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.

Logical Thinking Processes (Words)

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link)

Logical thinking is a slower process and it is a process humans gained and developed through the evolutionary processes not that long ago. Before then, most of our human brain processes were lizard oriented, if you will, that allowed us the freeze at danger if appropriate; flee from the danger faster than the danger; or fight or defend if you will or hunt and kill or whatever to survive dangers. 

As we humans evolved into the tech-savvy folks we are today the logical thinking parts of our brains had to kick in... to survive. We still use extensively the lizard parts of our brain and we also, if we survived, began using the thinking logical side after to figure out what was what and how we did what we did so we could improve and pass on to those who follow in our footsteps... survival stuff. 

Any questions? 

Now, in these very modern self-protection times in and out of the dojo, for us karate aficionado's, we need to really, truly and consistently use our thinking logical brain parts to learn, study, practice and apply those skills necessary to achieve successful self-protection. This stupid is as stupid does saying, "shut up and train" must be tempered equally with efforts of logical thinking testing synthesizing of processes and concepts that need to work when tempers flair, anger ensues and aggressions and violence rear up their ugly and deadly heads.   

Words + Actions = Concepts + Triggers = Success in self-protection through self-defense and self-defense defense. 

It is all nice, fine and dandy to spout out euphemisms such as shutting up and training. 

Imagine this, you are a First Lieutenant with a new team of grunts. Can you picture and experienced LT telling the new untested, untried and untrained fire-team telling them to simply, “shut up and go train” and can you visualize that training being of any benefit at all? A good LT is going to assess his new fire-team and then he and a solid experienced Sergeant/Company Gunny, etc., are going to begin training first with words in classroom environment; they are then going to have discussions with the new team on how all of this is implemented; then possibly they will hit the field in exercises to first, with set exercises and expected responses, train and test what they learned intellectually and as they progress and learn then the officers and NCO’s will implement unexpected situations and concepts as a part of learning creative actions and reactions and such to learn and create concepts and triggers … BEFORE they go live in the reality of combat. If we simply told them to shut up and train what could you suppose would be the results, it won’t be experience and they won’t last long. 

Even after all the training and practice the LT/NCO’s are not going to just tell their fire-teams to simply go out and train. There is a process…

Ever hear of AAR’s? You first prepare for an exercise/mission; you create a plan and your implement as much of the intelligence as possible coupled with the experienced side of the troops to create and plan for as many inevitabilities as possible; then, if time permits you train and practice both set and creative; then and only then do you enter the zone. Even then and if you are lucky to have both boots and vets when you enter the field or zone you still listen and learn from those there and in the mix because as you already know combat, like all aggressions and violence, is constantly in flux… changing all the time and in almost every moment. Complacency is a real killer.  

What makes any of us even consider that any other way in a military unit or in the dojo is going to be different fundamentally and basically speaking? We have to ask ourselves questions at every step in the training processes, i.e., 
  • Can you imagine situations and scenarios?
  • Can you ask the ‘what if’ questions without being a what-if monkey? 
  • Can you ask and define what it would be like if…?
These and other questions are necessary for the logical thinking mind/brain to consider and then transition from the slower logical thinking side that often makes us look clumsy and goofy in training and practice until everyone achieves that transitional leap from the logical mind to the lizard-like instinct-like side to create concepts and triggers that lie on top of our lizard basic instincts like flight and fight responses to trigger the NOT thinking mind and allow our programming to go and get-r-done. 

This is where such meme’s and quotes and euphemisms are great inspirations that because they are easily misunderstood must be supplemented with words and logic and thinking and words so the student does not misunderstand but learns and understands and leaps to the implementation from academic to reality when the times comes, right? 

Be careful what you say and write, be ready to explain and in preference as you already know and can see in your mind’s eye… explain it up front like you would encounter in a news article, i.e., 

Open with just enough to convey the idea in the first paragraph; then in each successive paragraph of words and sentences and ideas and theories and concepts explain in detail the ‘Rest of the Story’! Oh, and all the while make sure YOU and your STUDENTS… “Have FUN with it all!”

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

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