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What is Self-Defense?

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) I asked this and a couple of other questions the other day to a group of martial artists. I asked, Do you teach self-defense? Do you teach MA/Karate self-defense? then I asked, Define self-defense aline and on context with the first two questions. Show More Summary

A Good Foundation

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) It was once quoted, “It all starts with a good foundation,” while a young white belt stands in a stance. It is the first step in many to find out what exactly is a foundation in karate and martial arts as to combatives, fighting, and self-defense. Show More Summary

Trade-offs

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) In general, within the security discipline and industry at its most basic, security always consists of trade-offs. In Self-defense your security and safety are at the top of most lists as important to survival in conflict and with violence. Show More Summary

People Skills

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) I found one short or brief description of people skills I felt were adequate for this article. A person with people skills is one who: has the ability to listen, actively listen;...Show More Summary

Why I Read A LOT!

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Study is that something that builds knowledge while utilizing that knowledge in applicable ways builds understanding of said knowledge. The two lead to a sort of enlightened...Show More Summary

Estimating our Martial Knowledge

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Humans commonly overestimate knowledge rather than underestimate it. There are exceptions because I am always doing research that occasionally leaves me feeling I am way behind the curve in regard to martial arts, karate and especially self-defense. Show More Summary

OPINION PIECE: narrow view of strategy

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) I recently stopped by a local magazine and newspaper stand to take a look at the BB publication especially for the editorial/article by Dave Lowry. I always find inspiring things in his works, often illuminating as well toward the martial arts - in general. Show More Summary

A Matter of misdirection/Deflection

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Ever notice when presenting a set of facts, or theories or ideas with associated reference to show how you got there those who disagree, especially from emotional positions,...Show More Summary

Reliance on One Source

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) In many disciplines humans tend to rely on singular sources for information in and before making decisions. Is this smart? Not so much and yet this is how we humans work, we want things a simple as possible so many of the biases we suffer from tend to push us in that direction. Show More Summary

Training, Testing and Refining … Technique

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Once upon a time I was quoted that in order to succeed at karate, or any martial art for that matter, one had to conquer technique. At the time I accepted that as fact because it was easy to see in dojo training and practice the intensity of focus on technique was mind-boggling. Show More Summary

Commitment

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) The problem with much martial arts training is it has become too technique based (thinking the technique will do it for you) instead of 'a technique is nothing more than a means to an end.' YOU must have other elements -- especially commitment. Show More Summary

Experience, what is it?

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Experience literally is defined as, “Practical contact with and observation of facts or events; the knowledge or skill acquired by experience over a period of time, especially...Show More Summary

SELF-FENSE: Propaganda Movies

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Movies created for the sole purpose of persuading, manipulating and influencing how others think, feel and with a result of driving to specific actions. “Devised to fill the...Show More Summary

The Isshinryu Vertical Fist

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Since the naming of this eclectic style of karate the vertical fist has been assigned a prominent position as a prominent feature of the style. It is attributed as an outstanding...Show More Summary

Domain Dependence

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) No where else does this become more important to understand then in the realm of martial art and karate self-defense or self-fense as one professional likes to term it. Most...Show More Summary

Falsification of History (Are you right)

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) It is one of those things we all find in martial arts and karate communities, a sense of heritage where our view of history toward a style and a sensei is absolute and infallible, or so we think. Show More Summary

Muscle Memory - Is It Real or Is It Memorex

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Most everyone in the martial arts & Karate/training industry has used the term 'muscle memory'. Muscles don't have memory. The brain has memory. Specifically, the motor cortex of the brain is what has memory for functions of the body, including the head, trunk, and extremities. Show More Summary

Introspection Illusion

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) In martial arts and karate practices and teachings it is assumed that one must perform a form of self-examination, self-reflection and introspection of self to achieve a state of enlightenment. Show More Summary

Reframing to Refute (Martial Communications)

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) In a dojo, while assisting the Sensei, another yudansha approached me and said, “You're explaining too much.” In short, after a discussion to clarify is message and intent, he was saying that I talked too much. Show More Summary

Instinct - Is it Real or is it Memorex?

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Is instinct, as we in martial systems know of it, actually real? As I continue my studies especially toward training our actions to act as if by instinct I am coming to my own conclusion that instinct as it is currently defined may not be reality. Show More Summary

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