What it Means to be a Teacher  
The following is an excerpt from our book, Martial Arts America: A Western Approach to Eastern Arts (p.60).

The traditions found in Western boxing and wrestling (at least in the professional ranks) are negative, rather than positive. These "arts" do not build character, they destroy it. With this experience so close to home, it is the irresponsible instructor who leaves character building to chance. We cannot excuse ourselves with "I only taught my student how to hurt someone. What he does with the skills that I gave him is not my concern." A trainer might say that, but never a teacher.

Martial art instructors must be more than just trainers and coaches; we must be teachers and educators. Without spending a lot of time indoctrinating our students in another cultural life-style, culturally American instructors are obligated to give their students what the majority of them are asking for (and paying for): good martial art skills. But we must also equip them with the skills necessary for developing their powers of reason and judgment, skills that prepare them for life as mature martial artists and contributing members of society. 1


  1. Since the writing of Martial Arts America, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has become very popular. Unfortunately, like professional wrestling, MMA trainers are much, much more successful at producing characters in their instruction, than they are in any development of character among their trainees.
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Web Site of Bob Orlando: Instructor in Kuntao-Silat (Chinese kuntao and Dutch-Indonesian pukulan pentjak silat), author of two popular martial art books: "Indonesian Fighting Fundamentals" and "Martial Arts America: A Western Approach to Eastern Arts"; and producer of four martial art videos: Fighting Arts of Indonesia, Reflex Action, Fighting Footwork of Kuntao and Silat, Fighting Forms of Kuntao-Silat. Offering practical martial arts instruction to adults living in and throughout the Denver metropolitan area including, Lakewood, Littleton, Morrison, and Golden Colorado.