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WELSH ACADEMY OF MARTIAL ARTS - BARRY YMCA
WHAT DOES A BLACK BELT REPRESENT
WHO ARE WE
THE HISTORY OF KARATE
THE HISTORY OF KICKBOXING
RHYDIAN TOLCHER JAMES
LYNNE TOLCHER-JAMES
NEWS
CLASSES
WHAT DOES A BLACK BELT REPRESENT
BLACK BELTS ROLE OF HONOUR
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF A BLACK BELT
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2002 WAMA TO REPRESENT WALES AGAIN
LYNNE WITH "DON THE DRAGON" WILSON
TRAINING AND GRADING SYLLABUS
HALL OF FAME
INSTRUCTORS AND FIRST AID OFFICIALS
EXCELLENCE IN RECENT GRADINGS PRODUCING "A" GRADE STUDENTS
THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE
HOW TO TIE YOUR BELT
OUR NINJA KIDS
KICKBOXING FOR LADIES
LYNNE WITH DAVID MITCHELL author of the "Young Martial Arts Enthusiast"
LYNNE/ RHYDIAN/PHILLIP WITH COLIN JACKSON
BEING A MARTIAL ART TEACHER
MEDITATION
CAN MARTIAL ARTS IMPROVE YOUR AWARENESS
MARTIAL ARTS CAN HELP IF YOU ARE BEING BULLIED
DONNA HILLBERG
STUDENT AND INSTRUCTOR
STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARDS
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
LIVE CHAT
WELSH CHAMPIONS
NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS
NATIONAL MILLENNIUM AWARD WINNERS
THAI GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL VISIT
NOVICES STRIKE GOLD
WHY PRACTICE KARATE OR KICKBOXING
BREATHING TECHNIC
SPARRING AND FIGHTING STRATEGY
BAG WORK
ASTHMA AND KICKBOXING
BASIC TIPS
STRETCHING
Contact Us
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The True Meaning of Martial Arts

*Martial Arts is a way of life. It is NOT a sport, NOT a game, NOT a religion. It is discipline where the mind and body become one. It is not taken up and then abandoned. It is continued for life.

*Martial Arts has no anger, ego, pride or conceit. You are not here to prove that you are better than anyone. You are here to improve as a martial artist and as a person.

*Martial Arts is not learning how to fight.

*One is taught in accordance to one's ability to learn as decided by the grand master. His/her decisions are not to be questioned.

*Your ability will directly relate to the amount of effort you exert in class. If you do not practice with proper mental attitude, you will not be able to defend yourself in a real situation.

*Your size does not matter. Once Karate/Kickboxing is mastered, you will be able to defend yourself against any opponent.

The Responsibility of being a  Black Belt

Anybody who actually wants to be a Black Belt must surely not understand what it means to be one.
 
It is a cause, a cross to bear, a responsibility, and an obligation. It is a banner that advertises that the wearer is committed to serving the needs of others.
 
It is an invitation to deny one's own needs and step outside the self. It is a moral straight jacket that takes away our nonchalance and casts us in the role of teacher, protector, guide, and role model. It asks us to guard every word, and every action so that we do not betray its' noble purpose.
 
Take up the belt and one must take up all it represents. Reject it and one must relegate ones' self to the pitiful condition of those who gape in horror at the atrocities of society but do nothing.
 
Taking up the belt means never again being a casual observer when an intolerable situation exists. It means never again being silent when wrong is committed or people are being oppressed.
 
Psychologically, when you put on the belt you cannot take it off again and just be who you want to be when it is convenient. You must wear it every hour of every day for the rest of your life, and you must be who the belt demands that you must be. From the day you put it on nothing but truth must ever come from your lips, and nothing but honor and dignity must ever be manifest by your presence.
 
From that day forward you must never dishonor another, and cannot shrink from your obligation to assist others in need. Unless a person has a back and legs strong enough to carry this burden they should not pick up the belt, but if you do pick up the belt do so with the knowledge that it will lead you to places where others cannot go and you will see vistas reserved for the few, and life will be an experience well above the ordinary.
 
 Well why should I be considered for Black Belt? I can think of no logical reason why I should.  The only thing I have is the desire to learn more. If I am promoted to Black Belt the rest of my life will be a struggle to live up to its' expectations. But then the belt won't really be for me. It will be for those students who have yet to come in the door, and all those who are watching my progress, wondering if they can achieve it too.