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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Atomistic - It works and It Doesn’t …

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I use the term atomistic to give feeling and depth to what some would term, “Trivia.” The minuteness of knowledge is always a necessity until it becomes a hindrance. Every discipline known to humans requires a period of atomistic study, analysis, hypothesis and synthesis before it is stored and encoded, i.e., before we make those click-n-whirr tapes used by our lizard brains. 

If you have no reference points, no knowledge and therefor no understanding about a subject or discipline then your brain, your minds - all three; the human, the monkey and the lizard - will have and find no reference points or triggers to click-n-whirr, run the proper tapes for the proper response and actions for the particular situation and moment - YOU FREEZE. 

When I talk of martial arts I use things like, “Shu-ha-ri, Shin-gi-tai, and other terms where one uses a mind of no mind with my translation being to first fill the mind with the atomistic, a plethora of trivia based knowledge, then practice/study, practice/study, and practice/study until you reach both a mental and tactile/physical understanding so you can now empty your mind, no mind, so the underside of your mind, the lizard, can take control especially in the adrenal stress-conditions of reality. 

Yes, karate and other martial disciplines is an on-going constant battle of learning the atomistic, synthesizing and encoding then forgetting the atomistic to, i.e., make room for more, set aside the old so the lizard can make use of it without distractions or delays and then let it become wholeheartedly holistic in nature. 

Learn the basics, become the basics and then “FORGET” the basics. Yes, the meme used most often in karate circles or communities is to always practice the basics and whenever there is a question needing answers that are unanswered due to ignorance, etc., then you can always fall back on, “Hey, go practice your basics and one day you will realize the answer.” Yea, right, that goes over well with me and truthfully since I had a Sensei who also asked and found proper answers I didn’t have to suffer with that one too much. 

Basics, like many other things karate, are misunderstood and lacking in proper understanding for they, like the fundamental principles; multiple methodologies; levels of forces, lack full and complete understanding as to their function and purpose for they are simply tools to learn about principles, methodologies, force levels and ways to apply the three effectively in the adrenal stress-conditions of self-defense. 

Shu-ha-ri can help understand the concept for to understand shu-ha-ri you learn in an atomistic way that you first learn shu, then learn ha, and when finally learning ri you gain insight into how shu and ha are not distinctly separate but mutually connected and beneficial giving rise to how I explain the yin-yang concept and symbol. Ri is about mind-no-mind and losing the trivia for a more wholehearted holistic approach, understanding and application both mentally and physically creating that “Spirit” often spoken of in marital communities but sometimes understood in a limited way. 

More often than not, going and remaining with the basics, the more physical manifestation without all the other necessities, leaves the practitioner practicing basics forever while never reaching and gaining the next level necessary to understand karate and martial disciplines. 

In short, atomistic is critically necessary in the shu stages; atomistic loses its necessity in the ha stages; atomistic becomes a hindrance and obstacle if allowed to remain steadfast and dogmatic in holding to things like basics in the ri stages where the mind must be freed and allow the body and spirit to achieve its proper level much like the tide against the shore. 

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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