Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology

Abstract - Accrediting prior experience and learning in the martial arts

The martial arts are many and varied, and it is almost inevitable that a person will try several different clubs.styles or systems before they find the one that suits them. It follows, therefore, that a student walking into your club will probably possess some amount of previous training and experience. The question is: Do we acknowledge this fact and, if so, how?
This article seeks to go some way to answering this question so that we, as instructors, can “give credit where credit is due”