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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Words and Actions = Reputation

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What is a reputation? The dictionary tells us from an academic perspective that reputation is, “An opinion or belief generally help about someone, that the someone has a particular characteristic that is labeled a certain way.” Often a reputation is built on perceptions that relate an accepted character, standing in a tribe or society, stature, status, position, esteem and a certain prestige perceived not just by the individual but by his peers. It is an estimation held by those respected by the individual and vice versa. It results from a certain social evaluation of a set of criteria that often changes from social group and culture to other social groups and cultures. 

It is about how one handles competitive challenges; some about certain socially accepted achievements; it is about how others may identify the individual in relation to others; it is about how oneself perceives themselves as to their own idea of self-identity; it is about perception and the distinctions made as a whole by the individual, as a member of a group and as a member of social tribal like involvement. 

It is the image one projects; it is about how that individual makes decisions; and most of all it is about how that individual meets all the criteria of a good reputation through the attitudes, words and actions they present and live every moment of every day of their entire lives. It is NOT about ego and egoistic selfish self-centered personality and character but just the opposite.

In karate and martial arts a reputation also is represented by the individuals personality and character toward a trait of humility; a trait of enlightened thinking, words, deeds and actions; it is about such traits as honesty, benevolence, a sense of justice or rectitude; courage; mercy or benevolence; politeness and honesty and sincerity; a sense of justified honor and loyalty; self-control; a sense of balance self-esteem; a positive attitude and a state of empathy that is balanced to the individual and toward those with whom he or she associates. 

A person of good reputation demonstrated by their developed personality and character equals a person who is sought out by others as a leader, a mentor and a teacher to lead toward enlightenment of life. 

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