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"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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Have you ever had to use your karate?

Yes, I use it daily. It's philosophy is a part of who I am much like many things I have experienced and encountered over the last fifty-seven plus years. I am not obsessed but rather integrated with my studies and practice which means most of what I do every single day is a direct result of my beliefs of which the martial philosophies I have are a part.

If your meaning was a lot narrower as in have I ever used the physical aspects against another human being then the answer would be yes - with a bit of qualification. Every time you spar, compete or participate in dual/group training where physical contact occurs then you have applied, limited, your use of karate in a physical manner.

If your meaning was even narrow as in have you ever used karate to fight then the answer would be yes - with a bit of qualification. I was once swung at by another Marine while on a run and I controlled that situation with positioning and control of that person by the elbow. You may not classify that as either a threat or a fight, it was.

I can only say that my initial answer was more critically important than the following two. I would prefer to convey that it is best to live the life without violence, physical and psychological and allowing the dual practice of karate-jutsu-do to balance out the body and mind with the spirit developed in the philosophical guide of the ken-po goku-i then simply learning to fight, compete and promote violent behaviors.

Karate is fighting without fighting - and more ......

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