White, yellow… black and red

There is a dual ranking system in martial arts: Koryu (traditional, battlefield-ready methods with kepan or blood-oath); and Gendai Budo, sometimes called Shin Budo (skills of personal development acquired through martial practice).¬† While the latter was tied to a membership price or sizeable donation, it shouldn’t be misconstrued as teachers compromising their standards, but...

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Ancient Martial Wisdom for the Modern Samurai

¬†What is a¬†martial art? A.¬† ¬†A practice¬†that¬†incorporates¬†blocking, punching, kicking or throwing a partner using bare hands and/oresoteric weapons. B.¬† ¬†A physical discipline¬†encompassing¬†time-tested¬†personal protection¬†techniques and regimens¬†to¬†improve strength, flexibility, coordination¬†and cardiovascular capacity. C.¬† ¬†Recreational pastime or sport.   Answer:¬† all of the above, however none completely defines¬†what¬†really¬†constitutes a¬†martial art¬†and more importantly, how a classic combative system...

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