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

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“Once upon a time, I, Chung Tzu, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of following my facies as a butterfly, and was unconscious of my individuality as a man. Suddenly, I awoke, and there I lay, myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming that I am a man.” - Chung Tzu

I had been in study of the brain, how our brains work - at least as far as current scientific studies would indicate so that this ancient story by Chung Tzu caused me to pause and consider the exterior world vs. our interior or inner world. That made me think of thinks like the yang-yin, the Tao and the I Ching, all ancient classics studied by those who created karate and martial arts. 

In the dichotomy of yin-yang where complementary opposites blend, flow and separate without losing the connection that makes it a whole one thing is seen clearly in the study of the brains unique way of perceiving our world, i.e., by our sensory input of the real world or exterior world to our brains inner or interior world. It can actually come to the theorists question of which came first, the egg or the chicken. 

Why, because our inner world is programmed from the input from our outer world, reality, creating all sorts of zombie like sub-routines that we then use to compare to the outer world in order to create our inner world. The process becomes dominated by our inner world yet that same inner world does change, adjust and update its coding so that the comparisons become closer in matching so that the inner world refrains from filling in gaps and voids, placing that process at a minimum. 

When we sleep, our brains reset toward a type of inner world that becomes literally our entire world, while we sleep. Our brains will assume that the dreams are reality and yet when we wake our waking inner world begins to question the reality of the dream, ergo why we label them, “Dreams.” Of all the studies of the brain the dreams are still the most unique and unknown processes of our brain functions. We still assume, hypothize and theorize about what they are, why we have them and the meaning of them - at least as to what our inner worlds remember upon waking.

It really does relate a lot as to why we all got mesmerized by the movie trio of the Matrix series. It really struck home and speaks to a dramatized way of how the brain actually works. We really do live in a matrix called the brain that literally creates our world from the signals picked up by our sensory organs and thus translated by our inner world to make a realistic external world. 

It comes down to how much effort you spend aware and focused on the sensory input whereby you update your inner world sub-routines reducing the chasm between the two in creating reality from the signals - you can’t stop the signals Mal. In short, you let them in with a focus on correction, update and change so that your sub-routines become reality comparing realities sensory input to see, hear, and feel reality. 

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