From my favorite Tumblr Blog, “Teaching Literacy” —from this morning. Someday, sooner than later, I will (intend to) turn my attention to the connection between books, reading, literacy, and the martial arts school in today’s world.
Imagine the photographic documentation of the personal libraries of 1000 martial arts students and teachers. Imagine 1000 + schools, all over the world, adding reading as a curriculum component in their youth curriculum.
Imagine teachers, school teachers, having all of these gung-ho martial arts kids in their classes that are building their own libraries, reading, thinking and talking about what they’re reading and learning —and all because their highly influential martial arts teachers have hammered home the value of a good book, the value of turning off the media and focusing, and the appreciation for what books do for —mean to —the world.
Linda Lee Cadwell, Bruce Lee’s widow, once told me that she and Bruce were very poor when they were living in Oakland —but she said that no matter what, Bruce Lee always found some money for books. He scoured the used book stores in the Bay Area, looking for new works to add to his reading library. How can you not dig that? (Here’s a link to Shannon Lee showing her father’s book collection: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFWeLM5h7Dg)
I imagine martial arts schools so inextricably connected to reading and literature and books, that parents automatically and without blinking link our training to the enjoyment of the written word —and education in general. After all, isn’t knowledge / literacy, really, the ultimate form of self-defense?