Are We No Longer Defending America?
Amo Guru Michael Blackgrave posted about a local martial artist who was asked to leave a public park because he was training students in the martial arts. Amo Guru Blackgrave has had the same thing happen to him.
I relate this to a faction in a town town that objected to a statue of a local SEAL killed in combat, because the statue had him carrying a gun, which “glorified violence.” The statue would be close to schools and playgrounds, which means that children would see a statue of a fallen soldier with a rifle. (Never mind that the statue is based on the last photo of Dietz before he was killed.)
How about the boy who was told that he could not bring an American flag to school because it was too provocative? Thank goodness concerned people (bikers, mainly) rallied in support of the kid and escorted him to school, flags flying.
Maybe that’s what Amo Guru Blackgrave and his friend need, a public rally at the park with every martial arts school in town. Involve the police, local ministers, the mayor and other elected officials, and make the case that we as martial artists are among the best citizens in the community. Martial artists are not drug users, dealers, addicts, thieves, bullies, etc.
As I wrote here, if we as martial artists are active and visible in our
contributions to the community, it becomes harder for people to slander us with ignorant misconceptions.
It’s an idea that I have borrowed from the Dog Brothers –that we as warriors are fighting for a larger cause. We are fighting for the right of citizens to arm themselves, to defend themselves, and to support our country.