There are many parts of the discussion about crime, criminals, forms of violence, causes and reasons for its existence, etc. But not important right now, what is important is that the people that are elected, and in charge, do not understand violence. I know I am talking in broad terms, So don’t e-mail me with the “I know somebody that has a friend the does Tae Kwon Do and is a city council member in Chugwater Wyoming.” Simply put the exception does not discount the rule.
That is part of the problem, not focusing on the big issue, and like a small child turning our heads to the parent with the jingly keys, we are completely culpable in this process. We are responsible for who gets into office.
We need to have laser-like focus when it comes to addressing – well all of the issues that face us, but in this instance violence. I point to an example of laser-like focus demonstrated by the University of Alabama Football fan who’s first question to the new Alabama coach at his introduction was, “How are you going to beat Auburn?” – their arch-rival, not a question about, “How do you feel.”
Predatory crime, (rape, sometimes murder) and resource crime (money, accounts hacked, cars are stolen.) are not going away. And the people in charge don’t get it because we let them not get it.
Politicians want to get elected and they say and do what will get them elected, no news, but know this about politicians. Politicians are one trick ponies. Politicians have a bag of one or two tricks and they will double down on their go-to tricks when need be. Oh yeah, and politicians don’t learn fast.
So until that shift, martial artists have a few things to that need to be done.
- Acknowledge that we don’t know everything when it comes to violence and avail the members of our schools and clubs resources that can help them. If your weakness in understanding is gang violence, find some info, digest it, and pass it on. Everybody is better for it. A great place to start regarding researching your voids in violence is Marc Animal MacYoung’s Nononsenseselfdefense.com click on it and take a read. And plan on going back often and for long periods of time.
- If somebody in your school is hungry for information and skill, stoke that furnace! Give them the most and best you can give them. If you don’t know, find out. Or have them do the leg work and bring it back for all.
Instead of focusing on the borders, working around the edges, you get to take some action and make a difference right here, starting right now. And for those of you already way down the road on this – good on you. Good on you for being out in front.
As for trying to understand why somebody is committing crimes and acts of violence. I – do – not – care. I care about how it is going to hurt me, my family, and community.
Here are two quotes I want to leave you with that I like and will bring it all into a nice little package.
“The Cobra will bite you whether you call it cobra or Mr. Cobra.”
- Indian Proverb
“Avoid a falling rock.”
- Gozo Shioda
Kris Wilder, is a martial artist from Seattle Washington, the owner and head instructor at West Seattle Karate Academy, he has written some ten books on martial arts, and leadership. Kris travels internationally giving seminars on martial arts. He is also a member of Order of St. Francis.