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

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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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Intuitive Action

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In martial arts it comes down to an intuitive mind to achieve proficient and successful actions and this trait comes from the concept of mind-no-mind. To achieve spontaneous intuitive insights, actions under duress for instance, you have to have an ability best described by the concept of “Jokes.” In a split second you have to understand a joke you experience that is described as a moment of ‘enlightenment’. This moment must come spontaneously and it cannot be explained by explaining the joke or by an intellectual analysis of the joke. 

You can only get the joke and spontaneously laugh in that split second through a sudden intuitive insight into the nature of the joke and only then do we experience the liberating laughter that the joke is meant to induce to the listener. 

To achieve such spontaneously insight into the type of actions you train toward you have to develop and enhance our natural instinctual insight through a technique like mokuso, a meditative method often seen done in dojo before training begins and after it ends. The basic goals of such practices and techniques is to silence our mind from extraneous chatter, to silence our thinking mind and to shift our awareness from the logical and rational mind toward the intuitive mind of consciousness. 

There are many forms of meditation both static and moving much like the practice of sitting seiza and statically sitting still and meditating mokuso. Often to focus the rational mind to the intuitive mind is achieved by directing our concentration of attention to a single item such as a concentrated and direct focus on one’s breathing. Other methods include the focus of attention on the body in movement while performing a spontaneously set of moves without the interference of any thought. This rhythmic movement can lead to the same feelings of peace, serenity and tranquility characteristic of the more static forms of meditation; a feeling which may be evoked also by other physical disciplines as practiced and performed in sports, i.e., karate of a authenticate nature promotes practice through the concept of mind-no-mind. 

Mokuso is thought as a separate and distinct practice from a cultural view but in truth tends to be a principled aspect and trait of the entire practice, the full spectrum of a martial art, in training and applications. It is this concept of mind, body and spirit that encompasses intuitive actions often pulled from our procedural memories toward actions appropriate to situations of grave stress ridden needs. 

This explains why such esoteric studies such as Zen and Buddhism along with the I Ching and the Tao Te Ching are tied and intertwined with the study of traditional, classical and authenticate martial arts like karate of Okinawa. 


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