“Martial Art techniques are generally taught through the physical realm as the primary, or in most cases, the only significant process used. When a student first enters the dojo (a place to train in the Martial Way), the main goal is to teach that student physical movements as they’re associated with the art being learned. Although attention to this detail is very important, it often becomes the central and only focus of training. This has been traditionally true in the West. Viewing the training methods of Western Martial Artist I have seen many that fall into this category. The intentions of these Budoka are clear, but their teaching infrastructure has been built on loose ground.”
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