Flashback Friday. Cutting the ribbon at our grand opening.
17 years ago I had a dream of starting my own business and opening a kung-fu school. Young and ambitious, I took the leap of faith and left Corporate America. At the time, my young vision couldn't possibly see almost 20 years later. I was just excited to teach kung-fu at my own location that i had keys to as well as develop my martial arts. One of the (if not the only) black owned businesses in the community I grew up in standing the test of time is one of the most surreal things in my life. Several hundreds if not a thousand students later within our tenure, multiple programs implemented and disbanded, financial errors, and amazing triumphs, I'm not only still here...but getting better! Special thank you to Mr. H for inspiring and assisting me with this dream, Master Anderson in Little Rock, AK, who showed me light in my low time on a business trip for my Corporate America job at the time by saying "if you do this for the kids, God will not let you fail!" An enormous thank you to my parents who thought I was crazy when I told them I was leaving my job but believed in my dedication and passion. And thank you to every student who ever walked through the doors, signed up, and believed in me enough for me to share my system and my beliefs. Thank you to my Master instructor Sabomnim Mountainbear for teaching me and thank you for your shrewdness - for this was what truly helped me develop. May you rest well knowing your martial arts legacy has continued. Shout out to all my old school people who know the school as YAKFS! Whether your YAKFS or Martial Way, I appreciate and love you all. #blessed #kungfu #inspiration #teachthekids #humbled