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.

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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


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.

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“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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Boyd’s Patterns

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You know these as either Boyd’s-cycle or the OODA Loop but I am going to use Boyd’s Patterns to reference my future articles on the OODA and Patterns of Conflict. If you are not familiar with the OODA Loop or Colonel John R. Boyd then you may find it importantly beneficial to your training and practice as well as overall human life strategies to read bout the man and learn about his creation.

Put it this way, from my seat I have become convinced that Colonel Boyd and his team have created a strategy that equals and exceeds those of the ancient strategists of great renown, Sun Tzu, Machiavelli and Clausewitz - authors of the “Art of War” for their times. In our times the modern Sun Tzu of our way of life is, “Colonel John R. Boyd, USAF!”

If you take the time to study his works you will see a lot of similarities to those strategies and tactics for self-defense (conflict and violence) that are taught by the great professionals of these disciplines today. As I continue my studies I see more and more connections that allow me to integrate the Body-Patterns into my studies, practice and training along with the articles I write about this stuff. 

Boyd’s Patterns are worth your time and your time is valuable making the study an important part of your efforts, discipline and library additions. This is also my small effort to bring out to our community the contributions and huge value Colonel Boyd’s works have done for us in this country. Boyd’s Patterns, at the very minimum, have led to the saving of hundreds and hundreds, even thousands, of lives, military lives. His focus was to create a military that started out saving military lives while achieving strategic and tactical goals of winning the war with the least loss of life possible. I think this makes him the modern hero and modern Sun Tzu. 

Bibliography (Click the link)

Boyd Bibliography:
Angerman, William S. “Coming Full Circle with Boyd’s OODA Loop Ideas: An Analysis of Innovation Diffusion and Evolution.” USAF Institute of Technology. Ohio. 2004.
Boyd, John R. USAF. “A Discourse on Winning and Losing.  
Boyd, John R. USAF. “New Conception for Air to Air Combat.”
Boyd, John R. USAF. “Patterns of Conflict.” www-d-n-i,net. 2007
Coram, Robert. “Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War.” Back Bay Books. New York. 2004. 
Hammond, Grant T. “On the Making of History: John Boyd and American Security.” USAF Academy. 2012  
Hammond, Grant. “The Mind of War: John Boyd and American Security.” Smithsonian Books, New York. 2004.
Osinga, Frans. “Science, Strategy and War: The Strategic Theory of John Boyd.” Eburon Academic Publishers. Amsterdam. 1963.

I bolded/hi-lighted the last entry because to date, except the two books on Colonel Boyd’s life and times, it is the best written thesis and the most comprehensive explanation of Colonel Boyd’s work to date. It is available in pdf format on the Internet, yeah!

p.s. my studies have actually shined a light on how well analysis and synthesis works as explained in Boyd’s Patterns. 

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