Here's a classic pic of some amazing martial artists! 5 Grand Champions that day. They all started as small children and grew up to be not only amazing martial artists, but amazing people who are part of a beautiful community.
How do we as martial arts instructors affect change in society? By partnering with the student to bring out the very best in them, help them grow, and realize their true potential. I always say, if you become a better person through your training, you make your family stronger. If your family is stronger, your community is stronger. If you help make your community stronger, we as a society become stronger. No hateful rhetoric. No blaming. No "I didn't get a fair chance". Only through hard work, determination, and care will you overcome.
Much love to those pictured: Master Fred Forsberg, Master Shelby Williamson, Master Brianne Williamson, Mr. Taylor Ward, Mr. Panos Lekkas, and Mr. Niko Lekkas. We see here educators, brilliant Masters, honored military who served our country, amazing parents, an officer of the law, business managers, and simply great students.