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Group Dynamics and Metaphors

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Metaphors are simply a figure of speech in which word(s) or phrase(s) are applied to an object, action or situation to which is is not literally applicable making is representative or symbolic of that something else, especially something abstract. Show More Summary

It’s Not About the Teacher

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) It’s not about the teacher, instructor or sensei, it is about the individual. Yes, teachers, etc., have an influence with the students but in the end the students proficiency, knowledge, understanding and expertise comes from within the student themselves, not from their teachers, etc. Show More Summary

Defense-Protection - Motive vs. Behaviors vs. People

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) In my recent studies from a new book by Rory Miller on Principled Teaching he made a statement that stuck out to me so I wanted to quote it here: “Motive of the threat is absolutely unimportant in a self-defense situation. Show More Summary

Strong Caution Advised

You are all adults and you all take responsibility for your actions in life regardless of whether sport oriented or what ever even when you jump off the curb while texting to cross the street. As adults you should not need to be told that everything you do in this life has consequences and those consequences depend solely and exclusively on you. Show More Summary

Quality over Quantity

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) You hear it time and again that quality trumps quantity yet why does quantity still hold sway over martial arts? Everything within the modern martial communities is about how much you know, earned and have such as a plethora of trophies or black belts or different styles, etc. Show More Summary

Isshinryu Pioneers - NOT

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Today, the 16th of September 2017, Andy Sloane called me from Okinawa... wait for it... through Facebook! Now, that is cool simply because until the FB-Phone rang I didn't realize it was possible. Show More Summary

Less Emphasis on Memorizing

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) In a recent posting on FB a question was asked about a principle based approach on a particular style to which Mr. Rory Miller commented, “IMO, it's closer to how the first...Show More Summary

Social Conditions

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Modern social conditions and that resulting conditioning of our species is reaching critical mass. Our modern society is being driven toward two conditions that if not restrained or even reversed will spell the doom of said society. Show More Summary

KSD: Human Rituals

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) In the martial disciplines, that include karate, it is easy to see, perceive and distinguish a ritualistic practice that literally controls the system/style. It has that connective...Show More Summary

Branches of Martial Disciplines

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) I think of this as, "Sport, Combative's, Philosophical, and SelfDefense." Sport is the dominant branch that is both obvious and obfuscated to those who practice this branch. Show More Summary

Dojo Effects

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) In a more or less traditional sense the dojo has certain aspects that tend to unconsciously bleed over into certain area’s, like into self-defense. I came to this conclusion...Show More Summary

Traditional Karate: Beliefs

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) This subject has and will always be a bone of contention especially when each person and group picks and chooses what they want to be traditional and what they don’t want to be traditional. Show More Summary

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

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