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.

Mental -n- Physical

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

Do we take the mental for granted? Do we express platitudes on the mental while not actually training the mental with intent? These and other questions come to mind when I see platitudes expressed about how we train our bodies, minds and spirits in the name of our martial efforts and I wonder if we actually train the mind with intent especially in karate and in self-protection intentions because what I have seen, experienced and conclude is that we give the mental parts nothing other platitudes and other lip-services. 

Now, many of the readers here are already loading the canon fodder to toss my way and you may want to read on first because what I am talking about is creating a training and practice program that actually intentionally works to train the mind from academics to the psychological that manifest when in conflict and facing violence. 

As you already know the physical speaks to our minds and our minds lead our bodies and we know the mind and body, i.e., the mental and physical, both work in a yin/yang means and that is good. Most martial disciplines like karate, in general because many are not of this ilk, tend to speak of such mind-states but have NO programs, lessons, or applicable training efforts that train our minds both mentally as in academic and importantly a psychological way. There is so much to achieving a strong, stable and proper mind-set/mind-state that it should be given its due in the program we train in for martial skills and prowess yet... we don't - mostly.

You can imagine that if you had not done the necessary lessons and gained the necessary experiences how our minds can lock up our bodies regardless of the body physical training, i.e., in karate its called technique-based training. 

How does one train the mind, exposure + experience because to gain experience you have to be exposed to either the actual stimuli or something that closely relates to that actual stimuli, i.e., things that trigger our emotions and our adrenal chemical releases and so on as just one example. 

The best way to do that is through academia efforts, i.e., research to find those whose experiences are related directly to the very objectives you desire such as those traits and stimulus and experiences that in self-protection deal with "all the consequences and ramifications and effects" of conflict/violence. 

As you can imagine and probably already know there is a balance in this and achieving balance is critical to success and skill development, physical and psychological, and as example think 'fear-based actions and reactions'. Going into everything based on fear is detrimental to success but a healthy understanding and assessment system deters a fear-based perspective to a more beneficial fear-control that is efficient and appropriate to the situations involved. 

As our society moves forward, hopefully evolves in a positive way, it is clear that more folks will end up facing conflicts and violences of all levels with little or no understanding, let alone appropriate training and practice, as to how one handles such things and this is where the psychological comes into play. If you know something, if you understand that something and if you have applicable ways and actions to deal with it appropriately reducing conflict and removing both the threat of and actions of violence then when it hits it won't be a surprise and it will 'trigger' those actions and deeds and mind-states that will allow you to be successful. 

It's easy, easier, to do the easy, technique-based often as you know inappropriate training and practices, stuff and that separation from reality is where we often end up in trouble because inappropriate behaviors and their consequences are how we end up gravely hurt, economically and socially and psychologically damaged and/or dead.

Some things to meditate on!

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

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