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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“A nineteenth-century Taoist ink drawing by an unknown Chinese artist, showing the circulation of “ch’i” (or “qì”) through the human body. The early Taoist philosophers and alchemists considered ch’i – which translates literally as breath or air, and figuratively as “life force” or “material energy” – to be a vital force found in the breath and bodily fluids. With the help of different techniques, one could learn to alter and control the movement of ch’i within one’s body, attaining physical longevity and spiritual power. It is a central and underlying principle found in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts. This remarkable late-nineteenth-century image is originally from a plank found in the White Cloud Taoist Temple in Beijing.” - The Public Domain Review: A project of the Open Knowledge Foundation, “Circulation of Ch’i (1886)” 

I have often written and spoken about chi or ki as it is termed in Japanese martial arts. Chi or Ki are not originally marital discipline terms but actual medical terms as well as terms used in ancient Chinese classics such as the I Ching and the Tao Te Ching - both classics studied and absorbed by both Okinawan and Japanese cultures. 

It is not about some mystical force that one can project as some believe. It is simply the development of our internal physical attributes toward health, fitness and mental/spiritual mind-body-states and so on. It also is about using our minds and bodies at the epitome of its natural efficient potential in all things be it life itself, longevity and in martial arts self-defense its energy toward application of force and power. 

What I mean is through breathing properly and applying physiokinetic principles along with both philosophical and theoretical principles we can therefore make use of the technique principle in martial applications of self-defense but that is not the full extent of chi/ki utilization, development and achievement. 

To allow fluids or chemicals of the body along with other things like the nervous system we can create a body that will last and perform. In martial arts mental and physical performance are critical to martial discipline and application. Note: take some time to research the bodies integumentary system as well because that is part of the whole that protects from bodily damage, i.e., loss of water (hydration/dehydration) or abrasion from outside and it is composed of the skin including hair, nails, etc.). All comprise what they called our “Chi or Ki” systems. 

I quote, All body systems work in an interconnected manner to maintain the internal conditions essential to the function of the body.” - (Functions) [note: when I think of this system I lean toward skin, touch and tactile sensitivity in self-defense]

Now, with that covered enough to stimulate further research the only part of the quote I tend to question is controlling the movement of chi and spiritual power. There is not enough explanation leaving it for the individual to perceive a meaning, a meaning that may not address the actual intent of the author. 

Controlling movement is a misnomer in my view. I have tried to discover if there is some mental way we can control fluids, the nervous system or the integumentary system. Yes, you can control your breathing and through such breathing methods cause effects on the body. Breathing out when applying techniques is one way but often the dynamic tension application is not conducive to force and power but rather a bleed of of energy reducing force and power. 

I do know that breathing does, at least in my body, effect the heart beat thus the circulatory pressure called “Blood pressure.” If you study adrenal stress conditions you know that the heart beat level effects such things as the release of said adrenal chemicals (you could refer to them as fluids - kinda). We can effect things that way. 

In the end it comes down to the limitations of the body whereby through training and practice we adjust the body and mind to maximize what our bodies capabilities have to deal with overall. We have only so much strength; we have only so much mass; we have only so much speed; we have only so much energy and so on. How we manage and use these are key and that is where chi/ki come in, how we maximize those systems to achieve maximum output of the body and mind. One key aspect, there are no limits on what the mind can achieve psychologically and that is called mind-set and mind-state.

In a nutshell we cannot alter or control the movement of chi but we can train our bodies and minds to allow it to move with the least amount of restrictions often caused by misuse of our bodies, i.e., when we fail to achieve alignment; fail to use centeredness; fail to achieve proper structure; fail to feed the body, mind and body systems the appropriate fuel; we fail to breathe and many other factors. You could say this means alteration and/or control but in essence that is not exactly true. 

It is more about training and practicing to release our body and minds potential where failure simply creates obstacles, etc., that reduce our finite available energy, force and power. This is the true nature of what I believe the ancients meant by Chi. 

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