Inspirational Speech | Be A True Black Belt- Be A Beacon in Martial Arts

Inspirational Speech | Be A True Black Belt- Be A Beacon in Martial Arts


(atmospheric music) (people grunt) – So I’ll call guys at
black belt too right. So I’ll call a few of you guys up here. This guy’s a black belt. Let’s go Rhino, Marine, Sparky, Cecil. (audience applauds) This is a special group. Anybody who makes it here
has put a lot of time in with us. Rolled with these guys hundreds of rounds, thousands of hours, we’ve battled hard, all of us a lot. With everybody in here. So there’s no doubt you
guys are blackbelts. I’m just super thankful,
blessed, proud to be able to promote you guys to black belt. To be able to do what I love
to do with all of you guys, who I spend more time with
probably than my family. You guys are my family. And you guys see what’s going on here. It’s awesome, a bunch of great people all are lucky to have each other. So, super proud of you guys. I’m happy to be able to do this. I’m gonna let some of the
other black belts say something before we turn it over to Glenn. Because you don’t wanna follow him up. (audience laughs) They say it’s impossible, it’s impossible. He’s the reason that we are who we are. None of us would be here
or who we are without him. So we’re just transferring
it through each other. You guys will be passing it on. Something that he’s been
pushing for a long time. So any of the other black
belts wanna say something before he gets going? (audience applauds) – Couple other things I’d like to say. You know being a black
belt isn’t just about are you there toughest person on the mat, you’re beating people up. My first teacher told me
40-some odd years ago. Be a beacon in martial arts. Be the martial artist that
other martial artist look at and say, man, how does that guy do it? So, these guys here, all meet that standard. They all meet that standard of excellence, but of caring. They are that example. They are that beacon that
other martial artists look at. When you guys wanna know
who is a good role model. Who do I look to? Right here. These group of guys right here. That’s who look to. Wonder how they did it,
ask them how they did it. They’d be glad to help you. When we first formed
this school 33 years ago, a third of a century. That symbol in the middle. I had a little pamphlet
and I passed it around to all the students and it
had these different Asian characters in there and they
all had a slogan underneath it that said, be like water or be like a sack of rice. And I asked everybody what
symbol best represents us. And everybody unanimously picked that one which means, all or nothing. So we don’t go halfway there. Everybody’s committed. You get the teacher that you deserve. There is a reason that you
guys and gals are here. You’re drawn to here. There’s a kindred spirit. It is harder to get a belt here. It’s tougher. You can go somewhere
else and get it easier but it’s really important to make sure that you become the whole package here. So being able to tap
everybody out on the mat. That’s not gonna get
you a black belt here. Getting a black belt here is
being that shining example and every one of these guys, I known them all 10, 15, 20, 30 years. And watched them grow
and watched the example that they make for other people. And then, you gotta ask
yourself what about, who runs this school. Why does a guy open up a school? You don’t do it for the
money, I can tell you that. You’re gonna sacrifice. You do things for other people. If you mention Dan and Anthony,
it’s all you have to say anywhere in the Coachella Valley. Say Dan and Anthony, they’ll
go oh, the jujitsu guys. Or say jujitsu and they’ll
go, Dan and Anthony. If the terms are synonymous
because everybody knows who they are. Not just because they’re
great martial artists, but because they’re great
teachers and not just because they’re great teachers
but they’re great givers. They’re kinda like the sons I never had. (laughs) When they came into
train they were these teenagers bouncing up these little bald
headed teenagers bouncing up the steps. When we had the first Gold’s Gym. When I first started
training I had to commute, 4-5 times a day for 14 years because if you wanna train somewhere good. You had to go L.A. and
it was always the dream to have an L.A. quality
school here in the desert. So I had to say like, I
don’t wanna do this forever. I had other things I wanted to do in life. I said there has to be
somebody to come and take this and so it was these guys here. They had the magic
combination that it takes, the physical skill, I mean
they’re gifted athletes. I just don’t watch them and turn them, I’d sign the waivers when
they were green belts so they could fight black belt division. And they would beat the black
belts on the ground anyway. And so they had the skills
and they had the determination And they stuck with it. And you guys think you have
some rough workouts here, I wanted to make sure that
they understand what hard work and discipline meant. This will take them back a few years. I used to be rolling with them
and we’d go through a round and I’d say, at the end of the round, you’re not tired are you? Uh, no, no. I’d go, then you can go another one. Uh yeah. And I said, you don’t
really need a rest do you? No, no. So we’d roll another round. And we’d get to the end of that round. You’re not tired are you? No, I’m not tired. I said, then you don’t need to rest. No, I don’t need to rest. So it was like that. I mean they really went through the paces. And we did that so they would understand and Brad our other partner
that’s not here tonight. Another black belt. We used to have strategy
meetings about these guys. And we’d say, what do you
think about the training? What do you think about
what they’re doing? And we’d say, yeah, do
you think we’re being too hard on them? And we’d look at each
other and we’d go, nah. Nah, keep up the pressure. And so we did. And this is what we get,
this is what we end up with. Look at all the students in this room. This is probably a half,
maybe a third of the school. If I’ve been away awhile, I can
ask either one of these guys about any one of you or any
kid that just came in here or any buddy that just came
in here in the last 30 days and say, “How they doing?” And they’ll both tell me what
their latest technique is, how they’re doing. They just got their finger on the pulse. They just don’t come in here and say, okay, well, you guys go ahead
and here’s the technique. The really care about every
single student in this room. When we see you guys walk
in for your first workouts, we don’t just see, oh,
here’s another white belt. We see a finished product. Especially these guys. When they take this on,
they’re taking on a commitment for everybody in this room. They’re gonna be around
as long as you’re around. We see everybody in here eventually gonna be lined up like this. Just like them, someday,
you are gonna be up here getting your black belt. You for sure. (audience laughs) Everybody. So we see a finished product. And just the way these
guys teach and the caring that they give, sometimes I
look at them and I just marvel. I go, how do you guys do it? But they dedicate their
whole lives, their whole heart and soul into martial arts. And I mean I probably
sound like the proud father because they really are like my sons. The closest thing I’ve ever had to it. But I really have never
seen in my 40-some odd years of martial arts more giving of a professor than those two guys. Will you guys give them a big ol’ hand. (audience applauds) Not only is it the
happiest day of your life to get promoted, I could tell you and I know I speak for everybody here. It’s the happiest day of ours too. Big hand for these guys. (audience applauds) (dramatic music)

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