Called to Karate? Pastor says God’s Call Can Lead Anywhere.

When someone believes God has “called” them, it almost always means to ministry. Pastor Scot Conway says that God can call someone to anything. More than twenty years ago, he was called to martial arts. Really? Really.
Conway (right) and Guardian Academ Leaders
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April 12, 2012 - PRLog -- In 2004, Scot Conway felt called to ministry.  A year later, he planted a church.  When someone senses a “call from God” that’s pretty much what you expect.  They go into some kind of ministry.

   That was not the first “call from God” Conway received, though.  In 1990, he was called to teach martial arts – not even just teach, but to establish a brand new martial art system.  When he was called, he was only 24 years old.  Bruce Lee started what became Jeet Kune Do when he was 24.  Conway, by his own admission, is no Bruce Lee.

   He did what he believed he was supposed to do.  Drawing on his previous years of experience with various martial arts, he started building a brand new art.  He created new combinations using principles here and there he had learned from masters over the years.  

   Still in 1990, his fledgling art was already to be tested.  Conway was building something new that he intended to protect people from criminal violence.  At just yellow belt (the third of twelve belts on the way to Black Belt), one of the young women training with him was attacked.

   Myrna was walking home from the trolley station after working the closing shift at work.  It was dark, and she heard someone running behind her.  She turned to look, and the man hit her across the face and immediate tore her blouse half off.  She did what she was trained to do.  Two kicks, and the man was down.  She turned and ran.  Minutes later, she was home safe and sound.

   Before the end of the year, Debora, who was a 5’2” Girl Scout leader nicknamed Giggle Bunny was attacked.  Two men came after her and her sister.  The first man grabbed her hard around her neck and eight second later he was bleeding on the ground.  His “friend” ran away.  The police took the attacker away.

   Clearly, Conway was on to something.  What he was teaching worked.  Even so, he was working to expand his knowledge.  

   The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) started in 1993.  Two years before that, in 1991, Conway accepted a fight with Royler Gracie, then the seven time Brazilian National Champion.  Royler soundly defeated Conway in each of two bouts, and Conway got a great education. He credits Royler and Rorion Gracie with starting him on the path that would greatly expand Conway’s wrestling skills.

   Conway’s dedication to follow God’s unusual call was clearly demonstrated.  He even wrote an article for Black Belt Magazine (the world’s leading martial arts publication) explaining the power of Gracie Jiujitsu from the perspective of someone who had actually fought against it.

   There is a very old saying: “When the student is ready, the master will appear.”

   Conway was evidently ready, because it was more than just one master who appeared.  TWELVE masters appeared.  Convinced of Conway’s character and dedication, two Christian masters sought him out.  They sent a third master.  Two more local masters stepped in to help.  Through them, directly and indirectly, Conway continued to meet with master after master.  From each, he gleaned some key idea, some principle, so martial arts concept he could incorporate into his style.  Master K.W. Marx and Master Clement Riedner mentored him through his early years until Conway, too, became a bona-fide master.

   His art continued to be tested.  One student quickly beat a drug-crazed madman who kicked in his front door.  A 60-year old man easily beat an athletic man in his twenties that attacked him.  A woman drove away the two men that attacked her with a single move on each of them.  Again and again, without fail, Conway’s new art worked.  The total is 29 times in 22 years as of April 2012.

   Not only that, but Conway has appeared in over half a dozen major magazines in the martial arts industry.  He has co-authored a book used by thousands of martial arts instructors worldwide.  He has taught other instructors and school owners at world conventions.  For an independent martial artist, all this is very unusual.

   Did God actually call him to be a martial arts mater?  Conway believes God did call him to martial arts just as God would later call him to be a pastor.  The arts, now known as The Guardian Martial Arts, have been proven again and again.  Maybe Conway really is that good.  Or maybe God arranged things to help Conway do what he was called to do.  You can decide for yourself.

   If God did call someone to something as odd as mastery of martial arts, maybe God can call anyone to anything.  You just never know where God will want someone.

About Conway: Scot Conway can be reached at the Guardian Academy, 2782-E Sweetwater Springs Blvd., Spring Valley, CA 91977, (619) 582-8770,  The school websites are and  His church website is  He is available for interviews, guest appearances, and seminars.

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