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Lou Costabile

If you are reading this last testimony you are more then casually interested in our system

In 1978, I was a fearful, angry at the world, uncoordinated, (very uncoordinated) chubby teenager who was looking for some direction in life. I had two close friends. One friend a Freshman in High School who was the strongest guy in our school. He had the ability to bench press 345 lbs. My second friend, a 6 foot 4 inch 270 pound, offensive lineman on our football team. Both of these guys said they felt they needed a physical edge and wanted to take a martial arts class. I said, "Are you guys kidding!?" These guys need martial arts? These guys could handle anybody! I was clearly physically challenged compared to them.

The football player heard there was a martial arts class after school and we both joined. I was the most uncoordinated student (this is a fact), but I had a big heart. They could hit me and I would keep getting back up. It was good to have a friend in class to discuss moves with and he encouraged me that I was getting better. I was learning and having fun. I could see if I kept going to classes and worked hard that my skills were passing the others students who had more talent but for some reason decided not to take the class seriously. I was slowly getting better.

I was the farthest thing from a martial artist when I started.

The skills I had before going in to martial arts class was communication, motivation, and teaching. After the first year of training the Master of the martial arts system asked me to start working out with his Black Belts. The Master said he wanted me to be one of his Instructors. This was an honor, a big time commitment, and a lot of physical and mental training. It was all worth it.

The spiritual side came 10 years after I started instructing and completed my training. Apostle Peter writes in 1st Peter chapter 4, verse 10-11 :

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised though Jesus Christ.

I believe the gifts and skills I have received are to help others. One way I can be a blessing to others is through the martial arts.

Take a moment to review the testimonies and read between the lines. The people who have lasted in the class have found that this class has helped each one of them in many different areas of their life. For many of them the martial arts had become a way of life, which is what the original martial arts was all about.

I would like to personally encourage you to try the class for a month. If it is not for you, that's OK, you have tried something different, good for you. However you might have fun finding out you have gifts that you didn't know you have.

Take a chance, you can do it, what do you have to lose?

Lou Costabile
President / 7th Degree Black Belt
True Power Martial Arts, Inc.

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