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.

OT: Pandemic Layered Safety

What is layered safety? It is the same as layered security where one provides multiple security concepts that interlock and independently maintain a security posture, environment and protection that increases the difficulty of someone gaining entrance to a secured valuable location, etc.

Layered safety is based on this principle where multiple measures are taken that by themselves only provide a limited safety zone of protection while a layered model takes three or more measures that when layered take up the faults of each layer ensuring that the person is safe. In this case, the layered safety measures of the Pandemic. 

  • First, individual attitude toward social safety.
  • Second, mask-up 😷, any face covering will do it.
  • Third, distancing of six feet.
  • Fourth, avoid close spaced environments except as “required!”

The first layer is protection from others as well as protection of oneself from the virus gaining entry into one’s body in amounts that would result in infection, hospitalization and possible grave long-term harm including the possibility of death. 

It must be remembered that one’s attitude determines how well and to what degree one takes to protect themselves, their families, their loved ones that includes friends and associates, and others (being society in and of itself as a collective). 

A positive attitude of empathy and morality and ??? of self leads to the same feeling and attitude toward others who make up the fabric of our society.  It is the only way for our species to survive especially under attack from “Nature Herself” in the form of a dangerous virus. Someone once say, “The meek shall inherit the Earth,” and to our perceptions something like a microscopic virus feels meek in it nature even when it is deadly. 

Wearing a mask properly is very difficult and this is why they use layered health and safety requirements as you already see herein so all masks when layered with other health and safety measures creates a layer of safety that makes it “ALMOST” impossible to be infected and, even in an asymptomatic state, to infect others. 

You see, to ensure masks to the entire job is a social public way is literally impossible so layering makes perfect sense. As a former, retired, physical security manager for a very large institution the only was to ensure security is by the layered approach. It works the same in this medical pandemic situation. 

Wearing the mask therefore must have other measures to ensure the entire spectrum of possible infections are caught before they infect. That brings us to the next measure or layer.

Distancing alone, as with masks, will not do it either so if you think maintaining six feet means you don’t have to wear a mask, think again. The mask cannot completely and comprehensively keep our breath and what it carries out of our bodies from passing easily the six foot distance (rule). The mask stops some and the mask slows down the energy and speed necessary to go the distance, the six feet, so that together the two pretty much ensures those who adhere to the rules or layers or measures have a solid chance and ability to avoid infection. This brings us to one of the main ways infections are happening, big time!

The fourth layer is about avoiding closed in spaces that have little or now air circulation to pull air from the space and to pull in fresh air into said space taking any particulates out of the space. Them we limit the number of folks in that same space and hopefully those will allow are in that groups “bubble” of relatively safe folks to be around. Regardless, wear the mask and try hard to maintain six foot distance. 

Here again, the first layer comes into play because our attitudes must be of such a positive empathy oriented state of mind that keeps our diligence high so we don’t inadvertently in the moment drop our guard, or our layers, to expose ourselves at levels that lead to infection. 

There are more layers of safety for the pandemic like I mentioned about the “bubbles of safe-folks” we include and socialize with so we don’t suffer from “cabin fever” so to speak. This is critical because with the long-term need to remain diligent in maintaining our layered safety zones having some measure of meeting our needs, socially, must exist, it is about species, your, survival, right? 

Now, i just threw this all together so that some, who may not realize how important layered safety is in the pandemic, might come to realize that regardless of how we feel as to how it personally effects the life style we live, it means survival of us all socially, morally and being alive to enjoy life, now and in the future - especially for the future. 

Now is the time to be smart. When I was asked about my mask and being a fearless Marine (as if being a fearless Marine gives me some special protection) why would I wear a mask? I answered, “Marines are FEARLESS, but we are NOT STUPID!”

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