Yep, still valid
I've been off the mat for a few years again, trained with HRJJ in Newcastle until about 2 years ago, maybe more like 3. I loved the club, completely got the philosophy and ethics, so now I have to decide if I can live without these and train locally or not train at all.
Most local clubs appear very classical, kata, lack of realism anywhere to be seen. I think I'm just going to have to go around them all, train a bit, and see how I feel then.