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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You're either with us — or you're with the terrorists.- Gun Control Backers
You’re either smart and knowledgable — or you’re with the GCB. - Unknown 

Why oh why do people believe that laws will deter terrorists and the criminal element of our society? So far, all the current laws on the books failed to stop the Orlando situation and what makes anyone believe that more laws will stop another Orlando situation from occurring? The issues and obstacles to such violence is far deeper, broader and complex with resolutions that are not easy and able to stem the flow of such violence from reaching every corner of our communities, our country and the world. If it were that simple we would simple write a law that bans both conflict and violence with repercussions commensurate to those very laws (which by the way would have to be socially mandated violence). 

Why do we always focus on laws that only “LAW ABIDING CITIZENS” will obey? Criminals and Terrorists have no rules, no laws and not even religious mandates against their actions and deeds so what makes you all think that just because we have a LAW on the BOOKS they will suddenly cringe, shake and suddenly believe they MUST obey the LAWS? 

Sounds like our world is stupid is as stupid does, don’t ya thunk? Again, I would love it if they mandated, by decree or law or other requirement, an appropriate training program that would teach us all, as kids or young adults, how to cope with conflict and violence such as those strategies and tactics necessary to first and foremost protect the individual in those first few moments so they can survive until the rapid response of the authorities can react and act accordingly. 

It comes down to self-defense or what one professional calls, “Fense.” It comes down to knowing how to apply fense in any situation where decisions are made and people survive. It would be an ongoing school subject and requirement to handle the reality of conflict, the reality of violence and the reality of human nature. 

If it were so easy to just write and enact a law, then all of us would never have had to deal with the tragedy of the Orlando event. Stop the common cognitive distortion such laws promote where everything is either black or white because violence has a ton of gray space. Stop jumping to conclusions, when you are ignorant to conflict and violence, from our feelings rather than facts and logic. Stop making it personal because it ain’t personal, its about conflict and violence and that is a human condition that nature has not evolved beyond - yet. Stop holding everyone else responsible for conflict and violence and take personal and social responsibility for our roles in protection, security and safety, WE THE INDIVIDUAL ARE ACTUALLY THE FIRST RESPONDERS (if appropriate toward safety and the situation) until the legally mandated first responders get there!

There are no laws or rules that will actually mandate the actions of people and others as to social behaviors because we need to reconnect in a more tribal cohesive bonding way before we can survive as a society. Stop using our emotional reasoning to find answers to such conflict and violent behaviors and beliefs, make them believe in our social beliefs and culture once we reestablish those values and beliefs. Stop trying to label everyone and everything in accordance with our personal belief systems because as humans we are all as different as there are stars in the heavens. Believe that we are NOT always right and that laws for the law-abiding are not always the answers, if you add them in make sure they are on a foundation of additional and supplemental actions that will actually get the job done. 

Lets remove all the cognitive distortions that seem to drive such inadequate and inappropriate answers and actions to this growing issue of grave extreme violence. Try creating a social environment where we all belong and we all can connect on a personal deep bonding like level and try creating responsibility that spans the individual to the tribe to the social connectedness to the world social yet distinctly separate needs of our cultures and beliefs where conflict and violence become unnecessary. 

The answers are there and they are glaring in their presence but we are hiding behind the barriers we build through such cognitive distortions and emotionally driven illogical responses that we will continue to succumb to such events over and over and over and over again, time for a paradigm shift!

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