Imagine, someone walks up to you with a knife; or a thug has a gun and threatens you and your family; or you are out for a walk in Phoenix and threaten by a bunch of thugs who don't like the way you are dressed or your religion; or you are elderly and selected as a target by teens for their knockout game. How do you defend yourself? Do you just give up? Personally, I don't believe any good person should ever give into aggression. I believe such a person needs to learn good self-defense and train often - no matter the age of the individual.
A recent and alarming fad has been the development of superhuman feats using star wars martial arts or martial arts magic to stop opponents. This is becoming all too common and results in martial arts cults and abandoning all martial arts abilities (if they ever had any). These martial arts cults likely arose from Star Wars and Marvel comic books. They are easy to spot as they use the force and the force (farce) only works on their students and has no effect on outsiders. McDojos (and most sport martial arts) have large picture windows and many are located in malls. We even saw one that was actually located within a Walmart in Gilbert, Arizona.
Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo and, in particular, training under Dai-Soke Sacharnoski with Juko Kai International. Juko Kai is one of the larger US-Okinawa martial arts associations in the world who practice traditional martial arts.
TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ARTS
Traditional martial arts focus on self-defense and self-improvement and traditional martial artists do no compete. This is one of the major differences between sport and traditional martial arts. In my definition of traditional martial arts, I see these arts as self-defense weapons as taught for centuries on Okinawa.