Is traditional martial arts dying? Just in my own country of South Africa I have seen countless traditional martial art schools close their doors for business. One of those which I pass each day to drop my kids off at school, that had been open for close on three decades and mostly catering to adults, has now closed its doors too. Those in the traditional martial arts who seem to be surviving have melded into the modern world of martial arts such as MMA or reality based systems. For those who have crossed over 100% to the other side, it may be due to simply trying to keep their doors open (many are full time teachers and make a living from martial arts), or for some the realisation of the truth of functionality in the modern martial arts approach has set in.