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.

Instruction vs. Teaching

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

When providing instruction one gives a "direction or order" of detailed information "telling" others how something is done, operated, or assembled. To teach is to convey ideas or principles as taught by one who is trained and experienced in teaching. 

Teaching and learning is a process and both teacher and student have a mutual reciprocal duty to one another, i.e., one teaches and one learns. It is an interaction between two to work toward achieving goals and objectives in order to incorporate, encode and understand new knowledge, behaviors, and skills that add to their current range of learning experiences. 

To instruct others is an act, giving specific steps that must be followed or an order to follow. Like giving a person or persons detailed directions toward a specified objective. Many things are assumed and similar to a military organization one is taught then when time arrives to act they are giving specific instructions, orders, to achieve the objective. In most cases instructions are conveyed and expected to be followed step-by-step without or with little deviation involved. 

Teaching and learning is about creativity so that one can create methodologies to achieve any variety of goals and objectives with little or no input from others. When facing situations that involve unknown events, situations and actions like self-protection one must achieve an understanding that leads and requires a creative response often on the fly, in the moment, that goes beyond a taught specific step oriented technique based instruction. 

In the best situation one is first instructed in fundamentals and basics of a discipline then to achieve the ultimate understanding of creative methodologies based on principles, not techniques, etc., one must achieve a creative mastery of the discipline through a teaching methodology. Instruct then teach is the yin/yang of such things and as one on the martial arts already knows and understands the way of nature and the Universe. 

One is instructed on how to perform a basic and one is instructed on how to perform a kata and one is "TAUGHT" how to apply those skills in a creative way to handle the plethora of events one will face in a dynamic dangerous chaotic unknown and unpredictable situation requiring self-protection. 

Teaching is a dynamic reciprocal understood and method that creates within each individual person an ability that done properly feels like magical thinking and magical ability to handle such often dangerous and dynamic situations and events. 

Use both to achieve an art form of instructions to teaching that makes each person in your dojo a potential master who will succeed if ever the need to defend and protect meets up with them in their daily life. 

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

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