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A Hawaii Student and the Stick

This is a parable.

There was a ferocious Karate instructor, known for brutalizing his students. Three students visited his dojo in Japan and sat seiza before him.

The first student was a Japanese from Japan. The instructor approached him with a gnarly stick and asked, "Do you want me to beat you?" He bent down and the student whispered "Hai."

The instructor hit the student from head to toe, covering his body with painful welts.

He approached the second student, a Japanese from the mainland and again asked , "Do you want me to beat you?" He bent down and the student whispered "Yes."

Once again, the instructor beat the student with a vengance.

The two battered students rubbed their wounds and turned to watch the third student, a Japanese from Hawaii.

The instructor approached and again asked, "Do you want me to beat you?" He bent down and the student whispered his answer.

The instructor handed the stick to the Hawaii student and left the room.

Amazed, the Japanese student from the mainland asked the Hawaii student, "What did you say?"

The Hawaii student answered, "I said, no thank you. But if you like, I can continue to beat these other guys for you!"

Hawaii students tend not to take unnecessary abuse. This is not because they are lazy or disrespectful, but because they are practical and not overly impressed by high titles and rank. They see brutalization for what it is.

Hawaii students will only take so much. Then the attacker better be ready to get it back.

Actually, the Hawaii student would probably have said: "Listen, you better put down that stick if you know what's good for you."

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin