I am James “Smokey” West. A little about myself. I am a retired Special Forces Operations Technician. I retired from 7th Special Forces Group. I am a combat veteran. I have been involved in martial arts and combat karate for the past 42 years. I have deployed on top secret missions, including work with the CIA and the Maritime Organization.

I am a 10th Dan (Grand Master) in the American Open Style Karate System, with a background in Boxing and Kung-Fu, Wrestling, American and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

I have trained American Special Forces, Delta Force, Navy Seals, CIA Operatives, Army Rangers and Foreign troops in hand to hand combat, hostage rescue and negotiations, Close Quarters Combat, and Sniper Training. I have been in numerous street fights and have trained two UFC fighters, professional boxers and kick-boxers as seen on the UFC, USA Tuesday Night Fights and HBO Heavy-Weight After Dark.

This article has an aspect that is very important to anyone looking for answers on why their knowledge and experience about fighting, and possibly other activities requiring specific training, doesn’t work. In part, this is an attempt to provide you with insight, the little secrets to make basic fundamentals work for you.