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.

VERBAL THREATS: Hostile WORDS or Why WORDS Count in your DoJo

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

“If I have made errors or omissions or misunderstood/understanding of the material in the source it is all mine and mine alone. Ergo, you MUST do the leg-work in research, testing, fact finding, verification and understanding through appropriate, professional and experienced folks such as reading the following (see book listed at end), seeking advice from legal professionals and seeking guidance from long standing violence experts.”

The following is excerpts from the book listed at the end with some minor changes to fit my topic about words and their importance if one is going to study self-protection for self-defense. Most of what is provided comes from a “semi-legal-ish” view and perception that speaks exclusively to firearms and deadly force. I suggest you take the information and fact check, along with extensive research into your states laws on self-defense. This is about inspiration and before you take it as “Gospel” you should do the leg-work to discover just how it effects your teachings and applications. Your life, livelihood and freedom depend on YOU. 

In many of my efforts in the self-protection world of the martial self-defense industry I have expressed the importance of words. Getting our words right when teaching and expressing ourselves matters a great deal because those who would sit in judgement regardless of our belief-realities are the one’s who will determine what we did/said is or becomes an unlawful act of violence. 

Often a combination of our actions and words will be the deciding factor if our self-defense claim will be allowed in the legal system. Remember, what you practice in both actions and words is what will rise to the top, like cream in milk, when the pressure is on, the adrenaline is flowing and that monkey-mind is chattering away. Remember, like in no other time our tech-age means everyone present will be recording exactly what you say in words and it WILL be used against you when you have to face-off to support your self-defense claim. 

Most confrontations follow a pretty familiar pattern/sequence beginning with taunts (words), insults (words), and verbal threats (more words), following by pushing and shoving, followed by punches thrown and weapons used. 

In some states, but not all, words in self-defense cases have consequences for both parties. Where that is the case, the person’s language, as well as the victim’s must be examined because if by his words the person provoked or prolonged the confrontation, or contributed to the circumstances that led to the victim’s harm or death, then he or she has misbehaved and cannot claim to have acted in self-defense. 

Words alone are not a basis for people to reasonably believe they face an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury, and they cannot be used to justify deadly force against another. 

WORD and FURTIVE GESTURES: words are very important because they provide context for behavior that might otherwise be unclear or ambiguous. Such behavior is know as furtive gestures. It is behavior that is itself unclear or the purpose of which is unclear. 

California: Furtive Gestures - “Furtive” as defined by many dictionaries is “being shifty; characterized by stealth; surreptitious; sly and underhanded movement; an expression of hidden motives or purposes.” A furtive movement is a movement reasonably consistent with going for a weapon and not reasonably consistent with anything else. “

Furtive gestures, the behavior itself, is ambiguous. The intent behind the behavior determines whether the victim is facing deadly danger. Furtive gestures/movements must be looked at in context to ascertain their meaning. Guess what, WORDS provide context for the behavior. In the absence of some explanation, words, furtive gestures/movements remain ambiguous. 

Furtive gestures occur frequently in self-defense cases. Words can have a great impact on where that crossover point falls, in any given situation, moving it toward or away from either end of the spectrum. 

WORDS can also have the opposite effect, making non-threatening behavior VERY dangerous. Words CLARIFY meaning making a furtive gesture/movement to become clearer/clear. 

While WORDS alone can never justify the taking of human life, they can help us to understand if a person’s behavior is motivated by malice, hostility, or ill will or by some other reason. 

“Words ALONE are NOT an act of aggression which permits the use of deadly force, nor can the placing of a hand in a pocket be considered an act of aggression although, when considered TOGETHER, such actions may foster an apprehension of danger which would support the use of deadly force in self-defense. 


It takes more than just words to trigger the right to self-defense. Let’s repeat that, “It takes more than just words to trigger the right to self-defense!” There MUST be some violent act, some behavior, on the part of the victim that threatens the attacker with death or serious bodily injury before deadly force can be used in response. 

A person’s REPUTATION for violence, or non-violence, is very important when furtive gestures are involved because, if the reputation is known, it signals whether the furtive gesture/movement’s purpose is a dangerous one. Simply put, a person known to have a bad temper, to carry and use a knife in the heat of anger, who reaches into his pocket during a hostile encounter, is more likely to be reaching for a weapon than a man known for turning the other cheek. Reputation is so important in furtive gesture/movement cases that some courts have said the meaning of a furtive gesture/movement cannot be determined except in light of the actor’s reputation for violence. 

“If I have made errors or omissions or misunderstood/understanding of the material in the source it is all mine and mine alone. Ergo, you MUST do the leg-work in research, testing, fact finding, verification and understanding through appropriate, professional and experienced folks such as reading the following, seeking advice from legal professionals and seeking guidance from long standing violence experts.” 

Lawlor, Bruce M. “When Deadly Force is Involved.” Rowman & Littlefeild. 2017
For reference and sources and professionals go here: Bibliography (Click the link)

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