Rotarians Learn About Karate And Self Defense

February 11, 2019

At the Centralia Rotary Club Program for Monday, January 28, 2019, the speaker was Ed Daniels of Ed Daniel’s Karate and Self Defense in Salem. Daniels works as a plumber during the day (30 years) and teaches karate and self-defense at night (40 years) and was inspired by Bruce Lee.
Daniels began his talk with a very interesting history of the art of karate. A martial art is a military art developed for survival. The oldest writings about it say a Buddhist monk from India went through the mountains to China and introduced the Chinese to the martial arts. Over the years people from the island of Okinawa traveled to China and brought back what they learned, but changed it to suit their needs. When Japan took over Okinawa they banned martial arts as it was the time of the Samurai, but the Okinawans still practiced it in secret. In 1921 Karate was introduced to Japan after the Crown Prince saw a demonstration by a man in Okinawa. After World War II some of our U.S. military brought the martial arts back to the U.S. from Okinawa.

Today we see cage fighting on television which has mixed martial artists but many of the participants are not trained. There are many different styles of Karate, many named after the master (head instructor) who many times changed something about the techniques, so the sport is always evolving.

Mr. Daniels teaches a combination-style derived from Shotokan and Kempo Jujutsu. He also teaches two self-defense classes a year for women. The classes cover both awareness and how to disable (go for the eyes) and escape from an attacker. Daniels stressed that people of any age can do martial arts. You just do what you are capable of doing. His classes are for ages five through adult and are structured so that families may train together. Sensei (Master) Daniels also works with a lot of kids who have ADHD and foster kids (as long as they can come long enough for him to help them). At Ed Daniel’s Karate and Self Defense they strive to promote character development by instilling courage, courtesy, integrity, humility, and self-control within their students. This helps not only with self-defense, but in life as well.

A Rotary Leadership Institute will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 2 at the Methodist Church in O’Fallon. This is a three-part, grassroots leadership development program whose mission is to strengthen Rotary clubs through quality leadership education, and it is open to all Rotarians. Not lecture based, Rotarians will engage in discussion groups, problem-solving, even role-playing and simulations about club activities and actions.