YAH Believes that Black Lives Matter.
Updated: Sep 5
Nothing goes against our philosophy at Yah Karate or against the tenants of Shotokan itself more than unjustified or excessive violence.
We are deeply disturbed by recent acts of such violence, especially when perpetrated by those whose sworn duty is to protect. Although karate teaches us to be strong fighters, it is important to remember that the purpose of martial arts training is to nurture and maintain peace both within ourselves and the world around us. With the ability to harm comes the responsibility not to do so.
We respect those using their voices and power to defend and protect the oppressed, and stand in solidarity with those who advocate justice. Our hearts go out to the families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and all others who have been systematically abused by a society designed to silence them.