If you’re looking for pageantry, spirituality, and a touchy feely martial art then look elsewhere. However, if you’re looking for a pragmatic no nonsense approach to self defense then look no further. You will learn to give a punch and take a punch; give a kick and take a kick. Groundwork? Check! Throws? Check! Locks? Check! You will learn you are capable of things you never thought possible. One of my favorite training exercises is the “bull ring” where you surrounded by attackers and there is no time to think, only to react based on internalized concepts.
A high five from “Brensei” or other students after finally getting a technique is a great feeling, and believe me you will have earned it! Some days you will work with the advanced students, other days you work within your belted rank. No two classes are ever the same, but I always learn something and I always look forward to the next class!