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

I am not a leading authority on any one discipline that I write about and teach, it is my hope and wish that with all the subjects I have studied it provides me an advantage point that I offer in as clear and cohesive writings as possible in introducing the matters in my materials. I hope to serve as one who inspires direction in the practitioner so they can go on to discover greater teachers and professionals that will build on this fundamental foundation. Find the authorities and synthesize a wholehearted and holistic concept, perception and belief that will not drive your practices but rather inspire them to evolve, grow and prosper. My efforts are born of those who are more experienced and knowledgable than I. I hope you find that path! See the bibliography I provide for an initial list of experts, professionals and masters of the subjects.

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Quality over Quantity

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You hear it time and again that quality trumps quantity yet why does quantity still hold sway over martial arts? Everything within the modern martial communities is about how much you know, earned and have such as a plethora of trophies or black belts or different styles, etc. 

Once a Sensei mentioned that in the very early days of Okinawan karate a true master is one who knew, understood in depth and had the ability to apply one, two or maybe three kata. Karate at the time was kata and kata are the tools to use to reach understanding. Or, so it seems and in those days there were no trophies, no belts let alone the coveted black belt and there were no styles per-se, it was all about Ti or Te. 

Another Sensei said that once he taught you something it became yours so it was about what you do with that something that matters to the individual in receipt of it rather than what others thought you should do with it. I kind of like that way of thinking myself. 

We have come to be martial collectors, i.e., we are so busy collecting together as many assets in the martial arts community that we have lost site of its truth. We have competitive conversations about who has what black belts what different styles or systems one has ‘mastered’ and how many certificates, titles and awards we have received in lieu of what really and truly matters, taking what sensei teaches you and make that into something of value to you, the individual, and only you. 

When you break down all the assets collected and peel back the covers you will see very little like having a piece of cake with four times the frosting necessary to make it a delicious fun desert. We are over sugaring our martial arts rather than keeping it basic no frills productive, efficient and applicable martial arts. 

If you have twelve black belts, a hundred trophies and accolades from everyone and everywhere you have to come to realize that of all that only one thing, one thing only, can you apply at a time in any given situation. Try speaking four different words at the very same time. Try jumping up in the air and at the same exact moment run around the room and at the exact same moment doing squat thrusts. 

You can’t apply all your techniques at the same time. You can’t apply all the styles you know at one time. You can’t talk and listen at the same time either, think about it. 

One of the reasons I believed and hold true the word of certain professionals in conflict and violence about all of it being the foundation with all the frosting on top is when I was exposed to principles, methodologies and force levels. It is a hand full of things being obscured and obfuscated by all the frostings rather than the bare bones necessities to get-r-done qualities.  

When you remove all the techniques and look at the principled based methodologies that make them work you reduce what you need to fill your mind and brain with by at least 95%. Now, once you understand what makes the engine run you remove all the extra energy consuming irrelevant equipment and add-ons, the stuff that can consume energy and power and attention and intention, etc., making things simpler and easier to understand and master. 

Now, there is a secret to the art of quality, you really have to dedicate the time and effort to know that subject until it becomes second nature - like breathing. My brother once quoted a acronym, i.e., ACE, Attitude, Character and Effort but that too has to be focused into the proper paths to quality expertise. 

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