Saying farewell to one great Karate Instructor, you will be missed Instructor Grimmett! I started taking Kempo Karate with my daughter when she was 10. I did it because I wasn't getting any younger and wanted to stay in shape and share something special with her. I enrolled her because she was so shy and I thought that would help...well, IT DID! The girl is AWESOME and ready for that "First Date" LOL!
I've taught my daughter since she was school age not to take any crap from any man (or woman I might add). I've taught her to respect others and be kind, even to those who may not be so kind to you because you never know what they may be going through. I've taught her that no one has the right to touch you without your permission and if they do, that's when you have full rights to defend yourself.
I love martial arts because we are taught that violence is the "Last resort" and you don't go around picking a fight just because you can defend yourself (or you think you can). When taking martial arts some folks get cocky but actually it's pretty humbling because they teach us things that can take a life in a instant. I believe that is why our Instructor Professor Johnson is always so calm, he rarely gets excited or angry because if you come up against him? Unless you are a sniper and he doesn't "see" you? You're going down! And he's teaching us everything he knows.
I say it's humbling because the more I know the more humble I become, it makes you sit back and evaluate crazy people or people who just react without thinking. You know, those people who get up in your face and wait for "YOU" to make the first move as if you were in elementary school where you'd dare a person to knock the chip off your shoulder? I giggle when I think about that because those people where actually the most fearful ones and most were hoping you wouldn't knock it off LOL! A wise thing my Father said to me once about guns (as he owned one), he said "If you ever pull out a gun you'd better be ready to use it, you don't flash it or pretend, when you take it out...so should your enemy be".
It's like one female instructor told me once "If you start fighting...DON'T STOP UNTIL THEY ARE DOWN". And so, I remember that because our skills aren't something to "flash" and show-off....that's just dumb and anyone who would do that should not be taking martial arts. We take it seriously and just like a gun owner...you don't take it out unless you are going to use it.
Cake: Vanilla vanilla, decor made from all edible material.