Dear Mr. Fariborz,
On Saturday, September 27, 2008, my husband and I witness a powerful and unforgettable experience, which I would like to share with you. When we stood next to you at the ceremony, I had tears of joy and happiness. My heart was pounding, my legs and feet were tingling and shivering as I watched my three kids walk down the candle-lit path. Although they each walked down that path individually for there 1st and 2nd degrees, this time, receiving their 3rd degree was different because they were able to share the experience together. I saw the love and support they shared, especially when they were able to tie each others belt at the end. I now know that this is a bond that they will share for the rest of their lives. I am so thankful to be able to be a part of this event because it has really opened my eyes and shown me that my kids have grown up to be such well-rounded and respectful kids.
I remember the first day, Norman and I took the three kids to your studio. You said, “They are good, but Jimmie is better because of his flexibility.” Back then, Jason was 14, Jennifer was 12 and Jimmie was 9. We started them with a foundation but you took them and gave them guidance. You shared your knowledge and gave them strength and courage. Today, Jason is 25, Jennifer is 22, and Jimmie is 19.
During the dinner, many in the studio came up to my husband and me and gave us many praises and great compliments. They all said, “What wonderful kids you have and how proud you must be as parents. They are such fine kids on and off the mat.” Although we took all of the credit, we know that we knew that part of it had to do with you and your teachings. You continued to push them and challenge them to set and achieve their goals and to never give up. You gave them courage to face the outside world and played a huge part in molding them into who they are today. We are so pleased that our kids have become such caring, responsible, trust worthy, and respectful people, thanks to your guidance. We are forever grateful to you, your past and present instructors and your fine studio.
Lastly, we, as parents are proud and thankful to you. You have acknowledged Jason with such high regards and respects. It was truly an honor to witness this during the ceremony. It is difficult for us to express our thoughts and emotions in words. I know Jason will cherish this honor forever.
We are so fortunate to have you, your lovely Nina, and the children in our lives. We hope you will continue on with your teachings and we wish you nothing but the best in the years to come.