Finally, the history... I have always approached this with an open mind, and indeed some amount of scepticism. I completely understand the doubt cast over any historical lineage of our techniques, training methods and ethos. The trouble is, nothing I say will change anybody's mind on this, so I won't bother. All I can say is that evidence of pre-industrial society usage abounds in the training methods themselves, and I have been lucky enough to meet people who have confirmed fighting tradition(s) that do not appear in any publications that I am aware of. Out of respect for those people I won't say any more about it. I fully expect other members of this board to call this a cop-out, obfuscation, an outright lie or whatever, but there you go. I don't expect you to believe me, I'm just giving my honest account. Before I got any of these clues to an historical lineage, I just didn't worry about it. the techniques worked, serious people who needed the techniques to preserve their life trusted the training. That was enough for me. Oh, and there is nothing "mythic" about the place in Transylvania. I have been there to train many times. I have seen bears and eagles, not wolves or lynx yet but the locals assure me they are there! It truly is an incredible place, and also an inspiring place to train. As for "Druids" in Transylvania, what else would you like to call them? "Shaman" seems even more off-the-mark as it has its origins in the Americas, "witch-doctor" has African connotations, "pagan priests" doesn't seem to fit the bill. They certainly did exist though, at least up until the 1930s. I don't have a web reference, but the composer György Ligeti talks about his encounter with one as a child growing up in Transylvania.