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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Karate and Martial Arts Dojo are NOT Gym’s!

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Hey, I was lucky for the time I spent teaching and training karate in my dojo. Lucky, because every single student who entered the dojo was first and foremost already physically fit, healthy and with a solid positive attitude. From the moment they crossed the threshold of the dojo they had already understood and made up their minds to study karate, the self-defense/combative kind. 

Most of the modern karate and martial arts schools are based on the gym model where one comes to “workout” and become healthier, fitter and to shape the outer body for social benefits. They come expecting to work out, to do both anaerobic and aerobic exercises to sweat, strain and build bodies. 

When I say, work out, I mean to perform physical fitness exercises, use gym equipment for strengthening the body and to experience other benefits like losing weight and so on but in my dojo we don’t “WORKOUT!”, we practice and train.

In the old days, for me, we always did warm-ups to get the body ready then we did some basics like kicks and punches, etc., what some in Isshinryu call, “Te-no-bu and Ashi-no-bu.” In those days, as is done today, the practice of basics focuses on repetition and making the body sweat profusely, in other words it is used to get a work out. 

It is an expectation in my version of the karate and martial arts dojo to be in shape, physically and mentally fit and ready to train and practice from the moment you enter the dojo gates. I also expect that practitioners get ready by dressing in the keiko-gi, etc. then stepping out on the dojo floor to do warm-ups simply to reduce injury and get the blood and breathe flowing. When time arrives the training and practice begin:
  • Mokuso - meditative practice.
  • Basics - focus on the principles of the upper and lower basics.
  • Kata - focus on making them adhere to the principles as well as the methodologies, etc., along with making kata like kumite; a living, breathing, appropriate training and practice for self-defense and combatives (if military).
  • Iki-Kumite: To live, to live the kata in karate and to apply the kata in ways that relate and connect with life itself. In the karate dojo this means to learn, train, practice and create a reality based adrenal stress-conditioned bunkai of kata for self-defense. Its about breathing applicable life into your kata practice toward the distinctive goals you have set upon entering the dojo. This may vary according to those life distinctions of applicability and that is important as well.
  • Mokuso: meditative practice, change and depart. 
If you want to get in shape, build muscles and strength, build endurance, etc., then go to a gym and get a work out but if you want to learn karate and martial arts in self-defense then be healthy, fit and ready to “Train and Practice” principled-based multiple defense methods along with learning types of force along with adrenal stress-conditioned reality based self-defense.

If your goal to participate in training and practice is to get in shape and be healthy then karate and martial arts are not for you. The majority of time in the dojo is about learning, understanding and applying the skills and abilities of a karate-ka and martial artist toward self-defense. Yes, the process will help you get healthier and a bit more fit but that is a side benefit, not a primary one. 

Dojo are not gyms; Sensei are not physical fitness trainers; Karate and Martial Arts are a serious and dangerous discipline requiring respect and a proper attitude; Participants don’t compete, they join forces to learn and understand the discipline; Dojo are not social clubs although a certain social connection is made and fostered; I think you are getting the picture, right? 

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