Master Fariborz. His indomitable spirit. His refusal to take “no” for an answer. Master Fariborz has used the word “no” as a challenge his entire life, not an impediment. “No” is not a brick wall to him to go crashing into, stopping all progress. “No” is a brick wall to go over, around, or under to get to the other side and continue on with his journey, using his steely eyed focus to guide him. He came to the United States as an immigrant, speaking only Farsi, or some English with a heavy Persian accent. So what does he do? He masters English and drops the accent all together. In other words, he assimilates. With an innate and deep rooted hunger for knowledge, he seeks out people that can help him with…well, anything that can help him achieve his goals. I swear, if Bruce Lee were alive today, Master Fariborz would find a way to get Bruce Lee to visit TKC, AND put on a clinic or a class or video chat or something. Master Fariborz would get to Bruce Lee through Master Fariborzs incredible web of Martial Arts contacts. And those contacts were built and cemented by making deposits into peoples emotional bank accounts. In other words, Master Fariborz asks a lot because he gives a lot. For a personal example of what I mean, I tried to quit on my 2nd Degree Black Belt team. I said “no” to Master Fariborz. Like I said, Sensei does not take “no” for an answer. Well to make a long story short, I am back with my team. How in the hell did that happen? All of my reasons for quitting are still there, yet here I am, back testing again??? I swear, that mans indomitable spirit is powerful and contagious. I owe Master Fariborz a great deal, and I plan on squaring the books with him someday, somehow.
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