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.

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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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Less Emphasis on Memorizing

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In a recent posting on FB a question was asked about a principle based approach on a particular style to which Mr. Rory Miller commented, “IMO, it's closer to how the first generations taught-- less emphasis on memorizing names of techniques or specific details, more emphasis on hard rolling, testing and concepts.  …”

Of course this sent my head off into never-never land thinking about all the requirements that involve memorization in order to pass tests and attain rank. It doesn’t seem that memorization is the results we really want especially if we train for the core distinction that makes martial disciplines - martial disciplines. Even in a principled based way it is not about memorization but a primal conditioning so that one feels it, one manifests it in a primal way, i.e., without conscious human brain interference, so that it comes creatively in the moment according to what the practitioner feels, hears and sees as appropriate. 

Don’t get me wrong, I am just pumping out what comes to my mind and putting it into this article/posting so I can get a grip on it in my mind. I have drifted further and further away from the distinction of styles and am trying to gravitate to fundamental principles and the multiple methodologies necessary to feel and make it work. At least in a more academic form since my retirement from other necessary means of training and practice.

Our self-defense, sport and philosophical ways of karate and martial disciplines has become tied to this model similar to what we were programmed for through the educational systems. Those same systems adopted in the early 1900’s when karate was added into the school systems curriculum making it about group teaching with the very same requirements of memorization so that all of it can have some questions and answers that when graded supposedly indicate absorption of said material. This is not how I envision one learning to apply things in that most dangerous circumstance of self-protection (I switched because as Mr. Miller eloquently explains SD is a legal term while in my opinion, not his, self-protection is better for our times and ways).

When the proverbial dung hits the fan we don’t want our minds trying to find the ‘right answer’ much like in standard testing but rather triggering a more primal conditioning attained in proper training methods that will be, hopefully, appropriate to the attack. 

In closing, what I recommend to everyone every chance I can is to read both books, one by Mr. Miller and the other by Mr. Marc MacYoung, i.e., “Principles-Based Instruction for Self-Defense AND In the Name of Self-Defense.” Both will, at a minimum, provide you with information that is seldom provided in most self-protection programs both martial and not. 

Game ON!

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