On Friday October 18 students of the Grand Saline ISD were exposed to a message of faith, heart, courage, and determination. Members of the local Wansai International gave a martial arts demonstration showing not just the power of the feet and hands, but the power of the mind as well.
According to the Wansai International website, Wansai translates to “Kings Sword”. Scott Brown, his wife Theresa, daughters Erin Williams and Kyrie Brown, son in law Matthew Williams, Joshua Bavido, Beth Roycroft, and Dave Thomason all entertained the crowd at the high school gymnasium.
Mainly a self defense demonstration, the members kicked, punched, chopped, flipped, and tossed each other around while taking real falls on the hardwood floor.
“We try to incorporate a little humor into our shows, while being able to show off our skills.” Scott Brown said. He added. “We are continually trying to adapt our demonstrations. The best thing is to keep it moving forward.”
Wansai International is a group of well trained martial arts experts who know how to fall without injuring themselves or others.
“We are all very competitive.” Brown said of his group. He admitted. “We have studied and learned the proper way to beat someone up and keep them alive. We are fans of mixed martial arts, but not all the trash talking. All of the people we compete against are some of our best friends.”
Erin Williams grabbed the microphone at one point and told the story of how she worked so hard to become better than another competitor, her rival, that when she made the finals and her rival didn’t, she was stunned not to be competing against her.
Erin would go onto win the women’s championship that night. She says her faith and hard work made it possible to be in the position to win the belt.
Hand to hand combat and weapons routines got the crowd excited but when the lumber was brought out the gym became electric.
Members took turns kicking and punching the one inch thick pieces of wood. Afterwards the members’ hands were still red while they posed for a picture.