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.

gut feelings and logical analysis

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

Gut feelings are based on an immediate and intuitive decision making process while our logical mind is about slow, thoughtful and evidence based decisions. Fast thinking and gut feelings dominate our decision making process simply because it is what we use in our natural nature driven survival processes. Most of the time our gut feelings are good to go and our survival over the last thousand years proves that to be true. They provide us fast and appropriate guidance in our daily endeavors. 

This is where things get dicey, we have to have a solid foundation of knowledge, understanding and ongoing experience to achieve a solid gut instinct  before we are faced with fear and a perception of risk because the concept of risk is difficult for the human mind to grasp as it is typically based on a perceived threat rather than any quantifiable measure of the threat itself but as with threats, conflict and violence the human mind does NOT have time to use the logical mind processes as indicated by its lack of speed. 

"Danger is real, but risk is a construct that has many different meanings and definitions, it's a word we attach to things that are dangerous to try to gauge how dangerous they are to us."

Risk is about judgements and assumptions that are based on emotions, feelings and moods much to our detriment, in many cases. When there is a lack of data our feelings, fear is a big one here, fill in any missing pieces, and when emotions, feelings and moods are miscalibrated we can end up using bad judgement or worse yet, dangerous behavior like overstepping force levels in self-protection for self-defense. 

Why academic endeavors, study of words and other data sources, coupled with appropriate training, practices and experiences are how we assimilate enough data to fill in more of those missing pieces in regard to self-protection, i.e., conflict and violence. Without that data-base of knowledge and understanding we end up making decisions and taking actions inappropriate or we pump up fear so that what we perceive as a threat may not be a true threat resulting in bad things coming our way. 

Now we have to start being aware of and careful of our biases and that can color our research because as humans we tend to tailor our research and training and practices so that what we see, hear or feel causes us to gravitate toward the stuff that tells us what we want to believe and that belief becomes our reality. 

Unknowns tend to make things worse for us, violence is often a surprise and not knowing what we should know about it makes our bias tendencies worse. This heightens our perceived risks and that triggers the monkey-mind taking us on a roller coaster ride. 

If you see, feel or hear something and you don't have the data to feed our gut and that allows us to use our logical mind to create proper responses then we exacerbate the emotions, feelings and moods triggered flooding our mind and body with excessive adrenal chemicals further making things difficult if not impossible to handle.

To make use of our gut feelings we need to beed our logical mind and memory so we have something to work with when the sudden impact of conflict and violence hits. It's the only way. 

I apologize to the author of the original sources, I can’t remember where and what inspired my writings above. 

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

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