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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Open-ended vs. Closed

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Open ended questions provide room for analysis and then syntheses while closed sets perceptions to a singular point of view. The various terse classics like the art of war, the tao te ching and the I Ching are all open-ended, they allow each individual and each group the opportunity to decipher and perceive their contents in an open-ended way so that the times, the culture and the beliefs of that individual and group can use the wisdom of the teachings toward the moment and situation to discover a way.

The Go Rin No Sho along with the Art of War by Musashi and Lao Tzu are open-ended terse teachings that span far beyond mere war into the daily lives of conflict and violence of the individual, the tribe to socially driven things so that survival is possible. In order to see the value of such things beyond their value as historical documents to the present moment means one must see them not as their titles would indicate but what their actual meanings will provide to the now, the moment and the moments situations as we travel through life. 

Look at it as if entering a conversation with the masters, you ask open ended questions to promote conversation and that exchange along with active listening is how we learn, how we grow and how we evolve. I am beginning to see it as a process of analysis and synthesis as taught through Boyd’s Cycle for winning and losing, i.e., his patters and discourse. A comprehensive open-ended form of teaching that allows the mind to be creative and to achieve new thought processes that go way outside the box. 

It is like Boyd’s discourse where he provides his insight to how a closed system vs. an open system works with emphasis on how change is possible in one vs. the other. One allows for change from within while the other not. This warrants further study of the Boyd system and remember that his system was synthesized from his studies of those very same classical art of war, etc.

It then becomes necessary in such diverse systems such as martial arts to realize whether the system of study is an open-ended system allowing for discovery, change and synthesis or one that adheres strictly to a doctrine and belief that disallows any change or synthesis of the old as blasphemous making it a closed system. Even if you join a closed system, if you allow your mind to remain open-ended you still learn from that closed system and then you leave, you either find an open-ended system or create one so that you can gather like minded open-ended individuals who will provide insight and input to what you bring to the dojo and then work diligently to analysize and synthesize all parties contributions into a one wholehearted way that provides you with valid and efficient ways to a better path. In one example, karate as a fense system against conflict and violence. 

Ask any successful professional or professional organization how they improve so that when applying their trade they achieve success in goals of their duties and you will find professionals who gather, discuss, analysize and then synthesize new processes, strategies and tactics toward success. One such professional organization is the United States Marine Corps who embraced this type of philosophy and called in maneuver warfare, etc. Even in recent news it was the Marines who were showing actions that embraced the newest requirements of the job to bring in the female gender into areas once thought exclusive to the male gender and they are going deep to change terminologies to further that goal in the minds and hearts of the Marines. Knowing the Marines, like many professionals throughout human history, they will make it work and it will be successful for they would not change the path unless their analysis provided proof positive that it would work. 

Embrace the old, analysize it to find its modern value to the individual and dojo while embracing synthesis so that the old becomes the new and the new achieves status of traditional, classical and old when the generations that follow join the way. It is the way of humankind, it is the way of nature and it is the way of the universe. 

If you are a marital artist, if you have studied and embraced the teachings of the Chinese masters as well as others of like mind and if you have tried to use such teachings in your dojo then know that Colonel Boyd, USAF retired, also studied and embraced not just those Asian classics but those classics of other nations, cultures and beliefs to create what has become our contribution to the, “Arts of War.” 

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