The Middle Way

Uncategorized May 11, 2021

There are so many divisions amongst people today. Polarization seems to be at an extreme. However it has been my experience that finding answers requires me to keep an open mind and listen to both sides of an argument so that I can act appropriately for the situation. This is the same in our martial art, both in training and application.

To explain better I want to share something a good friend of mine, who is a martial artist and a rabbi, wrote.

“There are some types of martial arts that cling to tradition. The forms from the past are the forms they practice today. They hold tight to tradition and do not change. This is often beautiful, and they are able to maintain and pass down what they have received, generally in the form they received it, from generation to generation.

There are other types of martial arts that let go of tradition. They are totally open to what works today. They may focus on certain ideas or they may create new forms for dealing with current situations. They are innovative and dynamic, and bring a new perspective on martial arts.

One of the things I love best about the approach that Dennis takes is that it blends the two pillars of tradition and change. This middle path learns the forms of the past, and seeks to extract the principles that made them so successful in their time. Then it applies those principles to create innovative ways to handle present situations. This martial art appreciates both tradition and change. Rather than one or the other, rather than binary thinking, it is open to learning from the past while understanding and adapting to the present.

This is the approach that I have found most beneficial in martial arts.”

Finding answers is rarely one side or the other only. Life is more complicated than that. Understanding comes from combining the past with the present, left with right, scientific research with traditional practices so that in the moment we can act appropriately to survive and be happy.

We look forward to training with you.
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