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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

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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.


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Ancient Olympic Games

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I found in interesting article about the more ancient olympic games and these are the quotes that really struck a cord with me regarding how those ancient games were conducted. The article is read HERE.

What I found of interest is that even in the ancient games there were those of dishonest personalities that cheated, bribed and other such things to give them the edge and we find that and a bit more even today in all sporting activities. What I found of great interest and would really like to see returned to the modern olympic games are the repercussions when participants were caught, such as when caught cheating, i.e., “Dishonest wrestlers rubbed themselves with olive oil so they could slide from their opponent’s grasp. Bribing judges or even fellow competitors were other documented methods of cheating. Those caught were publicly whipped and fined, and their shame was immortalized on inscribed statues lining the route athletes walked to enter the stadium.”

Honestly, there would be a need to create so many statues to line the route of athletes that the march would probably need to start weeks in advance just to pass all those cheaters caught over the past olympic games. 

The one aspect I would love the world to adhere to universally is the one where peace is declared for a period before, during the games and after where the entire population of the world, every society and every culture/belief system would have a truce of ultimate peace, i.e., three months before, during the entire games and for three months after the ending of the games total and complete peace in the world - wouldn’t that be awesome?

I would add this, that each society with all its cultures and beliefs systems would take the same oath that all conflict at all levels and all violence at all levels, including crimes, etc., both social and asocial, would be stopped in a truce like peace for the same duration as that of the world. Now that would be awesome, all of us participate directly or indirectly with peaceful games and events in support of the games - Awesome!

Hey, let the games begin (just like suggested)!

The quotes I liked in the article the most:

“The practice of warfare in the ancient world inspired many Olympic events.”

“What the Greeks called ‘heavy’ events were also closely connected to combat. Boxing, wrestling, and a combination of the two called pankration all rewarded strength and tactical cunning. Boxers wore thin gloves made of leather thongs and fought on the open ground, which made it impossible to corner an opponent and extended the length of fights. If a bout dragged on for hours, the boxers could agree to exchange undefended blows—a pugilistic equivalent of sudden death.”


“The pankration, a freestyle brawling and wrestling contest, allowed everything except biting and gouging.”


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