Sabomnim/Guro Kadante and Sabomnim/Guro Roland
You worked developing your martial arts to become two of our best practitioners. You shared your knowledge through teaching everyday with no breaks. You answered phones, took inquiries, answered questions, did orientations, ran the front desk, mopped floors, cleaned bathrooms and policed the studio. You were our greatest source of marketing just by being kind, mature and courteous. We relied on you to be the backbone of our studio and our martial arts family.
You have spent complete summers touring California for our Filipino Martial Arts System PaaMano Eskrima by performing, raising cultural awareness and advocating to save endangered species. You have help organize, perform and execute fundraising shows for In the Flow Studios Arts for over a decade. You have given of yourselves and of your talents freely and wholeheartedly, asking nothing in return.
Most will never know just how much you have both sacrificed to help our students, our business, our martial arts and our family. You inspire us to be more humble, more grateful, wiser and over all better people.
We asked a great deal of you both from a very young age. You were expected to be the perfect examples of the Martial Way of life. Each of you surpassed our expectations and taught us more than you will ever know. As the years have passed we have realized how unreasonable our expectations were for such young people. We are sorry to have put such a heavy burden on you.
Once again you are both a source of strength for our family and our studio. You are now grown men with lives of your own and no one, least of all us, would expect you to sacrifice any further. Yet without hesitation or thought for yourselves you offer your talents, time and hard work to rebuild our family and our business.
We are grateful for you both, for your dedication, for your integrity, for your sacrifices, for your selflessness and most of all for your love. You give us faith that tomorrow can and will be better than yesterday.
Thank you both from the bottom of our hearts.
We love you,
Mom and Dad
Aurora Ferrer, Director and Roland Ferrer, Grand Master