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...

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...