The Good - The Bad - The Ugly
By Sensei Lee Barden
It seems like every show on television and every movie in the
theater has some " bad Karate dude" stomping one or more people half
to death. In slow motion we see teeth and blood leaving the victims
body in all directions. In stereo sound we here bones cracking and
screams of pain and suffering. When it's over this bad dude walks
away leaving a room full of beaten, broken bodies. Is this what you
are training to do someday? NOT IN MY SCHOOL!
Every day that you train you become a little better, a little faster
and a little stronger. You are becoming a weapon in every sense of
the word. You cannot use this weapon to settle arguments at home, at
school or at work. In most cases these are not life threatening
situations. In a dispute with a companion at school it is not
acceptable to lose your temper and take their face off with a
spinning hook kick. As with any weapon you have the responsibility
to use it only when necessary to defend yourself.
The training you receive here is not meant to make you "bad." You
are a Martial Artist. At Karate Arts the emphasis is on the Art in
Martial Artist - the GOOD! The bad and the ugly have no place within
the study of the Martial Arts.
The study of the Karate Arts system is not to be taken lightly. It
is not intended to build bullies, it eliminates them. It is not the
whispering of secrets that will turn you into a "killer". It is hard
work, similar to training for professional athletics. It is more sit
ups than knock downs.
Our system is taught to promote health, self-esteem,
self-confidence, and a positive attitude. Our students care deeply
for each other. We don't strike each other to cause injuries, and we
don't strain past our personal abilities and limitations. If your
looking for a "hard fist" school, where you are allowed to beat up
on those weaker and slower than you, this is not the place for you.
If you are looking for exercise that will develop flexibility,
power, self-confidence and self-defense, then this is the school for
Classes are a time to learn, not relearn. If you do not intend to
practice at home, you will simply relearn what you forgot from the
first class, you will not progress. We are taught by example, but we
learn through repetition.