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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Wisdom and Enlightenment

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Wisdom: forms a quality of a person’s personality and character based on the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement. It is about having qualities of being wise. It is about developing and having a soundness of action and decision with regard to the application of that persons experiences, knowledge, understanding and good judgement. It is having a great body of knowledge and the principles that develop within a certain discipline, social tribal entity and period of time. 

Enlightenment: is a state of being of having knowledge and understanding along with the acts and actions of giving others that knowledge and understanding through teaching, mentoring and lecturing but most importantly through actions and deeds in setting the example. In the teachings of Buddhism it is about reaching a state of the blessed by the absence of desire and suffering. It also represents a period of time in history where societies had that age of reason toward an age of enlightenment, i.e. a philosophical movement that dominated the world of ideas in Europe in the 18th century.

In our modern age and derived from knowledge skewed due to a lack of documented facts as well as the misunderstanding toward certain Asian belief systems such as Zen Buddhism, etc., karate and martial arts has used the two terms to express an ideal that is yet fully and comprehensively explained. There is only a little effort by a few to seek out a better understanding. 

In karate and martial arts, what ever that truly means, wisdom should use the above definitions to determine if one has reached a state of wisdom, reached a state of being a wise one. Not that age old picture many get in their minds of the aged Ancient grey-bearded Buddha like person sitting on a high mountain outside a cave dwelling sitting seize waiting for others to climb up and ask for advice perceived to come from a wise ancient sage. 

Wisdom in karate and/or martial arts is about attaining a certain quality of character and personality from the concerted effort to study, understand and apply experience, knowledge and good judgement as derived from the practice of the physical and mental disciplines associated with such systems. In the practice, training, study of and understanding of along with its every day applications in thought and deed seen in the soundness of the persons actions and word that has built a great body of knowledge and principles developed through, within and of that certain discipline that leans toward benefit of self and especially others - a wise person. 

Enlightenment in karate and martial arts is about achieving a state of being, a mind-state and mind-set found and built upon those things that make them wise and are always expressed in actions, deeds and words and that are passed down by teaching, mentoring and lecturing and leading by example. It is dynamic cohesive interconnectedness of both wisdom and enlightenment that is complimentary and builds on one anothers development in and over time.

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