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.


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

Life requires a certain balance such as in nature when our environment goes off kilter nature will start to work hard to return the balance. Everything in life, everything in nature and everything in the Universe requires balance. Our personal balance is critical to survival and we must discover, develop and maintain our balance in order to survive and live long to prosper. 

We who study the martial arts already know about balance and that balance is often a very narrow interpretation such as in the goku-i, i.e., "while a person's balance is the same as a weight." The assumption is about how the body remains in balance in order to act, to perform the appropriate methods and methodologies to get-r-done in conflict with violence. Limited and because there is so much more to balance then maintaining the body upright or overcoming the tendency to fall like a rock, weight, if unbalanced. 

Balance is also about a balance of attitude, a balance of character, a balance of personality, a balance of the body internally, a balance of the body externally, a balance of the mind as to mind-set and mind-state related to the rest of this list, a balance in our spirit as well with a definition of what is meant by spirit later in this article. 

First, we must achieve self-balance; second, balance in our relationships both family and other; third, we must achieve a balance to our environment; fourth, we need a balance in our social system with its culture and belief systems meaning a balance between our own personal concepts, culture and beliefs when they interface, sometimes conflict, with the social conditions, culture and beliefs. This is a starter list of what is meant by balance. 

You see, if we take a look at just that one line in the goku-i, i.e., "while a person's balance is the same as a weight," we can find more than merely the literal meaning of body balance and we can readily begin to visualize, as you already know from your training and practice, how all of the starter-list, and more, can be interpreted and implemented into our training, practice and especially application in all that we do with emphasis in martial arts. 

Can you see how balance in nutrition is also about balance in body, mind and spirit. What we consume is fuel and that fuel must be optimized in order for the body, mind and spirit to achieve its most efficient state of being that promotes productivity, effectiveness and most important long-term survival. 

Additional Reading:

If you take a moment and do a search of the term balance in any Japanese language translator you will find a list very long with the different characters/ideograms, etc., along with English translated meanings that will help visualize the depth and breadth of balance as it could, will and does apply to not just everyday life but especially to our training and practice and application of martial arts. 

i.e., “balance; difference; margin; equilibrium; striking a balance; equity; scales; symmetry; proportion; uniformity; not much - too much; even scale; equalization; condition; hard-n-soft; heaviness-n-lightness; ebb-n-flow; yin/yang :-) ; averaging; standardization; center; middle, heart; core; modulation; variety; mean; harmony; synchronization; and more are all English terms related to the various forms of balance in the Japanese language, culture and way of things." 

You already know of one that we use in our culture, i.e., Work Hard and Play Hard. There are even more out there in each and every culture both past and present that depend on a culturally social balance for the survival of said social communities and that is how nature balances out things so that until the Universe returns to its origins of the Big Bang, back to the one thing and then to the nothing of how it all began then the balance simply ceases into a void. 

Just one term to study, "Heikin [平均]" translated into english the two characters or ideograms mean, “average; mean; balance; equilibrium." The first character translates to English to mean, “even; flat; peace,” while the second to mean, “level; average.” Figure that one out, the divergence of overall meaning to the two characters let along if we broke down each character to its collective different parts or characters/ideograms. 

Example Words: 

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

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