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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The Way Doesn’t Mean

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What do I mean? Well, in truth we all talk a lot about following the way, the path or the road that is karate and/or martial arts and we assume that it is an intricate part of that study and practice. But, is it? Actually, the way came about, for karate anyway, from Japanese influences. Karate, as far as I can tell from studies of scattered and inconsistent and incomplete historical information specifically on karate is not and was not a martial art and as such is not and was not attached or even a part of such philosophical beliefs such as Zen and so on. This does not mean that there were no moral teachings in karate and yet my feel for it historically, i.e., further past than the late 1800’s, is that karate was merely a civil self-fense-fighting ability and a prerequisite for security/military like weapons training, 

In fact, none of the military or martial arts of Asia, America’s or European heritage needs to have a way to study and practice the systems or disciplines. They are not called arts but merely jutsu oriented disciplines meaning ‘just physical manifestations of fighting, combatives and competitive disciplines’ and the Zen like beliefs and methods were not a part until Japan started to make karate a Japanese martial discipline. 

Granted, this theory and idea is not going to make the community happy and it will be considered ‘blasphemy’ so as such it will easily be discarded from any consideration because it does not ring the bell with most peoples current beliefs of karate and martial arts. 

Not long ago there was an article about the modern competitive disciplines such as MMA and Full Contact Karate of the 70’s that simply believed you didn’t need all the philosophical traditional crap to apply the system and win in the ring. Yet, not too many years later suddenly articles were coming out indicating that certain highly respected competitors were ‘rediscovering the traditions’ scoffed at in the past and not incorporating them back into their practices. 

What this era showed, to the participants anyway, was that although the more philosophical spiritual aspects of the ancient traditions was not required or even necessary to learn the disciplines and to apply them that to achieve certain goals within the endeavor the practitioners had to re-discover, for themselves, the value of such principles that embrace things like humility and professionalism (often referred to in the sport as … wait for it … sportsmanship!)

Take the recent Olympic judo match where one contestant refused to shake the hand of his opponent. Yes, there may have been a long cultural type of feud going on there that one may have allowed in the emotional charged moment to rule the act but Judo, regardless of individual cultural beliefs, etc., should have taught, trained and adhered to certain generic martial etiquette rules that should have takin front and center in the games and left such external differences out of the ring. Maybe the one contestant did just that, set aside differences for the games while the other contestant allowed his personal emotional feelings use his external differences to lead him to make a un-sportsmanship like act, failure to shake the hands of opponents out of respect for their JUDO achievements. 

The real reason a proverbial traditional discipline of karate and martial arts of all countries and cultures should have a form of ‘way or path’ that embraces some generic like etiquette distinct and separate from any one cultural beleif system of an individual or group that guides the practitioner to take and practice and use such disciplines with a certain emotionally mature state of mind that transcends our discipline to a level alone leaving external differences, problems and obstacles outside the dojo door - so to speak. 

So, although a way is not actually a part of such disciplines humans through out history, on both sides of good and bad, have always incorporated some sort of way that guides the person and the discipline toward, at the very lizard like instinctual DNA level gene, appropriate and beneficial application for the survival of the species of humanity. 

There is plenty of room in the discipline for the individual to bring in all sorts of ways or paths to follow regardless and that is what makes a dojo, the Sensei, the Kohai and the practitioners all drawn together in mutual respect and other like-minded reasons and reasonings that make them a dojo-tribe but with one universal intricate trait called sportsmanship, an etiquette of mutual respect, humility and humanity. 

I incorporate a ‘way’ in my practice, a philosophical way that encompasses all the principles that would made the discipline applicable and effective while maintaining a respect for others with regard to culture and believe while relying on that sportsmanship to bridge any differences and divides under the name of karate and martial arts. 

I believe that the dojo is a micro-social-world that is a miniature of our real world and that the way the dojo is run, like a tribe or clan or group, with a hierarchy and other group dynamic roles, rules and requirements - all non cultural specific, generic - while remaining respectful of the individual is the hallmark of ‘The Way of the Dojo’ so as to promote mutual respect and harmony even if we are at war elsewhere, the dojo is like Switzerland, neutral and safe for all. 

Therefore, as extensions of the dojo, all competitive environments such as the Olympics shall be held to the same or higher standards. If one has issues with others then take it up after and outside that world. 

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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