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.

Attack Behaviors

Pre-attack-attack indicators or behaviors are those indicators that should pre-warn you of the potential for trouble.

Environment and culture not yours, do you really need to go there or be there?

MM speaks of mile markers along the path to violence and making decisions as you perceive those markers is a good avoidance strategy.

Will Robinson, Lost in Space and Robot (early warning danger will Robinson)…

We all can’t be like Will because he has Robot to, who uses all sorts of cool tech, warn of danger and alien 👽 intruders but we reality based humans have to learn some stuff and warn ourselves to potential and actual dangers.

It’s cool to learn about warning signs and behaviors but at that point we are already exposed to possible damage or death. I had to ask myself, what do I train my brain to detect and decide so I can avoid the potential altogether?

This is one of many reasons some professionals use the phrase in training, it depends…

In my previous life as a physical security professional and expert I was tasked with determining threats and potential threats way before dealing directly with said threats.

Threats always start with people. Except for threats and dangers such as floods or earthquakes all the others deal with humans. This includes “US,” ourselves because what we know, don’t know OR don’t know we don’t know has consequences and how we observe, decide and act triggers either danger or security and safety!

So, with that said, what follows is a quick list of behaviors and signs that one should pay attention too, to avoid, escape and evade bad stuff. It’s just a list and it requires a shit load of stuff to learn train and experience to achieve successes.

Take a look at my security and safety list then heed my warnings given here and there because this list alone won’t get you there.

  • aggressive or threatening demeanor;
  • being argumentative;
  • showing contempt;
  • showing distrust, hate, and/or hostility;
  • spitting;
  • Body language: 
    • take a bladed stance, 
    • clenching fists, 
    • clothing removal, 
    • defensive posture (?), and 
    • exaggerated moving or stretching limbs.
  • signs of clenched teeth, 
    • furrowed brow, 
    • pursed lips, 
    • bared teeth and 
    • wide, non-blinking eyes;
  • wiping off imaginary lint;
  • hair straightening and clothing adjustments that come at inappropriate times;
  • staring directly at or repeatedly glancing at the intended target;
  • repeated visual attention to targets of focus like the chin, nose, throat or eyes;
  • closed/clenched fist;
  • facial muscles to contract;
  • trapezius muscles that cover the back of the neck and shoulders rise as large muscles of the body constrict in prep for an assault;
  • clenched fists, tightened face, flaring nostrils and dropping one side (usually the strong side) behind the other;
  • body position shifting that can be indicative of nervous energy and fight positioning;
  • eye blink rates can noticeably alter in one of two ways;
  • dilated pupils,
  • hidden hands,
  • dipping to the strong side as though grabbing something,
  • mouth breathing/panting,
  • hands defiantly on hips,
  • contemptuous spitting,
  • pacing, etc.

Layered Security/Safety/Defense

  • Appropriate Knowledge
  • Appropriate Understanding
  • Appropriate Awareness
  • Appropriate Observational Skills
  • Appropriate Orientation Skills
  • Appropriate Decision Skills
  • Appropriate Taken Actions Skills

Now, the subtext to each layer (this includes that long list of behaviors above as well) is where things get a bit challenging 😥! Each layer is merely a speed bump, but not a wall. The accumulated understanding and abilities or skills builds a solid wall where the only chink in the armor is the human factor, the person.

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