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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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.


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Caveat: This article is mine and mine alone. I the author of this article 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 article. (Everything I think and write is true, within the limits of my knowledge and understanding. Oh, and just because I wrote it and just because it sounds reasonable and just because it makes sense, does not mean it is true.) 

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

We are socially conditioned. The conditioning I refer to is about conflict, violence and violent conflict. That distinct human form of communications, i.e., what the social survival groups we gravitate toward use to establish status, hierarchy and the rules, etc., necessary for that group or tribes survival. It appears to me that groups of folks who were educated by various media such as television, movies and now the socially driven monkey governed media that uses phones to frame certain agenda’s and so on. 

Almost all of society is set up to perpetually brainwash them so that they never remember their own power.” - Rory Miller, Chiron Blog “Convergence dtd Thursday, May 21, 2015

As I understand tho, there are many groups in the world that still understand our human nature in this regard and still govern accordingly. Not the news media dominant ones we are currently conducting violent actions with such as Iraq and/or Afghanistan, etc. but ones that are not exactly on our rader - at least not yet but who knows when their way will inflame our senses or scare the piss out of us. 

In a recent article I read it was explained, and I accept, that it is not all that hard physically to do others damage or even kill them but it is about that social conditioning from our society that stops conflict and violence at all levels or at least tries to discourage what society perceives as unacceptable forms of conflict and violence. It is all a matter of perspective according to knowledge + experience = understanding of such complex issues, etc.

How do we bridge that gap so that we can apply appropriate physical actions in self-defense, especially in the preferred model of gaining a preferred and safer distance and orientation from a duel type model along with all the adrenal charged stress conditions, i.e., chemical dump with its emotional monkey driven parts? 

Most martial arts systems of self-defense fail to address, as I have posted many times, those issues necessary to actually and properly teach self-defense. In addition to all that has previously been written here there are a few other issues to address, thanks to Rory Miller for pointing them out, such as how we drill self-defense techniques, i.e., making the “Attacks to be attacks with speed, commitment, intent, strong, etc. (for more read his latest, Convergence here: http://chirontraining.blogspot.com/2015/05/convergence.html )

It is not about just “Fighting very hard,” but far more, more than what is taught in self-defense martial arts - mostly. The good thing is that this kind of stuff is getting out there and influencing how things are done. At least in my mind for those who are not just giving lip service to learning self-defense for ego esteem boosting reasons but for real life applications. This is exciting stuff.

Read Rory Miller’s post/article, I found many parts extremely relevant to self-defense in martial arts training. 

Bibliography:

Miller, Rory. “Convergence.” Chiron Blog. Thursday, May 21, 2015: http://chirontraining.blogspot.com/2015/05/convergence.html

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