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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How often have we in the dojo heard sensei say, “You need to train more,” and although you do train more progress is still seemingly stagnated to the point you are considering taking up crocheting. Well, sensei is forgetting to make a distinction, the distinction is the difference from mindless repetitive training and practice to “Mindful repetitive training and practice.” The one word is important because if the effort is not mindful then the product will be mindless, no substance, no foundation and no reality, etc. 

Then there is the other adage, “Train Hard!” While this sounds good, inspiring and sage-like without more to create proper distinctions on how training hard benefits you simply get stronger and healthier, not bad benefits but in self-fense, fighting and/or combatives, no so much. I, personally, have seen big guys who are very strong and powerful and who look the part but have been taken apart by others who give you the impression they are librarians, not predators. Often when hearing one must train hard the practitioner simply assumes they must put more effort into their training and that is not training smart or hard, in the hard we are really talking about here. Even now, my mind meanders along while considering the right phrasing, etc., to explain what is really meant by saying, “Train Hard.”

To train hard is to place the appropriate mind set toward a realistic form of training best suited to your system of training be it for sport or for self-fense. To train hard is to apply the fundamental principles in a consistent, dedicated and diligent way so they can build to a proficiency of expertise and even mastery. To train hard is to embrace all facets of the discipline like self-defense, i.e., “In short, not just the physical techniques to physical defend but to span the entire spectrum of self-fense from the before to the during and especially the after because the short version bypasses all that could have kept you from relying on the short version, the illegal fighting part and/or the illegal self-defense part.” 

Training hard also includes putting forth more effort and dedicating more time to mindful practice and training but remember, it is not the end all of training hard. To train hard you need to create your own system that accomplishes that mission, that way of training hard that includes all the things we have discussed so far. 

A caveat, to train hard is NOT about becoming obsessed with training and practice because part of attaining balance in the martial disciplines is not just in the system itself but your entire life ways where you achieve balance outside the dojo as well. This is all part of the yin of the yang in martial discipline, yin being the philosophical aspects that help us guide ourselves in proper applications of martial disciplines in all its distinctive forms, i.e., sport, combative and self-defense to name a few. 

Last, and not least, it was once said that one should train hard and to accomplish that one must set aside the teaching of martial disciplines. I find that to be a good piece of advice for the novice. Novice being all the kyu grades and include the dan grades of at least sho-dan and ni-dan. You have to build a solid foundation of the martial system and then let that foundation cure, solidify and become what supports you in training and practice so at that time then my advice is to include, if that is your desire, your teaching others as a part of your training hard.

You see, to me training hard is to take advantage in a proper way and for proper learning any and all possibilities that teach you as well as teach others because to train hard is to assimilate knowledge and understanding through the exchange of idea’s, theories and your synthesized understanding from your own analysis of the disciplines, this is hard training. 

You see, training hard is assumed to be the physical but true hard training and practice are about the mind; the mental of study, analysis-hypothesis-synthesis, understanding and experience in training and practice but there is the mental as well - along with the spiritual. Mind, body and spirit are the triad of martial disciplines that requires balance to achieve expertise, mastery and enlightenment (with emphasis on morally righteous applications toward survival, etc.). 

So, when told to train more, do so as appropriate; as I mention above and embrace all that is possible through the disciplines of, “Training Hard.” 

Don’t, at the novice levels, allow your practitioners to make assumptions or create distinctions that may not be appropriate to the way they follow. This may be the one critically important philosophical belief you have if and when you decide to take up the sword of mentorship, the teaching and instruction necessary to lead those who would follow. 

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