Re: Martial Arts merit badge
James D Wellborn 325 795 2010 (WELLBOJ@MAIL.FIRN.EDU)
Wed, 19 Nov 1997 15:40:27 -0500
I kind of held off commenting about the Martial Arts discussion
because of a lil' emotional involvement. I was a tounament fighter for
a couple of years in the late 60's. That's what got me out of it. I went
to differnent schools on and off and never recaptured the interest or
dedication to the discipline.
I am fortunate to have met and worked out with a VERY gifted Sifu,
Duane Keller, here in 'lil ol Crystal River (former US Open Champion) with
Jeet Kune Do ( certified from the Nucleus) over the summer and my son is
still doing so.
In addition to the respect, conditioning, control and discipline,
Sifu instills a powerful reverence to recognizing and acknowledging the
sourse of God given talents.
Sparring gives control, timing, endurance and the truth of the
movement. I believe that only disreputable schools would carry the Karate
Kid Bad Guy School attitude and not stay in business long.
It may never become a merit badge item or one of the acceptable
sports for Sportsman MB or belt loop, but I believe that it delivers more
of the values expressed by Scouting than any baseball team I've been on or
Whether my son or any other Scout ever gets Scout credit for it, he
certainly gets life credit. However, I believe it warrents another look.
Jim Wellborn Gulf Ridge Council
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