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.

Karate's Registered Hands

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

Except at April Fools jokes there is no state statute anywhere that reflects on or mandates that martial artists have or need to register their hands, or any body parts, as 'deadly weapons' because even the most proficient martial artists don't have that level of ability wherein, except on accident, they are able to apply deadly force. In short, no way Jose can one be required to register their hands, proverbial or otherwise, as deadly weapons. 

Now, is it possible that our martial arts experiences and skills could be used against a practitioner in a self-defense legal case? Yes and no, it can be used in a circumstantial way to convince the courts, jurors as well, that the skilled individual used said skills in ways that violate the self-defense laws. 

Circumstantial? “Circumstantial evidence, in law, evidence not drawn from direct observation of a fact in issue." 

California Circumstantial Evidence? "defined as evidence that only indirectly proves that a certain fact is true -- is a legitimate form of evidence in California criminal courts.1 Many guilty verdicts are based on circumstantial evidence. AND 
In the context of California criminal law, circumstantial evidence -- which is also known as indirect evidence -- means evidence that does not directly prove that the defendant is guilty of the charged crime. Instead, it is evidence of another fact -- from which a person could then reasonably conclude that the defendant is guilty. AND
circumstantial evidence carries the same weight as direct evidence for proving a defendant's guilt or innocence."

In short, if they find on social media any indirect evidence that would support the prosecutors case against a martial artists that influences the jurors/court that you did not defend according to the rules of self-defense law that evidence, as strong as if direct evidence shows, you broke that law then you are on your way to jail… do not pass go… do not collect $200. 

It can be used, for instance, to prove you, the defendant, had specific intent that would be proof you are guilty of whatever crime, like assault, the prosecutor pushes against you. 

This is why, in my view, what is put out on social media matters and even if you hint that maybe you registered your hands as ‘DEADLY WEAPONS’ those two words with both other indirect and direct evidence could pile up evidence that beyond a “reasonable doubt” you did it not as a victim but as the aggressor who trained heavily to achieve a status and level that made you dangerous. 

This is one of many reasons why so many who actually and truly defended themselves as targets of attackers/criminals often find themselves sitting as convicted guilty parties rather than victims. It happens more often than the self-defense martial arts industry would like to admit or even acknowledge let alone truly understand provided they took any time to discover this as possible, likely and circumstantial. 

GRAPHICS HEREIN: These are meant for entertainment and emphasis purposes only, it ain’t real as to registration BUT PERCEPTIONS are as can be seen indirect in evidence for possible conviction so beware and be wary.

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

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