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.

The Litmus Test

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

I was going over some historical data on self-protection for self-defense when I came across the litmus test created by Marc MacYoung and Jenna Meeks and it made me consider them in deeper detail as follows. 

The one point I always make is those of us who seek self-protection skills must remember the battle starts before we encounter an attack(er), then the actual encounter, followed closely by the social and legal aspects of the aftermath but it just occurred to me that the legal is a two prong danger, i.e., the criminally legal process followed often by the more chaotic civil suit that will follow especially if you win the criminal case. 

Other aspects of the litmus test about, "acting, stopping the attack(er), and the emotional fallout one goes through over a long period of time is this added, for me anyway, clue that there is the danger of the civil proceedings. If you have not prepared thoroughly for all these factors in your self-protection for self-defense training, academic and reality-based physical, then you have literally failed yourself and your students, if you teach this stuff, to properly, efficiently and thoroughly trained for self-protection for self-defense. 

CIVIL ACTIONS: [CAVEAT, I am not an attorney and this is NOT legal advice of any kind. It is meant to inspire those in the self-defense communities to seek out proper legal advice on the subject of both criminal and civil law and legal proceedings and processes. Think of this as a means of teaching one to always, always, always seek out legal advice from legal professionals certified, qualified and validated from proper authorized sources.]

Civil law fundamentally can be said to be a body of laws of a state or nation regulating ordinary private matters, as distinct from laws regulating criminal, political, or military matters. Roman History. the body of law proper to the city or state of Rome, as distinct from that common to all nations. Compare jus civil systems of law influenced significantly and in various ways by Roman law, especially as contained in the Corpus Juris Civilis, as distinct from the common law and canon or ecclesiastical law.

Just reading that paragraph should be a solid push to seek out legal professionals if you really want to prepare yourself and students for the inevitability of legal proceedings otherwise you will be overwhelmed psychologically and economically when that tsunami hits face on. 

Where you may look for a comparison to criminal v. civil is here: The Difference between Criminal and Civil Cases in California Courts

If I have it right, in a criminal trial the totality of evidence is how they determine if you go to jail, do not pass go and do not collect $200 or you go free. If I have it right, in a civil case, “Civil cases rely on a preponderance of evidence, which means that while (technically) less evidence can be used in a civil claim, it must still be convincing to a judge or jury.”

Once again, reading this shall again push you hard to seek out legal advice from legally qualified and certified legal professionals because this is NOT one of them or a legal source but simply a way to point and reference finding out more, properly, way above and beyond this entertainment-esque academic basic research endeavor. 

My only objective, goal and mile-marker here is to trigger interest and inspire you, the reader, to do your due diligence in gathering proper, legal and valid information from those recommended legal professionals. Hey, you can invite self-defense attorneys to join and provide training in your dojo if you want. 

Anyway, when teaching and training for self-protection under self-defense you want to have an understanding of how violence works, how to handle it from avoidance through deescalation and into the physical chaos of actual physical self-defense and then through the emotional, legal, civil and monetary costs of the aftermath when the first responders begin their efforts when the dust settled from the effort to defend and protect. Believe me, I am not trying to make it a complex and convoluted process but KNOW THIS, it is a convoluted, complex, and convoluted mine field of dangers, pitfalls and obstacles you must understand and deal with if things go south on you out there in the world. 

Add in, if you train, practice and apply your skills in self-protection for self-defense you can count on every thing you learn, teach, study, articulate and do as to the system you practice to be used against you in your efforts to remain in the self-defense legal square because that and your training put you in a different light to the system and those in it like jurists. 

Take heed to the warning and do the work, you won’t regret it if, God forbid, you are forced to protect yourself using those self-defense skills. The “Litmus Test” is a good starter and if you seek out more through the study of both Marc MacYoung and Jenna Meeks work, books and classes you will be well on your way to covering your ass. 

In closing, “The legal system is a virtual mine field and proper legal guidance is the ONLY way to navigate the field and reach safety, security and freedom!”

Note: preponderance of evidence, “Under the preponderance standard, the burden of proof is met when the party with the burden convinces the fact finder that there is a greater than 50% chance that the claim is true. This is the burden of proof in a civil trial.” -

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

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