What is the importance of lineage? In the traditional world lineage means everything. It tells you where you came from, who you are today and where you are going tomorrow. In traditional schools, we are handed down from the masters what has been passed down for hundreds of years. Refined by the masters into what our style of karate is all about today. You have a history of knowledge passed down to you and the responsibility to keep the old traditions of our martial art alive.Today many schools will take on Japanese, Korean or Chinese sounding names and give themselves high-ranking titles. The students of these schools find that the system they were taught is made up by someone who either has just put on a black belt or did not have the fortitude to complete proper training. Others just merely make up their style and lack the understanding of what they teach. This is why we excel over these other schools or systems. We have a foundation in which our system was built. It is that which was passed down by the masters who brought karate to the forefront of our world. You will spend a lifetime learning and understanding what is taught in Shudokan Karate-do.