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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A Topic to Consider in Teaching Martial Arts/Karate

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

When I say, “MA,” I am talking about both martial disciplines and karate. In this article the topic to which I allude to in the title is, … wait for it … “Women’s Self-Defense.” 

First, in my humble opinion MA/Karate are last ditch disciplines in the self-fense (I stole this from Marc MacYoung; it means a combination of offense and defense for protection) arena.

Second, the majority of MA/Karate taught today regardless of one’s intent are NOT adequate for self-fense from a physical applicability. Yes, they have a lot to teach but toward the hands-on part of self-fense, not so much. I come to this conclusion due to my own limited experiences and to the studies I have conducted over the last decade or so. Just read Marc MacYoung’s book in the name of self-defense or Rory Miller’s book(s) on violence, etc. - very enlightening. 

Third, self-fense of the physical kind is, even without karate/MA, is a last ditch don’t have a choice I made stupid choices and mistakes so I am not in a situation that I should have not encountered type of thing. Reading just the books I recommend on self-defense will enlighten MA/Karate communities to the very stunted and limited self-fense often incorrectly taught through dojo, training halls and gyms. 

Oh, we were going to talk about women’s self-fense as it pertains to MA and Karate, well … in my humble opinion, without any real experience and understanding of women, their needs for self-fense and how to teach them, I say that the best self-fense a woman can get is, “Awareness, Avoidance and Deescalation (as a last resort)!”

These three are all discussed in Mr. MacYoung’s and Mr. Miller’s books and all that is also taught and provided by these two, and other violence professionals not named but listed in the Biblio, in their weekend long seminars, etc. Also, they will happily and readily provide where the best self-fense for women if you need to keep up what they teach you and so on. 

In this article a blogger who goes by the moniker of “Kitsutoshi” has an article on women’s self-defense and the obstacles women run into in trying to find an appropriate, realistic and beneficial self-fense program. I do apologize for my ignorance of women’s self-fense and my ignorance to their needs in this discipline but just the same I felt it was time to address this subject other than writing in a generic form of a genderless nature (or so is my goal anyway). 

In general and generically self-fense is unique to each individual regardless of gender and one of the most egregious mistakes most martial arts and karate self-defense businesses makes is remaining ignorant to such things because there is no ‘one fense fits all categories,’ it is a very complex and dynamic field of study and warrants dedicated and serious attention if you are going to participate and/or teach such things. 

Hat tip (Ritsu-rei) to <Swimming in Deep Waters by God’s Bastard> 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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