Over the years I have often been asked if the martial arts promotes violence?
Parents will ask, “Will my son or daughter be MORE aggressive and fight because they attend your karate school?”.
This is a pretty popular misconception.
Most parents that walk in the door of my dojo for the very first time, really don’t know much about the martial arts. Let’s face it, most people get their ideas about the martial arts by watching TV shows like Walker, Texas Ranger. an honest lawman played by Chuck Norris who uses his Karate and Tae Kwon Do training to help fight off the bad guys.
Of course, today, many parents get to see a lot of martial arts action by watching the UFC fights on television or pay per view. Most of the fighters emerge from the ring bloody and banged up, faces swollen like they were in an auto accident.
The truth is the martial arts really teaches you NOT to fight.
At least a good school will!
At Samurai Karate Studio, our first training rule is to always avoid conflict. Our students and parents know they are not allowed to use their karate unless they are in danger of being hurt or abducted.
Because a simple statement like “I’m sorry” can be more powerful than a good kick or punch.
I don’t care how skilled a martial artist you might be, you never want to let your ego get in the way – your first goal is to always walk away because all it takes is one lucky blow and you could be hurt badly; or worse, you start to fight and family or friends get involved and hurt.
Good martial arts schools help develop character traits in their students like self discipline, self control, anger management; all tools to help avoid conflict.
In the video below, Sensei Chris Rappold talks about the importance of self discipline and self control and having the ability to apologize in order to avoid a confrontation that could potentially turnout bad.
As the master instructor referred to in the video answered Sensei Rappold, “Park your ego and diffuse the situation.”
In the end, all you want to do is get home safe!
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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 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: [email protected]
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.