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

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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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Good Luck - Bad Luck

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First, you learn about good luck, then you learn about bad luck. Then you learn to Integrate it, then you just have, "Luck!" Kinda like karate and martial arts , eh! 

Luck covers all facets of its presence in our lives but in truth is there really such a thing as, “Luck?” In my recent studies about our minds and therefore our brains there may be growing proof that luck and intuition as defined may not truly exist but rather the strange mind and brains way of compiling, collating, reasoning and assigning data to those unconscious intuitive sometimes lucky appearances of things. 

Our brains are complex biological systems that most scientists are still baffled over in modern research even tho our modern times have allowed us to see, perceive and distinguish more than ever before. Idea’s, theories and intuitive thoughts may not be the mystery we think but a product of how we use our brains, our minds, so that we accumulate a vast amount of knowledge and understanding that builds our brains and minds so that the neuron-driven brain computer with all its programs, data, sub-routines, etc., simply in a comparative way lead toward decisions, idea’s, theories and so on under the hood in an unconscious and instinctive symbolic way to our inner and exterior minds making the wonder of our brains, a wonder! 

The more we learn, the more we experience, the more we stretch and expand our minds and therefore the neuron-connectedness of the brain the more we can perceive, distinguish and create from the inner workings of our minds, our brains. This is what makes humans as a species unique to all other species of our world, at least at the state of our minds as of this moment. Who knows just how much other species may meet or exceed our human abilities and are just not perceived by us like the radar of night flying bats for seeing over our limited sensory signals of the optic system. 

Take this as example, when we see something we assume it is a strictly visual signal conveyed by our eyes and yet our senses are connected and spread throughout our bodies both external and internal. The butterflies felt in our stomach have just as much input to the sensory signals going to our brains as the optic nerves, they actually supplement and enhance that set of signals, they integrate to make our view of the exterior world to help our minds build our interior world making our reality - ain’t life truly grand? 

When we think of luck, the holistic view of all kinds of it, we can attribute that to our brains functioning according to our minds and those accumulated knowledge and understanding that makes our world, our world. This is why practice, training and other experiences to include adrenal stresses, etc. that feed our overall data storage and programming in our procedural routines so that we can make those intuitive and luck oriented inner decisions that help is say, defend and avoid and escape-evade and articulate and on and on and on. It is no one thing but an integrated holistic whole that makes luck, both good and bad. 

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