I take Isshin Ryu for many reasons. One, it's a good workout. More importantly, though I've always been pretty tough, I'm getting the training to learn how to control myself in a fight. Everything I've learned is all about practicality, not for show. Isshin Ryu was brought to the US by Marines stationed in Japan after World War II, and Grandmaster Shimabuku broke tradition by allowing non-Asians into his dojo. They brought it back here, keeping all the katas the same as the inventor of the style, but teaching some fighting techniques used by the military as well. My sensei is ex-Army, as well, having fought in Panama and Iraq.
I learn what do out of a fierce desire to be able to protect people that i care about should the time arise. Ideally I'll never have to, but I need to be able to do that. Protect myself and others, that is.
I'm also learning the sword, though most of it is an art form. Much of it includes Aikijitsu, however, and has a very practical use for dealing with weapons in general. When you deal with swords, knives are a bit less threatening. I've learned several knife fighting techniques and barehand vs. knife techniques as well, though... like I said, Aikijitsu is a major part of swordsmanship. Right now I'm a brown belt in sword and an orange belt in Isshin Ryu.
how come we never talked about this before? unless we have and i just dont remember. this is something interesting to me.. next time we chat i wanna know more ok?