A ninja story...
In September of 2012, I opened a martial arts school to share my love and passion for the art. It’s changed my life in so many ways. Being a Martial Arts Athlete has taught me many things. It’s taught me confidence, perseverance, and focus. I could go on. But being a martial arts school owner has made me a better person. It’s shown me patience, compassion and the importance of teamwork & support. It’s taught me the power of how one person can make a huge difference in someone’s world. It has given me a mission: To change the world one Ninja at a time!
While I was out changing the world, some of those Ninjas changed me, too. I started Always A Ninja from the people and students that have inspired me with their bravery and tenacity to persevere through hardship. One ninja stands out, her name is Meredith. She has Dravet Syndrome a rare, catastrophic, lifelong form of epilepsy that begins in the first year of life with frequent and/or prolonged seizures. Meredith takes her role as a ninja very serious. She brings her high spirited energy to everything she does on and off the mat. It doesn’t matter if she’s tired or if she had a seizure earlier that day. Meredith inspires the class and everyone around her with her quote “A Ninja Never Gives Up” it’s become a culture, a mantra. When we’re tired or discouraged those words push us through. We believe in teamwork and that you can’t be your best without the support of others. In that spirit, a portion of our proceeds from our A Ninja Never Gives Up t-shirts will go to Camp Boggy Creek, founded in 1996 by Paul Newman, this camp, offers children with serious illnesses and their families a free, safe and medically sound camp environment. It is a place where kids whose activities are often limited have a chance to shine, grow, and be supported in activities so that they too can grow in the spirit of never giving up.
Because a ninja isn’t just about excelling in a particular skill or activity: It’s a way of life. It’s about never giving up, never settling, and always giving your all in everything you do. Whatever your sport, skill is channel your inner ninja and wear our apparel with attitude and conviction. Make a difference in the world by living your absolute best! Always A Ninja!
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