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Chief Professor Lioni Velasquez's Testimonial

My name is Lioni Velasquez. I was Uchi-Deshi with Dr. Philip Chenique for 11 years. Being a live in student is a life changing experience. I have learned to be a better teacher, businessman and leader. I have also discovered it is not what you are doing for yourself, but what you can give to others that really make a difference.

Becoming a Black Belt does not make you a teacher; it only proves that you have mastered your basic techniques. While training in the Uchi-Deshi program I have observed that learning in the Dojo is like formal schooling. You begin with the basics (Grade School); you gain a mastery of the basics
(High School) and if you are interested in teaching you study how to teach. (College) The Uchi-Deshi program is Graduate School for Teaching and Running an Atemi Ryu Ju-Jitsu School. Although I have made many Sacrifices, I don't regret it for a moment. An Uchi-Deshi Program is not for everyone. However, if you truly love the martial arts, not allergic to sweat and a little hard work this will be an experience like no other in the world. You will have a great time starting a wonderful Career.

Many Great teachers learned their craft in Uchi-Deshi programs.

O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba
The Founder of Aikido
Grand Master Peter Urban
The Founder of American Goju
Grand Master Jigaro Kano
The Founder of Judo
Master Bruce Lee
The Founder of Jeet Kune Do












As one can plainly see these men became very influential teachers and philosophers, through them thousands of great teachers emerged. I hope my words have not only inspired you, but also help you make the decision to become an Uchi-Deshi.

Thank you,
Chief Professor Lioni Velasquez



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