Martial Arts Changed My Life
Born in war-torn Afghanistan, Master Foroughi made the heart-wrenching decision to leave his friends and family for a brighter future in Canada. It was his dream to become a martial arts master and open his own school. With the support of AMS, Master Foroughi made his dreams come true! Master Foroughi’s commitment to his dreams has allowed him to own and operate his school, Tiger Kim, for the past 8 years. Today, A. Shekib Foroughi operates 3 other locations in Toronto, Canada, and has 250 active students!
MAW: How have the martial arts changed your life?
ASF: Bruce Lee was very hot when I was in tenth grade, so I watched his movies repeatedly. Then I discovered my new passion - to learn those moves Bruce Lee performed beautifully on the screen. Eventually my cousin and I found a martial arts school, and started to train in the art of Tae Kwon Do. Having no relatives, friends, or money in Canada, it wasn’t an easy start. I started working at a pizza store, carpet store then driving a taxi to make a living and support my family back home. I admit that I had lost my focus for a while, got involved with the wrong group of people. After a while, I realized that I had never lost my passion for martial arts at any point of my life, and I thought it would be great if I would start training once again. I trained and studied hard about my art - which is Tae Kwon Do. After many years of dedication, I decided to have my own martial arts school.
MAW: You place a lot of emphasis on giving back to the next generation. How has your school influenced others?
ASF: The first and primary goal of our school is to develop life skills. Our exciting and well structured curriculum not only helps students acquire the techniques of martial arts, but also to develop mental toughness to reach her/his goal; confidence and character building as well as positive attitude. We have been working with many charity organizations like the Children’s Wish Foundation. I am very proud of my students that they have the sense of sharing with others.
MAW: What life philosophy have you gained from training in the martial arts?
ASF: The most important thing in life is having the right attitude, and humility. Everyone may love a winner but not everyone will agree or support a winner with a bad attitude. Once you have the right attitude, you are never without it. It is in your heart, and no one can take it away from you.
MAW: How has AMS benefited your school?
ASF: AMS gives me the freedom to do the things I love the most. My real passion is learning and giving back to students through teaching. Connecting and touching many people’s minds and hearts with a gift that martial arts has to offer. Without AMS, it would not be possible.
MAW: What materials in your monthly AMS Support help you most?
ASF: There are millions of ideas! We are very fortunate to be a part of such an organization that fully supports us.
MAW: What are some great business tips your marketing consultants at AMS provide?
ASF: What helps me the most is the gift certificate, VIP card, holiday promotions, birthday parties and movie night.
MAW: Why would you encourage others to join AMS to achieve business success?
ASF: AMS will give you the freedom that you need. Since AMS takes care of the billing, you can focus on your primary purpose - teaching and providing great services to the students. Plus, you get all the necessary tools - i.e. support packs that can help you become a successful martial arts school owner.
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