Secondly, my curriculum has Bible verses to be
learned for each rank. These especially include ones on glorifying God
for our abilities (Ps. 144:1-2, 1 Cor. 10:31, Matt. 23:10-12), designed
to short-circuit pride; spiritual warfare (Eph. 6:10-18, etc.); and the
Biblical view of fighting and
self-defense (Prov. 24:10-12, Prov. 15:1, John 2:13-16, etc.) If you are interested in how I teach these, the Gospel Martial Arts Union has just published my pamphlet, "Christian Philosophy of Self Defense" which you can order from them. Or, I would be willing to send you the manuscript by e-mail (specify MS Word, Wordperfect or text file, please). My curriculum also has reading assignments such as this pamphlet, though there is very little in print from a Christian viewpoint.
Thirdly, starting at 3rd brown, students are required to write short papers on the Christian and martial arts for their rank.
Fourthly, when they pass a rank and get their
certificates, the students must understand and sign the following pledge:
1. To always practice my martial art to the glory of the only true God and His son, Jesus Christ.
2. To never use my martial art for the purpose of glorifying myself.
3. To only use my martial art for defense, never for attack.
4. To defend with my martial art my family and the weak and helpless as well as myself.
John R. Himes