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Most Important Weapon

Various weapons arts are practiced in Karate. They include arts covering the use of the bo, sai, tonfa, nunchaku, tinbe, tekko, and many other weapons. Some of these are improvised type weapons (such as the bo and nunchaku). But others are weapons per se (such as the sai, which was a policeman's weapon).

The idea, in Karate, is to be able to use whatever is at hand as a tool for self defense and escape.

In this regard, one of the most important "weapons" we can carry is a cellular phone. I made sure that my children had them so that they could contact me, or emergency personnel, in case of a problem.

If you are driving and a stranger is following you, you can call the police and drive to the nearest police station. Or, if someone was lurking outside you house, you could call for help.

We often think about weapons as things we can hit or cut with. But they are also things that help us to avoid or escape danger. A cellular phone is an essential weapon.

In a strange coincidence, my cellular phone is a Katana. Ha!


Charles C. Goodin