Re: Martial Arts merit badge
Charles R. Batteau (charles.r.batteau@BELLATLANTIC.COM)
Tue, 18 Nov 1997 07:03:04 -0500
Mike Walton asked "For some reason, the BSA doesn't consider judo a
"martial art", and they do allow it (can someone please explain the
difference for me and everyone?? To me, they are the same!)"
I haven't seen a response to your question, Mike, so I'm going to TRY
to answer it ... anybody else on the list feel free to correct me if
I'm wrong (and I'm SURE you will <BIG grin>).
Several years ago (when my joints weren't as creaky) I took a class in
Judo at my church on Tuesday evenings. In Judo, the physical contact is
limited to "throwing" the other person to the ground. We learned how to
approach our "opponent", how to throw him -- OR HER, we learned to keep
from being thrown (some of the time), and we learned how to fall. This
latter skill has served me very well over the years!. Judo is very
close to wrestling (NOT WWF, however!),
In most, if not all, of the other Oriental martial arts, there is also
emphasis on hitting and/or kicking your opponent. I believe that this
type of contact is why BSA has marked all the other martial arts "off
limits" as Scouting activities. ALL of these studies also emphasize
self-discipline, but that is not sufficient to overcome the negative
aspect of hitting/kicking and the image of fighting that it contains.
Chuck Batteau -- SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA USA
I used to be an Eagle ...
maybe they meant an hour a DAY! :-)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City