Why Did I Learn Karate – Why Shoud You?

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: Self-defense
8 Sep 2008

12 Responses to “Why Did I Learn Karate – Why Shoud You?”

  1. Matt Klein Says:

    I believe that it starts with each of us. I do not tolerate any kind of racism (or sexism) in my classes. If we do our best to understand others and where they are coming from, it goes a long way toward world peace. Training in the dojo with blacks, asians, hispanics, and whites and living with them as brothers is the mark of a true warrior. It is our duty as martial artists and as people to stamp out injustice where we see it.

    Agree with you that there will always be bad people in the world. For every 100 sheep, there are 5 wolves, ready to pounce on the weakest. However, the wolf will not go near the sheep if the sheepdog is nearby. Smaller than the wolf, but smarter and tougher, the sheepdog is not afraid to mix it. The wolf will always look for an easier target. Almost all my fights on the street were as a result of playing the role of the sheepdog, fighting for what is right. Some of the time there were was than one wolf, but my Kenpo skills never let me down.

    The fear that I faced in the dojo (especially Terry’s side kick) taught me that if I can handle it, nothing on the street can faze me. I believe that although sparring should be controlled, it must be realistic enough to prepare you for the role of sheepdog–a role in which you cannot afford to lose.

  2. Raj Khatri Says:

    Karate is the weight less and transparent weapon of any person, by which he can do self defense from various attacks.

  3. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Terry Crook’s side kicks are now famous on two continents! I remember them well… kind of a trial by fire… if you could survive that training, you were ready for the street (that had nothing compared to those side kicks)!

  4. Matt Klein Says:

    I think one of the main benefits of martial arts is learning to overcome your fears. Whether it is a Terry Crook side kick or mixing it with any skilled black belt, you learn to control your fears and just get on with it. I learned to control my fear of heights by indoor rock climbing and walking to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, my fear of drowning by whitewater rafting in some serious rapids and bungee jumping off the bridge in New Zealand. I realized from sparring in the ring that nothing will kill you, it will only make you stronger. I thank martial arts and Terry, Kimko, Joe, and every guy I fought against in the ring for that. By the way, how is Kimbo?

  5. Matt Klein Says:

    Sorry, misspelliing Kimko is the name

  6. John W. Zimmer Says:

    I saw Kimko at Dick’s party a few months back… he is looking fit as always. I threw back a few brews with him and caught up with old times. He said he always enjoyed fighting at our school as Dick/Todd pumped out good fighters.

  7. Ken Potter Says:

    Great information. My wife is looking to start shortly with her training.

  8. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Thanks Ken, self-defense/karate training is one part of a multi-faceted defense strategy. Home, car and personal defense products all have a part.

  9. Greg Says:

    Very nice article

  10. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Thanks Greg – I liked you site and am adding it. It seemingly is a good high-level view of various martial arts.

  11. Greg Says:

    Welcome, Thanks John, Good to know :)

  12. pat Says:

    I read one of the comments and I wouldn’t want to go on top of the Sydney Harbor bridge. I always push myself to overcome my fears. I try not to get into fights unless there is no way out.

    My younger years I had a bunch of fights and I never started any of them. I did finish them well. I started martial arts two years after a bully headlocked me and then hit me. From what I have heard, he is still a bully to this day. I haven’t seen him for over 38 years but I would like to see him now. He told me, come back when you learn to fight. He had two other guys with him. I have learned to fight. I would like to deal with him again.