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.

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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


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“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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Why Kata Work

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

First, don’t make the assumption that I mean they work in a fight because, in my opinion, that is not the purpose of kata practice and training. Kata consist of patterns and pattern recognition is a part of human evolution, etc. To understand what I will drive toward consider that pattern recognition in human evolution matters for, “Ethnography, Anthropology, and Society.” 
  1. Ethnography is the scientific description of the customs of individual peoples and cultures.
  2. Anthropology is the comparative study of human societies and cultures and their development. 
  3. Society is the aggregate of people living together in a more or less ordered community, an organization or club formed for a particular purpose or activity. 
  4. Patternality is the ability to discern (and ultimately make) new patterns in the environment and is common to all life forms representing a deep instinct, a drive, a need to impose order on the world so as to make it usable and survivable. 
  5. Patternality shapes how humans, all species, make sense and meaning of our environment within which we exist and the world within which we live. 
  6. At a biological level, it drives … wait for it … SURVIVABILITY!
  7. At a cognitive level, a level at which humans learn, and a social level, it drives learning and meaning-making for humans as well as many other species. 
  8. We use our sensory systems/organs to detect patterns.
  9. Pattern detections is present-oriented and descriptive, matching sensory capacities to particular configurations of things in our environment. 
  10. Cognitively speaking humans are concerned with making symbols and establishing categories and coherent “mental models” that we use as templates in making sense of our worlds. 
  11. The differences found in these views is between processes of recognizing existing order and then actively imposing them in our lives. 
  12. Patternality is a process that humans use to ‘slowly’ build our world by what is called, “Conspecifics: individuals who belong to the same clan, tribe or group,” and who experience similar environmental, etc., conditions. This drives us to a common, consistent, and coherent interconnected meanings that are constantly ratified through a process of analysis, hypothesis and synthesis. 
Note: the above is derived from quotations from chapter 12, Pattern Recognition in Human Evolution by Brigitte Jordan. 

Now, with all that provided, and it is not complete and/or comprehensive, you can begin to get the gist to my article today, why kata work. Kata are made up, configured as and representations of certain physical skills used in hand-to-hand fense (fence = defense, offense in fighting or combatives or competitions, etc.). 

Kata are tools and because they are set in patterns and patterns are a survival tool of the human species we relate patterns through pattern recognition to things in our environment as well as cognitively to other actions that are prompted by the teachings of kata, i.e., methodologies, force types and sensory stimuli. You have read my stuff before on how principles are also taught through kata and the patterns, symbolism, rhythms and cadences when performed, practiced and applied lead the practitioner to the actually methodologies and force applications. 

Kata are not meant to be mimicked in prices forms and ways as fense applications but rather a way to achieve methods and forces in a way that apply them with productively, proficiently, and with power and force regardless of whether the actual kata move is done according to some arbitrary demonstration and performance rules of competition. 

Remember also that patterns once encoded into procedural memory sub-routines, tapes, that they can also work against any fense goals you have because if not properly trained in proper context and reality-based ways they will fail to work just as well as they will succeed. Practitioner beware!

Bibliography (Click the link)

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