Lineage in Martial Arts is Mostly Stupid

Tweet Martial arts Internet forums are full of some of the biggest collections of haters I’ve ever seen. There’s so much trolling by low self-esteem chairborne warriors that these things are nearly 100% useless. One of the things that frequently comes up is the topic of lineage. Who’s your teacher, who is their teacher, who’s […]

What Does Black Belt Mean?

Tweet Many martial arts schools today focus on belt-rank as an end goal. They have black-belt clubs, accelerated black-belt training, etc. That’s fine, and I’m sure most give good instruction. I take issue with the view that a black belt – or any rank should be an end-goal. The myth that the black belt makes […]

The Role of the Sensei and Courtesy in Practice

Tweet Courtesy Martial Arts practice begins and ends with courtesy. At the beginning of our practice we “bow in” with a short ceremony, at the end we “bow out”. The ceremony is spiritual but not religious, and is a very important part of the training. The importance of the ceremony is that we are shifting […]