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.

Non-verbal Communications

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

In an effort to convey just how important avoidance of conflict and violence we teach awareness, an awareness similar but socially adjusted from the military, to that of military professionals with bearing and awareness. In our awareness of others, environment and situations we may have failed to recognize and study non-verbal communications. 

Non-verbal communications in that a larger portion of our communications involves body language or non-verbal signals that tell is more than mere words. If we are truly studying to have the type of awareness necessary to avoid dangerous personalities and environments and situations then our ability to observe and identify means more, i.e., our ability to observe, analyze and interpret the non-verbal signals coming into our sphere of influence becomes critical.

Like many strategies for violent conflicts, but different socially, if we don't have the full intel of possible harmful threats then we are unable to add length to our line, in short time for observation, orientation and decisions that allow us time to avoid and/or escape-n-evade. 

It is a natural thing this non-verbal communications because we humans do it every moment of every day but for this we need to have a higher awareness of those signals and what they tell us. It's a bit like the old "spidey-sense," that tingles triggering in most the thoughts of, "hmm, aw-well, it must be nothing" to "Hmmm, better pull up more data to find out why the old spidey-sense is tingling." 

You see, if you don't know something and you don't have some references to that something then when it tingles you will tend to ignore it while in reality if you do have references through training and practice along with a ton of experience interpreting what you feel and see, other than mere words which are still critical in the holistic interpretations, by making it a conscious effort you achieve an ability to act in avoidance and/or escape-n-evasion long before the chance of conflict and violence are triggered. 

Two references that will lead you toward a better conscious understanding and perception of non-verbal communications. It will wake up what you already know!

Navarro, Joe and Poynter, Sciarra. "Louder Than Words: Take Your Career from Average to Exceptional with the Hidden Power of Nonverbal Intelligence." William Morrow Paperbacks. 1994. 

Avoidance - extension of observation and awareness to our aura of authority and confidence and prowess as well as the ability to read and interpret non-verbal/body language of others (before shit hits the fan).

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

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