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.

The Ear in Martial Arts

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

Did you know that that vestibular system of the ear ‘governs’ “balance and spatial orientation?” Not only does the ear need to hear  in all directions, the ear is also connected, as are the eyes seing all sides, to our balance and orientation that that is huge in self-protection especially when we start feeling the effects of the adrenal rush. 

To be ‘unbalanced’ as a weight comes into play when our balance and orientation are in jeopardy due to our taking the ears and our auditory system for granted. When the worlds spins, vertigo, our abilities and skills go directly into the toilet. Our ability to change directions is about our ability to orient in the environment, space, to see, hear, touch and even taste and smell because the ears and its systems feed additional information that without would leave us vulnerable. Think about this a moment while I present some info on the ears. 

Hearing evolved from this system because knowing which way is up is what results in balance. Ever hear, no pun intended, “vertigo?”

When this system glitches we end up with a phantom sensation of turning. We get dizzy, the eyes twitch, then we get a head-spinning sensation, and nausea.

If things go terribly wrong we can lose the ability to effortlessly orient ourselves in space.

We as karate-ka assume that our balance is augmented through our training and that is kind-of true because we can practice so that we get 100% productive use of our brain connection to our hearing, particularly the vestibular system because our balance is controlled by a finite efficient use of our auditory system, our ears and hearing, etc.

It is like our muscles, the have genetics that dictate strength, etc., and we can develop that strength to it, the muscles, maximum capacity but there are limitations that nature dictates. The ears and it’s systems have genetic limitations and our goal is to maximize the efficient maximun use of each. 

So, how do we do that? We learn about them, we train and practice and condition these systems to get the most from them.

When it comes to balance the care, maintenance and heath of our ears, our auditory systems matter.

How to start:
  • avoid prolonged abuse by avoiding loud noises;
  • Learn proper care of our ears;
  • Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate;
  • Manage stress levels;
  • Use protection around loud noises;
    • be careful what and how you insert those protections.
  • Keep the volume down;
  • Do NOT put ANYTHING in you ears like cotton swabs, etc.;
  • Keep ears dry;
  • Move, keep moving;
  • Be aware of medications;
  • Seek medical advice if experiencing ear aches, etc.,;
  • DO NOT SELF REMOVE EAR WAX, it is the bodies natural cleaning process of our ears!

Owen, David. “Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World.” Riverhead Books. October 29, 2019.
For reference and sources and professionals go here: Bibliography (Click the link)

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