The funnest job I ever had was teaching karate. I had my very own army of loyal, five to fifteen year old kids, who taught me far more than I ever taught them.
Kerry Li's Martial Arts Academy had a large but close-knit body of students of all ages; we practiced Shotokan style karate with some Jiu-Jitsu techniques thrown in for a full curriculum.
Here is a video of Kerry Li in action!
Once students mastered the basics of punching, kicking and blocking, we would begin to teach them the "nine moving forces": Strikes, throws, applied pressure, joint-restraints, chokes, holds, breath-control, body-conditioning and counters to all of the above. These moving forces are applied to vital targets in the musculo-skeletal, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, and internal organ systems.
I enjoyed my fifteen minutes of fame when I got written up in this article from The Albuquerque Journal North. It probably didn't hurt that the author was a friend of my mom's. I wish she hadn't quoted me quite so accurately; I am afraid I was spouting gibberish. Also, I hope people will forgive me for the quote appearing in large print which I had read previous to the interview in "The Way of The Peaceful Warrior", I can't really claim that it as mine quote though I probably did word it slightly differently..
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Shortly after I earned my first black belt, Sensei Kerry Li moved to California to pursue an acting career. I am still looking for the second page of this article from the Santa Fe New Mexican which was published not long before he moved away. Click to enlarge:
teaching karate helped me to grow faster in my own journey as a martial artist.
David Settino Scott - 2013