Don Magee wrote:
If our art is about defenses against ancient attacks that never happen anymore, then is it truly still martial? or is it a historical martial art.
Well, you could certainly make a good argument that the primary modern martial arts are the proper use of an AK-47, how to build a better long-range missile, and related skills.
There seem to be many martial arts that if you asked them your question, they'd just say 'yup, you've got it exactly, it's a historical martial art". My sister did fencing all through university... Hand to hand arts seem to get different attitudes because they don't centre as obviously around technology that can go obsolete (like the sword).