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.

Fact Checking Karate History

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

I would even add to this a need to fact check the actual teachings of a system, style and discipline. Like fact checking the teachings as the regard to self-defense. Here is what I have come to understand and half-way believe about such histories especially when the presenter validates it in ways that seem to me questionable. 

Consider the following thought process:

Tatemae (façade towards the public) [建て前]: “Face; official stance; public position or attitude (as opposed to private thoughts); ceremony for the erection of the framework of a house; tea ceremony procedures; tea ceremony etiquette.” 

This strictly Asian perception of Asians is why I tend to not completely accept accounts of karate when they involve personal interviews, etc. It comes down to the belief in harmony, a social belief that bleeds over into the personal life of the person, where one can use what ever means acceptable to the individual to keep harmony intact especially in social settings. 

Tate-mae is about public thoughts that keep social harmony over the private thoughts of each person. It is public over private position on any subject or question. Often, if asked a question or if a subject of sensitive nature or if a subject the person just does not wish to discuss they first remain silent and let things happen as they will without his or her direct influence. This is especially so when the communications will cause disharmony in the individual or when the communications will cause disharmony to the respected other presenting the subject and so on. 

Many of the historical stories told by the first generation practitioners of almost all martial arts and karate teachings all are affected by tatemae of the Sensei. Many of the histories are built on personal interviews with a bunch of questions that we Americans must have to understanding any discipline and/or subject while the Asian’s expect one to observe and learn without all the disharmony of such communications. If pressed continuously and consistently they will then tell you what you want to hear in order to remain in a harmonious state of being and truthfully, they didn’t really care all that much to keep us Americans, others, in the loop as to the karate world of Okinawa. 

Many of the things we have come to think and believe are of the karate world if you find through stories to be information given in personal interviews and followed by insistence in questioning and pulling information you will find it all subjected to this tatemae concept. 

So, I would pose the question to all of us in the martial arts and karate communities to find out what it takes to properly fact-check our systems and our history because all of it has a strong influence on the what, when, where and how of practice, training, understanding and application of martial arts and karate with emphasis on aspects that deal with conflict and especially violence - social and asocial, emphasis on asocial. 

Some tips you can use now:

  • First and foremost, do the research, analysis and then synthesize your own list to fact check your martial arts, karate and historical/modern data of the discipline you study.
  • Understand and accept that many sources tend to take pieces of accurate information then package it according to personal beliefs so that it appears factual.
  • Assume every story, fact, interview, video, etc., is chock full of agenda driven information that requires some form of separate unbiased referenced and validated, validation. 
  • Watch for style/system/personal bias and other group dynamic type of factor.
  • Look for references and then validate and fact check those references.
  • Check about us tabs and links on source sites and look up other sites for more information about your sources. 
  • The use of bad web design as well as authors who use things like “ALL CAPS” to emphasize their articles and information as a sign that the source should be verified and/or read in conjunction with other sources. 
  • Collect as many sources on the subject of your research then compare, analyze and then synthesize answers. Once you get your answers then fact check agains other sources as a means of fact checking. 
  • Realize in this community of martial arts and karate that there are little to no translated facts and documents to support almost all things karate and martial arts. 
  • If the subject and topic you are reading, studying and researching tends to make you angry it is a good enough reason to keep reading about the topic or other sources to make sure the author is not trying to purposefully make you angry in order to generate and validate their own beliefs and the beliefs of their followers. 
  • It is best to analyze multiple sources of information and then submit them to as many practitioners of all levels as well as get a wide a variety of viewpoints that all members can analyze, theorize and confidently discuss to come to conclusions that may lead to facts and factual data worth synthesizing into studies, teachings and practices. 

This and other results of your own research should provide you the means of discovery and resulting factual information to make your system and efforts more accurate and exacting and appropriate to teaching, studying and practicing martial arts and karate.

The question always comes up, “What if there are no sources, no valid references and you only have the word of Sensei, etc., what do you do then?” Well, then it comes up to your faith in your Sensei, your beliefs and your self-analysis of what you do, practice and study especially in martial arts and karate of a commercial nature. 

Bibliography (Click the link)

Is it real, or is it "Memorex?" 

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