The Importance of the Bible in Christian Martial Arts


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The first thing Satan did in the garden was to question God’s Word. In Genesis 3:1 we see, “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (KJV). As Eve explained to the serpent the consequences of eating the fruit, death, the serpent came up with the second attack, to contradict God’s Word by saying, “…Ye shall not surely die” Genesis 3:4 (NKV). But the attack did not stop there. Satan took it to an even higher level. In Genesis 3:5 Satan had the audacity to question God’s motives by saying, “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (KJV)

            As martial arts instructors we have the attention of our students; they look up to us, admire us, they want to do what we do, they want to imitate us. We have an opportunity to take such respect and attention not to exalt ourselves, but to present the truth of God’s Word. Our students most understand that the Bible is profitable and not just an old irrelevant book. The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 3:16,“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (KJV)

            We must use our martial arts programs to declare God’s truth with no fear and or hesitation. What makes us a Christian program is the Word. In a time where the liberal ideology and political correctness is dominating our culture, it is important to point out that the task will not be easy, but at the end, it is only His Word that He will confirm and not our opinions. Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.” Isaiah 42:9 (KJV)

Announcing the Opening of Casiano’s Martial Arts


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There are thousands of martial arts schools in the United States. Here in Fairbanks, a city of over 90,000 people, we have around 10 schools. So why start another Martial Arts school? Why Casiano’s Martial Arts?

     No doubt that this business is a way for me to make a living. I have six children; two currently in college. So I want to make money; plenty of it, so that I can provide a decent living for my family. However, the reason for Casiano’s Martial Arts’ existence goes beyond making money.

     I desire to make a difference in this community by offering a martial arts program that goes beyond kicking and punching. I desire a martial arts program where my students can truly exercise their bodies, their minds, and their spirits. I want my students to go beyond just learning how to fight. They must learn something far more useful; how to defend themselves and others. I want my students to learn not only practical self-defense, but self-defense that does not require throwing a punch or a kick; and they can achieve this by avoiding certain places, certain situations, certain behaviors and yes, certain people.

     At CMA, we are interested not only in our student’s physical ability to throw punches and kicks, but we care even more about how they are doing at home. We want to know that our students respect and honor their parents. Students are expected to do well in school with good grades and good behavior. We want to positively affect the way our students carry themselves in their daily walk. We want to impart strong values of commitment, honor, loyalty and hard work. We want to be fountains of encouragement for excellence and success. We want our students to have a vision for their life, to establish goals, and to exercise a passion to improve their own communities.

     Furthermore, we present God and our Lord Jesus Christ as the way of life. Our moral teachings are not the traditional martial arts oriental teachings, but the teachings and lessons found in God’s Word. Nevertheless, we will not reject anyone just because they are not Christians. Everyone is welcome.

     We want the youth, we want the troubled, the children, the broken, and the adults that have always dreamt about learning martial arts; and we want you. Whatever your experience is, your motivation or abilities; you will always find something in our program that you will be able to carry for the rest of your life.

     When we started our program in Jacksonville, Florida and later in Gates County, North Carolina; I saw how grateful many of the parents were as they told me how this program helped their children in school and in their physical conditioning. I remember how all of the mothers in my program got together and asked me to open a summer camp as they would rather pay me than anybody else to care for their children. I will always remember that!

     We started our program in Jacksonville, Florida. We expanded the program to North Carolina. Now, we are proud and excited to be a part of the family of the golden city of Fairbanks, Alaska. Come and experience the Power!

Where: JP Jones Community Development Center

Address: 2400 Rickert St, Fairbanks, AK 99701

When: We are set to start in August; registration dates will be announced.

No contracts!

For more information please call Sensei Angel Casiano at

907-888-0117

Also visit our Facebook page at,

 

https://www.facebook.com/casianosmartialarts/info

 

 

 

Farewell From Sensei Angel Casiano


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Today is the end of our Martial Arts Program in this region. We will close with a Rank Testing at 1:00 PM. After the test Angelo, my son will bless us with some homemade pizzas.

      Today, the best of the best of my students will be testing; I must add to that list Mr. Pat Brabble from Ahoskie, who supported our program faithfully.

      Many started, but only a few made it all the way to end. We will never claim to be the best, but we, without a doubt, did our best. Your children exercised their body, their souls and their spirit. The Gospel was presented and we made ourselves available to disciple.

      Perhaps, this Martial Arts Program was a small contribution to this community; but without a doubt it was my greatest contribution. I love you all and will remember you in my prayers.

      In a couple of weeks my family and I will be starting our new lives in the great state of Alaska. Only God knows if I will continue teaching Martial Arts. If this is the end, I am well pleased! I sincerely thank all the parents that trusted us with their children. No one can take away what they learned from us.

God bless you all,

Sensei Angel Casiano

Are You Really Ready For a Real Street Fight?


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In a violent street fight there are no rules, no point-system hits, no tap-outs, no break every three minutes, no referee, no rules that protect the back of your head or below your waist. A violent street fight is not about belts, it’s not about a trophy or how perfect your kata looks, or about a title. It’s not about looking good or promoting your style.

 

            A real violent street fight is about one thing and one thing only, Survival. If when faced with somebody that wants to steal from you, you are able to live to tell the story, you are a winner. If you can talk yourself or run out of that situation unharmed, you are a winner.

 

            In a violent street fight everything around you is to be used to your advantage; any object, the floor and the wall are there for you to use if need-be. In a violent street fight no part of your opponent’s body is off-limits. On the street there is no such thing as fighting dirty, you are fighting for your life.

 

            As a Martial Arts Instructor I find it irresponsible for us not to recreate, as much as possible, real street fight scenarios. Our dojos are consumed with the point-system approach of fighting and with Katas. Many dojos, even when presenting self-defense techniques are really failing to present real life scenarios.

 

            The primary goal of traditional martial arts is to develop character. That character development will help us to stay away from people, situations and places that will lead to violence. Character helps us to fight without throwing a punch by being alert and aware of what is around us.

 

            The second goal of traditional martial arts is for the martial artist to be able to effectively defend himself, his family, the innocent and the weak, even if that means to loose his/her own life in the process.

 

            There is nothing wrong with the belts, trophies and tournaments, but we must keep in mind what the priorities are.

What Our Summer Camp Is and What Is Not


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We had a wonderful time last year in our First Gates County Summer Camp; however, we should get better every year. In our pursuit for excellence, we feel compelled to make a few points very clear to avoid misunderstandings:

1. Our summer camp is not a place where kids come JUST to have FUN:

Our summer camp is hard, challenging, and serious; not to say that we will not have fun.  If your child is allergic to sweating and challenges, this may not be the camp for him/her. We will be challenged spiritually, mentally, and physically.

2. Our summer camp is not a place to hangout or a baby- sitting center:

We have a minute-by-minute schedule of activities. All students MUST participate in those activities; unless, he or she is unable to due to physical impediment. Students don’t come to do whatever they want; students come to learn what we have to teach. This is not Burger King; sorry but they can’t have it their way!

3. Our summer camp is not a place to find your next girl friend or boy friend:

Last year, we dismissed a couple of students that brought in a lot of drama over there little romantic involvement. We don’t have time for that!

4. Our summer camp is not for students that just want to come in for a week or two:

Our summer camp is for students that are willing to work hard in order to be able to test at the end of the camp. We have two students that could become black belts at the end of the camp. We have students that will try to move up to Purple Belt, Blue Belt, Brown and others that will try to come out of the lower ranks. We have a lot of work to do to get those students prepared and we would rather focus on them. We understand that our students may miss a day or two or even a week as they enjoy family summer vacation…there is flexibility for that, but unless the student has an intention to test at the end of our seven-week summer camp, it is best that he/she finds another camp.

5. As always, I will financially work with anybody:

However, if you are looking for freebies, you may want to consider other camps.

6. I am not here to follow up with the Baptist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian or any other denominational doctrine:

We will teach directly out of God’s Word and we will be challenged to change and be more like Jesus as we learn to make HIM the Lord of our lives. For those that are not saved, they will be presented with the Gospel. We are not looking for numbers or just a mouth confession with no heart involvement; we are looking for fruit.

7. The ages for the camp are eight to seventeen years old: There may be some exceptions!

8. New students that have never taken martial arts are accepted with the same conditions as everybody else.

Seven Weeks Martial Arts Summer Camp


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Second Gates County Seven Weeks Martial Arts Summer Camp

I am so excited about this summer camp. It’s going to be a great experience where our children will be challenged spiritually, physically and emotionally. Our daily schedule is as follow:

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Attendance and Prayer

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM One hour of cardio (Walking and running)

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Break

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Martial Arts Class

12 Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Devotional

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM Break

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Martial Arts Class

2:45 PM to  3:00 PM Break

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Diverse Games

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Martial Arts Class

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Clean Up

5:00 PM – Time to go home!

*Schedule is subject to change.

Detailed Information

Ages:                                    8 to 17 years old

Dates:                                   June 10th 2012 to July 25, 2012

Location:                              Gates County Community Center

Hours of Operation:             9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Days:                                     Monday through Thursday

Prices:                                   $60.00 a Week (No Registration Fee)

 

For more information please call us at 252-506-5374 or visit our Facebook Page for more detailed information regarding this very exciting camp at facebook.com/gatescountymartialarts

Introducing Our Logo


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Dear students, parents and friends:

I am so happy to introduce our Good Fight Taekwondo and Kickboxing Academy logo. This logo captures the fact that our program is more than just Martial Arts. As I look at this logo I see a profound meaning. I see a father leading and teaching his son. I see the Great Commission of Jesus as He tells us in Matthew 28:19

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

On this logo you can also see that as the son follows his father, the father is also following the cross of Christ. The cross becomes the center between the proper father-son relationship.  The Red Cross obviously represents the sacrifice of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ; the red represents the blood of Christ shed in Calvary for the remission of sin.

As you see, even as the silhouettes in this logo are my sons and mine, we are faceless, establishing very clearly that it is not about us, that all glory, honor and praise belongs to our Father.

I want to thank God for answering our prayers… to God be all the glory! I want to also thank God for my son Angelo Casiano for administering this task and a very a special thanks to the man that prayerfully made this Logo possible, and who worked so very hard, Mr. Troy Fitz. I hope you like it!

Good Fight Important Up-dates & Announcements


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Please make note of the following announcements:

1. We will not be offering classes at The Gates County Community Center from Wednesday December 19, 2012 to January 4th 2013. We will return with a new schedule starting Monday January 7th 2013. Our new schedule, starting in January 7th 2012 at The Gates County Community Center is as follow:

  • Mondays: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM (All Ranks)

  • Tuesdays: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM (All Ranks)

  • Wednesdays: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM (All Ranks)

  • Thursdays: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (All Ranks)

  • Fridays: OFF

2. Our last Rank Testing for 2012 will be on December 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM at The Gates County Community Center. Make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after testing. Do not eat less than one hour before testing.

3. Registrations for Vidant Wellness Center in Ahoskie starts now. Our schedule there is as follow:

Tuesdays:

  • 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM (All Ranks, children 8 to 12 years old)

  • 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (All Ranks, 13 years old and older / ADULTS)

Thursdays:

  • 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM (All Ranks, children 8 to 12 years old)

  • 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (All Ranks, 13 years old and older / ADULTS)

4. We will have an eight-week Martial Arts Summer Camp at the Gates County Community Center. I am very excited about this camp. We will be giving more in information in the near future.

For more information please do not hesitate to call us at 252-506-5374. Merry Christmas to all and may God richly bless you!

Sensei Angel Casiano

President/Founder

Good Fight Taekwondo and Kickboxing Academy

My Philosophical Contradiction with Mixed Martial Arts


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People study Martial Arts for different reasons. Some just want to get in shape; some want to get involved in diverse kind of Tournaments, some use Martial Arts as a way of releasing stress, etc. I am a strong believer that Mixed Martial Arts is the approach that every serious Martial Artist should take in order to be able to defend themselves from the reality of an unmerciful attack against his/her life. Mixed Martial Arts is a “must” not only in an MMA Tournament, but also out on the streets.

     We should know as much as possible about every form of combat. We should know what to do standing up, we should know what to do if we end-up on the ground, we should know about primary targets to hit, we should know what to do if faced with being grabbed in different ways and, in general, we should know what it means to fight with no rules. We must have a profound understanding that real fights do not possess the beauty presented in traditional Martial Arts. Real fights are nasty and ugly!

      Growing up, my community had unwritten rules; we did not hit anybody in the face who wore glasses, we did not hit anybody on the ground and we stayed away from kicking. It was all straight-up-bare-knuckled punches. I believe that we all agree that the world has become more and more violent and these rules do not exist anymore.

      I love Martial Arts; as a matter fact, I am entertaining the possibility of working on another Black Belt as I engage in the studies of another Martial Arts. However, I am also aware that there are programs that are only emphasizing strictly on self-defense. These programs are not interested in Belts, studying an art for years, learning a new kata, competition, etc. These folks just want to be able to defend themselves. It is here that I believe that the combination of arts and taking what works for us as individuals is crucial.

     I heard a marine Martial Arts Instructor say that in the ring he would probably get knocked-out, but in the jungle he would take that same guy and kill him. That is the kind of the approach for many; they are not interested in beauty, but in the ability to defend themselves against a nasty, ugly and unmerciful attack against his/her life and/or the live of his/her love ones.

     As responsible instructors we must retain the spiritual value of traditional martial arts as the foundation for our program. Our programs should be more than just kicking somebody else’s butt. We must have values, a moral code, the teaching of emotional discipline, etc. In my program I find that and more because my focus is Jesus Christ who is my Savior and Lord. Perhaps many of my students will not grow up to be the next MMA star, but he/she will have an opportunity to meet Christ as his/her Savior.

     Traditional Martial Arts have different valuable things to offer. I find value and purpose in all of them. The idea that you can find it all in one system is rightly outdated. That is why I always say that Bruce Lee was ahead of his time because he understood that we are different as individuals and also that attacks are different. Therefore Bruce Lee promoted a style-less approach to Martial Arts; he took what worked for him and disregard what did not. This is not a philosophy against Martial Arts, but a philosophy against the arrogance of individual styles’ practitioners who claim to be the best and have no respect for other arts.

     I conclude with these words: It may be curious or strange for many of you to understand this, but even as I promote the study of Mix Martial Arts, I am not a fan of MMA Competition. I believe that kind of approach of fighting should be reserved for the streets in cases where your life or the life of loved ones are in danger. The idea of seeing someone getting hit with somebody else’s knees and elbows is a step forward into the days of the violence of the gladiators. It is the response of a violent society that actually finds that kind of activity exciting. This is just my opinion; I welcome yours.

Good Fight TKD & Kickboxing Academy Martial Arts General Schedule to Start January 7, 2013


Good Fight TKD & Kickboxing Academy Martial Arts General Schedule

Mondays:

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Ahoskie Christian School Students Only

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Gates County Community Center (All Ages and All Rank)

Tuesdays:

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Ahoskie Christian School Students Only

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Gates County Community Center (All Ages and All Rank)

5:30 – 6:15 PM Vidant Wellness Center in Ahoskie (Children ages 8 to 12)

6:30 – 7:15 PM Vidant Wellness Center in Ahoskie (Adults 13 and up)

Wednesdays:

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Ahoskie Christian School Students Only

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Gates County Community Center (All Ages and All Rank)

Thursdays:

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Ahoskie Christian School Students Only

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Gates County Community Center (All Ages and All Rank)

5:30 – 6:15 PM Vidant Wellness Center in Ahoskie (Children ages 8 to 12)

6:30 – 7:15 PM Vidant Wellness Center in Ahoskie (Adults 13 and up

Fridays:

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Ahoskie Christian School Students Only

Saturday:

 

10 AM – 12N Private Class

For more information please call Mr. Angel Casiano at 252-506-5374. We are also on facebook.com/gatescountymartialarts and angelcasiano.com