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: Why Social Media

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

Why would I consider social media, blogging and facebook and others, a necessary tool for self-protection karate? It is a simple answer really, can you imagine what that would be? Think as you already do, as a creative endeavor and then consider possible answers. Visualize how you enhance, build, expand and create your methodologies that will provide you the best, most effective and appropriate methods necessary to avoid, escape-n-evade and then act appropriately when all else fails to stop the conflict with its inherent violence, what comes to mind because as experienced martial artists who use those skills for self-protection the answer should simply float to the top, like cream in a milk bottle, and glare out at you, now!

Survival of self and others, those within our group and our clan and our tribe, who depend on one another to achieve success in that survival all do so according to the exchange of experiences, understandings and the very skills and tools that resulted in those objectives. That only happens when we get together and exchange our assumptions, beliefs, values, habits, expectations, self-image, and experience as to beliefs and realities now, from the past and created for the future. 

One small obstacle that one must overcome in small close-knit groups, etc., is complacency, biases and the types of dissonances that hinder that creative skill and spirit. Creativity is one of those descriptive terms/words I use to explain the art of spirit as achieved through the practices and life-style of martial arts because it is creativity that makes it all work, i.e., in the dojo, at seminars, in competitive practices and it reality-base adrenal models of defense and protection efforts. 

Now, just imagine if you will that you are not connected to very single soul in our Earthly Universe all capable of contributing to the data-pool that is martial arts! Just imagine regardless of all restrictions, biases, dissonances that filter that data-stream of knowledge, understanding and experience, you get creativity BECAUSE now your data-mining is not restricted or filtered? You are now in a position to access unlimited information that you can then exchange, discuss, test and implement as needed without interference from anyone or anything as long as it remains legal, socially uninhibited and appropriate to what your objectives and goals are... all self-governed and self-controlled accordingly. 

As long as you don't self restrict the incoming content according to our own assumptions, beliefs, values, habits, expectations, self-image, and experience so that it evolves according to the needs and effects of the present moment and the current environment along with its laws, restrictions and mandates you have an unlimited stream of potential. 

No where in any time past has this potential and opportunity been available when it is actually needed most, you just have to open-mindedly data-mine the wheat from any chaff to reach the gold that lines the cloud to achieve success and mastery, isn't that what you envision as your path when you enter the dojo? 

Our sources and communications channels are the yin/yang of such efforts because to achieve this objective it must remain open, open-ended and open-minded so that we can find the gems that provide us our best efforts and achievements both personal and socially so make good use of it and don’t hinder its efforts through bias, egoistic feelings and our cognizant dissonances, etc.

Call it, “Open Source Study, Training and Practice of Martial Arts Media.” 

Charles James

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

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