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

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First (Fundamental) Principles

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First principles: the fundamental concepts or assumptions on which a theory, system, or method is based. ([With first principles] you boil things down to the most fundamental truths…and then reason up from there.”)

A fundamental principle is a law or rule that has to be, or usually is to be followed, or can be desirably followed, or is an inevitable consequence of something, such as the laws observed in nature or the way that a system is constructed. The principles of such a system are understood by its users as the essential characteristics of the system, or reflecting system's designed purpose, and the effective operation or use of which would be impossible if any one of the principles was to be ignored. Fundamental principles can be described as a descriptive comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine, or assumption, the normative rule or code of conduct, and the law or fact of nature underlying the working of an artificial device.

Fundamental Constant: A physical constant, such as the gravitational constant or speed of light, that plays a fundamental role in physics and chemistry and usually has an accurately known value.

  • Involving or comprising of a foundation; basic.
  • Involving or comprising a source; primary.
  • Serves as the basis of an idea or system.
  • On which others are bases; primary; original.
  • Designating or of the lowest, or root. 
  • A principle, theory, law, etc., serving as a basis; essential part. 
  • The fundamental elements or characteristics of something; a thing that is absolutely necessary.
  • Something that is essential is extremely important or absolutely necessary to a particular subject, situation, or activity. 
  • The essentials are those things that are absolutely necessary for the situation you are in or for the task you are doing. 
  • The essential aspects of something are its most basic or important aspects
  • The essentials are the most important principles, ideas, or facts of a particular subject. 
Synonyms: basic principle, basics, bedrock, fundamentals Types: ABC, ABC's, ABCs, alphabet, first principle, first rudiment, rudiment. the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural) Type of: principle. a basic truth or law or assumption.

So, when you see references in my work to the fundamental principles of self-fense through the practice, training and application of karate and/or martial arts I mean the most basic, non-discipline-style-system specifics, important underlying base principles that drive the effort or discipline.

Fundamental principles transcend any individual cultural social belief, perception and distinction in regard to martial arts and karate used to train, teach and apply said principled skills and methodologies toward self-fense. Such principles are meant to avoid misleading, non-essential or unnecessary ideas, theories and conditions that would stunt and stagnate the very discipline involved. They are the very key to open the door to all styles, systems and disciplines of this nature. It is also how we follow the way of things philosophically speaking. 

There are principles in everything and at all levels where principles have principles or sub-principles yet in this instance the first principles or fundamental principles are the lowest common denominator to the training, practice and application of this discipline. First principles, fundamentally speaking, are the very base core principles that give way to nothing baser. They are, it is, the cornerstone of construction that makes the foundation solid. Expressing principles in the disciplines be they style or system specific change, flow and adjust as they are applied in any given moment, situation or distinction. 

Likened sometimes to the ken-po goku-i as the base law of the fist in a more mystical philosophical belief the core of first principles never change, always result in efficient expert mastery of the methodologies involved aligning with appropriate socially driven mandate force requirements also addressed in the fifth principle of self-defense. 

It shall be known and understood that the first four, first principles drive the fifth and sixth principles. An excellent example when the first principles are aligned in support of other principles that are specific to the strategies of the individual(s) in pursuit of self-fense through these disciplines of martial nature including karate. 

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