Martial Arts & Me
At Pazzaglia’s American Kenpo Karate, we believe in a philosophy we call “Martial Arts & Me.”
Honesty, loyalty, fortitude ~ Live the Life You Believe In
We believe that no one art is the answer. They all have something special and unique to offer, causing us to open our minds and broaden our horizons.
The idea or thought that went into our philosophy - “Martial Arts & Me ~ Honesty, Loyalty, Fortitude ~ Live the Life You Believe In” came from many years of study and personal growth and enlightenment. When you break down each name by its own definition you will begin to understand. The first word “Martial” can be interpreted as warlike or combative. This is the very essence of what we do and why we train. The word “Art” can be defined as the application of human creative skill and imagination. Karate is an art and at its highest levels should be done in a manner that appears effortless, almost dance-like. The Art should not be confused with other sports for it is unlike anything else any practitioner will ever undertake. No other activity can fulfill all ones needs as is done in the Martial Arts.
Honesty, Loyalty, Fortitude ~ Live the Life You Believe In
Honesty teaches us not only to tell the truth to others, but in Martial Arts as in life teaches us how to be honest with ourselves. This truth directly applies to how we train and our own assessment of ourselves and our ability, becoming more and more humble each day as we grow. The Loyalty we should have for our instructors and those who came before us should be unsurpassed. Another word for Loyalty is faith, and we should always have enough faith in our instructors to trust in the knowledge they have unselfishly passed onto us, for it comes from hundreds of years of tradition and has stood the test of time on the battlefield. Fortitude refers to having the determination to finish what you have started, even though we are not always certain of the risk involved or the outcome. Living the way of BUDO and being like a pillar of firmness for all eyes to gaze upon is a worthy aspiration. Most importantly though, fortitude is what gives you the courage to Live the Life You Believe In!
Embracing this philosophy takes strength of character, humility, and personal integrity. It will often require you to choose the more challenging path. But it’s a path to enormous fulfillment. If this philosophy defines the person you want to be, then you’ve come to the right place. Step into our school and make the martial arts a part of your life today!