Today we’d like to introduce you to Armando Colbourne.
Armando, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
To those that know of me I’m a Karate teacher, to those that actually know me or have taken part in one of my training sessions: I’m a solution provider to parents who want to provide their child with an unfair advantage in life and give them confidence, laser-sharp focus, and unwavering courage to take a stand and live a powerful life through the Martial Arts. I was born in Panama, I came to the United States in 1968. Attended Wingate HS in Brooklyn, NY where I met my Karate Teacher Sinclair Thorne and found the passion that will shape my life and direct me to the person I am today. I served in The United States Air Force and relocated to Miami Florida in 1980. I have been teaching Martial Arts since 1975. A big part of my teachings are life skills and the following statements are an example of the daily chats that take place during a karate class.
“Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something special in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only the best, be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger.”
Has it been a smooth road?
The road has been full of obstacles, I will like to thank my wife Winnie for the love, support and inspiration she has provided all these years, my full-time job demanded an excessive amount of overtime that prevented me from growing my business, classes were constantly canceled or taught by my students. Other times I will take a very late lunch to teach my class and return to work. After I retired, I was able to grow my business and for ten years, we enjoyed record profits. In 2016, I closed my commercial location and started teaching private and semi-private sessions at different locations and concentrating on promoting tournaments.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I have restructured the delivery of my services to a selective group, I no longer accept anyone that seeks my program. The applicant has to be willing to learn, make a commitment to maintain good attendance, give a 100% effort, have a positive attitude and attend competitions. We expect all our students to be great in academics, to become role models, and become champions of life. We have taught three generations in the same family. I’m proud of Pan American Goju the Karate style that was developed by my instructor and the title that I hold as Senior Master. We are also very proud of the Pan American Goju Invitational Tournament, the best age-specific competition where everyone is eligible to win a Grand Champion belt for Forms. Every year, competitors win five belts per event. This year, we are hosting the 8th annual tournament on 6/1/2019 ar the Vernon E Hargray youth enrichment center 7000 Miramar Parkway Miramar, Florida. http://2019karate.eventbrite.
How do you define success?
I personally define success as the achievement of your goals, the opportunity to spend quality time with your loved ones. To be self-reliant, to provide a home and safe environment for your family. Teaching your kids to do the same and witness the enjoyment of a successful happy life.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: americantigerskarate.com
- Phone: 305-925-7503
- Instagram: freegoju
- Facebook: Facebook.com/blackgoju