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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About the "Dojo Kun [道場訓]"

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Dojo Kun, each dojo regardless of its origins as culturally manifested; no matter of any major organizations that may govern the dojo; no matter who the Sensei is; no matter who the students are; and no matter where it is located in the entire martial community world is a collection of precepts that govern the dojo teachings where both those who lead and those who follow create a reciprocal set of traits, rules and conditions meant to foster the best of the myriad of things within the dojo. 

It is and always has been a unique thing specific to the dojo while often within each dojo adopted from what style may be trained and practiced as originally set down by the style or systems creator. As can be seen in the few examples of translation and meaning it can be thought of as, “Rules, teachings, explanations, instruction and/or readings.” This is significant in translation because those not of the culture of origin may assume just one specific or specified meaning is implied such as the assumption that the dojo-kun are “Rules.” 

Rules tend to static and unchanged so I tend to not think of the dojo-kun as rules. Precepts also tend to refer back to rules, i.e., a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought.” I don’t feel that the dojo-kun should mandate anything to the student but should be more of a fluid guide like a map that Sensei passes on so that the practitioner can use it to guide their path while fostering a creative way that translates into something unique to the individual regardless of others also following their own path. 

This is how I find a more personal philosophical understanding of our training, practice and application of all the fundamental principles of what ever system of martial discipline one participates in. Kun, or precepts or rules or requirements just seems controlling and limited often leading to stagnation that is referred to mostly as adhering dogmatically to something someone else created and then called, “Tradition or Traditional.” 

If I could change things, and I can in my dojo, I would prefer to call what I am writing about as, “The Dojo Philosophy.” You see when you change the term, “Rules and/or Precepts” to “Philosophy” you get:
  • the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.
  • a particular system of philosophical thought.
  • the study of the theoretical basis of a particular branch of knowledge or experience.
For me, I read and reread that first one because that tells it as best as I can understand the concepts, the fundamental nature of knowledge and reality and existence but would remove the academic reference in this case because I feel it applies to ALL disciplines be they physical, mental or wholehearted. It is about one’s thoughts as the collect new understanding from research, analysis and then synthesis. It is about our effort to study things hopefully with an open mind remaining aware of how our species is subjected to things like cognizant dissonance and confirmation bias, to name just two of many. 

It is about, “read,” in that how we read ourselves, how we read others and how we read the internal and external stimuli be it academic or reality-based experiences all contribute to our philosophy. 

Philosophy is an entity of the mind that changes in every moment from the influences of the constant influx of environmental stimuli through our senses of sight, hearing and especially touch or tactile senses. 

Dojo-tetsugaku [道場哲学] These characters/ideograms are translated by two sources as, “Dojo philosophy.” I am not advocating a dojo or person just dump these, some anyway, historically oriented documents because of their significance to the history and traditions of the founders, creators and all Sensei past and present BUT as to what we today use as a guide or map for students following us down this martial practice and path, philosophy today is more apropos to what we all are working so hard to embrace, practice and live. 

“Dojo kun is a Japanese martial arts term literally meaning (training hall) rules.”

The characters/ideograms translate as, “Road-way; street; journey; course; moral; teachings,” and “location; place,” and “Instruction; Japanese character reading; explanation; read.” 

Another translation of the characters translates to, “The Precept of the Dojo/Teaching Place.” 

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