So, what qualifications does this guy have? Black Belts in what, from whom and when?
Originally Posted by Master Boon Brown
Anything that relies on more than self-staging?
I made some sentences bold, I would like to learn more about.
Like: "At an early age, he showed a deep love of sword fighting and swordsmanship, and was blessed with the opportunity to train in the style of his own European ancestors under to tutelage of his family" - his elder brother?
'Wee warriors'!?! Are we sure this isn't a parody?
Being from a celtic region of the UK this is the only thing like an indigenous martial art I know of that is still seriously trained (against someone actually fighting back).
I would also be interested to know that the grades he is giving out are in, on the ultra hard sell somewhat creep promo vids the activity is always called Martial Arts. So what the student works towards a black belt it martial arts?
Originally Posted by Homernoid
Someone who knows their history better than I do can correct me, but this guy claims to trace his lineage back to the 7th Century AD -- that would be well into the Christian era and long after the Roman occupation of Celtic lands. How likely is it that the kind of uniquely Celtic martial arts he's talking about even existed at that time?
The 7th century (especially in Scotland is essentially prehistoric. e.g. there are no written records. They are very few written records for this period and those that are (such as the Anglo-Saxon chronicle and Bede) don't cover births and deaths of people living in Scotland at the time. He cannot accurately trace his ancestry back because there are no written records for this period covering births and deaths.
Originally Posted by OwlMatt
At the time there would have been no concept of a "martial art" - that is a modern invention. They just learnt to use weapons from family, clan etc. There wasn't any kind of formal syllabus. People living in Scotland at the time would principally been farmers and warriors second.
Liked the St Mawgan wrestling vid. Cumberland (modern Cumbria) had its own tradition of wrestling around the Lake District. Champion of Grasmere, is a term I've read of in the past.
As for tracing personal lineage back to the 7th C, I can only laugh in derision. Even allowing for the first census circa 1837, he's got to joking. Really.
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