When one enters a dojo presently it is a very different experience than in the past where Kung Fu, Karate, and the other fundamental martial arts originated from. Although ultimately coming from elements that are deeply rooted in tradition, discipline, and self-preservation the practice of martial arts has developed vastly since its modest yet passionate beginnings in Asia.
The vast amount of styles and techniques that are openly shared now were originally kept secret, in fear that “foreigners” would not respect or otherwise devalue the sanctity of their teachings. Even children were often viewed as not having the capacity to realize such an important undertaking of passing on such powerful knowledge to the right people who would make the practices flourish. Thankfully, now kids aren’t only excelling within the umbrella of martial arts but are even teaching and fostering individuals much older than them given they have the right belt status.