One man intending to enrol his son in Karate classes recently asked me how many Karate Dan I held?
I attained 3rd Dan in Goju karate in 1984. After that I taught with 3 of my own schools in Sydney Australia.
I fought in the boxing and kickboxing ring over the decades and evolved with the globalisation of the martial arts. I spent years of endless rounds in the ring with many teachers, fighters and high champs from all parts of the globe. I learnt from all styles.
Later I went into the military. Infantry, Commando and intelligence training, some of which included Commando unarmed combat.
I studied with Judo, Jiu Jiutsu, Kung fu, MMA, Pankration, other self defense masters. I fought many opponents over the years.
For well over a decade I worked security in nightclubs including Kings Cross, Sydney. It’s also worth the mention to say that I walked the streets of inner Sydney as many of my friends did growing up.
Today I teach a handful of students and don’t use a grading system.
Just like the boxers, my fighters are all competent and experienced according to their own goals and abilities. Some compete.
The real martial arts is a way of life with good philosophy and personal power.
One of the martial arts components is ability.
Fighting is not an ability test only. Regardless of physical ability, bad character makes a bad fighter win, lose or draw.
in my opinion, the West is way too focused on entertainment and sadly that leads to corruption in competitions, big money, politics and crime.
As the Japanese say. Martial arts a way of life comparable to swordsmanship or even the sword itself.
Keep it sharp and don’t let rust accumulate. Don’t be careless or your own blade can cut you.
Exercise responsibility and good judgement or you’ll apply it wrongly.
A cut from a sword is difficult to heal or repair.
The modern martial arts originated in the Greek Olympics and was carried across to Asia by Alexander the Great.
With my students I discuss the 'Fables of Aesop' 600BC and other relevant philosophies.
I present a non-fanatical Christian family example in life.
Train, think, learn, improve, endure, adapt and win.