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

WARNING, CAVEAT AND NOTE

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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Responsibility

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link)

I recently wrote an article involving the movie industry but in this article I wanted to touch base on individual responsibility especially as it pertains to martial arts in general, those who teach martial arts, those who teach martial arts as self-defense and those who are held to a higher standard as leaders and luminaries of the martial arts. 

I want to start at the end, there are those out there who have gained a level of expertise and mastery in martial arts. These are the experts, those who came before us, who have achieved a certain level of perceived mastery, expertise and status that literally makes them a defacto go to person on all things martial arts. In my system or style these luminaries are often referred to as “First Generation Direct Students of the system’s master.” 

Many of those who are a part of the martial arts communities often perceive these folks as pretty special and more often than not tend to put them up on a pedestal making them also often as persons who should not be questioned, persons leading a belief system that is without fault. 

I have witnesses members of such groups to actually become verbally and even physically violent when someone dares to question something being taught as dogmatically unquestionably. This is especially true when questioned through socially driven media, the defacto way to convey thoughts, ideas, theories and facts. 

When someone becomes a person of status such as a master or expert or professional martial artist, as with almost any discipline, they must also assume a level of responsibility to those who would follow their system of beliefs, etc. I liken it to the fact that movie stars have a higher level of notability, visibility and influence on their fans and when they step out of the arena of entertainment into the reality of our world then they must assume a greater sense of responsibility to what ever they provide such as commenting on things that they don’t have expertise on and coming from an emotional standpoint over actual and complete facts, etc. 

Gun control is a good one where many who step up with such credentials to say how it should be handled and due to their status have a huge amount of influence on what others would think is irresponsible of those luminaries especially if their perspective is not complete, comprehensive and supported by the facts, research and resulting findings. It reminds me of the old adage, or meme, of how one should count to ten before commenting or acting especially as it pertains to emotionally charged events and so on.

It is why I write and research and analyze and try to synthesize things of the martial arts world along with the self-defense aspects that hold such a prominent position in the teachings of the discipline. I found that a lot of what I had come to understand in the martial arts world of self-defense after about thirty years of study and practice and teaching was just either wrong or hugely incomplete that I stopped teaching self-defense altogether so as to NOT influence practitioners to use inappropriate, dangerous and legally incorrect methods of defense if attacked either socially or asocially. 

I felt that my expertise was insufficient to teach hands on self-defense martial arts and I try to be careful to convey and provide caveats in my articles so as to provide anyone reading my stuff from assuming incorrectly what it is I write about. I have a feeling this is why I have and still write so much stuff. A good example in the self-defense world is the vastness of the information a self-defense professional puts out on the web and in his books about the subject that even in basic fundamental form takes up huge amounts of pages, words, and subject matter. See the bibliography below for a somewhat incomplete listing of those guys. 

The reason I started out with the last mention in the first paragraph is because that is where the buck stops and where lessons, knowledge, and understanding start - they have set the foundation and once the foundation and cornerstone are complete, cured and set then the effort to make changes becomes almost impossible except in very rare cases. 

As an example, I often write more philosophical and personal theories, ideas and opinions on many subjects within martial arts and self-defense that when they seem to question the beliefs of others end up being vehemently refuted even if what I write and way is not truly a refuting of others teachings but simply a question or other that provides another perspective and perception of possibilities. In short, what I provide often shakes their comfort zone and seems personal when in truth, at leasts to my intent, is not and is only a possibility that can be  either absorbed or discarded as appropriate to the reader. 

As I began, the reason I started with the last is because each stage that follows also must assume responsibility regardless of whether they become teachers or they apply those taught and mastered skills in the real world, especially as to self-defense, combatives or fighting (social, asocial or sport oriented, etc.). 

In short, “martial arts in general, those who teach martial arts, those who teach martial arts as self-defense,” all have a responsibility to make sure what they teach is real, true, and based on reality as it pertains to the actually applications, i.e., sport vs. defense vs. combative and so on. 

I have even taken responsibility for my writings from time to time almost to the point of stopping completely because the writen word, as I have demonstrated in other articles about meme’s, quotations and other such derivatives, word is often misinterpreted or mistaken simply because as a form of communications tends to lack all the other communications of humans through voice inflections, body language and other such non-verbal communications. It is one reason I have such a long caveat linked to the beginning of every article I write. 

In short my articles REQUIRE the reader to take what I provide not as gospel or unquestionable but rather as another perspective that MUST BE ANALYZED by the reader then, if of any value of even the slightest, MUST BE SYNTHESIZED or MERGED into what you already know, understand and practice, etc. 

All too often students, teachers, martial artists and especially those with the greatest influence, and therefore responsibilities, take things literally and without question as the defacto fact. The greatest crime to one’s efforts is to assume that even if it is correct that it will never change is irresponsible to all concerned parties. 

It is truth that what is correct in this moment may not be in the next, it is the way of things. 

Bibliography (Click the link)

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


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