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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AAR’s and Us

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AAR’s or After Action Reports or rather after action discussions are not just for the professionals like police or military but for everyone. It is a necessary and required process to learn and change for success be it tactical in a military operation or to achieve a successful result in a business deal or business project. It is even an awesome process for self-analysis, self-synthesis and self-growth of our very lives. 

AAR’s are referred to as critical discussions that involve not just those mistakes/errors of a project but the stuff that made you successful as if lessons to pass among your team, your group or your tribe. AAR’s have been mentioned in many of the articles I have read and in the books I have studied and even as an experience during my military days but I dropped them, outside self-analysis/self-synthesis processes, from my teaching, practicing and training in karate, martial arts and self-defense - a pretty big mistake. 

A good Sensei, teacher and mentor would, should and does hold “Critical Discussions” of the training and practice as well as any actual experiences applying the skills with all who train and practice in their dojo. Both constructive and destructive as in deconstructing training and experiences to see what worked, what didn’t and why for both. 

I suspect some actually go back over and review what was done in any given session but how many actually take the time as part of the training and practice session to do an overview, a review of the goals and objectives in the training, an analysis of the outcome from those sessions/lessons, an analysis of the performance of each critical tasks within those practices, a summary of the lessons and lessons learned along with some hands-on self-practice efforts for practitioners then finally recommendations to the entire group, dojo, from Sensei. The goal here is the identify problematic issues such as applicability toward self-defense vs. sport competitions, etc. and what needs should be addressed for improvements. Sensei and/or Dai-Sempai should propose methods and measures to counteract problems and obstacles to improvement, etc. Then there should be some method for both the dojo and the practitioner to record lessons learned for study and implementation into their practices and training let alone in some sub-routine/function our minds/brains will access in a clench out there for self-defense. 

It comes down to an analysis of what was done, creating changes, a synthesis if you will, from the lessons learned and create new procedures, processes and actions from proper training and practice toward a more effective and efficient and proficient training, practice and most important actions in self-defense, sport competitions or even the philosophical way of the discipline (self-improvement way). If we are unable to make adjustments and changes along with recommendations then we will stagnate and end up with antiquated ineffective goals, tactics and strategies and when it comes to combatives and self-defense it exposes us to the greater probability of grave bodily harm and death. 

I quote, “An after action report (or AAR) is any form of retrospective analysis on a given sequence of goal-oriented actions previously undertaken, generally by the author themselves.”

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