"The Author, it must be remembered, writes from his own standpoint!"
My personal "Interpretive" Lens!

Do You Have A Question?

If you have a question not covered in this blog feel free to send it to me at my email address, i.e. "snow" dot here "covered" dot here "bamboo" AT symbol here "gmail" dot here "com"

"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.

Reader's of this Blog

Search This Blog

Why did you stop competing at tournaments?

Simple, politics and control. When you find yourself reacting to the frustration that comes with such things it is better to walk away then allow yourself to succumb. 

I remember one time a solid technique did not garner notice from any of the four judges. I asked, they said they didn't see it and it wasn't effective. I bowed politely and when the next command to begin came I applied the same technique with power and got disqualified for excessive force. It worked just fine and this time they observed it.

Now, I don't advocate this type of thing. I was fairly young and inexperienced with karate as I had only been doing it solid for about three years and I was young and a gung-ho Marine, etc. Still no excuse but I decided at that moment to walk away, it was just not worth it. 

I believe it was the right path for me. With the type of tournaments gone bad observed on youtube as can be seen at Martial View, i.e. he posted on a youtube video of a contest gone bad, post titled, "Karate Characters."