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


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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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Survival of the Moderate

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People remember well to old adage of, “moderation: Everything in Moderation!” 

Moderation is a very subjective term that can mean very different things to different person. ... Moderation is about finding a balance between two extremes – deprivation and overindulging. Strategies and habits that can be maintained long term as part of a lifestyle to avoid a yoyo effect between these extremes.” - unknown

In a recent article researchers have discovered that for a species, the lower metabolic rate is more likely indicative of that species survival. It comes from the study of species metabolism where an ‘average’ metabolism indicates that the species in question, study, is inclined toward using less energy, then they are more likely to survive. Researchers said, “You cannot just decide to be lazy as an individual and expect to live longer or survive.” It is a bit more complicated than that as there are other factors involved such as the human species necessity to form groups to survive. 

To survive and prosper the species that can use their energy more efficiently from their environment seem to be in balance with that environment and since according to the experts all things in the Universe are connected it appears logical that to find your balance in all things is literally the “survival of the moderate.” 

Experts further explain through a common comparison, business, that how a company survives is by maintaining a moderate balance of overhead that allows the company to survive an economic downturn, i.e., if we can use our energies in moderation we are more likely to survive those periods when decreased food availability exist leading to the speculation that this would apply to all things including how a species utilize the energies necessary for their survival. 

After all, the more moderate one is expending energies in every day survival the longer their energy span lasts leading to a moderation that will allow them to go the distance and have extra energies necessary to expend especially in high stress often dangerous situations that often come in spurts. 

The experts in furtherance of this theory said, “it has recently been demonstrated that the energy expenditure of humans and other primates is remarkably low compared with other placental mammals, and that this may be linked to our long lifespan.” Spend some time contemplating this one.

Watch professionals and masterful martial arts practitioners and you will see how the moderate there application of principled methodologies, they don’t slack off yet they don’t overextend energies to get the job done. It is this very conservation and moderation of efforts that expend internal energies that allow them to seemingly perform, especially in the later years of life, miraculous efforts in both demonstrations and actual competitions and self-protective methods. 

Try to resist overextending and expending great energies in an effort to get done NOW and allow yourself to apply skills, training and practices in a moderate way. If you moderate your efforts, then you allow your very nature to moderate and encode those skills in a natural way, not forcing it or muscling it, etc.

Sooner or later practitioners will deeply enjoy just how naturally their principles based methods and skills will flow. Everything happens sooner or later. There is a strong pre-supposition that progress will happen seemingly faster than when forced, the only decision is you need to make is whether it happens one way or the economical moderate way. Try to resist the desire to be forceful and muscling it, be playful with your imagination to strengthen your resolve and help ensure success. 

As a professional I have found that spacing my efforts out over the entire day, taking time to relax between and taking days as the body and mind feel it necessary that my progress is greater than when I expended a huge amount of time, effort and energy trying to learn and create skills in a shorter time rather than over a period of time. I find I have more energy that lasts longer and in my winter years that has become critically important. I found that applying certain principles that actually conserver and preserve rather than ‘burn the candle brighter’ tends to make the candle last much longer. The more I conserve, the more I moderate, the better my concentration and absorption of what I am trying to learn, achieve and apply in life and on the dojo floor. 

A person is able to reach greater heights and achieve greater results by applying moderation; by applying a natural rhythm; by applying a natural cadence; by applying the same effort in relaxation of the mind and body. When people imagine the concept of the ‘void’ sooner or later people come to realize that the void is the space placed naturally between effort and relaxation that achieves the greatest achievements. 

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