Tired of the same old Asian martial arts styles? Well I found something for you. Check out European Martial Arts in St Louis MO. http://www.mbdojo.com/.
I happened across their web page by pure accident and was pleasantly surprised. When most people discuss Martial Arts, they think of the numerous Asian styles and their derivatives. I myself am a student of multiple Asian styles.
For definition, the Martial Arts basically means those arts associated with the activity of making combat. Self defense is a part of Martial Arts, but does not encompass the Martial Arts completely. The martial arts include many other components, including espionage, weapons, demolition, et cetera. The list is massive. It makes sense then, that Europe and all the other countries developed their own Martial Arts. In fact the European Knight would be the European equivalent of the Japanese Samurai, and other comparative class type warrior groups would exist in other nations.
Well, according to mbdojo.com, it seems that Ken Harding has brought together a significant collection of the old European fighting systems for practical application in today’s world. To make a pun, he has put together a renaissance of the European fighting arts of old.
According to the web site, Ken started in Budo Taijutsu (Ninjutsu for the layman) in 1984, and when he received approval to teach from Grandmaster Hatsumi, opened a commercial school in 1991. The web site says it best (and I would rather quote it here) by stating:
“During the last decade he has shifted his focus away from Asian martial arts, and been studying medieval and renaissance martial arts of European traditions. He applies his methods of realistic self protection toward the purpose joining others who have been working diligently to resurrect German, Italian and other European fighting systems that are four to six hundred years old.”
In glazing through the pages, I can see that Ken has a great affinity for the fighting arts, and their necessity as a real world fighting system, not for use as entertainment, but for use for its designed purpose. The statement that made me realize that this is a serious combat practice, was the simple statement “No Contracts – No Rank Fees – No Children”.
I look forward to getting to possibly visit the studio myself one day and hopefully to chat with Ken. The web page also has a great collection of articles in the resources section.
For more information you can go to the web site noted in this article or send an e-mail to EMA.STLOUIS@gmail.com.
Training is at :
The Martial Arts Academy
6166 Morganford Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63116
in Holly Hills