Classes and Our Values
The name of our “style” is Iesu o Tataemasu (Honor Jesus) which breaks with traditional martial arts, as it is not named for a philosophy of combat, rather it is a directive that we must strive to obey at all times. Although as Christians we have a right, and in some cases even an obligation to defend others, our Church, and ourselves; Christ taught the way of peace. In our training and the application of our art, we must strive for peace, first and always.
The Family Cornerstone
The Foundation of the Art
Classes begin with a prayer (meditation on God) and end with a discussion around a devotional reading as it relates to our training.
Students will learn and study values such as honor, self-defense, confidence, humility, forgiveness, and love as they apply to our school, art, and faith.
Student learning is built around developing effective application instead of a strict set of techniques that must always be adhered to…
Teen & adult students will advance their understanding of self-defense tactics through frequent combat with weapons and empty hands. Youth students will participate in empty hands combat and if the student is ready, weapons combat with highly skilled students or instructors
Our school practices the strategy of Katsuro (Path to Survival or literally “means of escape”). This has huge implications on what students learn and do. Simply put, the idea is that the art is not offensive, rather it is defensive in nature. This is not to say that in applying the strategy of Katsuro, a student will never attack first. It means they will use their art only in the defense of self or others and that they will never do more than what is necessary.
In studying the way of Katsuro, the student is training to develop the skills, mindset, and spirit to do what ever is necessary to defend themselves and others. The focus is on moving beyond techniques into the realm of understanding and application.
Students learn techniques in striking, blocking, grappling, and weapons. By the time a student has achieved the “half way” point (Green Belt) to Black Belt, they will have a solid foundation in “all” of the fundamental techniques. From this point forward, the progression is focused on developing an individualized style that evolves from a growing conceptual understanding. There is a strong emphasis on student directed learning and the development of effective tactics for the individual. Students are expected to expand their knowledge through reading and observing other styles and/or schools. Teachers should be viewed as the facilitator of learning rather than the purveyor of all knowledge.