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"One thing has always been true: That book ... or ... that person who can give me an idea or a new slant on an old idea is my friend." - Louis L'Amour

"Ideally, your self-defense will never get physical. Avoiding the situation and running or talking you way out - either of these is a higher order of strategy than winning a physical battle." - Wise Words of Rory Miller, Facing Violence: Chapter 7: after, subparagraph 7.1:medical

"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider..." - Francis Bacon

Warning, Caveat and Note: 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.

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.

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What is the most important question any martial artist can ask?

Learning anything comes with a lot of questions. Questions for the Sensei. Questions for the Sempai. Questions for the practitioner. It is an exchange of information that promotes progress through ability, motivation and attitude.

I find that the most important question is derived from many other questions. There is one generic question that can fall into that one ultimate important question, "Does it work?" Such a simple question that takes a great deal to answer.

Show me a technique and I will ask "does it work?" Does it work in a fight? Does it work for self-defense? Does it work if attacked by a predator? You ask and find the answers. The answer determines its value in regard to other questions.

If I focus on sport then I want to know, "does it work," as to scoring points and winning the contest. It may not work anywhere else. It will work in this context according to the other questions.

Other questions come and go, change and adjust, and are either relevant or not; all depending on the question that drives the ultimate, important, relevant question, "Does it work?"

In your system, does it work?

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