The Black Belt Who Tried to Shut Down Kang Duk Won Karate School
Speaking of Black Belts, I once met one who had actually walked into the Kang Duk Won and tried to shut that Karate School down.
I met him at the place I worked, a plastics factory in Sunnyvale, when I discovered that he knew Karate.
We talked, and he told me that he had been made a 3rd degree black belt because he could ‘fight so good.’
I know he knew one form, the horse stance form, but I don’t think he knew any others.
He claimed that he knew the Mu Duk Kwon, or the Oo Duk Kwon, or something like that. It’s been a long time, and we only talked about it briefly.
So he had a black belt, and he said that he and his teacher used to go to karate schools, sign up for a free, introductory class, and then pick a fight with the instructor and beat him up.
He named several karate schools, one of which I knew had gone out of business.
Then he told me about the time he walked into the Kang Duk Won to get a free class and shut it down.
This interested me, because this was my school.
He and his teacher walked in, and were greeted politely. They talked for a few minutes, but the teacher, Bob Babich, didn’t say much, and his eyes started squinting, and he started staring at them.
That’s it, just getting intense. No warning, ‘no howdie do what art ya study,’ just…a look. A look that penetrated right through the two fellows.
The two fellows began to feel uneasy, then downright queasy.
This had never happened to them before, and suddenly, the teacher decided they should leave.
After hearing the story I decided to do some checking of my own, so I went to the top black belt, who had actually been described as present at the time of the confrontation. His name was Ron, and he described the incident, without prompting, exactly as the black belts had.
He said that Bob Babich (the owner of the karate school) had suddenly gotten real tight. Just looked at those two fellows so intently that even Ron wanted to back away. And he was just an onlooker, off to the side.
Now, interestingly, I always remembered that story, and years later I had my own karate school.
One day this fellow came in, walked up to my partner and started talking.
I saw it a mile away. I saw it in the way the guy was twisting himself for the punch. The way he was mentally setting himself. The way he was edging the conversation.
He fully intended to cold cock my partner.
I moved in from the side and took a position. When he punched I was going to hit him. And I could feel this manic glee, and I had a vision of this fellow flying through the wall and into the accounting office next door.
I was about to tap into my art big time.
He started to move, and I shifted.
He looked at me.
Back to my partner, he started to move, and I started to move.
And this happened a couple more times, and the guy gave it up.
I had split his intention, and destroyed his purpose, simply by understanding it, and moving into it.
Not as good as Bob, but it certainly stopped a fight and saved my partner.
Interesting people, these fake black belts, they think it is about fighting, when it is not about fighting at all.
Have you looked into studying the Kang Duk Won yourself? This is simply the best online Karate course in the world, filled with videos, rare books, and some pretty darn amazing instruction.
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