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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Structure is about patterns, rhythms, cadence and so on, so when you see the basics of any art form including martial and karate then you will see structure.

Structure is required for all art, to achieve the full potential of the discipline you need to understand the form’s limitations and create an ability to put the many parts into a system to achieve maximum potential.

Structure does NOT limit creativity. Structure is how we find our creative nature, all humans have this creative nature, and when we follow certain paths and observe the milestones we find within the structure all sorts of branches that make for one’s creative nature.

Structure is not formulaic. Even when the structure seem the same, in truth one finds that each has the same principles expressed naturally and creatively through the presentation of the form and structure. Every style, system or way does incorporate the same principles and methodologies for the structure you practice is actually the box in which principles, methodologies, force decisions, etc., come in all wrapped up in colorful paper, bows of ribbons and cards with greetings of, “This is Isshinryu, Welcome (Mensori)!”

Structure teaches us a kind of check list of must-have elements, i.e., fundamental principles of multiple methodologies with appropriate force levels under adrenal stress-conditions that allow creativity to flow through unhindered to gain the maximum results and effects for self-fense. Structure is nothing more than a list of those elements, i.e., principles, methods, forces and results that give us self-fense. 

Structure solidifies master of the discipline/craft by teaching us to consciously understand toward a conditioned reflex reactive nature that broadens your understanding thus solidifying your mastery, expertise, of the discipline and craft. You will be amazed once you label the principles, methods and force decisions that you already know of many if not most but just couldn’t put a name on them until now, until you realized that the structure of your system or style actually presents those critical underlying structures before not realized on a conscious understanding creative way. 

Structure as it is describes herein opens the door to the excitement and fun of learning a serious and dangerous discipline providing the practitioner a certain comfort that liberates their mind, body and spirit to the full, complete and comprehensive systems we call martial arts and karate. Discovery of the ins-n-outs of your systems structure for the first time or if you are just brushing up on previous knowledge, experience and understanding, you will enjoy that journey more than ever before by opening your mind to, “Structure!”

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1 comment:

Rick Matz said...

Mozart worked within the accepted musical structures of his time and the world had seen nothing like him before.