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Traditional Things I DO and Why

This is a follow-up video to the one called, “Traditional Things I Do NOT Do and Why” that was uploaded last week. In response to questions and feedback, this video looks at some misunderstandings that arose and explains why I still do the following traditional things:

1) Use Japanese Terminology

2) Wear a Gi

3) Use the Kyu-Dan Grading System and Belts

Everything is assessed on the basis of its utility in contributing towards the goals we have set for ourselves. If it helps, then we do it. If it doesn’t help, then we stop doing it. It does not have to be “all or nothing” approach.

It’s also worth noting that much of what is deemed “traditional” today is in fact relatively new. Things do change over time, and this includes cultural things too.

In addition to functional considerations, an entirely legitimate goal is personal enjoyment and interest. It’s therefore totally okay to include things purely on the basis of interest or enjoyment.

I think this is something that each individual group needs to consider for themselves. What works for me and mine, may well not work for you and yours. This is to be expected and as it should be. I hope you find the video interesting!

All the best,


PS The YouTube Link can be found HERE

Traditional Things I DO and Why