The Bonsai Tree

Samurai Karate Studio, Self Defense, Columbia, South Carolina, Karate, Martial artsThe Japanese raise a tree called the Bonsai tree.

It’s beautiful and perfectly formed, although it’s height is measured in inches.

In California, we find a forest of giant green trees called Sequoias. One of these giants has been named the General Sherman. It extends into the sky 272 feet and measures 79 feet in circumference. This tree is so large, that if we cut it down, it would produce enough lumber to build 35 – five room houses!

The amazing thing is that at one time, the Bonsai and the General Sherman were the same size. The both began as tiny little seeds. However, when the Bonsai tree started to grow, the Japanese pulled it from the ground and tied off its tap-root. This stunted its growth.

Unlike the Bonsai, the seed of the General Sherman was planted in the rich, fertile soil of California. If grew in environment that got plenty of water, nutrients and sunlight.

Neither of these trees have any choice in what they become, BUT YOU DO!

Being a Black Belt is a choice.

You can choose to GET a Black Belt, or you can choose to BE a Black Belt.

What’s the difference = being a Black Belt is a lifestyle. It’s taking the lesson we learn in class, and living them outside the Dojo. It’s being respectful outside the Dojo (not just here), it’s being Discipline outside the Dojo (not just here).

It’s acting like a Black Belt all the time – not just here.

And it starts with a decision!

Before you can BE a Black Belt, you have to make the decision; do you want to BE a Black Belt, or do you just want to get one?

A real Black Belt lives it – not wears it.

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About SKS

Sensei Chris Feldt is the owner and chief instructor of Samurai Karate Studio, a leadership academy located in Northeast Columbia, South Carolina. His school teaches karate to children and adults ages 4 and up. SKS specializes in self-defense, anti-bullying, stranger danger and character and leadership development.

Mr. Feldt was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina for college credit in karate and self-defense. Samurai Karate Studio has been recognized as a leader in martial arts instruction by being honored with the Best of Columbia Award for 5 consecutive years in a row.



Sensei Feldt is a certified instructor for C.O.B.R.A., a worldwide self-defense, and personal protection program. SKS offers Active Shooter Training, Real Estate Safety, 10 Week Self Defense Academies, Bully Workshops, and Child Safety Camps.

We also provide corporate safety training.


Sensei Feldt has been a guest speaker in the Richland 2 School District covering school talks on stranger danger, anti-bullying strategies, kindness, and making good choices. He is available for both private and corporate self-defense seminars

Samurai Karate Studio is also a proud member of MAAB, Martial Artists Against Bullying, a nationwide program made up of martial arts schools throughout the country that are committed to helping children who are victims of bullying. If you or someone you know is being bullied, we are here to help. But, you have to take the first step and either call us at 803-462-9425 or email us at:

Bullying is one of the most serious issues we face today and with the right coaching, students can learn how to defeat the bully using non-violent strategies.


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