Tuesday, September 03, 2013


300 posts.  wow.

So I have now reached 300 posts on my blog.  I started this blog back in 2005 with the intention of discussing the finer points of aikido training that we did not have time for in class.  Over time, it has evolved into a place where I could document my focus changing from Yoshinkan to Kali Majapahit, and the various similarities and differences between them.

My blog has spanned the range between technical posts, informative/cultural/historical posts, and philosophy/spirituality.  I have also posted on personal growth and development, as I think this is a principal goal of martial arts training.  A large portion of my posts were inspired by people around me and I thank you for always sharing your thoughts and asking questions that make me think.  

I am very proud to say that my blog now has over 17,500 page views and I have received a lot of supportive comments from my readership.  Although I can say that the blog was for my own benefit, it still feels good to have reached so many people and to believe that my entries have had a positive effect on them.

I don't have any specific plan for this blog other than to continue to document my thoughts as I grow and change in my martial arts life.

I am happy to try to tackle any topics that come up, so I encourage you readers to table anything you would like me to discuss.

In closing, thank you everyone for your kind support and attention over these past 8 years.

With much gratitude,



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Keith Nielsen said...


Along the "tackle any topics vein," I had a close brush with a person who we can categorize as in the diminished-capabilities department.

Presented me with a very hard situation (which you don't want to be thinking about in the heat of possible life-threatening conflict!) in my previously black-and-white mind.

Clear-cut case: A person with a weapon may likely attack me with grievous intent.

My pre-programmed response: Preempt and remove their capabilities to harm with with potentially permanently crippling results to them. Grounds of self-defense in the face of clear and present danger with obvious intent.

OK... but what if the potential attacker doesn't understand what they are doing and although they lack conscious intent, may act with the same results?!?

Mentally challenged person or substance-damaged person (meth/glue burn-out) has a knife, and they are acting shifty, but it's really not clear what they are thinking because... well... they are not thinking... but they might just go off at any second, cause action-consequences isn't something they can understand.

No cop-out answers like: society should prevent, or call the cops, or other responsibility dodges... it's NOW, in-your-face NOW, you've got to live with your actions, or possibly die by your inaction.

It was a very tough in-the-moment challenge and there's some very slippery slope stuff from a sociological and psychological perspective. The solution must be a all-world solution, not just for developed nations handing over responsibility to some "authority," cause that's bullshit.. it's got to be personal ownership for your life and safety.

What do you think? I wanna dialog it, but just thought I'd throw it out there to get the mental juices flowing.