We are at work rebuilding our 3 Dojos (2 in Central Florida and 1 in Illinois) while also Launching our OMMA Online Academy which will allow us to reach people with our Christ-centered martial arts program anywhere!
MORE Changed Lives #5 of 10
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’” ~ Matthew 9:36-38, ESV
Just 4 more days until the day we honor the birth of our Savior, Jesus! This will be our last “More Changed Lives” message until after Christmas, so Merry Christmas in advance!
Today we continue in our series of 10 stories of "More Changed Lives" within our OMMA community with story #5 of 10.
Natalie is one of our amazing Teen students at OMMA. She also attends our OMMA Instructor Academy and can often be found assisting with our kid’s classes at the Alafaya Village Dojo. She follows in the footsteps of her older siblings, Zac, and Emily, both of whom were valuable instructors for OMMA over several years.
MORE Changed Lives #4 of 10
Praying you and your family experience the Presence, Peace and Joy of our Savior, Jesus, in a special way this Christmas season!
We have reached 18.5% of our big year end fundraiser goal and are praying to reach at least 25% by the end of this weekend! Perhaps the Lord will lead you to help us get closer – every gift, of any amount moves us in that direction!
Today we continue in our series of 10 stories of "More Changed Lives" within our OMMA community with story #4 of 10. This story comes from our Zion, Illinois dojo, which is led by our newly promoted 2nd Degree Black Belt Instructor, William Allen.
Personally, I have tremendous respect for those who serve our communities in law enforcement, so I was excited to hear how OMMA is equipping Mike in his desire to serve his community in this way! It’s also great to see that his wife is joining him at OMMA too!
MORE CHANGED LIVES - #3 of 10
Less than 2 weeks until Christmas!
Today we continue in our series of 10 stories of "More Changed Lives" inside our OMMA community with story #3 of 10.
One thing that is great about martial arts training, is the opportunity for families to train together and have a common activity and "martial arts language" in common.
Many adults, who aren't interested in tournaments or the sport aspect of martial arts, often find a home with OMMA alongside their kids, as we focus on things like self-defense, wellness, and personal growth, not competition.
It's a blessing for us, as instructors, to see parents training alongside their children in the dojo.
The Spitler family is one such family, who train under Sensei Karen at our Winter Springs, Florida Dojo.
"On Mission Martial Arts came into our lives at a perfect time. My son was nervous to try a new activity, but one session with Ms. Karen, and he was hooked.
We decided to have our girls join as well to learn self defense and self confidence. It has done all that and more. My son is finding a fantastic physical outlet, learning how to control his power, and focus on the task at hand. My daughters are gaining confidence and learning their own power as well.
Their journey inspired me to join as well. I have found it to be a fantastic physical and mental workout. The fact that we can do all these things and honor Christ at the same time means so much to our family. We look forward to our time in class, and practicing our skills at home.
Thank you OMMA for such a wonderful Christ and family oriented program!
OMMA is not here to replace the church or the Christ-centered family. Our desire is to come alongside those Bible-teaching churches and those Jesus-centered families and support and reinforce their efforts by pointing them to Christ in their martial arts journey.
Your partnership helps us make our programs affordable for large families like these, who may be priced out of many for-profit martial arts schools.
Would you join me in praying that OMMA will continue to be a place that is a Christ-centered resource to encourage, motivate and mobilize families in the world of martial arts? THANK YOU!
~ Sensei Marco
MORE CHANGED LIVES - #2 of 10
I am excited to see the Lord stirring up interest in our 2021 Year-End OMMA fundraiser! We have reached 17% of our big year end goal!
Today we continue in our series of 10 stories of "More Changed Lives" within our OMMA community with story #2 of 10.
Being Pearl Harbor Day, it seems appropriate to share a testimonial that involves one of our US military heroes: Grandpa Bob & his grandson, Lucas:
"At age 6, Lucas came to me and said he wanted to learn martial arts. I told his mom of his interest, but she said she thought he was a little too young and felt he would forget about his wanting to learn.
Then, just before he turned 7, he came to me again and said he wanted to learn martial arts. I told his mom and then she heard about your DOJO and that is when we all visited your DOJO.
I have seen in Lucas, a change of being more focused along with his increased love for learning martial arts for defense and thus, gaining more confidence about protecting his family first!
He is always telling me that he will protect his mom, brother, and grandma and grandpa!
He is putting his family first.
He is waiting patiently to test and earn his green belt and then wanting to earn his cammy (Camo) belt, before moving on to the adult side of learning, at age 13.
We have seen Lucas grow so much as a martial artist and young man and are so proud of his determination to develop the skill to protect himself and his loved ones, if necessary!
One thing that we love as OMMA Instructors is seeing the children start so young, like Lucas, and grow up training in our environment for many years. It gives us many opportunities to develop a relationship bridge with them. It is our hope and prayer that this bridge will allow us to have a significant positive impact in Lucas’ life and so many others!
Thanks for partnering with us to help children like Lucas learn to protect themselves and their loved ones in a Christ-honoring environment!
~ Sensei Marco
P.S. – Not only is Lucas such a dedicated member of our OMMA community, but I also want to recognize “Grandpa” Bob, for his dedication in bringing Lucas to class & our service projects, constantly encouraging him and supporting his desire to be an OMMA Black Belt one day.
MORE Changed Lives (#1 of 10)
THANK YOU everyone for your participation in our 2021 Year-End fundraiser! We are already at 16% of our big year end goal!
Beginning today and continuing until the end of 2021, I will be sharing 10 stories of "More Changed Lives" within our OMMA community. Today I share a meaningful story from the mother of two of our Young Warrior kids:
"OMMA has been a blessing to my boys and myself. My husband passed away four years ago and as a single mother I feel like defending themselves is something that my husband would have taught the boys so at first, I was completely lost.
I knew from the start that my boys needed to learn to defend themselves and unfortunately that was not something I could teach them.
My sister recommended OMMA, and we absolutely love it!! My boys have been learning how to defend themselves, they have become more confident, and they are always striving and working to learn more.
OMMA has motivated my boys and I cannot thank them enough.
It has also been wonderful that my boys are also growing spiritually and are not only becoming physically fit but also spiritually fit.
At a critical point in my and my sons' lives, OMMA provided and continues to provide a safe place and positive role models who are walking with them in their growth of learning a lifelong skill that is self-defense" (Gabby - mom)
Some of our greatest joy as instructors for OMMA comes from stories like this from our students. Your partnership allows us to continue to provide an environment where families like these can grow and experience His blessings.
Thank you for joining with us in this Mission!
OMMA CHANGED LIVES (2020 Recap)
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." (Romans 12:2)
Last year, during our 2020 Year End Fundraiser, we shared a series of ten "Changed Lives" stories about people who the Lord positively impacted through their involvement with OMMA.
We had so many people share how encouraged they were by these stories that we have decided for our 2021 fundraiser, to make the theme "MORE Changed Lives."
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