“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”I Corinthians 10:31
(John 3:16, Acts 4:12, I Corinthians 15:3, I John 4:14)
As a Self-Defense Instructor:
I do not embrace, condone or promote any of the eastern religious philosophies (Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.) in any of my training curriculum.
There are two reasons for this. First, and most importantly I would never compromise what Christ did for me on the cross. Second, I never learned or participated in any eastern religion as part of my training. My instructor, Bobby Autry (6th degree Black Belt, Dallas TX.) is a member in good standing with the local Assembly of God in Garland, Texas. I would also stress that when I successfully completed my belt examination for my first, second, third, fourth and fifth degree Black Belts, at no time was I asked to demonstrate anything other than respect, good manners, discipline, and physical skill. These traits, I believe, are in complete unison with the Christian life and its beliefs.
GOALS OF THIS PROGRAM
When Jesus said to “turn the other cheek” He was referring to persecution. When He, Himself,
turned the other cheek, He did so out of strength not fear. After all didn’t He command legions of
angels? The mechanical exercises in this class should give the students the physical ability to defend
themselves and the example of Christ should give them the mental example of ultimate courage.
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power, and love, and discipline.”
II Timothy 1:7
“Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.”
2. DISCIPLINE AND SELF-CONTROL
To advance in this course, the student must exhibit discipline and self-control. To achieve
excellence in anything, a person must be willing to work. It is much the save in the Christian Life. Do
you simply go to church on Sunday and forget about God for the rest of the week? The Lord calls us to
“take up our cross” and walk with Him daily.
“And fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and
instruction of the Lord.”
“In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”
“Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows
bountifully shall also reap bountifully.”
II Corinthians 9:6
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
This trait goes right along with courage. Young Christians need confidence more now than at any other time in history. They need to know that with Christ by their side they are part of a “winning team” and can confidently face any evil and be victorious. This is not a humanistic confidence based on self but a confidence which comes from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, Knowledge of the Scriptures, and commitment to training.
“And such confidence we have though Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.” II Corinthians 3:4,5
“In Whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.”
“For your proud confidence is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and Godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.”
II Corinthians 1:12
“And now, little children, abide in him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.”
I John 2:28
4. ATTITUDE OF TEAMWORK
This class is not a place for competition. In other words, if will not be the “toughest guy” who is promoted to the top of the class. One of the criteria used to evaluate a student is how he or she works together to help others of a lower rank. As Christians we need one another. There should be no such thing as a “Lone Ranger Christian”.
“Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.”
“Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.”
I Corinthians 10:24
“We who had sweet fellowship together, walked in the house of god in the throng.”
As the student progresses to more advanced skills, he then begins to lead other students (always under my direct supervision). Christians need to be leaders of men and servants as well.
“And He said to them, The kings of the Gentiles lord it over then; and those who gave authority over them are called Benefactors. But not so with you, but let him who is the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as the servant.”
6. SELF-ESTEEM AND HUMILITY
Christians need to know that they are so precious to God that He gave his own Son for them. Even though God doesn’t accept us because of our works or talents He has blessed each of us with gifts in many areas. We, as Christians, can feel good about these gifts (talents) and have the responsibility to use them to bring glory to God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
“So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one o another. And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly..”
“..I entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the vocation with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience..”
“Do nothing in selfishness of empty conceit but with humility of mind let each of you regard on another as more important than himself.”
“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
I Corinthians 10:31
I believe that all sports, not just these classes in self-defense, should promote all these same goals. All I am offering you is myself–as a Christian and as a true believer that Jesus Christ has a place in every part of my life including as a student of the Martial Arts and as your instructor. (ICor.10:31,11:1)