Imported From The Original Academy Blog 2011-2016
Re-Release 5 of 14 -- First Posted - March 29, 2013
"Cho's Academy Hosts Kenpo Legend Bob White :: Together We Raise Funds For Children In Need"
On Saturay January 26th, Cho’s Academy hosted Kenpo Karate legend, Bob White and his wife Barbara White for a youth workshop and fundraiser.
Cho’s Academy and Lotus Yoga continue to be active in helping raise funds for local charities. These charitable organizations include, but are not limited to: the Orangewood Foundation, Laura’s House, Long Beach VA Hospital, Don’t Worry Be Happy Foundation, Santa Ana Family Center, The Assistance League, Pet Rescue Center, local individuals in need, as well as our local school programs; and now with the help of Mr. and Mrs. White, the non-profit Royal Family Kids Camp (camps for abused, neglected and abandoned kids). Our event raised enough to sponsor one camp for a child in need!
Mr. White passed up a professional baseball career to pursue martial arts and has been contributing to the art of American Kenpo for over 40 years. On the tournament circuit he won numerous state, national, and international fighting championships. Bob White fought on the National All Star Black Belt Team, which went undefeated in 1973 and 1974. As a teacher and coach, he has consistently turned out some of the world's finest karate fighters. He was involved in the original "Karate Kid" movie and appeared as a referee in the film. His school had over 50 students that appeared in the movie as tournament competitors. Mr. White was also involved in The Karate Kid part 3 and worked to promote the new “Karate Kid” version with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith.
This was a great opportunity to expose our local kids to an icon who has helped shape martial arts in the United States. Cho’s Academy students are active competitors, and so to receive tips from this multi-time international champion was a special opportunity.
“Jacob, Thank you for inviting the venerable Bob White to Laguna. Mr. White did a great job connecting with the kids and sharing his martial art expertise. The kids benefitted from his approach and as a result learned several new techniques. However the critical element to Mr. White's presentation was the message of goodwill he shared with the students. He asked "how do you get to the top of your profession? By helping others". And he shared the real life example of how Chuck Norris was always looking for ways to help others. Mr. White also said "the happiest people in the world are the ones who help other people the most". A great message for all of us particularly when it comes from an icon like Bob White.”
~Paul Machin, Cho’s Academy parent
"The Master White workshop was AWESOME! We did a lot of cool drills. Master White and Mrs. White are really nice people. I had a great time and I learned a lot."
~Mikey Ibrahim (7 yrs old), Cho’s Academy student
“Bob White was an intriguing man. He taught us details about point sparring that help me better understand my art and how to protect myself and avoid being hurt. I liked his teaching style, firm and friendly, I will try some of his tactics when I teach.
I was very excited about Mrs. White who is inspiring to me. I look up to her in her strength, grace and sincere caring concern for others. She is a great role model for girls and women alike. My mother loved her.
Mr. White seemed like a kind man, he looks out for children and runs a camp to help kids feel better about them selves. He is compassionate about the struggles of children. He said to ‘never go into any situation to hurt anybody, hurting others is wrong.’ I was happy when he quoted Bruce Lee when he spoke of ‘the art of blocking without blocking’ and focused on avoiding, rather than bullying with big muscles.
I was proud to earn the money I donated to The Royal Family Kids, and will look for more ways I can help with this great cause in the future. Thanks to my teacher Mr. Cho for bringing in Bob and Barbara White. Another great day at Cho’s Academy!”
~Dolce Sara (12 years old), Cho’s Academy student
"I thought the Master White workshop was a great experience for the students who attended. Master Bob White and his wife, Barbara White, provided a very engaging workshop that covered drills, sparring techniques and some martial arts history. The students also had the opportunity to learn about Master White's charity, Royal Family Kids, and to be a part of helping out such a great cause. This workshop opportunity, organized by Jacob Cho, is just another example of what make Cho's Academy so special, and such a great place for our kids to train."
~Emilie Peck, Cho’s Academy parent
It is important we teach our young to be compassionate and to care enough to give back to those in need. We plan to keep our charitable efforts going strong at Cho's Academy.