JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro karate coach held a training event Saturday to teach students what karate is actually for.
Billy Brown, who hosts class out of the Central Baptist Church held the workshop at Ridgefield Christian Schools, bringing experienced coaches from around the nation to assist him.
"Now, my teacher is in town from Louisiana," Brown said. "He's a ninth degree and he's been teaching for many, many years. We brought our senior students in from around the country."
Participants got to work with Okinawan traditional weapons for strength training and technique.
"We're all here working on weapons today," Brown said. "Those are the weapons that the Okinawan's created years ago. So, we carry on the tradition, continuing to use those weapons today. It helps with rhythm balance and technique."
Many people get the impression that karate teaches skills on how to fight, but brown said students learned the complete opposite.
"Karate is really to teach someone how not to fight, how to control themselves, but also being able to control someone else who might be an aggressor," Brown said.
He said each participant can use the skills they learned out in the world when they come in contact with an aggressor.
"Evil exist, and there are evil men and evil forces that exist in this world," Brown said. "This will help our students defend themselves, defend their families, their friends or some old man like me."
Brown said the weapon training will also help students in the streets when facing someone who attacks them with a weapon.
"They won't be so hesitant to offend against them," Brown said.
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