fitness- my philosophy has always been that making fitness/conditioning a part of my program is vital. You can visit thousands of martial art schools across the nation and see more than your fair share of overweight black belts, which is a violation of the martial way. fitness through self defense and fighting is what my program is all about. learning techniques, where to place those techniques, and developing a sense of awareness and aggression are vital as well. so if you are training in a program that rarely makes you sweat, or rarely challenges your fitness level- look somewhere else.