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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Making Connections

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In a recent article an Isshinryu practitioner made a connection from an Isshinryu kata to Aikido. I have come to understand a certain perspective about such connections because as readers of this blog and my other blogs know, I make connections all the time yet do these connections mean that the one end of that connection actually is about the other end of the connection? Not really because as say one style or system was taught and studied in the beginning in all likelihood was not connected but because of the analysis and synthesis process, as I am slowly discovering from Boyd’s Cycle and Discourse studies, allows such creative connections in order to see how things may, might or could work now.

In the article the person didn’t actually say that the kata in question had anything to do with Aikido and didn’t make that connection a matter of whether that connection was actually real, i.e., in other words that the study of Aikido had anything to do with the creation of that kata or the bunkai of that kata and so on. It is just a way to see into study, practice, training and experiences in our martial disciplines and it DOES NOT MEAN that the connection being made is actually a connection from reality but rather a connecting made by an individual for a particular analysis of what each end of that connection can possibly mean or have anything to do with intent. 

Making connections in a analysis and synthesis fashion is not about making some sort of connection so that one may or might believe that what they do has some value such as when folks make connections to first generation students along with the systems/styles master for some ego driven specialness to set some sort of special state of being that no one else can lay claim, etc.

For every connection made there are as many others who can refute such connections for any number of reasons that leads to something even more important, i.e., “Just because someone can make a connection and just because someone else can refute that does not make either one either right or wrong!” If that connection or lack thereof works for that individual then it matters to them and has not relevance to anyone else who can or cannot make the same or similar connection.

Making connections is about opening our minds to every possibility possible regardless. Making connections is about how we analyze our processes toward experience and applicability to every facet of our existence. Making connections is necessary for analysis so that synthesis becomes possible without being obstructed by perceived set stagnate notions from belief systems, it is about the constant changes of nature itself.

Make connections, analyze them and embrace those comments regardless so that you validate and confirm such analysis as an  intricate part of making changes, a necessary part of making changes, so that when you create something unique to you, you then synthesize that something into relevance until your analysis and synthesis once again inspires the creativity of relevant and beneficial change. 

Ain’t life a hoot?

p.s. when I see such connections and when I achieve such connections it just validates and confirms that even with a perceived difference by the use of styles and systems that in truth all of them are children of principles, both major and minor, that are the exact same from system to system, from style to style, from Sensei to Sensei and from practitioner to practitioner. 

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