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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A little play on another tech oriented term, IoT or Internet of Things. What I do is research by traveling around the Internet as well as viewing video’s, reading articles, reading books, listening to talks/seminars and other such things to see and then analyze things about karate and martial arts with an agenda, yes I do have a bias and agenda in this effort, to analyze everything so I can determine for me what is true, what is relevant, what is most efficient and most of all ACCURACY as best as humans can achieve. 

It can be historical or modern, sport or self-defense or any other form including the more philosophical ways of training, practice and applications. My purpose it to gain knowledge and understanding so when I write, teach or demonstrate I can feel relatively comfortable what I pass along is either spot on, accurate or close to accurate as humanly possible. 

In a recent overview of a posting out there on Facebook, a page dedicated to karate, one member asked the age old question you can read in the following and just one individuals answer to that question. If I were the person asking because I wanted to learn and currently had no understanding of the term, its concepts and practices the answer, given after the question below, would have left a lot more questions in my mind than it provides answers. 

One of the reasons why such terms are so difficult is because they don’t provide answers to such questions so they remain mysterious and often are topics of heated discussions, no one can say adamantly, truthfully and with verifiable facts and research what the answer is and that may be because it defies explanation. At least defying explanation and only learned out on the dojo floor is one of those canned answers some sensei provide because, … wait for it …, they don’t really know. Here is the question and answer given followed by a list of questions I would have followed up with if my sensei gave me the answer below. 

Q: What is Chinkuchi?

A: “It is the proper application of muscle tension, posture, timing, and intent to maximize the efficiency of a technique in the martial arts. It works both offensively and defensively. Very few people practice long enough to develop this to a level where it applies to self-defense. Doing it right is extremely subtle and complex.” - Ken Marrow

I have some questions that would need more information to make sure this statement is well understood:
  • Who decides what is proper or not as to the application of:
    • Muscle tension?
    • Posture?
    • Timing?
    • and Intent?
  • What criteria does one use to know that one is maximizing efficiency in a technique?
  • What and who decides what criteria makes the technique efficient and under what circumstances, i.e., in a social fight; in asocial self-fense; in a sport competition?
  • How does one connect and relate self defense both offense and defense from the practice of chinkuchi?
  • How can it work both offensively and defensively in sport, combat, social fights or asocial self-fense?
  • At what level, explain the various levels of chinkuchi, does it suddenly become applicable to self-defense and what type of self-defense?
  • Explain what it is about chinkuchi regarding its traits of subtly and complexity? 
  • What criteria is used and who validates its validity so one is “Doing it right?” 
Now, I have done as much research and analysis as I can possible do on this subject, chinkuchi, and discovered in the process what I believe the term and meaning, mean. It is along explanation and when you add it to your practice and spend some considerable time contemplating it, my definition and add in all the other definitions given from a myriad of sources all experts you begin to see the connections and patterns that support my definition or at a minimum a synthesized answer that meets and exceeds your understanding. 

Read also:
Chinkuchi - The Definitive Answer (especially this one, it is my “final answer ;-)”

p.s. consider this, I have, all answers are right, it is a matter of collectively studying all of them to come up with a personal consensus that makes the term work for you in your practice, training and applications regardless of which application you live. 

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