede and follow a word or passage and clarify its meaning.; the parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow a specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect; the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc.; the parts of a piece of writing, speech, etc, that precede and follow a word or passage and contribute to its full meaning: it is unfair to quote out of context; the conditions and circumstances that are relevant to an event, fact, etc.

the trouble with tribbles, i.e. the trouble with most posts concern the context and the relevance of that post as it applies to that context. In other words most postings, including mine, tend to take a quote from an article then post on that quote and that quote may or may not represent the entire article. This leads to an infinite loop that is self-generating similar to the conundrum of which came first, “The Chicken or the Egg.” 

When I remember I try to let the reader know that what I am posting regards the quote or terms or article that is often quoted or referenced in a bibliography and therefore have or has noting to do with that author or his or her posting or article. Often, mostly, it is about the exact quote taken on its own merit, alone and separate from the source material derived from for my posts, articles and mindless meanderings. 

Until the context is fully understood and until any comments, quotes or renderings are contextually connected and accurate the war on words will continue round and round and round we go, like an infinite loop. 

In my view, almost all arguments in the martial community comes from the human pension to stop immediately when they read or hear a comment, usually out of context to the relevance of the entire discussion, so they can immediately take control, a hierarchical and status type thing, and express their opinions on that one small thread that usually is not about the topic of the discussion. It is a monkey dance we all lean heavily toward and why “Active Listening” is such an important trait to develop. We all do it, not actively listen but jump as soon as our Monkey mind perceives something emotional and irrelevant to the context and relevance of any discussion be it spoken or written. We witness this phenomena every time some emotional volatile situation arises in the news such as police involvement where great bodily harm or death occur. We immediately shut out any relevant information that would go against what we are about to say or do so that we can excuse what ever we do say or do. 

The breakdown in communications between humans and human tribes or groups often come from that breakdown that happens over the relevance and context of any situation, regardless. If only we could, first, actually learn and apply active listening, second, we could shut down our emotional reactions from the monkey brain and prevent the monkey slide then use our human brains to actively listen, analyze the data, seek out more data though research and active listening and reading then make a relevant and contextually accurate thought that will be then spoken or written. 

Hmmm, sounds like a plan doesn’t it. How many of you actually read the entire post first before starting to formulate a thought and response? How many of you who have read this entire post now think, “Oh, yea, this could stop a lot of violence and create avoidance and/or deescalation thus avoiding violence therefore be a good topic and subject for training, teaching and applying self-defense for conflicts and violence.”

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