Excellence is an art won by training and
habituation. We do not act rightly because
we have virtue or excellence, but rather we
have those because we have acted rightly.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence,
then, is not an act but a habit.
                        Aristotle
"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the  people who don't do anything about it."
                               - Albert Einstein 
Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better start running.
                                     African proverb
At every moment of our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss...
Paolo Coelho
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered
G. K. Chesterton: Adventure Quotes
You are permitted in times of great danger to walk with the devil until you have crossed the bridge.   Bulgarian proverb
There are more things on this planet with fangs, claws, poisons and scales than there are things that are warm, fuzzy and full of love. It's a simple Fact!
James Keating
Proud veteran of the
Bermuda Triangle
Expeditionary Force
1990-1851
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Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering, unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and self-serving men. The little man has no way to judge and the shoddy lies are packaged more attractively. Robert Heinlein (Assignment in Eternity)
The unforgivable crime is soft hitting.  Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.  ~Theodore Roosevelt ~
The personal, as everyone's so fucking fond of saying, is political. So if some idiot politician, some power player, tries to execute policies that harm you or those you care about, take it personally. Get angry. The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here - it is slow and cold, and it is theirs. Only the little people suffer at the hands of Justice; the creatures of power slide out from under with a wink and a grin. If you want justice, you will have to claw it from them. Make it personal. Do as much damage as you can. Get your message across. That way you stand a far better chance of being taken seriously next time. Of being considered dangerous. And make no mistake about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous, marks the difference - the only difference in their eyes- between players and little people. Players they will make deals with. Little people they liquidate. And time and again they cream your liquidation, your displacement, your torture and brutal execution with the ultimate insult that it's just business, it's politics, it's the way of the world, it's a tough life, and that it's nothing personal. Well, fuck them. Make it personal.' / Things I Should Have Learned By Now Vol II 
Especially when preparing for actual combat, these few seconds of preamble allow you to settle your equilibrium, to draw upon your self-confidence, to face without emotion that sword point which threatens you, and to allay the first involuntary movement of anxiety which, in such cases, the strongest nature must endure for a moment. Moreover, you have been able to entrap your adversary in a comprehensive glance of observation, and to draw your own conclusions from his position, from his handling of the sword, and from the general way in which he offers battle.
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This renders it worth your while to stand for a few minutes even out of pistol shot.
From Sentiments of the Sword by Sir Richard Burton 
Peritus Expello Formidine
 (Skill Banish's Fear
Big Things / Little Things: 
Moral - Ethical Decisions / By JAK / Coming Times and Changes / Parallel Paths and Perspectives
See the connections: Rotational Movement of Kung Fu and the Ballet of the Knife
By J. Keating
Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.
                     Thomas Szasz
I have now made you as wise as myself upon the subject of moving the body and the limbs, which indeed is all the mechanism of swordsmanship. A few words before we separate. Why have these positions and these movements been chosen, been universally approved of by the civilised world? The reply is because they are intuitive and instinctive. See how the races that use the knife naturally seize it with the right hand, drape the cloak round the left arm, and, under cover of the body, prepare the weapon for a fatal thrust. " I'm certain," Shughtie said, " that they are wrong. Have the cloak if you like, it may always be useful, but hold your bowie-point to the fore as if it were a sword. Why, man, you've quoted Achille Marozzo, and already you forget hie principles. There are two common ways of using the knife underhand and overhand. Underhand is rare, being easily stopped; overhand, if you treat it as I would, may be received upon the point. An acquaintance of mine had a third way, which was not without its merits. He rejoiced in the sobriquet of ' Flat-footed Jack,' being, or rather having been, one of Her Gracious Majesty's hard naval bargains. The Argentine gargotti's not a bad place for knife practice. The Flat-footed in his cups would quarrel with hie own hat; hence many a difficulty. When cuchillos are drawn Senor Spaniard, old or new hemisphere, hae a silly habit of showing off. The world must see the curved beauties of his deadly blade. It's like the Tartar prince, who by herald informs the kings of the earth that they may dine, as he has finished his meal of mare's milk. And it's quite unlike the sensible Japanese, who, holding the scabbard in the left hand, draws hie sword with so little loss of time that he opens his man from belt to shoulder." A very old manoeuvre of the Italian and German schools, I interposed. " Well," resumed Shughtie, " while the particular Don was intent upon his gambado, Flat-footed Jack suddenly let fly at him a perfectly straight thrust with a common whittle some 6in. long, and worth when new 4d. He was only careful to put his thumb along the bone handle. Of course, every blow killed. I should be afraid to name the number of our countryman's triumphs." This was a long speech for Shughtie. I knew that he would not readily do it again, and resumed. Such, then, is the rule of the sword we will drop the knife - and it is based upon nature and truth, upon practice and experience.
"How many hearts with warm red blood in them are beating under the cover of the woods, and how many teeth and eyes are shining? A multitude of animal people, intimately related to us, but whose lives we know almost nothing, are as busy about their own lives as we about ours."
                   John Muir
 “There are things that are so serious, you can only joke about them.”
            W. Heisenberg.
Sir Richard Burton Resource Page
The Comtech Method of Wing Chun / Connections / Selections.
(Eclectic Arts)
"If it can't be Erased, it must be Embraced"
JAK 2012
The border between the Real and the Unreal is not fixed, but just marks the last place where rival gangs of shamans fought each other to a standstill.
                                                                                                     Robert Anton Wilson
1. Do not think dishonestly.
2. The Way is in training.
3. Become acquainted with every art.
4. Know the Ways of all professions.
5. Distinguish between gain and loss in worldly matters.
6. Develop intuitive judgment and understanding for everything
7. Percieve those things which cannot be seen.
8. Pay attention even to trifles.
9. Do nothing which is of no use.
- Musashi Miyamoto, A Book Of Five Rings (Go Rin No Sho)
The sentiment du fer is that supreme art of digitation which is to the complete swordsman what the touch of the pulse is, or rather was, to the old physician who disclaims the newfangled thermometer. It begins to make itself felt as soon as the blades come into contact. Essential to the highest development of our art, it is the result of happy natural disposition, of long study, and of persevering attention. To the hand it gives lightness and that indescribable finesse which guide the cue of the billiard player; to the passes it communicates quickness directed by an appreciation of the case which can hardly be subjected to analysis. It is that mysterious résumé of delicate manipulation, of practised suppleness in wrist and forearm, and of precision in movement, which makes the adversary feel powerless before it, which startles at the same time that it commands him. No quality in a swordsman is more rarely found in any degree approaching perfection. To say that I have not the highest admiration of it would be to set myself down in the lowest ranks of materialism -- as the world understands the word. But its very potency suggests the absolute necessity of providing against it when we find so rare a gift opposed to us.
Matching Crossada's
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James and Norma Keating
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A Fun Dino Tale 
to Ponder
The Seven Secrets
 of Knife Design
Martial Arts: FMA -
The Top Ten Sins
In Hubud Lubud Training
The Six Simple Tricks to Mastering LockflowThe constant interplay of two way pressure is a serious factor to incorporate into your locking skills.
Do These 5 Best Martial Arts Moves for Simple Solo Practice at Home !
Some Thoughts and Links about 
The Martial Bling of  
LING KONG JING!
 SILK !
 The  LIVING SPEAR ~ 
Past, Present and Future
Docendo discimus / We learn by teaching. / A maxim that is obvious to good teachers and which leads to Doce ut discas, "Teach in order to learn."
Swords and Grandmothers
Taking advanced orders:
  Chinook!
Thoughts From the House of 
JIANGHU
Know thee of the high Meme Magic?
 Helpful Hints and Word 
 Switches for Writers. Nice!
 A Real Look 
at Katana Use.
  Manjirō Nakahama: 
A Fascinating 
Sundy read
From Castaway
 to Samurai
The first Japanese person to live in the United States, Manjirō’s incredible journeys are seafaring legend.
Bowie and Mexican Knife Article - Neat!
 With the world grown smaller and the Far East drawn so near, it’s hard to imagine a time when martial arts had an aura of mystery about them
Terrific Art Works: 
 Fearless Fantasy 
This is a book sale
3 books for $60.00 
The Presidents Past and the New Truths of this timeline. Lincoln
The beautiful OZARKS! The Seasonal Grace of Natures Place
The Ozarks from the 
pen of old JAK.
 I love the area 
and people. 
. NEW .
Article: 
How The Two Attentions Work
In-depth 
look at the
 2nd Attention 
 (Nagual)
  The teachings that are a part of human history that are part of what belongs to the human race have been absconded, twisted and distorted it’s no wonder so many of us die with a broken heart. Because our truth cannot be expressed in this realm. 
The Hornet has flown the hive.
 Van Williams
 passes on.
The Amazing YOU!
The story of Gilgamesh has been a study of mine for many decades. 
Therein lie some mysterious truths 
The Funny Side of Xmas!
. NEW .
. NEW .
The Sundance 
 and the Path
The 
HAKKA
  People
. NEW .