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

I am not a leading authority on any one discipline that I write about and teach, it is my hope and wish that with all the subjects I have studied it provides me an advantage point that I offer in as clear and cohesive writings as possible in introducing the matters in my materials. I hope to serve as one who inspires direction in the practitioner so they can go on to discover greater teachers and professionals that will build on this fundamental foundation. Find the authorities and synthesize a wholehearted and holistic concept, perception and belief that will not drive your practices but rather inspire them to evolve, grow and prosper. My efforts are born of those who are more experienced and knowledgable than I. I hope you find that path! See the bibliography I provide for an initial list of experts, professionals and masters of the subjects.

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Temperament -n- Personality -n- Character

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How our temper men effects how we handle conflict? Is it one of those defining factors Sensei of old used unconsciously to determine a students nature in learning karate and martial arts?

Is this more a Japanese thing in okinawa's attempt toward assimilation and acceptance they sought when assessing potential students?

Was the teaching of Ti more about teaching select persons who lived in the sensei's village and the relationship as village members similar to tribe survival group dynamics, etc.?

Would the Shi-kata model have been assimilated by the Okinawan natives as far back as the 1600's occupation by the Japanese samurai?

It should be noted that, as far as my personal studies would indicate, the Okinawans would only assimilate and adopt those socially driven constructs if they benefited from them and felt they were worth while even while under the sword of the occupiers. As to being under the sword it also appears that they actually took the logical course when the Japanese came to conquer in the 1600’s because they still had their ways as a dominant social construct. 

As you are already aware, temperment is about a person’s nature, especially as that nature pertains to their behavior, i.e., as in their disposition, character, personality, mind and spirit, etc. 

When a Sensei of old would consider a prospective student to learn his system or style they often wanted to see that person’s personality, i.e., temperment, under action and helps explain why stories about prospective students performing seemingly useless chores, etc. around the dojo. It was a means by which the sensei could observer over time how that person’s temperment handled certain tests. 

Sensei today don’t necessarily test out the personalities of a student but to teach one should try to ascertain the students temperment where the way sense teaches can be geared toward things like the student as to being an introvert vs. an extrovert. As I continue trying to understand the complexities of the temperment as to how that is a part of our personalities and by its action produces one’s character we can get a hint as to how we can train them toward maximum productivity.

Other aspects that are “Tells” to the temperment and personality of an individual are optimism, short-tempered or irritable, analytical and quiet, relaxed or peaceful and so on where these traits combine to make up that persons temperment therefore personality and overall their character. 

A person who trains in karate and martial arts with a trait of being optimistic tends to have a trait toward confidence and positive, cheerful and bright mind-state as with minimal, in comparison to other effort levels, encouragement will prosper, learn and grow in these disciplines while a person who lacks optimism and leans toward pessimism will find reasons to doubt themselves and look to the lesser or worst aspects of training, practice, application and growth.

Know such aspects of a person allows sensei to evaluate the forms of training and practice best suited to that persons ability to learn, absorb and most of all understand in all levels of psychological, physical and spiritual. 

When you begin to discern aspects of individual temperment in their personalities you get hints and clues as to how to maximize their learning and understanding but even more important the fun they can have overcoming struggles, obstacles and growing pains of karate and martial arts, i.e., the trials and tribulations of learning a discipline that fosters, builds and creates a greater psychological, physical and spiritual self that will benefit the person and their lives in the social constructs of their personal belief systems. 

This is just another understanding as to the difficulties of teaching but more importantly the responsibilities a teacher, Sensei, assumes when they step in front of a group of students. 

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