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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Psychological Self-Defense

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

I can just tell, from the title of this article many will make an assumption it all has something to do with mind-state and mind-set but it doesn’t - yet, it does, now figure that one out. I hope to make my point of view clearer - or muddier as the case may be. 

What I hope to convey is how the brain takes stimuli, perceptions and distinctions generate of, affecting, or arising in our minds as it relates to a situational mental and emotional state of mind in self-defense as it may or may not affect our mind and behaviors as it pertains to our conscious and unconscious experiences with emphasis on conflict along with the potential of violence. 

It involves our perceptions, our cognitions, our attentions, our emotions, how they effect our maturity and intelligence, our motivations, our personalities, our character along with how we connect and act with others and so on. It is probably the most critical and complex part of learning and applying self-fense as anyone who understands the full spectrum of both psychological and physical self-fense will tell you. 

This is the one area that is also about gender because all that is mentioned is effected and affected by how the genders are socially conditioned. Even one gender over another will have similarities in the differences in social conditions and conditioning as it relates to culture and those cultural beliefs especially since modern society is chock full of varying cultures and cultural belief systems all within sight and sound of one another resulting if frictions and such all subject to conflict but not always to violence. 

No, one does not need to be a psychologist or psychiatrist to understand the psychological aspects involved in self-defense or in self-defense teaching, training and practice let alone applications. It means you have to have a certain sensitivity toward the differences in humans starting with gender then cultures and those cultural beliefs because in communications the differences in how each perceives said communications lead to conflicts of varying levels, nature and severities. 

Psychological aspects of humans, in general, all deal with how the mind effects and leads the body and how the body through experiences takin in through the sensory systems effects and leads our minds for a mind-body/body-mind principle applied to self-fense. 

What I am trying to say is don’t just assume teachings take care of psychological aspects of humans in conflict and violence but allow this aspect to help you achieve your goals in teaching and learning. This is what makes the whole of self-defense hard to teach and why so many gravitate to the easier teachings, technique based. 

Just a bit of mindless meanderings toward theories, hypothesis and a synthesis of something that may or may not hold water in the end, i.e., something to think about, consider, test, evaluate, test and evaluate again over and over again until it either gets absorbed or gets discarded, the way of learning. 

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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