Let us be honest to start, the martial arts are the study of the science and methods of bringing harm to another being in the most efficient way possible. A martial artist studies the lessons of those who have come before and developed the skills to defend themselves and others in times of combat and struggle against often superior enemies. Skills learned, even in the most gentle appearing arts, can be dangerous and even deadly. A person who trains in the martial arts must understand the philosophy of their dojo and adhere to a code of conduct that reflects that philosophy otherwise risk becoming the evil they claim to stand against.
At Apex we were founded on Christian values which are reflected in out Precept and Dojo no motto. We welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs, but out values never change. You will heard these words recited at the end of classes.
"In quietness and confidence shall be our strength"- This is our precept, which was inherited from Grandmaster Castanza. It's easy to develop an exaggerated ego as a martial artist as you learn techniques that allow you to harm or control others. This precept reminds us that true strength - that of character - comes from the confidence we build as we improve and become more skilled, but must be tempered by a calm and humble manner.
"Bushido no Kun - Character, Honor, Courage, Compassion, Loyalty, Duty & Justice" - Borrowing from the code of the samurai (bushido) our students learn these key words to remind us what a true warrior is inside and outside of the dojo. This is a quick summary of what we believe these virtues to mean as martial artists: