Four martial arts students all decided to climb Pikes Peak.  One went up the north side, one the east, one the west and one the south.  As they each walked up the mountain, they saw different things.

The kempo student walked up the north side.  He saw the entire Front Range all the way up to Denver.  He thought to himself “Surely this is the most beautiful view in the world. This view must be far better than what my friends can see on the other sides.”

The judo student walked up the east side of the mountain.  From there, he could see all of Colorado Springs and across the plains toward Kansas.  He thought to himself “Surely this is the most beautiful view in the world. This view must be far better than what my friends can see on the other sides.”

The taekwondo student walked up the south side.  From there, he could see the down to Pueblo and the mountains to the south.  He thought to himself “Surely this is the most beautiful view in the world. This view must be far better than what my friends can see on the other sides.”

The kung fu student walked up the west side of the mountain.  From there, he could see the great Rocky Mountains and the Continental Divide.  He thought to himself “Surely this is the most beautiful view in the world. This view must be far better than what my friends can see on the other sides.”

As they each got near the top, they could see one or two of their friends in the distance.  And because they were near the top, some of them started to see some of the same sights.  They would call across to each other, pointing out particularly beautiful views.

Finally, they all reached the top of the mountain, came together and shook hands.  They congratulated each other on their perseverance and hard work to reach the top.  At first, they told each other of their walks up the mountain and how they had each seen very different things.  They started to argue about which path up the mountain was the most beautiful.

Then they stopped to look around.  Now all four of them could see to the north, east, west and south.  Their views were all the same no matter what path they took to get there.  They realized that it was silly to argue about which path was best.  They were all beautiful and they all led to the top of the mountain.

The martial arts are like that.  Life is like that.

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, Assistant Professor at Pine Creek

Assistant Professor DiPentino began his martial arts career in July 1, 1985 where he began studying Chinese Kempo-Karate at the Highplains Branch of Universal Kempo-Karate Schools Association in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He received his Black Belt in 1989 and received his 8th Degree Black Belt in June 2012.

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