The following is an essay that was
required for Dr. Broome to submit along with his
black belt test back in September of 1998. After achieving the
'first Dan' black belt
Dr. Broome continued on with his martial art studies and became a part
instructor at his school; he 'retired' from active karate in 2003.
After studying the Chuck Norris
Karate System for over 10 years, I
privileged to be considered for First Dan. I am indebted to Mr. Robert
Head Instructor, for his
instruction and guidance through this process. I plan to
Tang Soo Do and Chun Goog Do in years to come, and perhaps
others. My hope is that my own children will find a place in
their lives for
martial arts as well.
Studying martial arts is a process of
discovery, both mental and physical. For me,
achieving an advanced
level was to become aware of the center, or
Then, it was a matter of being able to move this center, or energy, and
properly with the karate technique.
This is when one appreciates the value of
even the most basic kata. Through this
process, one sees the physical
martial art. Becoming aware of this energy is the first simple step;
thought or effort is
the final goal.
Moving energy about is only partially effective
without the right
and body' connection
cannot be learned from a book or a video, and as
martial artist knows, is only attainable through constant practice. Some would
this mental benefit can be taken from
the dojang and used in everyday life.
say that the two are
inseparable, ephemeral, and not definable in
terms. One can only hope to achieve this connection through all aspects of our lives,
developing a way of living
harmoniously with nature, and those around us.
Now, setting all this philosophical stuff aside,
the martial arts have affected my
professional life as a physician as
well. Awareness of the
'energy' I talked about
has led me
open-mindedness about Acupuncture energetics, and the
usefulness of this energy (chi) movement in the body to affect health
and well being.
currently studying Acupuncture and will be qualified to practice
This, in part, summarizes the importance of karate
in my life, and why
privileged to be considered
for the first dan Black
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