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.

Confidence, Especially Self-confidence

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

A trait we all strive to develop to its fullest potential. Not many consider that confidence is a double edged sword. We may consider a positive self-confidence and we may consider a negative self-confidence but seldom do we question the validity of one's positive side of self-confidence. That which is derived from attaining a level of self-confidence that is based on false information, training, practices and experiences. 

Self-confidence must be connected to appropriate, valid and well ingrained sensory experiences encoded into our three brains or minds, i.e., the lizard; the monkey; the human logical minds. If we feel and perceive our self-confidence as being appropriate when in reality, in situations of conflict and violence especially, we may act on that self-confidence to our detriment. 

For instance, if we train in the dojo to perform disarms, such as with a knife or gun wielder, then train and practice in an inappropriate way to the reality of violent attacks with either weapon then we may trigger actions that are NOT appropriate to the safety and security of ourselves, the attacker and to those who may be in the vicinity. 

Consider that we train in self-protection for self-defense in ways that we strive to make appropriate and effective regardless of any particular situation and events. This is the chaos of that model and to achieve a level of self-confidence that will handle such things that training, practice and experience must be derived from experiences, etc., that speak to that reality. In short, our beliefs in our training and practice must meet or exceed those situations and events and effects, stress those effects, of a reality that exposes us to that which is real and deadly. Training often can't do that but it can come close - IF ...

You have to have confidence in yourself; you have to have confidence in your teachers; you have to have confidence in your dojo-mates or training partners; you have to have confidence in those methodologies and you have to have confidence in a variety of concepts, principles and methods that will get the job done. Do you, your dojo and your methods and methodologies meet or exceed those criteria? 

In short, if you train with a drill/technique that works so well in the dojo and is not reality based then you build a positive confidence in that drill/technique that in reality is a negative confidence because when you try to implement it in the heat of an attack it will fail and you will suffer the consequences - hopefully not being dead. 

Something to think about, let your mind meander on that for a spell then take a look at what you do in the dojo with particular attention on that which is labeled, “Self-protection for self-defense.” Self-confidence is a critical trait to develop and it is critical to ensure that the confidence is well-founded on reality, proficiency and effectiveness because if it ain’t - watch out. 

I know a few folks from a time walking ville-patrol handling military personal who go a bit to far on a night out on the town and when action was required a few folks found that their techniques failed. They were lucky because when that happened the three-man team, teamed up and took the others down - safely. 

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

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