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Mr. Jorge has been working with kids for over 16 years. He started as a karate instructor and is the founder and creator of the Champions for Life program. He’s been running our martial arts program for 9 years and coordinates events, workshops & tournaments. Jorge is a Firefighter/Paramedic, certified in Pediatric Care & Emergencies. Mr. Jorge truly loves what he does and strives to bring out the best in all his students.
Ms. Kim has been working with children in our community for over 18 years now. She began at Holy Cross Hospital as a Childbirth Educator, Lactation Consultant and Baby & Me Instructor. After working at Holy Cross for 3 years, she opened Mind, Body & Baby in Fort Lauderdale where she offered everything from Prenatal Yoga, Childbirth Classes & Prenatal Fitness to Baby & Me, Tales & Boogie, Bee Bop Buddies, Mom & Baby Fitness and Lactation Consultations. Mind, Body & Baby relocated in November 2004 which allowed her to expand the program and classes to older children by creating an after school program. After earning her black belt in Tae Kwon Do, she knew collaborating with Mr. Jorge and offering a martial arts program would benefit many children in more ways than one. Champions for Life was born. In addition to a black belt martial arts program for children 3 years and up, Champions for Life also offers Workshops & Kid’s Night Out events.
Taylor has been a student of Mr. Jorge since the age of 4. She earned her black belt in 2008 making her the first Champions for Life student to achieve that accomplishment. She was a state and national champion in weapons, forms and sparring as well as a straight A student. She was on her high school varsity basketball team and has been a competitive softball player for travel teams and high school. Taylor began assisting in our classes over 5 years and has been a positive role model and mentor to all of our students.