Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg, a rabbi for 12 years, has been included as one of the finalist in CNN’s Global Hero competition for his work in helping the kids with cancer by teaching them martial arts.
His mission started one day after watching a five-year old screaming in pain during cancer treatment.
“In martial arts, you learn that pain is a message that you don’t have to listen to,” Golberg said. “That lesson is so unbelievably effective.”
He taught the boy his Choi Kwang-Do craft, a form of martial arts that Golberg is a black belt in. He also taught the boy breathing techniques that when a nurse removed a needle after chemotherapy, Golberg observed the boy didn’t even noticed it.
In 1999, the rabbi founded Kids Kicking Cancer, which aims to provide free martial arts classes and breathing techniques for children.
A martial instructor who had been recently separated from his partner shot their 10-year old son before killing himself.
Miguel Angel Diaz, 37, was found dead with his son’s body Juan Martin in the gym at their residence.
The mother of the boy, Elizabeth Lindt, found their lifeless body when she visited their home after he failed to answer her phone calls.
The taekwondo instructor shot his head and hanged himself while leaving a suicide note.
Diaz has been teaching self-defense for security guards and policemen in the Argentinian town of Concordia.
The incident was treated as a homicide and a suicide by the authorities.
A martial arts instructor in Campbell has been arrested for alleged sexually assaulting a teenage student in his studio.
William T. Schellinger II, 43, is charged with two felony counts of sexual assault of a child and repeated sexual assault of a child.
The 15-year old teenager told the police that she and the instructor were closed and had been texting each other every day. They had known each other for two years now. According to the teenager, the sexual relationship started in March. She was told by the instructor not to inform anyone about their relationship or he would kill himself.
The instructor denied the allegations but admitted that he was “sexting” the teenager and given her sexual device.
Patrick Kelly, a 50-year old teacher from Rockport, Maine, has fulfilled his lifelong dream–by becoming an mixed martial arts fighter. Kelly has been teaching science at Camden Hills Regional High School for the past 20 years. “At the end of the day I’m blessed to be able to have this wonderful opportunity. Nothing to prove, just to myself,” he said. He fought his debut match at the New England Fights in Lewiston, gaining his first win despite his age. “I never really felt anybody say look at this old guy, because to me it’s just a number,” Kelly said. ‘It’s the drive and the passion you have inside.” He trains at Young’s MMA in Bangor.
The Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey has been vocal in refusing to fight the first transgender in the MMA world, Fallon Fox. Rousey thinks that there is no “undo button” on gender as the UFC champ had done some research regarding Fallon’s scenario. She added, “In Fallon Fox’s case, I think she does have an unfair advantage.”
On her Facebook account, Fallon responded stating that “I really wish Ronda would stop with the ridiculous bone structure arguments”.
Researchers have also expressed their opinion and point out that a transgender would have an actual disadvantage in a fight because the bone strength and muscle density might be affected due to hormone treatment.
Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel trains in mixed martial arts to enhance his defensive skills, a report said. While Zettel is an obvious gifted athlete, his abilities has been honed to perfection by training with MMA veteran Bruce Lombard. Zettel racked up seven tackles for loss and three sacks in three games this year. Lombard’s MMAFx program is specifically designed to help football players to improve their conditioning, arm speed, footwork, and more. Lombard trained formed Penn State offensive guard John Urschel and defensive tackle DaQuan Jone before they were drafted in the 2014 NFL draft. Zettel works with Lombard 3 days every week and focuses on boxing, wrestling, kickboxing, and other forms of martial arts.