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

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Self-Fense Begins Here

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

Maybe you are expecting me to jump into the dangers you face at every moment and every turn; maybe you are expecting to reference the awesomeness of my system of martial arts as the fastest and easiest form of self-defense to learn; you might be making some assumption that I can fill all your needs to remain safe and secure while providing you all the tactical-cool movie-like tricks and such to protect yourself BUT guess what dudes and dudettes, ain’t gonna happen.

Self-Fense (combo of offense and defense) doesn’t start there, it starts here: “Knowledge and Understanding!” It is about taking control of your life, making decisions for yourself and then seeking out those things you will need to know and understand to remain safe and secure in life regardless of what, when, where, why and how of things.

To make informed decisions about anything requires a lot of work to start. You have to learn about things to make such decisions and that requires a lot of work. When I say knowledge you have to understand that knowledge comes in many forms other than just academic. This also applies to understanding for it too comes in many forms. It comes down to attaining knowledge then applying that in life so you come to understand both the academic and reality-based aspects of that knowledge, a type of understanding that is both cerebral and instinctual, i.e., like the difference form academic knowledge and the type of knowledge we refer to as “Common Sense knowledge and understanding.” 

The reason this concept doesn’t hold water is because we don’t want to work that hard, we as humans tend to be pretty darn lazy and our modern social conditioning today teaches us to rely on others to make decisions for us, you know, the experts that we are not since we don’t rally want to take the time to learn and understand. It’s much easier to just follow the herd so to speak and that is a natural human species thing that our modern lazy compliance professions depend on to make money, etc.

Knowledge: Academic (but the right kind that is fact-checked, reliable and found valid, etc.); Experience based (the kind you get when you actually leave the classroom and life it out in the real world while being exposed to the chaos and fluidity of life itself, etc.); Reality based (where you accumulate and analyze facts, information, and SKILLS you acquire, others acquire both theoretical and practice to synthesize how you act to remain safe and secure, etc.); Awareness Based (where you have attained both awareness and familiarity through experience of facts and/or situations, etc.).

Understanding: Ability based (where you learn, know and understand your abilities and capabilities and limitations, etc.); Comprehension Based (where your understanding through experience and abstract though become intelligence, etc.); Perceptive/Judgement Based (where you learn to analyze and synthesize ad-hoc, dynamic and creative ways to apply the knowledge and understanding, etc.); and so on.

Note: there is more to the above but my goal is not to give you the easy way by providing all the information. 

So, you see, this isn’t a glorified glamorous Bruce Lee-esque media driven ad campaign to help you gladly part with your hard earned money because all of this can be accomplished far and away from the Self-defense industry. Not to say that there are not actual industry programs that will actually give you this part but most don’t so, buyer BEWARE!

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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