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Sergeant of arms

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Offline GM Bobby Rimando

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Sergeant of arms
« on: September 17, 2009, 12:28:58 AM »
I know the answer to part of this question. I can only speculate that this title stems from our military roots. So where did this title come from? Who was Sijo's first sergeant of arms? Why did he implement this? And what was the sergeant of arms function in & out of the do-jo?
Just curious to know if there are many schools that still carry on this part of our tradition.
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« Last Edit: September 25, 2009, 04:31:53 PM by Sigung Bobby Rimando »
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Offline GM ALAN M. REYES

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Re: Sergeant of arms
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2009, 06:34:40 PM »
Sigung Bobby
The Sergeant of Arms was used at the Palama School, The "student" was to answer the "door" to anyone who comes to the school, basically the teaching (Emperado Method) was a "closed door system" and a possible student had to be introduced to the school by someone already training. So if you didn't "know" anyone within the school, you were out of luck. As who was the "first" that would be a hard one, because the duties of the Sergeant of Arms fell on the person who was "second" in the training lineup. So with every changing day, there was a possibility of the duties falling on another student who was in the "second" position. Another duty of the SOA was to watch the door in a "set" position or defensive posture when saying the "Oath of Allegiance" or what we call the "Kajukenbo Prayer". The belief was, that the school bowed their heads in the saying of the Oath, for this was the "ONLY" time where the Kajukenbo student was dropping their guard. So in essence it was the Sergeant of Arms responsibility to "oversee" the safety of the students at that time, the other Blackbelts also were looking in a 45deg. angle when saying the oath also "overseeing" that safety, and to make sure that everyone was giving homage in the saying of the oath.As for carrying on the tradition of the SOA, some schools do it and some don't. It would be a good tradition to bring back, if the KAJ school was'nt already doing it. And the SOA did follow military protocol, at it's inception.
Hope this helps, with all due respect
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Offline RizZ

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Re: Sergeant of arms
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2009, 06:55:29 PM »
Thats very interesting....In another organization, of which I am a member, I was elected to Sergent of Arms....I thought it would be similiar to what GM Reyes was describing, but it was the total opposite!  My duty was to protect those who were being initiated from the members.....I guess the joke was on me....It was quite a challenge.
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Re: Sergeant of arms
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2009, 07:36:54 PM »
Thanks GM Reyes for the history lesson and the answer to a very interesting question. 

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Re: Sergeant of arms
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2009, 09:54:52 PM »
thank you GM Reyes  Your knowledge is awesome!  This was a great post!!
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