Martial artist expert believes in accountability

Familiar Faces
By: Menka Belgal, Telegraph correspondent
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Scott Garrett’s (better known as Professor Garrett) day job is working as a dispatcher for All West Coach Lines. His other is a Martial Artist. Along with his wife, Lisa, Scott Garrett founded Garrett’s Karate Center in March of 1993, a 6,400 square foot facility (the largest state-of-the-art facility in El Dorado County). He currently teaches at Full Throttle Fitness in El Dorado Hills, and just opened another one at the Health and Wellness Center in Folsom. A third will be opening in Cameron Park at Mueller’s Elite/Full Throttle Fitness. Prior to that he ran Garrett’s Kenpo Karate, owned by his father. How long have you studied the art? I’ve studied Martial Arts for 41 years, and taught for nearly 34 years. It has been a family affair. I’ve had the opportunity of teaching the 4th generation, my grandson, Max Burton. Within the Garrett family there are over 150 years of experience. Over my teaching years I have promoted over 100 students to Black Belt, two (one being my wife) with the highest ranking as a 4th Degree Black Belt. What arts do you teach? The main arts that I teach are American Kenpo, Aiki Jiu-Jitsu. We also teach weaponry, Choy Lay Fut, Hun-gar. My father is a Grand Master 10th Degree, and Tai Chi master. My most recent ranking was awarded a 10th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate. Our lineage goes back to both Grand Master Edmund K. Parker, and Raymond Duke Moore (the first to open a commercial dojo in the U.S. in 1944 in San Francisco on Market Street). My father also has other lineage on the Tai Chi side. What music do you enjoy listening to? Personally, I enjoy music from the 70’s and 80’s, and my favorite band is Journey. What are some of your hobbies? I like weightlifting. Some milestones there are: benching pressing 440 lbs., lifting 860 lbs., leg pressing 1,250 lbs., and curling 240 lbs. I am also an avid gun owner, and shooter. I enjoy ATV riding, water skiing, snowmobiling, boating, and scuba diving. My wife and I have gone diving in the Grand Cayman Islands and Cozumel. Another favorite pastime my wife and I enjoy doing together is riding on our Harley-Davidsons to various National Parks and sites. Together we’ve covered quite a few miles, and soon are planning to go to Glacier National Park. Tell us about your family. My wife and I have six children, and 11 grandchildren. Some of our kids are spread out over a few states. What are you most proud of? I am very proud of my children and all their accomplishments, they are successful parents, in business, technology, entrepreneurs, and are raising great kids. I am also very proud of my wife. She is the principal of Ponderosa High School, and 4th Degree Black Belt in karate. She is a very talented artist as well. My son, Brent, just completed the Boston Marathon not long ago. I could go on and on about the kids, grandkids, and my wife but we’ll probably need another article for that. Do you give back to the community? Garrett’s Karate Center is involved in sponsoring an Open Karate Tournament this year with the proceeds to benefit Fallen Warriors. One of my students, Joe Dominguez, is spearheading the event. We are looking forward to a great turnout, and community support. My brother-in-law, Joe Bean, is a Medal of Honor recipient from Desert Storm. What are some of your other accomplishments? I have pretty much been self-employed my whole life from having such businesses as a bus and limousine business, driving school, mobile billboard advertising, and martial arts. I have written eight books on the martial arts and produced about eight DVDs. What is your philosophy at the karate school? It’s hard training, accountability, earning what you receive, respect, self-discipline, and being honorable. Our students are given nothing, they earn it. If they fail a test, they fail, and then come back the other time to do better. I can’t tell you how many times that failing someone when they weren’t ready has benefited them tremendously. Our society is so wrapped up in giving rewards for everything and so fearful about failing someone. This is destructive to helping people build character, learning to persevere, and the old forgotten principle of delayed gratification. Too many, schools are like belt factories with too much concern for money, that they forgo important things. I have always said that any owner of a karate school needs to look at the program they are providing and answer the question; is this good enough that I (owner), would love to be enrolled in for myself and take the journey. If the answer is no, then something needs to change or your selling yourself short.