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

WARNING, CAVEAT AND NOTE

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.


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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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Karate and Martial Art Augmentations/Enhancements

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“The human body is designed to take force from the front through structure, movement, and both soft and hard armor (muscle and thick bones).” - Marc MacYoung, Writing Violence #3: Getting Hit and Hitting

“Positive relaxed state is that state where our muscles are loose rather than tight, i.e., just enough looseness to hold the skeletal system upright yet relaxed enough to allow flow of energy, i.e., blood, oxygen, etc.” - cejames

Lateral forces, not from the front or back, tend to have more effect such as a sucker punch from the side.” - unknown

In karate and martial arts augmentation is about augmenting the force and power generated through the movement of the body, the mass, in a certain direction using our bodies weight, the energy of the forward movement and the movement of other augmenting actions of the body to augment force and power toward the target. A huge mouthful, huh?

I also refer to this as the use of, “Enhancers,” where additions to the movement of mass such as the arm moving the fist to the target; the correct alignment of hip girdle; alignment of the shoulder girdle; alignment of the upper arm to the elbow to the wrist, etc. to make a holistically connected movement adding force and power to that generated by mass movement along with positive relaxation to sequential tension to sequential relaxation and so on making for a powerful forceful use of a proper methodology to, “get-r-done.” Another mouthful, huh?

By adding in augmentation and enhancements of proper physics to physiokinetics increases and improves the energy results in power and force. It increases the quality of our bodies in action making for maximum effect in self-defense. 

We each have a set amount of generation of energy in our bodies. Once we reach that limit we then can enhance and augment our actions to “add” more energy generation to the process. In addition, the adversary’s actions also contribute to the augmentation and enhancement of energy so that force and power increase provided everything remains correct. 

Some of the factors that determine our energy flow and maximization of force and power are our overall weight. The bigger and heavier we are the greater the energy generation and resulting force and power all things being equal. Then we add in the speed of that movement along with the various speeds of implementing those augmentations and enhancements, etc. Add in the weight and mass of our adversary along with other like augmentations and enhancements that contribute to force and power and we have a very complex but forceful mix. 

Another augmenting action is to “Roll with the punches,” i.e., in effect causing a redirection of incoming force and power to deflect and deflate the adversary’s generation of energy for force and power. A reciprocal use of methodologies where one or the other dominates and achieves their goal depending solely on applying principles most effectively. Can you say, “Philosophical Principle of Yin-Yang?” 

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