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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When I say this word, use this term, humans will have triggered an automatic extraction of internal information about exercising to achieve a physical fit body, a body fit, healthy and strong to apply karate and martial disciplines. But, is this the end explanation of fitness? Not exactly for we have two other fitness explanations that seem to fit, the first is a mental fitness of maturity, morality, attitude, knowledge, understanding and the innate ability to apply these in the words and actions often rendered in self-defense through karate, martial disciplines and the self-defense principle. The second comes from the very essence of human existence, survival of the species and our fitness is about those evolutionary enhancements of our abilities and senses that over eons resulted in our present state of evolutionary survival of the fittest state of being. 

It is about natural selection, the survival of the “fittest” and how that translates to those traits, etc., that say, “This person survived so they procreate and pass on those abilities and traits to the offspring” cycles of evolution and experiences, etc.

For example, one theorist provided this concept after extensive research, i.e., “Perceptions and internal-information-bearing (knowledge, experience, and understanding, etc.) structures are useful for F-I-T-N-E-S-S-preserving or enhancing behavior because there is some mutual information between the predicted utility of a behavior (like escaping) and it actual utility.” - Hoffman and Prakash

Without this and other processes of and for natural selection we then have to comparative external and internal data that will increase mutual information thus F-I-T-N-E-S-S is low and stays that way where those who are not fit find themselves not surviving and not procreating.  

I look at one fitness principle as example, i.e., “Perspective,” for perspective in our sensory detection driven my the past and present knowledge and understanding of our minds can determine and influence how we perceive therefor how we make distinctions in relation to how we see. Once many centuries ago all our species observed and believed the world flat but through the sciences and individuals there came a shift, call it a paradigm shift if you wish, that allowed a different perspective demonstrating that the world was not flat but round (actually egg shaped but that came later in more modern times and sciences). 

Our natural-selective processes are about perceptions and how they, along with the internal, tell us about reality where in one view reality may be a flat 2D model or where by a simple shift of perspective turns a 2D into a 3D sphere. 

In the karate and martial discipline communities it is all about how each practitioner perceives what they are exposed to in the dojo and how they distinguish that expertise when synthesizing it to fit themselves as individuals. It is best to remember that one who distinguishes the system one way one day because of open-minded studies will often find a shift from that perspective to another entirely different and new perspective.

All of this comes from the very essence of the human species, survival through natural selection by external/internal perceptions and distinctions that allow for the F-I-T-N-E-S-S of the species, not necessarily a perceive reality but a more realistic objective properties of our external world for species survival.   

Once again, we make assumptions in regard to our perceptions when in fact that reality differs from true objective realistic properties of the world, in critical survival respects, differs from our perceptions. There is a proven mismatch between our perceptions and certain aspects of reality. 

Bibliography (Click the link)
D. Hoffman, C. Prakash. Objects of consciousness. Frontiers in Psychology, 2014.

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

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