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.

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Self-Determination Theory

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A theory that was presented in one of the books I am reading, i.e., I read veroushily throughout the day, both things on work and to relax the mind things I like as subject such as martial arts, karate and about conflict and violence of humans. In the quote I provide below the author addresses the very things we as humans seem to “need” to be content toward our selves and our lives.

The order is just a way to present the things and I suspect the order of need and priority is a matter of individual need priorities, etc. I feel that my self must be as authentic and true to me as possible and then as a very close second how the tribe perceives me as authentic then I move to competency. Competency covers a wide range of human traits such as honor, understanding and humility to name at least three of many. As to connections to others that one is a bit tricky for me. I tend to lean toward solitude in my life and yet I admit freely that to be in total solitude for humans is impossible so I tend to control how and when and why, etc., I make connections and associations with others. I can count my friends on one hand and business oriented associations of both hands. 

We in martial arts talk the talk of contentment and humility and enlightenment and all the Eastern mystical rhetoric because we assume that it is an intricate part of that discipline and that thinking is tantamount on our ignorance to the Eastern view of life and philosophy and spirituality, etc. We hear or read or are told someting is this or that way because it is a part of the discipline but that is usually as far as it goes.

Being human is like that, we perceive from our environment and our connections of what reality is and how that contributes to our belief system but how many of us give time to these three basic things all humans probably need to be human and to be socially tribe like members who contribute the the whole of the tribe through our individualism and individual actions, etc.? 

We strive for an independent self so we can achieve self-determination through a level of autonomy, competence and our tribal connectivity often called, “community.” It comes from natures survival instincts, i.e., where we continually use conflict for our survival as individuals and through our conquests to maintain the self and the tribe toward a wide variety of resources humans require to - wait for it - survive. 

The dojo collective is a tribe; the family you come from is your tribe; the family you create is your tribe; the social construct in which you have a home and live is also a tribe and what comes up in all of them is that connectivity that makes for a community or a tribe that connects us in a way that we endure and survive in any given challenging situation and encounter. It permeates deeply every thing we do in life such as sports, work as jobs, and other socially modern endeavor except something is missing in modern society. 

In the conflicting, chaotic and often violent way of life in modern society where we perceive the dangers of conflict and violence is less than history ever achieved is actually more corrosive to the human self, the psyche, and human health then in any other time of human history. I quote, “In effect, humans have dragged a body with a long hominid history into an overfed, malnourished, sedentary, sunlight-deficient, sleep-deprived, competitive, inequitable, and socially isolating environment with dire consequences.”

We all need to reacquire the type of social cohesive community that allows each of us to feel competent and connected, authentic and connected and with a certain autonomy and competence while being closely and emotionally connected to a community, a tribe, so we can better cope with the situations that come from such a modern and so called advanced society. 

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