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.

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The Value of Seminars

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In short, seminars are not teaching venue’s but rather introductions to things you should seek out in full-time teachings under the guidance of qualified experts. Seminars as introductions do a good job as long as participants do some fact checking afterward. It is easy to inadvertently mislead an idea into a full blown concept to be taught for seminars are created and presented in the best light with the most dramatic performances the presenters can create simply because gaining one’s attention and then influencing them to take action is a goal, the actions being enrollment in the presenters dojo. 

Often karate-ka and martial artists see seminars as full blown teaching models and just as often the black belts take it all back and try to teach it to their students. That is another mistake made because what one takes back to the dojo form seminars is that the information has value and further research, analysis and instruction are required. Introductions, as with any discipline or any education and so on is just a piece of information to convey generalities that may interest one into seeking out additional information. If it does not, the person exposed to that introduction does not expend any more time than necessary to come to that conclusion - a good thing. 

Our human species likes things to be short, sweet and simple - at least to start. Our species has evolved and developed a solid means of assessing things quickly with little information so actions can be taken to, “Survive.” This is natural and in time we all build up stored experiences our brains can use when exposed to simplistic and fast data flow to make better and better decisions and no where is this more critical then in self-fense situations. 

In essence, seminars are a conference or other meeting for discussion or training; a class at a college or university in which a topic is discussed by a teacher and a small group of students; A seminar is a form of academic instruction, either at an academic institution or offered by a commercial or professional organization.

Seminars are great in that they bring together smaller groups for recurring teaching activities with all participating to learn, to be introduced to, many exciting and beneficial aspects of karate and martial arts. It secondary benefit is its collective small grouped dynamic that allows more room to discuss things, to ask questions and to debate the material. Unlike full blown classes over time, most seminars are given as introductions and a Q-n-A venue so the attendants can go back, research, analyze, seek out professional guidance on the various subjects and either add that into their teachings or seek out a qualified teacher to come in and continue the lessons. The very nature of seminars does not allow for in-depth teaching, understanding and experience building, it opens the door to that. 

The very etymology of the work gives us the meaning of, “seed plot,” which also references, “seedbed.” A seed bed is a bed of fine soil which seedlings are germinated. This is such a telling definition that speaks to the very nature of seminars, a seed bed or seed plot where experts till the soil, add growth food to that soil then through seminar introduction plant a seed that when one goes back to their dojo they water, weed and cultivate until it grows into a fine sapling that continues to be properly cultivated until we have a great oak tree of knowledge where subjects of many seminars make up the branches that hold principles, methodologies and philosophies of the system of karate and martial arts. 

Note: Etymology; the word seminar is derived from the Latin word seminarium, meaning "seed plot".

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