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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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The Brain (The Cortex), The Hexagram and Karate (Ken-po Goku-i)

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The cortex six layers; the six layers of the hexagram; the six layers of karate.
  • Karate's Six: lower three is Shin-go-tai. Upper three is Shu-ha-ri.
  • Cortex Six: 6, 5, &4 are the upper layer; 1, 2, & 3 are the lower layer.
  • Hexagram Six: top three are the upper trigram; lower three are the lower trigram.
Lower is earth and  upper are heaven where the lower is an entry to the lower from the external Universe and the lower draws from our inner Universe to create reality.

Represents the creative.

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Represents the receptive.

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Represents the Hexagram’s six lines; upper three are our inner world; the top-down cortex path.The lower three are our outer/exterior world; the bottom-up cortex path. The two worlds of realty, Earth, taken in through our sensory systems transmits those signals from the bottom-up to the third line; the creative, Heaven, worlds of our inner reality are extracted from our memories of perceptions of the past experiences, etc., and transmits those signals from the top-down to the fourth line. The outer world signals upon entry trigger the inner world extraction of like-historical perceptive signals from memory where the meeting point allows a comparison, with the inner creative world data dominant status, extracting the outer worlds signals that will fill in and adjust the inner worlds data to create a new whole perception data packet and transmits that whole to the area of our brain the tells us this is our reality, a combination and morphing of the inner world with the outer world to create our world of reality. 

The six layers of karate consist of the top-down model and the bottom-up model, i.e., we use our sensory system to extract data from the teachings, practices and training done and transmit those up to the third line while our inner world extracts any relevant and associated data from our memories of past historical experiences and perceptions then creates a whole that we learn from. The process starts with the beginner’s mind and the outer world data will be pulled in each time, repetitive appropriate training and practice, to continue to fill in the voids/blanks until we reach the next stage. This explains how the shu-ha-ri of training and practice as extracted and encoded from the outer world to make our inner world and finally are wholehearted holistic whole of our realistic created world. Shu-ha-ri being the three represented in the three lower lines.

The upper lines then represent the concept of “Shin-gi-tai.” That which is created and encoded into procedural memory zombie sub-routines consisting of functions that are principled based multiple methodologies where the sub-routine draws on principles and methodologies to create the sub-routine that will get the job done. A culmination and “Integration” that makes shin-gi-tai and shu-ha-ri a holistic wholehearted applicable simplistic encoded program that will run creatively to every situation while being receptive to on-the-fly changes and modifications the outer world of reality tend to impose on our applications of karate and martial arts for self-defense. 

Principles are separate functions; multiple methodologies are separate functions; Type of Forces to apply are functions; the basic senses or sensory system are functions; and all functions are used by created zombie sub-routines where the functions are called by the sub-routine to fit each unique situation so that all can be properly, appropriately and expertly applied to achieve our karate, martial arts and self-defense goals. 

The Cortex Layers: The six layers of the cortex are three lower, bottom-up oriented, layers; the three upper, top-down oriented, layers. The outer world reality data stream as transmitted to the lower first layer at the bottom so the signals are sent upward to the third level while our triggered extraction of like perceptive memories from the input stream of the lower pulls that relevant data and sends those signals from the top down to the fourth line where comparisons and integration of the data occurs thus creating our whole, holistic perceptive reality, inner world. This is then stored into permanent procedural memory for future reference and extraction. 

The actions always begin at the bottom line, i.e., input data streams from our sensory systems; other brain functions called and trigger the top-down data signal extractions input stream from our memories, etc. with the overall layered system working in a bidirectional manner until appropriate whole data patterns form the reality of both the inner and outer worlds so that proper sub-routines are called, functions are triggered and actions taken. 

Mind-sets/Mind-states are triggered, extracted and/or created to fit each moment and situation. The entire process that also connects and utilizes other brain areas to make it all work in an integrated way make up our character, personality and ability to function and live and survive - all of it can be achieved in a matter of micro-seconds, the OODA or the Observe (sensory detection, extraction and submission),. Orient (an attentive focus on the data), Decision (the entire cortex process as described), and Act or Actions as triggered from the OOD to call sub-routines that trigger the functions and apply the action accordingly. 

Herein lies the needs and complexities of study, training, practice, application to experience, and understanding we achieve from our beginner’s mind, initial discovery of the mountain, to the maturity of the process where we can lose sight of the mountain thus developing a discriminate mind and overcoming the obstacles of losing sight of the mountain and finally seeing the mountain again but from a new light, position and paradigm so that we mature and become enlightened and as a result master our lives, our efforts and our various disciplines of life like karate, martial arts, self-defense and the many other ways and means of growth, maturity and mastery. 

You find that the top-down, the bottom-up and the whole of the cortex, the hexagram as it represents live and the universe represented in the I Ching, and the practices of karate as a whole rather then a sum of all its atomistic parts, i.e., the “One!”. 

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