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

I am not a leading authority on any one discipline that I write about and teach, it is my hope and wish that with all the subjects I have studied it provides me an advantage point that I offer in as clear and cohesive writings as possible in introducing the matters in my materials. I hope to serve as one who inspires direction in the practitioner so they can go on to discover greater teachers and professionals that will build on this fundamental foundation. Find the authorities and synthesize a wholehearted and holistic concept, perception and belief that will not drive your practices but rather inspire them to evolve, grow and prosper. My efforts are born of those who are more experienced and knowledgable than I. I hope you find that path! See the bibliography I provide for an initial list of experts, professionals and masters of the subjects.

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Does the Movie Industry Have Responsibilities

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For a movie or book or other entertainment production to be good it often means it should at least come close to reality with a good dose of license toward fiction to, “Entertain.” Does the movie or entertainment industry have a responsibility to at least present a bit of reality to a production or at least to provide disclaimers that stunts used are NOT realistic and that the theme’s are NOT realistic and if one were to try to use them then be warned that to do so would involve the rathe of the legal authorities and the irate tirade of society. 

This brings to question the responsibilities of self-defense training and application. A new movie on martial arts is being released and just from the trailer I got these most horrible feelings that some might actually relate to and believe the theme and resulting actions that are being used to make the movie. As the theme came out in the trailer and the attitudes and actions as a result were presented I got a flurry of pictures flashing through my mind of just what we as a society do NOT want to convey as reality to the masses. I could detect the monkey brain taking control and leading all the parties involved down this illegal path of damage, revenge and other such things - all considered as proof positive that the person and persons are breaking the law for ego boosting status seeking egoistic monkey dancing. 

Don’t get me wrong, the preview trailer makes a presentation of lots and lots of action in martial arts even if the actual actions are not legal or really realistic in a socially driven legal self-defense reality based belief. Three of the actors I like and have a lot of fun watching them in their movies especially when they are science “FICTION” presentations. 

It has been shown that many who don’t have the understanding of the reality between movies or games toward the reality of real life tend to find such things as “cool” and then go forward to find and learn all these tactically cool things that spin up emotionally driven monkey dancing unrealistic actions labeled as “Self-defense” or as “Perfectly ok to apply when you feel a need for revenge” and so on. 

Who is responsible for making sure that folks know that this stuff is fiction and strictly entertainment, not reality? I like the sporting aspects of martial arts and I like the sport of competitive kick boxing called Muay Tai but seriously, this movie really goes to the extreme of monkey brain egoistic unrealistic applications of martial prowess. 

Example: There is one scene where one guy in training is tied down to a bunk while the teacher is beating his shins with a stick and the guy is screaming with the pain. Now, how many monkey driven folks will actually allow someone to beat on their shins with sticks because they now feel that is a legitimate way to condition the body for kickboxing mastery? Like anything in regard to body conditioning such extreme measures are often not the best way to go and often require a long time build up to deaden the body properly. Then I ask, is it necessary? Mostly, to my mind, no it is not necessary. Yet, when this movie comes out I would bet you that someone or some folks will take up this particular training model. Wanna bet?

Oh, and what about the other bad guys training regimen where he is depicted beating his legs and shins against a cement device and that cement breaks into pieces when he gives a final kick, what the ????

People today are so enamored with the entertainment industry that they have come to “believe” a lot of it as reality based truth and that is a dangerous thing in my book. I love films but I also know that they are not reality, they are “EntertainMENT!”

p.s. I would still enjoy watching the movie, typical bad vs. good and I will know and understand that it is merely entertainment. 

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“In order for any life to matter, we all have to matter.” - Marcus Luttrell, Navy Seal (ret)

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