My study in the martial arts is mine alone. I did not begin this lifestyle in pursuit of entitlements and reputations. My interest has remained the same, the curiosity of the blade and of my ancestry. I do not study the sword in care of mastering it, I care about mastering only my life as for when it is over and death comes for my body I will exit with the most humbling experience.
I believe that no matter which path one chooses to venture they will all lead the individual to their same destination. There is no control of what the end is but, only control in how one gets there. It is my belief the blade is an integral part of human nature and nature itself. One should experience as much of nature as possible within this lifetime.
There is no culture above others in the subject of the blade. No matter the culture it comes down to the personal performance and ingenuity of the knowledge and experience. This is above the specific art itself. Live with virtue and value and performance and ingenuity are certain in personal growth.
My earliest introduction to the sword was from my early childhood. Call it "love at first sight," call it "destined to be." There is no practical reason why I continue to practice this today as I approach my midlife. I have spent too much time pondering upon this and keep coming to the conclusion, to ponder this is not a fulfillment of time used. In my conclusion, one does not need a reason beyond simply being human to study the sword.
My first exposure to training was through Kali (Filipino Martial Arts) I studied through great teaches from various systems and methods, however, questions where left unanswered and new questions would arise. Much of my study turned to methodology comes from primary research and study in Kali, Spanish and Italian swordplays which all are integrated into my personal blend of strategy, tactics, technique and methods.
I find all these cultures and practicing to hold pieces of truths to the greater whole as they all overlap one another both in performance and methodologies and history. Humans have been spreading this knowledge for millennia from father to child and culture to culture. It is my belief the knowledge of the sword belongs to no one and rather to the all.
I chosen to use the term "Kali" with no other word attached to it simply for 2 reasons.
Make no assumption, my method of the sword is not Filipino nor Spanish. It is ALL and it is mine.
I truly respect all of my teachers throughout my martial art studies and carry immense gratitude for what I have learned from them all but, I do not think it is correct to give them credit for the time I chose to put into my practice, as a believe no student should ever credit their teacher for the work they have done themselves. If it wasn't for the student, there would be no teacher.
My martial arts study is for my own gain and not in the interest of preserving any knowledge. Preservation is up to my students as I am set to die with my skills. I will teach those who are interested in learning from me but, not for preservation of knowledge reasons but, rather to carry forth my own personal study and for my student to experience and gain what they need and want from the sword.
I do not study this in anticipation of self defense or fear of loss nor death, I study this because I am simply alive.
Now that the foundation of my personal philosophy is clear I can continue.
It does not matter to me if another agrees or disagrees or critiques with anything I write in this blog. My experiences are for no one else other than myself. I share this for those who are curious about my personal approach and study of the arts, since "teacher" is part of my nature and ridicule naturally comes with this nature. I know that many who ridicule my approach practice my teachings in secret.