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It wasn’t that they necessarily were opposed to the violence but they were rabidly opposed to the inter-mingling of Eastern religions with the various martial art styles. My parents (God love ‘em) were staunch, fundamentalist Christians who were rigidly against any type of exploration, discussion or questioning of our particular faith tradition.
So, no spinning back kicks for me. Again, all I can say to that is God love ‘em. And with that, my childhood dreams of karate mastery went down in flames – or hellfire to be more precise. A similar situation occurred when I was about 15 years old. We had returned to the states after living in the Middle East for nearly two years where we were exposed to all the major world religions firsthand.
Who knows if those apparent correlations were the general causation, but what could I say? I didn’t know any better at the time, and I chose to “honor my mother and father” in that regard and stopped my study of other religious beliefs.
In hindsight, I believe that was a bit of a mistake.
|After our 1st karate class!|
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|The girls and I getting our white belts after the 1st class|
However, my intent is to actively talk about what we learn together in class and answer their questions to the level of their understanding. Using that as a model, I will also take a similar approach if they have questions about differing beliefs and views of other faiths. I firmly believe that we as parents shouldn’t fear such questions, but rather be prepared to answer such queries when asked and why we belief what we do – especially when the inquisitors are our own kids.
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