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.

PERSPECTIVE: Force and Harm

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

Something we should strive to avoid if at all possible. You can imagine as martial artists who fully understand and visualize often the methods of one's discipline are meant to cause harm and to cause harm requires a certain amount of force to be applied by any number of methodologies. To avoid the use of force and to avoid causing harm, grave harm or death we really have to consider appropriate alternatives. 

Avoidance: the action of keeping away from or not doing something. Making the effort to avoid dealing with a stressor. Coping refers to behaviors that attempt to protect oneself from both physical and psychological damage. It comes in many levels and to avoid means to understand and deal with those levels. 

Use the lower level non violent kind to train and practice avoidance skills. Avoidance, in this meaning of self-protection and training in martial arts for self-protection, also includes the ability to escape and evade stressors, i.e., an attacker in this example, so that one does not require the use of force levels that result in grave harm or death, the high end of self-defense, the legal kind. 

Your avoidance strategy should be such that you actively avoid conflicts that lead to a need for self-protection through physical force that would result in harm, grave harm or death. This does not mean one should avoid all conflicts especially since all of us in martial arts are already aware that the gradients of conflict range from a benign, often psychological in nature, like an argument with another person up to the very use of force levels that will result in grave harm or death. Humans, naturally as you already understand, deal with conflict of all sorts every day of one's life and to avoid means one makes a choice once the appropriate triggers inform you that something is amiss so that you can orient and then decide on appropriate actions with avoidance at a higher priority. After all, somethings a certain level and kind of conflict is necessary while even, in rare cases today, the physical manifestation of force can be required and socially acceptable ... in some rare cases. 

Avoidance means a person has the knowledge and understanding of the above and many more concepts and aspects so that one can achieve greater speed in working through the OODA so that the action taken can be as simple as turning and walking another way or to talk to a certain possible threat in a manner that deescalates so that one can walk away or escape and evade the physical conflict. 

It comes to mind, as you can imagine from your vast experiences, that avoidance is an art and science that stands on its own much like the styles of karate we practice today. It doesn't require a style in and of itself and as you are already taking into consideration for implementation, it is something that must be taught throughout all phases of martial arts disciplines practiced for self-protection through self-defense. 

Think ego, status-seeking, hierarchal needs, social realities and the mind; focus on one's own mind and its monkey dancing aspects because it is those that lead most of us into conflicts where grave harm, death and legal/social ramifications begin. 

Consider the price one pays physically, legally, economically and socially when they apply force that causes harm, grave harm and death. Is it worth it? Would it be better in the long run to avoid or escape and evade? In the martial arts, as you already know, tend to take force and its applications for granted. Our training often instills in us a false sense of safety simply because of the safety requirements of the sporting aspects. It is easy to assume once facing a grave and potentially harmful situation that our sport-oriented training program will be sufficient to stay within the social and legal parameters of self-defense, the legal term, but that is not so because those sport-oriented concepts are not appropriate to the non-sport social/asocial criminal activities we would encounter, out there ... on the proverbial streets. 

Be wary, be aware, understand and train the concepts and triggers that allow for avoidance. As one professional stated, there are definite road signs leading to violence and you only have to allow them to trigger your natural survival instincts to flee, i.e., flight, rather than fight, fight is only if cornered and left no other choice. 

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

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