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.

Awareness and Environment

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

Lets begin by addressing our environment often, in martial arts, thought of directly as our location when we are attacked or facing some sort of conflict regardless of whether it leads to avoidance of physical violence. I have a slightly different way of perceiving my environment, i.e., I see it as a virtual environment similar to what the IT industry uses today called “Virtual Machines.” 

Yes, we are a sort of machine that we can say is not man-made mechanical but nature-made moist meat and energy-signals that create a matrix like environment. Whhhaaat? 

Our virtual environment is not based on the idea of our location but a virtual environment that we take with us wherever our brains, our minds, are at any given moment. Yes, it is matrix like because its existence depends solely and exclusively on our I/O processes, i.e., those devices or systems nature provided us that extend from our minds/brains and outward to a certain limited distance. The I/O processes are the input of signals and output of signals through the sensory systems of our minds and bodies. The sense of sight, touch, sound, taste and touch, i.e., the only means that our brains, our minds, can gather data for brain/mind processing and also how we express in a variety of ways our output signals through one or more of those same I/O processes, our senses. 

Our entire existence comes from how our brains take in data, process that data in the brain by analysis, the process of hypothesis when assessed by other senses along with experiences through the memory dump within the brains/minds processing system and finally through a synthesis process where the brain/mind makes decisions that can result in actions either physical or psychological or both. 

Our virtual environment changes according to perceptions and stored experiences in memories so we literally create our environment in each moment of experience of our bodies in relation to our location in space and time. The virtual environment as a whole consists of signals translated, assessed and created according to all the senses because no one sense does the entire job.

One of our obstacles in the martial arts and karate world for self-fense comes from the social conditioning of society such as our human reliance on a dominant sense thus putting the other four either out of contributing to the overall virtual environment or at least putting it out in last place on a conscious level. Society today has come to rely heavily on sight sense, what we see we assume is our virtual creation of our environment and in most cases that is ok. 

But, in the case of self-fense be it with martial arts, karate or some other tool sight alone is not enough. What we see is sometimes not what we see or what we should see. Take the effects of the adrenal stress-conditions effects that can create exclusion and/or tunnel vision that can be dangerous to our success especially in violent encounters. Even normal vision is a tunnel of direct vision with assistance of a wider span of peripheral vision but does that truly take in all the signals of our virtual environment? 

No, it dose not and when adding in the adrenal stress-conditions of danger, emotional effects along with the physical effects of the adrenal chemical dump all of our senses are effected reducing our virtual environment to one that may not even be true, accurate or even exists in reality. 

In our realty based adrenal stress-conditioned model our goal is to train and practice within our limitations of the virtual environment we create with our minds along with training our minds to resist the chemical dump effects so we can widen the depth and breadth of our I/O sense system to take in as much of reality that is possible to create a virtual environment that will detect - more, then process that more before leaving the decision loop to the action process. Remember, the OODA exists but solely in our minds/brains. It is how our computer brains, if you will, process all that I/O data of the sense systems.

Back to the work, we train or at least we are supposed to train our bodies and minds to process not just our sight senses but all of them where sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste contribute to the whole rather then merely a part of data input so critical to the abilities necessary for conflict and violence. 

Sight is only good if the danger enters the span of both direct and peripheral vision. Tactile or touch is only good if our skin detects pressure directly on our bodies. Sound is only good if a noise is made and it is detected by our ears. Smells is only as good as the type of smell we detect and relate to danger vs. no danger and that often depends on the smell and the relation of another person as to proximity to you. Taste is only good to back up smell because humans do have the ability to taste odors in the air and there may be other benefits to taste that I can’t think of at the moment. 

Alone, each sense in its best state of input all have their own limits such as sight. We can see on the best of days clear to the horizon so that view is our visual virtual environment. But, unless we are scanning with that perfect vision and we couple that with appropriate knowledge and hopefully experience it may or may not be effective in avoidance and fense. Even sound has its blind spot meaning that if we scan with sight our sound senses should also, in a perfect world, detect sounds that might trigger our spidey senses toward actions, etc. 

So, you can see that we do live in a virtual world we create with our minds. What we perceive, distinguish and believe as to what is in that environment is not written in proverbial stone because of a lot of other factors all that should be a part of training and practice. Due to things like beliefs, perceptions as driven by things like cognizant dissonance as well as confirmation bias creates our world of perceptions that can literally blind us to any reality in our virtual environment. Sometimes I wonder to myself that with all this static how we actually exist, live and survive even in our virtual worlds/environments.

So, as I allude to, our environment exists in this chaotic fluid perceived existence of a reality/world we create in each moment accordingly to the sensei I/O data/information. Oh, and I forget that even when sense data signals come in as they truly exist out there often our minds, through cognizant dissonance and/or confirmation biases, change and reprogram those tapes/films to project a virtual environment to suit certain needs of each individual. 

Now, just think about this for a while and let you mind mull and meander on that bit of information for a while to see how you can use it to improve upon your already considerable abilities, proficiencies and mastery. 

So far I have not spoken of awareness because it too is virtual in nature according to all the stuff I have provided so far. It doesn’t take much to insert awareness for environment and come to the same conclusions except that our natural tendency toward cognizant dissonance and confirmation biases has a lot more effect on awareness for it is an awareness coupled with the knowledge, understanding and experiences that program our minds/brains so we can asses, analyze, hypothesize and then synthesize decisions to trigger appropriate actions to get-r-done. 

Puts a whole new spin on what I thought of as awareness and environment!

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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