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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The problem with much martial arts training is it has become too technique based (thinking the technique will do it for you) instead of 'a technique is nothing more than a means to an end.' YOU must have other elements -- especially commitment. 

In every facet of martial arts and karate especially as they may apply to self-fense defenses. Their can be no doubt, there can be no hesitation to act and there cannot be any mental obstacles and influences that would result in any hesitation what so ever. The instant you start to think, of anything, you mind shifts from auto-pilot to the human slow thinking doubt infested monkey driven emotionally stunted thinking resulting in - a pause. That pause is where they will get you every time.

Commitment: the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc., think dedication to taking actions without hesitation; think of a total and complete devotion to the entire spectrum of self-fense; think having faith in you and what you can do and what you are capable of; think of your personal pledge to yourself to go the distance so you can act in your own self-fense while maintaining your stability and stance in the self-defense square. Think of it as your duty to yourself, your family and your tribe that does not allow for failure. Think of your duty and liabilities as you seek the knowledge, understanding and expertise so that when you act the acts are appropriate to get the job done. Do I need to continue?

Techniques are part and parcel to the entering and wholehearted study of the fundamental principles of self-fense, i.e., theory, physiokinetic, TECHNIQUE, philosophy, self-defense and chemical dump. Techniques are tools that create the stepping stones to achieve proficient application of principled based multiple methodologies and appropriate force levels to remain safe, secure and free. 

Give yourself permission to commit to actions appropriate to any conflict and its potential violence. Give yourself permission to set aside social conditions so that you may act while justifying that set of conditions. Your commitment, as well as other elements necessary for self-fense, must have your mental permissions in order to act without hesitation. 

Such commitments must be without exceptions for those tend to come from social conditioning and the monkey’s desire to take control and run the show. Commitment to avoidance, commitment to deescalation and commitment to actions as stated. 

Quote-Note: “Remember, its important, commitment is not aggression, don’t assume aggression is commitment.” In my mind aggressive behavior is a tool and coupled with commitment and the proper levels of aggressive behavior are what I would strive for in self-defense. 

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