The best Martial art!!
I cannot, even if I tried hold back from blogging this link to what is great read and an insight from an exceptional martial artist who does not teach ‘the best’ martial art..
Please read, please reflect, please learn. The article is written by the very impressive Toby Threadgill, who I met last year and I’m actually bursting with pride that I got to meet and train with this phenomenally impressive martial artist. I might come back to comment on this article later but really, it deserves a few days of pondering over it first.
Who is Toby Threadgill?
Toby Threadgill-sensei began training under Takamura Yukiyoshi, headmaster of Takamura-ha Shindo Yoshin-ryu (TSYR), in 1985. In 1992 he founded the Soryushin Dojo and in 1994 was appointed a branch director of the Takamura-ha Shindo Yoshin Kai. In 1999, he was one of three people to be awarded a menkyo kaiden (teaching license) in Takamura-ha Shindo Yoshin-ryu. Following the passing of Takamura Yukiyoshi in 2000, he was asked by the other TSYR branch directors to accept the position of administrative head (kaicho) of the Takamura-ha Shindo Yoshin Kai. He currently oversees instruction at the Shindo Yoshin Kai Hombu Dojo in Evergreen, Colorado, and maintains a busy international teaching schedule. There is more information on this classical system at the Takamura-ha Shindo Yoshin Kai web site (http://www.shinyokai.com/home.htm) and there is a very good interview with Threadgill-sensei available at Aikido Journal at http://www.aikidojournal.com/article…ght=threadgill.