30 Years and Going STRONG!
In 1988, I became a partner in a martial arts school, American Eagle Taekwondo. After four years, my partner wanted to focus on his chiropractic practice and I wanted focus on growing the school. At that time I had approximately 45 students and was conducting classes after 5:30pm during the week and on Saturdays, as I had a full time sales job. Primarily, I treated my school as more of hobby and a place that I could keep a steady flow of training partners to prepare for my fights as well as gain a few dollars from instructing children. It was also a great place for my children and niece and nephew to train and learn the martial arts.
Life changes occur on a regular basis. It’s what you do with them that make the difference. Several personal life, national and career events occurred from 2001-2003 and I found myself divorced, surviving the bombing of the Twin Towers during 9-11 and out of a full time job. At that point I made a conscious decision to go full bore with my passion and life’s dream - to be a full time trainer and studio owner.
Needless to say that it wasn’t all “rainbows and unicorns”; the financial burden upon me was huge, between alimony, child support, insurance, providing for my children etc...I went back to bouncing at night, and assumed more private students. Catching naps when I could, since I’d bounce until 2:00 or 3:00am and some days had private sessions at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00am, I’d bed down on an air mattress and shut the lights in the studio until the noon classes started and then I’d be up and running again. I didn’t think that this would be my life at 42, but I had a vision.
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