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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Rank, A Perspective

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In a recent posting on Facebook a karate-ka wondered why folks who didn't actually run a dojo, etc., were ranked Go-dan (5th level) and above. Good question and I answered it in the comment section while today, a few days later, mulling over things it occurred to me to explain how the profession of compliance along with its use of influence principles and the effect of social reality all have on why, in general, we all look to such symbolized representations as we do. It will, hopefully, become clearer if you read on. 

What are the fundamental compliance influence principles involved? They are:
  • Reciprocity;
  • Commitment and Consistency;
  • Social Proof (Consensus);
  • Authority;
  • Liking;
  • Scarcity. 
These are the fundamental principles of compliance toward influencing you and I do or not do; to spend or not spend; to earn or not earn; to avoid or not avoid; to escalate or not escalate, etc. 

In regard to rank: Using ranks symbolizes authority; using rank above Go-dan speaks to scarcity and authority along with commitment and consistency; using rank is about social proof, a consensus of perceived authority figures of power, commitment and liking to award such honors upon those who are considered by “others” as meeting the set requirements of “others” toward a social reality of a microcosm nature that speaks to the overall social reality that also speaks to heritage, culture and beliefs in a more general sense. 

We are all conditioned from birth by the influences of family and all they believe. We are all conditioned in these compliance and influence principles in social interactions on the playground as kids; on the school room and yard requirements to fit in, have status and have approval, liking, of others as a group dynamic. 

As you can probably already see, feel and perceive the compliance influence principles to which I infer are about how one person fits in with and associates with others that feed our needs and builds our confidence, attitudes and self-esteem that makes us, “US.” 

These principles at home, in society and even in the dojo guide our human behaviors and people will do anything, often at an unconscious level, for those who encourage one’s dreams, failures and successes, help to defray fears and that confirm their beliefs while in the dojo hopefully help them deal with enemies, adversaries and social situations of aggression and anger and violence.

Here is a quote as example: 

Social Comparison

“When humans constantly compare what they have to what others have, and the conclusions humans draw depend on who those people are. A bonus of $40,000 looks terrific when you remember that some of your associates/friends, earn $40,000 a year; but if your friends/associates are traders who earn $40k a week, you'll be disappointed. We are all inherently aspirational; we look to the future rather than to the past, so no matter where we stand, we'll tend to focus on people who have more. This experiences causes us to feel loss, or deprivation, relative to that of other people.”

My Quote derived from above: “When karate-ka/martial artists compare their rank with what others have received, and when their perceptions and conclusions on the rank depend on who those people are effects their attitudes, feelings and perceptions. You can imagine how rank and other such trappings influence our inherently aspirational minds so that we look to the future rather than the past effecting our status and standing where we end up focusing on those who have more. We tend to feel deprivation relative to that of those others creating a competitive feeling and causing us to seek out the rank, levels or grades along with trophies, accolades and a strong drive for social acceptance and approval.” 

For reference and sources and professionals go here:
Bibliography (Click the link)

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