Defense Arts Northwest
6420 SE Foster
Who are you?
I am a Third Degree Black Belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate; hold rank in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and practice Muay Thai Kickboxing and various other arts. I love the martial arts, helping people feel better about themselves, teaching self defense, and positively affecting as many lives as possible. I am the owner of and chief instructor at Defense Arts Northwest
What do you do?
I teach several forms of martial arts, self defense, and workout programs. I believe you get what you give in this world and I am determined to help build a strong community for everyone, one person at a time if I have to. The lives I have helped in my time as a martial arts instructor (and all that goes with that including: life coach, counselor, mentor, personal trainer, friend) have truly inspired me and shown me that what once was only a personal passion has now become a tool to affect great change.
What is your inspiration? (Why do you do what you do?)
I may be repeating myself a bit…sorry I love teaching, passing on knowledge. I am passionate about helping people, weather its gaining confidence by learning self defense, improving health and happiness by losing weight, introducing someone to a new group of amazing people in our classes, giving a kid the tools to control his/her energy and improve concentration in school, or simply teaching someone a fun and exciting form of martial arts. I always wanted to make a difference with my life, and while I won’t likely gain international fame or immense riches with my chosen profession, I will be able to help a few people at least lead better, more fulfilled lives. And its fun!
What brought you and/or your business to this fine community?
I like the people here. I learned Foster was a great neighborhood but still had a few rough edges here and there and I figured this would be a great community to make my own and to affect some positive influence on. I love watching the empty buildings come back to life with new businesses; it has been especially enjoyable to watch the old theater across the street become active again.
3 Ways to unite the Fine Folks of Foster and it’s neighboring communities
I love the idea of planning regular neighborhood parties at local restaurants or businesses. Community build day. Not sure the logistics of something like this but let’s take one of these old building, one that has a big history in the community, the owner pays for all the materials and buys some food maybe. Invite everyone from the community to come out, pitch in to renovate the place, or just hang out and talk and have a good time. (Not too feasible I know but wouldn’t it be great to say you helped to build this community…literally!) Spread the word on the resources for preventing graffiti. Then organize some events centered on creating more murals in the neighborhood. Maybe even put an invite out for street artists (taggers) to come together and create a pc, socially acceptable mural showcasing their skills.
How do you envision the future of your neighborhood?
I see all these empty building filling up with new businesses. New paint, new signs, new attractions and shops coming into the neighborhood. This is a great little part of town and as more and more friendly people move into it they will attract their like. Right now there is great opportunity for growth for any new business here and the further we get into the economic recovery the more people will see that.
Some top fives to appease the list lovers Your Top 5 Songs to get you through a life?
Anything by James Taylor, Tom Petty, or Neil Young; love those guys. Anything with a fast beat to work out to. Anything positive; no need for depressing music.
Tom Petty – Last DJ
Neil Young – Harvest Moon
James Taylor – That’s Why I’m Here
David Wilcox – Farthest Shore
Anything by the Decemberists
Your Top 5 Haunts in Portland
Los Gorditos food cart on Division and 50th.
Ecole De Budo martial arts and tea on Chicago in St Johns
Bar Carlo on Foster (best burgers ever)
LA Fitness in the Eastport Plaza
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