Please take a look at Articles on self-defense/conflict/violence for introductions to the references found in the bibliography page.

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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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“As a society, we seem to have the unfortunate tendency to swallow the most ridiculous statistics as if they were gospel. We seem willing to accept any ‘fact’ or ‘theory’ as long as someone throws us a number to back it up. It doesn’t seem to matter if they clash horribly with what we know to be true: our experience, knowledge and rational abilities just aren’t worth as much as statistical evidence.” - God’s Bastard Blog

Comment: I liken this to the “Proof of fact” often used to ensure acceptance of that persons beliefs in martial arts. I hear things like, “Personal Interviews,” and the like where qualifiers are added as if that supported such personal interviews, i.e., video record said interviews or video and interview older prominent martial artists of Okinawan karate.

Here is another rub to this “Proof of Fact” effort, that such memories, since none of it till this video interview of a personal account, are subjective at best. Memories are just not that solid of evidence of fact. 

In one source it has been found that due to the differences in one’s background and identity they see and hear events differently than someone else present at that time. Add in that over time our minds change then we have to remember that the recreation of memories goes a bit like this, “Human memories fail on a regular basis; our memories are not really like video cameras; our real memories are severely hampered by limits in perception and attention; we are incapable of processing the incredible amount of material we encounter every second of every day. Just seeing or hearing or smelling something does not create a discrete memory that we can readily recall. … It does not matter how many times we have seen something or even how important it is. … If we don not have a reason to note of something at the time we are less likely to remember it. We all, also, tend to lose our ability to recall a lot of what we experience and then our memories do not perform as we expect them to. We tend to only remember the ‘gist’ of what happened and we are much less successful in remembering verbatim details. The specifics of what happened are also the fastest to slip away, with the exact words of a conversation being particularly delicate.”

In addition, “False memories are often highly specific, which makes them all the more believable both to the people who carry them and to third parties (including police officers, jurors, and judges). In most cases, our false memories are not made out of whole cloth but are instead logical extensions of what we would expect or want to have happened. Conjuring memories provides us with a narrative that makes sense and affirms what we want to believe. People’s recollections of events are abut 80% accurate. Roughly every fifth detail is false. A quarter of inaccurate memories were given with total confidence. Research shows that a witness’s eyesight and age, the viewing duration and distance, and the lighting all play a role in whether a memory is encoded accurately.”

Yet, in the martial art communities and specifically in certain particular system or style communities, folks will readily accept such supposed facts from their authority figure, i.e., their Sensei in their Dojo, etc. In our modern society we have been conditioned and influenced greatly by media such as television and movies not to forget the sudden burst of interest and use of hand held cell phone video capability and so on. We forget that such media are controllable by the person filming and subject to such psychological influences of such “Qualifiers” added to frame and influence the viewer to “See what they intend” rather than view it objectively. 

We also have to remember that through the interview process the form, content and intent of the questioner frames and influences the answer the interviewee provides in addition to the memory issues discussed in previous paragraphs of this article Add in cultural belief systems and perceptions and distinctions of each individual that influence the memory extraction process you often get a picture that if we were able to view history directly as it happens through a fictional history viewer most often they would not match. Yet, adding in such qualifiers as the interviewer being a “First Generation Student” and a “History Researcher” and a “Expert,” etc., you are being influenced and steered toward an agenda of the interviewer who in all likelihood innocently influences the audience so they will easily and readily accept their view, perspective and proverbial historical fact per a “Personal Interview with Master So-n-So.” 

Lets add in a few more memory issues that also influence such efforts, i.e., “There is substantial evidence that people regularly confuse individuals in their memories. The process of retrieving memories, remember, is a constructive process: sometimes we cut out someone’s face or body and paste it into a completely different setting. Suggestion can create false autobiographical memories.”

and, “When we watch a video, listen to a recording, or look at a photograph, we feel as if we are viewing things in an objective, neutral manner. But then, not everyone does see things the way we do. We operate under the illusion that reality enters our brain through our senses unfiltered.”

Ergo, memory is very, very subjective. If we fail to question such information we will be influenced according to our personal feelings, perceptions, opinions and emotions (in a sense our emotions, often referred to as our monkey brains, will often be the most dominant influence to the point it tells our human logical brain it is wrong when it isn’t, etc.)

Until some scientific and/or historical source actually achieves appropriate scientific and historical studies of such things there will never be any “Fact” that will actually support many of the modern martial community beliefs. Many historical researchers of martial arts have achieved great strides in documenting historical information but that information may never achieve a status of “Fact” because this particular subject and discipline has no definitive historical fact or documentation that does anything other than lead to assumptions so we have to believe or not according to our personal beliefs, etc.

The shame is that so many have come to believe such things as “Dogma” that they cannot see the light to lead them to greater understanding and knowledge but remain steadfast in their personal socially connected dojo group belief system. I also believe this is one reason why even a system or style proponents in the community tend to disagree according to each groups own belief systems, etc., and that is a shame because it hinders the growth potential of the system or style of community or dojo or tribe or group. 

Oh, and you can include this article in all the above and that is why I have the disclaimer in each one, click the link at the top of this article to read if not already read. 

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