has helped me in every aspect of my life. It has instilled discipline, patience, endurance and most importantly I gained a new family. I have been exposed to martial arts since the age of 3 ½ and I am now 26, from that early fragile age I learnt the value of earning something. I’ve learned that instant gratification is an unrealistic aspect of life. For example, as you progress in martial arts, you acquire certain knowledge and learn the advance techniques as a result your promoted. However, it’s not a matter of just being physically present its putting in 100% of all your will and dedication in order to earn the next belt.
I learned patience by repetition of the same techniques, stances, blocks, kicks day in and day out. The patience I learned in martial arts has greatly benefitted me in my everyday life with family, classmates, coworkers, essentially everyone I encounter. Discipline is an integral aspect of martial arts. Because you need to self-motivate yourself to perfect every aspect of your craft. Physically, it has kept my body in shape my whole life, as a result I can easily participate in most sports and I won’t tire easily. Most importantly, I gained a new family. My Hashi is a second father to me, my Sempais and classmates are my brothers and sisters. We have all grown up together and shared many things but above all our love and dedication to martial arts.
Miami Budokai Instructor Hanshi Luis Fernandez Fighting highlights from his competition days.