I started Karate classes in 1976 when I was 20 years old. I took classes for about a year and a half. Then some friends invited me to go to some rodeos in Colorado with them. So off I went. I was young back then and not very disciplined. I fooled around and wasted time.
In 1979 I got hit in the head by a bull, and it knocked me out of my body. They said I was unconscious for about 5 minutes. When I was out, I heard a whisper in my ear, what are you doing here? The next thing I know, I am back in my body, feeling no pain. That made me realize, there is more to me than just this body. That woke me up and got me thinking, what am I doing here?
I started reading a lot and searching. I realized I needed to get some discipline in my life. So, in 1982 I decided to get back into karate for discipline and I have been at it since. I started managing the school in 1985. In 1995 my instructor Lee Thompson wanted to move on and turned the school over to me. In 2016, I changed the name to Maloney’s Martial Arts. April 14, 2020 it will be 38 years since I came back to karate.
I am more disciplined now and I realize there is so much more to karate. As I get older, I understand the importance of staying active, physically and mentally. I feel good. I like helping others feel good. And I love seeing others becoming more confident. This world needs more peace and harmony, and for that to happen people need to respect each other. I feel if we can help others to develop good habits of treating others with respect through martial arts, we are doing our part to help make this world a better place to live.