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


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“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.

IDEA'S: Swords in the Karate Dojo?

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

Why would I add in the use of swords in the karate dojo? Because, as eloquently presented by both Marc MacYoung and Dave Lowry the sword introduces an interesting mind-state to the practice when the sword is introduced into karate drills. This speaks to the need of karate-ka, for self-defense, to get into the less-novice driven kamae in self-defense by moving the entire body in lieu of say the arm for a block, etc. 

As these professionals might say, when you have a sword slicing down toward you and you merely shift, as in boxing or kumite sport competitions, the upper body while applying a strike that sword will miss the upper body for sure but when it meets the rooted lower half of the body a real sword will simply slice through the waist, torso and/or leg - wassup wit dat?

In most karate dojo they are taught how to apply a flurry of ineffective strikes, because that is how you get points and win, that are not real fighting expect in such contests of sport but will introduce the karate-ka to more effective moves, etc., for Self-defense. Such flurries may initially overwhelm an opponent but a dedicated, determined and street-savvy attacker, not so much. Such flurries are great for sport, they are nice because they look cool and they might just get you gravely hurt when you try to use them to stop a real threat. 

In my mind, I get the idea that body movement is far superior over other kind of rooted, stationary or set kamae, types of applications. Karate does teach you a lot of the physiokinetic principles and then goes on to circumvent or restrict those principles through teachings such as rooting. Don’t get me wrong, when you root appropriately with other principles you can get some awesome power and force. In a simplistic example if your attacker rushes you leaving you little time to move you can step back, root for stability and allow your application of a method such as a strike reach out to meet the attacker as they move their mass into your methodology, technique, etc. 

What is mostly taught, trained and applied in drills, etc., is the proverbial assuming a stance, kamae, where to root your feet to the ground then you apply some technique and use muscle strength to apply to the drill partner so they can block, etc. Not bad for a novice level training tool to teach methodologies through fundamental principles, etc., but not so hot for self-defense. 

Moving parts of the body are great enhancers overall but movement of the entire body is where one generates the kind of power and force necessary to apply to the attacker to stop that threat and damage. Now, don’t assume with this statement that you will HAVE to move the entire body because there are situations where you won’t be able to do so to stop a threat and damage but learning to move the body along with a lot of other methods and principles will give you the tools to overcome the place a dedicated predatory attacker will put you in to achieve their goals - a process or the attainment of some resource you have he wants!

Now, I am not advocating you get a bokken or shinai and just go at it because to utilize sword practice tools correctly, effectively and safely you have to have the knowledge and understanding of that tool. What I do recommend is you ask someone you know who is proficient in the sword or someone at a local dojo that teaches the sword to come by and provide you with demonstrations that show you how and why such movement must exist in the karate self-defense teachings. 

Ki-Ken-Tai: Ki is to give yourself permission in violent situations to attack with volition and determination and unrestrained commitment to do things that will end the threat and damage - both legally and socially moral ways. Ken is about properly applying the tools of the trade with ki, applying the fundamental principles toward the application of appropriate methodologies with the levels of force that meet the requirements of self-defense so that you are effective immediately and without hesitations from any sources. Tai is about specificity of physiokinetics, i.e., how to apply the body to get the job done encompassing things like balance, breathing, structure, posture and so on to maximize efficiently and proficiently those things ken that get-r-done. 

Dave Lowry writes, “Ki-ken-tai must be present (and in the order they’re listed) for an attack to be effective. Volition - the conscious will to strike - must come first (ki), followed by proper use of the weapon or fist (ken). The body and posture must back up all of the action (tai). Ki-ken-tai, the essentials for success.”

Bibliography (Click the link)

p.s. Mr. MacYoung likes to demonstrate movement to karate guys by using a broadsword. I can see why, I have seen broadswords and considering the size, weight, and view when being swung at you I too would very quickly get the "Hell out of the way" if in the receiving end. 

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