What other Martial Arts have you seriously trained before and what made you go into them?
I was actually introduced to Martial Arts by my father in the middle east, since I grew up there and we pretty much didn’t have anything better to do So instead of lazing around, he enrolled me in Karate.
Moo Duc Kwan was it’s name and ironically, it was named after a Korean art, yet maintained the Japanese content and Katas therein.
At the beginning it was indeed corny, but growing up I realized I took most of the discipline I gained from it and unknowingly applied it to my other pursues. I’d have to say Karate is an integral part of my inner peace, restraint, discipline and passion for art and sport in general. Its contents, although in the modern world is not entirely applicable – its essence is.
I actually reached a respectable level at that sport - Purple, then lost classmates and was left with one and discontinued it. Belts were only White, Green (Yellow for Kids), Purple, Brown, Black. I still credit some of my passing movements in jujitsu to this sport, some of which I took from the Katas, most especially the blocking and defensive movements. It’s truly something to appreciate when I ponder on it!