HUGE mahalo to everyone that made today possible.
I am still completely overwhelmed, and still in a semi-surreal state of disbelief. Thank you to Professor Nyza for taking me under your wing a few years ago, sharing your knowledge with me, and adding me to your Nova Uniao Hawaii family. Thank you to my instructor, mentor, and great friend Brian Wong (I thank you, and I apologize for the past 12 years of our lives LOL). Thank you to Jay Penn, Mercs, Cari, and everyone else at my second home; UFC Gym - Waikele. Thank you to my original first two students Neil and Uale for flying out here on such short notice to be a part of all this. It is truly an honor to be a part of your journeys as well. Thank you to all my team mates, fellow coaches and instructors, my students (both adults and youth), the parents, and everyone who came out to share this moment with me today. Thank you to everyone who has sent love through facebook, instagram, calls, and/or text. And last but not least, thank you to my beautiful, loving, and supportive wife Sherry Templo. This life that I live couldn’t be possible without you by my side. Thank you for everything you do and everything you are (ilysm). Again, THANK YOU!
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