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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


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Our Brains on K&MA

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When learning more about how our brains work a quotation on the brain and sight sense rose up to smack me in the head as an example of how shu-ha-ri training, practice and finally in applications actually should work. The quote, “The brain doesn’t really care about the details of input; it simply cares about figuring out how to most efficiently mover around in the world and get what it needs. All the hard work of dealing with the low-level signals is taken care of for you.”

As a newborn through childhood our brains are like, not exactly, clean slates and through our exposure and training in the world in which we are suddenly and somewhat violently thrust at birth we create through a combination of sense detection and input zombie sub-routines that help us see, feel and hear. 

Once we establish a foundation that makes the brain function smoothly and pretty much without any need for our conscious intervention we begin to apply those skills regardless of the huge data rush we get through vision, hearing and touch. The brain just does not care anymore about all that detailed sensory input signals and just gets the job done. All that low-level signal input is taken care of by our brains with the encoded zombie sub-routines and gets-r-done, at least until some brain change or injury causes the programs and sub-routines to be corrupted. 

K&MA are pretty much the same thing, you train the minutiae until you code the procedural memory or zombie sub-routines with the exact code necessary for each then you just let the sub-routines run as needed and when called by situations in the moment. All the hoopla and atomistic micro-management to learn is no longer necessary, the routines will be called by the right triggers and act, you don’t need to think of all that minutiae.

One important aspect, as the brain requires all the senses and its feedback in training to achieve such masterful results so does the training and practice of K&MA. If the training is not adequately and correctly completed then the sub-routines will not get the job done, they will just take up memory with no triggers. 

Understanding this concept is the easy part, getting to know and understand the cognitive coding process to put it into the correct trigger-to-zombie sub-routine becomes the hard part. It tells me that the adrenal stress-conditioned reality-based training and practice model is the closest and best form you will get short of hands-on experience doing the job and then, even then, it still must achieve the same goals and results - triggered zombie sub-routine encoding into procedural memory. 

 Everything we experience - every sight, sound, smell - rather than being a direct experience, is an electrochemical rendition in a dark theater - the brain in our skulls.”

“Sight sense, our eyes/vision: The act of seeing feels so natural that its hard to appreciate the immense machinery that makes it happen. About a third of the human brain is dedicated to the mission of vision, to turning raw photons of light into our mother’s face, or out loving pet, or the couch we’re about to sit on. The visual system is NOT like a camera, it’s not as though seeing is simply about removing the lens cap for vision, you need more than functioning eyes. Seeing requires more than the eyes.”

“The movement of our bodies is required for vision. Vision is a whole body experience. The signals coming into the brain regarding vision can nly be made sense of by training, which requires cross-referencing the signals with information from our actions and sensory consequences. It is the only way our brains can come to interpret what the visual data actually means. As we grow as children, our brains learn how to see by learning how the actions sent out into the world (turn the head, push this, let go of that) change the sensory input that returns. As a result of extensive experimentation, vision becomes trained up.”

Bibliography (Click the link)

Eagleman, David. “The Brain: The Story of You.” Pantheon Books. New York. 2015

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