Michael Mendoza is a life long martial artist based in Southern California. His experience training, teaching, and competing in martial arts goes back more than 5 decades. He believes strongly in making effective martial arts training available to everyone who is willing to put in the work, no matter their natural talent or background.
In this episode, Joshua and Michael discuss the importance of authenticity in martial arts practice and in life. They also talk about the importance of people from marginalized groups being included and respected by the instructors and students of their dojo or fighting gym. To this end, Michael wants to develop a network of schools which explicitly welcomes women, members of ethnic and religious minorities, and those from the disability and LGBT communities.
To get in touch with Michael, or to learn more about his Path (Power At Hand) initiative, please send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.