Karatedo wagi no tesuke. The way of the empty hand fosters justice. Thus proclaimed one of the progenitors of this deadly art of combat.
Taking their cue, police operatives in Western Visayas have started to undergo training on martial arts in a bid to improve their self-discipline and enhance their crime fighting skills, a senior police official said Thursday.
Regional police commander, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., said that organic police personnel in the region will undergo a twice-a-week training in karatedo as of their human resources development.
“The goal of this training is to acquire the skills on self-defense and physical condition. In addition this form of martial arts encompasses arms and legs, which both require discipline and skill,” Cruz said.
The regional commander said that firing a gun should be a final option in neutralizing criminal offenders and every police personnel and at all times must employ maximum tolerance, which requires strict discipline.
“Guns should not be used at all times by our policemen in facing the daily challenges of performing their duties as law enforcers . . . in the past some of policemen have shown that a criminal can be neutralized without using a gun,” Cruz said.
The regional commander said that first participants to undergo karatedo training are police personnel coming from the regional headquarters; Iloilo Provincial Police and Iloilo City Police office.
“These participants will later serve as trainers to our personnel in lower units,” Cruz said adding that the training will be done every Tuesday and Thursday.
The regional commander said that training will be supervised by the Human Resource Doctrine Development. ANTHONY VARGAS