Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Martial Arts Spirit

Today was a very interesting and heartfelt day. About a month ago, I was contracted to conduct a seminar at America's Best Defense in Attelboro Mass. Two weeks ago the owner, Paul Garcia, informed me that a student of his had suddenly past away and had no life insurance to boot. He was a father and grandfather.

After losing my own father when I was 12, I felt the need to "pay it forward". Paul asked if I could do anything for the family as his school was going to direct all seminar proceeds to the student's family. My mentor, Tim Barchard and I discussed it, and we came up with a plan to donate my seminar fee to the family. It was the right thing to do. We had over 100 attendees and raised over $8000 for the family. That is the true spirit of martial arts, helping others out in need.

Article about this special seminar