September 19, 1998
                                         Jesse M. Broome M.D.

              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 time karate
              instructor at his school; he 'retired' from active karate in 2003.

           After studying the Chuck Norris Karate System for over 10 years, I certainly
           feel privileged to be considered for First Dan. I am indebted to Mr. Robert Oliver,
           Head Instructor, for his instruction and guidance through this process.  I plan to
           continue studying Tang Soo Do and Chun Goog Do in years to come, and perhaps
           instruct others.  My hope is that my own children will find a place in their lives for
           the martial arts as well.

           Studying martial arts is a process of discovery, both mental and physical.  For me,
           the first step in achieving an
advanced level was to become aware of the center, or
           one point.  Then, it was a matter of being able to move this
center, or energy, and
           use it 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 benefits of
           the martial art.  Becoming aware of this
energy is the first simple step; using it
           without thought or effort is the final goal. 

           Moving energy about is only partially effective without the right mental attitude. 
           This 'mind and body' connection
cannot be learned from a book or a video, and as
           any martial artist knows, is only attainable through constant practice.
Some would
           say that this mental benefit can be taken from the dojang and used in everyday life. 
           I would say that the
two are inseparable, ephemeral, and not definable in concrete
           terms.  One can only hope to achieve this connection
through all aspects of our lives,
           by 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 to more open-mindedness about Acupuncture energetics, and the

           usefulness of this energy (chi) movement in the body to affect health and well being.
           I am currently studying Acupuncture
and will be qualified to practice this art
           early next year.

           This, in part, summarizes the importance of karate in my life, and why I feel
            privileged to be considered for the first
dan Black Belt.

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