A note from a student …

A note from a student …

Hi Sensei, I recently tested on Saturday, April 27, 2024, and I wanted to express my gratitude and my happiness from my recent test. I am currently a brown belt at this time. I learned that my belt does not always need to be on physically for me to show that I am a...
Feedback from a student …

Feedback from a student …

Hi Sensei, Overall I felt much more confident and stronger for this test than my first.  Once again I am benefiting from the wealth of knowledge from you, my fellow students, and the skool app. My number one take away, beyond the blessings of a strong group of...
Black Belt Experience

Black Belt Experience

Hi Sensei, I hope you are well! I wanted to share with you Skyler’s college essay for his applications. I had no part in picking the topic or writing the essay. I only saw it last night for the first time. I thought you might enjoy reading about the profound impact...
Martial Arts History Museum

Martial Arts History Museum

Visiting the Martial Arts History Museum in Burbank is an inspirational and reflective experience. Enjoying the tour with my son, also testing for his Black Belt this year, made the experience even more fulfilling.  The combination of history and inspiration is...
Visiting the Self Realization Center

Visiting the Self Realization Center

Visited the Self Realization Center today. We were told by three staff that “kids don’t do well in the 30 min meditations” discouraging us from bringing them. I assume for fear that the kids would disrupt the guided meditation. It was enough pressure that I argued...
Raising a plant

Raising a plant

What does raising a plant have to do with becoming a Black Belt? On Tuesday, Sensei Fariborz asked me to make a video with him to talk about the BBC project we were given to raise a Persian Basil plant from a seedling, the benefits related to becoming a Black Belt...
Sensei Robert

Sensei Robert

Amir KhalighiMr. Robert embodies all that I look up to as a teacher. His heart is in everything he does and asks for nothing in return. Rick BinderMy first teacher and still the one that stands out. Thank you Mr. Robert Ziv RechanyDear Mr. Robert….It’s been many...