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

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Awareness - Another Perspective

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In our efforts to train for self-fense we coin the word ‘awareness’ and that term or word carries a variety of meaning dependent on certain factors of intent. In karate and martial disciplines awareness becomes something else entirely but in truth there are two kinds of awareness that, for me until this very moment, are divided into two distinct concepts. We have a “Primary Awareness” and we have a “Secondary Awareness.” If you are thinking to yourself, the conscious mind and the unconscious mind you are heading down the right path. 

Primary Awareness:
  • Consists of your current present moment awareness of your conscious mind.
  • Our minds use primary awareness to focus on the content of the spoken words, etc., but when content, stimulus, exceeds the processing ability of our primary awareness our minds pass it along to the secondary awareness where everything becomes possible. 
Secondary Awareness:
  • Consists of all the other information you have gathered throughout your life, but do not presently realize in your primary awareness, i.e., the storehouse of information residing in your unconscious mind. 
  • Our gut feeling, the spidey sense that tingles telling you something is amiss and take attention to that stimulus to identify the issue, event or action, etc., that is causing you unconscious concern. 
  • Represents everything, awareness, other that your awareness, it is knowledge of the complete resource inventory within your conscious and unconscious mind. 
One great issue for both primary and secondary awareness, it is and must be comprised of accumulated information, knowledge, understanding and experiences along with our cultural belief system all who affect how both work at any given moment. If you have no knowledge of and/or experience with (through real-life experiences or experiences through training and practice, etc.) such things then both your primary and secondary awareness have nothing to use in our minds to be of use in that given situational moment. Such as being attacked by a predator by surprise and heavy damage, if you have not experience it or trained for it you will succumb and if you are lucky you will just freeze, take damage and then spend some time at the ER. 

Training, practice and experiences are about feeding and developing and making use of the yin-yang of awareness, our primary and secondary awareness abilities of the human mind. Educate that awareness and then consider the content of that training where the other categories of awareness are involved, i.e., “Situational, Physical (both self and adversary), Dynamics (pre-assault indicators, etc.), Duty-beliefs-place in life, Criminal, Danger, Environmental, Mindful and Self.”

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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