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

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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.



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Honor

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What is it and why does it matter and hold such a strong binding on the human species, especially the male? So many wars, so many vendetta’s and so many deaths can be attributed to the loss of honor by one party or another, why? 

Honor is defined as follows:

High respect; esteem;  privilege; regard with great respect; to fulfill (an obligation) or keep (an agreement); a person or thing that brings credit; adherence to what is right or to a conventional standard of conduct; a thing conferred as a distinction, especially an official award for bravery or achievement; etc.

The military have a code of honor that has led many to victory in the name of what ever power or government who let loose the dogs of war. It seems that the term is used often such as, “In war it is understood that you give your word of honor to do your duty to stand and fight instead of running away and deserting your friends.” Then it may be about respect of your peers, how honor adds to self-esteem as driven by the group and about fulfilling obligations and agreements, i.e., when you join you are obligated and agree to stand by your fellow soldiers and to stand by your culture and society as comprised of families and governing bodies all in the name of, “Survival!”

Then as a tribe-like construct and the inherent need to belong especially toward individual survival you must be distinguished according to the needs and rules of the tribe while the tribe also adheres to the needs and rules of both the individual and the tribe where the tribe distinguishes by actions and deeds in a social connectivity that binds one to the other also for the needs based on survival. This is done by the service and achievements of the tribal members as well as the collective of the tribe. 

Often, honor is based on both individual and tribal like traits such as, “Loyalty, duty, respect, service, integrity and personal courage.” Honor comes from living up to such traits and principles and it often leads to a bonding of brothers that makes the tribe, the military discipline, unbreakable and invincible.  

Honor can also be said to be about those who develop the habit of being honorable, and solidify that habit with every value choice they make. Honor is a matter of carrying out, acting, and living the values of respect, duty, loyalty, selfless service, integrity and personal courage in everything they, as both individuals and brothers in arms, do.

The Marines speak of honor as, “The bedrock of a Marines character. It is the quality that empowers Marines to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior: to never lie, cheat, or steal; to abide by an uncompromising code of integrity; to respect human dignity; and to have respect and concern for each other. It represents the maturity, dedication, trust, and dependability that commit Marines to act responsibly, be accountable for their actions, fulfill their obligations, and hold others accountable for their actions.”

Need I say more … hold to honor, yours and your tribes and allow that to create integrity, character and a bedrock personality that will carry you throughout your life.

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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