Spreading the Aloha Spirit on the Mainland
For centuries Hawaiians have deeply honored their past. Today SIGUNG GEORGE LIM is determined to keep some ancient traditions alive.
Growing up, training in a Hawaiian martial art, SIGUNG LIM had a dream of one day having his own karate school and teaching the Old Way Method of Hawaii Kenpo to his students. He just couldn't bear that thought od part of Hawaii's history fading away. He also made a promise: that not only would be never let his students forget where their art came from, but also never let them forget his teachers and their teachers.
Eleven years ago, SIGUNG LIM and his wife took a leap of faith and landed in Phoenix, Arizona. Well, the Valley of the Sun is a long way from the sandy shores of Hawaii but it hasn't stopped him from inspiring his students with Hawaii's rich heritage.
In the past eleven years SIGUNG GEORGE LIM has developed quite a reputation for the way he teaches. To him, his students are like his own children. He recalls his teacher, "CHIEF" AL TEJERO, having taught for 30 years and never charging a student more than $3 a month. Three dollars! Nowadays, no one would put their heart into a student for that. But SIGUNG LIM doesn't teach because it is profitable. He teaches because he can't put a price on the joy it gives him to share with his students something that he feels so pationately about.
On Wednesday, April 2nd, with the support of his 'Ohana, 7th Degree Black Belt and Hall of Fame Instructor SIGUNG GEORGE LIM proudly opened his third "Lim's Hawaii Kenpo Karate" school in the state of Arizona. He is living his dream......
Tempe Arizona Youth Fest|
By Simo Patrice Lim
Imagine a warm, spring Saturday afternoon, free hands-on visual art activities, free batting cages, free Phoenix Coyotes interative games, free inline skating, free whiffle ball homerun dreby, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, free wave pool swimming lessons, a sidewalk chalk contest, free visits with City of Tempe Police and Fire departments, free trivia contests, free live local entertainment, the Oscar Mayer Weiner Mobile, free arobics demos, free magic acts and a FREE KARATE DEMONSTRATION!
The City of Tempe and Radio Disney hosted a Youthfest on Saturday, April 5th to encourage youth to enroll and get involved in children's programs and activities offered by the city's Department of Parks and Recreation
4th Degree Black Belt, Sifu Jack Wimbish and his students at the Tempe Lim Kenpo Karate school came out in force and before an audience of thousands, highlighted kids' basics and self defense as well as traditional kata, adult realistic street delf defense and a Grand Finale of brick breaking. SIFU JACK WIMBISH shared with the audience many of the benefits of traning in the martial arts;self esteem, self confidence, fitness and expressed how important personal safety is as well.
Kudos to Head Instructor SIFU JACK WIMBISH and the following Lim Kenpo Karate students for all of their Kenpo spirit, their supurb performance and teh fine example they dislayed to everyone in attendance:MARU AMAYA, JENNIFER BALEY, NATHANIEL CLINCH, KENDRA FABRITZ, MITCHELL FARBITZ, BRITTANY FIELDEN, AL GARCIA, NATHANIEL GOUDEAU, GRANT GROSETH, KARIMA HAKIK, ARMANDO HERNANDEZ, STEPHANIE HOLLAND, ALLISON KNUTH, PAIGE KNUTH, KAYLA MOORE, CATHERINE NICEWONDGER, LUCAS REDSHAW, JOSEPH WHITNEY, AGAZI YOHANNES, CHANCE ZAPATA, CASSIDY CARROLL, AMANDA DUDA, BOB HARRIS, COREE FOSTER, MIKE GARDEA, MEHDI HAKIK, JENNIFER MAYNARD, CHRIS MAYO, ADRUANA OANTAKIS, AL SHANKS, JANAILE STAROMANA, and PEGGY BONDURANT
As a reward for their dedication, the Tempe Lim Kenpo Karate students were all treated to much deserved splash in the recreation center's gigantic wave pool. SIFU WIMBISH deemed the demonstration a HUGE success as in the week following the Tempe Kiwanis Parks and Recreation Youthfest karate demo, 30 new students enrolled in the karate class!! Congratulations!!!!