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On a personal note, we had one of three gender dysphoric children aged 7-12 scream at one of our black belt instructors because he responded to a question she asked with “yes ma’am”. The martial arts culture teaches respect, and one of the ways we teach to is expecting the students and teachers to use Yes sir/ma’am or No sir/ma’am as part of all communication. This episode happened in front of 20 other children in the aforementioned age range. We had at least 10 very upset parents who had to explain to their children after class why she did not want to be a girl, what is a transgender, and why did she yell at our instructor. The parents made it very clear that they did not bring there children to “Karate” to be sexualized. These were discussions that they were not ready to have with their little ones. As a parent, I understood. We had to create a policy that was fair to everyone. Our policy stated that everyone is welcome, but must be referred to by their biological pronoun when at Vortex.
As a Christian owned school, we do not believe in encouraging children to live a fantasy. That is child abuse in our estimation. The other problem is, if we buy into this fantasy and support it, why not identify as a flower, dog, or 1969 Mustang. Where does it all end? With the addition of Paedophilia being forced into society by the lgbtq+ group, this disgusting practice is being normalized. We as martial arts school owners, Christian school owners, Christian, and Conservative parents must take a stand today against such practices. Remove your kids from the brainwashing of public schools, seeker friendly churches that look the other way in acceptance of this, and seek out mentors, churches, Martial arts academies, and schools that support biblical principles – no matter what the cost.
A good friend, police officer, fellow black belt of mine used to tell parents who would complain about the price of martial arts lessons that they could pay now or pay later. Meaning that they could pay to instill values now, or pay when these kids needed bail money, or could not get a job and stayed living with them in their 20’s and 30’s, or pay to get them into rehab. That statement is more true today than it was 30 years ago.
What are you willing to do to keep your kids safe?