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

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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.

“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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Caveat: This post is mine and mine alone. I the author of this blog assure you, the reader, that any of the opinions expressed here are my own and are a result of the way in which my meandering mind interprets a particular situation and or concept. The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of other martial arts and/or conflict/violence professionals or authors of source materials. It should be quite obvious that the sources I used herein have not approved, endorsed, embraced, friended, liked, tweeted or authorized this post. (Everything I think and write is true, within the limits of my knowledge and understanding.)

What makes for a good MASD? Well, basically it is a combination of three things; training, experience and talent. In order to determine if one has the talent of a good MASD they first have to accumulate good training and experience. Then if they show “talent” that has to be built through other means then simply training and gaining experience. 

This brings up the questions, “What type of training?, What type of experience?, and What is talent?” Interesting questions that like most topics of this nature will stimulate discussions of a heated nature for decades and even centuries. 

Training will require adherence to the requirements of at least three different yet alike fundamentals of the physical, the mental and the spiritual. That is not all of it but at least at a novice level those most necessary for a modicum of proficiency. A modicum of proficiency may carry the day in a sport and in most ways martial arts are practiced in modern times but to achieve a true level of MASD, that takes more - a whole lot more. (Hint: that is why I have added in another set of fundamental principles of martial systems for self-defense)

Experience is not just about accumulation of hours in practice, in the dojo. It is about actual reality based training along with real life experience handling conflict and violence. Not too many get that kind of experience in modern society. This is the same obstacle that many military endure before their troops can actually gain what is often referred to as “combat experience.” 

Training and experience both require an ongoing level of education and knowledge also not often found in modern martial arts dojo, training halls or practice halls. It is about taking it beyond the mere physical and providing every facet of MASD a level of learning that will appear daunting to the practitioner. The Principles of Self-defense along with the principles of theory, technique and philosophy contribute the foundational requirements of being a good MASD. 

Talent is going to be one of the subjective concepts that is often about the individual. Some can acquire talent through the hard work, dedication and due diligence of simply working hard. It is not one of the things you can cut corners on to achieve that level of talent to make for a good MASD. It also is derived from the development of other aspects such as the spiritual - spiritual not religious in nature, a whole different topic of discussion.

In reality talent may be a product of training and experience yet it also requires something unique and mostly indescribable and that brings about the study of other aspects of MASD, specifically the terse martial art koan called the kenpou gokui (ken-po goku-i [拳法極意]). This is a personal endeavor to create and build experience that does not come from hands-on and physical and academic types of experiences. 

It is about taking a path, the way, that many mistaken for a physical window dressing way that looks good, feels good and impresses a lot of the uninitiated but to achieve true good martial arts one must dedicate the time necessary without shortcuts to achieve good martial arts. It comes down to asking yourself, “How far are you willing to go?” Don’t look to anyone else be they sensei, senpai, kohai or organization to give you the answers, look into and rely upon just one person, yourself - that is the key, the cornerstone of good martial arts. 

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