‘Always House’: Martial Arts Teacher Helps Rebuild Satisfaction In Oklahoma Community

KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

In our collection Finding The U.S.A., weve been seeing several of the neighborhoods that comprise the country Donald Trump will certainly quickly lead. Today, we go to Holdenville, Okla., residencehouse to regarding 5,800 people. It has a tiny midtown – banks, dining establishments as well as a few stores. Some are closed.

BROWNIE HARJO: GW McShan started this town October 10, 1895, as well as called it Holdenville. This is the first place – my building.

MCEVERS: Thats Brownie Harjo reading the historical plaque outside the entrance to his martial arts studio, his dojo. Its up a flight an ancient wood stairs – a huge, open area with blue mats, punching bags and also various other equipment. And every Thursday night, a group of youngsters climbs up those stairways for a taekwondo class with Harjo.

HARJO: On your feet. LetsReleases. Sufficient chit-chat. Were going job now. (Unintelligible). Feet with each other, out – jumping jacks. Go.

Ive lived in Holdenville for over 50 years. Ive showed martial arts for over Thirty Years. Hoy, hoy, hoy, hoy, hoy, hoy (ph).

Ive been below at this current place, which is the old Chestnut Equipment Shop, for regarding 5 years. In fact, my grandpa utilized to function below when it was an equipment store. Sam Coleman (ph) – Sales person Sam, they called him – as well as they kept caskets up right here.

One.

UNKNOWN YOUNGSTERS: One.

HARJO: 2.

UNKNOWN YOUNGSTERS: Two.

HARJO: Three.

UNKNOWN KIDS: Three.

HARJO: 4.

Its not a commercial town. Its not an abundant town. Its a bad town. Theres a whole lot of empty structures and residences right here that just – are simply dropping in. And we have the very same problem as the USA has, as much as money grubbing people. Theyd rather see a structure of theirs fall in than to allowto allow somebody obtain some usage from it, you understand.

On your feet. (Unintelligible).

I do not recognizedo not know if Holdenville was ever before terrific, but Holdenville is constantly home. The pride simply type of disappeared recently. Theres good people at Holdenville. A few of the finest individuals Ive ever before satisfied are below, and a lot of them are right below in my dojo, you recognize.

No, other method.

UNIDENTIFIED YOUNGSTER: Like this, Brownie?

HARJO: Let me see. Yeah.

UNKNOWN KID: Such as this? Such as this? Similar to this? Such as this?

HARJO: Were not just here just to punch and kick. Were below to improve ourselves.

UNKNOWN KID: Yeah, create itll be much more much faster.

HARJO: We all have in between 10 to 20 children, ages 12 as well as under.

Say tae.

UNIDENTIFIED YOUNG BOY: Taekwondo.

HARJO: Kwon.

UNIDENTIFIED KIDS: Kwon.

HARJO: Do.

UNKNOWN CHILDREN: Do.

HARJO: Good. Shut your eyes. Neglect regardingForget whatever youve been assuming aroundthinking of.

They all do baseball, football, soccer, basketball where they compete. And also sometimes you needhave to sort of keep in point of view that its a game, that youre completing as well as theres going to be a lota great deal of displeasure developed during after that between you as well as other youngsters and also you as well as moms and dads. The parents desire every kid to be super stars, and also not every youngster is a super star, as opposed to just what I desire here – is every kid is as good a superstar as they can be.

Whos your most difficult opponent? Jocelyn (ph), whos your toughest opponent?

JOCELYN: Me.

HARJO: You are. Thats. You are your most difficult challenger.

I think everyone requireshas to have satisfaction in something. If you do not have pride in something, you lose hope.

Good task. Jimmy, don’t assault me.

UNKNOWN KID: (Unintelligible).

HARJO: Theres excellent here in Holdenville.

One.

UNIDENTIFIED YOUNGSTERS: Hyah (ph).

HARJO: 2.

UNKNOWN CHILDREN: Hyah (ph).

HARJO: This building – this is the earliest structure in town.

3.

UNKNOWN KIDS: Hyah (ph).

HARJO: Its cold in the winter season, its cool in right here. When its warm in the summertime, its hot in here. Its still standing, so this buildings has obtained a lota great deal of character. Its got a whole lot of stories most likely, so I think were simply includingcontributing to the heritage of it.

Four.

UNKNOWN CHILDREN: Hyah (ph).

MCEVERS: That was Brownie Harjo at his fighting styles workshop in Holdenville, Okla. His tale was generated by Alison Herrera, with aid from Emily Wendler. It comes to us from Localore: Searching for America, a nationwide production of AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio. You could discover extra tales at NPR and at Finding The U.S.A.. Transcript given BROWNIE HARJO: GW McShan started this community October 10, 1895, as well as called it Holdenville. HARJO: Were not simply right here simply to punch and also kick. MCEVERS: That was Brownie Harjo at his martial arts studio in Holdenville, Okla.
BROWNIE HARJO: GW McShan founded this community October 10, 1895, and also named it Holdenville. MCEVERS: Thats Brownie Harjo reviewing the historic plaque outside the entrance to his martial arts workshop, his dojo. HARJO: Were not just right here just to punch and also kick. HARJO: Great. MCEVERS: That was Brownie Harjo at his martial arts workshop in Holdenville, Okla.