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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Beware Gimmicks

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I have written about what experts refer to as, “glitches,” which are those things we have we are often blind too that hinder our skills and abilities in self-protection through training, practice and the applications we develop from the effort. Glitches are important because we often don’t know we have them or don’t know we don’t know we have them. 

Gimmicks, in karate especially, are those “tricks” we practice in the off chance we need our karate skills to self-protect and defend against nefarious people bent on doing us harm for either some resource we have and they don’t or some process like just beating the crap out of us. Most of what is taught as self-defense in karate and martial arts is NOT self-defense, not even close. They are business tricks that fool the practitioners into feeling and thinking they are learning is going to protect them from aggressions and violence. 

It is a game of inadvertently, in most cases, misdirecting practitioners often in the name of ego and economics. In advertisements it manipulates and misdirects others by attracting their attention yet has not real value in a world where reality is vastly different from what is invented and provided in the dojo. I refer to this as, “unintentional conning and misdirection by magic thinking to manipulate gimmicks as reality when reality is too emotionally and economically uncomfortable to deal with. 

Reality sucks, social reality is also chocked full of gimmicks that trick us into false sense of security, safety and comfort. It is meant to misdirect us into believing that we can and will live without aggressions and violences when human nature relies on levels of aggressive behaviors and types of violence that don’t result in the obvious violence of damage, grave harm and even death. 

We are exposed to such tom-foolery through the compliance and influence profession, those who put out ads to attract us, fool us and to trigger our natural drives to purchase things we really don’t need and the self-defense karate and martial arts industry is no different. 

For instance, ads that espouse and preach and proselytize: 
  • You can be a bombshell in ANY tough spot;
  • The TOTAL self-defense SYSTEM;
  • You MAY have to REGISTER your hands with the local Police Department; 
  • You will HAVE COMPLETE self-defense MASTERY in just 24 hours;
  • Women and Teen Self-defense, Become Your Own Hero!;
  • etc., etc., etc.
You see, we are actually socially influenced into the belief that we need this or that, we want this or that and we can and will pay what ever price to get it. In short, our social reality and education is consumerism, we are trained by the compliance and influence industry to consume, in short, to spend our earnings on trivial unnecessary and expensive things and we call that, “supply and demand,” when demand is our unconscious compliance to the influence principles used to PUSH us toward things through the use of compliance and influence gimmicks.

If you want karate and martial arts for what their true value is to us, there is no better product. If you want your karate and martial arts to be effective for true and realistic and relevant and dangerous self-protection then you will have to recognize the gimmicks for what they are and seek out sources, experts and professionals, who can teach you the stuff you need to know to defend and protect. 

Karate isn’t a true self-defense and protection system; martial arts are not true self-defense and protection systems; sport oriented competitive karate and martial arts are NOT self-defense and protection systems; military and police and other professions are not proper self-defense and protection systems and models; and you really do have to kill that glitch in your thinking and research and study and then find those authentic “sources (for no one source will do it for you)” who are expert and professionals in the reality of aggression and violence in both social and asocial violences, etc.

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