I frequently remind people why I started teaching martial arts; because at the age of six I was diagnosed with Leukemia. I spent almost two years in the hospital. The disease damaged my body, and so did the treatment. Back then, chemotherapy and radiation therapy was caustic. In fact, I am supposed to have nerve damage in my legs. I am not supposed to be able to raise my leg above my waist!
I remember when I was about 13 or 14, and my parents brought pictures of me kicking above my head, flying through the air and breaking boards. The doctors said that was impossible! It wasn’t impossible, it was just that no one had told me otherwise, so I believed I could.
I LOVE what I do. I am really committed to helping people achieve their goals. Until the day my daughter was born, I used to say nothing made me happier than being on the mat teaching a class. Now, after being with my daughter and my wife, being on the mat is still a solid third 🙂
All this being said, I really wonder sometimes why some people don’t “get it”? By this I mean, in order for things to work, for me to teach and you to see results, there are some simple things that people have to do. Believe it or not, we don’t do things just to make your life hard, and if you work WITH US rather than against us, you just MIGHT see some positive results.
Still, I am happy to say that 99% of the people we work with are wonderful and we consider them part of the family. I am a lucky man indeed.