GMO believes getting out into the community, visiting local schools, engaging in dialog with students, and taking time to connect in person, fosters well-being in our society.
Grandmaster Orange has developed community relations with several local Paradise Valley area schools.
Even now, Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy has many second generation students from the local community.
Educators who have been teachers during the past 20 years or so, still come by to visit GMO at Sidekicks in Alta View.
GMO is funny. Really funny. In fact, GMO happens to be one of San Diego’s funnest motivational speakers.
Letters from school kids to GMO say it best:
GMO tells about what it was like growing up in a very poverty laden community, and how different, yet how alike that looks from a typical poor family today. He tells of his mother’s inherent distrust in white people. He relays the stories of having to go to the dump yard for shoes, and wearing two different shoes on their feet. His heartfelt stories of waiting hungry at home for his mom to bring leftovers from the diner where she worked, so that they could have food to eat, connect him with kids.
GMO talks about sharing a bed with his 3 brothers, while his 3 sisters shared another bed. There they grew up, in a little ramshackle house laden with cockroaches and rats climbing on the walls. Fortunately for little GMO, he did not know any different for the time, some things were all he knew. He didn’t know a lot of that was different from the way other people lived.
Mr. Benefee’s wisdom, patience, creativity, and ingenuity brought Maurice to see that there was another side to life, allowed him to glimpse into the possibility of something more. Time at Benefee’s gave little GMO the golden ticket to experience another reality, to crawl into an escape from his daily world. To dive into a world of work, of creating, building, and solving.
Grandmaster Orange credits Benifee with learning how to be a gentleman and understanding what chivalry means, how to treat elders respectfully, and with his keen eye for design and style.
Not to mention GMO’s talent in sewing, designing drapes, upholstering furniture, building stage sets, creating play props and dance banners for the Debutante Balls. All of these applicable arts and crafts, design, color, and creativity opportunities offered GMO a chance to sink himself into a world of creating.
That world set the tone for his entire life.
That’s what GMO credits to being where he is today, able to help so many kids, in a similar way as he was lifted by Benifee into another world which he didn’t know existed.
Instead of feeling like everything was crashing down into him, Little gmo was able to escape into an expansive world of hope, opportunity, lifework and possibility.
GMO is very dynamic, as you will see during the month of February. You may spot him darning an African garment hand made with all the trimmings, including a hat and shoes. He often travels with African drums or other percussion instruments.
Grandmaster Orange typically visits a school a day, during the month of February. And yes, he dons a different unique colorful African outfit for each school visit.
We were surprised to hear his story about that too. Check out the upcoming video where he tells that funny story!
You can book an onsite school or other community outreach visit with GMO by emailing or contacting him on the Contact Form. Visits are usually booked several months in advance and often repeat visits are booked a year in advance. :0 So don’t wait.
Grandmaster Orange has developed community relations with several local Paradise Valley area schools. He has sponsored Zamarano Partnership in Education. Likewise, Zamarano was a partner school with Sidekicks .
Grandmaster Orange was a speaker at Grandparents Day. He was present when Clinton visited Zamarano.
Even now, Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy has many current Zamarano second generation students.
Educators who have been local teachers during the past 20 years or so, still come by to visit GMO at Sidekicks in Alta View.