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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Strong Caution Advised

You are all adults and you all take responsibility for your actions in life regardless of whether sport oriented or what ever even when you jump off the curb while texting to cross the street. As adults you should not need to be told that everything you do in this life has consequences and those consequences depend solely and exclusively on you. It’s like jumping off what may appear to be the deep end of the pool, even tho the water is clear you must research and discover what lies below before you take the plunge. If you plunge anyway then what ever you get once you enter the water is all on you, it isn’t anyone else’s responsibility. Check the water first and what ever that means is on you.

What you encounter in martial arts and toward defense-protection, also referred to as self-defense, is inherently dangerous so do the research, analysis and then come to an educated consensus as to what that exposes you too as to your own mental and physical safety. Leaping off the edge of the pool because you ‘think’ the water is fine is just plain stupid, don’t be stupid. 

Everything, I mean that literally, everything in our world has some level of danger to it including just crossing the street. We live in a world as a species that relies on how well we all connect and work together for our very survival. To ignore possible mental and physical dangers we know of, to ignore possible mental and physical dangers that we don’t know of and to ignore the possible mental and physical dangers that we don’t know we don’t know of is ludicrous, dangerous and just plain irresponsible of us, us as an individual human being and us as an individual human being alone. 

No one should need or be required to be warned by others to the dangers of our world both mental and physical simply because that puts the onus of your mental and physical safety and well-being let alone health and longevity on others. When you are, worst case scenario, are dead and once again dust from which you came it is kind of hard to say, “It was there fault, they didn’t tell me about …!” When I walk across the street I understand the dangers involved not because someone told me but because I take the time to look and listen and recognize the dangers so that when I step off the curb I use caution and actions that will avoid the danger and not get run over with possible grave harm or death. 

Listen and listen carefully, it is on you and you alone to find out things, to know what you don’t know and to know what you don’t know you don’t know to remain safe, secure and healthy for the duration of nature’s intent as to your life expectancy. The only way you can live safely and healthy a long life is to take personal responsibility for yourself, to not project blame onto to others simply because you were lazy in life and then to proceed to tell yourself that if SOMEONE HAD JUST DONE SOMETHING I would not have suffered. There is only ONE ‘SOMEONE’, that someone is YOU!

Remember, do the work, don’t be lazy, know what you don’t know and know what you don’t know you don’t know, then take responsibility and even then seek out experts, professionals and teachers of the subject because a group learns and understands through the exchange of information, idea’s and theories to synthesize a greater understanding of things than anything known to man - especially the Internet!

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