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.

The Falcon and the Protector

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The falcon and the art of war; the falcon and self-protection; the falcon and martial disciplines...the falcon is used as a symbol and referenced in commentary on Sun Tzu's Art of War. 

I quote (emphasis underlines mine), "Applying the definition to the falcon, it seems to me to denote that instinct of self-restraint which keeps the bird from swooping on its quarry until the right moment, together with the power of judging when the right moment has arrived. The analogous quality in combatants is the highly important one of being able to reserve their skills until the very instant at which it will be most effective."  - Sun Tzu Commentary

Although the falcon is a predatory and this type of skill is about survival of the falcon, i.e., hunting for food the actions and skills do translate with some minor attitude changes to adjust from predator to self-protection mind-set is necessary. Instinct is rather a neat symbolic way to convey an idea and reality is very little is actually instinctual so I use concepts, we will create a concept(s) that will be trained to trigger from certain stimuli and then we make that concept strong by how we practice and train. 

Self-restraint is a concept and that skill is one that is used a lot in life so the triggers used and trained become critical. It is likened to principles, those that are base cornerstones that apply regardless, i.e., self-restraint is a principle concept we use across many situations so we must differentiate what triggers self-restraint accordingly such as self-protection training that encompasses all aspects of self-defense defense, social realities and personal perceptions and stimulus. If we do this than we can achieve a “instinct-like” concept that with ongoing relevant and appropriate training and practice will be there when we need it most. That brings us to the falcon’s self-restraint to hole back its predatory skills “until the right moment.” 

The falcon does not hunt all the time and those skills are then held in abeyance until food is needed at the next meal. The only other time the falcon uses those predatory skills is when the falcon faces a greater threat, a predator of falcons. This is the mode where the falcon is attacked by a threat, the falcon’s predator, and performs in the same manner with self-restraint until the moment of need, when attacked. I also believe, from research, that a good part of the falcons skill-set is its observation skills thereby in any environment and situation sees, hears and perceives a predatory threat and thereby avoids it or escapes and evades the attack. 

Much like the falcon, we as martial practitioners who use our skills for self-protection must learn self-restraint and know and understand “the right moment” to apply avoidance skills; escape and evasion skills; deescalation/verbal skills to end the conflict; OR as last resort, the very physical skills necessary for defense/protection, security, and safety.

This brings us the the falcon’s ability to make appropriate judgements to find the moment, the right one that is, to apply what ever skills are required by the moment, situation and environment. When that moment arises, trigger the concepts, and act must be tempered with good knowledgable experienced judgements. 

The falcon uses only those skills necessary to get ‘r’ done. No more and definitely no less. It is about another recent article on energy, conservation and reserves and use to maximize its abilities and keep in reserve as much energy as possible. In our world of humans social reality says, as you probably already know and can imagine, we can only do that level of protection to stop an attack and its imminent dangers and going beyond is a waste of energy as well as taking it beyond what is effective to a place that makes a protection action a predatory illegal one. 

So, as you can probably see in this article, symbolic representations such as the falcon in the art of war provide a solid, effective and interesting way to convey lessons that must be included in all combative efforts for safety and security… after all, it’s a dangerous world out there so … be safe! 

Note: remember about timing as well for the falcon reserves his energy, skills and efforts to achieve maximum results while conserving energy and skills in case of attacks and to continue the hunt if what is first caught is insufficient to meet the falcon’s fuel requirements. See how it goes on and symbolizes many myriad things?

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