Please take a look at Articles on self-defense/conflict/violence for introductions to the references found in the bibliography page.

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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


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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“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

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Remain true and dedicated to the traditional past, that is how it was meant to be, to learn from that past and to allow it to lead you toward the future through your analysis and synthesis of the present training, practice, applications and experiences of this process. 

In the past I have written and spoken of how I perceive shu-ha-ri and shin-gi-tai work. Traditional martial arts are a part of the Shin and Shu processes. These are the very foundations on which gi-tai and ha-ri are about, to take the traditional, authenticate and classical ways of the ancients to synthesize the present and set the new traditions for the future to analyze and synthesize to another creative and new way while still connected, dedicated and in honoring the ancient traditions of the beginnings. 

In one system the practitioners mistakenly came to believe that the creator, the master, of said system meant for the practitioner students to be faithful and to adhere to the exactness of his creation while missing the true message the master sent through his deeds and actions. It never occurred to them that the very master to whom they dedicate their dogmatic adherence to his original static system was actually evolving his martial arts on a daily basis as indicated by his actions and deeds in the way he practiced, often never done the same way, kata, etc. He tool the traditions of kobudo, gojuryu and shorinryu and synthesized his studies of those authenticate and traditional systems into his new synthesized system of karate. 

He was known for his continuous and constant innovations up to the very day he retired and later died and yet those dogmatic adherence oriented practitioners in a honor driven faithful belief remain steadfast in their original practices with only a few venturing forth to create a more traditional modern way. 

The best way to honor and remain faithful to a sensei is to excel and exceed his efforts and contributions while giving them credit for setting us on the path to the proverbial enlightenment of karate and martial arts as “The Way.” Show your faith and honor your sensei by creating, practicing and living a martial path that is applicable and appropriate to us, our culture and our times and needs. 

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