In Totally Christian Karate there are no kicking or punching techniques in the first two levels. We start with avoiding because the art assumes that we are:
2.Out of Shape
7. Caught off guard
Ideally none of these is the case. However as a Self-Defense art we must assume they are and train to be effective anyway.
An art that cannot be effective under all these conditions might be an effective military combat method or a winning sport method or even an effective brawling method but they are not a Self-Defense Method!
So in Totally Christian Karate we do not go head to head or exchange with the attackers. We make sure everything bad happens to the other guy. Our desire is not the destruction of the attacker but our self preservation or the preservation of someone else because that person is created in the image of God and He loves them.
Spiritually, I never try to do wrong for wrong or exchange word for word with someone that may be verbally attacking me. I think of others more than myself. I remember all of the times in my life that I may have attacked someone verbally. I avoid the offense, turn the other cheek and look for the opportunity to share truth with love. This takes practice.
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noun \ˈglət-nē, ˈglə-tə-nē\: the act or habit of eating or drinking too much
What does the Word of God say about “gluttony”?
[Pro 23:1 NIV] When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you,
[Pro 23:2 NIV] and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.
[Deu 21:20 KJV] And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son [is] stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; [he is] a glutton, and a drunkard.
[Pro 23:21 KJV] For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags.
So what that I am a few pounds or maybe even more than a few pounds overweight? What does that have to do with my love and devotion to God? Who really cares anyway? These are some of the rebellious defense thoughts that my flesh spews when confronted with the lie of Gluttony.
I know, my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. But is it really about the physical health of my physical body? If it were, those who have medical illnesses would be in peril of accusation of the enemy of not loving the Lord. So maybe it’s not about the outside flesh but a matter of light and darkness that dwells within this body of flesh in my heart and will. The Temple is a place where the Lord dwells and we meet with Him. So the question is, “Has my temple been defiled by a lie of the enemy?” What is the thought that allows me to continue to over eat?
My thoughts that lead to gluttony are justified by the whispers of my enemy. It can be justified selfishness, pride and rebellion of wanting what I want when I want it. Deceived into not really caring about how the Lord feels about it. I forget about the starving and dying. The neighbors not far away that go hungry each night.
It has been written that physical longevity of life is gained in the gym and weight loss is gained in the kitchen. Does God really care if I am “FAT”. Probably not, but He sure cares about my reckless behavior of self pleasure.
Here is a physical and spiritual self-defense technique to remind me of the truth that Jesus is there and loves us.
Strong Foundation, Strong Defense is well-known to experienced martial artists but hard to learn for the novice.
Focusing on our Foundations forces one to look at what our feet are doing. Where they are placed and what direction they are heading. We then start to examine the strength of our balance and distribution of weight on each foot. If our Foundation never stands firm and is constantly shifting, our balance and control of weight distribution is compromised. This Foundation also connects to our core or what we call heaven , in Totally Christian Karate (which is where our power comes from) or our “Home” in Gentleness in Motion. We first, have to learn the correct technique of the Foundation. Second, we have to find the correct distancing of our feet for our own body. Third, we have to practice just standing in that Foundation. Fourth, we have to learn how to walk in that Foundation. Fifth, Learn to walk from one foundation into another, forward and backward. Now the rest of our Defense is ready to be added without compromised power and agility.
So be patient beginning students. This process takes a tremendous amount of focus and practice. If you have not practiced each step of the process at least 100 times you have not been formally introduced yet to that Foundation. After 300 repetitions you should start to feel comfortable. Don’t be deceived that you can skip this step and be effective. You will have movement but no power!
The same process is in effect with our Spiritual Self Defense. Take the time to learn and grow in the Foundations of your faith. First, we learn the name of the technique. Second, we memorize a scripture for that technique that we can explain what it means. Third, we do the Bible Study for that technique to get the balance. Fourth, we practice walking and doing. Fifth, we can go from subject to subject, doing, speaking the Word of God to edify, correct and warn those God loves.
Strong Foundation = Strong Self-Defense
[Gal 5:1 NIV] It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
[Pro 4:14 NIV] Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers.
[Pro 4:15 NIV] Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
[1Th 5:16 NIV] Rejoice always,
[1Th 5:17 NIV] pray continually,
[1Th 5:18 NIV] give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
[Eph 2:19 NIV] Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household,
[Eph 2:20 NIV] built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
[2Co 10:5 NIV] We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
The bondage of coveting is subtle and powerful. It accuses our Father in Heaven, instills in me a feeling of lack in my life and separates me from others. Life seems boring and dull with the false hope that fulfillment is right in front of me if I only had what that other person has. It is a lie from the beginning that needs to be exposed and dealt with.
I find the lie within my mind and take it captive. I don’t let it go into my heart. Then I replace the thought with the truth of the Freedom that Christ has set me free. I begin to pray and rejoice giving thanks walking in God’s will for me in Christ Jesus. I surround myself with the other citizens of heaven yielding to the Chief Cornerstone, Christ Jesus my love. Then I persevere in my love for Him who has saved me until the lie is obedient to the truth.
07072014 Self Defense
Attack – Cross Grab – The Lie = “No One Cares”
Techniques Used – Stand Firm Foundation, Word of Truth, Draw Near to God, Exhortation East-West Sweep
[2Co 1:24 NIV] Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.
[2Ti 2:15 NIV] Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
[Heb 10:22 NIV] let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
[Act 13:15 NIV] After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.”
[Psa 103:12 NIV] as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
The temptation to believe that no one cares will come someday so, stand firm in your faith knowing that the Lord is with you and on your side. You are much more valuable to Him than the birds and grass that He so wonderfully takes care of. Remember all that you have read and studied in the Word of Truth that clearly expresses God’s promises of care for you both for now and into eternity. With a sincere heart draw near to God with confidence knowing that in Christ you are free from any guilt. Listen for words of exhortation from the Lord as you pray in the Spirit. Stand on the truth that as far as the east is from the west the Lord has removed the guilt of our past rebellion against the Lord and loves you so much that He placed them on His Son.
“Everyone needs to know how to protect themselves in a threatening situation,” says Tracy Radford of Totally Christian Karate (TCK). For 20 years, this fifth-level black belt martial arts instructor has been equipping children and adults to defend themselves against both physical and spiritual attacks.
“TCK is a fully insured, safe, humane mixed martial arts program,” she says. “We won’t teach you how to be a bully. We teach only self-defense and containment so that students, ages 4 to 80, can protect themselves and possibly a friend or family member.”
Radford started martial arts training at age 13. “I was a hyper kid. It helped me focus and gave me an outlet for all my energy.” Years later, she met TCK’s founder, Mitch Freistat. She enrolled as a student and became an instructor. When Freistat moved to Florida, Radford took over the leadership of Asheville TCK. “I’ve known some of the students since they were five years old, and many are now TCK instructors. They’ve overcome physical challenges, learning disabilities, and family tragedies. They’re more than students. They’re family—my spiritual children and grandchildren.”
“The physical training supports us in spiritual battles, not the other way around. We may never have to defend ourselves or our loved ones physically, but as Christians we’ll be engaged in spiritual warfare daily.” Integral to TCK training are 104 Bible studies, which are mastered alongside 104 martial arts skills during a two-year period. “Every move has a name, like ‘shield of faith’ and ‘belt of truth.’ Students learn scripture verses with each move.” Every 75-minute class includes cardio warm-ups and stretch drills, learning a new move, working in skill-level groups, Bible study and prayer.
“Everyone is encouraged to give their absolute best, but we also understand that everyone’s best is different,” Radford adds. “I have ADD myself, so I know how effective the TCK system is with students who have learning disabilities. It combines movement with learning and increases their focus and self-control.” TCK welcomes both “at risk” students and children in therapeutic foster care. “Sometimes they only participate for a few weeks or months, but the Bible truths we plant in their hearts each week may produce fruit we never see.”
TCK also offers demonstrations and seminars based on the armor of God, which are suitable for VBS programs, schools, and youth groups. Women’s self-defense classes are available as well.
Because the Biltmore Square Mall closed, Radford is looking for a new facility with at least 2500 square feet. Currently, classes meet at four different area churches—Covenant Community, Biltmore Baptist, the ACTS church, and Trinity of Fairview.
“Other martial arts programs teach that power comes from within you, that you can do anything. At TCK we teach the opposite: power is God-given and we can’t do anything without Him. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, but what empowers us is knowing Whose we are.”
“We take a sport, something active, and make it a part of your daily faith walk.” Martial arts makes it fun, but the spiritual warfare training makes it invaluable for any Christian of any age.
The first class is free, so why not give Totally Christian Karate a chance to “kick” your spirit and body into optimum shape?
For more information about the classes, demonstrations, and seminars TCK offers, visit www.totallychristiankarate.com or call 828.299.7402.
NECK THROW, SHOULDER THROW, HIP THROW
(THE ABYSS) (LAKE OF BURNING SULFUR) (LAKE OF FIRE)
We, the children of God, know the outcome of the battle that we are engaged in. The enemy deceives himself and others, by his pride, that the ending will be different. Remembering that his end is sure will give you comfort and courage to fight the good fight of the faith and not to become weary. You have been set free from the enemy to throw off anything that might hinder your walk with Christ! Those who do not believe will be thrown out from the presence of God, which is not God’s desire for them. He loves them and wants them to be with Him. Heeding these warnings should give us a sense of compassion and urgency to share our faith with others. Keep them in mind as you go out among the world. Be available to be used to snatch someone from the fire.
Whom, in the end, will be thrown out from God’s presence?
What in your life should be thrown out?
To where will the enemies of God be thrown out?
Why will the unbeliever be thrown out?
When can you throw out the things in your life that are holding you back from a better relationship from God?
How do you know that the enemy will be thrown into the Lake of Fire?
How does this apply to your life?
What is your prayer?
What is your memory verse?
GENESIS 18:19; EXODUS 18:21; DEUTERONOMY 16:19-20; JOB 27:4-6,31:1-40;PSALMS 7:3-8, 15:1-5, 18:20, 24:1-5,26:1-3; PROVERBS 3:3-4,4:25-27, 10:9,11:3-5. 12:22, 14:30, 16:11, 19:1,20:7,22:11; ISAIAH 26:7,33:15-16,56:1;EZEKIEL 18:5-9; MICAH 6:8; MALACHI 2:6; LUKE 3:13-14,6:31, 11:42,16:10;ACTS 24:16; ROMANS 9:1, 13:5; 2CORINTHIANS 4:2, 7:2, 8:21; PHILIPPIANS 4:8;COLOSSIANS 3:22-23; 1THESSALONIANS 2:4; 1TIMOTHY 1:5, 3:9; TITUS 1:7-8;HEBREWS 13:18; 1PETER 2:12, 3:15-16
Integrity is seldom found in the world and can be used to powerfully impact the lives of others. Obeying the law, paying taxes, being faithful in marriage. dealing honestly in business, living up to your word, and doing right even when no one else is looking are examples of actions and attitudes of integrity which break down the enemy’s strongholds in other peoples lives and our own. The enemy knows that if he can cause us to compromise our integrity, our effectiveness as a witness for Christ will be lessened. And so he attacks in this area persistently.
There is a great cloud of witnesses counting on your integrity to glorify God and to promote the gospel in love and in truth to the world around you. Be on guard against the enemy’s schemes! Do what is right!
Who needs to have Integrity?
What is Integrity?
Where in your life do you struggle with Integrity?
Why is acting with Integrity important?
When have you acted with Integrity and were persecuted for it?
How does living with Integrity effect your relationship with God?
How does this apply to your life?
What is your prayer?
What is your memory verse?