Q: Tell me a little about the Founder and Creator of Mcdojolife?
For sure. So my name’s Rob, I run Mcdojolife. I’ve been running McDojoLife now for a decade. I’ve been training in martial arts for about twenty-five years.
Q: Nice. Now, how were you introduced to martial arts?
So, when I was a kid, well, when I was born anyway, I was born with a cleft lip and palate. That left me with a lot of scars on my face. Going through school like that was pretty rough. I got picked on and beat up and teased a lot. One day I got jumped by a group of kids. Like five or six kids, right after a gym class. They beat me from the time the bell rang until the time the next bell rang, which was five minutes. So that’s fun. Oh yeah, two teachers stood there and watched the entire thing and did nothing about it. Even when I got my head stomped on and I got stabbed with a pencil. I actually still have a scar on my hand from that. And then, as I’m laying there bleeding, the second bell had rung. They all ran and scattered so that they could try to get to class. A friend of mine who was an acquaintance at the time actually became my best friend after that incident, he came over, picked me up and he walked me to the nurse’s office.
On the way to see the nurse, he handed me a card for martial arts classes. It was a free trial class card. He said, “you need this.” Later, I went home. I asked my mom if I could take martial arts classes. That next month was my birthday and my present was a year paid in full for martial arts classes. I’ve been doing it ever since.
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