The end of the year has had me think not only about what we did this year, but about where we started from. As I reflect on this journey, its incredible to see how far we have come. Blood, sweat, and years have gone into building this dojo. Martials Arts has been a part of my life since the age of 5. In 2002 when i left NY, I had the desire to open a school. After tearing my patella tendon in 2003, I really did not think I would ever be able to realize that goal. Many years later I found myself living in N.C.
A desire to continue to train led to what we have today. What started out training in the park, and with time dedication and the desire to succeed, we slowly grew to a real dojo one student at a time. A dream that started many years ago, actually became a reality. With the support of friends and family and belief in God, something incredible had been created. Without any starting capital, we were able to grow and develop to the point of having our own dedicated space. As much as I would like to say I did it on my own, I cannot take the credit. With the generosity of a few of a few friends who believed in my vision, they helped set this business in motion with financial, moral, and spiritual guidance. Without the support of these truly remarkable individuals, there is no telling where this business would be today.
Running a dojo has been extremely hard work. There have been many times that I thought of just shutting down and giving up. Financial stress, health issues, political issues, lack of student enrollment, time constraints, work/family life balance issues, etc… have all weighed heavy on me and my family at various points throughout the years. But in the end, being able to positively impact the lives of others and continued support has kept us going and has been worth the sacrifice.
With 2019 here upon us, I come to you re- energized, motivated and hungry. I am excited to continue to build on our momentum with a goal of providing the best martial arts experience that I can. With all the lessons that I have learned, I am excited to see where this journey will go take us this upcoming year.
Thank you to all who have supported us throughout these years. Whether it was stopping by, taking a class or just encouraging me. You all have been instrumental in my success. Im looking forward to our continued growth and success together in 2019.
Striving for excellence