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)

There are NO secrets; there are NO hidden methods, movements or techniques; all and none of the previous can be countered not countered in any given circumstance. If you start with a fist strike then suddenly open the hand for a different method DOES NOT MEAN it is HIDDEN or SECRET!

A solid karate-ka and sensei wrote some things today that triggered a tirade on my part simply because just because one suddenly gets an oh crap moment when training does not make it SECRET or HIDDEN or anything other than a paradigm shift by the individual who merely discovered a way to move or apply a method or a way to strategize, for that individual, something that feels, seems and appears on a narrow observational way what seems new, exciting and relevant BUT that ain’t what is actual, true, factual or historical relevant. 

Let me begin by saying, in general, to be secret one cannot know it and it is an unknown that one does not know they don't know. You can't discover a new method and then properly label it as secret, that is mere illusionism, misdirection and salesmanship in the form of influence through compliance principles. It is magic in the sense that one misdirects the truth of it by appealing to the idea that something is secret, secrets are those triggers of the mind of the curious toward something they think they don't know and assume they become something special by then knowing it, "knowing the secret." To know a secret that others don't know means that you don't talk about it, don't write about it, don't publish it in any media form and you don't train, practice and apply it in a public way; not even to your dojo mates, not even to your students, and not even to others regardless otherwise it is NOT A SECRET. 

To suddenly realize something does not make it a hidden thing nor a previous secret because secrets must have an origin that can be validated and then the secret must be held 'forever' to a very small number of chosen few who do not teach it, do not pass it along and most of all "DO NOT BROADCAST IT IN ANY FORM TO THE MASSES!"

To be classified as "secret" the secret must not be known or seen or not meant to be known or seen by others AND it is something that is kept or meant to be kept unknown or unseen by others. If we as a mighty military power let go of our secrets like we do herein social media by broadcasting that we now know secret-hidden techniques or method or whatever then, IT IS NOT A SECRET AND BY DEFINITION NEVER WAS A SECRET, it is merely something created through a creative process whereby one feels, thinks and perceives it as something unique when in reality it is merely a personal take on something that everyone already knows. 

Everything can be countered and everything cannot be countered all due to circumstances in the moment because "SURPRISE" alone can counter every single possible defense or attack known to mankind, all of them and then with surprise one can attack and be countered if one surprises the attacker in some way. 

Sometimes to us as individuals something will seem logical and true while actually being a bit of misdirection to support the concept of secret-hidden often by a sensei who owns a business dojo who is creative in a MADMEN compliance influence kind of way to garner a larger student body.  Here again, logic says that movement or technique or strategies or tactics are unknown, thus must be secret or merely hidden,  when in truth all movement of our species is instinctively known otherwise we would not have survived these many decades as a species because our movement and that movement performed as a collective group is what allows us to survive even today and it is again ludicrous to think that we don't know origins of movement when in truth we know it but we don't often think of it in a conscious way thus it is better served to say we have come to realize how we move and with that knowledge we can create various ways to move to achieve objectives, even defense-protection. We innately do this as a species otherwise, again, we would not have survived. 

I can go on yet I feel the theory is there and one can go on using their dissonance and biases to keep students and those who would follow deeply belted in to just this kind of thing and with reality and visualization and what we already know we can discover, create and validate that which seems new and is actually a discovery process that is NOT some long lost secret, nor some hidden movement BUT rather another creative way of doing something by MORPHING it into something else that in the thousands of years history of man someone at some time as some distant past performed that very movement neither losing it in the passing or discovering it as a secret hidden thing not know to those who came before. 

As humans we learn and what we learn we either use or discard as each of us in a certain moment discover as necessary or not that is the very core of our survival abilities as an individual and as a species. 

THERE ARE NO SECRETS TO BE DISCOVERED, to believe our species over all these thousands of years has NOT done it or something somewhere in our past is to fool oneself, to feed one's ego and to aggrandize a system that has existed for hundreds and even thousands of human existence. 

THERE ARE NO HIDDEN MOVES, TECHNIQUES, TO BE DISCOVERED! It is merely a mind that suddenly allows discovery of what is, has been and always will be ours to realize what has and will be realized and not realized by the masses to even the few. It is no big deal and making it so does not make one's skills, ability and understanding any more or less SPECIAL than any other... PERIOD!

In closing, I don't always agree with Harry G. Smith and yet his comment speaks well of this phenomena, i.e., "The secrets are in the mind of those seeking notoriety."

In closing, “Just because we forgot something, just because we discarded something and just because it came around again due to necessity, training, practice and application DOES NOT make it secret or hidden, it merely means that during our species long journey over the hundreds to thousands of years of survival we found that this something was once beneficial, this something became redundant, and then found once again that this something through trial and error both in the dojo and in the reality of conflict and violence became relevant and beneficial once again. It is like our efforts to discover what is known that is relevant and pertinent and beneficial to our efforts or to discover what we don’t know then to discover what we don’t know we don’t know once again is the true way of it, regardless of our pension toward status and notoriety as a species.” - cejames

Have a positive day! 

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

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