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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PLAY-MODE: Hack the Code; RAM -n- ROM

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I am thinking of the Martix because there is this theory that we may be the result of some higher being computer simulation and that means we are living and surviving according to some program in some galactic level computer or “Cloud” system somewhere way out in the “black.” Well, I do believe that we are all living in a matrix but it is a matrix of our own making - somewhat or mostly. 

We have RAM or random access memory that is changeable then we have ROM or that “read only memory” that nature provided. Our ROM is very small, simple and unchangeable, i.e., we breathe, we survive using flight-n-fright response and we have other more automatic functions that we cannot change or control - ROM. Look at it as a boot system that runs the bare minimum of programming and programs to allow us to be born and survive leaving RAM available to take in code that will be stored in another part of our brains as hard drives. This part, we have some control over and know this, changing the code takes skill, creativity and persistence because the design is such that once something is coded in it takes a coder a lot of work to make the change especially to connect with all its resulting “mini-programs or functions.” 

In defense-protection martial arts we need to learn how our computers are configured and what code already resides in both RAM and on the virtual memory of the hard drives. Once we lean how to make those changes and then to code them into the hard drives virtual memory, i.e., conditioned memories (procedural language if you will), etc., then we can begin to learn and apply those “mini-program functions or scripts or methods or sub-routine/program to our internal programs and functions so that we may use triggers, external/internal stimulus, to cause said functions to run in real-time. 

Real-time is reality and all it brings to the program and our matrix is pretty good at that if properly programmed into virtual conditioned memory. Back to the impetus of this article, we are all separate modules programmed much like the concept of the matrix. We have some control once we understand what we don’t know and what we don’t know we don’t know and that is a plus as it allows us greater latitude in our self-coding. What our virtual hard drives have already is not just the code we create and encode but rather code from external sources, coders, like our parents, our experiences, our perceptions along with the developed beliefs and cultural influences - all from external programmers mostly out of our control. How we overcome that is through a lot of luck and some of the hardware nature provided that allows us to recognize and create. 

At some time, after a lot of programming goes in, we come to realize we can effect our programming. We can shift the code toward something more to our liking and suitable to our goals and objectives. That is a good thing as long as we remember that as fledgling coders we have to beware of succumbing to other programmers likely to try and code their preferential perceptions, beliefs and understandings into a code that makes you their code, hack your code and set in routines, like scanners of viruses, etc., to catch and stop that kind of coding. 

Take control, hack your code and make the shifts in routines so you can become more creative in your own coding, more personal and more appropriate to your very nature as a species. Take back control of the monitor that displays your life and code to a state of hard-coded enlightenment. You may be asking now, what has this to do with defense-protection and martial arts?

Almost all of what we are trying to train, practice and apply to our efforts is like coding, we have some control over some things while little or no control over others so assuming a mind-state and giving it something fun and symbolic to use as a tool of learning and understanding puts the effort into “play mode.” Like playing a very cool game on your gaming/playing console, the fun part of your brain/mind and then learning in an operant way how to play the code to benefit your effort in defense-n-protection. 

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