Archive for May, 2008
Military Martial Arts Systems
© Marc Wickert, www.knucklepit.com
It’s a sunny autumn day on this leafy avenue in Brisbane, Australia – Ken Twaddell’s favorite time of year. We’re relaxing in a quaint coffee shop as a young waitress floats from table to table, and locals take time out to chat about the day. It seems ironic that one of Australia’s most knowledgeable martial artists can sit here anonymously and just blend in like a chameleon.
I recall Geoff Thompson saying that the superior warrior becomes invisible because he has confidence in his abilities and has nothing to prove. This is certainly the case with Ken, who refers to himself as a ‘martial arts sticky beak’ and is always interested in the different styles of combat being practiced.
“I see there’s a big trend in martial arts at the moment for realistic self defense – hence the popularity of military martial arts and mixed martial arts. And with today’s added violence, the threat of terrorism, and the fact that eighty percent of today’s population has practiced some form of martial arts, it’s all the more reason for people to study some form of realistic self defense,” says Twaddell.