Friday, August 23, 2013

Ms. Tuff has the Right Stuff!

Yesterday, Antoinette Tuff, a bookkeeper at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Georgia rescued hundreds of children, teachers, staff members and a deeply troubled gunman from a horrendous potential tragedy. She didn’t throw a punch, draw a firearm or even threaten the 20-year old gunman, who is apparently mentally ill and had burst into the school armed with an AK-47 assault rifle. Without regard for her own safety, she remained calm, used her intellect and empathy to create a bond with the troubled young man, who responded well and heeded her pleas that he put down his weapon and surrender. When the emergency was over, we learned that at the moment of greatest need an ordinary citizen saved hundreds of lives in superhuman fashion by exhibiting the following Seichou Pillars of conduct: courtesy (2), courage (3), compassion (5) and complete sincerity (6). Gandhi would have been VERY proud of Ms. Tuff and so are we. That’s why we’re naming Antoinette Tuff our Person of the Month. OSU!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Dojo Fighting vs Streetfighting

At Seichou Dojo we practice contact free-fighting because we want our students to learn to defend themselves.

However, if we agree that street fighting is often barbaric, then we need to ask ourselves how Dojo fighting is different from street fighting.

Street fighting results when communication fails and people are unable to use their intellect to resolve disputes. Each blow or martial technique that is employed in a street fight emanates from a desire to evade, incapacitate or injure an adversary.

In the Dojo, our purpose is not to injure our partner but to improve our own technique and to help our partner learn how to defend against a strong attack.

In this way, Dojo fighting and street fighting are completely different. OSU!