Re: the article about the karate championship in the Aug. 29 Roundup:
Anyone who is a true student of the martial arts knows that the underlying premise in learning these skills is self-discipline and control and inner harmony. Yet, no where in your article was this mentioned.
What we did see was a picture entitled "Fists of fury," and an instructor in some bird of prey pose, looking very much like he was laying in wait for the enemy. What we read about was kicking, hard-hitting competition, even to the point of causing a serious head injury. Is this really the lesson we want to teach our children? I sincerely hope not, because our children already are exposed to enough violence in everyday life.
In my experience as a health-care provider, I see the adverse effect that all this violence has had on our children and society, and it is not a pretty picture. Fighting, yelling and injuring another is never the answer to resolving conflict. Techniques learned in martial arts should only be used when absolutely necessary to defend one's life and well-being. As parents and caring members of society, we should make sure that our children understand this.
Perhaps a prerequisite to enrolling in a martial arts class should be watching the Karate Kid series, for instructors as well as students.
Mary Walsh, Pine
Editor's note: While the philosophy behind martial arts may be peace through power, the purpose behind such competitions is to measure the contestants' skills against one another. It is our job to photograph the participants in action and report the details and results of the matches including injuries as they unfold, not as one might wish they would happen. To do otherwise would provide readers with a false impression of a full-contact sport that occasionally results in injury.