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.

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The Lessons

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Once, a long time ago, my friend and fellow Marine Sergeant Ward H. Adams, a martial artists and Hawaiian and Combat Marine, decided he was going to walk up behind me at my desk, pull me backward and them pummel me about the head and shoulders. He wanted to see what I would do. 

Well, first thing was the surprise then the flurry of hits about my head, neck and shoulders while backward in a chair with no balance and no apparent means to get it back but after a few moments I flipped over backward using my legs to get him off me. Not eloquent or even good but it stopped the attack and allowed me to get up regaining my balance, etc.

The lesson I learned was that the next time he tried that I would act at the first hit or pull. Today, as I refect on that and from what I have learned from luminaries on self-defense such as Marc MacYoung and Rory Miller (and a slew of others like Peyton Quinn) by the study of their books I see that lesson a bit differently.

First, my awareness in that environment was sloppy. When Ward walked behind me I should have, at a minimum, kept my eyes on his movement. Granted, we worked together and never once did something like this along with the fact we both trusted one another implicitly therefore an attack was no where near my mind I still should have, at the very least, kept my peripheral vision on what he was up too. 

Second, if my awareness had been a bit peaked I could have avoided his move completely because in my peripheral vision would have detected his movement toward me from behind that should have tweaked my spidey-sense where I would get up from my chair and face him as he approached.

Third, even with out that awareness level when I felt him pull me backward I should have reacted even if I didn’t feel any danger from it. I could have then twisted out of the chair before my structure and stability was disrupted, etc. At least I would have been moving before the flurry hit. 

Fourth, say I missed that one then when the flurry hit of strikes I should have felt them for what they were, simply an application of pain, not injury. Then I would not have dropped, hopefully, into a OO bounce and acted accordingly. In other words, broke that freeze sooner and stopping the threat sooner. I had the training and skills, not martial arts exactly but Marine stuff anyway, yet I took more time to finally decide to just “Act.” 

Fifth, there are so many ways that this cøuld have been avoided it ain’t funny. Knowing what I have come to understand today in lieu of thinking, “Next time he tries this I will simply continue the pull back movement flipping up with my legs type thing” I would instead be aware that he was going to try something again and work my awareness to avoid the confrontation all together. 

Lastly, a part of any self-defense training must entail as many possibilities as you can imagine including those you gain from others like the study of the materials from people like I present in the bibliography that follows so you have “Something to work with” in training, practice and applications. That stuff gives you something to work and train with so you have something to break the OO bounce and act. 

Finally, then there is the concept that even with that information and training you still have to test it out in an adrenal stress condition realty-based training regimen to see how it reacts, etc. when the adrenal dump hits. None of this existed in my world then and even the Marines didn’t actually tell you that the training was adrenal stress based as they just exposed you to it. I felt that was a mistake because once you understand that concept then you can look for  it in all your training and practices (well, when I say all, all that apply because you can’t train all the time under the adrenal stress conditions). 

The lessons I learned then changed from the lessons I learned later and the lessons I continue to learn, academically mostly, today. It does result in a bunch of paradigm shifts for sure. 

I guess it then depends on whether a person actually listens, then hears and finally accepts the truth of it all, then they can truly practice, train and apply. 

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