What is self-defense?
‘Self-defense’ is a term that typically connotes the protective actions one takes to fend off a physical attack. It is a term most frequently encountered within the domain of martial artists who may stylize ‘this or that’ technique of a traditional art in such a manner that conforms it to modern trends in assault/battery scenarios.In this respect, it may be said that many arts succeed in providing some form of useful training to students interested in ‘self-defense’, insofar that consensus relates the term to physical attacks of the fists and kicks variety (sometimes weapons).
However, what I aim to express herein is the notion that ‘self-defense’ should not be constrained to the facets of physical, hand-to-hand combat, but rather the term should extensively represent an ever evolving concept protecting oneself against virtually any potential detriment or attack on the mind, body, or spirit. In this regard, true ‘self-defense’ may be considered to comprise a way of living; a lifestyle that mitigates injurious potentials and never ceases to emphasize the imperative of evolving one’s defenses in parity with the evolution of crime and violence.
Understandably, if one prepares everywhere, one will be weak everywhere, or so the adage goes. But consider this – all techniques of self-defense are predicated on easily absorbed and adaptable principles. If you understand the principle, you may be better equipped to work out an effective, specific defense to whatever ‘self-defense’ issue you face.
Principles, not Techniques
To illustrate this idea of ‘self-defense’ principles and their persistence into modern warfare practices, one must simply look to the historical record of violence and warfare.Due to my own predilections for the Sengoku period of medieval Japan, I have chosen to derive examples of the facets comprising warfare of antiquity from Fujibayashi Yasutake’s Bansenshukai.
Written in the 17th century this manual serves to illustrate the technical and tactical disparities of, as well as similarities to, modern warfare and violence; particularly from the perspective of a shinobi engaged in battle. It describes the means by which shinobi best contributed to the practice of warfare as well as alluding to the nature of battle during this time-period.
What principles effuse from the text that might bolster one’s ‘self-defense’? Firstly, Yasutake unequivocally writes that shinobi are essential to mastering the art of war.¹ His reasons stem from the principle of warfare popularly attributed to Sun Tzu which admonishes the reader to ‘know the enemy’. To do this is the function of intelligence which was the key tradecraft of the shinobi.
In Yasutake’s time, and prior, gathering intelligence on the enemy typically involved old-fashioned human observation. The shinobi would sneak behind enemy lines and surreptitiously accrue as much intel as possible before venturing back to allied territory. It was a very dangerous process, quite different from the specific methods of modern intelligence that rely on the high technology of satellites and social media platforms. Where the ninja once used stone pencils and paper to draw up maps of enemy fortifications, modern warfare practices employ the 1.8 gigapixel ARGUS-IS spy drone.
Again, the specific technique doesn’t matter to the ‘self-defense’ mind, what matters is the principle of intelligence present in both the ninja’s and the modern soldier’s techniques. It is the principle of intelligence that serves as the basis of new intelligence gathering techniques. By understanding this, effective ‘self-defense’ can be created for any situation, you simply must study the principles of violence and warfare (along with crime and psychology if desired).
More to come…
- Cummins, A. & Minami, Y. (2013). The Book of Ninja. p.56
The Bansenshukai is a 22 volume manual of shinobi-no-jutsu tactics, techniques, principles, and values written by Fujibayashi Yasutake in 1676. According to Antonny Cummins, the manual is of the Iga region as opposed to Koka, and its significance effuses from its rich details concerning the ninja arts which were, understandably, very secretive.
During the Edo period (of Japan), the skills and preceptors of the shinobi were fading out as the atmosphere of war and violence transitioned into a relative state of peace, thereby making the trade of the shinobi of little value. In turn, shinobi families were afflicted with great impoverishment. It is to this state of affairs that we apparently owe the benefit of knowing the Bansenshukai as will be explained.
The manual itself entered the historical record in 1781 when Ohara Kazuma and two other men of Iga ventured to the capital of Edo (Tokyo). Their objective was to present the guarded manual and its many secrets to Ukyonosuke Matsudaira in hopes of gaining employment or receiving something of monetary value. However, the burden of their plight was given only a partial palliative in the form of a few pieces of silver and so they left the capital unemployed. A year later, the Tenmei famine began, claiming the lives of some 925,000 inhabitants of Japan, particularly those from the region of Tohoku.1 We can only speculate on the fate of these three men of Iga, but chances are their lives were marked with greater hardship.
The manual is important for anyone seeking to better their understanding of true ninjutsu. Within its pages, we learn of the shinobi mindset (Seishin), the criticality of their deployment on ancient battlefields, and the inferred reality that true ninjutsu is far outside the domain of physical self-defense. The manual speaks of disguises, commander tactics, and explosives. It details the shinobi means of survival and their unofficial moral code. It is indeed a true treasure of history.
I highly recommend the translation worked out by Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami. You may find their version of the Bansenshukai here.
I have no business relationship with Cummins or Minami, I simply find their work to be of academic excellence and importance. Also, their work is presently the only English translation that exists. For any individual who wishes to understand true ninjutsu, it is inconceivable that you would not add a copy of the Bansenshukai to your repository of knowledge.
Remember the DDOS cyber-attack that targeted servers of the east coast recently? Now the Russians are apparently receiving the same as reported by Yahoo.
“DDoS attacks involve flooding websites with more traffic than they can handle, making them difficult to access or taking them offline entirely. These attacks saw as many as 660,000 requests being sent per second using a network of more than 24,000 hijacked devices located in 30 countries. More than half the devices were in the United States, India, Taiwan and Israel, Kaspersky said.”
The article explains that five of Russia’s largest banks were targeted but were not significantly compromised and continued to operate as usual. So not really big news right? That depends on how you look at it.
We covered in a former post the admission of U.S. officials that a retaliatory cyber-attack against the Russians was being drawn up in response to the DNC hack, a response that we find is wholly unjustified in light of the content the DNC hack exposed. Not only did major media outlets carry the story of the incipient CIA mediated cyber-attack, but Vice President Joe Biden himself, when asked about the possibility of responding to Putin (because there is oh so much evidence that Russia was responsible for the attack) stated in the following interview:
“We’re sending a message. We have the capacity to do it…and it will be at the time of our choosing and under the circumstances that have the greatest impact…”
Granted, the elections are over, and Putin has even come out to say that he intends to restore Russian-U.S. relations in synergy with President Donald Trump. But what of the CIA? Should we be weary of the capabilities of this agency as the presidential transition process is yet to be complete? Is it possible that the CIA will still launch a cyber-attack against Russia despite Trump’s occupation of the presidential office? Is it possible that this most recent cyber-attack on Russian banks was the handiwork of the CIA (doubtful but it is possible)?
We will just have to wait and see.
We all know exercise is important, but despite this awareness many struggle to find the time or motivation to develop the fitness they desire. It isn’t always easy, but there are ways to insure your fitness plan with exercises that do not require a gym membership. Motivation-wise, here are a few reasons to value exercise.
- You have a physical body to interact with a physical world. Therefore, the less capable your body, the less you can continue to interact with this physical world. You exercise to stay functional longer.
- Darwinian survival of the most fit is not exactly a principle of evolution I hold to, but it does have a point of consideration relating to global or local disasters. When a bad situation occurs it is likely that those who have achieved a considerable level of fitness are more likely to survive the given scenario. This is a no brainer. Having to run from gray-matter hungry zombies requires fitness. Having to fend off your home from starving mobs requires fitness (among other things). Having to walk 20 miles into town because your car broke down requires fitness.
- You will look, feel, and think better. I don’t have the voluminous accounts of research studies in front of me at the moment, but I can assure you that exercise is the MOST valuable preventative medicine that exists.
- Your quality of life will be improved. As you increase your level of fitness you will notice an increase in reserves of energy that allow you do get more done in your day, as well as providing you the capacity to engage in activities that a physically unfit individual could not (hiking in the mountains anyone?)
Think of your own motivations to exercise, I’m sure you can come up with a few of your own. List these motivations in your head or write them down if you have to and tack them to a wall. Motivation is key in insuring your physical fitness plan’s completion.
Now as stated before, you do not need to purchase a gym membership to gain a considerable level of fitness. All that is really required is time, and your motivations. Body weight exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups, squats, etc. are ok substitutes for expensive equipment and they are more convenient in that you can engage in them anywhere. In tandem with these body-weight exercises, you can start running to and from places you need to go per your daily itinerary. For example, if I find I need something from a Dollar General store a few miles away, I throw on my EDC bag and start jogging there. It provides me solitude for introspection and gets me out into my community as well. Are there areas in your itinerary that you can fill with simple exercises?
Value your body. If it dies, you die. If it is injured, your quality of life will be hindered. If it is well, you will be well.
Back in October we expatiated upon the Clinton campaign and its aim for global war, alluding to the DNC hack that Hillary alleged was carried out by the Russians:
“Here are a few items of pertinence respecting the DNC hack. First of all Putin has denied the hacking allegations (though he heartily finds the hack to have been for the public’s good) and secondly, NSA whistleblower William Binney has countered the claim that the Russians were responsible when reported instead that the hack was the work of a “disgruntled intelligence worker” (though this claim is just as tenuous as the counter). But what did the DNC hack expose anyway? Oh yeah, that Sanders was going to lose the Democratic Party’s nomination from the get-go.”
Now, in a recent article put forward by Infowars, the perspective concerning the DNC hack offered up by William Binney seems to have gained substance. The consensus encircling the DNC hack is this: our own intelligence operatives leaked the information that is now toppling the Clinton enterprise of deceit and corruption.
In a riveting presentation, former CIA Officer Kevin Shipp exposes the reality of climate engineering as well as offering an aside concerning the events of 9/11.
“9/11 was immediately labeled a terrorist event, and there was a reason for that. When you label it a terrorist event, it stops any sort of criminal investigation right in its tracks. If they would have done a criminal investigation of 9/11 it would have uncovered things that would have painted a whole different picture of why those buildings came down.”
As stated by Mr. Shipp, the quotations below substantiate the notion that the CIA may have a handle in stratospheric dispersion of aerosols for climate engineering. Note that these quotations come directly from the official CIA website www.cia.gov
CIA Director John Brennan Speaking to Council of Foreign Relations
“Another example is the array of technologies—often referred to collectively as geoengineering—that potentially could help reverse the warming effects of global climate change. One that has gained my personal attention is stratospheric aerosol injection, or SAI, a method of seeding the stratosphere with particles that can help reflect the sun’s heat, in much the same way that volcanic eruptions do. An SAI program could limit global temperature increases, reducing some risks associated with higher temperatures and providing the world economy additional time to transition from fossil fuels. The process is also relatively inexpensive—the National Research Council estimates that a fully deployed SAI program would cost about $10 billion yearly.”
So tell us geo-engineering through SAI is just a fringe conspiracy theory. CIA says ‘Nope’.
Nov. 1 2016: The Telegraph reports that Britain’s intelligence agency, MI5, is now weighing in to voice its take on the potentially conflagrant situation with alleged Russian aggression. “Andrew Parker”, a supposed spy-chief of the MI5 said that “although the fight against Isil could last a generation, it is vital not to ignore the growing threat from Russia.” This remark seconds opinions of the CIA, and seems to take advantage of the public’s ignorance regarding how ISIL came to exist in the first place.
“The Clinton emails revealed by Wikileaks prove again, if proof be needed, that the US was fully aware that its Gulf allies funded IS and al-Qaeda, but said nothing because they did not want to rock the boat. Only when IS swept through Iraq did Obama move to halt the advance. But in the region, it was already clear to many that America’s opposition to terrorism and support for its allies was tactical, and part of a larger strategic calculation. The bombing of Syrian army forces in Deir Ezzor in September, while they were engaged in a long-running battle against IS, was evidence again that the US was hedging its bets and not interested in a deal with Russia.”
Taking what you may from the above, you might ask ‘how do I know what is propaganda and what is not?’ In truth, there is no clear-cut answer, but we do recommend adopting recognition of the fact that many of these terroristic groups were, in one way or another, spurned into existence by intelligence agencies of the Western World. This being so, it is hard to swallow anything that drips from the press if its source is an intelligence insider – a spy.
The artistic medium of a spy is information, therefore if a so-called intelligence chief is parading a notion to the public, one should ALWAYS question ulterior motives.
Moving on, an article out of the Orange County Register reports that NORAD will be conducting military exercises in preparation for, “airspace-restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft…”
In relation to the above, Britain is now activating Typhoon fighter-jets to be deployed in Romania as Russian “assertiveness in the region” continues to grow. In addition to the deployment of Typhoon fighters, Britain is also 800 troops to Estonia (the Baltics).
Oct. 30 2016: Russian submarines move closer to Syria, an action that reporters say spark fears that an assault on Aleppo is about to commence. (Why the fear if the “rebels” they are bombing are connected to al-Nuzra, a faction of al-Qaeda? We cannot say.)
Oct. 28 2016: CNN reports that Lithuania has promulgated a manual for its 3 million people that details what to do in the event that Russia invades. Karolis Aleksa of the Lithuania Ministry of Defense remarked that open publication of the manual could deter Russian aggression in the region. (But be aware of PSYOP).
‘Tyler Durden’ of Zero Hedge reports on the close-call incidents of Russian fighter jets with U.S. attachments in a complexed airspace, close-calls that can have serious ramifications if they precipitate deaths or injury. Durden expounds that an incident on the 17th of October involved a “Russian jet that was escorting a larger spy plane” which “maneuvered in the vicinity of an American warplane, Air Force Lieutenant General Jeff Harrigan said. The Russian jet came to ‘inside of half a mile’, he added.
Oct. 27 2016: The Wallstreet Journal reports on the unexpected deployment of 150 SWEDISH troops to the Baltic sea Island, making them the first force to occupy the area in a decade.
As we learn more of what is occurring abroad, periodic updates respecting this issue will be forthcoming. Until then, take care.
What is the self? Might it be defined with some clever yet terse statement? Can it be tasted, touched, seen, or is it tangible at all? Intuitively my answer resounds as a yes. But to the most former of the questions, I have no real idea what ‘self’ is. Dictionary definitions abound as to its general characteristics and people to whom I pose the question will confidently state that it is “me” – offering the entrance of identity into the discussion. Perhaps ‘identity’ is the synonym for ‘self’. Yet the significant question concerning self has not been answered. What IS self (identity) – its functions or essence?
We might leave such questions to “experts” as they are likely to possess some mental aptitudes keener than the common human – correct? I think not. For what might the experts say of that which we experience subjectively? Truly the experts of self are those who have an identity. To whittle away at the mystery of the essence of self, one must merely employ the act of questioning one’s own. And so we do. By affirming what self is NOT, we better our understanding of it might be or is.
Q: Is one’s identity formed at birth or before?
A: By observation and direct experience, I declare the answer is no. One’s identity and sense of ‘self’ is created, refined, and apprehended in proportion to one’s level of cognition and thus chronological age and physiological/anatomical development.
Q: Once identity is established, is it a relatively permanent phenomenon of the individual’s physical existence? That is to ask, is it consistent and constant?
A: One’s identity is not consistent and constant with consideration of the above answer to the question of birth and identity. If one’s identity is formed throughout time, as the answer makes explicit, then one’s identity is constant in its development. It is not instated or constant (permanent, consistent, formed, etc.) at any given point along the chronological scale of one’s physical existence. Therefore one’s identity exhibits a property of formlessness.
Q: Aren’t there characteristics of one’s behavior or thinking style (cognition) that are present at an early age and consistent throughout one’s lifetime? And if so, does this mean one’s identity might be formed at birth?
A: The characteristics stated are simply properties of the self (identity) but not the essence of what self is.
Q: You contend that an identity exhibits a property of formlessness in that it is constantly changing……What is identity?
A: Identity is formless, and as such it is always changing. Who we think we are now is not who we think we were or will be.
To be continued…
In our last article on WW3 Hype we showed how anxieties over the specter of WW3 seems to be justified in light of the corroborated testimony of General Joseph Dunford to members of congress and former Deputy Director of the CIA Mike Morell. We have more to cover regarding this important issue as more news has come forward.
According to an October 25th, 2016 article out of The Wallstreet Journal, Russia is advancing its population preparedness objectives -conducting nuclear fallout drills en masse and “upgrading bomb shelters in [its] biggest cities.”
Reported in another article dated October 24th, 2016 from the Mirror, Russia is making alterations to its nuclear arsenal in relation to the increasing tensions between it and NATO.
“Vladimir Putin is seeking to replace his arsenal of SS-18 Satan weapons with the new RS-28 Sarmat super-nukes.”
The RS-28 ‘super-nuke’ reportedly has the capabilities of utterly decimating an area approximate in size to the state of Texas. Dubbed SATAN 2, this nuke has the range to strike western targets such as London or the “East or West” coasts of the U.S.
Will you be warned of a nuclear strike? The reality is, probably not. You won’t even see it coming, so it is in your interest that you make reasonable preparations now as this global push-shove heats up.
For more details view our last article in which we offer up reasoned conclusions respecting the implications of November’s election and afford you video evidence of this potential catastrophe. In a nutshell, the Russians do not want Clinton in office. Take care.