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.

Do What I Say, Not What I Do

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

Although not the best quote I could use here, it still tells a story such as the karate-ka of thirty plus years who professes adamantly that belts, ranks and tests are an obstacle to true study of karate-jutsu-do. Yet, that same karate-ka continues to take the tests, continues to wear what ever colored belt they have that symbolizes their rank, level or grade and finally they require testing of their students - Wassup with that?

If you have a belief, especially in karate and in the dojo, then your actions, deeds and beliefs should demonstrate that, shouldn’t they? How many speak of the term, “Traditional,” yet they incorporate many things not traditional or at least not to the perceptions of many. I like the one about being healthy, fit, and a warrior yet when they enter the dojo to teach they are way overweight, can hardly to the very things they require while exposing such things as, “When I was competing I could …” A larger karate-ka sensei does not mean not fit, not healthy and not able but that is a rarity. Hey, I am aging, in my early sixties, and although my life has been a fit, healthy and trim body style but recently even with all the hard work a little paunch is protruding from my waistline. I really don’t like removing my jacket to demonstrate sanchin but what the hey, I have standards Muahahahaha. 

I also like the guy who runs his dojo and requires his students to study and practice for a minimum of four to six years before being eligible for a black belt while his or her history demonstrates they achieved sho-dan in one or two years. They like to say, “Hey, I practiced a lot and had that innate talent so I got promoted early,” and I say, “Bullshit.” 

Oh, and lets not forget the karate-ka who left the dojo, didn’t train or practice at all and then came back, got in shape, trained for a while then miraculously achieved Shichi-dan or some such high ranking. I could accept that remaining true and dedicated to personal training, practice and study out of the mainstream of the karate community and the dojo would provide a certain type of understanding and personal growth but …

“Practice what you preach,” is a pretty good meme IF one lives and breathes the meme’s meaning every day, every week and every month of every single year but …

I advocate that if you ask someone to do something you should be able to do it, maybe not as well or as skillful and I also believe that even if you can’t you should be willing to step up side-by-side and do it together. There are so many things said and done without the backing and foundation of being experienced in what is said and what is done with a strong emphasis on that being an intricate part of your life and the way you  live. 

Yet, so many …

Bibliography (Click the link)

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