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

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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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Functional Experts (Functional vs. Accorded vs. Both)

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In a recent article written by God’s Bastard blogger (her article read here is not related to this article except as to the extraction of the two words completely outside her articles subject and intent, just sayin) she mentioned functional expert so that got my old brain a chugging away on just that set of words or the phrase/term as it might apply to martial arts and karate. Here is what I came up with after a bit of research and mindless meandering analysis and synthesis processes. 

Functional expertise is a combination of life skills and experiences along with an inner strength, ability and understanding in applying the expertise in every day life adventures. We gain that expertise through a lot of study, both academic and realty-based work. Then we add in a deliberate intent oriented practice, training, study and experiences (both from real life, if possible, and from various reality-based training and practices). 

Accorded expertise, the other side of the yin-yang coin, is built upon a foundation of degree, license, or certificate bestowed upon an individual from a recognized person, organization, or institution who by their credentials are able to bestow that title of expert on a person. It does not require real-world effort toward functional expertise to hold the title of accorded expert but it goes a long way toward validating your expertise if your resume holds both. 

Another way of perceiving accorded expertise is to look at it as an academic expertise with the caveat, in martial arts and karate, that said expertise is book learning expertise that changes or shifts as functional expertise efforts proceed in supplementing one’s overall expertise. Phew, what a mouthful so far :-)

In martial arts and karate practitioners, dojo’s, and/or organizations who profess to teach certain functional aspects that expose one to greater and greater conflict and possible violent actions having both may be absolutely critical (I say may to be safe for I am positive the two ARE critical but that is just my belief). 

The real question then becomes, “How does one in the martial arts and karate world achieve full, comprehensive and reality-based functional-accorded Expertise?” Hmmm …

I personally wanted to write about functional expertise simply because I have, in a limited way, seen many who profess expertise and/or mastery of their systems who may not really understand what it means and what it takes to be classified as an expert or master. For me, I don’t see me as a master or expert regardless of credentials or lack thereof, etc. I do consider myself, “Knowledgable!”

Hat tip (Ritsu-rei) to <Swimming in Deep Waters by God’s Bastard> as the inspiration for this post.

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