This is when something is done in a martial art because it was they way it was done in the old days, or because it is tradition. This doesn't mean that there is anything inherently better about that way of doing it. In fact, many modern applications may be better, because of the increased knowledge of anatomy and psychology that we have today. The idea of these arguments are that these older ways are better simply because they are older. They traditional way may very well be better, but not due to the simple fact that they are the older way of doing it. There could also be a cultural reason why we do things in the arts, just not a martial reason why we do them. And if part of your experience in martial arts is the cultural exchange, then by all means continue. Not to pick on the Chinese arts, but the Confucianism that was ever present says that the way of the ancestors is better, and you should do it that way. This may lead to some of the appeals to antiquity.
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