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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Drills: Karate Techniques (moves) Against Karate Techniques (moves)

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It came to me today, not for the first time, that many, if not all, karate techniques when applied in practice are always against other (like) karate techniques. First, the example video I am providing is not about criticizing that video or the method of training therein but to show how the drills demonstrated are always against a karate-ka who uses karate techniques. 

Please note, this is not to criticize the instructors, participants or the karate methods in the drill, it is just to show the drills being utilized and taught against karate techniques over something else. This is merely an exercise in thinking, thought as well as a process of “Analysis and Synthesis.” It is also not saying that the techniques demonstrated will not work against someone attacking who is using techniques not karate or martial arts. The effectiveness of any techniques regardless of its source is dependent upon factors of the individual and the training models and methods involved. So, on with the article/post!

My question here is this, “Baring other factors, etc., are drills consisting of karate techniques against karate techniques actually of benefit for self-defense?” Add in that often times the actual SD techniques, be they karate or something else, are often those derived from no experience in self-defense, fighting in the street or combatives as in military hand-to-hand (or Police and Corrections professions, etc.). Those techniques are sometimes ineffective regardless of what they are practiced against being karate or some other form of SD.

I often wonder why those same karate self-defense professionals and courses don’t actually expose students to the use of karate techniques against actual predatory, or even social situationally fights, attack methodologies especially when they are NOT karate or martial arts oriented. Why don’t they have the more reality based adrenal stress-conditioned training regimens vs. the patterned and predictable drill patterns taught in karate? 

It comes down to the proverbial canned self-defense situation taught as a self-defense technique where an adversary approaches you directly and then facing you directly grabs a wrist where you then perform a complex set of movements that are supposed to stop the attack and allow you to counter, etc. Hmmmm, kind of NOT how attacks happen I think. 

As I have quoted before, “What about the surprise attack (how it happens a lot) that causes you to be frozen in the OO bounce due to surprise and a flurry of damaging blows, etc., all causing you to lose balance and structure and placing you into a position rarely overcome by even training professionals?” The guy attacked you from behind, hit you behind the ear or at the carotid artery causing your brain to go ga-ga, then taking you down to the ground where your position disrupts your structure, and ability to apply any force what so ever, crowds you so you cannot maneuver and removes any ability to attain balance, etc. so what do you do and what karate techniques from those most awesome drills do you use?

Remember, this isn’t personal and those karate drills are awesome teaching tools and remember also that those drills teach us a lot about principles but are they the defacto self-defense methodologies you will actually deploy in such circumstances? These and other considerations are what I use to convey a need to take self-defense way beyond the mere technique based defenses/offenses and use awareness along with avoidance and even deescalation as self-fense long before the use of techniques or methodologies or force levels to stop an attack. 

Awareness, once again stressed, is the absolute best defense you can use because adequate training toward awareness and violence will allow you to perceive and act long before you are surprised, down and out while waking at the ER. I believe that wholehearted and is why I come back around time and again to articles and posts of similarity - yet different perspectives. It isn’t glorious, it doesn’t trip our warrior like egoistic feelings of adequacy and it does not come across and cool karate for the movies but it does lead you to less danger, greater safety and security while avoiding time in the ER and even jail - ain’t that better?

It won’t impress the guys; it won’t provide for great stories at the next pub gathering; it won’t appear cool to most BUT the another gender will be impressed and glad you took this road vs. the cool awesome gymnastic pleasing dazzling karate and martial tricks seen in movies type shit. 

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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