Prayers go out to the
Vanachen family. Sam Vanachen, a former student of American Karate is facing
serious charges for death of his mother Karla and sister, Audrey. Sam’s father
survives. For the short time he was a student her was quiet and well mannered.
As an instructor I struggle to identify any signs that would lead me to believe
that he was capable of the crimes he is now facing.
- Adult Belt Test
September 21st - Youth Belt Test
Johnson-Jr. Green belt
Bruch-Jr. Green Belt
Johnson-Jr. Brown Belt
September 21st - Kent Clayborn Tournament, El Dorado, Ks.
Youth Intermediate Kata
Youth Intermediate Sparring
MARTIAL ARTS EXHIBITION
We attended the
Kansas Fall Festival on the 28th. Everyone did a good job during the
exhibition. After their performance Mr. Williams and several students gave an
interactive lesson on basics and bullying. Ms. Gaeddert, Ms. Brown and Ms
Marquez gave an interactive lesson to the women on self defense. Mr. Williams
would like to thank the students and parents that supported and participated in
Artists always look inward. This means that they evaluate themselves, truthfully
seeking faults that can be corrected just as they always look at their own
techniques and seek ways to improve them. You cannot control the actions of
other people, but you can control yourself so that even if someone else acts
inappropriately, your own conduct is your own responsibility and is not excused
by what someone else may have done.
spiritual aspects of the Martial Arts are not as mystical and abstruse as they
seem. The physical and mental training hones the spirit as well as the body,
and the practitioner will naturally change in personality as well as
physically. From unremitting training comes indomitable spirit; from the great
exertion sometimes required to achieve even modest goals comes modesty; from a
knowledge of how much you do not know comes humility; from the realization that
only you can judge yourself and that “faking it” only hurts yourself comes
honesty; from a realization of that the effort you put into your training is
equaled or exceeded by the efforts of others comes respect; and from the
recognition of your own shortcomings that become apparent during your training
comes tolerance. The spirit of the Martial Arts is not separate from the
practice: it is a part of the practice
IT’S NOT ABOUT GETTING A BLACK BELT; IT’S ABOUT BEING ONE
To so many people, getting their black belt is their ultimate
goal, and once they accomplish that goal, they are done with the martial arts.
Their black belt is basically no more than a trophy or certificate of
participation for them, much like someone who wants to run the Boulder Bolder
just one time in their life. They worked hard to get their black belt, and now
they are happy.
This is wrong thinking. For the martial arts to really be what
they are meant to be, they have to become a part of who you are. Martial arts
are not really about winning trophies and getting belts. True martial arts are
a way of life. In the same way, your goal should not be to GET a black belt,
but to BE a black belt.
Any moron can go online and buy a black belt for very little
money. I understand, people who just want a black belt don't want to buy it,
they want to earn it, and that is admirable. But hopefully their instructor
will instill the love of the warrior lifestyle into them during their quest,
and it will become more of a quest to BE a black belt than to GET a black belt
and put it in their trophy case.
So what does it mean to be a black belt? It means different
things to different people, but to me it means you have shown your perseverance
and dedication to the martial arts and are ready to continue your learning,
along with helping others who are just starting their journey. It means a
greater responsibility to both your dojo and to the lower belts who train in
New students in the martial arts look up to the black belts. As
a black belt, you have a duty to set a good example for the novice martial
artist. You are a mentor to these students and should show the honor and
character that once were considered a part of being a black belt. You represent
your martial art, your instructor, and your organization. And, you represent
yourself. Do so with honor, character, and integrity.
Once you are a black belt, people have greater expectations of
you. These traits and expectations should have been taught to you during your
training to become a black belt. Character training is a vital part of martial
arts training, but has fallen to the wayside over the past years. Maybe it is
time to bring honor, character and integrity back to the dojo and produce real
black belts instead of just presenting trophy belts.
Bohdi Sanders ~ MODERN BUSHIDO: Living a Life of Excellence