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.

About the Dojo: Its Mystic

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

A dojo, the very name itself, is a draw to folks, i.e., Asian in origin and has a mystical feel and meaning to it that strikes the cord in those who join. It also smacks of species, human that is, survival instincts of the group, i.e., groups strengthen the human individuals into a cohesive strong unit, a tribe, so the dojo environment gives us that connection.

In social situations that bring individuals into groups driven by our need to procreate and survive is often hierarchal status driven and by the groups/tribes nature toward activities that are coordinated it provides a means of connectivity that results in the group/tribe becoming self-sacrificial and group supportive. The tribe becomes more cooperative, the tend to more easily self-sacrifice for one another especially when it means procreative opportunities, i.e., yeah for sex, and gives us all a feeling of unity through the acts of synchrony. 

There is all of this in the dojo and adding in the mystic of the Asian combative aspects found in karate and martial arts therein lies the group dynamic of conflict, violence and so on that promotes a stronger person and group; creating a stronger ability that translates into offspring that translates into both individual and group survival. 

In a recent blog post on persuasion, compliance profession and principles, the author put influence and compliance into three categories with the most useful and most successful category being what he termed as, “Identity.” In short, a means of communicating that triggers something useful and positive and motivating in our own identities so that we may be persuaded with greater success, etc.

Connecting through identity creates a connection that often cannot be broken and allows acceptance over simply trying to connect through facts and figures that don’t trigger emotionally driven identity traits of the individual and the group. 

Dojo and martial arts/karate trigger deeply ingrained instincts of survival of conflict and violence of all types. It triggers social proof principles; it triggers our need to be liked, i.e., likability principle; it creates status within making the authority principle dominant also a survival thing; it fosters mutual needs, wants and desires making our innate principle of obligation a brotherhood exchange of services and support that is a cornerstone of survival and procreation; obligations, etc., are supported and driven by human need of reciprocation; and by its model of teaching, practicing and gaining experience in the model used creates and uses the human need for consistency. There is one more principle, scarcity, that is met and supported by the fact of its mystical Asian unique qualities that are not widely used or available outside the actual cultural making it appear as a scarce unique way, the principle of scarcity. 

In the dojo, it utilized unbeknownst to us humans, the five principle so influence: reciprocation, likability, social proof, authority, and scarcity. All driven by sub-principles of reciprocations of meaningfulness, unexpectedness and customization processes; likability by our similarities, the complements we exchange; social proof as in its validity and feasibility; authority as it effects us by the perceived expertise and trustworthiness of said expert; scarcity as in the access as restricted by its nature along with triggering human desire, aversion toward missing out on something special; consistency in our need to be and be seen as consistent in commitments, actions, etc.

In short, dojo’s and memberships tend to trigger some deep seated instincts, needs, wants and emotions that drive us to want to belong to groups that meet our individual beliefs. 

In short; it has coordinated activities; a capacity to create self-sacrificial and supportive conduct; it creates cooperation of its members; it creates a brotherhood feeling; and it creates and foster synchrony for greater strength hitting the species drive toward survival and procreation. It makes use of those compliance influence principles of reciprocation (think sensei-deshi, sempai-kohai, etc.), likability (think of the connection and brotherhood friendships it provides), social proof (think how we observe and work to mimic senpai and sensei, etc.), authority (think of sensei to deshi to senpai to kohai along with group statuses of rank or belts, etc.), scarcity (think of is mysterious nature so different from our culture, etc.), consistency (think of the patterns, rhythms, cadence, kata, basics, self-defense techniques, etc).

Bibliography (Click the link)

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