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.

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“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

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Being Divergent

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Divergence is about tending to be different or, better yet for karate and martial Self-fense, develop in different directions by adopting and using a variety of premises, especially unfamiliar premises, as bases for inference, and avoiding common limiting assumptions and distinction in making deductions during analysis, hypothesis and synthesis. 

In the beginning there is and was Ti (this article will use karate specifically with understanding it is not system or style specific), ti was the single indigenous system of civil empty handed self-defense, fighting and survival tool of the Okinawa origin. We learned and expanded Ti into the triad of village unarmed disciplines naming it by village name and classifying it from Ti to China Hand to finally, Empty Hand. In the process those who stood before us and those who stood on their shoulders, “Diverged,” from the heritage and teachings of the Ti that gave birth to karate or empty hand. 

Being divergent did not mean radical change in Ti but rather morphing it into individually driven culturally adherent changes to meet the needs of the times, the environment and needs of the individual. This gave birth to things like, “Goju, Shorin, Uechi Ryu.” 

As an example, one creative and masterful karate-ka of the early periods of karate acceptance and growth decided to diverge from the status quo yet adhering to the culture and heritage of Ti created through a process of synthesis, hypothesis and synthesis a new system or style and named it, “Isshinryu.” 

Divergence and adherence to the heritage and traditions both work with mutual benefit, i.e., the heritage and traditions speak to the more static teachings of basics, kata, kumite and other aspects of a style or system at the early stages (shu stage of shu-ha-ri). Then as master began those inspired divergent leaders and luminaries of the karate community began to diverge from the old allowing the new to spring up from a seed into the beginnings of new growth. 

They were different yet honorable and connected to the past traditions for it is the traditions of the past the build a foundation where the new have solid footing in which to stand, grow, age and give birth to the next generations of karate regardless of style or system. 

In karate most are stuck in the shu, the beginnings, adhering to what is never forgotten, never lost and solidly builds a new karate where anyone can readily see the underlying traditions, culture and beliefs of Ti’s forefathers, fathers and sons/daughters that built the community of today. 

The “Ha” of Shu-ha-ri is about embracing our natural tendency to diverge and create so it is as natural as breathing and growing from childhood to teen years and finally in the “ri” stage - adults of honor, humility and enlightened mastery of life, spirit and discipline. 

It is only necessary to remember that the Shu period is about creating and instilling a natural innate-like conditioned reflex ability that leads to mastery by first adhering to the rhythm, cadence, and patterns easily seen, perceived and distinguished through practice, training and applications/experiences. It is how we leave childhood and reach adulthood in karate. 

Where would modern karate be on Okinawa, the homeland and birthplace of karate, if those who lead the karate community had not the strength and intestinal fortitude to diverge from traditions status quo and allow for both the old and new to create new traditions and traditional karate? 

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