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.


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

In many of the translators available including the Kodansha Japanese dictionary when seeing out the meaning of the characters/ideograms, etc., the English term used in translating is written, "doujou" in lieu of "dojo." Not really sure why they use the first term/word and it could be about phonetically spelling it to assist in the pronunciation but to date can't find that explanation. 

Doujou is then defined, in English, as follows. 

1. Doujou, hall used for martial arts training.
2. Manda (place of Buddhist practice or meditation, esp., the place under the bodhi tree where Buddha attained enlightenment). 
3. Also, 菩提道場, meaning bodhi-manda (place of Buddhist practice or meditation, esp., the place under the bodhi tree where Buddha attained enlightenment.) - Buddhism term

Words for everyone are important as a primary means, secondary only to body language, of communications. How words are selected and utilized, alone and in groups called sentences, etc., determine the perception and understanding of the recipients, i.e., students or practitioners, etc., when being conveyed. 

As with almost everything taught in a doujou, Asian as in China, Japan and Okinawa for karate, the definitions are derived from the general cultural belief systems of these folks be they Chinese, Japanese or Okinawan and that expands, as to words, to the other disciplines such as European, American, and the many other cultures such as ancient Greeks, etc.

What makes it even more critical is our analysis of such words and phrases to achieve understanding and provide transmission of said skills and knowledge and understanding from those very different cultural belief systems to one's we can use efficient, effectively and as valid to the original as possible. 

Like the term, "sensei," that has taken on a plethora of meanings due to misinterpretations or biases because our cultural system were exposed to them directly in a doujou environment and only through research can we begin to visualize them as terms not exclusive to the martial disciplines but to the very nature and culture and beliefs of the peoples who created them and then graciously transmitted them to us. 

Broken record me I may be and one of the lessons I attained over decades of study and practice is repeating such things in as many venues as possible to as many different folks as reachable helps to solidify and validate meaning and understanding so that transmission to those who would follow is achieved to a higher level of understanding for that is the way of historical transmission that illuminates another possible reason for things like kata, drills and other forms of physical-academic transmission. 

Which is correct, Dojo or Doujou? It depends and in general, both are correct!

Think about it because, "Belief is reality, change a belief and you change your reality!"

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

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