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.

Free weights vs. Machine

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

Regular, challenge and chinkuchi pushups, differences are striking like lifting free weights or using machine weights.

You already know with machine weights you don’t have to control the weights other than up and down like bench pressing heavy weights. Free style there are lots more muscles involved that strengthen the entire muscle while machine bench presses allow a muscle to move greater weight because of the freedom removed from the work of stabilizing free weights.

Now, in regard to how one does pushups that idea and method of actual performance of the pushup depends on how that is done, i.e., feet together, knees on or off the floor, the structure of body and head, positioning of the hands as to placement and position in relation to the floor and body, the depth of the pushup as well as any enhancing equipment such as the challenge and proverbial chinkuchi pushup bars. 

The chinkuchi bar has two points or legs that come in contact with the ground while the challenge pushup bar has only one. It would logically translate to one being more challenging than the other and both more challenging than hands on the ground regular or modified pushup. 

Note at this point that regardless of the what, how and why of pushups, pushups are one of the best exercises to condition, strengthen and develop the upper body. 

Many began to hone in on machine weights to get to things, first is a focus on muscles with a particular intent of size and strength sacrificing stabilizing ability, somewhat and second is a focus on the ability to lay claim to lifting or pushing much higher weight. In reality with a need to develop all round muscular ability free weights appear to me as a superior way to develop the body for martial arts and self-protection much like using the challenge pushup bars over chinkuchi pushup bars. 

As your imagination being triggered may be telling you at this point, why not use both? Well, as long as the individual assesses the overall need and intent of the exercises with an understanding that there is a balance point to consider like quick twitch muscles vs. slow twitch muscles then there is no issue other than the what, how and why of using both. 

Like free vs. machine weight lifting, both have benefits and both have drawbacks so deciding how to blend a proper mixture to attain the level of fitness, strength, stability and other factors must be considered so one can choose wisely BECAUSE in the end overdoing one or the other will have both adverse and beneficial effects so that whatever intent one chooses the other choices will matter to achieve maximum effective and proficient application of methodologies to get-r-done. 
For reference and sources and professionals go here: Bibliography (Click the link)

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