New Koncepts Karate empowers students
     2012-08-09      By Elizabeth Gross    elizabethgross@geringcitizen.com
Courtesy photo - Koncepts Karate instructor Randy White demonstrates a move with assistance from fellow instructor Donny Schmalll. Koncepts Karate holds open classes each week on Mondays and Wednesdays in Gering. 
Courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit; these are the five concepts that students learn at Koncepts Karate. Students are not only given the tools of self-defense but a philosophy to use in their day-to-day lives. While the locations have changed throughout the years, the long running karate school has now found a home in Gering.

Koncepts Karate was founded by Gering Police Chief Mel Griggs. Griggs had been teaching karate in the area for many years.
The spirit of the school now stays alive with the help of Randy White and Josh Blythe. “Eight years ago, he started working with us and got us trained. Then turned the school over to us,” said Randy White, instructor at the school.

White has been involved with the martial arts since the late ‘70s. White’s inspiration for learning the martial arts came from being bullied in school. “It was still around back in the ‘70s, even though we think it’s a new phenenomen but it isn’t,” said White.
Josh Blythe is also an instructor at Koncepts Karate. He began his karate training in the second grade with Griggs. Blythe had been a long time fan of the martial arts. “The self discipline, it was what drew me in,” said Blythe. Blythe contacted Griggs in 2004, where he and White trained before taking over the school. “Randy and I worked our way up. He (Griggs) gave us the school and we’ve kept it going,” said Blythe.

The philosophy of the school is centered on five concepts: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit. “We try to instill in the kids and adults these concepts,” said White. “By using the five concepts, it is a philosophy that students can use to have a better life.” Both instructors have used the martial arts as a means of discipline and philosophy in their everyday lives. A philosophy they hope to pass on to their students.

“Through martial arts we hope we empower people,” said Blythe, “To be their best, never give up, and to always persevere.” Along with the core five concepts, White and Blythe encourage their students to come up with their own concepts based on their personal strengths.

Koncepts is a faith based school, however; it is never forced upon its students. There is a combination of western and eastern philosophies that are used simply as a guide in helping students find their own middle ground.

Koncepts Karate is a combination of the various forms of martial arts. They offer certifications in both Koncepts and Tae Kwon Do. By using various forms of martial arts, students are able to learn off of their strengths. “There is something you can do because you have your own talents,” said Blythe. The school has had various homes throughout the years but now is established in Gering. They were working out of a basement in the Gering Baptist Church before they were referred to Rich Castro. Castro was in charge of the building and was the previous home to Crossroads Café. The size and location was ideal for the school.

With more open space, their students now have plenty of room to perform the various exercises. Equipment can now be stored at the school, something the duo had not been previously accustomed too.
Koncepts Karate is always accepting new students.

There are classes available for both children and adults. Children classes start from age six and up, junior classes for children 10 to 13, and adults from 14 up. Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays and cost just $35 a month. Children are asked to wear uniforms, however; adults can wear street clothes. No student is ever turned away. If finances are a problem, a plan can be made to ensure participation for all students. Contact Randy White at (308) 631-9615.

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