Back when I started training jiu-jitsu in the early 90s, the internet definitely wasn't anywhere near what it is now. The same can be said for our level of exposure and access to black belts during that time.
Fast forward about 17 years, and we're in a completely different universe. The art continues to evolve, and our ability to acquire knowledge quickly and efficiently is tremendous. One word. YouTube.
We're in a much better position these days. No one knew what a "blog" or "blogging" was just a few short years ago.
Spencer County Martial Arts uses its blog as another tool for communication with its students and the family that we've created, both inside and outside of our Academy. In addition to the forum, it's a form of two-way communication that supplements in-class training. It's by no means a substitute.
Since we forged a new path last year with our blog, we've committed to sharing as much knowledge as we can through this communication channel. Part philosophy, part technique, it's been an excellent form of expression for your instructors.
Hopefully you've benefitted from our collective efforts as much as we have. That's our goal.
This is our 200th post. We appreciate the support you've given us, plus the kind words and constructive feedback you've provided us as this blog has grown.
Our readership is local and it's global. From Kentucky to Kansas, Montana to Montpellier, France, the feedback we've received is tremendous.
And so are the number of hits. Last month, this blog garnered more than 5,000 unique visits from all over the world. It's also ranked 10th on www.blogger.com in the martial arts category.
We will continue to bring you unfiltered, fresh and frequent content.
Again, this wouldn't be possible without your commitment to making this site a frequent stop when you browse the internet.
From all of the instructors at SCMA, we thank you for your support.