Words of Wisdom - CONFIDENCE



Self confidence is situational

Most people aren't aware of the fact that self confidence levels changes according to the activity they are doing. For example you might be confident talking to a stranger but totally scared when delivering a presentation.

In other words self confidence is situational as it depends on the beliefs you have about the task you are doing. This also means that you can actually improve your self confidence in one area and still have low confidence in other areas.

How good are you with computers?
Do you use them perfectly? Then you are confident when it comes to using computers. Now how good are you with people? Are you less confident? then you need to work on that area.

Now can being confident in one area affect your levels of confidence in other areas? yes this can happen in some case. Now what does all this has to do with martial arts?

Does martial arts increase self confidence?

Recently i got so many emails from people who were wondering whether practicing martial arts can help them become more confident or not. Mainly those people were wondering whether its worth the time and effort to practice martial arts.

There are many areas in your life where martial arts would increase your confidence levels. Here are some of them:

  • 1) Bullying: One of the things that hurts the most about being bullied is feeling that you are helpless. Once you realize you have a way out (even if you didn't use it) bullying will hurt much less and you will become more confident in the face of bullies

  • 2) Masculinity & Inferiority: Men feel inferior as a result of believing that they are not masculine enough. The media has brainwashed men in such a way that a shot or a slim man might feel insecure about his masculinity. Now the good thing about martial arts is that they can restore some of this confidence back and make the person feel good about his masculinity

  • 3) Attractiveness: You might have already read somewhere that women like tough men and bad boys. One of the things that make men much more attractive to women is their ability to protect their families and surely martial arts can help men do that

How long will it take for my self confidence to improve

First of all put in mind that by practicing martial arts you will be improving your confidence in many areas but not all of them. For example, don't expect yourself to deliver perfect presentations after learning martial arts.

Now as you keep learning your confidence will gradually increase in the respective areas. In many cases you can feel much better in a matter of 2 weeks if you strongly believed in the martial art you are practicing.

This is why you should go for a martial art that you trust and believe in for the stronger your belief in it the faster will your confidence increase.

by: M. Farouk Radwan, MSc

Martial Arts Tales


The Need to Win

When an archer is shooting for fun
He has all his skill.
If he shoots for a brass buckle
He is already nervous.
If he shoots for a prize of gold
He goes blind
Or sees two targets –
He is out of his mind.

His skill has not changed,
But the prize divides him.
He cares
He thinks more of winning
Than of shooting –
And the need to win
Drains him of power.

Words of Wisdom


Martial artist, actor, instructor, filmmaker and philanthropist, the legendary Bruce Lee was arguably the most influential martial artist of all time.

Bruce Lee’s appearance in films such as Enter the Dragon made him an iconic figure throughout the world, popularizing Hong Kong martial artists in the Western World and beyond. Many have also credited him as the man who changed the way Asians were presented in Hollywood, and Lee was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

All of this was achieved in spite of his unfortunate death at the age of 32 in 1973.

Ruthlessly dedicated, composed and focused, Lee's philosophy of life was impregnated with traditional Confucian principles, and his wisdom ought to be applied by anyone seeking to live a daring, purposeful life.


Here are timeless Bruce Lee quotes that will challenge you to live an incredible life.


“If you truly love life, don’t waste time because time is what life is made of.” 

“Don’t fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”

“The great mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the engagement; you ought not to be thinking of whether it ends in victory or defeat. Let nature take its course, and your tools will strike at the right moment.”

“Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.”

“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”

“Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strangle confidence.” 

“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” 

“As you think, so shall you become”.

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”

“In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.” ng you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” 

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”

“Real living is living for others.”  

A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.” 

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” 

“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.”

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”  

“Remember no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged.”

“There is “what is” only when there is no comparing and to live with “what is” is to be peaceful.”  

September 15, 2018 Test Results


Congratulations everyone on your September 15, 2018 test at Midlothian Athletic Club. The following students have advanced to the next belt:

Adrian Dini: Blue Belt
Andrew Rowe: Green Belt
Clyde Whiteside: 1st Degree Black Belt 5th Gup
Fiona Schwall: 1st Degree Black Belt 5th Gup

Words of Wisdom


Martial Arts Quotes

Cheerfully fessing up to our failures turns crazy mind off, humility and compassion on. I learned this in a karate dojo that had a strange tradition. Everyone there loved recounting failure stories, and after an evening of smacking one another, we'd sit and have a beer while the students swapped tales of martial arts disaster. Martha Beck
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Cheerfully fessing up to our failures turns crazy mind off, humility and compassion on. I learned this in a karate dojo that had a strange tradition. Everyone there loved recounting failure stories, and after an evening of smacking one another, we'd sit and have a beer while the students swapped tales of martial arts disaster. Martha Beck
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When people ask me about what I learned from martial arts, I don't talk about favorite punches or kicks, or about fights won or lost. I talk about learning self-discipline, about ethics and manners and benevolence and fairness.
- Jonathan Maberry

To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is.
- Bruce Lee

The two most important things to do for self-defense are not to take a martial arts class or get a gun, but to think like the opposition and know where you're the most at risk.
- Barry Eisler

I would be nowhere without martial arts. It's a passion.
- Leo Howard

August 18, 2018 Test Results


Congratulations everyone on your August 18, 2018 test at Midlothian Athletic Club. The following students have advanced to the next belt:

Piper Stewart: Purple Belt
Emmitt Stewart: Purple belt
Brax Hills: Purple belt
Braxton Hills:  1st Degree Black belt 7th gup
Walker Hills: 1st Degree Black belt 7th gup
David barrios: Purple belt
Beckett Walker: Purple belt
Mohsen Zarei: 1st Degree Black belt 3rd gup
Eli Dean: Black/White belt
Dinkus Dean: Red/Black belt
Joseph Rhoades: Purple belt
Ned Slichenmyer: 1st Degree Black belt 3rd gup
Charlie Slichenmyer: 4th Degree Black belt 3rd gup
Jennifer Dubon: Yellow belt
Alejandro Dubon; Yellow belt

“Martial Arts has helped me a lot." Black Belt Pretesting Report: Fiona Schwall – Black Belt Candidate June 10th, 2017

Tae Kwon Do gives me physical boosts along with mental boosts. Physical boosts are great. Tae Kwon Do strengthens my muscles so they are stronger and bigger than before. It gives me speed because my legs are a lot stronger now and can push farther. It also gets me swifter because I can dodge quicker and move quicker.

Mental boosts are just as good. Martial Arts strengthen my mind a lot so my brain is bigger and smarter. It gives me more bravery and confidence. My eyesight is quicker and stronger, and so is my hearing.

Once I was on the bus in 1st grade where I was sitting next to a kindergartner and suddenly started punching me. I used my Tae Kwon do blocks, then I realized I wasn’t so I grabbed his hands for him to stop, then he started to kick. I pinned down his legs. You think he stopped? Nope. He started HEADBUTTING me! I finally said “ stop! That hurts! “ and he stopped.”  There is no game that wants you to fight in real life.” I said. The bus driver heard and told him not to do that again. Also, my strength helped me endure the pain. This happened when I was a green belt.

Meditation is an important part of Tae Kwon Do. It has physical and mental boosts.

There may not be many physical attributes, but they are just as good as any other amount. Meditation helps your agility, sense it strengthens your legs and body. It gets your muscles to be used as a defense and/or offense. It doesn’t matter there are more mental boosts than physical, yet it is helpful. Meditation focuses your senses , so you are quicker at things. It gets you swift and speedy, too. It calms you a lot. Meditation also alerts you to any changes and/ or movements.

There was a time that I was mad at a game on the computer. I forgot what the name was. I was very mad because the computer was being stubborn.  I finally sat down on the floor and meditated for about five minutes. I was jumbled and frustrated and I couldn’t control myself very well. I felt a LOT better when I went back to the game. I felt very calm and collected, as if had turned into a whole other person over that small period of time. It happened about when I was a blue belt.

One another story. I was in class (6/8/17) and I was working on an assignment. I had trouble thinking about the topic I was writing about. I was just like” Yes! Finally an ideal! Noooooooo! I forgot it! I think I’m getting it again. UGH! NOT AGAIN! And on and on and on and on….. Eventually I felt like crying and giving up so I got out of my chair, pushed it in, sat on the floor, and got in a meditation position. I felt better already. I started meditating for a couple of minutes. I heard people saying stuff like “Move!”, ‘ Fiona, what are you doing?’,why are you meditating/”,’Can’t you meditate in your chair?”, ”I HATE WHEN SHE MEDITATES.”(the worst) and other various things. Eventually Julian (my friend) tapped me and said “Fiona, I think you will be OK now.” And I got up. I answered the "can’t you meditate in the chair" question by showing Maddie. (She asked it.)


If I had never taken Martial Arts in the first place, life would have been just crazy.

Above, when the kid started punching/kicking/headbutting me, I would have just sat there, surprised and full of pain. I would have eventually said “Stop!” but that would be a long time after he started. When my computer was being stubborn (again, above) I would have just sat and cried on the couch and put up a fit and destroy hope of happiness. I would do worse in school. I am currently in the highest group – “ The Cheetahs” – but if I hadn’t taken Tae Kwon Do or any kind of Martial Arts I would be in the “ Tigers, “ which is in the middle of the Lions (lowest) and the Cheetahs. Also, in Math, I would instead of being in Yellow group (best) I might be in Blue group (closer to Yellow than Green and Orange) but hopefully not Orange or Green. (the worst group to be in)

That’s how Martial Arts has helped me.

Martial Arts Tales

Try Softer

A young boy traveled across the land to the school of a famous martial artist. When he arrived at the do jang he was given an audience by the master.

“What do you wish from me?” the master asked.

“I wish to be your student and become the finest martial artist in the land”, the boy replied. “How long must I study?”

“Ten years at least” the master answered.

“Ten years is a long time” said the boy. “What if I studied twice as hard as all your other students?”

“Twenty years” replied the master.

“Twenty years! What if I practice day and night with all my effort?”

“Thirty years” was the master’s reply.

“How is it that each time I say I will work harder, you tell me that it will take longer?” the boy asked.

“The answer is clear. When one eye is fixed upon your destination, there is only one eye left with which to find the way.”

June 17, 2017 Test Results


Congratulations everyone on your June 17, 2017 test at Midlothian Athletic Club. The following students have advanced to the next belt.

Fiona Schwall: 1st Degree Black belt
Omar Sharif: Red/Black belt
Tommy Woo: 1st Degree Black belt 4th gup
Brandon Woo: 2nd Degree Black belt 4th gup
Lucian Pozzi: Brown belt
Julian Pozzi: Blue belt
Andrew Raring: Red Belt
Tom Proffitt: Yellow belt
Madison McCormick: 1st Degree Black belt 8th gup

Words of Wisdom


The Karate Yell


In many contemporary martial training systems, the concept of kiai has unfortunately been reduced to a mere shout accompanying aggressive action. There is of course a physiological benefit to the kiai shout, though the true concept of kiai goes far beyond shouting alone. Energy naturally produces noise with its release. Crackling fires, thunder claps, fire cracker blasts, and electrical short circuits are all examples of "kiai shouts" from nature. The energy generated and expelled with a lunge, a kick, a throw, or a slash naturally creates a rush of air from the lungs in a similar manner. This rush of air coupled with the momentary tension of the body, including the throat, produces the roaring growl of the true kiai shout

Beginning students of karate, judo, and kendo can be made to shout with the delivery of techniques as a means of learning proper breathing and mental focus. The expelled air prevents the habit of nervously holding the breath with a strike application. The violent noise temporarily diverts the student from worrying about being hit or thrown with a counter technique as he makes his move. The shout can also divert the attention of the student's opponent for a crucial fraction of a second. Until the kiai release of breath becomes a natural part of the fighter, however, it will remain merely an uncomfortable training hand tool, used only in the dojo, and will only contribute to the feeling of artificiality in the martial arts practice session. However, the training hall must reflect the actual world if one is working at learning a combat-oriented fighting art such as Aibudo, and there can be no room for any inhibiting factors whatsoever. Without a feeling of natural spontaneity, a kiai shout is a worthless endeavor. Without thoroughly understanding the point of the shout, and lots of uninhibited practice, naturalness will never be reached.

To create the most effective kiai shout, use a low, open throated vowel sound, and avoid high-pitched shrieks or squealing noises. You want a harsh, totally committed roar, and not a scream of fright The shout is a vocalization of your emotions, and comes up from the diaphragm instead of from the back of your throat

Based on natural emotional conditions, there are four general types of kiai, as observed by past masters.

Attacking Shout

The attacking kiai shout is a fierce explosive noise that causes the adversary to drop his concentration momentarily. Grounded from the .lower abdomen, the shout resonates through the' body to startle, terrify, and over whelm the enemy. Though there are no specific words associated with the attacking shout, a low, drawn-out, almost growling "ehy!" sound is typical for native speakers of Japanese.

Reacting Shout

The reacting kiai shout is a heavy, intense noise that creates a sense of disappointment in the enemy as his tactics are thwarted. From the tightened midsection, the shout hisses up through the body to accompany the mental charge upon discovering the enemy's hidden weapon, or successfully avoiding his attack The hollow sounding exhalation usually takes a "toh!" form with Japanese speaking practitioners.

Victorious Sound

The victorious shout is a boisterous, triumphant noise that celebrates the overpowering of the enemy. The ringing shouts come from the solar plexus with the exuberance of a laugh, to discourage and bewilder the adversary after a series of blows have been dealt "Yah!" or "yoh!" sounds are natural for Japanese speakers, although the sounds have no word meanings. Native speakers of other languages will produce noises more fitting with their own tonal qualities.

"Shadow" Shout

The fourth shout, or "shadow  kiai!" is not necessarily a vocal shout at all, but rather a total plunging of the body, mind, and feelings into the destiny of the fight If any sound at all were emitted, it might take a "uhmm" sort of quality as this kiai form takes over the ninja's fighting presence by spontaneously blending the characteristics of the attacking, reacting, and victorious kiai shouts in the martial artist consciousness. This is the highest level of Involvement Attackers are used at the crucial moment before a defense is needed, so that the attack is in reality a protection. In touch with the adversary's intentions, there is no surprise and therefore no need to react, in the true sense of the word Finally, even as the victor, one is in danger, in that by defeating another, the desire of revenge is created in the vanquished. Comparisons and classifications fade in their distinctiveness as you immerse yourself in the totalness of the fight, oblivious to the past or future. The only sound left is your breathing in rhythm with the events.

An experience of Toshitsugu Takamatsu illustrates the effectiveness of the living kiai.  Years ago when studying under his teacher, the training hall was disturbed by a huge student from the Sekiguchi ryu bujutsu school. The big man issued a challenge to the togakure ryu dojo of grand master Toda as Toda sensei's highest ranking student, Toshitsugu Takamatsu would naturally have been the one to take on the Sekiguchi fighter. Before the match could even be acknowledged, however, a junior student of Takamatsu sensei leaped to his feet and insisted on meeting the challenger.

The student moved to the fighting area without hesitation and leaped up onto the hardwood floor with a roaring shout and a thunderous stamping of feet Though an older man, the students wide shoulders, scar-crossed face, and neck with its bulging veins gave him a fierce look.  Even though the student was not really a good fighter, according to Takamatsu sensei, he must have seemed convincing to the Sekiguchi ryu man, who visibly flinched backwards in shock as the togakure dojo representative headed for him without any formalities. Realizing what he had done without even thinking, the Seki-guchi student held up his hands, and then bowed in defeat before his opponent had gotten half way across the floor towards him.  When questioned by Toda sensei, the sekiguchi ryu fighter replied that he had been totally taken aback by the little man's scream of indignation and the demonic look on his face. Though probably a better skilled technician than the togakure ryu man, the intruder had been soundly defeated by the power of pure intention alone.

The harmony with the universal force implied in the concept of kiai is in no way limited to the body of each individual alone. As in the foregoing story, we can often feel the force of intentions themselves, far ahead of any physical action that may involve us subsequently. Even if no actions follow, we have no doubt experienced the other person's intention. We know they were committed and that they later chose not to follow through with their actions. This bending of the ki force is known as sakki, or "force of the killer." It is the feeling that our intentions project when we are determined to destroy someone else. Animals as well as humans project this sakki as a natural part of their determination to overtake another being. In real life self-protection situations, the ability to blend in with the ki of another and pick up the sakki directed at the target is a crucial skill for emerging alive from the conflict. That skill is perhaps the most significant difference that separates Aibudo training from the more popular, sport, martial arts training.


My name is Ian Wei-Hong Dempster. I am 24 years old. I am a college student, a first-degree blackbelt in Taekwondo, and a cancer survivor.

Please bear with me as I take this story back a bit. I didn’t start classes with Lorenzo until I was 18 years old, but I’ve been fighting all my life. In elementary school, I was almost always the shortest one in class, and other kids found it funny, took advantage of that, pushed me around, beat me up. I remember Stephen, my first bully, and I remember him making fun of me for whatever he could. The fact that I was smaller, the fact that I didn’t draw very well, the fact that my mother was Chinese, and the fact that I would cry when he said those things. And despite the fact that I got in a lot of trouble for it, I remember the feeling of when I started fighting back. At the time, I was a child, ignorant of things and fighting out of anger. I was sent to the principal's office over and over, and I’d built up this reputation as this boy who was fragile, but also volatile. Because “Hurt people hurt people”- a person who has been hurt by someone is likely to hurt someone else; and unfortunately that sometimes includes people who aren't involved in the conflict at all. As I got older, I learned that violence should never be the first reaction to aggression. I learned better, but I never forgot the power in my body and the feeling of a fight.     Skipping ahead a bit, I had just begun classes at John Tyler Community College. I was a bit adrift and found myself feeling a bit hollow, empty, as if I were missing something. To preface, my brother had learned under Master Gibson before I was even born, and my late uncle studied with him long before that, so Lorenzo has known my family for quite a while. I’d considered martial arts when I was young, but my parents’ work schedule made it difficult. I should say though, that I have always been interested in the different techniques and philosophies of martial arts, and all through high school, I’d educated myself on the ideas of different styles -Muay Thai kickboxing, Wing Chun kung fu, Escrima stick and knife fighting, as well as western boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling- they all fascinated me. Now that I was a young man with the independence of a job and a car, I wanted to pursue martial arts in a deeper way. And so, I started my 2 free classes… in a pair of skinny jeans. Needless to say, there were LOTS of reasons I was happy to have my own uniform.     So now I was exploring martial arts for myself. Being a bit of a perfectionist, some things clicked with me. Not many people know, but the patterns we perform in class, the katas, they exist as an encyclopedia of movement. The low punch in the first pattern Chon Ji should be exactly the same every time, because if you ever feel shaky or out of form, you should be able to refer back to that pattern and say THIS is how I should make that low punch EVERY time. When I first learned how to do a tornado kick (360 crescent kick), and I realized I could actually do this high-level move, I practiced for hours on my own, mostly in my backyard in the summer wearing pajama pants so I didn’t get grass stains on my uniform. I learned the respect that you can have for a sparring partner, an opponent, and how much you can look up to someone truly more skilled or naturally talented than you. This is hard to understand for some people, but when you take the anger and the hate out of fighting, when the two of you begin a match testing each other as well as yourselves, knowing that you do not actually want to hurt that person, there is a trust that’s built, and you legitimately bond through it. 

I fell in love with the science of fighting, and for a while, it was the main thing people used to describe me: “That’s Ian, he does Karate/Taekwondo.” The day I got my blackbelt is more prominent in my memory than the day I graduated high school (probably because I never liked high school). My brother came, and he and Master Gibson and my mother caught up on old times. My father was afraid to come because he thought he’d make me nervous, but he made sure to let me know how proud he was. After you get your blackbelt, you get a patch for your uniform that says “Instructor”. This is directly under the patch that reads “Grandmaster Lorenzo Gibson’s Martial Arts”. I take both of these very seriously, and as I was asked to teach young students -whitebelts, yellowbelts, and greenbelts- I tried to do my best to teach them the basics, the mechanics, solid foundations to build their movements on in the future, all while being mindful that I represented Master Gibson as both a student and family friend.  They say that you learn a lot teaching others, and I would absolutely agree. Teaching 5 children with the exact same words doesn’t always work, and so you have to adapt to them, explain in different ways, and try to think about what you’re teaching from different points of view. If obsessing over forms and kicks by myself gave my knowledge depth, then teaching others gave it breadth. Moreover, teaching is incredibly rewarding for me. When a student gets up during their belt test and does their pattern, and they do it well, and the audience applauds, their success is something you helped create. There is a joy in building people up, and in a way, their triumph becomes your triumph, their pride becomes your pride, and you never have to take anything away from them to feel that way. About five years of me being in Master Gibson’s class have come and gone, and I feel confident in myself. I feel strong. And, after having sparred a few of my friends outside of class, I know that at some level I do really know how to fight. But then I started feeling strange. It started with the occasional nosebleed when I did certain exercises on my own. Only very strenuous things at first - handstand pushups and heavy weightlifting. But then I had a staph infection in my skin. After that cleared up, I felt a tension in my right shoulder, and it progressed until one was visibly higher than the other. I was going to Patient First, but all they were doing was giving me antibiotics. Eventually, I even contracted Shingles. This was all incredibly strange because I rarely ever got sick, but problems persisted. Then one day an ENT doctor tells me I have some growths in the back of my sinus. They performed a biopsy, and soon after they told me it was cancer. Stage III Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma. Fairly rare, by some standards. By the time they found the tumor in the back of my sinus and top of my throat, it was the size of my fist. It was big enough that it was pushing on my spinal cord, and that pinched nerve was what caused my shoulder to hunch up the way it did. I went through chemo and radiation therapy. I lost the ability to eat by mouth, and so they put a feeding tube in my stomach. I lost the ability to talk, so I wrote down what I needed or played charades and hoped that my parents would understand what I meant. I was having so much chemo put in and so many blood samples taken out, that my veins started to collapse, and they had to put in a device called a port-a-cath which went into the artery under my collarbone and made injections easier. Radiation gave me what looked like an intense sunburn on my neck, so I had to be careful of how I laid on my back, but I couldn’t lay on my front because there was a tube sticking out of my stomach which hurt whenever anything touched it. I laid in bed with my thoughts for 9 months…

But I never lost my spirit. All through treatment, I kept humor through the ordeal, telling everybody I’d rather laugh about it than cry about it, and honestly making dark and usually inappropriate humor. Because it's just like taking a kick in the head. In a real fight, if you get hit, you can't stop just because you get hurt because the other person won't stop. Everyone has battles in their life, be they spiritual, emotional, or physical; the difference is in how they approach it, and I'm very fortunate to have (among other things) the mentality of a fighter.      Now the battle is recovery. I've been bedridden for a long time, and I have to build my body up again. It's not easy losing a part of yourself like that, not having the skill set you once did. I' self-conscious and constantly aware of the difference in my performance. But I can't stop. Because I hate losing.  If you're still reading, I can't tell you how to fight your fight, but I want to reach out a hand and let you know that we are all fighting. And that you should never give up.

May 20, 2017 Test Results


Congratulations everyone on your May 20, 2017 test at Midlothian Athletic Club. The following students have advanced to the next belt.

Judd Paxton: Yellow Belt
Cooper Paxton: Yellow Belt
Caroline Hoover: Orange Belt
Nolan Hoover 1st Degree Black Belt 6th gup
Miles Hoover: 1st Degree Black Belt 8th gup
Charlie Slichenmyer: 4th Degree Black Belt 4th gup
Ned Slichenmyer: 1st Degree Black Belt 7th gup
Matt Lee : Red Belt
Henry Lee: Red Belt
Carter Lee: 1st Degree Black belt 7th gup
Angela Gentili: 4th Degree black Belt 2nd gup
Alfredo Sison: 4th Degree Black Belt 2nd gup
Drew Benedetti: 2nd Degree Black Belt 7th gup
Dinkus Dean: Green Belt
Eli Dean: Purple Belt
Mohsen Zarei: 1st Degree Black Belt 8th gup
Clyde Whiteside: 1st Degree Black Belt 8th gup