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Sharing The Lives & Stories Of Our Community On And Off The Mats

Sharing The Lives & Stories Of Our Community On And Off The Mats
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Oakland, CA

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Sharing The Lives & Stories Of Our Community On And Off The Mats

Twitter:

@guardiangym

Language:

English

Contact:

510.646.1190


Episodes

12: Alex Nichols - Kinstretch, Bullying, and passing on knowledge to our kids so they can find amazing careers.

11/28/2018
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Meet Alex Nichols. A 29 year old gentle soul that embodies everything that is good about martial arts. Constantly thinking of others, a great training partner, and all-around special human being that enriches the lives of those around him. After being bullied in school growing up in Berkeley, California, Alex found mental strength through beginning wrestling and judo before eventually finding jiu jitsu. He talks about his journey that has led him to finding his calling today in the...

Duration:00:13:52

11: Xander Gets A second Chance At An Education And Finds A Place To Be At Guardian

11/28/2018
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Welcome Xander a 17 year old who holds a unique perspective of attending college from a younger age than usual. His parents separated when he was 7 leading to a tough upbringing. Raised by his mum, living with his 2 younger siblings in a financially struggling home, he hopes to not repeat the mistakes he has seen already. Xander shares that he can't imagine not attending Guardian, that it's given him a new sense of pride, confidence and a feeling of having a second home. Hear his story...

Duration:00:09:16

10: Isaac Goes From Struggling With ADHD To Becoming A Focused Creative Learner

11/7/2018
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Say hi to Isaac, he's been coming to the gym for a while, he’s from a sporty family that is originally from Mexico but has lived here in Oakland for 10 years. He suffers from Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder also known as ADHD. Isaac shares how Guardian has allowed him to focus more in class, brought him out of his shell and given him an ability to interact with others more easily. Even how Guardian helped bring out his creative side as he looks to apply to Barnard Art...

Duration:00:07:14

9: King Nas - Overcoming Complicated Surgery To A Summer Internship at Guardian

11/7/2018
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Who's the king, who's the king? - Nas! Please welcome one of our first students, a kid who's overcome so much for his age, like; moving from Yemen to the US, receiving multiple transplants and surviving surgery complications. Nas shares how he feels he's been given a new chance of life that now drives and motivates him to pass all he's learned onto others around him. Also inspiring him to take an internship program studying strength, mobility and kinesiology under our very own Alex...

Duration:00:09:28

8: From Taekwondo To Kickboxing With One Our Head Instructors Vince Vasquez.Watching the Confidence levels rise as it all clicks into place with our students.

11/7/2018
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Meet Vince, our head kickboxing instructor. An excellent guy with a robust martial arts background, from Taekwondo to Kickboxing, with 20 years of experience teaching. Vince shares his enjoyment of taking new students from nothing to something, seeing the look on their faces as levels of confidence rise when it all clicks into place. We are excited to see him recently bringing alternative Chinese styles of kickboxing to Guardian with such as Sanshou and Sanda. Enjoy! Hear his story...

Duration:00:09:10

7: RJ - Using Guardian To Transition From High School To College

11/7/2018
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Welcome Ramil Rodriguez Jr. . He’s a great 18 year old kid, with a lot on his plate. Originally from the Philippines and raised in a single parent household, he is one of our most enthusiastically attended members. RJ talks about the difficulty of integrating into a different culture at school and the battle of living up to his parent’s expectations to become a doctor. He shares how Guardian’s helped him deal with these pressures and find new career goals in sports medicine and...

Duration:00:10:27

6: Choca Lee - Overcoming obstacles and trying her best everyday as a 40 year single mom.

11/7/2018
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Introducing Choca Lee, an incredibly hard worker and a mom of 3. She’s one of the first adult students to join Guardian and a favorite student of ours. Despite holding down 3 jobs, mortgage payments, and raising her children in a single parent household, Choca Lee just keeps giving. Here at Guardian she’s known for her generosity, whether that’s buying boxing gloves for the kids, or helping out whenever she can. Choca Lee is an inspiration to us all. Hear her story here:...

Duration:00:11:27

5: Leoul - Bullying, Boxing And Bravery

11/7/2018
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Say hello to Leoul. He’s a really sweet, brave 13 year old kid that has struggled with bullying and had to overcome losing his hair at an early age. Leoul Suffers from a physical condition called alopecia, which means that his immune system attacks his hair cells. He shares what it’s like to be ostracised from groups and to deal with challenging kids who don’t understand. He also shares how Guardian has given him a place to show his potential while learning new skills. Hear his story...

Duration:00:05:47

4: Joel Lunenfeld - Guardian Co-Founder And Brand Builder

11/7/2018
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Meet Joel Lunenfeld, he is our other co-founder, and has been with the Guardian since its inception. Although you may have not seen him around much, Joel has played a vital role in shaping Guardian into where it is today. Ben and Joel met while working for Twitter. In this episode Joel shares how they came up with the branding, marketing and the purpose behind Guardian Gym. He also reminisces on growing up in Brooklyn Projects and teaching from a young age while working in after-school...

Duration:00:12:16

3: Devon Nelson - Foster Homes And A Reason To Not Fight.

11/7/2018
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Meet Devon Nelson, a 14-year-old foster kid who’s now found a place to be. Devon is such a unique, smart, awesome young man with maturity beyond his years. He’s always thinking of others and trying to broaden his skills. Now on his 7th foster home in his young life, Devon shares his philosophies and wisdom that would normally come come from people twice his age – like; “Guardian gives you reason not to fight” and “if you have the opportunity, you have to help you must”. Amazing! Hear...

Duration:00:07:29

2: Meet Sacha Feinman, Managing Director Of Guardian

11/7/2018
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Say hello to Sacha Feinman, he’s the managing director here at Guardian. After completing his master’s degree at Harvard, he travelled to San Francisco to work in politics. Eventually he realized he wanted to pursue a different path which led him to meeting Ben and the rest was history. In this episode Sacha chats about what draws him to martial arts also the also the positive neurochemistry that happens as a result of both working out as well as being part of a tribe. Hear his...

Duration:00:20:22

Welcome To The Guardian Podcast.

11/7/2018
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Join Ben Kovacs as he talks to the youth students, adult members, and instructors that comprise their growing and thriving community in Oakland. Hearing the diverse perspectives from different ages, genders, and backgrounds only cements one common theme...we are all struggling with something in our lives. Youth learning from adult’s failures and successes, and adults being able to understand what challenges youth are facing is at the heart of the Guardian mission. Check out Ben...

Duration:00:01:17