By Doug Jarrard (re-printed by permission)
As I write, I am aware of the fact that certain individuals will hate and even see me as a traitor, especially those that were deeply involved with me in the practice and study of this cult art.
Few people can really understand why the writer, Paul, wrote in II Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.” The born again Christian has to make a choice between staying in the world or going on with Jesus.
Karate, compared to any other worldly activity, has both good and bad in it, depending on who is in charge and how it is being taught. One has to make a distinction between the ways, pleasures and standards of the world and the ways, pleasures and standards of God.
Compare it to a Christian trying to run a tavern; the two do not go together. It is like trying to blend oil and water; they just don’t mix.
Jesus said in Mark 8:36, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” We are in the world, but not of the world.
Paul writes in II Corinthians 6:17, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord.” With this in mind, the author is exhorting Christians to choose to live their lives any way they want to, but when you meet Jesus Christ, having been washed in His blood and standing in the presence of the Almighty God, it’s a whole new ball game.
Doug Jarrard was an eleven-year member of the karate cult before Jesus Christ pulled him out of the world and “over the wall.” A former second-degree black belt, Doug Jarrard was a U.S.K.A. nationally rated competitor. With six years in teaching, he had karate as his god. This background qualified him to be able to share with you the truth about karate. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)
BRIEF HISTORY OF KARATE
Karate originated about 527 AD, though a weaponless form of self-defense had probably existed in China about 5,000 years ago. The Indian Buddhist and monk, Bodhidharma, who also was called Taishe Daruma, and was the 28th in line of succession from the Buddha or Disshartha Gautama, traveled by foot over the Himalayas to the province of Honan, in China. He was the founder of Zen Buddhism in China.
Daruma started teaching his method of physical fitness in tune with mental fitness and in harmony with nature. It was based on eighteen exercises called shih pa lo han sho. It was a kind of calisthenics in slow motion.
The monks became formidable fighters. Their kind of fighting, called ch’uan-fa or kemp (the first way), is the ancestor of karate. Sometime around 1300 AD, the exercises were consolidated and seventy-two body and fist forms were derived.
In his travels, Daruma had studied various animals. He incorporated the defenses of five animals into shih pa lo han sho – the crane, the leopard, the dragon, the snake, and the tiger. He watched how the crane would bow with one leg and strike with the other. The leopard was stealthy. The dragon had crushing power. The snake was elusive, but had timing and knew when to strike. The tiger had slashing power.
The slow movements and the movements from nature resulted in about 170 forms, which spread all over China. They were used around 1880 by monks to protect themselves from bandits who preyed on travelers. By that time, the forms were known as karate.
A form of weaponless defense called tode, or “fist way”, had developed in Okinawa. Different areas named the particular style of “fist way” for the island on which it was used. Finally, all the styles came to be called karate, or China hand. The Japanese changed the character for “Kara” to another meaning “empty,” during this century. That is what karate means now: “empty hand.”
Psalm 48:10 states, “Thy right hand is full of righteousness.” The karate man’s total body is a weapon – head, elbows, arms, hands, legs, and feet.
Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:15, “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.”
A tremendous change takes place in the spirit of man during the approximate four years it takes one to earn his black belt. Many hours of repetitious kicking, punching, blocking, striking, soon blends and welds the mind and body together as one.
Your spirit man is pushed aside and a new egotistical, soulish man (mind and body) takes over. Your reaction becomes the immediate acting out of your thoughts. You are a swift, powerful, deadly killing machine. The ultimate purpose of many people in karate is to be able to maim, cripple or kill.
Jesus Christ said in John 10:10: “The thief [satan] cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. “
The nature of man in his unsaved state is a dark, dirty “black” nature. He is cleansed by the blood of Jesus and made clean, pure, “white”, a new, born again creature in Christ. Many start in karate as a “white” belt (innocent) and end up a “black” belt. They become morally polluted because of their newfound power. This is a reversal in God’s plan for mankind. Many students are in subjection to the higher belts to be lorded over and must bow down to them. Exodus 23:24, “Thou shalt not bow down to their gods.”
The highest belts, 7th through 10th degree belts, are called “master”. It says in the book of Matthew 23:10, “Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.”
The skilled karate man is soon deceived into thinking that he is a superior type of human being, above the laws of the land and above the laws of God. He is not a vanishing breed of man, but many become part of a demented, twisted breed of their own.
The symbol for many karate schools today is the snake or serpent. The worldwide universal symbol for karate is the dragon. A quick study of the third chapter of Genesis tells us all about the serpent and his role of deception in the Garden of Eden.
In Revelation 12:9 we read, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world.”
How can a Christian attach himself to anything that openly endorses the serpent or dragon symbol? The Bible from Genesis to Revelation clearly instructs and commands us to abstain from all appearances of evil.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (II Cor. 6:14).
We would not bring a rapist into our churches and let him rape.
We would not bring a killer into our churches and let him kill.
The assembly or congregation is to be holy and pure before the Lord. The same applies to karate; we don’t bring it into our churches for any reason.
Christian, you need to repent of this sin. If you are now, or ever have been, involved with any martial art, you might even need deliverance from demon occult spirits. I’ll pray with you. Pray with me the following prayer:
God, in heaven, I pray to You in the name of Jesus Christ. I have sinned against You. I renounce all martial arts (name yours) as a sin and I ask You to forgive me. I break with Satan any vows I might have made in the practice of this art. And I command all spirits of Buddhism and karate to leave my body now in the name of Jesus Christ.
Praise the Lord. I told you the truth would set you free. If this information helped you, pass it on so it can help others also. Stay in the Word, and stay in Christian fellowship.
Your friend in Christ, Doug Jarrard