the karate kid

Late on the afternoon of December 1, 2007 after 4+ years of dedicate training, I passed my shodan test to earn my first degree black belt in Wado-Ryu karate. It was the single most satisfying and rewarding experience of my life…and also the hardest, most painful, and stressful thing I have ever done. It wasn’t quite as epic as Daniel-son punking out Johnny with the crane kick at the end of The Karate Kid to win the All-Valley Karate Tournament, but getting that final point on a 3rd degree black belt to finish my test felt pretty damn good. Except for breaking my hand. That kinda hurt.

broken handWhen people find out I take karate or that I’m a black belt, one of the things I often get asked is “I bet you can kick some ass then?” Well no, not necessarily. Karate is first and foremost an art form and after that it can be considered a form of self-defense.

I even admit that it can be a little confusing. I mean we learn how to punch, kick, and block from day one. We spar often and learn how to manipulate opponents with pressure points and other techniques designed specifically to knock an opponent out or even kill. But technically, we should hope to never have to use any of our training outside the dojo?

Well yes. I hope to never be in a situation where I’m thinking I have to kill or knock somebody out before they do the same to me or someone I love. That would pretty much suck on every level. And while yes, I am a black belt, I’m still a long way from being considered a lethal weapon. 

The Karate KidSo why then? Well it’s pretty darn cool learning an ancient art form and an old school way of life that can give me a unique perspective on today’s crazy world. It helps me stay healthy and fit when virtually everything else I come into contact with on a daily basis is doing the opposite. The instructors and students are great people and we are all there to help each other learn and get better. There are many more reasons I won’t continue to bore you with here.

This page isn’t intended to preach or shamelessly promote, but if you have any interest in learning karate, let me know.


  1. […] the karate kid […]

  2. They are remaking The Karate Kid. Will Smith’s son will be playing Daniel LaRusso. I have no beef with them making a new karate kid movie, but to remake the original is damn near blasphemy. I mean who the heck are you going to get to play Mr. Miyagi?

  3. I just had to click on the “everthing else” link and LMAO when I landed on it! Gotta be creme-filled though.

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