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.

Dojo Culture

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

A microcosm of what we think, feel and believe as to cultures in and out of the dojo as well as the relations we try to have with other cultures such as Okinawan vs. American in the karate community. The following is the extractions I made from, "The Silent Language" written by Edward T. Hall. 

The continuity between the far past and the present, for our culture is bio-basic, i.e., rooted in biological activities. It is thought by one faction of the study that a cultural system is based on:

  1. Rooted in and on biological activity that is shared. 
  2. It is capable of analysis on its own terms regardless as to other cultural systems. 
  3. So constituted that it reflects the rest of the culture and is reflected in the rest of culture. 

It deals with communications that have been shown to be instrumental to the evolutional progression of human survival. Primarily by:

  • Interaction and
  • Association and 
  • Subsistence and 
  • Bisexuality and 
  • Territoriality and 
  • Temporality and 
  • Learning and 
  • Play and 
  • Defense and 
  • Exploitation (use of materials). 

The highest form of interaction is through speech, the spoken word that evolved and expanded to the addition of the written word along with today’s modern forms of media. The spoken word is reinforced by the tone of voice and our gestures. 

Writing is a speical form of interaction using a created and creative set of symbols, letters into words into sentences, etc. 

People who gravitate to groups by their interactions form associations to learn, teach, play and defend are forms of specialized interactions. 

Association is all living beings who arrange their lives in some sort of recognizable patterns. These patterns that persist are those that ensure survival and tend to persist over long periods of time where change occurs due to strong pressures from our environments. 

Subsistence is about our nutritional needs or requirements as to the health, fitness and well being of body and mind through what we eat and how does it go about getting food in its natural state. 

Bisexuality is simply about reproduction that can be further explained in terms of the need of the group to supply a variety of combinations of genetic background as a means of meeting the changes of the environment. 

It must be noted and understood: Almost everyone has difficulty believing that behavior that one always, in the past, associated with “human nature” is NOT HUMAN NATURE at all but a learned behavior built from evolutionary changes toward human survival that is of a particularly complex variety. 

Territoriality is the taking possession of, use of, and defense of territory on the part of the group, tribe or clan. Life, survival, is a delicate balance in the use of space to provide security, safety and the necessities of continued life. 

Human history is chock full of events and efforts of the group, tribe or clan’s efforts to take space from others and to defend said space all in the name of survival needs. 

Temporality is tied to life in a variety of ways that makes it difficult to ignore because of life’s cycles and rhythms, some related to nature - respiration rate, heartbeat, menstrual cycle, and so on. 

Learning and Acquisition are different processes. We humans learn  and once learned we learned to give in a given way and thus becomes very difficult to learn in any other way. Why? The process of learning once acquired involves a long set of tacit conditions and assumptions in which learning is imbedded or encoded in our brains. Another reason why culture is “learned and shared behaviors.” 

Play is well developed in all mammals, play and learning are intimately intertwined and we can link intelligence to playing. Another way to say play and defense are intertwined is that practice exercises and maneuvers of our military are labeled as “war games.” In that light we already understand that play is often about competition. This is why there is and always has been a modicum amount of violence associated with one’s play. 

Defense, for all of us both past and present defense is and always will be an activity of tremendous importance. We humans have developed, modified and evoved our defense methodologies with creativity and ingenuity not only in our warfare, but also in other area’s such as religion, medicine, and modern law/security enforcement. We must defend ourselves not just against potential hostile forces in nature but agains those in our very societies. Let us not forget that we also must cope with the destructive forces within one’s self. 

Warfare used against other humans, is also a strong component or trait of one’s culture and is as ritualistic as found in religion as to its formal patterns. 

Exploitation is the exploitation of ones environment to adapt our bodies in meeting specialized environmental conditions. This is why evolution takes us from the weapons of one’s body like teeth in which to bite to the evolution of weapons all the way up to the atomic bomb, all extensions of one’s body and mind to achieve evolutionary survival. 

Just consider, all manmade creations of technology, etc., are material and psychological extensions such as power tools, phones, books and social media that carry voice, ideas, creations, etc., of our mind and body. All man-made extensions/materials are extensions of what was once done exclusively by one’s mind and body, a specialized part of the body/mind. 

Without language, words, there is not culture, no language or no materials. Association and defense are functions that are interconnected like the yin/yang of nature. Think of work/play, learning/understanding, training/practice, and space/time. 

It is important to understand that culture is not one thing but a complex series of activities interrelated in many ways, activities with origins deeply imbedded/buried in our past when there were no cultures and no humans. 

Do an analysis of what you already instinctually know and understand of what culture is, especially when tying one’s own cultural belief system to that which created the very martial skills we strive to study, learn and apply within the dojo walls - the dojo culture. Within the microcosmic study of dojo culture the practitioner and sensei can perceive, see and belief the connections that make for a culture of human character, personality and humility that builds a better present toward a possible future all tied to the activities and creative efforts of day to day living. 

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

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