Recently when talking with a potential new student, the obvious question came up “Why is your system (To Shin do-Ninjutsu) better than others”? This led us into an interesting discussion about different martial arts. With such a huge choice out there, how does one choose? From Tae Kwon Do, Aikdo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA, Karate (Shotokan) Tang Soo Do, Kung fu (Too many to list) to the more extreme Krav Maga and Kali etc. Well after a few minutes of discussion about the specifics of the individual arts, for example Tae Kwon do and Tang Soo Do being primarily sport systems (which is actually the case with most), we got to a place where the best answer was indeed a question. What end result do you want? If all you are looking for is a cardio workout, then a kick boxing style may be best for you (Muay Thai-Kickboxing) If getting pounded in a ring then maybe the current MMA scene could be for you.
Eventually we got to an answer that was really interesting. As it turned out, the potential student was looking for a place to learn self defense, get an understanding of how and why people act the way they do, get a good work out, find some balance in their hectic life and do all of this in a safe and nurturing environment with like minded people. Hmmm!! Sound like any dojo and art you know. That is the beauty of To Shin Do, it is a fully actualized living art that is designed around the individual. As An shu Stephen K. Hayes once told me, If aliens were to land tomorrow and show him something better-he would incorporate it into TSD, but for now this is the best educational system in the martial arts, bar none. It empowers people to exceed their expectations and truly maximize their potential! How amazing to have this available to us all.