Packs a punch.
You will find him at the martial arts studio from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm every Monday through Friday.
As he has done for years,
35 years to be exact.
Classes taught: 40,000 and counting.
Belt promotions awarded: 23,940.
Ask any parent who’s brought their kids to his school
They will tell you things like,
From the vagrants in the parking lot to the locals at the supermarket next door,
Grandmaster Orange is constantly being asked for his advice and giving guidance.
He’s become a custodian of the community
and a steward of the shopping center.
Now he has second generation students taking their lessons from him.
Well, learning their lessons from him.
Grandmaster O still gets students checking back in with him.
Telling new stories about having their own kids now.
And wanting to take them to a teacher like him.
If that’s not a first rate testimonial.
If a kid screws up in school, or at home,
GMO hears about it,
And they talk about it in class.
It becomes a teaching moment.
And family is important.
This guy knows about families.
He’s learned a thing or two growing up.
Coming from utter poverty in a broken family of 9 kids.
Having to get their shoes from a junkyard.
And sharing a bed with five brothers.
Maurice learned a lot about what doesn’t work.
And he’s not one to hold back about that.
Talk about commitment, this guys relentless.
One thing his mom did for him to change the course of his life,
Was enroll him in karate classes.
Every day Sidekicks Founder Grandmaster Orange puts on his martial arts uniform
and heads out the door to get in the car.
Just like it’s the first day.
Soon as he puts his key in the door to open the martial arts studio,
and turns on the lights,
That’s when magic starts to happen.
Oh, and grandparents!
That’s a teaching moment too.
Sidekicks Founder Grandmaster Orange GMO has been known to honor
the grandparents in Sidekicks community,
with flowers and recognition, for all the students to see
How important it is to respect their elders.
(Which he is not planning on tapping into any time soon.)
Parents and former students approach him in the supermarket next door,
giving accolades for his teachings.
Veteran students contact him on Facebook
pleasantly surprised that he is still teaching martial arts.
Back to Taekwondo.
Which is what Sidekicks Founder Grandmaster Orange GMO teaches.
When he’s not instilling life wisdom into the little tykes,
Or having his instructional team at the helm,
He’s busy turning whiney five year old white belts
Gradually and progressively
into confident and considerate black belts.
More and more second generation students go through belt testings
at Sidekicks Martial Arts Studio
Year after year.
Kudos to you, Grandmaster Orange. Humble GMO.