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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In modern karate, in modern martial arts and in modern self-defense programs, mostly, its about strength and often size. The canned rhetoric is, “You have to be stronger to win and you have to use your size to your advantage so bigger is better and bigger usually wins as well.” Such rhetoric is used throughout various physical disciplines and in general tends to be true, i.e., a larger opponent has the advantage and the stronger opponent has the advantage and a combination of the two assures success, victory or the win. So, what is this article about, it is about what matters. What matters more than size or strength - what matters is heart and heart comes from a variety of strengths often superior to both physical (muscle oriented) strengths and physical size. In short:

“Size doesn’t matter: Thick upper bodies and large arms might give greater strength, but they also make for an easier target and harder to conceal along with being top-heavy and less nimble. Bigger is not necessarily better; stronger is not necessarily better; strength is limited and often exhausted in the chaos of battle quickly leaving a more prepared adversary in a position of superiority.”

Size and Strength matter until the moment they no longer matter. That is the truth of it and that is the reality of it, reality often sucks that way. What matters is heart, heart is about attitude, ability, understanding and a mental state that perceives and distinguishes obstacles, etc., as merely challenges to overcome with ferocity, determination and perseverance. 

Your mind controls everything and that means seeing things out of the box and applying multiple methodologies both physical and mental to get the job done. Self-limiting to size and strength leave no room for more so creating a mind-state and mind-set unfettered by such restrictive thinking and obstacles, all self-imposed, creates an atmosphere where loss and defeat are allowed. 

What matters is heart and the ability to think while under great stress and often conditions seldom encountered outside of conflict filled with violence. Strength of character matters; the size of your thinking and analysis and creativity matters; the strength of personality matters; the size of your ability to understand and apply creative answers to unknown situations matter. Strength comes in many forms and size is not necessarily about the size of the mass of anything. Sometimes strength and size is more esoteric in nature and comes from a place hidden deep inside all humans, humans who know how to access the depth and breadth of human nature, ability and integrity of guts. 

Yet, most modern karate and martial disciplines assume and believe strong muscles and larger body mass are how one succeeds in practice, training and application toward self-fense. 

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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