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Founding Member's Student Wins World Title

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By Tom Ingargiola USKBA Champion Iron Ron Murray Just wanted to share a special story with you. Ron Murray is a black belt in Shaolin Kempo and has been my student and friend for over fifteen years ! He has been an active kick boxer as well for the past several years and recently reached the pinnacle of his cruiserweight division by winning the USKBA Amateur World Title a few months ago. A much younger opponent challenged him for a unification bout and he put his recently acquired title on the line right away with no hesitation and took his shot at the PKF Amateur World Title. It was a brutal ,bloody ( Ron was bleeding from the nose big time from a broken nose that occurred in the 1st minute of the bout ) non- pretty fight. No fancy techniques ,just 2 guys battling it out in the ring! each fighter gave and took many heavy shots and falling to the canvas from the blows . In fact when the 10 seconds to go warning came in the final round ,both fighters tried to land one more power blow onto their opponent . Iron Ron Murray As they both hit each other at the same time , they both fell to the canvas with a thud ... the crowd went completely quiet! Ron rose by the 4-5th count and his opponent rose quite staggered by the 8th count . The final bell rang and both fighters immediately hugged and congratulated each other. The crowd went extremely wild ... A few minutes later the decision came out from the 3 judges and the winner came from the RED corner. That was Ron's corner , red gloves... red blood and raw red courage and guts. It was a privilege to help Ron prepare for the bout and to be his corner man for his past bouts. Seeing his progress over the years as a Kempo student , kick boxer , boxer and as a father and friend has been very inspiring. I know it is usually the teachers that are supposed to inspire the students , but many, many times Ron has been an inspiration to me . Always challenging himself and not letting obstacles stop him in his pursuit of his goals. From left to right, Tom Ingargiola, Iron ron Murray, Steve Castelli The most interesting part of the story is that Sensei Ron Murray is 55 years old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes there are 55 exclamation points here :) I wanted to share this with you because Ron's story is very special NOT for the reason that he unified 2 World titles in his Cruiserweight division. NOT because he did this at the age of 55, but because he did this one reason and one reason only . TO CHALLENGE HIMSELF, to remind himself to live each day to its fullest , to remind himself to shoot for the stars and you might just get there or you can still land on the moon , both are better that just standing there on the ground and looking up and saying WHAT IF. This reasoning for competing at such intense levels is not unheard of in the martial arts , but in Ron's case it stands out so much more because of the unique situation he is in. So whatever your goals are , be it health wise , martial arts , competitions , financial or most importantly family wise. Always think of IRON RON MURRAY when an obstacle comes your way to distract you from your goals. LIFE'S BATTLES DO NOT ALWAYS GO TO THE STRONGER OR THE FASTER ONE, BUT ULTIMATELY THEY GO TO THE PERSON WHO KEEPS ON TRYING AND NEVER GIVES UP. CONGRATUALTIONS TO RON ! Respectfully, Tom Ingargiola

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