Martial Art Study --
Martial art study has changed considerably over the last 20 years-largely due to the sharing of information from places like YouTube, television, DVDs, and the internet in general. The amount of information that has been brought into the arts has been considerable and has required many arts to adapt as their "tricks" became publicly traded information. For this reason, most martial art studies have had to evolve from their often simple roots to include a diversity of study.
A Diversity of Human Culture --
Information is a normal passing commodity as human cultures converge. These human convergences have always created new arts including but not limited to arts that have now come to be considered mainstream and traditional. In this way, all martial arts come from a "mixed" tradition and must continue to do so over cultural time to survive. It takes many successes and failures to determine the proper teachings for any one time and culture.
A Modern Education System --
The base art of the school is Kosho Ryu-a term that generally denotes a collection of teachings as well as a lineage of teachers. It is a traditionally mixed martial art of Japanese origin that now includes a vast range of teachings from its Hawaiian and American roots. It is a martial art that has adapted to the many social, information and technological changes that driven the modern arts.
Elements of Study --
Traditional Kosho study includes but is not limited to escaping arts, running arts, striking arts, kicking arts, locking and control arts, wrestling arts, throwing arts, energy collection arts as well as weaponry. Movement groups would include both the male/hard arts as well as the female/soft arts. In this way, there is no one particular appearance of Kosho Ryu.
Expectations of Individuals in Study --
Kosho Ryu requires a student to solve problems in accordance to the level of threat being presented to the practitioner. A practitioner is expected to provided a number of solutions to any one given problem. Solutions may include escaping, positioning, locking, throwing, controlling, striking/kicking, non-lethal use of weapons as well as normal weapon use. A student is expected to be able to demonstrate solutions from a number of disciplines.
How Are the Many Arts Taught --
What is taught is based on a number of factors including but not limited to the seasons, interest and need. Topics are chosen by instructors and by the requests of students.
Instruction Methods --
Instruction for martial arts often includes basics, tactical drills, tricks/techniques, forms/dances and discussions. All of these methods have a purpose and will be utilized to instruct topics.