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.

“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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The following quote was written in response to comments on questioning your instructor, specifically in this case your firearms instructor. When I read it I felt that it also would apply to all self-defense teachings. After all, if not your life then your freedom are involved along with all the repercussions of participating in conflict and violence (for details read “In the Name of Self-Defense by Marc MacYoung). The following quote:

“An instructor is asking you to stake your life on the quality of the information he/she is providing. As such, the instructor does not have the privilege to tell you to shut up and not question the limits and -- at the same time - applications of the information he/she is providing. After all you're paying him AND it's your life if something goes wrong in application.” - Marc MacYoung

Even in and especially in martial arts communities who profess to teach you self-defense. When someone takes up a system to learn self-defense they are putting their entire lives on the line if they ever have to use those teachings in real life. If you read Mr. MacYoung’s book along with others he wrote as well as the books and materials published by Mr. Rory Miller, as well as others they also recommend, you will begin to see just how much you need to not only know but truly and completely understand in order to apply SD while remaining in the SD Square (Mr. MacYoung’s phrase found in his book).

Granted, most questioning can often wait till after the instruction period. After all, that instruction period is set to cover a certain amount of material but follow up questions should never be disallowed, put off or ignored. If the teacher does this find another teacher, it is your life and your families life after all. 

This is why I precede an instruction period with the quote that goes something like this, “Please refrain from questions until the instruction is completed. I will provide adequate time to have questions and answers after the instruction ends. There will be not restrictions to questions at that time. This gives you time to hear all the instructions where some questions may be answered.” I do this to control the time set aside to cover materials and to remove interruptions that would result in overtime along with a disruption of the flow, rhythm and cadence of instruction, etc. I also then show them how one piece of instruction that results in questions is often answered as the class continues. It teaches students who have a tendency to formulate questions and comments before a complete thought and teaching is presented, i.e., it teaches them to actively listen before allowing the brain to jump ahead because forthcoming information changes that question as the completeness of the instruction is - completed. 

I also don’t tolerate “What if Monkey Antics.” What if’s are delays and unnecessary. If a what if question is proper it is answered appropriately at teh Q&A period after the class ends. Self-defense is about your life and liberty so questions are critical in a students understanding of what is being presented. Students need to understand that each lesson or period of instruction may depend on other lessons and periods of instruction to achieve proficiency and full understanding. They need to know when that happens and should be encouraged to document questions to ensure the hear the answers later and if they don’t they should bring them up again. 

Extra information makes it complete and understandable. It is important that it be addressed and if not in that Q&A period then acknowledged as to when it will be answered even if it means research, if you don’t know the answer, and addresses at the earliest convenient time in the dojo, etc.

I would also recommend that instructors keep providing that in martial arts and especially in self-defense there are no “Absolutes.” As Marc MacYoung stated on this subject, there are no absolutes in a field of massive variables!” Again, read his and Mr. Miller’s books to understand what variables are involved. 

I tend to question everything and I mean everything. I didn’t always do this and even today I find myself sometimes accepting things as is but my pension to question and validate even from professionals who have experiences way beyond even my wildest imagination should be questioned if for no other reason then if you do and find validation from other sources you then can use that toward your own references of source information - that seems good to me don’t you think?

Even today I tend to aggravate some very experienced martial artists who lead the way in today’s martial arts communities who due to their status tend to sometimes assume their knowledge, experiences and understandings are absolute and irrefutable but in reality I have discovered they can make mistakes cause like me, they are just as human and fallible as anyone. I try to remember to formulate things without making it “Personal” and I try to not take such things when they come my way as “Personal.” Making it personal just triggers the monkey brain and that never truly leads to anything productive in this arena. 

There are a lot of ways to test things out for validation and Mr. MacYoung and Mr. Miller, along with a variety of others as can be seen in my bibliography that follows, provide those tests in their works. I strongly suggest reading them, studying them and then if possible participating in their seminars, etc. to learn and most importantly “Understand” the principles and concepts they teach, promote and believe it wholeheartedly. 

In my book your questions are valid and should be answered at the appropriate time and in the appropriate way, anything else should prompt you to seen out instruction elsewhere. 

Note: Go to Mr. MacYoung’s FB Wall and read the share on “What if you disagree with your defensive shooting instructor … “ dtd 11-3-2015 and read his comment that follows the article posting. 

If nothing else, remember that it is your life, your liberty and your families, what you do effects a lot of things and more importantly a lot of people who are a part of your personal community/tribe - take care. 

Bibliography (Click the link)

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