A LETTER FROm
Dear Budo Fam,
Summer is almost over, but we want to keep the heat coming with our eMagazine!
While we were down at the Martial Arts Super Show in Vegas, we were fortunate enough to meet this month's featured Budo Brother, six time Sport Karate World Champion, Jadi Tention. We have a great video interview to share with you so you can hear Jadi's story straight from the source. Jadi is also a massive supporter of youth martial arts programs in his local area of New York, the Bronx.
Since day one, we have supported youth martial arts programs as a unique way to give back to the community. We are thrilled to make some big announcements in this month's issue as we are scaling up our give-back program in a big way! We're setting some very aggressive goals that will definitely have a positive impact on youth across North America :)
Another martial artist that shares our passion for youth development is Sensei David Badurina, who recently started a podcast called "In Here We Earn." The show is all about exploring the principles of hard work and achievement through the lens of martial arts and business. It was an absolute honor to be guests on the show, and Sensei Badurina did an incredible job hosting the interview - Really fun, and definitely worth a listen.
This month's skills come compliments of Sensei Farooq Al-Said, and we decided to rerun his inspiring story for those who might have missed it last year.
Lastly, we have received a lot of feedback lately about us creating digital seminars from some of the talented martial artists we feature in our magazine. We love the idea, but want to hear from you first! We are thinking that the digital seminar would be in a format similar to our magazine but LOADED with text explanations, pictures, and detailed video demonstrations.
Are you interested in
"The Budo Youth Fund"
Capitalism With A Cause
There’s no question, martial arts is near & dear to our hearts, and we feel like being exposed to martial arts at a young age really gave us an edge later on in life. When we originally came up with the concept for Budo Brothers, we wanted to make sure we could build something that would allow us to impact youth in a positive way and help the next generation discover their true strengths through martial arts.
Starting out small, we decided to support a local dojo in our area that had an incredible martial arts youth development program. 10% of our profits would go towards subsidizing the cost of tuition to make it more affordable for parents. The initiative was a huge success! We helped over 30 kids go through the program and watching the transformations take place right in front of our eyes made us want to scale everything up.
As our company began to experience rapid growth, we knew we were going to eventually find ourselves in a position where we had more than enough capital, but not enough local programs to support. It became clear that our “boots on the ground” approach was not scalable. That’s when we knew it was time to get creative.
The Budo Youth Fund
A legally formed, independent, non-profit entity whose sole purpose is to make martial arts more accessible for youth across North America.
The ink literally just finished drying on the signed papers for this new endeavor!
We now have a separate legal entity which anyone can donate to. This will also allow us to find corporate sponsors and even run fundraisers where all proceeds raised will go towards the cause.
How The Budo Youth Fund Works
Budo Brothers will be the main financier with 10% of our profits going straight to the cause.
There will be:
- ZERO management fees
- NO games
- NO salaries
- NO reimbursed expenses
- NO "creative accounting"
We are going to ensure 100% of every dollar to go towards the cause…And very few “Non-Profits” can say that!
Our goal is to raise $10,000
At which point, we will be accepting grant applications for anyone who wants to put their son or daughter in martial arts, but could use some financial assistance in order to make that happen.
The application will hit on some key points, such as:
- Why do you want to put your son or daughter in martial arts
- What would you like to see your son or daughter gain from enrolling in martial arts?
- Where would you like your son or daughter to train?
- Does the instructor have a dedicated youth program?
- What is the instructor’s philosophy around youth development through martial arts?
- How much financial support are you looking for?
- What is contact information for the instructor? (for us to complete our due diligence)
The application window will be open for a few weeks, and as soon as it closes, we take the top applicants and give them what they need to get started until the fund's bank account has a zero in it…. Then we do it all over again!
Our goal is to have open applications at least twice per year (hoping for more.)
Now that all the legal paperwork is complete, the last step is to set up a bank account for the fund (which is in progress.) So once everything is locked and loaded, be on the lookout for some fundraisers and promotions!
Thank you all for helping us make this happen! You are helping plant the seeds that will allow the next generation to reach their full potential.
Do You have any great ideas for fundraisers?
Want to get involved somehow?
shoot us an email!
Featured Budo Brother
Jadi Tention is a passionate martial artists who's been studying the arts for the past 27 years.
His dedication has allowed him to obtain:
- A seventh degree black belt in The Nashid System of Martial Arts
- A black belt in Kuroshi Do
- A black belt in Tae Kwon Do
- A brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)
Sounds impressive right? What's even more impressive is the fact that Jadi is a six time Sport Karate World Champion and has won every major tournament in the united states.
We were fortunate enough to meet Jadi while we were at the Martial Arts Supershow in Las Vegas where we attended one of his seminars on footwork. Learning from Jadi was not only a previlage, but an honor.
Check out these videos to see Jadi in his element:
Recounting the struggle of the early days
There are so many challenges associated with training, and even more challenges when you throw competitions in to the mix! In this video, Jadi recounts his early days when nobody believed in him. Going from continually losing bouts, being broke, and not making any teams... But Jadi never gave up! Sticking to a regiment, buckling down, and focusing allowed Jadi to start his journey which ultimately lead to success in martial arts and in life.
Relating Martial Arts to Everyday Life
There are so many parallels that can be drawn between martial arts and everyday life. Here, Jadi speaks on how martial arts can be related to business, family, and life in general. One thing is for sure, being a champion on the mat has helped Jadi become a champion off the mat. But like all good things in life, it didn't come without hard work, dedication, and focus.
growth from a place of discomfort
It's amazing how life lessons can come from unexpected events in our lives. In this video, Jadi explains how being comfortable is where our dreams die and we must put ourselves in situations that force us to grow. Jadi also recounts a lesson he learned on how to get things done despite the way we sometimes might feel.
Featured Budo Brother
The Martial Arts Outlet
I think most people that start taking martial arts have a pretty good idea of why they’re doing it. Some want more confidence and what better way to achieve that than the idea of mastering yourself? Others want to get into shape; lead a healthier lifestyle, and you then you have people that want to just try something new for a while just to say they did it.
I personally feel that most people that start studying the martial sciences aren’t honest with themselves about why they chose this way as opposed to archery, or pottery or some other quasi absurd skill that for all intents and purposes could fill the same gap.
When I started training, I was 6 years old. My parents got me into Tae Kwon Do because I was getting beat up at school, at the playground, everywhere and quite frankly, and everyone was tired of it. So I made it very clear in 1991 that I wanted to learn how to fight. Well. Whatever it was that I had to do to learn how fight like the people on TV, in my video games, I was going to do.
Now I wasn’t some Karate punk that just went around picking fights, but once I got to the point where I felt confident in my abilities, I wasn’t backing down from any either. I would take what I learned in the dojo and apply the techniques in the street to see what worked and what didn’t. It makes sense, right? You have to test-drive a car before you buy it. I never cared for point sparring tournaments; I only competed in a few. The idea of playing tag just didn’t excite me as much as real combat did.
When I was 14, a friend of mine was one of the top 3 amateur boxers in the world and took me to boxing training with him after baseball practice. He figured it could only help my traditional martial arts practice. At 15, I started training in Silat. My instructor was ex-military from Indonesia. He stressed the importance of real world importance and combat in its truest form. He would tell me traditional teachings and all that was fine but, “you’re memories can’t hurt anyone”. A lot of the things we worked on were what paved the path for the way I practice and teach today.
Martial Arts always provided me an outlet for coping with whatever it was I was dealing with. My training always evolved with me. Once I learned to fortify my body, my technique became like stone. Flexibility and calmer thinking from training to focus lent a water element to my art. Always changing with me. One of the largest struggles I’ve had, and I think a lot of us here in the west have, is spending so much time enhancing our Yang and neglecting the Yin. Just due to our culture and day-to-day life and grind, we tend to overlook the importance of internal health. I’ve trained with masters, two specifically that come to mind that have given me a glimpse of what’s possible when pay full respect to your art.
I started competing in underground fight rings around 2002 to earn a little money but really just try to see what I was capable of. I was 15-16 years old fighting with a lot of grown men, bar room brawlers, weekend warrior types that didn’t offer much in the sake of competition, so the next logical step was sanctioned bouts. I ended up taking to boxing like a duck to water and I was able to compete at a very high level. An injury that I didn’t let heal correctly ended up dissolving my pro career before it started, so I looked to round my studies of martial sciences by reading, really looking at the theory and application as opposed to just hard and soft skills.
Eventually, I became very protective of my art. Not in the way a parent shields a child from the world, but rather the way a wild animal raises its young. With steadfast attention I cultivated my body to push past it’s physical peak and use my mind to eliminate barriers that attempted to hold me down. The older I got, the more athletic, resilient and focused I became. I’m in my 25th year as a martial artist, I’ve earned 3 black belts, including a 3rd dan in Shotokan and a superwelter weight amature boxing title. Those titles and ranks have done well for my ego, but at times left me arrogant and difficult to train with, so of late, I’ve been subjecting myself to humility as much as possible.
Recently, while writing this essay for Budo Brothers, my black belts were stolen out of my jeep along with a few other personal belongings. I was crushed and I still am. I felt that part of my soul was removed and that somehow erased the two plus decades of training I pushed through, then I thought about a saying: "Being too enamored by your black belt will leave you defeated by it." My rank is not indicative of my skill, nor does a piece of cloth define me as a martial artist. I will use this adversity to my benefit, to my ego, and training.
Yours in the arts,
Farooq Ameen Al-Said
Skills of the Month
Skill #1 - Controlling a knife attack
Skill #2 - Counter with Non-Lethal Takedown
"In Here We Earn"
By: David Badurina
The “In Here We Earn” podcast was created out of a passion for changing the world. Sensei David Badurina started this project because of a belief that the ideals and traits that martial artists have are too valuable to simply be confined to the walls of a dojo – and should extend to business, personal relationships, and life in general. In his karate school in Littleton New Hampshire, “In Here We Earn” becomes the mantra for getting past a difficult time, or difficulty training. If kids can learn to persevere, push, and earn their accomplishments, so can anyone – regardless of their geography, or status.
With a budget of $150 for a mixer, a pair of microphones, and a bunch of cables, plus a hefty amount of reading and research, the “In Here We Earn” podcast was launched. Within the first two weeks, the show hit the 500 downloads mark. While early, it is growing and showing signs of reaching more listeners with each episode released.
With this project came an acceptance that even though Sensei David and his friend and co-host Eric may be positively awful at podcasting at first, with determination to learn and improve, they have been committed to continue and not give in to failures. Nothing worthwhile comes easy, and David and Eric understand that they need to earn their audience. Even if that means suffering through some epic technical fails in terms of audio and video production and editing.
Branching out from a small dojo in a town of 6,000 people to a potentially international stage affords opportunities to talk to thousands of people about the virtues of accountability, effort, responsibility and leadership all through the lens of martial arts. If it helps just one person find a way to move past a difficult time personally, professionally, or in their own martial arts journey, it will be worth every moment.
Check out this podcast with Budo Brothers:
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