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


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Focused Attention Through Appropriate Experiences (FATAE)

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In order to properly program all your procedural sub-routine/functions driven zombie like memories you have to achieve a goal of focused attention through/of appropriate experiences. After some time spent on research and the study of how our brains work, kinda, I came to the conclusion that to encode the memories we need for karate, martial arts and/or self-defense you have to develop these abilities or traits or tools. 

Focused: Meaning a focus of all our sensory real world data sensors. We often rely on a focus of our visual through a type of concentrated seeing or looking or viewing of our external world but that is limited and incomplete. We have to learn to focus on our entire sensory systems, i.e., sight, sound, touch, taste, and the body sensing signals sent to our brain such as our spatial position in the environment as well as our spatial position in relation to the adversary and so on. We focus on how our bodies feel and those signals sent to our brains so we may perceive if there is danger or no danger, etc. It is not this so called mystical ability to focus your tiger like eyes of death on your adversary, it is not about direct vision and it is not about our peripheral vision but a culmination and integration of signals from every sense organ of our bodies as those senses detect environmental and psychological like signals of our outer world. 

Therefore, the focus is also about all those signals as they trigger the inner world perceptive memories accumulated through FATAE efforts to compare and therefore choose the appropriate sub-routine to act or not to act. We have to focus inward more than outward to make sure we encode the right outer world perceived stimuli or signals to encode properly and accurately our inner world perceptions to make a whole perceived inner world of our reality. 

Attention: A type of attention that stimulates those cognitive learning things that promote encoding and create focused attention. Just looking hard at a situation or thing won’t promote a better encoded sub-routine but the type of attention through various forms of cognitive stimulation will get the job done. We therefore not only focus on, all the previously mentioned things, but we also are attentive to our motivational drives, i.e., exploration, mastery, play (fun), resource allocation, control, etc., leading toward proper and appropriate creation of procedural sub-routine zombie memory so we can act appropriately. 

Appropriate: This has been alluded to in the previous that should hint at integration of all this to get the job done but appropriate means that we must train and practice so the senses and drives will create something that works. Another appropriate means of proper training and practice is exposure to adrenal stress-conditions of a realty based training so that those emotionally driven effects will not hinder the sub-routines run and results. 

Experiences: Since our inner mind/world, our mind-matrix, must extract data for comparison to the outer world sensory data-input stream/signals we have to experience through training and practice appropriate methods, etc. It is a kind of what comes first, the chicken or egg thing but in truth our perceptions in memory begin with our birth into the outer external world. We are constantly exposed to outer external world data-signals that we take in, compare and update or create those inner world perceptive memories. It is not just experiencing things like controlled sparring but rather all those traits, etc., that will be a part of conflict and violence that will allow you to know of, understand about and implement actions to handle conflicts and violence - call them appropriate coping skills of a higher nature. 

With such focused attention to and through appropriate experiences we encode and imbed those sub-routines and functions into memory, especially those procedural memories used in such stress-conditioned situations. 

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