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Martial Arts – Integrity and Courage in Today’s Crazy Culture War

What are the martial arts? The martial arts can be defined as martial = militant, and arts = occupations requiring knowledge or skill. In Japanese, there is a difference between Karate-Do and Karate-Jitsu. A “Do” art generally focuses on using the martial arts, not just as a means of self-defense, but also as a means of total personal development physically, mentally, and spiritually. A “Jitsu” art would be one that is more focused on the combative success only. A sampling of “Do” arts you may have heard of would be Judo, Aikido, Karate-Do, etc. Whereas “Jitsu” art examples may be Ju-Jitsu, Aiki-Jitsu. and Karate-Jitsu. Today I will focus on the “Do” art. “Do” (pronounced dough) means “way”. As in the WAY of the Empty Hand, which is Karate-Do.

In our martial arts organization, we practice a “Do” art. This means that we have character development lessons as a part of the curriculum. In today’s world, we have more of a need for values like faith, courage, perseverance, honor, and integrity, than we do fighting skills. The values we use daily. The physical self-defense rarely. But with the way things are going, self-defense definitely is a need on the rise! The values that we teach at Vortex have been in existence from the beginning of time. But times have really changed tremendously since the 1960s. That seems to have been the beginning of a worldwide cultural coup where morality and traditional values have been supplanted by subjective morality. Subjective morality is a morality that can be defined as “do whatever YOU feel like if you think it is right”. In Western civilization, the Bible was the OBJECTIVE morality or the standard that we lived by. For more on subjective morality, please click this link.  https://www.carm.org/about-ethics/what-is-wrong-with-subjective-morality/

As a Christian-owned business that teaches a Biblical worldview and Biblical principles, we find our values at odds with the newfound values of tolerance, diversity, and inclusion. You see, God’s word teaches exclusivity by nature. The Bible is our absolute, OBJECTIVE moral authority. It teaches us that we are to love all but to hate sin. That means that a practicing Christian can be loving, respectful, and inclusive of the individual, but must stand firmly against overt sinful behavior like stealing, murder (abortion), lying, sexual impurity like homosexuality, and other Biblically defined sins.

The challenge is that we as conservatives and Christians try to play fair and nice with folks that wish to force their indoctrination into our lives, onto our children, and into our communities. They expect absolute tolerance and acceptance of their SUBJECTIVE morality while giving zero respect and tolerance to our OBJECTIVE biblically-based morality.

As a father and teacher, I believe it is more important than ever for parents to stand up unapologetically for their faith, if for no other reason than to be an example for their children. There is sin and evil that must not be tolerated all around us. To do that today takes courage, bravery, and integrity, in the face of overwhelming backlash. Online attacks, cancel culture, and physical assaults have risen to epic proportions in the last 15 years. To stand for what is right as a Conservative and Christian puts you’re physical and mental health, your family, and your business in real jeopardy.

Recently we had a lesbian couple enroll their child in our after-school program. They had to fill out and sign documentation that they knew that we taught Christian values and are Christian-owned and operated. They did so, and we accepted their child into our program. A few months in, when they no longer needed services, they paid what was owed and ended their membership. They were treated with the utmost respect during their entire time at Vortex. No sooner did they leave the program, they began bashing us online, causing several one-star reviews on our business, because they disagreed with a blog discussing the indoctrination of our kiddos all over the country into the lgbtq community. They never called to discuss the differences of opinion. They just attacked and caused others of their ilk to do the same. They weren’t civilized enough to respect a difference of opinion. That is ok. We will pray for them and wish them well.

The most important thing we can do in a situation like that is to ignore the keyboard warriors, and take a stand on what is right in the face of an assault. It sets an example for our children and the students. So what about the “old-fashioned” values like faith, honor, perseverance, and courage, that seem to be under such attack today? I say we need them more than ever! Stand up, stand for, and stand against. Set the example for our future generation. It is what we are called to do as parents, teachers, and most of all Christians. Truth is offensive, especially biblical truth. So offend away, then love and pray for those that show no tolerance, love, mercy, diversity, or inclusion for conservatives and Christians.

LGBTQ Movement Becoming an Epidemic in the Martial Arts

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[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”4.16″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” global_colors_info=”{}”]We are blessed to have schools all over the country that we network with. As such, we are able to get a snapshot of what is happening is our communities and the families that live their. For years we almost never had any sort of sexuality challenges enter our schools. However, with the insidious brainwashing of our children starting in Kinder, and even before, by dripping this agenda on them through cartoons, we have seen a skyrocketing of middle schoolers and high schoolers really struggling with sexuality. We have watched as one or two confused kids out of a thousand have become 10% – 20% of all kids over the age of 13 in our Academies. The public schools have been infected with this. They get these young kids to join lgbtq clubs in middle school, encourage physical exploration, and by the time they have reached High School they have been brainwashed to believe that if they tell their parents about their lgbtq lifestyle that they may be rejected. So these kiddos live a secret lie and when they shock their parents with the news two or three years into the lifestyle. If the parents do not agree, there is a split in the family. We have even seen kids run away from their own families, since they were turned against them by their friends and lgbtq mentors. If the parents do not support this life, they are labeled bigots, transphobic, or homophobic. This is a terrible ripping apart of the American Conservative family.

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.

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Covid and the Loss of Freedoms in Sports and at School

During this incredibly trying time with the pandemic, parents are really struggling to deal with the challenges that Covid and government guidelines have caused for their kids.

First, ALL people both big and small have been severely impacted by Covid. People have lost their jobs, gotten ill, suffer from depression and substance abuse, lost their homes and jobs, are forced to wear face suffocators in the most ridiculous scenarios, and comply with forced social shaming, and that is just the adults.

Our poor kiddos are experiencing a world of fear, social programming, stressed parents, and changes in school scheduling that is difficult. So what do we do as families? On one side you have science, beliefs, and politics that seem extremely convincing, and on the other side you have science, beliefs, and politics that seem extremely convincing. This is not the USA that I grew up in. Everything is so divided, and hate has become the norm. Will we ever go back to a country that can respect one another? I hope so.

But in the meantime, what options do we have for our children to keep them safe, as well as physically, mentally, morally, and spiritually prepared for whatever may come?

Martial arts is a phenomenal way to empower our kiddos during this dark time. It gives them a powerful outlet for pent up energy. A martial arts “outlet” takes that energy and guides it onto a path of personal development. Martial arts students become physically accomplished, mentally sharp, morally strong, and spiritually connected.

A martial arts school is one of the only places in society where we have people from all walks of life training together, making each other better, all with the same goals in common. In a world filled with hate, confusion, and misinformation, the martial arts school and the church seem to be two of the only places left with a positive message, solid moral teachings, and a place that hope and confidence can still be found.