Everything in life needs to be in balance.
That simple message is what Earl Daugherty and Master Darnell Leak attempt to teach students at Leak’s Karate College in Greenwood, South Carolina. Finding that balance is imperative to personal fulfillment. To reach that balance, students learn the art of Tang Soo Do.
“Tang Soo Do is a very old, traditional art,” Daugherty said. “It will teach you strength, not only physically, but mentally, spiritually and emotionally.
“We will teach you that there is a balance in life and everything needs to be in its proper place. Anything out of season, anything out of line, anything that is out of place is not good.”
Leak’s Karate College teaches mind focus, eye focus and the nuances of life’s balance — the hard and soft, strong and weak, fast and slow. Daugherty calls those the building blocks that anyone can take with them for the rest of their life.
“By teaching them this, we teach them there’s a reason for everything and not every situation has the same response,” he said.
Many prospective students enter the college with the expectation that they will use what they learn to fight. After all, there are a litany of movies, T.V. shows and video games that glorify the ability to use karate and other forms of martial arts in competition or with the goal of beating up an enemy. That is not the purpose of Leak’s Karate College. It is about knowing the fundamentals and having the discipline to get out of an unavoidable, dangerous situation by disabling an attacker.
“You will develop an understanding and the discipline to know how intense you may have to react to a situation or when not to react to a situation,” Daugherty said.
And if a problem arises, one’s focus should not be on overpowering someone with strength or winning a fight, it should be on reacting calmly and using technique to get away.
“You don’t have to beat that person up. You need to disable them long enough for you to get to a safe place,” Daugherty said.
The defining principle at Leak’s Karate College is that they are not teaching a sport. It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about strengthening physical, mental and spiritual health in an effort to find life’s balance.
You can find out more information about Tang Soo Do and Leak’s Karate College on their website.