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.

Universal Emotions - Anger

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

It is an intricate part of our being human, everyone experiences anger at one time or another and when we see it, we often see it first in the face of those angry. Anger is a necessary emotion for our very survival. Know and understand this then learn, train and practice to control the anger. Humans lean to control anger as a natural part of our development, assuming all is equal and going well. 

Rage, the extreme end of the spectrum of anger. You see, we deal with anger from a mile upset all the way up to a state of rage. Rage is also there to stay and that shows in the research that one out of five people will experience attacks of rage that they cannot control. 

Aggression comes from anger and anger comes from aggression and aggression is an important part of the natural world. After all, at our basest self violent combat between males before mating upholds the rule of survival of the fittest and ensures the strength of the gene pool. 

Mothers also engage in aggression to protect offspring from predators. Our anger emiton is closely connected to our defense of territory, group, mate and self often seen in the animal kingdom. Anger evolved as a combination of feelings and behaviors that us used as a tool to change other people's behaviors. 

As an evolutionary survival tool, one must take into consideration the cost-benefit of our behavior. It is critical to control anger and aggression to hold together the social fabric and group dynamic. We have to recognize, understand and thus control anger and aggression because excessive anger and aggression undermines current and future interactions all based on the survival. 

This makes our learning about anger and aggression, especially when and how and the why of its use, to control it. We can't let go of anger and we can try to stop our tantrums but in essence it is better to control its release according to necessity and to keep a control on its intensity to achieve positive and beneficial objectives. 

Anger and aggression, like all emotions, is contagious so our control effects those around us and to maintain a healthy social environment is also critical because self and group dynamics spells out the very survival of our species. 

The ability to experience, recognize and manage emotions, feelings and moods becomes life changing when it rises up through conflict and violence, especially outside one's group. The more you know, the more you understand and the more you consciously effect the why, how and when of emotions, feelings and moods - especially anger and aggression - the better you can manage them when the chemical adrenal stress-conditioned stimulus arrives on our doorstep. 

Lean how you can recognize, express and discuss your thoughts and emotions. Verbalizing one's aggressive thoughts and feelings is the first step to managing violence, anger and aggression. Talking it out, at the very least in your own mind goes a long way to taking control of the monkey-mind. Be mindful when you get feelings over overstimulation so that you can trigger your self-talk. Taking a visualization effort when you recognize anger and aggression creeping up on you, visualize it and how you would control it especially in situations where emotions are already in a lighter lessor effect state then when it hits the fan...

Self-talk, the ability to silently discuss internally/quietly processes that will fully explain what it is you are feeling, why you feel it and what you can do to alleviate the feelings, moods and emotions. 

Another technique is a diary, put into words your feelings and behaviors after an incident. Write a full account of the incident, with a focus on how it started, what you were feeling and any actions taken as a result. Do the best you can and then discuss it at least with self-talk. 

Beware of acting on your emotions, especially anger and aggression because it can be like a drug, it can release impulses of a kind of relief and it can fool you into believing that it solves problems when the truth of it is, in many cases it excerbates problems rather than solves them. Remember, when it is necessary to express, especially physically, violence of anger and aggression then it is the only tool to trigger and where most lose it is not seeing that line and then crossing it makes things ... sticky. 

Find out, identify and label, your frustrations because in many cases the feeling of frustration is the doorway to anger and aggression. In order to change form an angry person you really have to deal with expectations and frustrations or anger will rule your life and anger begets anger; anger is aggression; aggression is anger and both simply exacerbate and escalate conflict and violence. 

Ratey, John J. “A User’s Guide to the Brain: Perception, Attention and the Four Theaters of the Brain.” Pantheon. January 1, 2001. 

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

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