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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"Not a criticism of the way or technique, simply feedback so you can recalculate and keep going...change while moving forward down the chosen path. When conflict of thought and belief come into play, it is a chance to recalculate those beliefs and thoughts every time." - unknown

Recalculate to improve!

Feedback seems an appropriate way to analyze and synthesize our efforts in karate and other martial disciplines. In these disciplines it is two-fold, i.e., feedback, either positive or negative, provide improvements both mental and physical where the mental and physical feed off one another. 

Feedback is also intricate to the communications skills a martial practitioner must develop, enhance and apply for self-protection. This is all part of the communications skills necessary for deescalation. It is heavy on the active listening side but when one begins to articulate things it is best that feedback is sufficient to provide one enough data to make the correct choices. 

As to the negative-to-positive types of feedback in a recent discussion one participant spoke up that the negative is more impactful. I responded to say, "that depends." The negative feedback depends heavily on how it is experienced and/or presented, etc.

For instance, a negative comment to another person has the potential to illicit two types of reactions. One might be a snarky and snide disgust ridden counter attack that escalates to violence. The other would be a more neutral critical comment of an indirect nature allowing the other to recognize the negative and its need to change leaving that person unblamed and in a face-saving state where receipt of the critique is now a negative-positive rather than the first option. 

Here comes the art of communications and articulation processes where the words, phrases and most critically important the body language, emphasis on facial expressions, that will convey to either illicit a positive face-saving walk-away response or a negative-negative non-face-saving, egoistic anger triggering effect that leads to anger, frustration and the status-need to put your ass on the ground then pound you till you learn your lesson. 

In training and practice the relationship and intent must be such that it fosters a feedback loop. The role of tori-uke is to provide skills and training that mutually results in a "cause-n-effect" that applied provides a positive-negative feedback system allowing for learning, understanding, applicable proficiency and understanding that benefits all concerned toward growth and change, change as in evolutionary progress of skills and abilities. 

Quotes to consider in achieving a feedback system beneficial to the dojo and its members:

"Simple causal reasoning about a feedback system is difficult because the first system influences the second and second system influences the first, leading to a circular argument. This makes reasoning based upon cause and effect tricky, and it is necessary to analyze the system as a whole.”

“The terms positive and negative feedback are defined in different ways within different disciplines. Some use alternative terms, replacing positive/negative with self-reinforcing/self-correcting, reinforcing/balancing, discrepancy-enhancing/discrepancy-reducing or regenerative/degenerative respectively.”

The two sets of alternative terminology underlined actually improves the perception of the feedback loop as a negative-positive mutually effect system. Using a feedback system that will reinforce the skills and methods taught so one achieves a balance learning system whose objective is improvement and master. Seems fair to me!

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