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Wulf@runic-warrior.org.uk

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It is usually assumed that the Martial Arts started in the East and then came over here to the West many centuries later. Logic tells us that a warrior-people such as the Angles, Saxons, Danes, Norwegians and the other Teutonic Tribes that make up the English Nation must have had a Warrior Arts of their very own. This has not come down to us simply because the ancient Germanic Tribes passed on their knowledge and wisdom through word of mouth and did not write things down. Thus we have no written records of such things, and what was passed on through the generations has been distorted in many ways, and also suppressed in some cases, as we shall see later.


The Martial Arts that we know do come from the East, and have come over here to the West in very recent times. There were those who did not want these secrets to be given to the West, understandable when we consider the results of this act. Rather than a true Martial Arts, connected to the Esoteric Martial Arts as a spiritual discipline, these arts became a 'sport', and in the worst cases yet another means to make money. What we have today is a dim remembrance of the true Eastern Martial Arts.


Taking someone else's discipline has its drawbacks, because each unique art, even though it came from the same source, is geared to a specific nation and people - Karate, the Okinawans & Japanese, Kung Fu, the Chinese, and Tai Kwon Do, the Koreans. These were drawn from the same source but developed differently for each individual nation and people. It is also the case that in some cases the discipline is geared to an understanding of the history of that nation; in taking up these arts Westerners also start to learn the background and the history of those who promoted them. No bad thing to learn these things, but today this takes the place of learning one's own tradition and culture, and thus one's own identity. Most people have thus lost their own unique identity, and in doing so are little better than empty shells without a history (roots) and thus a future. 


It is also true to say that, despite the usual accounts of the origins of the Martial Arts, that they did not originate in the Shaolin Temple in China. They were taken to China by a Buddhist Monk named Boddhidharma, the 'Blue-Eyed Monk' as he was referred to, thus proving his origins as a Aryan from India. Recent findings have almost proven that the Sacred Texts of India - the Vedas - were taken there by invaders from the Far North, these being known as the Aryans. The origins of these Martial Arts is from the North and not from the East.


All of the Martial Arts disciplines start from a source, and from there they spread out, at the same time being redeveloped in forms suited to the individual tribes or nations that take them up. So there is nothing really 'traditional' about any of them, for they have changed considerably over the ages. This is clear from the form of Kung Fu known as Wing Chun which is far different than the others, and, it is said, developed by a woman. 


This brings me to another point, since these arts are not just for men, although in the past men were more likely to take them up. We cannot compare what is happening today with the past since today's Martial Arts are 'sports', and they are mainly non-contact 'sports', which makes a great difference. Also some of these sports, such as kick-boxing, is now used mainly for fitness and not a fighting discipline as it is in the East (Muai Thai). But in the past women have become great warriors, although as individuals this has not come down to us. For those who think that the recent The Vikings series is mere 'Hollywood' it has been recorded for us in the sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok that there were warrior-bands made up of warrior-women, and we have also the 'Shield-Maidens' recorded of the Saxons and the Vikings and other Germanic Tribes. 


So, when we take these Martial Arts from the East we are merely taking back what was once a Northern Tradition, and which spread out from the North with the ancient Folk-wanderings. It is enough for us to do exactly the same as has always been done - take what we need, and what works, and mould these into a working system that we can use for ourselves as English Folk. This is what we shall do, building an Exoteric and Esoteric System around our own English Identity.