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.

Fear-based Conditioning

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

WW-I, then WW-II AND then Korea, AND then Viet Nam with a few theaters of conflict over in the oil fields in Europe and each one a level the next didn’t want increasing our fear or war with its violence, grave harm and many deaths.

Movies, television, video’s, video games, and now live world wide on-line video play where each one escalated the content of violence.

Societies desire to stop the violence through manipulation, compliance and influence brain-washing principles to permanently eliminate violence and failing miserably.

If we ask, “what is violence?” We often hear definitions derived from the influence of the entertainment industry.

Go ahead, ask yourself to explain what you feel defines violence. I would bet in this time the first thought of many might be in reference to the movie, “Joker!” Why, because it has grabbed society’s attention in the media on its violence both physical AND psychologically.

In societies effort to quell hatred and violence the have created a fear-based social construct instead. Fear in appropriate moderate manifestations is healthy but inordinate fear is more dangerous and deadly to said social construct. It is apparent in our everyday news and social interactions. 

We fear fear itself and in societies effort to deal with it we created laws against violence and conditioned the fearful to require others to deal with it through laws and its enforcement resulting in the victimization industry.

It is apparent that the mistaken understanding of the role of violence in our species world, survival, is driving the necessity to remove it from our presence. It might help to understand, fundamentally, what violence is and how it is used: 

Violence: Behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something; the unlawful exercise of physical force or intimidation by the exhibition of such force; strength of emotion or an unpleasant or destructive natural force. 

As one notices this general definition does not tell us all the story behind nature’s use of violence toward a species survival including the human species. First and foremost we have forgotten, or at least suppressed, that violence in a variety of forms in necessary, i.e., Necessary vs. Unnecessary violence.

Necessary vs. Unnecessary violence is also classified as sanctioned vs. unsanctioned violence and all are under the general heading of, “Social vs. Asocial violence.”

Social violence: this is the type of violence that is found in a very social context, i.e., Uncle Bert at a family party is getting a bit tipsy and a bit rowdy so Nephew John must use a physical restraining method to control and calm Uncle down. 
Asocial violence: this is the type of violence that is random and a result of targeting by criminal elements to anyone who would be acceptable as a target for either a “resource” objective or “process” objective. Resource example is robbery while a process is molestation and so on. 

Neither of these, social/asocial, are necessary yet some are necessary such as the need to handle Uncle Bert, for instance. Handling Uncle Bert is a sanctioned, at least socially and possibly legally, form of violence but can turn unsanctioned and illegal if the force used to control Uncle Bert ends up entering the realm of socially unacceptable, i.e., you smack your Uncle up side his head, he falls and his head hits the pavement causing his death. Was the force used necessary, etc., and if not, it becomes a criminal action prosecutable in the legal system. 

Necessary/sanctioned violence: a good example here is boxing, MMA bouts, football, etc., because they all involve a form of violence in the playing of the game. Another is war when sanctioned by one’s society and classified as justified by society, in general, and even by the world to achieve a common goal. 
Unnecessary/unsanctioned violence: any criminal activity whether taking things too far with Uncle Bert or involving resource/process predatory actions resulting in harm or death. 

There are times, both socially and globally, where the only way to achieve a certain goal and objective is the use of violence. We are a violent species and once we accept and understand that the definition of violence cuts both ways we will mistakenly assume all violence is likened to that depicted in movies like the “Joker.” 

The balancing act for those of us teaching self-protection is finding that balance point between, necessary-unnecessary and justified-unjustified and sanctioned by society and not sanctioned by society and remaining on the side of justified, necessary and sanctioned (society and its legal system, etc.). 

Remember, there is more to violence than the mere physical because the psychological damage caused without raising even a finger against others can be just as damaging and devastating resulting in a psychological harm that can lead to self-inflected harm and death. 

We use violence all the time to achieve our goals and objectives both in a private way and in a social way. It comes down to the degree and level both in the violence and in the force applied both physical and psychological. 

Our society today has labeled violence in such a way as to foster a drive and desire to rid ourselves completely and comprehensively from all violence regardless of its necessity, viability and benefit to self and others to the point that necessary, sanctioned and appropriate acts of violence are used against us to achieve success in the enforcement and force used, violence as well, to dictate to us how society and the legal system wants us to act, does this ring any bells as to history and the downfall of social constructs? 

Fear-based social conditioning does not work; fear-based social conditioning simply takes away the very tools necessary for human survival and it never, ever achieves that state of utopia. 

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

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