Recently, I walked into a large room where my friends and I were going to attend an aerobics class. Over on the wall behind us hung several colors of cloth (belts), meant for the children who were being taught karate in that same room later that night. I had a hard time believing it: Parents would actually put their kids in classes to learn this violent art, and yet at the same time they are complaining how violent the video games are!
What is karate? Wikipedia.com says: “It is primarily a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands and ridge-hands.”
Many people today are getting into karate, or “judo” – in other words, martial arts. They view it just as a sport, or even a way to get into shape. What should bear on your mind if you are considering it for any reason?
What is this “sport” connected to; it’s background? Anything a person does or does not do should be based on where it came from. People marry because they uphold the Divine Law, knowing it is an institution that God has ordained. So what about karate? Well, karate are what they are – methods used in Japan for combat. In Japanese, it is called “Bushido” which literally means “The Way of the Warrior.” And not only that, but karate’s roots are solidly grounded in religions of those people such as Buddhism.
Not only that, but karate was meant to be a violent “sport”, taught to warriors so that they could harm or even kill their opponents. Wikipedia.com also says: “Karate began as a common fighting system known as “ti” (or “te”) among the pechin class of the Ryukyuans.”
Consider also the consequences karate reaps now. The Encyclopaedia Britanicca describes it as “a system of fighting without weapons. The object is to cripple or possibly kill the antagonist.”
Yes, even if you are doing it for “sport” or “fun”, you are mimicking moves that are meant to kill. And parents are teaching their children to get into these very things. Do you really want to put your thinking in line with thoughts of killing someone? What’s more, do you want your child to grow up with those mental images in his mind?
To be sure, there is nothing wrong with being able to defend yourself if being attacked. But people in this area of research agree that learning karate is not the only way to defend yourself. Learning the basic guidelines to defend yourself, such as poking one’s eyes out if being attacked, is well enough for a person.
The point is, you don’t want to start putting in your mind the need to be violent. A better avenue to take might be to learn how to protect yourself by staying away from dangers. Learn these dangers and learn how to maintain peace with people instead.
So, if you are saying that you are only taking karate to stay fit, you must decide whether that form of “staying fit” really is the only way to go. And whatever your motive for taking up karate or judo, keep in mind what your mental outlook and attitude really is. What are you stimulating in your heart – a reason to be violent? Don’t ever cross the line of self- defense to offense. That is where people, especially children, become violent people in themselves!