Pulse Taekwondo Haiti Project
I first made my trip to Haiti to do work in a small town called Pignon in October of 2016. Travelling with a team from The Fuller Center the purpose was to assist in the construction of new concrete homes for the locals. I however wanted to do and contribute more. I already own a successful martial arts school in Toronto and brought with me some equipment that I wanted to donate to the community to provide the children another form of sport they could do. My idea resonated well with the city and after meeting the former mayor of the town and our main contact in the city, I was connected to a local passionate martial artist that had a dream of opening his own school.
We instantly made a powerful bond and my little idea of starting a small martial arts program ended up becoming something much larger. I agreed to sponsor him and the rent of a building to turn it into a full fledged martial arts school under my Pulse brand. Since I support him and his family, there is no need to charge students who are interested in learning martial arts at my school. Families struggle to keep food on their table so they would be unable to pay for their kids to learn. With this plan, any child who has the desire to learn martial arts can do so at my school without paying a single cent. This is my passion and contribution as a mentor and master in the martial arts and I hope this inspires others to be leaders and good role models.
I visit my school in Haiti once a year to inspire, train and teach my students and instructors to further grow our school. This is a project that reminds me to stay humble and be thankful for all that we take for granted. My goal is to keep this project going for the rest of my life and for it to continue on through the support of my successors.