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

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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.

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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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Karate as an Organism

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“The idea that organizations are more like organisms guided the attention toward the more general issues of survival, organization-environment relations and organizational effectiveness, and away from goals, structures and efficiency, which were key themes in the machine metaphor.” - Franz Osinga, Boyd Thesis

Reading this quote while studying the thesis Mr. Osinga wrote about Colonel Boyd’s work, A discourse, it occurred that modern martial arts, to include Okinawan and Japanese forms of karate, are practiced as to goals, structures and efficiency especially as they would better apply to the teaching, educational implemented, oriented model that needs criteria to learn and test for thus promoting the dan-i system, sports and commercialism. This apparent has a negative effect toward the martial arts as a defense/offense discipline even when used in sport competitions. 

Although the underlined talks about the machine metaphor that still applies to how we structure the training models especially for control, power and often status driven egoistic models of martial arts. It takes the human out of the equation. It makes it easier much like the conventional applications in defense/offense vs. the maneuver applications in defense/offense where the first opens the door to ease, instant gratifications and multiple choice questions and answers in testing, all models used to measure learning in an educational environment such as schools and universities where true organic studies through analysis and synthesis are suppressed until the level of education for doctoral thesis work, much like Osinga’s work on his Boyd thesis. 

Now, using the organism guide or model we can redirect our attention to the human, general, issues of life itself toward nature’s instincts of survival, the social relations of groups or tribes as to survival and the effectiveness of the tribe as well as the individual as an independent entity association and connected to the tribe or social cohesive one, the dojo with dojo mates along with sensei, deshi, senpai and kohai, etc. 

I can see how an organic take on the study of such a dynamic discipline like martial arts would also require a morality to counter moral turpitude (Conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty, or good morals. Crimes involving moral turpitude have an inherent quality of baseness, vileness, or depravity with respect to a person's duty to another or to society in general. Examples include rape, forgery, Robbery.), a moral concept necessary to learn and apply such dangerous and potentially deadly discipline in accordance with survival requirements (moral) of the independent individual toward the social tribal survival needs and requirements. 

This concept warrants a lot more study and analysis in order to synthesize a possible beneficial model toward the growth, depth and breadth of marital arts disciplines training, practices and most importantly its applications. 

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