In the Fall of 2016, my karate dojo was going through a tough transition period and they needed to find an interim program manager for the kids program. I offered to step in and basically ran the program full-time until they could find a more permanent person. I was there from November 2016 to May 2017, and it was one of the most fun and exciting time I've had as a program manager, an instructor, and a student.
I have been training in Shotokan karate at the ISKF Santa Monica Dojo since 2005. While it may seem like a long time to a novice student, it is a relatively short time compared to the real karate enthusiasts who have been training for decades. Still I really cherished the journey because karate has enriched my life in so many ways. Karate has built me to be more resilient, patient, and humble in every aspects of my life - physically, mentally, and emotionally. I got to travel to many different countries and states and meet the karate family in different parts of the world.
Learning karate and teaching karate are totally two different experiences. I never knew that teaching karate to kids could ever be so fun. I was so fortunate and grateful to all these brilliant and cute kids that had attended my classes. They have probably have taught me more about myself and karate in a brief period of time than what I may have learned over the last couple of years.
Below are pictures of us at a recent tournament and the dojo. Most of my students left the tournament with gold and silver medals - these little ones are just so brilliant and a joy to teach:
Here are some of old pictures of me when I was a competitor and a karate trainee:
And finally, some fun pictures with the karate fam: