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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Sparring is NOT Fighting

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Remember, a real fight is often either a social monkey dance or a predatory like adrenal-chemical stress-flooding event that takes you totally and completely by surprise where you are in the midst of being pummeled, crowded, unbalanced with total loss of structure. As one professional said, “Say you are hit from behind, just behind the ear and the flurry is reining down on you and you have to start your self-fense from there.” What the … oh crap you are in the shit now!

Sparring is another learning tool that many assume teaches you how to fight but that is not strictly true. Like kata and other aspects of martial arts and karate they teach you a lot about fundamental principles and often, if done right, provide you teachings that help your senses and body to act and respond in certain ways. Sparring in the dojo is also drastically different from competitive events also called sparring. None of that even comes close to how an attack goes down. 

Sparring is about teaching the principles and is used to mesh out issues and changes to each unique individual so that when they do actually train, as much as you can in a training model, in a reality-based adrenal stress-conditioned model they can; first, learn how to handle the chemical dump effects and then, second work on making their efforts adhere to principles, methodologies and types of force all within the socially created conditions dictated by law, the legal system and the whims of ignorant societies often alarmed and disturbed by anything they remotely feel, emotionally, is violence. 

Another perspective on sparring in karate from the Shinseidokan Dojo blog, i.e., “Efficiency in a fight … dream on!” Clarke Sensei, if you have read his bibliographic-like book has a deal of experience in fighting, the social-n-asocial types. He and some other experienced folks, professionals, who have graciously provided teachings from their experiences all same pretty much the same thing. 

Now, I understand that the majority of those self-fense martial and karate dojo out there are going to read something like this as begin to rant, rave, whine and cry that this is all bullshit and what they do will work in self-defense but in truth - mostly, not so much. When you finally get at least a picture in your mind of what real self-defense is; what real martial arts are; what real karate is and how those work in relation to the legal, legal system and social conditions in the real world you will come to a slightly, actually a pretty big difference, different perception and perspective of what you teach vs. what is reality. 

In most social situations your karate fense may be there for you and you may get pretty lucky that it just ends up, worst case, in the ER with bruises, bumps and maybe a broken bone or two without some legal response but in truth if things go from worse to really bad and first responders have to take in the situation it is a reality that they will find your martial fense actually illegal and off to jail without passing go you GO. Ain’t life grand.

In my opinion, I suspect and theorize that most who train the common martial defense stuff are just plain lucky and often find themselves not even close to being exposed to real, the realty of, conflict with violence. But hey, what the heck, my experience doesn’t even come close to some of the pro’s I reference much like Clarke Sensei so feel confident; feel good; feel satisfied your reality beliefs are safe cause you can ignore me totally and completely cause I ain’t got the cred’s you envision - especially since most understanding is from the entertainment industry like TV and movies …

Ok, off the soap box!

Hat tip (Ritsu-rei) to <Shinseidokan Dojo Blog by Michael Clarke Sensei> as the inspiration for this post.

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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