ED­I­TOR’S NOTE

Black Belt - - CONTENTS - — Robert W. Young Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

Over the years, my mar­tial-arts-pas­sion-turned-vo­ca­tion has brought me into con­tact with thou­sands of mem­bers of this com­mu­nity. By far, the ma­jor­ity are won­der­ful, up­stand­ing peo­ple who rep­re­sent the arts in VWHOODU IDVKLRQ $ IHZ KRZHYHU « ZHOO OHW·V VD\ WKH\ KDYH D ZD\V WR JR to reach that level.

/LVWHG EHORZ DUH WKH WRS HLJKW EHKDYLRUDO TXLUNV RI WKLV PLQRULW\ 1RZ ,·P FRQÀGHQW WKDW QR Black Belt read­ers would ex­hibit any of th­ese, but if you know some­one who does, con­sider say­ing some­thing. Chances are they seem as odd to ev­ery­body else as they do to you and me.

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• Throw­ing kicks and punches at fam­ily mem­bers. The se­ri­ous­ness of this is in­versely pro­por­tional to the dis­tance sep­a­rat­ing weapon from vic­tim. My daugh­ter KDV WDNHQ WR D GDLO\ URXWLQH RI ODXQFKLQJ IURQW NLFNV WRZDUG P\ IDFH ZKLOH ,·P ZDWFKLQJ WHOHYLVLRQ 7KDW·V EDG HQRXJK (YHQ ZRUVH LV D ZKLWH EHOW UHODWLYH , VDZ WKURZ D VHULHV RI URXQGKRXVH NLFNV DW WKH EDFN RI KLV PRWKHU ·V KHDG ZKLOH VKH ZDV do­ing the dishes. Mere inches sep­a­rated her from in­jury.

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• Warn­ing peo­ple that your hands are reg­is­tered as deadly weapons. Do­ing it in jest is one thing. Do­ing it for real makes us all look bad be­cause a) yours prob­a­bly DUHQ·W DQG E QR RQH KDV HYHU KDG WR GR WKDW

• Car­ry­ing a nun­chaku RU D À[HG EODGH NQLIH WXFNHG LQVLGH \RXU EHOW DW WKH VPDOO RI \RXU EDFN ,·YH VHHQ SHRSOH GR ERWK 2QH PDQ VKRZHG XS IRU D Black Belt photo VKRRW WKDW ZD\ ,·P QRW VXUH DQ\ RI WKRVH JX\V NQHZ DQ\WKLQJ DERXW ODZV SHUWDLQLQJ to con­cealed weapons.

• In­ter­ject­ing in any con­ver­sa­tion about a well-known tra­di­tional mar­tial artist a VWDWHPHQW WR WKH HIIHFW RI ´, EHW >LQVHUW 8)& FKDPS·V QDPH@ ZRXOG NLFN KLV DVV LQ DQ 00$ ÀJKW μ 5HDO PDUWLDO DUWLVWV NQRZ WKDW WKHUH·V VR PXFK PRUH WR WKH DUWV WKDQ ULQJ ÀJKWLQJ 1RWH P\ XVH RI WKH ZRUG ´UHDO μ

• Ask­ing your friends, “Do you think I could punch through that wall?” Maybe \RX FRXOG PD\EH \RX FRXOGQ·W <RX FRXOGQ·W -XVW ZRQGHULQJ RXW ORXG DERXW WKDW makes you look weird in the eyes of those you hang out with.

5HSO\LQJ WR %ODFN %HOW·V so­cial me­dia posts with claims that your art is su­pe­rior to all oth­ers. To be hon­est, I thought peo­ple stopped do­ing that years ago. Now I ÀQG P\VHOI ZLVKLQJ WKH\·G VWRS QRZ $V ZH NQRZ DOO DUWV DUH JRRG DV ORQJ DV WKH SUDFWLWLRQHU GHULYHV D EHQHÀW IURP WUDLQLQJ

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