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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Micheal Clarke Sensei, Shinseidokan Dojo blog article titled, Correct Conduct … All he says has relevance in karate but no more so than that last sentence where he said, “In truth, I think karate based on ‘correct conduct’ is now all but extinct!” That simple statement led me off into different territory and that is what this article is about, “Karate’s Correct Conduct!”

What do you think of when someone says ‘correct conduct’? I sometimes think it means something different from a standpoint, perspective and perception, of culture, beliefs and other learnings one achieves as they travel through life. It is like the ebb and flow of the tides, it changes the shoreline every cycle because it erodes, or changes, that shoreline accordingly and so should the study of karate and martial disciplines. 

What would you consider as traits of correct conduct, i.e., I would look to several distinctive aspects especially in regards to karate and martial disciplines.

Etiquette and why and how it is manifested.

You might be saying right now that correct conduct is governed by ‘ethics’ and you would be right because, generally speaking, correct conduct is how a society is run and it refers to the character and personality of its members and in the end it is about the social groups survival. They speak to members being of virtuous reliable character and who live by a code of conduct proper and moral to the social entity be it group, tribe or clan. It includs the morals of that group as well and its internal and external etiquette, i.e., the actions and deeds that inspire and lead the group but also others outside the group, tribe, clan or society. 

To make this work, the people of the social entity must be of reasoned, principled and existing practice where answers and mentoring are of a consistent, reasoned and ethical manner reflecting the highest moral stand and standing of the society, group, tribe or clan. At its very core are the basic values and the purpose of the group and its actions, deeds and other reflective constructs. It is about doing for the common good and survival of the tribe and about the difficult task of applying norms and standards and practices of an ever new and changing environment, circumstances and group dynamics and construct. 

When I think of karate, in particular, I think of the following creative endeavor as to why, how, and what I should study, train, practice and especially apply. Apply not just in the actions taken in applying the skills taught but in the skills beyond mere actions toward betterment of self, the group, the tribe, the clan and society - at ever level from family up to the entire society like the U.S.

In karate, derived from the ancient martial practices of Japan and China, there are the seven virtues of the Samurai, i.e., rectitude, courage, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor, loyalty and an addition I would add to make it eight - humbleness. 

Read here a more exhaustive rendering of a code of conduct for a modern practitioner: “The Code” Clarke Sensei is right, there are far too many training facilities that cater to things not geared to instill correct conduct, correct attitude and correct character of the practitioner. 

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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