My name is Lioni Velasquez.
I was Uchi-Deshi with Dr. Philip Chenique for 11 years.
Being a live in student is a life changing experience. I
have learned to be a better teacher, businessman and leader.
I have also discovered it is not what you are doing for
yourself, but what you can give to others that really make
Becoming a Black Belt does
not make you a teacher; it only proves that you have mastered
your basic techniques. While training in the Uchi-Deshi
program I have observed that learning in the Dojo is like
formal schooling. You begin with the basics (Grade School);
you gain a mastery of the basics
(High School) and if you are interested in teaching you
study how to teach. (College) The Uchi-Deshi program is
Graduate School for Teaching and Running an Atemi Ryu Ju-Jitsu
School. Although I have made many Sacrifices, I don't regret
it for a moment. An Uchi-Deshi Program is not for everyone.
However, if you truly love the martial arts, not allergic
to sweat and a little hard work this will be an experience
like no other in the world. You will have a great time starting
a wonderful Career.
Many Great teachers learned
their craft in Uchi-Deshi programs.
As one can plainly see these men became very influential
teachers and philosophers, through them thousands of great
teachers emerged. I hope my words have not only inspired
you, but also help you make the decision to become an Uchi-Deshi.
Chief Professor Lioni Velasquez