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Traditional Japanese Martial Artist (+4 years) 2nd Dan, Iaido; Mugai Ryu; Meishi ha 2nd Dan, Karate; Motobu ha Shito Ryu 1st Dan, Jujutsu; Toraken/Hakko Ryu Unranked in Kobudo, Motobu Udundi, etc. I believe in traditional training as a methodology for healthy living. I am not opposed to these so-called "modern" arts, but I am completely against the unadulterated railing of traditional arts because "Bruce Lee said so." Tradition persists whereas sports shine and fade. Muay Thai may be excellent striking, but not if you gain a resulting concussion. BJJ may be beautiful, but rolling on the ground in a real life altercation is dangerous. Tradition is not in training for the next big fight, it is in training for "the fight." Life lessons can not be nurtured by following a set of rules, only by internalizing life's rules. Those who do not understand this philosophy will only be practicing martial arts, those that do will be living martial arts.

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