…..Okay I have been looking around at other martial practitioners and also looking back in time through video clips, etc. of martial practitioners in the past. One thing that is puzzling is the idea of the staunch traditionalist. When I say this I mean someone who thinks that their style/way is the only way and their instructor was the best so everyone should do it this way. Or someone who is trying to live up to the ideal of the past. There have been some incredible martial practitioners in the past. Absolutely incredible and the best of them would still be in the best category if they were around today. However, having said this I believe there are more practitioners that are either at the same level today or of course some have gone beyond. Now this is all subjective of course and unless you have had the opportunity to practice with someone it would be impossible to evaluate their skill sets effectively. Still as with any physical endeavor progress will be made over time. This is a reality! It does not mean that someone from the past could not have easily beaten someone from the present but…. Some one from the present will have an advantage or should have had one in nutrition, more modern weight-bearing exercises, modern health and well-being via doctors, etc. plus training that has improved over time. I can remember my first instructor not letting anyone have a water break. That was old school and while I am sure it made us mentally strong by modern sports practices it is not only obsolete but bad for your body. Little things like the advancement in video has helped the martial sciences because more people can see how some thing is done and while this can certainly be abused or misunderstood it can also be a reference aid for a martial practitioner that already knows the movement. (you still need a teacher always) Explosiveness, pylometrics, the understanding of anaerobic and aerobic exercise at a higher degree can in the end only turn out more qualified practitioners. Not to mention the plethora of opportunities out there to train. That of course can be good and also bad in that some times unqualified people teach meaning they fast tracked their training to teaching to early. That is a problem in modern times. The older instructors out there invariably did not just study one style. No many of them went and trained with multiple master instructors in the effort to improve and get better. They were indeed cross training. That is another thing that undermines the staunch traditionalist who only feels there is one way and that it is their way. These early cross trainers became in the end the pioneers of their generation and now a days we have a new set of pioneers that are out there learning every thing that they can. Some of these people will in time be looked upon similarly to the older practitioners of yesteryear. You see this cycle repeats itself over and over again. You or I as the practitioner have to remember one thing. We should be trying to get better every day by learning as much as we can. Never limit ourselves nor allow anyone to limit you. Instead strive to get better and overcome your obstacles to reach your goals! In the end during the course of your training you will look around and also look back. What you want is to see that you are moving forward!
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