For the Sake of the Children

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Good afternoon, my fellow Americans and martial artists throughout the world. This is Dr. Rick Black bringing you another edition of

I want to talk a little bit. Whenever I pass at Karate school, I always stop and watch the students, watch the classes, students line up in their straight rows, their clean white uniforms they add of the unity of the group. I watch the instructors, executing the sharp techniques to the class, follows and in efficient usually to the best that they can. Especially little kids, small ones in the class are usually very busy. They try the hardest and their short arms move in fifteen like motions to the company of the whole body. Sometimes, it is pretty intriguing to watch. The basic drills are now over. The forms are being taught, they are separated by rank. The rank collared individual groups performing them as close the perfect unison that they can. You can hear the slapping of the sleeves, with every punch and breathing as one group, as one being. Here is where I normally watch a little side shoulder as they are being transformed into individuals. Yet they are still able to function fairly well in the group. These new found traits are apparent at the young and the adolescent  upper belts are given individual responsibilities as leading this small groups beginners, basically through their first group of movements like the green belts are real better into the Dojo.

If karate were part of everyone’s life in their youth, what kind of wonderful achievements to all you have accomplished. Things that can bring out the very best in our children, it can be seen in their attitudes, their academic performance, in the way that they treat others. For the sake of the children, I hope martial arts continues to grow that more of our youth get involved and that their parents will help them understand how vitally important it is that they grow and they enhance themselves physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. You know, they are not going to be like Chuck Norris’ or Bruce Lee’s, but it is still makes them better citizens. It makes them more stable people; give some self-confidence, it makes them more shorter themselves and that is something that every child can use.

Next time, if you get a chance to sit down and watch a kid go through their routines, whether it is at home and you are parent, or whether you are out of martial arts school of friends, you will see what I mean. This goes to show you that our future does have some promise after all.

Thank you, this is Dr. Rick Black, signing out.


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