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.

Brain Programming

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

The brain also has its needs and traits a teacher and student must understand in order to make sense of how we learn things. For instance, in karate we rely on repetition and we need to understand how that works with the brain because muscle memory is a inaccurate way to describe what actually governs applied methodologies.

The brain must incorporate new knowledge, data, into its sensory mapping’. It cannot encode all of it at one time or even several times but only through appropriately applied repetitive training - not just repetitive practice.

While the repetitive endeavor, over time, occurs the brain will guess, again and again, until you achieve the results necessary for you training objective.

We all must be aware that each rep, along with the guesses the brain does, will differ each and every time. Even when, say kata segment, fells identical it is only through continuous exchange of analysis and synthesis does the final product reach fruition and remember even then continued training and practice as a group is the only way to maintain the data even when you reach the final product/methodology.

There is another brain trait to remember. Long ago, 1979 on the island of Okinawa, my sensei taught me the kata of Isshinryu then about ten years later although I am sure we both remember the kata we, he, taught, I trained yet when we did them again there were divergences between him and me. This brings up that other brain trait concerning memories.

The brain does NOT record memories like the camera records a picture. There is no such thing as a photographic memory because our brains retrieve bits and pieces it stored, takes perceptions and beliefs and current experiences and then creates what we think are exact memories that are actually a combination of old and new combined that give us the feeling of that memory then and the memory retrieved now. There are always going to be disparities because the brain is going to make best guess creative decisions when recreating all of our memories. 

If we had the abilities to record things in those early years we would have some chance of reviewing that with what we are doing today to ensure we have it. 

Now, there is another trait of training and practice to consider. Once you learn and record and encode your training and practice then you have to let go and allow the creative process to take over to ensure that what you are doing is relevant and appropriate to what you need be it art, sport or of the self-protective and combative aspects. You see, now you are getting into the shu-ha-ri and shin-gi-tai concepts of learning, training and practicing to apply principled multiple methodologies in self-protection.  

The more you understand, the more things make sense and the better you accept and encode those things into your training and practice regimen. This is just one aspect of the how and why one does what one does to achieve proficient expertise in the form and function martial art you endeavor to master. 

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

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