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Mr. Due's View From the Mats

By Mr Due 13 Jul, 2016

Pokémon Go is sweeping the nation at speeds I never imagined. However, I have already seen and heard that people, while trying to “catch them all” have done some pretty stupid things. I am sure that all the Darwin Awards given this year will be to GO players that obsessed with looking at their screen instead of being aware of their safety. If you are going to GO; GO safely. Remember, video games are great, but being safe is IMPORTANT.

1)   Keep your head UP.   First and foremost, keep your head up. You cannot be aware of even the simplest dangers, like walking into something, if your head is always fixed on your phone. Moreover, keeping your head down on your phone makes you far more prone to being attacked because you can be surprised. No matter whether you are texting or playing GO, when you are walking around in public, keep your head up and your attention on your surroundings. It will keep you from being a victim not only of others, but your own stupidity.

2)   Don’t GO and Drive.  If texting and driving is bad, GOing and driving has to be the combination of driving drunk while texting. Never GO and drive. If you are a passenger, don’t suddenly exclaim that there is some Pokémon nearby (just that sudden exclaim can cause an accident) and don’t ask the driver to stop, slow down or otherwise drive recklessly or dangerously. I don’t care if the rarest Pokémon in the world shows up on I-75, don’t slow down and for heaven’s sake don’t stop.   It is a video game. It isn’t worth your life or the lives of others.

3)   SAFETY FIRST.  If you are on foot, NEVER try to get the Pokémon that is in a roadway of any kind. If you can’t get it from the sidewalk, leave it be. It that Pokémon is in midair just out of reach, don’t lean over a railing to try and get it. Gravity is real. This game is not. If that Pokémon is in any place that presents you any danger whatsoever, let it go. You will find it later.

4)   Respect Private Property. Going into someone’s back yard at 1:00 a.m. is asking to be shot, arrested, or bitten by a very protective dog. SERIOUSLY! People get real grumpy at their best, violent at their worst, when they have people creeping around their house at inappropriate times or inappropriate places. GO doesn’t give you a license to be creepy. Building sites, private homes, government properties and the like are not places to GO. GO is not a license to trespass. Be respectful of other people’s property.

5)   Be CAREFUL when you go to the Pokestops, Lures and Gyms.  There are many business and well-meaning people setting them up everywhere in an attempt to get people to visit their shop or business. That is fine. HOWEVER, criminals have already gotten on the bandwagon. There have been reports of criminals setting up Pokestops, Lures and Gyms and robbing people that show up at them. No virtual reality treasure is worth your life or your real property. Be aware and look before you leap. If something doesn’t look right or doesn’t feel right, it isn’t worth it. Keep your head up and be smart. If it doesn’t feel right, it isn’t.

6)   Put on your Head Gear. Seriously, if there is a Pokémon on my floor during class and you have to get on the mats to get it, put your headgear on. I won’t REALLY hurt you. I won’t even stop you. But I will make it an adventure worth remembering, I promise.

7)   BE POLITE and RESPECTFUL in public places.  Parents, I can already hear the complaints of the servers and any fellow patrons of a restaurant if you allow you kids to run around and find Pokémon in dining establishments. We far too often let kids ignore common manners and be part of the dining experience by letting them play on their devices at restaurants because it is easier than making them behave. But if you let them run around and play GO, don’t be surprised if you are asked to leave. Oh, and don’t be upset if they ask you to do so. That isn’t a “them” problem. As a parent, that is a “you” problem.

8)   Never play GO in a learning environment. School, Church, Lessons, Homework, etc. If it is learning time, take their device. GO will be highly addictive. It is meant to be. If you want your child, or even yourself, to learn something, you have to have the discipline to put the device away to really learn something. If they have the device in their hands and are thinking about what the device says, can they focus on the lesson of the here and now? Of course not!

9)   GO is a Pedophiles Christmas Gift.  Seriously! This game will create places where people of different ages will gather playing and enjoying the same activity; something very unique in this day and age. Many of the younger participants are not the type to be out and about to begin with because they enjoy gaming activities that are usually done at home. GO will get people out of the house, which is a good thing. But at the same time, many of the younger participants are insecure, have low self-esteem and introverted by nature. Gather them together and what do you get? I think the military term is a “target rich environment.”

Pedophiles, by their very nature, will do activities that kids enjoy to be around them. Strike up a conversation with them. Develop “friendships” with them. In others words, groom them to be their next victims. I cannot image how joyous pedophiles are right now. Now they have an excuse to be in the same area with younger teens and kids that is considered “socially acceptable.” Meanwhile, the kids and teens are so consumed in what they are doing, they are unaware of potential dangers. Pedophiles are sure to set “lures” and to create “gyms” where the kids will come flocking. Once the game is updated to allow people to trade their catches, watch out. Even the convicted sex offenders that are banned from being around children’s gathering places like schools, playgrounds, and churches are not prohibited from being around these hot spots.

Yes, I know the VAST majority of the players will be well intentioned. But you always have to watch out for those that don’t mean well. Imagine a Croc in the watering hole in those nature documentaries. Lurking. Waiting. That is what pedophiles are doing right now. They are waiting for that young bull or gazelle separate from the heard to take a sip of the water as they swim gently, subtly closer to their prey. They are ready to lurch from those dark waters and take them below. The minute that you bull or gazelle is close enough, they will strike. Don’t be that young bull or gazelle. Be the lion.

Video games are awesome. I play them all the time. In fact, most martial arts instructors are total geeks and gamers. But even when you do something like gaming, you have to be careful and make sure you protect yourself in the REAL world and show disciplined enough to make a game enhance you entertainment experience and not take over your live. More than any game in history, this game has the potential of making people forget that delicate balance because it is so mobile, just like we are. So keep it in check. Never let it rule your, or your child’s, life.

By Mr Due 11 Jul, 2016
I am Mr. Perdue’s 1st student. That’s a pretty cool thing to be able to say. I wanted to write a reflective piece about my 20 years with Mr. Due!

When we first met, I was 7 years old and the school was not even built yet. There was no carpet on the floors (this is before puzzle mats were even available) and the railing was half installed. As I remember it, my mom and I were looking in the window of the school and Mr. Perdue came out to say hello from the cleaners next door. He told us who he was and that the school was opening soon. I told him “I already watch power rangers I know what I’m doing!” He laughed and took our information. He even let me kick a target. I came back for class a few weeks later. Once I finally got started I loved it!

I am currently a 5th degree black belt, married, and own my own small business. However when I started, I was a 7 year old shy kid that dealt with bullying just like a lot of kids do now. Right around the time I got started with TKD I got dubbed by a few kids in school “Power Ranger Kid” Not because I did martial arts, but because I had this really really cool Power Ranger shirt I used to wear to school. It hurt my feelings at the time when they called me that, but martial arts gave me the confidence to let it just glance off of me and not really bother me too much. Partially because Mr. Perdue playfully called us names like Goober (which I learned was a southern term for Peanut. I sounded even more southern back then, if you can imagine that), knuckle head and the like. So very soon, being called the “power ranger kid” didn’t bother me at all.

Over the years, I would meet some of my best friends in class and make some great lifelong connections through different taekwondo events. I have been to 14 summer camps, 6 black belt conferences and probably close to 50 tournaments. I learned that it didn’t matter if you win or lose. I didn’t get my first medal until I was a 2nd Degree. But at those events, I have met some of the most fun and talented people who push me to get better every time we get together. I learned that you really compete against yourself more than anyone else.

One of the things in the past 20 years I always have to give Mr. Perdue props for is he still spars TODAY…he still works out hard TODAY…and he is still scary TODAY. I have seen Mr. Perdue with a broken nose keep sparring at testing, break his foot just before testing and test anyway, break his wrist and kept breaking wood at a charity event, broke his chin and keep riding, I don’t know too many people who can say they pushed through life like that. I think in 20 years I have learned more from that than anything. Sometimes life won’t go your way, but you just need to keep pushing hard and it will all work out for the best. Not too many people know I’ve had 3 “no- changes” but after each time I learned and got much better because of it.

As I am writing this and trying to think of how to condense 20 years of memories into a short blog and not make this require chapters to finish, but I will leave you with one of my coolest memories of the past 20 years. Nation testing January 2010, I was a 3rd degree senior testing for 4th degree and Mr. Perdue was a 5th degree testing for 6th degree. For those of you who don’t know, going from a 5th degree to 6th is your last testing ever. 6th degree is considered Master. The only 2 people testing from our school were the two of us, which is odd because Westerville usually tests anywhere from 5- 10. Before we went out I said, “Perdue we are going out with 8 bars between us, and we’re coming back with 10!” Of course during sparring I got a cut in my eyelid and had to keep going…just like I planned right? But sure enough for his last testing he passed and became 6th degree and I passed and became 4th degree. I still feel like from being the shy, first student I was, to testing next to my instructor and both of us passing was such a memorable experience I’ll never forget.

I am excited for the next 20 years and me becoming a 6th degree Master soon myself in only 2.5 short years! If you are not taking class somewhere, give it a shot because I had fun at age 7 and I still enjoy this just as much at age 27. See you at the next event!
By Mr Due 09 Dec, 2015
Once upon a time, when the school was younger, there was this Dad. He meant well. He really did. But there came a time when the instructors had to just step in and tell this Dad to shut up and let them do the teaching, not him!

web white Belts 2 copyThe boy was a good kid. He usually behaved in class but not always because he was, after all, a typical seven year old boy that just loved life as a seven year old boy should. At times, he would misbehave on the end of the rail as he and his buddy would push and shove a little to see who got to go first. Sometimes he would play with the target instead of holding right. He would do the head bob push-ups just so he could be the first one done; or he would just keep talking and laughing with one of the other kids when he was supposed to be listening. But most of the time he would try real hard and he was making good progress. But on those days when he was being… well, a seven year old boy, it drove his father nuts because the father KNEW he could do better.

It was on one of those days when the seven year old boy was being exceptionally seven years old, the father said something just the wrong way and the instructors had had enough. Mr. Dominach (who now has his own school in Independence, KY) was running the floor and he grabbed the dad and put him in the office. I could tell he was ticked. I also could tell the Dad was in for it that day. As soon as the Dad sat down, Mr. Dominach LET HIM HAVE IT!

“Mr. Perdue, you have to knock it off! You are expecting too much of Jeremy and you are killing his love for Taekwondo. I am in charge of his training, NOT YOU. Just like you told me when Jeremy started! From now on, when Jeremy is taking class; YOU ARE IN THE OFFICE!” I went to say something stupid like “Hey, this is MY school.” when I saw that Mrs. Morgan (my manager) was standing behind him with her arms crossed. It was a full Coupe d’état. I held up my hand and yielded. Not because I wasn’t in charge; but because I knew, as an instructor, they were right!

While I always meant well, that is when I realized that I was the worst Martial Arts Dad EVER! For the next several years, whenever Jeremy was in class, I sat in the office. No matter how well I trained the other kids and even the instructors that were teaching my son, I had to understand that I was not the best instructor for my own son. Why? Because I was superimposing my desire for his success on him rather than letting him discover the desire for success for himself. I was depriving him of learning his own self-focus and self-discipline instead of that which I imposed on him.

As the years have passed, I understand now from experience that sometimes our parental criticism can do far more harm than good. As parents we have to remember that athletics is about the process as much as or more so than the results of any particular practice or game. The longer they participate, the more lessons they will learn. So the key is make it enjoyable so they don’t get discouraged. Does that mean everything should always be rainbows and sunshine where everyone wins all the time and the coach should never give direct evaluation on performance and effort? Far from it! They should have setbacks. They should see that their efforts in practice contribute to results on game day. The coach SHOULD hold the kids accountable for their effort and their performance. That is where the kids learn life skills through athletics.

However, in the vast majority of cases, coaching from the sidelines adds an additional negative layer to their efforts that is unneeded and, in most cases, unwarranted. What is the fun in that? No matter how qualified we may be in that sport, we as parents should back off and let the coach do it. That way when the setbacks do occur, as they should, we can there with the ice cream and the pat on the back to make that little setback seem insignificant and very temporary so they can focus on the next game, match, practice, etc. No matter what the sport or the athletic activity, what our kids need most from us isn’t our criticism, but our support.
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