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.

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“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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Honor and Dignity and Self-defense

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link)

Social conditioning seems to be pushing society, ours anyway, toward a more “Dignity based” culture where dependence on “Others” to handle our conflict and violence is dominant. I say this with trepidation because I feel that leaning too far toward such a culture is a lead up toward chaos and oppression. In truth as I hope I understand it, we need to create a society that is balance in an “Honor Culture” with a “Dignity Culture.” In order to understand that a bit more it is beneficial to read the following article by Ronald Bailey dated September 11, 2015 at 1:30 pm at

You can read the article here:Victimhood Culture in America: Beyond Honor and Dignity

Since the article goes into the honor culture as well as the dignity culture I won’t try to express any personal views on the subject other than what I have already, i.e., trying to find a balanced culture of Honor and Dignity.

The article makes some excellent and what I see as relevant statements as to how we are becoming a heavy proponent of the Dignity culture, i.e., where we condition our society to depend on others rather than develop our own coping skills and those skills necessary to resolve those things that lead to conflict and violence.

In my view one of the tools necessary to achieve a true balance is the use of violence as a communications tool as well as an enforcement tool. Don’t mistake the use of the term violence as they types you often see glamorized and dramatized in the media, that is only one kind and there are many levels from merely using verbal violence all the way up to what is called, “EBD or Educational Beat Down” versions and so many variants between and even some that exceed the EBD. 

Only through education, training and most importantly, “Understanding,” will society develop the balances that will leave the so termed, “Victimhood Culture,” the authors tell us about in the article. 

I welcome comments and suggestions on this viewpoint, both mine and the articles, because it will promote such understanding toward a more balance social order that promotes our personal ability to resolve issues and helps us become more confident in handling such issues will less and less dependence on “Others.” 

Bibliography (Click the link)

As to self-defense aspects, one can achieve greater ability and understanding on some of these concepts through, “Appropriate,” training, practice and applications of a fuller comprehensive models of self-defense and martial arts self-defense. This is most difficult but remember an important part of self-defense is the ability to communicate in conflict, i.e., called, “Conflict Communications.” (See Rory Miller’s book of the same title)

p.s. thanks to Marc MacYoung for presenting this article, the one linked above about Victimhood, on his Facebook page/wall.

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