When I first started learning martial arts, I loved Chinese martial arts. The first art I ever learned was… Tai Chi. I was inspired by my mom, who at the time, was teaching a fitness class for the elderly. I started learning the basic movements, but never really applied it to combat.
Enter the Austrailian
After around 6 months of this, I heard about a teacher that still taught combat, Tai Chi. It was fairly easy to transition. At that point, I became obsessed with Chinese Martial Arts. It was an addiction.
From Tai Chi and Baugawazhang I started learning forms of Kung Fu. I experimented with Chi Kung and Dim Mak. I even found an excellent resource on a forbidden style… then I was in too deep.
Becoming a Ninja
Learning martial arts is a lot like any sport… once you become good you can beat your instructor. That doesn’t mean he still can’t teach you. It also doesn’t mean you are unbeatable by him. It just means you are more athletic. Tom Brady is a better quarterback than Bill Belichick. That doesn’t make him any less of a coach.
Unfortunately, this was the time when things like Youtube was becoming popular, and several martial arts instructors that were using their “chi” to perform great feats… were being ousted because their stories were falling thin.
Internal Chinese Arts started to become the snake oil of the 90’s.
The Reason I Chose Ninjutsu
Obviously, I wasn’t used to a “hard” fighting style. PLUS I also weighed less than 150 pounds. So, I chose an art that would not only teach me hand-to-hand combat (taijutsu) and weapons training… lots of weapons, but it would also teach me how to use other aspects of my reality as a weapon.
The glaringly obvious reality… my size. I needed to learn jujutsu and judo to learn to use my body weight to my advantage. Despite years of training to avoid people. I learned quickly that it wasn’t necessarily bad for an opponent to “catch me.” And most of the time when I was caught it ended badly for them. (friends of mine reference the “aerial situp attack”)
Using everything I have learned over the years has been where I landed. I have trained with MMA teams and even “Karate for Christ” teams at local churches.
Learning was always the key. It doesn’t matter if you are better than the coach… he still may have something to teach you.
Thanks for reading,