History is just that, HISTORY. It will not help you on the street
in the defense of an attacker. My best advice is to come train with us. If you like what
we teach, we welcome you. If you don't like what we teach, we wish you the best
of luck in your training elsewhere.
Quoting a good friend of mine: "In my life I have met some of the so called
icons of the arts. Some I found to be interesting and very talented (those few who
actually got on the floor and trained), and others who did not impress me in the
least. But who they were and what they supposedly have done in life, I find
really have no bearing on who I am.
I am a martial artist. It is not something I practice when I have spare time
or tell people to impress them. It is who I am. It is something that is part
of who I am because of my own hard work and personal training. And for that I
owe a great deal to the people whom I have trained with over the years. To my
instructor who constantly challenges me to be better, to my personal drive
that makes me accept his challenges. I am constantly learning and striving
to be better. And I also owe it to all those students of my instructor who
came before me for they are the standard I aim for. They are my lineage.
What someone did two generations ago, or passed on to some other person
really does not affect who I am. I have some interesting diplomas on my
wall, signed by some of the so-called greats, but to be honest they mean far
less to me than those signed by the people who know me first hand.
We earn what we have as an individual. No one else gives you that. They may
guide you and help with your training, but your art is what you make of it."
Professor Todd S. Monis