Why do people feel the need to "create" their own art? I keep seeing people posting how they took a bit of this, and a bit of that and rolled it into a "unique and deadly effective art". Why? Can their mix-n-match approach using low-to-mid level techniques from a dozen arts they dabbled with really be "better" than a solid and serious study of 1 to 3 traditional arts? The Japanese don't seem to have done that. One doesn't see grappling in Iaido or spinning back kicks in Jui Jitsu. Italian Fencing doesn't include takedowns and drop kicks. So, why do all these "new" arts? If I want to learn solid kicks I'd study Muay Thai, or TKD or Savate. If I want solid punching, maybe boxing or a traditional karate. Ground game? BJJ Weapons? Stick is definately FMA, knife too. Sword, is fencing or Iaido-Battojutsu. Why would I want to study someones puzzlebox with a few limited techniques, when I could study the original and get it all? Sure it takes longer, but I get all the pieces the "mix n matcher" missed, didn't understand, wasn't able to do or flat out was too stupid to "get". So, why do they do it? Vanity? A desire to say "I made this (up)"? The ability to wear (and misuse) a fancy title in a language they usually hardly understand? Often, these "innovators" quote Bruce Lee, and point to his "mix and matching" as somehow making their own "right". Difference was, Lee had a legitimate and solid traditional background, which combined with an above-average ability and being in great physical shape allowed him to do things most people cannot. That's another point. Lee was in great shape. Why do most of these "mix n matchers" look like they are better suited for a couch than a training floor? Personally, I have no respect for these clowns. Fat, arrogant and in too many cases, plain stupid people who can't hack it in a real school, who want to compensate for their own shortcomings by a fancy title, lots of wall candy, and parlor tricks by which they dupe the unsuspecting into thinking they are some kind of "Master" while they toss around foriegn words they don't know the real meaning of. When they are in fact little more than "wanna-bes." Shame on them. Shame on them all.