GIVING IS THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL

In the course of our travels through life, it's a commonly accepted fact that the things that bring us the greatest joy can often bring us the most troublesome worries. Nothing was truer when my son Aria was born. Such a joyous occasion for my wife and myself was soon tainted with anxiety as...

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​A FORTUNATE REUNION

Reza and I met in Los Angeles many years ago and quickly became good friends. Being a reputable Taekwondo Master at a school in Canada, we had many things in common and always had plenty to converse over. Reza used to be the head of the Iranian Taekwondo team years ago so our paths had crossed...

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FORTUNE FAVORS THE KIND

Tuesdays and Thursdays are my favorite days of the week because I always take my son Aria for a walk in the mornings due to my open schedule. We usually stroll through our neighborhood, trade greetings with familiar shop-owners and head to McDonald’s for breakfast, which is Aria’s favorite place...

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MIXED EMOTIONS

Steve Sexton was my first teacher during my introduction to martial arts. He was tall, handsome and well built. I remember looking up to him in my youth; he would treat everyone fairly and with a great deal of respect, no matter their level of ability. He was a sincere man, who had his...

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​MEMORIES OF THE HEART

It was 1985, California. My girlfriend and I were walking hand-in-hand to the movie theater to see Ghostbusters, which everyone had kept telling us was essential viewing. We lined up at the booth together, chatting away about anything young people would, and I purchased the tickets for us. ...

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A REGRETFUL MISTAKE

Richard Norton has remained one of the most influential people throughout my martial arts career. He is a living example of the balance between character and competency, two personality traits I admire greatly. Richard is not only an accomplished and exceptional martial artist but he is also the...

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AN UNYIELDING PRIDE

Dariush Eghbali is an iconic Iranian singer, actor and social activist, who has lived an extraordinary life of fame and fortune and produced dozens of albums throughout his career. As with many in his industry, Dariush has lived quite the lifestyle, but sadly left him with personal demons after...

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​A WEIGHTY MATTER

Grandmaster Ji Han Jae is the highest rank in the traditional art of Hapkido, who at the time was living in San Francisco. I sought him out to train with when I was already a Black Belt, due to his unsurpassable reputation. Not only were Grandmaster’s lessons incredibly unique, each one was...

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A great feedback from Alexandru Sorin

Thank you so much Sensei Fariborz for your help. I follow you for about 4 years and some of your ideas helped me a lot. Your way of expressing integrity I adopted in my life and at my karate school. The last book I got it from you is great and helped me to be even more aware especially about...

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