Lineage in the martial arts is a very important and often contested issue. Some believe the authenticity of your chosen art is only valid if you’re training under the Grand Master’s direct descendent. It seems that if your teacher is a Gracie or a Uechi or from another famous family then you, yourself, will be great by association.
The truth is, you get out of training what you put into it. This is kind of like how a kid who go to community college and work his but off probably receive more from his education than a lazy Harvard legacy. Sure, he’ll lack the connections, but he’ll gain so much more from the experience of earning something and improving his mind.
When it comes to martial arts, I am more of a community college graduate. I have had excellent teachers, but I don’t have any star power behind my name. Antonitis Karate-Do will never be a household brand.
I am a brand new father though, and I plan to share what I’ve learned with my son someday–if he’s interested. Martial arts have enriched my life, and I hope to show him how they can help him as well.
With that said, we’ll be practicing the basics for awhile (eating, sleeping, and wearing sumo diapers) so I won’t be writing too much on this blog. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit though! Look for great MMA coverage courtesy of my man, ALar each week. Plus, I have some guest posts lined up for you to enjoy.
Thanks for your understanding and support. I look forward to getting back to writing just as soon as I catch up on some sleep!