Traditions are worthless. Doing something just because that's the way it's always been done it is at best silly, and bordering on asinine. Furthermore, doing what's always been done, without really considering why YOU are doing it that way can be quite dangerous.
Or tradition can be an empowering experience. In my dojo (and in every dojo within the Phoenix Karate-do Association, Kyokushinkai International) we use the traditional Japanese terminology for techniques and principles. For years, I've embraced this tradition whole-heartedly because I understood the reasoning. Traditions have a way of connecting us with those who came before. By using the same Japanese terminology and training/teaching in a traditional Japanese manner, I am linked to all of the Kyokushin greats who came before me. However, more importantly, traditions connect us with others here and now! The purpose of training in a traditional Japanese, Kyokushin way opens a connection for our upcoming training adventure to Kyiv, Ukraine. You see...I'm trying to learn Ukrainian, but it's extremely difficult and slow. Thankfully, because the Phoenix dojos in Ukraine follow the same training traditions, we will be able to build a strong connection quickly.
Without understanding the "why" behind traditions, we're doomed to mindlessly go through the paces. Why do you do what you do? Really? Think about it...is there a good reason? Could it be done better? Make sure your traditions are empowering for yourself and others!