Fishkill, NY, June 28, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- As a lifelong martial artist and a full-time Martial Arts School Owner, Master Robert Blum has always believed that the martial arts is about helping to make every child who comes into his school a true leader. When Master Blum opened Just For Kicks Martial Arts Center 15 years ago his goal was to make sure that today's children would become tomorrow’s leaders.
On Sunday, June 12th, 2011, one of those students honored him with a very special award. US National Guard Sergeant Antonio Ibarra Jr. presented Master Robert Blum with a National Guard Award honoring him for dedicating the past 27 years of his life to the martial arts and for being a great American Patriot who has always pushed those who he works with to better themselves through character development and their martial arts training. Receipt of this award is a testament to the fact that the recipient is of the highest caliber, impeccable integrity, and is completely devoted to those around them and to helping their community.
Sergeant Ibarra told the group at the ceremony that Master Blum, "was not just a karate instructor to him, but also a mentor and now a close personal friend." What Sergeant Ibarra said was most impressive about Master Blum, and what finally led him to nominate Master Blum for this high honor, was that, "Master Blum has shown time and time again through his selfless sacrifice, loyalty, dedication and his impeccable integrity to be a true role model, hero, teacher and inspiration to everyone he meets, and he has touched the lives and hearts of every person he has met over the last 20 years that he has been teaching."